After seeing thousands of players, hundreds of games and breaking down numerous hours of film, we have come up with a post season Class of 2010 list.
While there are many lists out there, which we respect and applaud, this is one that has been compiled by a team of evaluators statewide who have watched each and every prospect live and not just relied on game film are the word of others who have no basis in which to compare.
Keep in mind, any list is subjective at best, but when you have the opportunity to see and compare athletes, and colleges throughout the nation have used your information for decades, validity and credibility does come into to play.
According to the many colleges and universities we work with during the course of a year, a majority (300) of the (450) D1 prospects are located from Fort Pierce to Key West, but the very fact that the state boasts over 450 D1 prospects is simply amazing!
We will also release our top 100 for the Class of 2011 with the same formula of watching each and every prospect live after the holidays.
1. Matt Elam, S, 5-11, 195, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer – (Committed to Florida): Elam has been a star since the 9th grade at Palm Beach Lakes and Dwyer. In every game, he seems to make a big play on both sides of the football. Elam is the best all-around football player in the state of Florida. He was the No. 1 junior in the state a year ago.
2. Lamarcus Joyner, DB/WR, 5-9, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas – (Committed to Florida State): Before the season began, most felt Joyner was overrated because he played at Southwest High in Miami. But after his move over to the nation’s No. 1 program, there is little doubt that this is easily one of the best prospects not only in Florida, but the entire country.
3. Corey Lemonier, DE, 6-4, 220, Hialeah: Our No. 1 player in the pre-season has done little to diminish what most felt all along. Lemonier is without question one of the top players in the nation. He gets off the ball quickly and is very difficult for opposing offensive tackles to block. There is not a defensive end in Florida with more upside then this star.
4. Christian Green, QB/WR, 6-2, 200, Tampa Catholic: Ever since his sophomore season when he led his team to the runner-up spot among 2A schools, this gifted athlete has been on the radar screen. Two years later and there may not be a better wide receiver prospect in Florida. He has all the physical tools to be one of the premier players at his position over the next four years.
5. Jeff Luc, MLB, 6-1, 235, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast – (Committed to Florida State): While we have watched him for two full years now, this is a physical specimen who continues to turn heads in every game he plays in. There are very few linebackers that have ever come out of high school that have hit as hard as Luc. As a football player, he still has plenty of room to improve, but when you are one of the elite players in Florida, that’s a good thing.
6. Christian Jones, OLB, 6-4, 220, Winter Park Lake Howell: When all is said and done and players head out to colleges next year, Jones may end up as the top player to come out of this class. To his advantage, he has played safety, linebacker and defensive end at the high school level. Unfortunately, he is on a team that does not give him a lot of help.
7. Chris Dunkley, WR, 6-0, 170, Pahokee: Having watched him over the past three years at Royal Palm Beach and now at Pahokee, there is little doubt that Dunkley is by far one of the best threats after the catch. He has the ability to take a five yard hitch route and take it the distance. He runs solid routes and is very difficult for most defensive backs to cover one on one.
8. Brandon Linder, OL, 6-5, 290, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: For the past three years, there has not been a more athletic and productive big man in the state of Florida. His athletic ability and leadership has earned him praise from college throughout the country. He can play tackle, guard or center at the next level.
9. Gerald Christian, TE/DE, 6-3, 230, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer – (Committed to Florida): If you really want to see an athlete who backs up all the hype that has been heaped on his broad shoulders, this is the kid! Christian has the potential to become one of the best tight end prospects to come out of Florida in the past decade.
10. Ivan McCartney, WR, 6-1, 175, Miramar: “Sticks”, as he is called by his teammates, is one of the most explosive receivers in Florida. He runs solid routes and makes plays every-time the ball is in his hands. A versatile player on both sides of the field and on special teams, McCartney is a prospect we expect to make an instant impact in college.
11. Gio Bernard, RB, 5-8, 200, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas – (Committed to Notre Dame): When he is healthy and playing full strength, there are very few backs who can change the game in an instant like this two-year starter and three year varsity performer. He does a great job of bouncing the ball outside or running between the tackles. He can also break tackles and go the distance anywhere on the field.
