In the past, before the camps, 7-on-7 tournaments and combines ushered in spring practice, there was never a need to rank the upcoming senior class until at least after May.
Times have changed, and the importance of identifying athletes two and three years before their graduation has become very important to college and universities across the country. It is also fun for fans to track.
While so many people across the country rank players without ever seeing all the athletes they rank, we have the pleasure of watching a combined 150 games, practices, camps, combines and 7-on-7 events live, which makes it easier to compare the elite players.
While all lists are subjective, at least seeing enough players to give a valid assessment is one way to introduce some of the Class of 2012.
Remember, this is only the start. Over the next 10 months, athletes will move up, down, in and out of this list, and the Miami Herald, WQAM Radio and Elite Scouting Services will bring them to you.
Here are the players to keep an eye on during the next four months - at an event near you.
1. Matt Jones, RB, 6-3, 225, Seffner Armwood: The top-rated junior carries his crown over to his final season, where he has a chance to not only make an impact as a running back, but an athlete who can easily take over a game. A bruising back who many see as a tight end or a receiver at the next level.
2. John Theus, OT, 6-6, 292, Jacksonville Bolles: From the first time he played a varsity football game back at Trinity Christian, there was little doubt that this impressive talent could do things that other big men just could not make happen. He displays nice footwork and can take on the very best pass rushers in Florida.
3. Avery Young, OT, 6-6, 270, Palm Beach Gardens: From the first time we watched him play as a sophomore, it was evident that this was going to be the next impressive line prospect in the state. You watch him on defense and you realize that he could play on that side of the football in college. Moves extremely well for a big guy and also has the temperament that college coaches look for in an offensive lineman.
4. Dante Fowler, DE, 6-4, 230, St. Petersburg Lakewood - (Committed to Florida State): If you watch this quality talent plat enough, you’ll understand why he will be regarded as one of the best in the country. He has a great first step off the ball and can get up the field quickly. He is also one of the youngest players in his class so there is even more room to grow.
5. Tracey Howard, 6-0, 180, Miramar: It‘s been a number of years since we have watched a shut-down cornerback this good. LSU and Pompano Beach Ely’s Patrick Peterson was the last player who could make that transition from high school to college and still dominate. Will be one of the best in the nation.
6. Avery Johnson, WR, 6-2.5, 180, Pompano Beach Ely - (Committed to LSU): Having watched this quality football player compete since his youth football days, you watch someone who continues to mature every year. The younger brother of Patrick Peterson, Johnson has the size and speed to be an elite receiver nationally. He runs good routes, has soft hands and the speed to stretch the field.
7. Chris Black, WR, 6-0, 175, Jacksonville First Coast: It was last year at this time when the attention began to shift toward Duval County and this play maker. This is a football player who was one of the top players for a program that was loaded with D1 talent a year ago.
8. Eddie Williams, S 6-4.5, 215, Panama City Arnold - (Committed to Alabama): Since the ninth grade when. Has the chance to be a very special safety for the Crimson Tide. His size may also take him the linebacker or defensive end direction over the next few years.
9. Randy “Duke” Johnson, RB/DB, 5-9, 185, Miami Norland - (Committed to Miami): After a stellar youth football career, this quality talent turned his game up a notch in high school, and has been one of the most impressive players in the state. A tremendous offensive threat who has speed and great vision. Defensively, he will pick you clean!
10. Jelani Hamilton, DT/DE, 6-5, 245, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Perhaps nobody benefited from the success of the national champion Raiders more than this gifted big man. Not only did he shine in all the big nationally televised games, but was a force in the state title game. Hamilton can play defensive end in a 3-4 defensive scheme or move inside and play the 3-technique. Is a member of the wrestling team as well.
11. Patrick Miller, OT, 6-6, 265, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: From the first we had the pleasure of watching him in the ninth grade at North Palm Beach Benjamin, there was no mistaking his tremendous footwork and athleticism. He started out as a tight end, but eventually outgrew the position and became a tackle. One of the true sleepers in the state.
12. Eric Kinsey, DE, 6-3, 225, Miami Northwestern: After an outstanding sophomore season, this quality football talent never got it going this past year, but all indications are that he is ready to make a statement this year, and if he continues to get better, he could end up being one of the elite pass rushers in the state.
