While there are a number of lists that are produced throughout the state of Florida during the course of a year that rate football talent, the one that we have annually produced for the past 35 years is based on watching the athletes live in games, practices, camps and combine settings. It is also based on sharing opinions with colleges coaches throughout the country who stake their jobs on recruiting these players. Film is used as an enhancement.
With the advantage of watching and evaluating thousands of players that colleges across the country have relied on for a source, the combined resources of the Miami Herald, Friday Night Football Florida Magazine and Elite Scouting Services have come up with yet another subjective grouping of players that will change after spring, before the start of the 2010 season and after the completion of the season ahead.
Many of the names on this list were first evaluated and discovered as far back as their ninth and 10th grade seasons.
If you have a player that you want us to watch for evaluation for our next list, contact Larry Blustein at LBlustein@miamiherald.com or Charles Fishbein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. James Wilder, LB/RB, 6-2, 225, Tampa Plant: If there was any doubts about Wilder before the state title game last year, they no longer exist now. He can make an impact on offense or defense in college. He is a big time talent and has the least amount of flaws of any prospect in the state of Florida – or nationally for that matter.
2. Tim Jernigan, DT, 6-2, 270, Lake City Columbia: This quality football talent has been on the radar since we first saw him as a freshman. He is super quick off the football and creates mismatches for opposing offenses. Look for him to be one of the more heavily recruited defensive tackle prospects in the country.
3. Nick O’Leary, TE, 6-3, 230: Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: Yet another prospect we had watched since he started playing at North Palm Beach Benjamin. Easily one of the most athletic and versatile big men in the country. The grandson of golfing legend, Jack Nicklaus, O'Leary is a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses. You cant cover him with a linebacker and forget putting a defensive back on him.
4. Ha'Sean Clinton Dix, S, 6-1, 185, Orlando Dr. Phillips: From his days as a 5-8, 170-pounder when he first began at Orlando Edgewater, this is an athlete who has emerged as one of the best in the nation. The last time we saw a safety prospect this good come out of high school was Palm Bay standout Reggie Nelson. Dix may end up even better then Nelson. He is just as effective going back into pass coverage as Dix is playing the run and is one of the best blitzing safeties you will see on film.
5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 6-2.5, 185, Miami 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.
6. Tyler Moore, OL, 6-5, 310, Clearwater Countryside – (Committed to Nebraska): When it comes to the proto-type offensive line prospect look no further than this big, athletic talent. While he began his high school career at tight end, he has since moved over to offensive tackle and should be one of the best in the country by seasons end. He is tough and moves very well for a big guy. There are very few players nationally who have the talent level he does.
7. A.C. Leonard, TE/DE, 6-3, 220, Interlachen – (Committed to Florida): Having watched him over a year ago in Jacksonville, there is little doubt that this gifted football talent is on the verge of becoming one of the most dominating players in the country. He has proven to be nearly impossible to cover with speed, strength and a knack of getting open. He is very difficult for small defensive backs or linebackers to try and cover, and when he goes up for the football, Leonard is coming down with it 90% of the time!
8. Rashad Greene, WR, 6-0, 185, Fort Lauderdale 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.
9. Mike Bellamy, RB, 5-10, 185, Punta Gorda Charlotte: Yet another prospect who has been on the radar screen for three years now, Bellamy is probably the best big play threat at running back in the state – and perhaps the southeast. He has the ability to change the momentum of a game on one carry. Here is a back that can run between the tackles or bounce it outside and go the distance. He also has the ability to line up in the slot and play receiver.
10. Sammy Watkins, WR, 6-1, 186, South Fort Myers: After watching dozens of quality athletes come out of this area of the state, very few have what this impressive athlete has shown the past two years. Watkins is a big time talent at receiver and should make an impact right away in college. He has the ability to make a big play anywhere on the field, which schools have been impressed with.
11. Marlin Lane, RB, 6-1, 190, Daytona Beach Mainland – (Committed to Clemson): College coaches have been bowled over by this talented athlete for two years now. There is little doubt that he has all the tools to be a great back in college with size, speed and quickness. In addition to running the ball, Lane also adds another dimension of catching the ball out of the backfield.