12. Brent Benedict, OT, 6-5, 285, Jacksonville Bolles – (Committed to Georgia): After the first month of the season, this was one of the prospects that everyone continued to rave about. Then came the season-ending knee injury that really put a dent into the team. While he remains confident that he will be back playing better than ever, there is that long recovery road to climb!
13. Jonathan Dowling, DB, 6-4, 185, Bradenton Southeast – (Committed to Florida): After watching him as a junior, there was little doubt that this talented football player, who had 14 interceptions as a junior, will be an impact player. When you have that many interceptions no matter what level that is quite impressive. Dowling can play safety or possibly even wide receiver in college.
14. Eduardo Clements, RB, 5-10, 180, Miami Booker T. Washington – (Committed to Miami): While many continued to question what he wasn’t doing on the field, this is an athlete who has been getting it done since his sophomore season. Easily one of the most versatile backs in the state, Clements shook off an injury to lead the Tornadoes into the playoffs. Clements has the talent to make an impact anywhere he lines up on the field.
15. Kenny Shaw, WR, 6-1, 175, Orlando Dr. Phillips: If there is any player with a brighter upside, they need to step forward now! This is one of the best route runner in the state of Florida, who plays with great body control. If the ball is near him, Shaw is most likely to come down with it. He is one of the most underrated prospects in Florida.
16. Greg Dent, DB/WR, 6-0, 185, Belle Glade Glades Central – (Committed to Florida State): Was there a player in the state if Florida who made more strides during the course of a season than this talent athlete. A two time Muck Bowl MVP was one of the main reasons the Raiders were among the best teams in the state. We expect him to play defensive back in college, but Dent will get his first crack at wide receiver. Could become a two-way player at the next level. He is that impressive.
17. D’Joshua Johnson, WR, 5-9, 155, Pahokee – (Committed to Florida State): Although lighter than you would like a player to be that is on the verge of heading to the next level, this is still a playmaker who is a threat to go the distance any time. Once he gets to college, they will put him on a serious weight program to bulk up his frame.
18. Cody Riggs, DB, 5-8, 175, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (Committed to Florida): While he had a tough time in the nationally-televised game against power Byrnes, S.C., this is a player who remains as one of the best cover cornerbacks in Florida. No matter where he ends up at the next level, he will have his hands full, but there is strong belief he will rise to the task at hand.
19. Roy Finch, RB, 5-8, 185, Niceville – (Committed to Oklahoma): having had the pleasure of watching him live as a sophomore back in Oklahoma and following his progress to the state of Florida, this is a back who has a tremendous future ahead of him. Look for him to have plenty of success in the Sooners’ offensive attack.
20. Jeffrey Godfrey, QB, 5-11, 190, Miami Central: Having had the pleasure of watching this impressive football talent since his first snap as a freshman at Miami Edison High, there has always been a belief that he will be one of the best around, and certainly has never done anything to make anyone believe otherwise. A record-setting playmaker who is the best quarterback in the state of Florida.
21. Chaz Green, OT, 6-4, 275, Tampa Catholic: Yet another athlete who has been steady the past two years, proving that footwork and athletic ability can take you a long way at this position. At the start of the year, there was a concern about his overall strength, but once in a college weight room, things will begin to fall into place and he will reach his potential!
22. Jaylen Watkins, DB, 6-0, 175, Cape Coral – (Committed to Florida): On the radar for the past two years, here is a versatile athlete who has played cornerback and safety on defense, and quarterback, receiver and special teams Watkins can play cornerback or safety in college. Watkins is part of one of the best defensive backfields in the country.
23. Darius Cummings, DE, 6-2, 240, Titusville Astronaut – (Committed to Florida State): Another of the top-flight prospects we have been watching since his sophomore season, this is a an athlete who is quick, string and gets off the ball and into the backfield in a hurry. He plays very low to the ground and does not give the opposition much to block. Cummings plays defensive tackle but look for him to move outside in college.
24.Terrence Mitchell, DB, 5-10, 175, Tampa Hillsborough: After watching him play as a junior, into the summer and then several times this year, there is little doubt that this is a future impact player. What he lacks in overall size, this is a quality talent that more than makes up for with his speed and quickness. He should also be a threat on special teams as well.