13. Mario Pender, RB, 6-0, 180, Cape Coral Island Coast - (Committed to Florida State): After watching this impressive talent twice this past season, there was little doubt that he has everything it takes to be a great one at the next level. A quick, elusive talent that has tremendous balance, strength, vision and a burst that is propelled by a 10.5 (100 meters).
14. Tyriq McCord, DE, 6-3, 215, Tampa Jefferson: Every year, there are going to be players who remind many of stars in the past. If you have watched this talent, you will see a lot of (Dwyer standout) Curt Maggitt. This is a talented athlete who will only get better as he gets bigger and stronger, and he easily has the frame to put 30-40 pounds on - easily.
15. P.J. Williams, DB, 6-2, 170, Ocala Vanguard - (Committed to Florida State): This is one of those tremendous football players who flew beneath the radar screen, but once the FSU Seminoles evaluated him, many started to pay attention. His off season performance in the USF Sling and Shoot turned plenty of heads. Williams is a big time cornerback prospect who could also make an impact at free safety.
16. Nelson Agholor, WR, 6-0, 175, Tampa Berkley Prep: One of the first players to start receiving national attention last year, but he never got the true recognition he deserved. This is an athlete who has the chance - in the off season - to elevate his stock. His work in the classroom already has colleges paying serious attention.
17. Keith Brown, LB, 6-1, 220, Miami Norland - (Committed to Miami): After a tremendous sophomore year at Miami Southridge, the move north to play for the state runner-up Vikings turned out to be just what this talented football player needed. Despite a season that was filled with injury early on, he rebounded to become a promising football prospect.
18. Brian Poole, CB, 5-10, 175, Bradenton Southeast: If you can think of some of the great players to lineup at cornerback in this state, the list is long and impressive. You can now add this young man‘s name to that growing list. One of the top prospects around, who could also climb the ladder in the spring and summer.
19. Ricardo Louis, Athlete, 6-2, 190, Miami Beach: Take your pick where this talented football prospect can play. He was a force at quarterback, has been a head-turner on defense and the way he uses his impressive speed and frame to play receiver, colleges are already thinking of some of the greats who have come out of this region of the state.
20. A.J. Leggett, CB, 6-0, 175, Miami Gulliver Prep - (Committed to Florida State): As a sophomore at Miami’s Booker T. Washington, he was considered one of the best young defensive backs in the nation. Last year, as he moved down south to play for the Raiders, he added offense to his bag of tricks. He brings both speed and quickness to the table and has the type of football instincts that you like to see in a top flight prospect.
21. Angelo Jean Louis, WR, 6-1, 185, Palm Beach Central: Over the past two years, there may not have been a more complete prospect in the region. The same school that produced quality linebacker Jon Bostic now has this impressive talent who has speed, great hands and a knack of making huge plays. This is another big time talent.
22. Travis Blanks, DB, 6-2, 190, Tallahassee North Florida Christian: Look back four years ago and they were already talking about this impressive and talented football player. This is a prospect that colleges have been looking to get into their secondary for quite some time, and now he has a chance to establish himself as one of the best in a very stacked state.
23. Latroy Pittman, WR/S, 6-0, 200, Citra North Marion - (Committed to Florida): Spend some time around the state of Florida during the summer and you will shake your head at the talent you see. From Pensacola to Key West, there are athletes - such as this two-way standout - who can go toe-to-toe with anyone. Having watched him for two years, this is a football player who will only continue to get better.
24. Bennie Coney, QB, 6-1.5, 210, Plant City: One of our top rated quarterbacks last year as a junior, here is a talent who has a chance to really blow up this year and make a major statement. After watching him last season, coaches were amazed at how efficient and accurate he can be. Has one of the strongest throwing arms among rising seniors in Florida.
25. Dvario Montgomery, Athlete, 6-2, 200, Winter Park: After watching this impressive football player compete in the season and at 7-on-7 events, there was no doubt that he was one of the most physical players around. He has a great chance to play receiver or safety at the next level. His is that good. Will be one of the top prospects in Central Florida.
26. Leonard Williams, DT, 6-4, 250, Daytona Beach Mainland: While this is not a defensive tackle-heavy year, this is one of the players to keep an eye on. He is an ideal defensive end in a 3-4 defensive scheme. If he plays in a 4-3, look for Williams to slide inside. He can give you some pass rush off the edge, inside at tackle or stuff the run.
27. Ty Darlington, OC, 6-3, 275, Apopka: First watched this impressive student/athlete as an eighth grader. By the time he was a sophomore, colleges had already started to take hold. The son of the head coach, there is little doubt that this may be one of the most well rounded players in this class. Has an opportunity to be the top-ranked student in the class as well.
