While there are many lists that come out throughout the course of a year, giving fans and high school football followers a sampling of the athletes to keep an eye on, keep in mind that rankings will always be subjective at best.
Our lists are annually compiled from watching thousands of athletes perform with full gear on in football arenas, giving them the opportunity to showcase their football skills and not just a combine performance or a 7-on-7 event, which are helpful, but in no way definitive, and in no way what college coaches want to hear when seeking information.
The names you will see here, and in the many lists to come throughout the year, are based on a number of people giving us input along with the countless hours spent in the spring and summer, physically attending events, talking with youngsters and their coaches.
In the coming months, names will be added and moved around to give you a working list for the start of the 2009 regular season, and then updated again at the completion of the year, giving us the advantage of seeing football games and practices from Key West to Pensacola and everywhere in between. In addition, keep in mind that this coming year, like every year, the state of Florida will produce over 400 Division 1A prospects, so being a top 100 player isn’t the only indicator of being a top-flight major college football player. Also, 265 of the 400 plus last year came from Palm Beach to Key West!
We believe that the Class of 2010 is a very special year. Here is a breakdown of the top 100 prospects from Florida:
1. Corey Lemonier, DE, 6-4, 230, Hialeah: After watching this gifted athlete this spring, we felt the kid was without a doubt the top player in the state of Florida. He is big, fast, explosive and just plain nasty on the field. This one-time basketball standout is a great kid off the field. Remember, this is the school that produced such standouts as defensive lineman like the famed Ted Hendricks, Corey Liuget and Adawale Ojomo recently, and many believe Lemonier is even better – with only two years of football under his belt.
2. Matt Elam, DB, 5-11, 200, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: The No. 1 junior in the state last year, this quality two sport (basketball) athlete has been on the radar screen for three years now – since he was a freshman at Palm Beach Lakes. This is the kind of athlete who can play 5 different positions on the field, and make an impression at all of them. He may be the most versatile and talented player in the state. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
3. Christian Green, QB, 6-2, 200, Tampa Catholic: Make no mistake, when he gets to the next level as a receiver, this could be one of the nation’s most dominant players. While he isn’t the best quarterback in Florida in this class, his potential to become an elite national player was on display in the spring during a 7-on-7 tournament where he showcased his skills as a receiver against some of the best the Southeast has to offer. Have watched him back since his sterling sophomore year.
4. Lamarcus Joyner, CB/WR, 5-8, 175, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: After watching him dominate as a sophomore and junior for Southwest Miami, this gifted football talent will spend his final season playing a key role for the defending national champions. Speed, athletic ability and the knack of knowing where the flow of the play is has made him a national recruit. Another athlete who can play 5 positions and never leave the field of play.
5. Brandon Linder, OT, 6-6, 280, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: From the first time we watched him play as a sophomore, it was easily to tell that this was going to be a national recruit. His quickness, strength, knowledge of the entire line of scrimmage and work ethic puts him in a class with former Raiders Sam Young (Notre Dame), Andrew Datko (FSU), Daniel Wenger (Notre Dame) and Marcus Gilbert (University of Florida).
6. Jeff Luc, MLB, 6-0, 230, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast: The advantage of watching football year round helped us to see this up-and-coming star from the time he played tight end and linebacker as a sophomore. In a year that has a number of quality linebackers, here is one of the most gifted. He is very explosive in a short area. You don’t see too many linebackers run through the opposition like this young man. Remember, at this time last year, nobody had ever heard of him. Now, he’s a household name in recruiting circles!
7. Christian Jones, LB, 6-4, 200, Winter Park Lake Howell: Another football player we have been watching since the ninth grade. Comes from an athletic family that competed at a high level. He has the size, speed and athletic ability to be a monster at linebacker. He also has the bloodlines to become something special, following in the footsteps of his brother, Willie, and father, who both played college ball. Yet another talent we have had the pleasure of watching for three years, now.
8. Gio Bernard, RB, 5-8, 200, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: The true measure of this impressive back came last year, as a junior for the national champion Raiders. His quickness, strength, durability and breakaway speed gives him the chance to become one of the nation’s premier backs. Like so many quality players who come from athletic families, he is following in the rather large footsteps of his brother, Yvenson, a standout runner at Oregon State.
9. Jonathan Dowling, S, 6-3, 185, Bradenton Southeast: When his head coach Paul Maechtle talks about some of the greats he has had the pleasure of coaching through the years, here is one that would rate right at the top. Speed, athletic ability and a knack of always being around the football makes him very tough to throw against. While he is considered a ball hawk by those who have watched and played against him, he is still a work in progress as a run-stopper. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
10. Ivan McCartney, WR, 6-2, 175, Miramar: They call him “sticks” because of his slender build. They say he looks a lot like his cousin, Chad Johnson, who has carved out quite a niche in the National Football League, but any way you break this quality football player down, it adds up to a tremendous football player. Has tremendous hands, runs great patterns and has the ability to catch the ball against anyon. Was the catalyst in the Patriots’ run last year in the playoffs, and is expected to do much of the same in 2009!
