The Miami Herald has stepped up the pre-season football coverage to include daily stories and rankings that will better help you follow the upcoming season.
In addition, we have added our STATEWIDE INTERACTIVE links for fans throughout the entire state of Florida to check out and take part.
We will also continue to TRACK THE CLASSES for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 – by adding players from all over Florida – throughout the year, making this a page that is MUST to keep.
SOUTH FLORIDA RECRUITING
South Florida high school football top 20 poll: No. 2, Booker T. Washington
South Florida high school football top 20 poll: No. 3, St. Thomas Aquinas
South Florida high school football top 20 poll: No. 4, University School
South Florida high school football top 20 poll: No. 5, Northwestern
South Florida high school football top 20 poll: 6-10
South Florida high school football top 20 poll: 11-15
South Florida high school football top 20 poll: 16-20
Miami Dade Christian Crusaders adapt to higher goal
Gulliver football seeks to knock off Booker T
Cardinal Gibbons will be air-powered
Miami Norland refuses to be called underdog.
American High ready to get to the next level
Dillard is displaying renewed determination
Dolphins shine spotlight on local schools
North Miami Beach’s Steven Ishmael follows in footsteps of brothers
10 South Florida Football Game Changers
Coral Gables expects bruiser Gregory Howell to carry the load
Plantation cornerback Chris Lammons narrows college list to top three
Boyd Anderson letting doubt fuel another playoff run
Miami Dolphins’ media day event brings exposure to local high schools
Inspirational alumni fuel Miramar’s quest for another state title.
Miami Central, Booker T. Washington start out as No. 1 - Nationally
Coaching could be a plus at Miami Coral Reef
Taravella hoping to write a new history in 2013
Miami Carol City’s Aubrey Hill comes home
Nine Miami-Dade Schools Have New Coaches
Blustein Recruiting Columns
Top 25 Teams Plus
Class of 2014 Top 100 Plus
Class of 2014 Top Offensive Players
Class of 2014 Top Defensive Players
ALL- REGION TEAMS, PART 1
ALL- REGION TEAMS, PART 2
Class of 2015 Top 100 Plus
It's no secret Miami Central and Miami Booker T. Washington each have some of the nation’s best talent.
On Thursday, the debate began as to which was better.
Central found out early in the day that it will open the season ranked No. 1 nationally by Rivals.com, which released its Top 100 preseason poll. But later in the day, Booker T. found itself in the No. 1 spot in USA Today’s Super 25 presesason rankings.
The teams will play each other Sept. 6.
In the Rivals poll, Central is joined in the top 10 by Booker T. (No. 4) and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (No. 9).
Central is also ranked No. 2 nationally by MaxPreps.com. The Rockets have won two state titles in the past three seasons and advanced to at least the state semifinals four consecutive seasons.
USA Today, however, has Central ranked No. 7 and St. Thomas ranked No. 11.
Fort Lauderdale University School is also ranked at No. 38 completing South Florida's defending state champion quartet in the Rivals rankings.
Central is entering its first season under coach Roland Smith, who guided rival Miami Northwestern to a state title in 2006 - the last season he coached high school football prior to being hired this summer.
The Rockets return 10 starters on offense including their whole offensive line and star running backs Dalvin Cook and Joe Yearby. They also have six starters back on defense.
Central opens the regular season Aug. 30 at Plantation American Heritage, which is considered a top contender in Class 5A. The Rockets then take on Booker T. in a huge showdown Sept. 6.
Central also travels to play Don Bosco Prep (NJ), ranked No. 83 by Rivals, on Sept. 21. The Rockets also have tough district matchups against Northwestern, Carol City, Norland and Homestead and finish the season with a showdown against University School the weekend of Nov. 8.
Booker T. opens the season Aug. 24 at Norcross (Ga.), a team ranked No. 5 in the poll. The Tornadoes follow that with Central and a game Oct. 4 at No. 18 Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.
St. Thomas Aquinas opens with Northwestern Aug. 31 at Sun Life Stadium and two weeks later plays consensus defending national champion John Curtis Christian (La.) Sept. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
In addition to their season-finale against Central, University School's schedule begins with a nationally-televised preseason game Aug. 25 against Homestead. The Suns later face Miami Norland, defending Class 8A state runner-up Weston Cypress Bay, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson and have an Oct. 25 road date at Rivals No. 48 Bradenton Manatee.
Over the past seven days, during our first ever INTERACTIVE PREVIEW, the feedback has easily tripled what we have had for any of our pre-season lists in the over 42 years we have been doing this.
Providing FREE information to high school football fans who have sent e-mails. texts and used Twitter to its fullest to let us know how much they enjoyed the over 500 namers that we were fortunate to have brought to you.
The major difference between having this information in a magazine - and online in an INTERACTIVE FORMAT have been night and day. Changes have been made - and will be made to add players throughout the next year.
We will continue to bring you information - as we do year-round from watching and traveling to see these athletes firsthand - and not copy from what others say. That has separated us from Day 1 - and will always give us an edge over anyone else who has come along over the past few years.