28. Omari Phillip, OT, 6-4, 275, Venice - (Committed to Florida): This is yet another prospect who has been getting it done at a high level for two season already. Great feet, tremendous strength and a tremendous leader up front. In a year filled with outstanding linemen, this is one who continues to emerge all the time. Will continue Venice’s pipeline to UF.
29. Sean Price, TE, 6-3, 220, Citra North Marion: Has emerged as one of the top tight ends in the state, and after tracking his progress the past few years, there is little doubt that he has everything colleges are looking for. Price has the physical talent to be a big time tight end in college, but could also end up on the defensive line and become a big time defensive end.
30. Marvin Bracy, WR, 5-10, 170, Orlando Boone: One of the big names early on in the combine circuit as his 4.3 (40) has been a calling card for colleges to follow. While he is emerging, he still has some learning to do, but you can bet that his quickness will help him learn a lot faster.
31. Tyler Cameron, QB, 6-4, 220, Jupiter: One of the players who received a lot of attention last year with a big arm and plenty of durability. Was impressive at a number of off season events, and while be one of the athletes people will keep an eye on this spring and summer. Remember the name!
32. Willie Bailey, DB, 6-1.5, 175, Hallandale - (Committed to University of Miami): There were a lot of people who were caught off guard when this top-flight prospect committed to attend Miami. But if you have followed him for any length of time, you will understand that he is an exceptional talent who makes a major impact as a pass defender and is improving his run support. A very fluid player.
33. Marcus Maye, Athlete, 6-2, 215, Melbourne Holy Trinity: Having watched him before the 2010 season began on a trip to the Space Coast, this is a small school prospect who definitely translates to a high level. He plays safety, but it would not shock us to see him outgrow the position and end up at linebacker in college. He could be one of the best small school prospects in the country.
34. Tavares Copeland, Athlete, 5-11, 185, Fort Pierce Westwood: For the past two years, this is a talented athlete who has made an impact, and while he won‘t be considered as one of the best quarterbacks in Florida, his athletic ability and knowledge of the game gives him a huge advantage of playing a number of positions at the next level.
35. Jordan Diggs, Athlete, 6-1, 185, Fort Myers Bishop Verot: Another small school talent hidden in Southwest Florida, but this is a football player who has gotten plenty of off season exposure, and whether he plays on offense - or puts his physical frame in action as a safety, this is a player who continues to get better.
36. Evan Goodman, OG, 6-4, 275, Lakeland - (Committed to Arizona State): When the Dreadnaughts have had their success over the past decade, it was when they were stacked with quality line prospects, and with this quality big man, they have someone who could emerge as one of the best run-blockers around. Will play guard at the next level, and expect him to continue to get more physical.
37. Jamie Wilson, WR, 6-0, 185, Belle Glade Glades Central: This is a player you continue to watch and are amazed at how easily he can dominate a game with a huge catch. This is the one receiver that you need to keep an eye on, and as the season gets closer, just watch how many schools will be glued to his every move. Will climb the ranking ladder!
38. Joseph Jackson, LB, 6-2, 210, Jacksonville First Coast: Once again in this class, like some of the previous classes, linebacker is not the deepest part of what Florida has to offer for 2012. However, this is a very physical talent who makes plays. There is little doubt that he won‘t be the catalyst for his team.
39. Devonte Mathis, WR, 6-2, 210, Miramar: After starting his career in Miami-Dade (Carol City) as a quarterback, he made the change last year, and from everything he showed, this is going to be one of the most talented and physical players around. We expect his stock to rise during the next six months.
40. Colby Watson, OT, 6-5, 320, Pensacola Pine Forest: In a year that boasts so many quality big men, here is yet another top-flight prospect who has turned heads at every stop. His size and foot speed have been two things college coaches have been talking about. This is one of those players who will be coveted during the spring as colleges get a better look at his big frame.
41. Deon Bush, DB, 6-1, 175, Miami Christopher Columbus: It’s hard to imagine what player in the state will have competed in more varsity games than this quality athlete who has been making an impact since the ninth grade. A quick, aggressive play maker who has colleges looking in his direction.
42. Malcolm Lewis, WR, 5-11, 175, Miramar: One of the most underrated receivers in the state, here is a fast, sure-handed pass catcher who has more than proven he can be the go-to guy for the Patriots. We look for him to make major strides this season and establish himself as a player to keep an eye on.