11. Gerald Christian, TE, 6-3, 220, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: Ever since his ninth grade year, here is a player we have been following, waiting for him to mature into the package he is today. A truly gifted prospect who can get it done on offense as well as on the defensive side of the ball for head coach Jack Daniels and the Panthers. Maybe one of the best overall big men in the state this year, and the best is certainly yet to come! (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
12. Chris Dunkley, WR, 5-10, 160, Pahokee: Another athlete who burst onto the scene in a major way last year as a game-breaker at Royal Palm Beach. His move to nearby Pahokee for his final season not only gives this tremendous athlete a major spotlight to perform in, but also will give the Blue Devils an arsenal that you just may not find anywhere in the country. While he needs to continue to get bigger and more physical, he can rely on his blazing speed to more than get by.
13. Kadron Boone, WR, 6-2, 200, Ocala Trinity Catholic: Having watched him back during his sophomore year before a knee injury sidelined him, we knew that it was a matter of time when he regained the form many predicted. Last year, he was tremendous in the playoffs, culminating with a memorable performance in the 2B title game against Pahokee when he created mismatches all day long. With his pass-catching ability and blocking skills, this will be one of the most complete receivers in the class!
14. Terrence Mitchell, CB, 5-10, 165, Tampa Hillsborough: The true measure of a quality cover cornerback centers around knowledge of the position, good hips, change of direction and speed and quickness to break on the ball. Here is one of those players who can do it all. Ask any college coach and they will tell you that this a player who rises to the occasion – against top competition. A big time prospect!
15. Jaylen Watkins, CB, 6-0, 180, Cape Coral: From the first time we saw this standout play as a sophomore it was apparent that this was going to be a prospect who would be among the best in the state by his senior year. A versatile athlete who can play quarterback, receiver and can lock down receivers in the secondary. Big time talent from a program that continues to churn out quality athletes. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
16. Cody Riggs, CB, 5-9, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: If you needed validation of this young man’s talent, just flip in a DVD of last year’s 5A state title game against Lakeland where he was all over the field. His football instincts combined with his impressive speed makes this a player who will be a huge get for any collegiate secondary. He rarely lets someone get behind him and has the ability to also break on the ball and make a play at anytime. Also considered one of the top sprinters and long jumpers in the nation.
17. Eduardo Clements, RB, 5-10, 185, Miami Booker T. Washington: After watching every running back in the state live and in person, there is little doubt that nobody will make an impact at the next level like this quality all-around athlete. A steady line from scrimmage runner, who uses his speed and pass-catching ability to create plays that many backs just cannot make. While many have been highly critical because he had an off year, remember, this is someone who has already more than proven what he can do – on the largest stage this sport has to offer a youngster!
18. B.J. Butler, DE, 6-3, 230, Kissimmee Osceola: Having watched this quality football talent for three years now, we are convinced that there are not many football players in the state of Florida that bring as much to the field as he does. A one-time quarterback, this is a versatile athlete who can also lineup at tight end with great success. A superb talent who will continue to get better and better. (COMMITTED TO GEORGIA).
19. Ricardo Miller, WR, 6-2, 200, Orlando Dr. Phillips: While he is probably headed to Michigan to finish up high school, it is worth mentioning that this is a talented athlete who has been getting it done at a high level for three seasons now. A strong, fast receiver who runs tremendous patterns and understands what it takes to succeed at the next level. Was one of the top rated juniors in Florida a year ago. (COMMITTED TO MICHIGAN).
20. Jeffrey Godfrey, QB, 5-11, 180, Miami Central: If you happen to evaluate football talent, there is simply no way you cannot believe that this isn’t one of the nation’s elite passers. In the spring, with 12 college coaches watching, this gifted four year varsity starter threw 60 balls that all on hand admitted college players would have a tough time making. His velocity, quick release, speed and leadership has put him in a position to shatter Miami-Dade County total offense marks. Despite his lack of height, everyone who has watched him feels that he will be a record-setter at every level he competes at!
21. Chaz Green, OT, 6-6, 290, Tampa Catholic: From the first time we had the pleasure of watching him as a sophomore, it was evident that this athletic line prospect would find his way to the top of any college list by his senior year. While he still needs to get bigger and stronger, his quick feet and athleticism make him a rare find.
22. Louis Nix, DT, 6-2, 300, Jacksonville Raines: Ever since his sophomore year, when he established himself as a future star, this is a player who has displayed an enormous amount of talent. While he is still learning, he still must understand that being motivated to play every down is something that every program in the country will demand. His senior year is key, and he fully understands that! (COMMITTED TO MIAMI).
23. Todd Chandler, DT, 6-0, 300, Miami Northwestern: Watching him since his impressive sophomore year, there was no doubt that was yet another prototypical defensive tackle with strength, quickness and the ability to penetrate the offensive backfield. While he will encounter much larger and more physical offensive linemen at the next level, his strength and athletic ability will be more than enough to make him a solid team player. (COMMITTED TO MIAMI).
24. Devon Wright, RB, 6-0, 185, Coral Springs Taravella: Forget the fact that he is has only played two years of football, this may be one of the fastest-rising running back prospects in the country. He has quickness, balance, great size and the ability make people miss – often! Don’t be surprised at how fast he climbs the charts over the next few months. He is already the two-time defending Broward County rushing champion with the 2009 season coming up.
