As we have for the past 40 years, our objective to evaluate and rate players takes us year round.
With south Florida being in the spotlight when it comes to football - and recruiting - these lists have become so important when giving colleges an idea of what prospects continue to rise in this very competitive region. It is also a place where those who recruit national check out the top prospects as well.
While rankings are subjective, many who do them are not aware that when they put out their list of prospects, it is something that is taken very serious - as alumni start to put pressure of their colleges and universities to recruit certain players because they are rated high.
Viewing and rating prospects on just film can come with many pitfalls. Listening to fans, parents and high school coaches, who boast about their athletes, is also very dangerous when it comes to listing prospects.
Our formula has been simple. For over 40 years, we see the prospects live and in person and have a better basis in which to rate and compare. In addition, we have tracked and followed many from the time they began playing at the very competitive youth leagues.
While we will never take anyone’s opinion away, the success rate that we have when putting these lists together is simply unmatched, and for that reason, we continue to produce them at the local, regional and state level with the accuracy that fans, college coaches and others who follow recruiting are comfortable with.
We will re-rank these players right before the season begins - as we watch camps, 7-on-7 events and several workout sessions.
If you see a player you want us to continue to watch, just drop Larry Blustein a note at Floridakids1@aol.com.
BROWARD TOP 50 - CLASS OF 2014
1. Sony Michel, RB, 5-11, 210, Plantation American Heritage: Has the been Florida’s most promising prospect for 5 years now, and this Georgia commit is still among the best. Should have a huge season.
2. Anthony Moten, DL, 6-3, 280, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Headed to the University of Florida next year, this three year varsity starter continues to make a huge impact. One of the toughest players on a very impressive unit.
3. Brandon Powell, RB, 5-8, 175, Deerfield Beach: Was there a better all-around running back last year in Broward County? Here is the total package of athleticism and grades in the classroom. One of the most recruited athletes in Florida.
4. Khairi Clark, DL, 6-2, 325, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna: After beginning his career as a freshman at Hialeah American, this quality line prospect begins his third year as a force for the Lions. He can be dominating.
5. Corey Holmes, WR, 6-2, 180, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: From the first time he played at the varsity level, there was little doubt that this was going to be a very special player. He has the chance to be very good!
6. Chris Lammons, Athlete, 5-9, 185, Plantation: Easily one of Florida's top athletes who plays quarterback for the Colonels, but projects as a defensive cornerback who could emerge as one of the best in the country.
7. Quincy Wilson, DB, 6-2, 200, Fort Lauderdale University School: This big and physical cornerback has been getting the job done since his freshman year. Has emerged into one of the best in Florida.
8. Trevon Lee, WR, 6-1, 175, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: No receiver had a better all-around spring. This is a difference maker who combines speed and outstanding route-running abilities. Will name his school.
9. Richard Yeargin, III, OLB, 6-4, 225, Fort Lauderdale University School: Heading to his third school in four years, this is a gifted athlete who has emerged as one of the most promising prospects around.
10. Mardre London, RB, 6-1, 200, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: This one-time Arkansas youth standout has now found a place as workhorse and power back for one of the nation's best teams.
11. Al Harris, DB, 5-11, 176, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Easily one of the most technically sound defensive back prospects who has learned a lot of from watching and doing. Big time potential.
12. Jaboree Williams, LB, 6-1, 215, Fort Lauderdale: Not since Dimitri Stewart (Northeast) took the country by storm has a prospect come out of nowhere. Headed to Wake Forest, this will be a huge season ahead!
13. Marquese Dudley-Gordon, S/RB, 5-11, 180, Weston Cypress Bay: No matter if it's at the safety position - or as a running back, where he filled in last year, this will be the heartbeat for the rebuilding Lightning this season.
14. Sean White, QB, 6-2, 200, Fort Lauderdale University: After a tremendous three years at Chaminade-Madonna, setting records, this gifted prospects ties his talents to control the offense for last year's 3A state champs.
15. Peyton Bender, QB, 6-2, 185, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: By the end of the season, this could be the top rated quarterback in Florida. Headed to Washington State next year, nobody made more of an off season impact!
16. Nick Linder, OL, 6-3, 280, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Following in the talented footsteps of his brother, this University of Miami commit has big time potential and leadership. Has emerged as one of the elite big men.
17. Isaiah McKenzie, Athlete, 5-8, 165, Plantation American Heritage: If you have watched him play, nobody has to remind you how gifted he is. This is instant offense and special teams. Big time play-maker who will make a difference.
18. Ravian Pierce, TE, 6-4, 215, Plantation: While he still has plenty to work on for the future, this is a prospect who has the size, speed, strength and athletic ability to compete against anyone. This is huge year.
20. John Battle IV, S, 6-1, 180, Hallandale: Nobody has done more to state his case as a top prospect than this gifted student/athlete who has combed his football skills with his track speed and work ethic.
21. Terry McCray, OLB, 6-2, 220, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely: Easily one of the top players that has flown under the radar. When all is said and done, this is one of those prospects who will be an elite player.
22. George Rushing, WR, 6-1, 180, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: Proving that off season work and conditioning can get you better, this Louisville commit has emerged into a player to keep an eye on.
23. Derrick Tindal, DB, 5-11, 170, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson: If you are looking for a player who will make an impact - and rise toward the top 10, this is him. A very athletic and gifted prospect who makes a difference.
24. Jon Jackson, DB, 5-10, 180, Hallandale: One of the most talented and athletic players on a very impressive team, watch for this gifted athlete to lend a hand as a receiver this year as well for the Chargers.