43. Dalvon Stuckey, DT, 6-2, 290, Defuniak Springs Walton - (Committed to Florida State): Another player who has been getting it done for the past two years, and while many across the state have never watched him play, he is a product of a well coached program that has given him the opportunity to showcase his pass rushing and run-stopping skills.
44. Kelvin Rainey, TE, 6-3, 220, Yulee: There is little doubt why this program was one of the most improved in Northeast Florida this past season. Here is an athlete who has the chance to play a number of positions. Has great hands and blocks extremely well on offense, and has already shown that he can get done on defense as well.
45. Marshall Morgan, K/P, 6-3, 180, Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy: Not since Sebastian Janikowski made a major impact at Daytona Beach Seabreeze has there been such a dominating special teams performer who is one of the best in the nation. Not only can he kick, but this three-time all-state performer owns one of the best career punting averages. Every college in the nation wants him!
46. Earl Moore, DT, 6-0, 260, Tampa Hillsborough: One of the most physical play makers in the class, here is a talented football player who has been one of the region‘s better prospects. Not only can he control the line of scrimmage, but also put pressure on the quarterback and chase down running backs.
47. DeAndre Jasper, WR, 5-11, 190, Miami Jackson: Another impressive football talent who has been on the radar since his freshman season. This is a football prospect who can match up against the elite players in the state, but needs to play every down with the same intensity. Has the talent to be a top 25-30 player in Florida. Now it is up to him whether or not to fulfill that potential.
48. Brandon Butler, DB, 6-0, 180, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson: The talent train continues to pull up to the Cobras’ front door every year and drop off a special prospect like this. Will be a BCS recruit who brings so much to the table. Has size, speed and plenty of experience.
49. Erik Striker, OLB/DE, 6-1, 210, Seffner Armwood: No matter where you put this impressive football player on the defensive side of the ball, he will come up looking great. One of the most aggressive players on a quality defense, he will remain the catalyst on a very strong football team in 2011.
50. Brandon Snell, WR, 5-11, 165, Miami Norland: Had his coming out party last summer during the 7-on-7 season, and never looked back, turning heads at every opportunity. One of the better all-around receivers in the region, his hands, route running ability and instincts make up for the fact that he is not real big. Has outstanding ball skills.
51. Reno Henderson, OT, 6-5, 260, Ocala Vanguard: Was one of the players we watched during his sophomore year, charted his progress this past season, and now believe he is ready to join some of the best players in the a state. A very athletic big man who has tremendous feet and a very strong frame.
52. Clint Heaven, DB, 5-11, 190, Bradenton Manatee: One of the more talented defensive back prospects in the state who has competed at a high level over the past two years. While he can play cornerback, most college coaches see him making the move to safety at the next level. Has been one of the reasons the Hurricanes have had so much success.
53. Karl Joseph, LB, 5-11, 200, Orlando Edgewater: Yet another prospect who began his junior season with little fanfare, but his ability to makes plays all over the field has made him one of the premier players at his position. One of the best tacklers at his position. Has a chance to make a move upward throughout the spring and summer.
54. Danny Isidora, OT, 6-3.5, 320, Weston Cypress Bay: If you‘ve had the chance to watch this big man play, you understand why college coaches have been waiting patiently for this coming year. This is a player who gets to that second level immediately with his quickness and strength. Was part of a unit that paved the way for a region final appearance. He is very effective as a run blocker, who will play either right tackle or inside at guard.
55. Brandon Radcliff, RB, 5-11, 215, Miami Christopher Columbus: For those who watch and appreciate football in the Sunshine State, here is a back many expect to move way up among the best not only in Florida, but in the region this coming season. A hard runner with speed and power who can dictate the outcome of a game. If he stays healthy, there is really no telling how good he can be.
56. Kevis Jones, WR/TE, 6-3, 217, Oakland Park Northeast: This former quarterback prospect has turned his talents to playing a different position for the Hurricanes. One of the players who many college coaches expect to mature and become one of the top players around. He has all the physical tools needed.
57. Teko Powell, DT, 6-1, 260, Miami Norland: Being part of one of the most impressive junior classes, here is an athlete who can dominate. A tremendous run-stopper who gets into the offensive backfield to create havoc. Extremely quick and athletic, he has a chance to make a name for himself during the off season and into his final season. Another player to keep an eye on.