25. Nickell Robey, WR/CB, 5-8, 175, Frostproof: Alvin Harper, Travis Henry and now this impressive two-way standout who we have been watching since he first broke onto the scene as a football player and a track performer as a 10th grader. He has great cover skills as a defensive back, but his game breaking ability on offense is what we like. He plays much bigger than his size. He also has some swagger to his game.
26. D’Joshua Johnson, WR, 5-10, 155, Pahokee: And the beat goes on for the Blue Devils who seem to produce athletes like this yearly without hesitation. When it comes to making plays there are not many out there better than this quality athlete who burst onto the scene in a major way during a pre-season game last year against Olive Branch, Miss. He is a playmaker and that’s something that there are not enough of in college football. Can he handle the physical pounding at the next level? Time will tell!
27. Kenny Shaw, WR, 6-0, 165, Orlando Dr. Phillips: Like his father did at the University of Illinois, here is an athlete who has the opportunity to make a difference immediately at the next level. A quick, strong and smart football player who we have been fortunate to watch for two full years now. Shaw is as talented as them come on the football field. He is also a great kid, and when evaluating an athlete from film or from the stands, you cannot tell about character, which something all college coaches look at these days.
28. Michaelee Harris, WR, 6-1, 185, Miami Northwestern: Don’t for a second believe that the talent pool at this position has dried up in Liberty City. Here is the perfect example of quickness, athletic ability and character all rolled up into one perfectly designed athlete who has great hands, runs solid routes and has the ability to get off the line scrimmage against anyone!
29. Ian Silberman, OT, 6-5, 260, Fleming Island: One of the first athletes from this school to make a lasting impression, which he did during his sophomore season when he showcased athletic ability and strength. While he made his collegiate decision early on, many have forgotten about this quality football player, but you can believe that he is still the same impressive prospect, heading into his final season in the Jacksonville area. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
30. Brandon Gainer, RB, 6-0, 210, Miami Central: Ask any coach about the different running backs they recruit and all will tell you that having someone who is capable of carrying the ball 25-30 times a game at any level is a must. While that total burst of speed may be an issue with some, check back in the fourth quarter of any game the Rockets play and you will see a defense that is black and blue from this bruising back who has been doing it since his 10th grade season.
31. Marvin Robinson, DB, 6-1, 200, Eagle Lake - Lake Region: Yet another quality prospect who started to show how dominant he could be at the start of his sophomore season, and hasn’t stopped producing since. A big play athlete who has speed and strength to patrol any secondary. Will play strong safety or even linebacker at the next level. (COMMITTED TO MICHIGAN).
32. Darius Cummings, DE, 6-2, 245, Titusville Astronaut: While we first had the chance to see him as a sophomore, the better look came last year, prior to his junior season at the Florida State University camp, where he showed his skills both as a defensive end and tight end. What you like from this gifted young man is the way he quickly gets off the ball. He makes it impossible for opposing offenses to dig in and slow him down. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA STATE).
33. Mike McFarland, TE, 6-6, 225, Tampa Blake: Here is yet another athlete from the state of Florida who has emerged as one of the top prospects in the class. A quarterback/tight end/receiver who has quickness, blocks extremely well and has exceptional hands, which comes from his play on the basketball court for the Yellow Jackets. Has the opportunity to be a great football player once he gets the chance to concentrate on one positions and one sport. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
34. Brent Benedict, OT, 6-4, 280, Jacksonville Bolles: The radar screen has been up for this quality football talent since his 9th grade season. One of those athletes who has quick feet, a great frame and knows the game of football. Has been a standout for the Bulldogs the past two years, and is likely to emerge as one of the nation’s best prospects by the end of the 2009 season. Certainly a must get for any college program.
35. James Louis, WR/CB, 5-11, 190, Delray Beach Atlantic: It seems that there isn’t a year that goes by without at least one standout making news from this impressive program. Like many who have made their way through the ranks, this was one of the top youth league performers before getting to high school, where he has been impressive on both sides of the ball. While many college coaches continue to keep an eye out, we feel that his best position at the next level will be at the cornerback position.
36. Willis Wright, WR/S, 6-1, 200, Miami Springs: Ask any college coach who has had the pleasure of watching this impressive football player and all will say the same. He is easily one of the top prospects in the class. While many have only discovered his many talents this past spring, here is an athlete who has been getting it done on both sides of the ball for the Golden Hawks. This is a physical receiver who reminds many of former Miami Norland standout Dwayne Bowe. There is little doubt that this is one of the fastest-rising stars in the class.
37. Trey Burton, QB, 6-2, 215, Venice: Yet another football talent we had the pleasure of watching back in his sophomore year when he was a running back for the Indians. When the season began last year, here was one of the top prospects around, and while little has changed, this is a prospect that will probably see his position change at the next level. He has already proven he is a tremendous runner, and last year in some 7-on-7 events, he proved to be a safety with plenty of potential – or even an outside linebacker.
