Throughout the course of the recruiting process, watching players and evaluating their potential is something that we have done for over four decades.
While we understanding a number of football prospects could easily be listed in the group of 25, but these are the athletes we have watched in camps, combines, practices, games, 7-on-7s and other sports.
Having the opportunity to see over 100 live games a year certainly provides a forum that most analysts do not have the luxury of seeing. Add that to the countless BCS and Division 1 college coaches and area high school coaches we have the pleasure of talking with, and you have a starting list for the Class of 2013.
Keep in mind, these lists will change a number of times in the next 12 months, so if an athlete is not on the initial offering of athletes, they will more than have a chance to impress.
The list is also compiled and done with football prospects in mind. Running a fast 40 or bench pressing 400 pounds does not guarantee a college scholarship or add up to football skill level!
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1. Joey Bosa, DE, 6-5, 260, St. Thomas Aquinas: Easily one of the nation’s top prospects, combining size, strength and knowledge of the game. Father, John, was a standout at Boston College and a first round Miami Dolphins selection.
2. Stacey Coley, WR, 6-1, 175, Northeast: One of the most talented prospects in the state of Florida, who has speed, outstanding route-running abilities and leaping ability. A big play receiver. Also had a stellar youth football career.
3. Jordan Cunningham, WR, 6-3, 175, University School: From an all-around aspect, this may be Florida’s top player. Super three year starter on the football field who has dominated some quality defensive backs. Is also one of the top students in the classroom. This is a tremendous talent.
4. Alex Collins, RB, 5-11, 195, South Plantation: Yet another football talent who started on the competitive youth football field across South Florida and translated top the high school level, where this University of Miami commitment led Broward County in rushing. Will be nationally-rated.
5. Monty Nelson, DT, 6-3, 285, Plantation: While most have never watched him play, they are missing a player who has all the tools to play on Sundays. Every college coach we spoke with admits that this could be the next Warren Sapp. Athletic, quick and loves to play the game.
6. Alex Montgomery, WR, 6-2, 200, Cypress Bay: Talk about one of the players who continues to turn heads, here is a big time prospect who offers size, speed, athletic ability and plenty of experience, making huge catches. Colleges and fellow high school coaches are bowled over by his future.
7. Alvonte Bell, DE, 6-5, 220, Everglades: The most important thing when it comes to recruiting is to watch every team play, and most who evaluate, simply miss out on the programs who are not in the playoff mix. This is an athlete who should be on every list in the nation. But unfortunately, people are missing out!
8. Maquedius Bain, DT, 6-4, 265, University School: What more can be said about a player who spent most of his time on the basketball court before last spring, and by watching his first season on the football field, this FSU commit will be something special.
9. Lance Virgil, LB, 6-2, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas: Elevated himself into a BCS prospect with an impressive junior season that saw this gifted athlete lead the Raiders in tackles. Tremendous size and athletic ability. Huge early sleeper in this class!
10. Jermaine Grace, LB, 6-2, 205, Miramar: This football prospect has been the star attraction for two years now. There is no hiding the fact that this is a play maker, who has size, quickness and the ability to lead by example. Could emerge into one of Florida’s top linebacking prospects.
11. Sandley Jean Felix, OL, 6-5, 300, Boyd Anderson: Size, strength, quickness and the ability to pass and run block with the best. This is a football player who continues to get rave reviews from college coaches and many of the teams the Cobras played against.
12. Fred Coppet, RB, 5-9, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas: After a brilliant sophomore year, playing backup to some quality football players, this past season was the perfect time for this speedy, athletic football player to showcase his running and blocking skills, which everyone fell in love with.
13. Michael Deeb, LB, 6-2, 238, American Heritage: As a sophomore, this was a player every coach talked about, leading Archbishop McCarthy in tackles. This past year, he made that huge move as colleges began to take notice of a very special football prospect who dominate – against top competition.
14. Sojourn Shelton, DB, 5-9, 175, Plantation: This early FSU commitment showed how impressive he was during his junior year. A very physical corner who not only makes life tough on receivers, but has shown that he will be a major force as a run stopper as well.
15. Skai Moore, OLB, 6-3, 200, University School: Leave it to South Florida to continue coming up with prospects that get very little publicity. On a talented team last year, there was little doubt that this was the player everyone talked about. Has the size and athletic ability to play four different positions. Keep your eye on him.
16. Walter Tucker, LB/RB, 5-11, 200, American Heritage: This one-time St. Thomas standout was the ultimate team player as a junior with the Patriots, and while his numbers weren’t what many expected, he remains one of the most athletic and quickest prospects in the state.
17. Myles Graham, RB, 6-0, 205, Chaminade-Madonna: If it weren’t for a late season injury, this one-time youth all-star would have put up much better numbers. But if you watch him play – when he is healthy – this is a BCS back who continues to get better. Big time pass catcher out of the backfield as well.
18. Justin Porter, S, 5-9, 180, Chaminade-Madonna: One of two BCS prospects the Lions have in the secondary, this is a real talent who patrols the secondary, knocking down passes as well as making life tough on runners. Very physical football player.
19. Griffin Goins, OLB/FB, 6-2, 225, Hollywood Hills: How recruiters and services continue to miss out on this quality prospect – once again – this past season – is mind boggling. He has speed, size, runs the ball out of the backfield as well as playing the linebacker position as well as any. Has been around the sport all of his life.
20. Matthew Dayes, RB, 5-9, 200, Cypress Bay: The only thing that separated this impressive talent from being in the upper tier of players in this class – nationally – was an injury that slowed him much of the year. This is a prospect who had dominated at every level. There is no reason to believe he won’t continue making an impact.
21. Nick Internicola, DE, 6-3, 220, University: From the start of his career at West Broward, this is another of those hidden gems that all he does is make plays and continues to be the difference. Used as a defensive end/outside linebacker by the Suns, he is also a very impressive pass catcher as a tight end. Will be a major force for a very good team.
22. Jason Rae, OL, 6-1, 295, Cypress Bay: When it comes to this position, there may not be a more physical, better coached and all-around talented prospect than this. Over the past two years, he has more than proven that he can make life tough on the opposition. His older brother went on to star at UCF. He has that same potential!
23. Adrian Baker, DB, 6-1, 175, Chaminade-Madonna: Yet another of those well coached, skilled secondary performers who will be a big time player. His 4.4 speed (40) and tremendous range give him a major advantage. Will continue to get bigger and stronger in the off season.
24. Michael Miranda, OL, 6-3, 270, Miramar: With so many seniors on the No. 1 rated unit in the state this past season, here is a prospect who certainly made a huge impact. Not only a superb run-blocker, but also a player helped the Patriots’ run toward an 8A state title with his pass blocking. Solid and well coached player.
25. Jaranta Lewis, QB, 6-1, 180, Cypress Bay: Ever since his youth football days, this is what they call a chain mover. Add in the fact that he has one of the top lines around, a superb running game, and plenty of people to throw the ball to, and it all adds up to this being one of the more dangerous signal callers in 2012!