12. Tony Steward, LB, 6-1, 225, St. Augustine Menendez: If Wilder sticks to running back then Steward could end up the top-rated linebacker in Florida. After watching him last spring there is little doubt that this is a dominating player who is extremely quick and physical. Is only getting better.
13. Curtis Maggitt, DE, 6-4, 215, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: Does the talent pipeline ever end at this school? The answer would be no, and with this quality football talent creating mismatches with his quickness and ability to get into the backfield faster than anyone who plays the position, there is no doubt that he will be a nationally-recruited player. While he still needs to bulk up, there is no telling how great he will be.
14. Kevin Benjamin, WR, 6-6, 215, Belle Glade Glades Central: You just don’t see many other wide receivers come out of high school with this size and agility. This impressive football talent not only creates a mismatch with his size, but his deceptive speed is also something that college coaches are in awe of. He has tremendous hands and plays with great body control.
15. 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.
16. Nick Waisome, DB, 5-9, 165, Groveland South Lake: If you have never watched this impressive athlete play in a game, you are missing a real treat. While some try and evaluate him in combine settings and attempt to find faults, this is a defensive back who gets locked on a receiver and makes it almost impossible to make a catch. Perhaps the only downside is his lack of great size, but he covers as well as any cornerback in the state, has very good hips and can change direction quickly. He also has shown the ability to cover receivers that are 4-5 inches taller.
17. Deaunte "Pop" Saunders, Athlete, 5-10, 185, DeLand – (Committed to Florida): The multi-sport athlete has been on the radar screen for over two years now, playing anywhere from running back to quarterback, receiving and lining up in the defensive secondary. His ability to play so many positions along with his speed and athletic ability makes him one of the nation's elite prospects.
18. Chevelle Buie, RB, 5-8, 160, Cocoa: If you weren't sold on his abilities as a sophomore, you had to be totally impressed with the way he jetted around the field against one of the state's premier defenses in the 2A title game against Glades Central. This is a runner who can take it the distance from anywhere on the field. He is also a standout on special teams as well.
19. Jajuan Story, WR, 6-4, 190, Brooksville Nature Coast Tech: Because many didn't thrust this impressive athlete into the spotlight last year, he has more than made up for it with a strong off season that has had many college coaches thinking that he has the potential to become a nationally-regarded receiver with size, speed and tremendous hands as positives that are hard to ignore.
20. Jeff Driskell, OB, 6-4, 225, Oviedo Hagerty: This is yet another player we had the pleasure of watching as a sophomore, evaluating his progress last year, and now as he heads into his final season, realize that this is a big time talent that can not only pass the football, but run with it as well. He has a big league arm and understands how to read defenses with the best in the state.
21. Bobby Hart, OL, 6-5, 290, Fort Lauderdale 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.
22. Tacoi Sumler, WR, 5-8, 175, Miami 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!
23. Aaron Lynch, TE/DE, 6-6, 250, Cape Coral Island Coast: While he has not even come close reaching his overall potential, it is hard to teach size and athletic ability. While Lynch is one of the most impressive looking prospects in high school football this season, he is also a very good athlete who can play on either side of the all. His potential to play on the defensive line will take him to the next level.
24. Dee Hart, RB, 5-8, 175, Orlando Dr. Phillips: Make no mistake, this is another one of those talented backs that watching for the past two years, you tend to appreciate everything he does to help his team win. Not only does he have great speed and instinctive running ability, but he can also catch the ball out of the backfield, creating mismatches with linebackers, and his play on special teams has been very special.
25. Giorgio Newberry, DE/OT, 6-5, 255, Fort Pierce Central: Was first noticed two years ago when he played against Okeechobee standout running back Lonnie Pryor. Since that time, this is one of the most physically-gifted athletes in the state. While some see him as a defensive force, other college coaches have a sense that offensive line could be his calling at the next level – and beyond.
26. Karlos Williams, Athlete, 6-2, 215, Davenport Ridge Community – (Committed to Florida State): Following in the footsteps of his brother, this impressive and versatile football talent is easily one of the state's best athletes. He moves well enough to play safety, but may eventually outgrow the position and end up at linebacker. Some see him as a threat on offense as well as special teams.