Either way, he will be a major factor at the next level. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
38. Tony Grimes, CB, 6-0, 170, Hollywood Hills: While many who evaluate and recruit the state of Florida seem to be on top of many quality athletes, here is one that everyone completely whiffed on from the start. A three year starter who has been playing at a high level since he hit the football field for the Spartans, this gifted athlete has been working his way up the charts – quickly. While he may eventually end up at a safety position, his cover skills are impressive without the impressive speed that some colleges are fooled by. Watch him play and see how physical he is and you will be sold – like the 20 colleges who offered him in the spring!
39. Rashard Knight, CB, 5-10, 180, Jacksonville Trinity Christian: Another quality athlete who has proven that he is one of the top cover-corner prospects around. A very aggressive and quick football player who has had the opportunity to learn a great deal over the past three years from some stellar coaches. A versatile two-way player who was effective as a running back with nearly 1,000 total yards.
40. Clint Trickett, QB, 6-2, 170, Tallahassee North Florida Christian: Clearly the No. 2 rated pure quarterback in the state who understands the game better than any other prospect at his position in the state of Florida. We had the pleasure of evaluating for two years now, and while he is the son of a coach (Rick Trickett, FSU) and has been around the game all of his life, he has been able to work hard, pick things up and develop into a top-light prospects in a state that more than has its share of athletes. He has a good arm and can make most of the throws asked of him. He is very accurate as a quarterback, who knows how to win.
41. Roy Finch, RB, 5-8, 185, Niceville: Ironically, the first time we had the pleasure of watching this gifted runner perform was during his sophomore year at Edmond North High School in Oklahoma, where he established himself as a prospect to keep an eye on. This is a quick, slashing runner who changes directions as well as anyone in the class. This is football player who has been able to keep it going at an impressive level in the Sunshine State after honing his skills against national powers such as Tulsa Union and Jenks at an early age.
42. Derek Owens, CB, 5-11, 175, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson: From the moment we first saw him as a sophomore, we were sold on this exceptional talent that head coach Kevin Sullivan had long been talking about. Not only does he bring outstanding cover skills to his game, but he is also a tremendous run stopper and an all-around athlete who is capable of playing on the offensive side of the ball and punting, where he averaged nearly 40 yards per punt.
43. Joshua Reese, WR, 6-0, 180, Miami Central: Burst onto the scene last year as a junior for the Rockets with his ability to catch the ball, separate himself from the defenders and run some of the best routes that any receiver in the state can run. This is a quality talent that is getting lost in the shuffle, but believe that he will showcase a skill level that will make him as good as anyone in this class before the season comes to an end.-Miami
44. Tavaris Barnes, DT, 6-5, 255, Jacksonville First Coast: Having the chance to see players all over the state gave us the advantage of watching this quality prospect early on in his development and following him to where he is now. While Louis Nix gets most of the recognition in this region of the state, Barnes may turn out to be the better prospect down the road. He runs very well and his upside is as good as any defensive line prospect in the state. He can play defensive end or possibly move inside to tackle in college.
45. Darion Hall, RB, 6-2, 210, Naples Lely: Talk about a big, bruising back with speed and the ability to wear defenses down. This past season he accounted for over 2,000 yards, which included 7 games of 100 yards or more and 2 contests in which he went for over 200. One of those every down backs who has speed, strength and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Will be a major addition to any school that gets him on campus. He is yet another prospect on the rise!
46. Lo Wood, CB, 6-0, 170, Apopka: Having watched this quality football talent since his freshman season at Orlando Dr. Phillips, there is little doubt that he is one of the best in the state of Florida. A tremendous cover-corner who can lockdown receivers with the best. He also has proven that he is physical enough at 6-foot to support the run, playing much like a safety with a will to want to mix it up against the best. Yet another solid prospect who continues to climb the ladder toward the top!
47. Sean Tapley, WR, 6-0, 170, Jacksonville Raines: In a season that boasts one of the best classes of receivers in the history of football in the Sunshine State, here is yet another top-flight prospect who has the size, speed and quickness that college coaches look for at this position. While he will enter college as a No. 2 receiver, his work ethic and development could elevate him to a No. 1 spot over the next few years. He also is working on his downfield blocking, which is so very important in any program. (COMMITTED TO SOUTH CAROLINA).
48. Tavadis Glenn, OT, 6-4, 265, Jacksonville Terry Parker: Watching him play last year as a junior, you could see that this was a prospect who would be very special. While he tends to take some plays off, he has the skill level to dominate on every play. While he has proven to be very impressive on the offensive side of the ball, look for him to get a look on defense, where his quickness, strength and overall athletic ability will definitely shine through. (COMMITTED TO MIAMI).
49. Greg Dent, WR/S, 6-0, 180, Belle Glade Central: Having had the opportunity to step into the largest stage in Florida each week with the Raiders, this is truly a talented football player who has earned his stripes on both sides of the ball. Was on hand last year when he caught the winning touchdown in the annual Muck Bowl game against rival Pahokee, which thrust him into the spotlight. His play in the defensive secondary is also something that college coaches pointed out. He is a hitter who knows where the ball is at all times.