25. Sifo Pierre, OL, 6-4, 330, Coral Springs Taravella: Linemen never get the recognition they deserve, but if you watch a player like this for any length of time, you have to be sold on what he brings to the table. A very athletic player.
26. Chris Taylor, WR, 6-1, 180, Coconut Creek N. Broward Prep: Another of the many prospects who used the off season as a springboard to his success. Headed to Duke University next year, his speed and football skill level have been very impressive.
27. Emmanuel Soto, WR, 6-2, 175, Fort Lauderdale University School: After a tremendous junior season in which he led the Suns to a 3A state title, this quality football talent is back and will be a major force this coming season.
28. Ryan Crozier, OL, 6-2, 275, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Another of those under the radar linemen who is big, strong, athletic and has been taught as well as any high school athlete to play a key role for the defending 7A state champs.
29. Harry Dumervil, OL, 6-8, 370, Oakland Park Northeast: We continue to say it over and over again, but when this "big man" puts it all together, it will be fun to watch. He just needs to get more playing experience and continue to work on being more technically sound.
30. LaJuan Hunt, RB, 5-8, 190, Fort Lauderdale University School: Having played at a high level since his youth football days, this is indeed one of those top players who can bust out at any time. Has everything you look for in a total back.
31. Alex Thomas, WR, 6-1, 185, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna: When people say that a school like Bowling Green "stole" this prospect, they were not kidding. This is a big time player who gets it done as a receiver and on special teams.
32. Juwan Dowels, DB, 5-8, 175, Davie Western: A very athletic and technically sound defensive back prospect who continues to get better, going against some of the top competition around. Can really make an impact this year.
33. Wade Freebeck, QB, 6-4, 200, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: After making the move over from Western this year, the main objective for this talented quarterback is to stay healthy and in the lineup.
34. Randy Ramsey, S, 6-3, 210, Fort Lauderdale Dillard: Now that he has made the move away from cornerback, this tremendous talent remains as the elite hitter on defense in Broward County. Has one of the most physical games anywhere.
35. Justin Morgan, Athlete, 5-10, 170, Deerfield: Never heard of this impressive talent? That's okay. By the end of the 2013 season, he may be the prospect to make the highest jump in Broward County. Big time potential.
36. Carter Jacobs, S, 6-1, 200, Plantation American Heritage: If you push this impressive talent off to the side and treat him like just any other player, you will lose the battle. He is fast, strong and knows how to play football. Will be among the leading tacklers for the Patriots.
37. Andre Godfrey Jr., DB, 6-1, 180, Miramar: Another of those physical, but very skilled football talents that Broward County produces. This is truly a superb athlete who can cover as well as help play the run.
38. Dennis Turner, WR, 5-11, 175, Fort Lauderdale Dillard: Looking for an under the radar kind of receiver who will make THAT catch? Here he is - and very few people understand that he could emerges as one of the best by the end of the season.
39. Edgar Cerenord, DL, 6-1, 285, Plantation American Heritage: They have been watching this quality nose tackle for the past five months - after he has blown up at various testing events. Colleges love his work ethic and strength.
40. Kenneth Rawls, 6-1, 185, WR, Blanche Ely: Yet another one of those receivers who you want on 4th down and 10 to make that one catch. He is skilled, athletic and has a great desire to play this game at a high level - for a long time.
41. Kendon Davis, WR, 6-3, 190, Oakland Park Northeast: We have said all along that while Stacy Coley was getting all the ink, this is the Hurricane who proved that he could stand up against defensive back. It's simple: stay healthy and you will emerge.
42. Tyler Sayles, OL/DL, 6-3, 235, Deerfield Beach: Every college who came through talked about a number of quality athletes in south Florida, but when it came to this two-way prospect, everyone wanted to boast about his future. One that has plenty of promise.
43. Deion Hallmon, DB, 5-10, 180, Weston Cypress Bay: Has been on the radar for almost two years now, and for that reason, much is expected from this gifted football player. Has a very solid off season.
44. Nigel Kemp, OL, 6-1, 303, Miramar Everglades: Another of those young men who has been on the radar screen for several years now, a very athletic big man who has strength and very good footwork. New coaches have helped his development as well.
45. Erik Lenzen, OL, 6-6, 270, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: One of those big line prospects who has the chance to do some positive things in 2013. Will be asked to do plenty for a program that is on the verge of busting out.
46. Joseph Laguna, OL, 6-6, 320, South Plantation: With no Alex Collins or John Franklin, this is the player - on offense - that has to take the lead role. Had a very solid off season, which was needed in his progression.
47. Nicholas Richardson, S, 6-2, 185, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: All you have to do is watch this quality young man play four a few possessions to understand that he is a big time talent who loves to be around the ball. RICHARDSON HAS TRANSFERRED TO MIAMI CAROL CITY.
48. Tyson Burch, S, 5-10, 190, Cooper City: There are a few factors that have kept this tremendous football talent out of the spotlight. One is the injury that put him out for his junior year. Seeing him in the spring, he has indeed regained his form. Watch out!
49. David Senior, WR, 6-0, 160, Boyd Anderson: After making his move over from Cardinal Gibbons, this is someone who will truly benefit as he becomes one of the main options on a team that is still looking for that identity.
50. Bud Martin, QB, 6-2, 215, Fort Lauderdale Dillard: Here is yet another prospect who has put more than anyone into getting better and gaining exposure. He is a pure passer who has worked hard and deserves the shot to play D1 football. He is a huge asset to have!