25. Louis Nix, DT, 6-2, 320, Jacksonville Raines – (Committed to Notre Dame): After watching him as a junior and again this season, there is still a feeling that Nix needs to play hard on every play. Nix has that quick step off the football you want to see in a defensive tackle and has the potential to be a great player. Only time will tell.
26. Kadron Boone, WR, 6-2, 200, Ocala Trinity Catholic – (Committed to Texas Tech): Since returning from an injury last year, this has been a player who has emerged as one of the best in the state. He is one of the more physical receivers in Florida, which was attractive to colleges across the country. He also has the ability to go up and get the football. He has good hands and runs solid routes. Look for Boone to really shine in an offense like the Red Raiders run.
27. Todd Chandler, DT, 5-11, 285, Miami Northwestern – (Committed to Miami): Ever since his sophomore year and that game against Southlake Carroll in Dallas, this is a player who has truly left a mark. A quality talent who is quick off the ball, strong and athletic. Whether at practice or in a game, Chandler is always motivating his teammates and himself. He is someone who does not take losing lightly at all.
28. Nikell Robey, Athlete, 5-8, 170, Frostproof – (Committed to Georgia): Yet another prospect we have been fortunate enough to watch since early in his sophomore season. One of the fastest players in the state, this impressive can make plays on both sides of the football. What is most impressive is how physical Robey is for someone his size. He does not back down from anyone.
29. Demar Dorsey, DB, 6-2, 180, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson – (Committed to Florida): Talk to several college coaches who will tell you there are not too many athletes with the ability this young man has, nationally. If he puts it all together, he has the chance to be one of the best in the nation. Has great speed and tremendous range.
30. James Louis, WR, 5-11, 180, Delray Beach Atlantic – (Committed to Ohio State): If you have had the pleasure of watching this young man play, you have been treated to a show. Whether it was on offense or defense, his speed, athletic ability and desire to be the best was something that truly put himself in a class by himself. This is truly an impact player at the next level.
31. Marvin Robinson, S, 6-0, 195, Eagle Lake Lake Region (Committed to Michigan): One of the players who has been on the radar screen since the beginning of his sophomore season, here is a talent who combines size, speed and the ability to mix it up with running backs and receivers. Coaches who have played against him have long been impressed at what he does to help his team win games.
32. Brandon Gainer, RB, 6-0, 195, Miami Central: For those who watch film and read internet chatter, this is a back that has to be watched to fully be appreciated. There has not been a big game where he didn’t turn up the volume. A very powerful back that has enough speed to keep defenses honest. Will be a difference maker at the next level. Has tremendous instincts and wears defenses down during the course of a game.
33. B.J. Butler, DE/OLB, 6-3, 225, Kissimmee Osceola – (Committed to Georgia): Yet another top-flight prospect who has been on the radar screen since early in his sophomore season, One of the more athletic players, he has played quarterback, tight end and just about anywhere the coaches needed him to lineup. Look for him to make an impact at defensive end, although he may play some linebacker.
34. Willis Wright, WR/S, 6-2, 190, Miami Springs: Easily one of the top football prospects in the state of Florida with as much potential as anyone. Whether it’s on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, here is someone who makes a difference. Only time will tell if he can reach the plateau where everyone has predicted he will be.
35. James White, RB, 5-11, 190, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: If you’ve watched this young man play, you will understand how valuable he is to his team. One of the hardest runners in this class, some believe that when all is said and done, this could be the most productive runner around. Very good receiver as well.
36. Clint Trickett, QB, 6-2. 180, Tallahassee North Florida Christian – (Committed to Florida State): While hanging around the game all your life is no guarantee that you will be a top-flight prospect, but in this case, the son of FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett gained valuable knowledge and a keen understanding of the game. He will most likely have to red-shirt to get bigger and stronger. Leadership wise, there are not many other quarterbacks that are better then him.
37. Michaelee Harris, WR, 6-2, 180, Miami Northwestern: Before his senior season began, this talented receiver attended several events that showcased his skill level and speed. He did nothing to change anyone’s mind, and as colleges across the country are still impressed, this is a tremendous receiver who will only get better at the next level. He has very good hands and rises to the occasion when his team needed him.