50. Merill Noel, CB, 5-9, 180, Pahokee: While he isn’t one of the biggest at the positions, here is an athlete who has continues to receive recognition because of his physical play and outgoing style of locking down receivers. Another positive is his ability to stop the run and make big plays against offensive weapons who are much larger.
51. Lyndon Trail, DE/TE, 6-6, 200, Miami Booker T. Washington: While there is so much upside to an athlete like this, with his ability to play on either side of the ball, his quickness, tremendous reach advantage and overall athletic ability, there are concerns on how heavy he will eventually get. While many point to Jason Taylor as a perfect example of being tall and lean, many college coaches are hoping that he can put 40 pounds on his frame over the next few years and be something like Taylor was in College and into his early years in the NFL. This one time basketball standout could become a totally different player if he gets to the point where the weight stays on.
52. James White, RB, 5-10, 185, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: The other part of a duo that could be one of the best in the nation. A quick, strong, impressive back who has the size to run between the tackles and the speed to bounce it outside and take it the distance. What makes this athlete so impressive is his ability to filter out of the backfield to make catches and create mismatches in the defense. He is also a baseball player, which adds to his overall athletic ability. Keep your eye on this quality football player!
53. Shane McDermott, OC, 6-3, 265, Palm Beach Central: Yet another player we have been on for the past three years, since following his brother, Tyler, here is a big, strong, quick talent who is going to be quite a player at the next level. What makes this talent so impressive is he has tremendous strength and has a background in wrestling which adds to his balance and toughness on the interior part of the line. This will be a quality player for years to come. (COMMITED TO MIAMI).
54. Dominique Roberts, WR/RB, 6-1, 205, Daytona Beach Seabreeze: The amazing thing about this quality talent is not the fact that he is capable of playing three or four positions on the football field, but the fact that he can play them all extremely well. A quality running back who was called on to play quarterback last year for the Sandcrabs and all he did was account for over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Leading this team to a state semifinal appearance at Tallahassee Lincoln. Look for him to play a major role on a team looking to get back in the playoff mix.
55. Demar Dorsey, S, 6-2, 180, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson: Having watched this gifted athlete play a number of times, you continue to see why some schools like him as a safety, while others love his speed and cover skills enough to put him at the corner position. Having had the opportunity to watch him since his days of youth league football and following his progress, his best position is at safety. He does better playing with the football in front of him. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
56. O.J. Ross, WR, 5-10, 175, Daytona Mainland: On a trip last year to watch longtime friend and head coach John Maronto and the Bucs, there were a number of players this team had to look at, but one that certainly stood out and caught the attention of everyone on hand was this speedy, sure-handed athlete who was another in the long line of talented athletes this school has produced. One of the fastest players in the state this coming season, there is no reason why this talented football player shouldn’t continue to get better and put himself in a position to be one of the elite athletes in a very talented class.
57. Tevin Drake, RB, 6-0, 205, Brooksville Nature Coast: Ever since his freshman year, this was a player we have been following. In an area that generally does not boast a lot of major college football prospects, this hard-running, elusive complete back has certainly carried the torch, and we have been fortunate to watch his maturity as a football player – firsthand! Has over 3,000 yards in his brilliant career.
58. Quinton Dunbar, WR, 6-3, 180, Miami Booker T. Washington: The impressive list of talented South Florida-area receivers continues with this gifted football player who burst onto the scene in a major way last spring, enhanced his standing during 7-on-7 events last summer, and by the end of his junior year, he was already considered one of the best in Florida. A tall, thin athletes who has great body control, stronger than he appears and has the quickness to catch any ball thrown in his direction. Makes up one of the most impressive receiving corps in the state, and perhaps the nation!
59. Terrence Brooks, CB, 5-10, 165, Dunnellon: While the Class of 2009 was not very deep at the cornerback position, this current class more than makes up for it as this quality football talent has already proven. This speedy corner is one of the elite two-way athletes in the state of Florida. In addition to shutting down the opposition’s passing game, he also found a way to put up over 1,000 total yards as a receiver for coach Frank Beasley and the Tigers.
60. Calvin Smith, DL/OL, 6-4, 275, Hialeah: Unless you follow the entire state of Florida, visiting practices, seeing games and going to camps, this is the kid of standout that you would completely miss. This is not a kid you would totally grasp from watching game film. Here is a football talent who has emerged as one of the top two-way prospects in Florida. While he lines up next to the state’s top-rated player, it has only opened the way for colleges to get a better at him and appreciate his speed, strength and knowledge of the game.
61. Spencer Boyd, CB, 5-10, 180, Cape Coral: Another prospect we have been on since his 10th grade year when he returned kicks, made an impression on the offensive side of the ball and began to establish himself as a force on defense, where he has really come of age. His cover skills are impressive and his knowledge of the game shines through every time he hits the field. His overall varsity experience will be a huge asset this coming season.
62. Shawn Corker, WR, 6-1, 185, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: Here is a player that illustrates everything you need to know about the recruiting game. Last year, at this time, there wasn’t one person who knew who this gifted football talent was. Now, as we head toward the summer, he is regarded as one of the top performers in a receiving class that is easily as deep as it’s ever been in the state of Florida. A great route runner, who plays the game with a physical presence and knows what it takes to use his body as well as his mind. Another player who is on the rise toward the top.