27. Anthony Rabasa, DE, 6-3, 220, Miami 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.
28. Jabari Gorman, DB, 5-10, 175, Miami 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.
29. Brandon Fulse, DE, 6-4, 255, Fort Meade: This is a program that has a knack of turning out athletes like this, but Brandon has a huge edge, being part of the varsity program for four years. Was a catalyst back in his sophomore season, playing both ways and leading the Miners to the state championship game. There are some college programs who have hinted that they like him as a tight end, which is always an option for someone who can catch and run like he does.
30. Jordan Prestwood, TE, 6-6, 260, Plant City: Has the opportunity to become one of the premier tight ends in the state as he continues to learn the position. Regarded as a big time prospect because of his size, quickness and ability to block, when he learns to create mismatches as a receiver, more schools will be giving him a better look.
31. Anthony Chickillo, DE, 6-3, 255, Tampa Alonso: After watching his father play in high school and at the University of Miami, and then following his progress the past two years, this is an athlete who is quickly become one of the premier players at the position. A very impressive talent that continues to bigger and stronger, which adds up to a major prospect.
32. Javares McRoy, WR, 5-9, 165, Lakeland – (Committed to Texas Tech): From the first time we watched this quality football player compete two years ago in the state championship game, there was no doubt that he was someone who could be a difference maker. Is one of the top three or four most explosive players in the state, which was why the Red Raiders stayed on him from the beginning.
33. Kevin Grooms, RB/DB, 5-10, 170, Hollywood 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.
34. Dallas Crawford, Athlete, 5-10, 180, South Fort Myers: There is one thing that everyone has discovered about this impressive football talent over the past year: Crawford is one heck of an athlete. He plays quarterback and is very effective, but his best position may end up being free safety. He had 10 interceptions last season. He also would make a great slot receiver if you wanted to keep him on offense.
35. Marcus Jackson, OL, 6-3, 280, Vero Beach - (Committed to Miami): After watching him for the past two years, we have discovered that while he isn’t biggest line prospect, this is a player who gets after on every play. He wants to win every battle he faces, and when it comes to run blocking, he often gets the job done.
36. Gerrod Holliman, DB, 6-0, 185, Miami 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.
37. Chris Moore, WR, 6-0, 165, Tampa Jefferson: While he does not get the hype that most across the state do, all you have to do is watch him play and you‘ll see a smooth pass catcher who runs tremendous patterns and is extremely quick. College coaches are already getting the idea that this is someone who will climb the ladder - quickly!
38. Jerrard Randall, QB, 6-1, 190, Hollywood 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.
39. Buck Allen, RB/LB, 6-1, 225, Tallahassee Lincoln: Seeing him during his sophomore year, there is little doubt that this is someone who continues to impress. Even after suffering a broken leg last year, many believe he will be back better and stronger than ever and could end up in the top 20. Physically, he is one of the best prospects in Florida.
40. Bryant Dubose, DE, 6-4, 240, Oakland Park Northeast: Ever since watching him as a sophomore, there is little doubt that this prospect has had quite a future ahead of him. A former basketball player who uses his quickness, and athletic ability to dominate the line of scrimmage.
41. Andre Davis, WR, 6-3.5, 175, Tampa Jefferson: What this talented athlete brings to the football field as a receiver is someone who catches everything thrown his way. While he isn’t the fastest player, he is a long strider who also knows how to run routes well and get open. He has real nice hands as well.
42. Marcus Roberson, DB, 6-0, 175, Fort Lauderdale 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.
43. Wayne Lyons, S, 6-0, 190, Fort Lauderdale 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.
44. Keelin Smith, DB, 6-2, 190, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast - (Committed to Florida State): Having watched him play five times over the past two years, it seems that every time we see him play, he gets better. While he plays cornerback, you can expect that at the next level he will make the move to a more natural position like safety.
45. Kent Turene, LB, 6-2, 220, Lauderdale Lakes 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.
46. Cortez Davis, S, 6-4, 200, Daytona Beach Mainland - (Committed to Florida State): Here is a basketball player who has successfully made the transition to the football field, and whether it‘s as a receiver or as an enforcer in the secondary, he gets the job done. Davis could end up at cornerback in college but a move to safety is what we see.