38. Jakhari Gore, RB, 5-9, 170, Miami Christopher Columbus (Committed to LSU): If you want to know the true value of this quality back, all you had to do is watch him in a game earlier this season against budding power South Dade in Homestead. This impressive back carried his team on his shoulders, running just as hard on carry No. 1 as he did on carry No. 25. Very quick and instinctive. Will be an asset to any school at the next level.
39. Cliff Coleman, DB, 5-10, 175, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson – (Committed to Mississippi): One of the most overlooked and underrated cover cornerbacks in Florida. Someone who has the speed and athletic ability to blanket the best receiver and the strength and knowledge to support the run Coleman has the ability to change the outcome of a game – in an instant! He is one of the better all-around cornerbacks in Florida this season.
40. Ricardo Allen, CB, 5-9, 175, Daytona Beach Mainland – (Committed to Purdue): Another under publicized prospect who was judged more on his size rather than his skill level. A stick-in-your-pocket kind of cover cornerbacks who will come up and play run support or play straight up man coverage and more than hold his own.
41. Javon Bell, WR, 6-1, 175, Jacksonville Ribault: After watching hundreds of receivers this season from Pensacola to Key West, there were a number who truly caught our eye. Bell is one of those athletes who could truly climb the ladder toward the top over the next few years. The game we watched Bell had over a 20 yard average every time the ball touched his hands.
42. Devon Wright, RB, 6-0, 185, Coral Springs Taravella: From his first carry at the high school level to his final run which capped off three straight Broward County rushing titles, we have been on one of the most productive players ever to wear a uniform in this region of the state. He can also play receiver or defensive back at the next level, if needed.
43. Darius Millines, Athlete, 6-0, 188, American Heritage Delray – (Committed to West Virginia): Since his days as a versatile safety as a sophomore in the 1A state championship team, this is another prospects we have watched, evaluated and saw his maturity and improvement. Will be a tremendous player at the next level – no matter what position he plays.
44. Demetri Baker, LB, 6-0, 200, Orange Park – (Committed to Georgia): One of the more versatile athletes in a state filled with quality football players. A true playmaker that has quickness, strength and a knack of making plays all over the field. Is also an exceptional track and field performer who will be among the best this year as well.
45. Jared Haggins, Athlete, 6-1, 175, Lakeland – (Committed to Florida State): If you have had the pleasure of watching this impressive athlete play you will understand just how much he adds to any team in a number of ways. While he is playing quarterback now, a position switch is likely at the next level. He is a very good athlete that makes things happen when the ball is in his hands.
46. Leon Orr, OL, 6-5, 295, New Port Richey Gulf – (Committed to Florida): One of the most impressive “big men” in the state of Florida. Has the opportunity to play on either side of the ball for the Gators at the next level. Coaches who went against him the past few years have said that this is one player who has the chance to become a big time player.
47. OJ Ross, WR/CB, 5-10, 170, Daytona Beach Mainland – (Committed to Purdue): Here is another quick athlete who impressed during the summer and into his senior season. He is another two way athlete that could end up on either side of the football. Get the ball in his hands and something special could happen.
48. Derek Owens, WR, 5-11, 170, Jacksonville – (Committed to Georgia): Yet another of the quality athletes we had the pleasure of watching since his sophomore season. Whether it was at camps, practices or in games, he was usually the one making the plays. Has the ability to make things happen, which is one of the reasons several colleges jumped on him early.
49. Delvin Jones, DE, 6-4, 230, Miami Palmetto – (Committed to Tennessee): After watching him early in his junior season at 1A Miami LaSalle, it was very easy to see why this gifted young man was a very special player. His play on both sides of the ball opens eyes to his size and overall athletic ability. While he still has much to learn about the sport, he certainly has everything else that goes into developing a great prospect.
50. Tavares Barnes, DE, 6-4, 260, Jacksonville First Coast – (Committed to Florida State): There are athletes that you need to watch for just a few minutes to know that he is going to be very special, and here is one of the prime examples. This is someone who we were fortunate to watch at the start of his junior year, and have been impressed ever since. He is a raw prospect, but overall should be very good once he steps into a college weight program.