58. Vegas Harley, Athlete, 6-2, 185, Mount Dora: Not only is this gifted prospect a force on offense, where he accounted for over 5,000 yards from his quarterback position the past two years, but his ability to create and make big plays on defense has coaches extremely interested. This is certainly a player to keep a close eye on. Could emerge as one of the top players.
59. James Washington, LB, 6-2.5, 200, Winter Park: Another quality prospect who has proven that he can play this game at a high level. Talk to college coaches and they are blown away at the ceiling this young man has. Can make plays all over the field and his motor never stops. This quality athlete also plays basketball.
60. Brian Nicholson, LB, 6-1, 215, Miami Coral Park: If you haven‘t had the opportunity to watch this impressive athlete play, you are missing out. He has dominated for the past two years, and with his size, speed and knowledge of the position, look for him to continue to turn heads throughout the spring and summer. Also plays on the offensive side (TE) of the ball, but this is a pure linebacker - all the way!
61. Frankie Hernandez, Jr., RB/S, 5-10.5, 195, Miami Belen Jesuit: Is already regarded as one of the best football players ever to wear a Wolverines uniform. A sure tackler who has speed, athletic ability and a knack of being around the ball at all times. Is also a short-yardage back who simply will not go down on the first hit. Has a chance to turn some heads with the schedule his team will play. Tremendous student as well.
62. Abraham Garcia, OT, 6-5, 340, Davie University School: After an impressive sophomore year, a strong off season in which he participated for the national championship South Florida Express 7-on-7 team, “Nacho” as his teammates call him, had a rough junior season. Injuries kept him out of the lineup all year, which means he has a lot of making up to do this off season!
63. J.T. Washington, RB, 5-8, 185, Satellite: After coming over from nearby Melbourne Central Catholic at the start of his junior season, here is a back who can take over a game with his speed and ability to break tackles. Just get the ball in his hands and he will make positive things happen. May be the best pound-for-pound back in the state!
64. Traveon Henry, RB, 6-0.5, 200, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest: Burst onto the scene this past year with game-breaking speed and power. Has emerged into one of the top backs in Florida. With another year under his belt along with plenty of off season exposure, this is a player who will explode over the next 10 months. Very gifted football player.
65. Shaquille Beverly, Athlete, 5-8, 175, Jacksonville First Coast: The younger brother of FSU-bound Eric, Shaquille is a physical defensive back who had more than 20 tackles in the secondary as a sophomore, and then followed that up this season with another huge season. He is a productive player who just does not have a ton of size. He can make an impact on special teams where his speed and quickness can be used to his advantage.
66. Justin Ferguson, WR, 6-1.5, 200, Pembroke Pines Flanagan: Moving to South Florida from Philadelphia before the start of his junior year, this is one player who simply took the state by storm, finishing among the top pass-catchers in the region and establishing himself as a top-flight prospect for the future. He has the size to match up against pretty much any cornerback, but will need to continue to work on his overall speed.
67. Cody Waldrop, OL , 6-3, 280, Seffner Armwood: Having watched this impressive player since his 10th grade season, there is little doubt that his size, strength and exceptional feet have helped him along so far. He is another in a long line of prospects at this position in the Sunshine State for the Class of 2012. We will watch his stock continue to rise.
68. Lamarlin Wiggins, DB, 6-1, 195, Plant City: One of the emerging prospects who we had the pleasure of watching before his junior season,. A very athletic football player who can hit, play the pass and make an athletic difference for the Raiders. A true emerging prospect who has size and plenty of potential.
69. Donaldven Manning, DB, 5-10, 175, Miami Central: This Miami Edison transfer has been getting it done at this level for a long time. A quality defensive back who has great instincts and athletic ability. Many are wondering how much his game will be elevated by the move to play for the defending 6A state champion Rockets?
70. Patrick “P.J.” Harris, WR, 6-1, 175, Groveland South Lake: This is a player we had the chance to watch plenty of times during the past two years, and every time he lines up, he makes more of an impact. Going against top-flight players in his own practices, this is another athlete who has the chance to make a major impact over the next 10 months.
71. Herbert Waters, DB/WR, 5-11, 175, Homestead: One of the players we have been watching for a number of years, and with his quickness, athletic ability and passion for the game, this is another player that many coaches expect to make a huge rise during the off season. Watch and appreciate what this athletic talent can do.
