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February 10, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Willie Bailey

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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will continue to shine the spotlight on many athletes during the pre-spring, spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

Don't forget that the exposure continues on FACEBOOK (Herald Recruiting) and via Twitter @ larryblustein.

PLAYER: Willie Bailey

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Hallandale

CITY: Hallandale Beach

POSITION: DB

HEIGHT: 6-2

WEIGHT: 175

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Dameon Jones

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The second generation of this talented athletic family has produced some impressive results over the past two years.

Even though many knew that he could run and had the size to play at the next level, this past season confirmed what many watched during his sophomore season when he began to show signs that he could be very special.

Covers a lot of area with his speed and wingspan, which is a major advantage. Athletes and coaches who have competed against him have all agreed that he will indeed be something special.

Committed to the University of Miami under Randy Shannon, and remains sold on what the new coaching staff will do in Coral Gables.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Jelani Hamilton

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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will continue to shine the spotlight on many athletes during the pre-spring, spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

Don't forget that the exposure continues on FACEBOOK (Herald Recruiting) and via Twitter @ larryblustein.

PLAYER: Jelani Hamilton 

YEAR: 2012 

SCHOOL: St. Thomas Aquinas

CITY: Fort Lauderdale

POSITION: DL

HEIGHT: 6-4.5

WEIGHT: 240

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Rocco Casullo

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Having many opportunities to watch this impressive football talent -on and off the football field - his future is indeed extremely bright.

A very smart football player who is still growing into his frame. His instincts, quickness and ability to make plays comes from the fact that he picks things up quickly.

Has the potential to become one of the best players in the Class of 2012. Not only because he is physical and has worked harder to become the best player possible, but his attitude is all about achieving.

With the support of his family, Hamilton went out for the wrestling team this winter as well, showing tremendous balance, strength and a thirst of learning the sport. He was giving away 30 plus pounds in nearly every match.

This is the type of kid everyone wants to succeed. He is the ultimate team player!

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Avery Johnson


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will continue to shine the spotlight on many athletes during the pre-spring, spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

Don't forget that the exposure continues on FACEBOOK (Herald Recruiting) and via Twitter @ larryblustein.

PLAYER: Avery Johnson 

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Blanche Ely

CITY: Pompano Beach

POSITION: WR

HEIGHT: 6-2.5

WEIGHT: 185

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Rodney Gray

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Like many of the athletes in South Florida, we have been able to watch and evaluate this quality football talent since he competed at the youth football league level.

Has played at elite level for a number of years in high school, often picking things up from his father, who is a coach, and his brother, Patrick Peterson, who is regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the nation.

Although Johnson needs to continue to work on his concentration when catching the ball, his impressive speed (4.43), leaping ability and improved route running has kept this early LSU commitment in the spotlight.

If he continues to work hard and reach his potential, there is little doubt that he will take his talents a long way!

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February 09, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Eric Kinsey

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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will continue to shine the spotlight on many athletes during the pre-spring, spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

Don't forget that the exposure continues on FACEBOOK (Herald Recruiting) and via Twitter @ larryblustein.

PLAYER: Eric Kinsey

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Chaminade-Madonna
CITY: Hollywood
POSITION: DE/OLB

HEIGHT: 6-3

WEIGHT: 225

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Tim Tyrell

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Having kept an eye on his progress the past two years, there is little doubt that when this impressive athlete gets it all together, he will be one of the best in the state and the southeast.

As a pass rusher, his athletic ability is impressive. He puts pressure on everyone from the offensive lineman, to the running back trying to keep him out of the backfield - to the quarterback.

A very strong, quick athlete who can also drop into pass coverage as well as stretch plays out with his ability to play off blocks and use what he has.

While some continue to want to push him toward the linebacker position, this is someone who creates positives when he puts his hand down and moves forward.

Made the move from Miami Northwestern to Chaminade-Madonna at the end of winter - start of spring.

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Next Wave of SoFla. Football Talent

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When you think about youth football in South Florida, the first word that comes into play is "pipeline". Some of the elite stars of the National Football League got their start on youth football fields from Deerfield Beach to Florida City.

At a time when many take for granted the impressive talent that keeps our high school programs on top nationally, it is once again our honor to take a look at the players who are ready to make that move to the next level.

Last year, the top Generation Nexxt South Florida football players was Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes standout receiver Stacey Coley, who left the 165-pound squad and made an immediate impact at the high school level - at Northeast.

Coley was talked about by many as one of the best athletes for the the future.

Last year's youth football class also included Khari Clark, DT, Cooper City Cowboys (Hialeah American), Myles Graham, RB, Pembroke Pines Bengals (Chaminade-Madonna), Nicholas Jeanty, QB, Cooper City Cowboys (Archbishop McCarthy), Cameron Rigby, RB, Pembroke Pines Bengals (Chaminade-Madonna), Brandon Vicens, QB, Doral Broncos (Plantation American Heritage), Sean White, QB, Pembroke Pines Bengals (Chaminade-Madonna) and Joe Yearby, RB, Gwen Cherry Bulls (Miami Central).