47. 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.
48. Lamarcus Brutus, DB, 6-0, 180, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast - (Committed to Florida State): Like his teammate Keelin Smith, here is an athlete who has shown so much improvement. A solid prospect who is a solid pass defender as well as a run stopper. He could end up at either safety or cornerback in college.
49. Alex Dixon, DB, 6-1, 180, Clearwater Countryside: When we first saw Dixon as a sophomore against St. Petersburg Gibbs, he was just learning to pick up the speed of the game. Since then, he has more than proven that he has the potential to be one of the better defensive backs in a state loaded at the position. Colleges love his size, which gives him the chance to cover the more physical receivers at the next level.
50. Robenson Therezie, DB, 5-11, 190, Miami 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.
51. Phillip Dorsett, WR, 5-9 175, Fort Lauderdale 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.
52. Calvin Pryor, Athlete, 6-2, 185, Port St Joe: Whether you watch him play in person, on film or at camps or combines, you are immediately impressed by the way he is always around the football. The question with Pryor is where does he play in college? He could end up at safety or possibly even linebacker.
53. Zach Debell, OL/TE, 6-5, 260, Tarpon Springs: After watching him last summer at the University of South Florida Line Camp, there was little doubt that his transition from tight end to the line was going to be smooth. This is a prospect with perhaps one of the biggest upsides. He has room for 50-60 pounds on a frame that is already daunting to opponents. He wants to be great and that is something you just cant overlook.
54. Jacoby Brissett, QB, 6-4, 220, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: This is a standout who we have had the pleasure of watching since his freshman season, where he lined up in the playoffs and more than held his own. While many see him as a quarterback prospect, which is where he has done well, others have hinted that a move to tight end would be an experiment worth checking out as well.
55. Max Lang, OL, 6-4, 280, Orlando Boone: This three-year starter has been a premier player for the Braves since his sophomore year. A very smart player who has tremendous feet and has emerged as one of the elite blocking line prospects in the state of Florida.
56. Lonnie Gosha, DL, 6-3, 275 – Lake Butler Union County – (Committed to Florida State): Ever since his 10th grade season the coaches have been talking about this impressive prospect who many believe could be the school's best since Gerard Warren. Very strong, quick and extremely agile. Has flown way beneath the radar until now, and 2010 will be a huge season for him.
57. Giovanni Francois, DE, 6-2, 230, Bradenton Southeast: This is yet another prospect that has played a key role the past two years when head coach Paul Maechtle talked about his ability to be one of the best in the state. An undersized defensive end that is going to have to grow into the position in college. Will probably not play linebacker at the next level unless it's in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
58. Serdarius Bryant, LB, 5-9, 210, Sanford Seminole: While he may be a bit undersized to play the position, this Buster Davis-like playmaker does things that you ask for. Has played at a high level the past three years, and there is no doubt that he will make an impact at the next level.
59. Trey Pettis, OL, 6-5, 310, DeLand – (Committed to Florida State): For the past four years, since his father was the head coach at Orlando Dr. Phillips, this is an athlete who has been exposed to a high level of play. Will have as many starts at the varsity level as any line prospect in the state, and that will translate into earlier playing time at the collegiate level. Has tremendous feet and knowledge of the game.
60. 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.
61. Nile Lawrence-Stample, DL, 6-2, 295, Davie 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.
62. Derrick Mitchell, DE/DT, 6-5, 275, Jacksonville First Coast – (Committed to Florida State): After watching him play as a junior, we were impressed at so many things he brought top the game. His strength, quickness and ability to make plays. The only negative that we found was his consistency from play to play. He just needs to continue to put it all together every play.
63. Eli Rogers, WR, 5-10, 175, Miami 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.
64. Cordivido Grice, LB, 6-1, 215, Pensacola: For the past two years, he has been a catalyst for Mike Bennett's impressive defensive unit that yielded less than a score a game. While he has been getting it done and many have recognized his play-making abilities, everyone across the state found out what he could do during the Tigers' state title run in 2009.