63. Torrian Wilson, OT, 6-5, 280, Miami Northwestern: In a year that is not one of the deepest at the position in the state, here is a player who certainly watched his stock rise a great deal last year during the stretch run for the Bulls. His quick feet, tremendous hand and arm control and ability to run and pass block has given him a huge advantage. While he has a lot to work on, he is certainly come a long way since the first time he put on pads.
64. Jonathan Feliciano, OT, 6-4, 275, Davie Western: Talk about someone who was never looked at before he sold himself to colleges across the country, he was a player who was actually talked about two years ago by former head coach Doug Dutton who spoke about his athletic ability, great feet and explosion at the line of scrimmage. This is easily one of the top prospects at the position, and while he gains more experience, there is little doubt that this three-year player will climb the ladder faster than any other player at this position in the state. A huge find – in more than one way! (COMMITTED TO MIAMI).
65. Jakhari Gore, RB, 5-9, 165, Miami Christopher Columbus: For the past two years, all we have heard about is Frank Gore’s little cousin who has the speed and running instincts to be a great player at the next level. While he understands that he will never be a tackle-to-tackle runner, Gore does understands that his peed, catching ability and instincts can turn him into quite a weapon as a slot player and kick returner at the next level. In open field, he is nearly impossible to catch!
66. Brian Robinson, DB, 5-10, 185, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Came out of the 2008 season as one of the most athletic and physical defensive secondary performers in the region. Follows in the footsteps of his father, a one-time Fort Lauderdale Dillard and Auburn standout as a gifted athlete who is capable of making big plays, using his knowledge of the game, quickness and exceptional balls skills. Colleges love his all-out style of play, which has become his trademark over the past two years.
67. Dan Koenig, OT, 6-6, 260, Cape Coral: Having watched his two brothers play before heading to Oklahoma State, you tend to appreciate how much the athletic big man has learned over the years. He has great feet, improving strength and plenty of athletic ability. Colleges are amazed at how far along he is with his technique and ability to control the line of scrimmage. As he gets stronger and continues to gain confidence he will only get better and better.
68. Kevin Nelson, LB, 6-1, 220, Gainesville: After a tremendous sophomore year, he continued to progress and become one of the state’s top juniors a year ago as we watched his progress in two games. A great run supporter who can play the entire field. College coaches love his motor that never stops, his strength and overall quickness. Yet another prospect who continues to get better every time we have the chance to see him.
69. Javon Bell, WR, 5-11, 175, Jacksonville Ribault: Yet another top-flight prospect we had the chance to watch for the past two years. Has the speed and athletic ability to become one of the top receivers in the region. Colleges we had the opportunity to speak with believe that over the next six months, his stock will rise and colleges all over the southeast will make a solid push to get him on campus. He runs tremendous patterns and has good speed. Needs to work on being a little bit more physical.
70. Jeremy Hester, RB, 5-9, 175, Panama City Arnold: We are fortunate to have followed this quality runner’s progress for two years now, seeing him play and taking him out of the rather large shadow that many players are trying to escape in the Panhandle. A quick back who not only runs extremely hard and is impressive when he gets matched against a linebacker out of the backfield, which he usually ends up winning out. This is a back who will start getting more and more attention during the summer and into the fall of his senior season.
71. Marquel Wade, WR, 5-11, 180, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson: When coach Kevin Sullivan speak highly about one of his players from the time he's in the 10th grade, you know that he really thinks highly of the individual. Much like the way we he praised Leon Washington when he played for him, Wade is a gifted athlete who has been getting it done at this level for two years. Runs tremendous patterns, has great hands and is blessed with speed that helps him to separate from the secondary.
72. David Perry, DE, 6-6, 235, Davie University School: Yet another payer we were very fortunate to have been in on since he started playing at the varsity level for coach Roger Harriott. While he is still learning the game, his instincts, wingspan and athletic ability has helped him to make a transition on the football field. What you have to like about Perry is his potential. He has all the physical tools to be a very good defensive end. He has the chance to be special at the next level.
73. Quayshawn Nealy, LB, 6-0, 205, Lakeland: Watching his progress over the past two years, there was little doubt that he would start to make a steady climb up the ladder. His ability to play the position has been evident since his sophomore year. A quick, strong athletes who has captured the attention of colleges the past two years because of his ability to make plays. A very steady linebacker who can play inside or outside. He covers well and supports the run and knows how to make plays. Keep an eye on this gifted young man who will only get better.
74. Alton Bailey, DT, 6-3, 275, Seffner Armwood: For as long as most can remember, this is a school that has always been able to groom its athletes from a young age. Attend a practice and you will see why coach Callahan and this program has been one of the best over the past decade. Competition from a young age has only helped to groom players like who have quickness, strength and developing skills on the football field. has the opportunity, over time, to be yet another very good football player.
75. Chad Abrams, S, 6-1, 190, Lakeland Kathleen: Having watched this talented prospect mature over the past year, he adds his name to a list of defensive secondary performers who may be the deepest this state has seen in quite some time. Very good cover player who is not afraid to stick his body into the middle of a running play to make something positive happen. Started to showcase his many abilities last year for the Red devils, and as he heads into the summer, he is certainly an athlete everyone will be watching! (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA STATE).