There were also the trio of Jaranta Lewis, QB, Weston Warriors, Alex Montgomery, WR, and RB Matt Days, who all had a huge impact for Cypress Bay.

This year, Next Level Radio, which follows youth football as well as anyone, has selected the Lucky 13 players who are headed to high school for the 2011-12 school year.

THE LUCKY 13
1. Dalvin Cook, RB/LB/K, Miami Gardens Vikings 165-pounds:
This Miami Central student is easily one of the best football players in the state. Very explosive running back with excellent ability in the kicking game as well. True impact player.

2. Jaquan Johnson, LB/RB, Richmond Giants 165-pound: This incoming ninth grader at Miami Southridge is one of the best athletes around. A youth All-American player will likely play defense at the next level. Had a storied youth career as he was part of two Pop Warner national championships with the Giants in Greater Miami Pop Warner. Honor Roll student!

3. Tim Irvin, RB/FS, Richmond Giants 165-pound: Is there a player who has received more publicity over the past three years? This is an athlete who not only led the South Florida team over Deion Sanders and Dallas last year, but is a Youth All-American player at the RB position. Widely considered the best non high school youth football athlete. Played with the Richmond Giants Midgets and helped them to two national Pop Warner championships. If the last names sounds familiar, it should!

4. Treon Harris, QB/WR/S, Overtown Rattlers 165-pound: One of the elite players on the horizon. A top player a year ago, this Booker T. Washington-bound standout has a chance to be the next great one in high school. Led his Pop Warner team to a national championship in 2010. Comes from a huge football family!

5. Rashad Causey, RB/DE, Pembroke Pines Optimist 135-pound: This incoming high school freshman was yet another quality talent this bengals program has produced. Youth Football All-American at the DE position, but has talent at RB. Former lineman that was given the chance to run the ball in practice and never looked back.

6. Terry Jeudy, RB/WR/OLB, Coral Springs Chargers Unlimited: Was easily one of the top prospects all year in South Florida. A 10th grader in the fall of 2011, his size and athletic ability will keep him on the radar for years to come!

7. Butlher Jean, RB, North Miami Beach Sundevils 175-pound: Touchdown machine! This North Miami Beach High student scored over 15 touchdowns in the 2010 youth football season. Us expected to be a fullback at the next level, but that could change. Impossible to bring down because he runs low and with power.

8. Marquis Brunson, WR, Olinda Bulls 175-pound: One of the athletes who didn't receive the publicity during the season he deserved. Those who have watched him play believe that he is going to be one of the difference makers at the next level. MVP of the National Youth Football League in 2010.

9. Jerrell Holmes, RB/WR, West Kendall Dolphins 175-pound. One of the top programs in Florida has yet another quality player who can do it all. Absolute speed burner who will play receiver at the next level. He can also play in the defensive secondary.

10. Glen Weston, RB/DE, Miami Gardens Vikings 165-pound: Was the other part of the duo along with Dalvin Cook on a team that turned heads every week. While he can run the ball, his play on the defensive side of the ball is equally as impressive.

11. Tananse Thorton, DB, Overtown Rattlers 165-pound: If you were wondering how Booker T. washington will do with the return if head coach Ice Harris, here is yet another toip-flight prospect who was a member of the national championship team. Tremendous defensive secondary performer, who scored twice in the national championship game.

12. Brandon Boyd, WR, Overtown Rattlers 165-pound: If you watched this national championship squad play this year, this is one of the players who continued to make the big plays. A talented receiver who has tremendous hands, great speed and creates mismatches. Will play for Booker T. Washington in the fall of 2011 as a sophomore.

13. Michael Johnson, RB/WR, Bunche Park Cowboys 165-pound: One of the storied programs in South Florida produced a quality athlete who made things happen as a receiver, running back and also on special teams. Will make a solid impact at the next level.

February 08, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Tracey Howard


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will continue to shine the spotlight on many athletes during the pre-spring, spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

Don't forget that the exposure continues on FACEBOOK (Herald Recruiting) and via Twitter @ larryblustein.

PLAYER: Tracey Howard

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Miramar

CITY: Miramar

POSITION: CB

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 180

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Damon Cogdell

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Whether at the youth football league level - or in high school - this is a talented athlete who has always been able to make that transition from level to level.

Called by many who have watched him perform the best two years as one of the best cover-corners in the nation, this two year member of the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team bust onto the scene in high school for the 6A state champion Patriots.

Mechanically, he is as sound as you get at this level, and already being named as an All-American, the rest of the country has caught up to what many have been watching for the past five years!

He is the No. 1 pre-spring player in Broward County.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Duke Johnson


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will continue to shine the spotlight on many athletes during the pre-spring, spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

Don't forget that the exposure continues on FACEBOOK (Herald Recruiting) and via Twitter @ larryblustein.