51. Shawn Corker, WR, 6-1, 185, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons – (Committed to Texas Tech): Attending off season events will always give you an edge over those who just watch film. Here is one of those athlete who we watched way before anyone had a clue that he was or how much potential he had. Now he has developed into one of the better prospect in Broward County and will head out to play for a wide open offense.
52. Lynden Trail, DE, 6-5, 200, Miami Booker T. Washington – (Committed to Florida): After watching him on the basketball court as a sophomore, we were fortunate to follow his maturity and progress onto the football field, where his quickness, surprising strength and athletic ability helped in his transition. The biggest concern with Trail is whether or not he can put on the necessary weight to play defensive end in college.
53. Darion Hall, RB, 5-11, 200, Naples Lely – (Committed to Miami): Here is one of the more talented backs in the state in this class. Opposing coaches were all impressed by his running style. Is a power back with speed and durability, which is a perfect mix? Add in the fact that he has pretty good hands, and this becomes the total back.
54. Theodore Jackson, DE, 6-2, 230, Seffner Armwood: After a junior season in which he piled up 12 sacks and turned plenty of heads, this quality prospect continued to dominate offensive lines this season. While his grades were not what many colleges are looking for, this is someone who could end up at junior college and then move over to a four year school later. He is almost impossible to block with just one guy and can get after the quarterback as well as stuff the run.
55. Joshua Reese, WR, 6-0, 190, Miami Central: In a region of the state that is so loaded with talent as nearly 250-275 prospects are slated to go D1 from West Palm Beach to Key West, here is yet another big time player. This is a prospect that first caught our eye at the start of his junior season. He has the ability to make the tough catch across the middle or stretch a defense deep. Will be a player that colleges will be pleased to have aboard.
56. Sean Tapley, WR, 6-0, 180, Jacksonville Raines – (Committed to South Carolina): While many started to promote him after his commitment, we were extremely fortunate to watch him play after his sophomore season. While he is a very good prospect, he still has room for improvement. He lacks the great deep speed, but that does not totally prevent him from making big plays.
57. Ian Silberman, OT, 6-5, 260, Fleming Island – (Committed to Florida): One of the players who made his commitment early in the recruiting process, and while many have forgotten all about him, this quality athlete remains a prospect who will be a force at the next level. Is a very athletic big man.
58. Trey Burton, QB 6-2, 225, Venice – (Committed to Florida): This is a gifted athlete who made the move from running back to quarterback the past two years, and while many still see him making a position change at the next level, the offense that he is moving into may dictate someone with his skill level. He is a very good athlete and a tremendous young man.
59. Jeremy Davis, DB, 5-10, 160, Cape Coral – (Committed to Miami): One of the fastest athletes in a state filled with speedy players, he showed why so many schools coveted him over the past year. While he isn’t one of the best football players in Florida, he is getting better and will fill needs at the next level.
60. Tavadis Glenn, OT/DT, 6-4, 275, Jacksonville Raines – (Committed to Miami): Best known for flashing the “U” last summer at the University of Florida camp and getting the boot, this is yet another athlete who combines, size, quickness and athleticism with tremendous football skills. Many believe that he is one of the impact players in this class.
61. Chad Abrams, DB, 5-11, 185, Lakeland Kathleen – (Committed to Florida State): While many had never watched him play, started to comment on his ability from seeing game clips, this is an athlete we were fortunate to have watched early on during games and camp settings and were immediately impressed. This is yet another football talent who continued to get better and will be an impact player at the next level.
62. Merrill Noel, CB, 5-8, 180, Pahokee – (Committed to Wake Forest): From the first time we watched an evaluated him as a sophomore, there was something special about this quality talent. While he may be a bit undersized, the first thing you notice is that he will never back down against anyone, making him a player who is always in the spotlight. He is tough and willing to take on all comers with exceptional coverage skills and a knack of stopping the run.
63. Terrance Brooks, CB, 5-10, 185, Dunnellon – (Committed to Florida State): Another athlete we watched early on with our trip to North Florida. This is a talented athlete who has quickness, toughness and possesses tremendous cover skills. Will make a huge impact at the next level because he knows how to play the game of football the right way.
