Here is a look at the top 30 players, heading into spring for the Class of 2011 in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. They will change after spring and before the start of the 2010 season.
1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 6-2.5, 185, Northwestern: This three-year varsity starter is easily one of the nation's most athletic quarterbacks, being able to line up at three (safety, receiver and quarterback) positions at the next level. He has the ability to make something happen out of nothing. While many believe he could be a premier receiver at the next level, others feel he has the chance to be an elite quarterback.
2. Rashad Greene, WR, 6-0, 185, St. Thomas Aquinas: After coming in from Georgia after his sophomore season, here is a talent that has more than lived up to his hype. One of the most impressive route runners in the state, he has thrust himself into the national spotlight. He is a big time talent who has not even come close to his potential. Has also shown that he is a gifted punt returner as well.
3. Denzel Perryman, LB, 5-10.5, 210, Coral Gables: Heading into his fourth year as a starter, this is a football talent who has a knack of always being around the ball. At a school that has produced standouts Jon Vilma and Darryl Sharpton, many believe that he will have a similar future at the college level and beyond. Perryman relies on his speed and quickness to make plays all over the field.
4. Bobby Hart, OL, 6-5, 290, St. Thomas Aquinas: This Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons transfer is one of the youngest players in the class. A one time wrestling prospect, he combines impressive strength with great footwork to become a prospect that has the chance to become even better than he is now. Has to work on keeping in shape to prevent injury down the line.
5. Tacoi Sumler, WR, 5-8, 175, Christopher Columbus: One of the fastest players in the state, here is a talented difference maker who has already made an impact for two years at the varsity level at Miami Gulliver Prep, and now gets a shot at 6A competition with the Explorers. Won't make a difference. He is still a big time prospect!
6. Anthony Rabasa, DE, 6-3, 220, Christopher Columbus: First emerged during his sophomore season when he parlayed his size, speed and a knack of getting into the offensive backfield. Has been equally as impressive as a pass rusher and a run stopper. Will take on a greater role during his senior season as a team captain and leader of a defensive unit that graduated a number of key athletes.
7. Jabari Gorman, DB, 5-10, 175, Monsignor Pace: First watched him during his sophomore season, and while there were other top-flight athletes on the field, there was no doubt that this was the player who was making the most impact. A versatile secondary performer who can play safety or cornerback. Is still getting better all the time.
8. Kevin Grooms, RB/DB, 5-10, 170, South Broward: When the 2009 season began, there were very few across the state of Florida who had ever heard of this impressive athlete. Now, as 2010 unfolds, it would be tough to find someone who isn’t aware of what this gifted athlete can do on both sides of the ball as well as a special teams player.
9. Gerrod Holliman, DB, 6-0, 185, Southridge: While he was part of one of the most unheralded secondaries in the state last year for the Spartans, this is a physical athlete who found a way to emerge as someone who plays the pass and run equally as well. By the end of the 2010 season, this could be the defensive back people are talking the most about.
10. Jerrard Randall, QB, 6-1, 190, Chaminade-Madonna: After watching his progress the past three years since he played at Miami Norland High, this is a talented dual-threat quarterback who made some major strides this past season with superb arm strength and the ability to run. He is still raw but the physical talents are there that college coaches will be impressed with.
11. Marcus Roberson, DB, 6-0, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas: After starting his career off at nearby Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, this impressive talent has settled in and now has colleges watching his ability to play in the secondary. He has the size to be a very good defensive back.
12. Wayne Lyons, S, 6-0, 190, Dillard: One of the smartest football players in the state, this three year performer has found a way to balance his superior athletic ability on the football field with his impressive work in the classroom. This is a leader who makes very few mistakes.
13. Kent Turene, LB, 6-2, 220, Boyd Anderson: Finally, this is a player who is getting the recognition he truly deserves. A very physical athlete who is impressive against the run, but has improved a great deal against the pass as well. Will continue to get better and emerge as one of the best in the state. Colleges are very impressed at what he can do on the football field.
14. Ryan Shazier, DE, 6-2, 210, Plantation: From the first time we watched him play as a sophomore, there was little doubt that this was an athlete who had the chance to do some big things at the next level. The only question remains is will he play with his hand down, where he is nearly impossible to stop, or will he play outside linebacker? The answer to that question will come when he arrives at the college of his choice.
15. Robenson Therezie, DB, 5-11, 190, Jackson: After watching him play the past three years, when he began his career as a running back, there is no doubt that this is a player who has completely flown beneath the radar with many analysts. However, college coaches have been well aware of his ability for two years, and has now emerged into one of the top safety prospects. He runs well enough to also line up at cornerback in some defensive schemes.