65. Devondrick Nealy, Athlete, 5-9, 170, Monticello Jefferson County: Yet another top-flight prospect who was hidden in North Florida until college coaches visited last spring and into the regular season. This is a very fast football talent who can make plays as a running back or as a slot receiver.
66. Miles Pace, DT/LB, 6-1.5, 240, Miami 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.
67. Jordan Montgomery, S/LB, 6-1, 190, Groveland South Lake: Another one of the players has floated under the radar screen, but after watching him play last year, there is little doubt that this playmaker will make one of the biggest splashes this coming season. Slated to play linebacker, many colleges believe he could be a productive safety as well.
68. 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.
69. 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.
70. Eric Beverly, RB, 5-9, 210, Jacksonville First Coast – (Committed to Florida State): One of the very first players to commit to a college in the class, this is smaller back who makes plays and picks up those tough yards. watching him play last year, we saw how valuable he was to his team as a junior, scoring 4 times.
71. Quentin Williams, QB, 5-11, 195, Tampa Jefferson: One of the most prolific passers in the state last season, this athletic quarterback has a tremendous arm and has become a true leader for the Dragons. Could play quarterback at the next level, but would have to be the right fit. Has the athleticism to play other positions if he had to.
72. Carl Williams, S, 6-0, 185, Jacksonville First Coast: After an impressive junior season at nearby Wolfson High, this is a player who is one of the top tacklers and most physical performers around. Colleges believe that he has a chance to become one of the elite players by the end of the season.
73. Tre Mason, RB, 5-9, 175, Lake Worth Park Vista: When you take a look at some of the elite backs across the state, this is one of those young men who has everything you want. Speed, strength, elusiveness and the ability to make plays. Colleges we talked to are smiling when thinking about how impressive he can be.
74. Tom Smith, RB, 6-0, 195, Apopka: Here is a big back who can pull away from defenders. He also does a good job of breaking tackles and picking up extra yardage. After watching him in person and on film, he has a chance to end up as one of the better backs in the state.
75. Lynden Edwards, 6-1, 200, Miami 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.
75. Mike Blakley, RB, 5-9, 185, Bradenton Manatee: If there is a player that you will root to have success, it is this hard worker. This is an athlete who works hard, is quite productive and is not easy to bring down. Having the opportunity to spend time with him, he is also a quality person as well.
76. Charles Gaines, WR, 5-10, 175, Miami 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!
77. A.J. Sebastiano, WR, 6-0, 185, Coconut Creek 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.
78. Quinton Pompey, DE, 6-3, 260, Bradenton Manatee: In any other year, this is a player who would be top 50, but because there are so many defensive end prospects in the state, he has slid down a bit, but this impressive playmaker is still drawing plenty of attention from colleges all over the country who love what he brings to the table as a player.
79. Deon Green, DE, 6-3, 270, Orlando Olympia: Despite his overall lack of football playing experience, this is an athlete who has certainly continued to turn heads with his play. His size and quickness has given him a huge advantage, and the very fact that he never gives up plays makes him attractive to schools across the country.
80. Jake Rudock, QB, 6-2.5, 180, Fort Lauderdale 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.
81. D.J. Pettway, DE, 6-3, 225, Pensacola Catholic: Because the Panhandle is one of the most overlooked areas of the state each year, coming up with an evaluation on a player with this much ability is something that can easily be passed over. This is a football talent that makes plays behind the line of scrimmage and that’s what you look for out of a defensive line prospect. We will get a chance during the spring and summer to watch him perform in various settings.
82. Laquinton Smith, S, 6-1, 210, Orlando Dr. Phillips: yet another quality player from a school that has been churning out top-flight prospects for years. This is a player who has speed, tremendous skill level and makes huge plays. The only question after this year is whether he will stay at this position or move to a linebacker position.
83. Keith Lewis, LB, 6-2, 200, Tampa Freedom: Another of those under the radar kind of players, this is someone we watched at the start of last season and followed his progress. He has the chance to turn into a big time prospect after colleges watch him during the spring, summer and into the 2010 season.