64. Michael McFarland, TE, 6-6, 220, Tampa Blake – (Committed to Florida): There is no mistaking the potential this quality athlete has. You cannot teach size and athletic ability, and while he still needs to get stronger and more physical, looking into the future this is a player we expect to hear plenty from.
65. Tony Grimes, CB, 6-0, 175, Hollywood Hills: After watching him mature and improve since his sophomore year, when very few people had ever heard the name, Grimes is an unusual prospect who can play cornerback in some systems, but is better suited at the safety spot in others. A very physical, hard-hitting player who will never shy away from competition. He has been on the radar longer than any defensive back in this class!
66. Spencer Boyd, CB, 5-9, 165, Cape Coral – (Committed to Notre Dame): Here is yet another football player we promoted and evaluated as far back as his sophomore season when he was making an impact as a running back and a terrific kick returner. As he matured and improved, he became a better fit in the defensive secondary, which colleges were completely blown away with.
67. Calvin Smith, DT, 6-4, 275, Hialeah: When you have marquee athletes at one school, others seem to get noticed as diamonds in the rough. Here is a player who took advantage of the attention that was being paid to teammate Corey Lemonier. He is a two-way standout who could play on either side of the football in college. He has quick feet and can move for a big guy.
68. Alton Bailey, DT, 6-3, 277, Seffner Armwood: Every year you get a player with unreal potential that seems to float around without being hyped or pushed. Here is this year’s example of a player who could blow up and play on Sunday or go the other way and never be heard from again. A very physical, strong and quick defensive line prospect who continues to impress. We believe he puts it all together and eventually becomes a standout at the next level – and beyond!
69. Trevor Simien, QB, 6-3, 190, Orlando Olympia – (Committed to Northwestern): One of the most overlooked pure passing quarterbacks in the state. Has a tremendous arm, reads the field as well as anyone and has the smarts and experience to look off initial and secondary receivers. Could emerge as one of the top prospects in the class when all is said and done!
70. Marcus Thompson, LB, 6-3, 225, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson – (Committed to Rutgers): This is a player that if you mention to most, they will look at you with that puzzled expression and ask who he is! After watching this “man-child” competes for three years now as a running back and as a linebacker, his potential level will one day be tapped and he will be competing on Sundays. Our guess is that when the coaching staff in New Jersey finally gets him on campus, they will refine the skills that this standout has inside!
71. Casey Turner, RB, 5-11, 190, Jacksonville Ed White – (Committed to FIU): In the many years we have been evaluating athletes, there are some impressive prospects that you can never figure why more schools are not falling all over themselves to get on campus. Here is a perfect example of a quality player hat seems to produce week in and week out. There is a sense that he could start from the first day on campus in Miami. He is that good!
72. Quinton Dunbar, WR, 6-3, 180, Miami Booker T. Washington (Committed to Florida): Once again, after traveling around and seeing thousands of players during the course of a year, here is someone we saw during his sophomore season, and while he was impressive and made catches all over the field, there was something missing from his overall play. Watching him countless times, there is a feeling that he will put it all together and become a star in the SEC.
73. Jon Feliciano, OL, 6-4, 285, Davie Western – (Committed to Miami): Before Hurricane fans talked about this impressive prospect being the next great one in Coral Gables, we saw this athletic, quick football talent perform at the high school level, and when all is said and done, this is a player who could be one of the best around. Great feet and tremendous strength. Could be one of the first in this class to showcase his skills at this position.
74. Kevin Nelson, LB, 6-1, 210, Gainesville – (Committed to Miami): While some Gator fans will tell you Florida’s interest in this quality prospect was minimal, you have to understand that anyone who has ever watched him play a full game in person cannot believe for a second that he isn’t one of the most complete players at this position in Florida. Great feet, outstanding speed and tremendous vision. This is a hard-hitting playmaker that will make an impact at the next level.
75. Tevin Drake, RB, 5-11, 190, Brooksville Nature Coast Tech: This is one of the few players we have had the pleasure of watching since his 9th grade season when he established himself as the schools first legitimate football prospect. Combines power and speed with great running instincts. This is an athlete who will make a major impact at the next level. Played in over 40 varsity games in his career.