76. Gideon Ajagbe, 6-3, 205, S/LB, Miami Ransom Everglades: A three-year varsity starter who has been quite the standout over the past few years for veteran head coach David Hewett. One of the most physical players in the state who will need to settle into one position at the next level. Is a great hitter on defense, where he has played in the secondary and lined up at linebacker. On the offensive side of the ball, he was a 1,000 runner as a junior, where he showcased his toughness and overall athletic ability. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
77. Rashard Lawrence, WR, 6-2, 180, Orlando Olympia: After watching him as a sophomore, and again last year during his junior year, we saw a player who has the ability and potential to become a dominant player at the next level. Isn't afraid to catch balls over the middle, has very good speed and is quite dangerous after making a catch. College coaches who have had the pleasure of watching him the past year all agreed that this is a player who has his best years ahead of him!
78. Keion Payne, CB, 6-0, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: After watching him develop from his days in youth football and in the first two years at nearby Dillard High, this quality football talent makes the move to play for the Raiders this season. A good size cover-corner prospect who has quickness and athletic ability. Is starting to get more physical, which colleges just love from a player with this size.
79. Brion Carnes, QB, 6-0 180, Bradenton Manatee: If you have ever watched this gifted young man play, you understand how valuable he can be on the field. Will be a three year starter for the Hurricanes, and while some have labeled him a "system quarterback:, his many talents as a runner and as a passer will prove those people wrong. Has been taught to play this game as well as any athletic quarterback around. He has arms strength and makes all the throws required. Will be one of those players who defines the Class of 2010. (COMMITTED TO SOUTH FLORIDA).
80. Jeremy Davis, CB/WR, 6-1, 172, Cape Coral: While being the half brother of former University of Miami and Lehigh Senior High School standout Phillip Buchanon is a plus, there is no guarantee that the same things will fall into place for this gifted athlete, but he is headed in that direction. One of the fastest players in the state, who played at Fort Myers High last year, combines tremendous cover skills with an ability to play on offense, where he accounted for 400 yards as a junior. Top prospect who is only getting better! (COMMITTED TO MIAMI).
81. Delvin Jones, DE, 6-4, 235, Miami Palmetto: As we do in our travels across this state, we have the chance to see athletes and discover them in their freshman, sophomore and junior seasons like we did last year when this gifted athlete was getting it done at Miami LaSalle. The rest of the nation had the chance to see this mountain of a young man this past February at a 7-on-7 event, where he switched over to receiver. While many colleges are looking to see more of what he can do on the football field, there is little doubt that his size, quickness and strength give him a huge advantage against any competition.
82. Leon Shorter, WR, 6-2, 170, Fort Pierce Westwood: Another find as a sophomore, we have been watching his progress, checking out his growth as a player and as an athlete. Was one of the top pass-catching receivers a year ago, look for him to become more physical for the Panthers as they rebuild a team that lost some key offensive players from a year ago. This is certainly a player who will get stronger and has the chance to dominate at the next level. This year figures to be a vital year in his overall development.
83. Tiger Powell, RB, 5-11, 210, Lake City Columbia: Yet another prospect who has been turning heads since his freshman year, this is a player who is quick, strong and is as tough as you get. A top-flight player who has the ability to run over and away from you. Developed into a total back over the past year as a tremendous blocker and pass catcher as well. Another of the great ball carriers in a state that is simply loaded with them this year. College coaches have been on this talent for two solid years now. (COMMITTED TO SOUTH FLORIDA).
84. Ravonne Carter, CB, 6-0 190, Hialeah: Over the past two years, here is one cornerback who has certainly proven that he has the skill level and the athletic ability to compete against the best. A physical, quick football talent who not only plays the pass well, but is certainly not afraid to come up and hit you. College coaches have expressed over the past few months that he may be one of the best in the state, and with the T-Breds' challenging schedule, we'll soon find out!
85. Leon Orr, OT, 6-4, 295, New Port Richey Gulf: Yet another talented athlete from an area that has slowly been producing top-flight talent over the past few years. We first saw him last year at a camp, followed his progress during the season and watched his vast improvement as his quick feet and strength started to produce one of the top line prospects in the state. College coaches are thrilled with his athleticism and character on and off the field. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
86. Clifton Coleman, DB, 5-10, 170, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson: Yet another quality prospects who will parlay speed and raw athleticism to play cornerback in college. What he needs to do is get bigger and stronger than he is now. In addition, he will be asked to play receiver, which is something that head coach Mark James likes from his athletes. Keep an eye out for this young man.
87. Thomas Ryan, DE, 6-4, 240, Marathon: Had the pleasure of watching him perform as a sophomore when he began to mature as a pass rusher, saw his progress last year as a junior when he added size and strength to his game, and then came full circle with this impressive athlete in the off season as every college made that extra hour ride south into the Keys top check his progress out. Tremendous football talent. (COMMITTED TO VANDERBILT).