72. Stanley Sylverain, DE/ILB, 6-3, 215, Naples Golden Gate: One of the more athletic defensive prospects in the class, here is a football player who can make a difference at the next level with his hand down, but has also proven that he can drop in pass coverage and make things happen. A very gifted talent who has the overall ability to climb the ladder in the rankings during the off season.
73. Antwan Anderson, S, 6-0, 190, Plant City: The first thing college coaches talk about when seeing this gifted athlete perform is the way he comes and hits. A very aggressive and versatile player who has made some major strides over the past two years. One of the first players we watched in the off season a year ago. A promising future ahead.
74. Reggie Northrop, LB, 6-1, 210, Jacksonville First Coast: After being up and down over the past few years, this region of the state is back up with players like this making plays and turning heads. One of the most athletic linebacker prospects in the state, many are waiting for him to have a breakout season in 2011.
75. Nathan Peterman, QB, 6-3, 190, St. Johns Bartram Trail: After watching him perform before and during his junior season, this is definitely a player who will watch his stock continue to rise in 2011. He has a nice arm, can make plays with his legs and show the leadership that every college coach is looking for at this position.
76. Alton Howard, WR, 5-9, 175, Orlando Edgewater: Here is one of the players who truly watched his stock rise during the 2010 season for the Eagles. A true play maker who opens eyes with his speed, route-running abilities and a knack of making big plays. Many have also looked at him on the defensive side of the ball. Like so many in this state, his stock is expected to rise.
77. Jarvis McCall, DB, 6-1, 185, Seffner Armwood: One of the keys in the secondary to one of the best teams in the state. A very versatile football player who an play the run, defend the pass and make big hits. Showcased his skills during the run to the 4A state title game. Will be a catalyst for a quality football program again in 2011.
78. Dominique Gibson, Athlete, 5-11, 190, Belle Glade Glades Central: Easily one of the top players returning in this class. Has shown the ability to play so many positions and standout at all of them. Whether it’s linebacker, defensive back or as a running back, this is a talented and unselfish football prospect who will get the job done. Very talented football player.
79. Danny Dillard, RB, 6-1.5, 210, Venice: One of the quality big backs in the state who has speed, power and possesses game-breaking abilities. Has a tremendous work ethic, which has more than paved the way to give this emerging runner a chance for several schools to show interest. This is a player to keep an eye on.
80. James Hamilton, OL, 6-3, 335, Orlando Olympia: Talk to any coaches who have had the pleasure of watching this impressive big man play and they will tell you that this is one of those line prospects who has the chance to be among the best before this class graduates. A very good pass-blocker who has added so much to his game.
81. Kaseem Edman, DE, 6-3, 220, Orlando Dr. Phillips: After watching this quality football talent over the past year, you can understand why college coaches are truly impressed by his football skills and overall athletic ability. Has a great first step, which eats up offensive linemen. This is another prospect with a bright future. As he grows, watch him continue to dominate.
82. Jeremy Donaldson, RB, 5-10, 190, Pembroke Pines Charter: After winning the Broward County rushing title as a junior at Hollywood Hills, this gifted back makes the move west - and while he may not put up the huge numbers he did last season, expect him to make a major impact in the Jaguars‘ running game. Another of the many hidden gems.
83. Macgarrett Kings, Athlete, 5-11, 180, Davie University School: If you watched the Suns play this year - or had the opportunity to watch the exciting 2B state final contest, you saw a versatile football talent who has a gift of running the ball out of the backfield, catch up field or play a key role on special teams. Get him in space and there are not many defensive backs that can stay with him.
84. Cameron Posey, DB/WR, 6-2, 190, Delray American Heritage: There is little doubt that when the dust settles on this class, here will be a player who will continue to climb and emerge as one of the best. He has good cover skills and does not mind mixing it up with players who are bigger then him. He can also make a difference as a receiver - with great hands and separation.
85. Kameron Davis, OL, 6-5, 290, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson: A three year starter already. This is one of the top athletic big men in the state. Has great feet, tremendous upper body strength and a work ethic that is second to none. In a year that is loaded with big time linemen, here is yet another one to add to that quality mix.
86. Adrian Jenkins, WR, 6-3.5, 200, Tampa Jefferson: After graduating two of the best pass-catchers in the state a year ago, do the Dragons really have yet another game-breaking prospect? Yes. This is a tremendous football talent who can stretch the field with his speed and size. A very gifted prospect who continues to get the attention of college coaches all over the country.