76. Marquell Wade, WR/DB, 5-11, 185, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson – (Committed to Arkansas): Having watched this impressive football player perform for three years, you get a sense that he will certainly be a player everyone will start hearing about around the SEC. From camps and combines to practices and games, we have watched his speed; athletic ability and overall skill level take over.
77. Vinnie Mauro, LB, 6-1, 220, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Go back to every big game this team has played over the past two years and you will see No. 31 in just about every frame of the DVD. This is easily one of the most overlooked players in the state. Among the leaders in tackles and game-changing hits, Mauro understands where the ball carrier is going to be before the snap of the ball. Against the run he is very stout, but still needs to improve at going back into pass coverage.
78. Mark Wilson, LB, 6-1, 225, Tallahassee Lincoln – (Committed to Illinois): Whether it was during the season of his junior year, off season camps or this year, we have had the pleasure of watching the development of this impressive football player. Another linebacker who may not be a household name, but certainly one who is a game changer. Wilson is just one of those players who are always around the ball, coming up with 15 tackles in one game this season. Will be impressive in the Big-10 over the next few years.
79. Rashard Knight, DB, 5-10, 185, Jacksonville Trinity Christian: From the first time we watched him two years ago; this was an athlete that was one of those head-turners who could make an impact at any level. His speed, athletic ability and knowledge of the game have made him a player that every college needs. While he is a difference maker on the defensive side of the ball, he also gets it done on special teams as well, which could be the first place colleges use him at.
80. Darrin Kitchens, Athlete, 6-2, 218, Homestead: To fully appreciate what the state of Florida produces on the football field, it’s actually watching players like this who comes from a region where getting lost in the some 250-300 Division 1 prospects is often easy to do. No matter where he lines up on the field, this is an athlete who has speed, strength and the knowledge of where to go and put him in the best position to make plays. Will be one of those players that people will ask why more didn’t pay attention to him while he was in high school.
81. Jeremy Deering-Athlete, 6-1, 190, Tampa Leto: This is one of the more talented athletes in the state of Florida who has played running back, quarterback, where he has accounted for nearly 2,000 yards over the last two years. Some see him as a receiver at the next level while others project him as a defensive secondary performer.
82. Kody Williams, WR, 6-2, 195, Niceville: In an area of the state that gets very little coverage, here is a prospect that colleges have been extremely impressed with, Has speed, separation and tremendous hands. Has had the chance to prove what he can do against tougher competition this year as well as at camps other off season events.
83. Marcus Shaw, RB, 5-10, 180, Arcadia DeSoto – (Committed to South Florida): One of the most prolific runners in the history of the state, this quick, elusive back has been able to showcase his many abilities for three years, and with another record setting season, has proven that he is ready to make a mark at the next level.
84. Djwany Mera, DE, 6-2, 230, Hollywood South Broward: There are very few people in the state of Florida that have had the chance to watch this aggressive, strong athlete who totally dominates on the line of scrimmage. Has competed at end as well as at defensive tackle. A tremendous run stopper as well as pass rusher. Could end up being one of the better defensive linemen in this class.
85. Brian Robinson, S, 6-0, 185, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Of all the defensive secondary performers the Raiders have, this is the one that truly seems to get the least publicity. One of the most athletic players on the team. His father was a standout at nearby Fort Lauderdale Dillard before going to Auburn.
86. Neil Basford, TE, 6-4, 230, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny – (Committed to Wake Forest): Having tracked his progress over the past two years, this is an athlete who turned heads at camps and other off season events before showcasing his skills during games on the football field. While he still needs to refine his game, there is a belief that when he does, he could be one of the best at this position in this class.
87. Keion Payne, CB, 6-0, 165, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas – (Committed to Miami): Truly benefited from making the move his senior year from nearby Fort Lauderdale Dillard. While he is playing cornerback at the high school level, there is a chance that he moves over to safety in college. Still has much to learn about the position!
88. Marc Deas, S, 6-0, 190, Kissimmee Osceola – (Committed to Georgia): This three year starter has truly flown way beneath the radar outside of the Orlando area. A quick, strong playmaker that has the ability to experience to dictate the defensive secondary. Coaches who have competed against him agree that he hits like a linebacker, but is agile enough to cover in the secondary.