88. Demetrius Pettway, S, 5-11, 185, Homestead: From the first time we watched him perform at the end of his freshman year, it was a matter of keeping a close eye on his progress, and from seeing him play a number of times, there is little doubt that he is one of the top players in a state loaded in the defensive secondary. An athlete who began playing corner and then as he grew and got bigger and stronger, he made the move to the safety position where combines outstanding cover skills with the ability to make huge hits. Another solid football player who will only get better.
89. Jared Haggins, Athlete, 6-0, 180, Lakeland: While he plays quarterback, and does it very well for the potent Dreadnaughts, many see him moving to receiver or even in the secondary at the next level. College coaches who have watched him feel that his athleticism is so impressive, his ability to make an impact at the next level could come at several different positions. A very quick football player who comes from a football family. The only question remains is what plans do certain colleges have for him.
90. Richard Ash, DT, 6-3, 265, Pahokee: After a solid junior season, this gifted athlete continues to make a lasting impression this spring. Talking with college coaches, they just love his quickness, strength and knowledge of the game. Plays the run very well and knows how to penetrate the backfield. Has steadily become a major force for one of the premier teams in the state of Florida.
91. Jose Jose, OC, 6-1, 360, Miami Central: After starting for three years at Booker T. Washington, this imposing prospects makes a move down the road to play for the Rockets in 2009. While he is strong and very athletic, there will be a need to start getting in better shape, which many believe will enhance his overall package as a player. At a time when some coaches feel that he will stay on the offensive side of the ball, there are a few schools who have hinted that a move to nose tackle would be perfect for his frame and style of play. (COMMITTED TO TENNESSEE).
92. Zach Allen, LB, 6-2, 210, Pahokee: Has been one of those players everyone has been watching and waiting to mature for two years, and now as heads into his senior season, this gifted athlete is a secret no longer. College coaches who have had the pleasure of watching him play believe that he will establish himself as one of the premier prospects at the position in the state this season. He has plenty of speed and plays at a high level of intensity!
93. Darrin Kitchens, S, 6-2, 200, Homestead: Here is yet another southern Miami-Dade County athlete who brings so much to the table with him. Not only is he a gifted football player who is more than capable of playing running back, defensive back, linebacker and defensive end, but has already proven that he is the kind of student/athlete you can rely on as a teammate. His quickness, athletic ability and knowledge of the game will make him a player that college coaches will not want to pass up. His best years on the football field are definitely ahead of him!
94. Justin Wilson, LB, 6-0, 218, Davie Western: If there was another athlete who proves that seeing him live is the way to better appreciate what he can do to help a team, here he is. A quick, agile, strong and athletic prospect who has everything it takes to develop into a quality player. While he plays on both sides (running back) of the ball, he is also a two-sport (wrestler) athlete who has tremendous balance and a plays with a toughness that you cannot teach.
95. Ted Meline, WR, 6-4, 170, Miami Booker T. Washington: While he has very little experience, competing at the varsity level because of injury, this Westlake Prep transfer will find out in a hurry if he can live up the a reputation he started to carve out for himself as a sophomore. A tall, quick athlete who will be given every opportunity to show why so many colleges are simply in love with his potential of catching the ball and making big plays. He needs to stay healthy, and we have a feeling that everything will fall into place.
96. Ralph Williams, LB, 6-1, 210, Miami Gulliver Prep: Following in the footsteps of a playmaking machine like Frankie Telfort will not be easy, but here is an athlete who has the size, strength and athletic ability to play at a very high level. Last year, he didn’t have to do most of the work, but this year, you can bet the Raiders will count on him to initiate more plays and be the prospect that many predicted when he first arrived.
97. Desmond Cooper, S, 6-1, 185, Jacksonville Bolles: On a team that could have 5-10 Division1 prospects, here is a player who truly made major strides last year and helped to carry the Bulldogs down the stretch. His combination of speed, strength and athletic ability allowed him to make the big plays for the 2A state champions. Like so many quality players in this state, he has the chance to continue getting better, putting his team into the playoff mix once again.
98. Vinnie Mauro, LB, 6-1, 215, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: After a brilliant junior season, this impressive prospects returns to give the defending national champions a player who is a sure tackler, has speed, drops into coverage and is as intense as you will find. One of the most athletic players at this position, he is also an outstanding baseball player who had 8 homers this past season.
99. Demetre Baker, LB, 6-0, 205, Orange Park: One of those players who is easy to spot on the field. He is one of the most physical players around who also was one of the best shot putters in the state. His speed and athletic ability have given college coaches plenty to look at and project. While colleges admit that he still needs to learn on the football field, they love what he is capable of doing when everything comes together. He is also someone who willing to learn and develop.
100. Eddie Sullivan, QB, 6-0, 185, Boca Raton: Yet another prospect that is only inches from being a nationally-rated player. First watched him during his sophomore year at Park Vista, when he led his team to within one game of a 6A state finals appearance, followed his progress in the off season at camps in Orlando, Tampa and Atlanta. Has a tremendous arm, great vision and can make just about every throw required of him. Has the chance to be one of Florida’s premier recruits over the next few months as more schools follow his development.
This list was a combined effort of www.elitescoutingservices.com and the Miami Herald.