PLAYER: Duke Johnson

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Norland

CITY: Miami Gardens

POSITION: RB/CB

HEIGHT: 5-9 

WEIGHT: 180

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Daryl Heidelburg

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: This is an amazing football talent, who actually got his career jump started at the youth level.

One of the best pure running backs in the country, this is a football player who catches out of the backfield, is elusive from the line of scrimmage and will break a game open - in an instant!

While he is a mega-star on the offensive side of the ball, Duke is equally as impressive as a cornerback, where he dictates plays with his ability to read and react - quickly!

The total package and the No. 1 rated player in Miami-Dade County, heading into spring.

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February 07, 2011

Trainers R US Combine attracts prospects


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By BILL DALEY
Miami Herald Writer

College scouts and others got their first glimpse of the future on Saturday morning, Feb. 5 when Trainers R Us hosted its 2011 Speed & Agility Combine for high school juniors who will, they hope, be busy next February when Letter of Intent Signing Day for colleges takes place.

More than 30 hopefuls showed up at Betty T. Ferguson Park in Miami Gardens with coach Mario Smith, owner of Trainers R Us, running the show. The event was also telecast live by LaLey Sports and will also be rebroadcast at a later date.

The workout regimen included the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, 3-cone cut drill, veritical jump and broad jump. Monsignor Pace head coach Alvin Slaughter along with many of his staff including John Dunlap and Anthony Walker were on hand to assist with the drills along with many members of the Trainers R Us staff to record all of the data. When the drills were done, a one-on-one session took place where receivers/running back went up against defensive backs/linebackers.

Also making a special guest appearance and perhaps provide some inspiration to the high school prospects was former Pace defensive back DeMarcus Van Dyke who just finished his five-year career at the University of Miami and his on his way a Combine of his own, the NFL Combine in Indianapolis at the end of February. Van Dyke is projected to be a mid-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

“There he is gentelmen,” said Smith pointing over to Van Dyke when addressing the kids at the end of his workout. “There’s someone who was standing right where you are five or six years ago and now he’s hopefully on his way to the NFL. This is what we want for you so make sure you work hard in school and on the field and hopefully we’ll see you next year when we put on our Third Annual Public vs. Private high school all star game.”

TOP PERFORMERS
Individuals standouts for the day included Monsignor Pace defensive back Miguel Lopez who turned in the fastest 40 time (4.45) and also won the three-cone competition with a time of 7.05.

Carol City defensive back Jalen Alexander also had a big morning winning the vertical jump (34.1 inches) and was picked by the coaches as the best defensive back in the one-on-one session.

Fabian Moreau, a running back from Davie Western turned in a nice effort with a 4.55 40 time and won the broad jump with a leap of 9 feet, 2 inches.

Western defensive back Elysee Maradin Jr. turned in the best short shuttle time of 4.20. Monsignor Pace quarterback Arryenton Cooper was voted the best quarterback while Jermain Caesar and James Richardson of Pace were selected as best running backs/receivers.

“We want to be the place where every college looks to find players, whether they are from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Monroe counties,” said Smith “We’re excited to see what the future holds for our athletes.”

February 04, 2011

Signing Night TV Show A Huge Success


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The 3rd annual South Florida High School Football Show Signing Day TV Special and Celebration took place Wednesday night with over 110 Division 1 athletes and 50 of the best local High School coaches at Dave & Buster’s Hollywood. The Celebration saw over a dozen athletes declare their college commitment including Jerron Seymour to Vanderbilt, Nick North to Illinois, and Gregory Lewis to Indiana. The Show featured Joe Rose with a one-on-one interview with future Georgia Tech LB Nick Menocal and prize Hurricane commit Denzel Perryman.
 
Adam Kuperstein introduced the Scion Players of Year, Rakeem Cato from Central and Jake Rudock from St. Thomas Aquinas. Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein joined Rose for a complete rundown of Broward and Dade County commitments. Coral Springs and Braddock High School were awarded a $2,000 donation courtesy of the South Florida Scion Dealers.
 
There are more players from Dade County in the NFL than any other county in America. Not to be left behind is Broward County which ranks third nationally! The evening ended with a photo of all the future stars who attended. Please See Attached.
 
This special night was made possible because of our partners including Scion, USArmy, Dave & Busters, U18 Sports Medicine, Gatorade, BP, NBC6 and Sports Radio 560 WQAM.  
 
The 2012 National Signing Day Celebration and TV Show is planned for February 1, 2012 on NBC6 at Dave and Busters. To RSVP please contact 954-533-8556.
 
The Show and photos will be available on the website shortly. For questions, more information or to request photos please visit www.southfloridahighschoolfootball.com or CALL 954.533.8556 ext. 224 or email bsaal@arenaadv.com

February 03, 2011

2012 Pre Spring Florida Top 101


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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.