89. Trammel Williams, DT/OG, 6-3, 285, Jacksonville Lee – (Committed to South Carolina): Have been on this impressive athlete the past two years. This is a football player with great explosion and speed for a player with his size. After watching him play, you are impressed with the way he moves with speed under 5.0 (over 40 yards). Can play on either side of the ball.
90. Lo Wood, DB, 5-11, 190, Apopka – (Committed to Notre Dame): This is one of those four-year varsity standouts who we’ve watched since the first day he stepped on the field as a ninth grader at Orlando Dr. Phillips. Great cover skills and ability to stick with the best receivers in the nation. Coaches agree that he is like having a defensive secondary coach on the field at all times. Will make a solid impact at the next level.
91. Gideon Ajagbe, LB, 6-2, 210, Miami Ransom Everglades – (Committed to Florida): Has been an elite player for three years now, and while he has gotten it done at a smaller school, colleges have been impressed with the athlete and not the competition he went against. From safety to running back to linebacker, he can play them all, and that is what makes him so impressive.
92. Dan Koenig, OL, 6-6, 265, Cape Coral – (Committed to Oklahoma State): Follows the footsteps of his brothers who also headed out to play for the Cowboys. A very athletic lineman who has great feet, improving strength and a knack of reading defenses. One of the players who will continue to get better over the next few years.
93. Devont’a Davis, DB, 6-0, 190, Gainesville – (Committed to Miami): When you come into Gainesville and come away with a prospect under the watchful eye of the Gators, you have more than done your job. This is easily one of the most physical and impressive defensive backs in he state of Florida. Has the opportunity to play himself into a starting position over the next two years in Miami. He is quick, strong and understands how to read offenses.
94. Tracey Sanders, WR, 5-10, 170, Bradenton Manatee: While this may not be the biggest receivers in the state, he does remind many of former University of Miami standouts Sinorice and Santana Moss. He is very strong for his size and makes plays from anywhere on the field. This is definitely a name to watch for in years to come.
95. Ralph Williams, LB/DE, 6-0, 220, Miami Southridge – (Committed to Tennessee): After spending the past few years at Miami Gulliver Prep, this impressive athlete made the move to Southridge and learn from first year head coach Patrick Burrows, who gave this big, strong and quick athlete a lesson on how to play the game the right way, and he responded during a 10-1 season.
96. Max Beaulieu, DE, 6-3, 230, Davie University School – (Committed to Syracuse): Ask any coach who has played against this quality talent and all will tell you the same thing. This is a football player who has quickness, strength and a knack of being around the ball. Here is a player who certainly makes a solid impact at the next level – and beyond. Syracuse is getting potentially one of the better defensive line prospects in Florida.
97. Pablo Alvarez, DB, 6-3, 190, Miami Belen Jesuit – (Committed to Virginia): If you’ve had the chance to watch this quality athlete in the past three years, you will fully understand why many regard him as a prospect that has a chance to accomplish some big things. One of the fastest players in the state, he uses his size and leaping ability to blanket receivers. Can also play on the offensive side (receiver) of the ball as well.
98. Richard Leonard, CB, 5-8, 175, Miami Killian – (FIU Commitment): Without much hesitation, this is one of the best all-around athletes in the state of Florida. His speed (4.33) is blinding and his cover skills are amazing. Whether it’s on defense, offense or on special teams, this could be FIU’s most impressive recruit ever, which has fans anticipating the start of the 2010 season.
99. Hans Louis, OLB, 6-1, 220, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna: Here is a prospect that has virtually flew way beneath anyone’s radar screen as the Lions came back into the spotlight this year. One of the more dominating players who led the team in nearly every defensive category. Quick, strong and aggressive. Many believe that he could be one of the biggest “steals” of the recruiting season. Plays the game at 100 mph.
100. Michael Palardy, K/P, 6-1, 175, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas – (Committed to Tennessee): There are very few special teams players you would even consider for a spot in any top 100 list, but this someone who is not just the best in Florida, but rated as the best in the country. A three-way kicker/punter who dictates field position and the outcome of games. Registers more touchbacks on kickoffs than anyone in the nation, has a field goal range of 50 plus, and averages 47 plus yards on punts.