16. Phillip Dorsett, WR, 5-9 175, St. Thomas Aquinas: Since his days as a youth quarterback, this is a speedster who really jumped into the spotlight last season. His first as a starter for the Raiders. A track standout who is impressive as a sprinter and a long jumper.
17. Steven Montgomery, DB, 5-10, 185, Miramar: This is a prospect, who has played the past two years at nearby Hollywood McArthur, and has gone from an under the radar prospect to receiving BCS offers early this spring. This is a physical player who colleges believe will emerge as one of the best in the state by the end of the 2010 season.
18. Nile Lawrence-Stample, DL, 6-2, 295, Nova – (Committed to Florida State): Yet another player we had the pleasure of watching early last year when he was a 255-pound linebacker, who had the quickness and agility to drop into pass coverage and actually keep up with running backs and tight ends. Now, he is moving to the defensive line. where he has the opportunity to become one of the best.
19. Eli Rogers, WR, 5-10, 175, Northwestern: Without a doubt, the most physical, sure-handed receivers in the state has been rising and getting more recognition throughout the off season as he and his quarterback Teddy Bridgewater have been turning heads all over the state. Will end up as a top 50 player by the end of the season.
20. Miles Pace, DT/LB, 6-1.5, 240, Central: While most of the country saw him play for the first time this past season, this was an athlete who has actually been getting done as far back as three years ago when he attended Hialeah American. Slated to play linebacker last year, this gifted athlete actually did most of his work on the line, creating problems for opposing offenses.
21. Ricardo Williams, DE, 6-4, 205, Homestead: After playing on both sides of the ball (tight end) last season, here is a prospect that showed that he will be able to give colleges a tremendous football player on both sides of the ball. Like many of his teammates, he is athletic and extremely physical, which has been a trademark for the Broncos through the years.
22. Jeremy Cash, S, 6-1, 190, Plantation: After beginning his career at Miami's Ransom Everglades, last season, playing safety for the Colonels, this was a player who established himself as one of the best in South Florida. Plays with tremendous passion and intensity and has become a very physical player. Not only is Cash a good player on the field, he is a great kid off it as well.
23. Lynden Edwards, 6-1, 200, Northwestern: Has been a player who has shown promise since the end of his ninth grade year. A true athletic linebacker who makes tackles, covers out of the backfield and comes off the end to get into the offensive backfield. This could be a real breakthrough season for him.
24. Charles Gaines, WR, 5-10, 175, Central: Coming into his junior season, there may not have been a better all-around prospect in the state, but this past year didn't showcase the skill level colleges and fans saw during his sophomore season, If he regains that huge edge, he will climb the charts faster than any prospect!
25. A.J. Sebastiano, WR, 6-0, 185, North Broward Prep: Has any prospect in the state climbed the talent ladder faster than this gifted receiver? While he did catch 50 plus balls a year ago, it's the off season where he showed his impressive route running, great hands and ability to catch a ball against anyone. While most focus on his lack of burning speed, colleges are looking at the bottom line, which is he is a legitimate prospect who can play anywhere.
26. Jake Rudock, QB, 6-2.5, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas: After waiting his turn to step into a starting role with the Raiders, this quality two-sport (baseball) athlete has turned plenty of heads. From a talent standpoint, he may be one of the better quarterbacks that has come through this school. He has a nice arm and can make most of the throws asked of him, but also needs to protect the football better. Nobody has worked harder to get better.
27. Elkino Watson, DT, 6-2, 270, Booker T. Washington: Exploded onto the scene last spring after a productive sophomore season. Was one of those players that his coaches talked about after his 10th grade season, and was also pushed by college coaches who saw some thing that really made them believe he could be a solid prospect at the next level. Could be one of those athletes who climbs the ladder before the season begins.
28. Nick Menocal, DE/LB, 6-3, 230, Belen Jesuit: From an athletic standpoint, there may not be a better player with this size in the state. Not only did he put up outstanding combine numbers, but also proved to be a playmaker on the football field. Before he showcased his skills as a football player, he was an tremendous baseball prospect as well. Like most of his teammates, he does very well in the classroom, which has attracted interested from all schools.
29. Harmon Brown, DB, 5-8, 175, Boyd Anderson: A returnee from one of the state's top secondaries, make no mistake, this is one of the best cover-corners you will find. An aggressive player who can read and react as well as anyone. He plays much bigger than his size.
30. Shaun Ward, DE, 6-2, 225, Boyd Anderson – (Committed to Maryland): After watching him play several times over the past two years, it's easy to see why every college we talked with just loves this physical, quick defensive standout who has become an effective pass rusher while still being able to stop the run. This is yet another prospect that has the chance to climb the ladder over the next seven months.