87. Neally Cunningham, WR, 6-1, 190, Melbourne Bayside: From the first time we watched this quality talent play, there was little doubt that he had the chance to be something very special. Has the speed, leaping ability and tremendous hands. College coaches are also very impressed at the way he blocks down field, adding yet another dimension to his already loaded game.
88. Raphael Andrades, WR, 6-1, 185, Tallahassee Lincoln: After tracking this two-sport athlete since his sophomore season, there is little doubt that this is going to be a premier player for the 2011 season. A strong off season will propel this quality athlete to the next level. He has both the size and speed college coaches are looking for in a receiver.
89. Kadeem Thomas, LB, 5-11, 220, Tallahassee Godby: One of the players who certainly catches our eye as soon as you watch this team play. An aggressive prospect who is physical, quick and instinctive. From the first time we watched him play, you just knew he was going to be a talent to keep an eye on,. New coaching staff also added to his maturity in 2010.
90. Jonathan General, LB/S, 6-0, 200, Ocala Trinity Catholic: After tracking his career back to the ninth grade, we have watched a solid football prospect come together and make a major impact. Even though he plays in the secondary at the high school level, there is a good chance he moves to linebacker in college. He is a little stiff changing direction and covering smaller backs and receivers could be a problem.
91. Bilal Marshall, QB, 6-2.5, 190, Miami-Dade Christian: A two-year starter who has a tremendous and accurate arm and also has great feet. Has the chance, with plenty of off season exposure, to make a major climb in the rankings. Have been watching this prospect since he first stepped on the field.
92. Vernon Davis, DB, 5-10, 175, Miami Coral Reef: One of the most physical prospects in the state. His speed, athletic ability and knack of making big plays has colleges already taking a look at what he will do this coming year. Another player to keep an eye on.
93. DaQual Randall, LB, 6-0, 215, Palmetto: Another emerging standout who has gotten it done at every event, game and practice he takes part in. A sure tackler who has turned heads of college coaches across the country with his aggressive style of play. Yet another player who could make a real difference over the next 10 months. Also takers part in the track and field program, which has helped in his maturity as a football player.
94. Trent Taylor, DE, 6-3, 240, Lakeland Lake Gibson: One of the players who used a solid junior season to start to turn heads. Colleges across the country are sold on his ability to dominate and make plays. His quickness, strength and knowledge of the game have been major selling points for the Braves. This is another top-fight athlete in a state loaded with quality.
95. Gray Crow, QB, 6-3, 220, Clearwater Countryside: Has been on the radar screen since his freshman season, and now with two full years of experience under his belt, is this the season this talented football player makes a serious mark? The off season will be huge as players will have a chance to make a mark in several locations. Anxious to see how his future plays out.
96. Cole Champion, LB, 6-1, 190, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: While he makes tons of plays at the linebacker position, this is a player who colleges truly believe will emerge as a top-flight safety at the next level. Has everything you are looking for in a great football player. Will be a leader and catalyst for the defending national champions in 2011.
97. Christian Hill, LB, 5-10, 190, Homestead South Dade: One of the defensive players in Miami-Dade County who has truly made some major strides over the last year. Colleges have been very impressed by his play-making abilities. A quick, strong talent who has gotten bigger and now finds himself as one of the top prospects in a very competitive region.
98. Duaron Williams, OL, 6-4, 280, Orlando Jones: One of the most athletic line prospects who has made some impressive strides over the past year. Ve3ry good feet and tremendous upper body strength. A very impressive pass blocker who has also shown the ability to lay defenders out on running plays. Another of the many emerging offensive linemen.
99. Jalen Spencer, Athlete, 6-2, 180, Pensacola: If you remember his play as a junior during the championship run at quarterback, you can fully appreciate what this talented athlete brings to the table. Whether it’s at quarterback, where he showed off his many skills, as a receiver - or in the secondary - this is an athlete who figures to make plenty of noise in his final season.
100. Torry Clayton, 5-10, 180, Homestead South Dade: Has there been a more overlooked back statewide than this outstanding breakaway runner, who can catch and block? One of the emerging stars in a state that is filled with quality backs. Can lift a team on his back with huge runs.
101. Andre Allen, RB, 5-9, 175, Panama City Arnold: This 2,000 yard rusher has proven that no matter the competition, his 4.4 (40) speed and elusive running style can indeed translate to the next level. Has the opportunity with a solid off season to thrust himself into elite company. Could be a true surprise over the next year.