84. Elkino Watson, DT, 6-2, 270, Miami 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.
85. Jeff Heuerman, TE, 6-5, 235, Naples Barron Collier: It isn't very often that you see so many quality tight end prospects emerge from the state of Florida, but with a number of BCS offers already on the table, this is one of those talents who has proven that he is ready to make a statement. Not an explosive receiver, but has tremendous hands and the knowledge of what it takes to be a complete prospect.
86. Nick Menocal, DE/LB, 6-3, 230, Miami 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.
87. J.K Keels, RB, 5-9, 175, Melbourne Florida Air Academy: Has been on the radar screen for 4 years now, and from the time he touched the ball during his freshman season, this quality athlete has been a player that many predicted great things from. A very elusive and quick back that often makes you miss.
88. Willie Mitchell, LB, 6-1, 225, Deltona Pine Ridge –
(Committed to UCF): Another three-year starter who combines size, speed and a knack of getting to the football and making plays. Like so many quality football players, exposure is key, and you can look for him to receive that this spring and summer.
89. Tony Posada, OL, 6-6, 330, Tampa Plant: On a team that ran and passed the ball as well as any in the state last year, here is a returning player who was key to the success. A very athletic big man who has started for two seasons and has learned to control the line of scrimmage. Watched him play since his sophomore season.
90. Chris Johnson, S, 5-10, 195, Ocala Trinity Catholic: One of the most athletic and impressive football prospects in the state. While his combine performances have helped to enhance his already lofty standing, his work on the football field has also attracted the attention of colleges across the nation.
91. Jacques Mackeroy, WR, 6-0, 200, Lakeland Kathleen: After making an impression as a sophomore, where he established himself as one of the top players in the state. A very physical, quick pass catcher who continues to get better and impress. College coaches love his ability to run after the catch.
92. Harmon Brown, DB, 5-8, 175, Lauderdale Lakes 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.
93. Rodney Williams, LB, 6-2, 210, Riverview Spoto: Another impressive and quality linebacker in a state that has a number of talented players ready to break out. Has been among the elite at the position for two years, and now, as his senior season is on the horizon, he has the opportunity to make a statement.
94. Mike Matulis, OL, 6-6, 265, Lake Worth Park Vista: One of the fastest-rising line prospects in a state that is annually getting better at the position. A quick, strong and athletic football player who has already turned plenty of heads and will continue to do so into the spring and summer. This is the kind of player you would like to see attend the Down & Dirty Camp in DeLand during the summer.
95. Ruben Gonzalez, S/WR, 6-2.5, 210, Tampa Robinson: This is a football player we have been fortunate to have watched the past two years, and while he has done extremely well as a receiver, college coaches are impressed at what he can do as a safety. He is a rangy kid will long arms and quick feet and can cover ground quickly.
96. Andrew Buie, RB, 5-9, 185, Jacksonville Trinity Christian: Here is one of the more productive backs in Northeast Florida, constantly picks up big chunks of yardage. When Trinity needs a big play, they get the ball into his hands. While he doesn't get the ball thrown too much in his direction, you get the feeling that he could make a heck of a slot receiver.
97. Shaun Ward, DE, 6-2, 225, Lauderdale Lakes 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.
98. Lukas Foreman, S, 6-2, 200, Naples: Had the pleasure of watching this quality talent back during his sophomore season, and while the Golden Eagles have produced several top-flight prospects, you can guarantee that this hard-hitting safety prospect is among the best. Has become a dual purpose player in the secondary as a run stopper and a good pass defender.
99. Prince Holloway, WR, 5-9, 165, Cape Coral: Saw him play for the first time as a sophomore, and the first thing you notice is the way he can dictate a game with his speed. Easily one of the quickest football players in the Class of 2011, you can chalk up his maturity and growth to the fact that he has had some impressive competition to play against on his own team as well as the competition the Seahawks went up against.
100. Sterling Lovelady, OL, 6-3, 285 – (Committed to Florida State): After watching him before his junior season at a number of line camps and then following his progress, there was little surprise that he blew up in the eyes of college coaches who fell in love with his play as a guard or a center for the Raiders. It's always wise to trust the judgment of college coaches who also talked about his future after his sophomore season.