We also will update our extensive Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 lists to include every prospect possible in the state of Florida.
Today, we give you the first look at the Class of 2015. These lists have been sent to high school and college coaches across the state and country - and all have been impressed with some of the "no-brainers" as well as players and prospects that very few had ever heard about.
Remember, this is indeed a starting point and a list that will change numerous timers along the way.
If you have names to add to the WATCH LIST, just drop us a not at Floridakids1@aol.com.
1. George Campbell, WR, 6-3, 185, Tarpons Springs East Lake
2. Jaquan Johnson, Athlete, 5-10, 170, Miami Killian
3. Martez Ivey, OT, 6-5, 270, Apopka
4. CeCe Jefferson, DE, 6-2, 250, Glen Saint Mary Baker County
5. Derwin James, S, 6-2, 200, Haines City
6. Jordan Scarlett, RB, 5-10, 200, Fort Lauderdale University School
7. Jeffrey Holland, OLB, 6-2, 230, Jacksonville Trinity Christian
8. Shawn Burgess-Becker, S, 6-2, 185, Coconut Creek Monarch
9. Da'Vante Phillips, WR, 6-1, 190, Miami Central
10. Cecile Cherry, LB, 6-2, 220, Frostproof
11. Kevin Tolver II, DB, 6-2, 180, Jacksonville Trinity Christian
12. Byron Cowart, DE, 6-4, 250, Seffner Armwood
13. Tyrek Cole, DB, 5-10, 175, Miramar
14. Jacques Patrick, RB, 6-1, 215, Orlando Timber Creek
15. Jason Strowbridge, DE, 6-4, 250, Deerfield Beach
16. Jake Fruhmorgen, OL, 6-5, 280, Tampa Plant
17. T.J. Simmons, RB, 5-11, 190, Lakeland Christian
18. Torrance Gibson, QB, 6-3, 195, Plantation American Heritage
19. Devonaire Clarington, TE, 6-5, 235, Miami Westminster Christian
20. Tarvarus McFadden, S, 6-2, 190, Plantation American Heritage
21. Ray Ray McCloud, Athlete, 5-9, 165, Tampa Sickles
22. Rashard Causey, DB, 6-0, 175, Fort Lauderdale University School
23. Kaleel Gaines, Athlete, 6-1, 175, Frostproof
24. Andre Smith, LB, 6-0, 215, Jacksonville Trinity Christian
25. Jovon Durante, WR, 6-1, 180, Miami Jackson
26. John Burt, WR, 6-3, 1780, Tallahassee Lincoln
27. Timothy Irvin, Athlete, 5-9, 175, Miami Westminster Christian
28. Dominic Sheppard, LB, 6-2, 210, Gulliver Prep
29. Michael Arnold, OL, 6-4, 275, Winter Haven
30. Kendrell McFadden, S, 6-3, 190, Hollywood McArthur
31. Deon Cain, Athlete, 6-2, 190, Tampa Bay Tech.
32. Garrett Williams, TE, 6-4, 223, Orlando The First Academy
33. Tarrick Thomas, OL, 6-4, 270, Tallahassee Lincoln
34. Sherrod Pittman, OLB, 6-1, 215, Jacksonville First Coast
35. Calvin Brewton, S, 6-0, 175, Miami Central
36. Alex Anderson, RB, 6-0, 200, Miramar
37. Aaron Covington, DB, 5-11, 170, Seffner Armwood
38. Gerald Robinson, DB, 5-10, 180, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic
39. Emilio Gibbs, LB, 6-3, 215, Coral Gables
40. Jonathan Crawford, S, 6-1, 180, Largo
41. DeAndre Johnson, QB, 6-0, 170, Jacksonville First Coast
42. Justin Spencer, DB, 5-10, 175, Oviedo
43. Karon Higdon, RB, 5-10, 180, Sarasota Riverview
44. Jordan Cronkite, RB/WR, 5-11, 180, Miami Westminster Christian
45. Billy Atterbury, OL, 6-4, 275, Clearwater Central Catholic
46. Deondre Farrier, WR, 6-3, 195, Orlando Lake Nona
47. Wilbur Cooper, RB, 5-10, 185, Auburndale
48. Ryan Davis, Athlete, 5-10, 170, St. Petersburg Northeast
49. Calvin Ridley, WR, 6-1, 185, Coconut Creek Monarch
51. Tucker Israel, QB, 6-1, 195, Orlando Lake Nona
52. Kendrick Norton, OL, 6-2, 275, Jacksonville Trinity Christian
53. Scott Patchan, DE, 6-3, 210, Tampa Freedom
54. Marcus Walker, S, 6-1, 180, Lake Wales
55. Brandon Ray, Athlete, 6-0, 180 Dade City Pasco
56. Devante Peete, WR, 6-5, 190, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
57. Wayne Lawson, QB, 6-5, 200, Tampa Hillsborough
58. Eric Gallon, LB, 6-3, 210, Lakeland George Jenkins
59. Ronnie Harrison, DB, 6-2, 19, Tallahassee Florida High
60. Leeward Brown, OL, 6-3, 300, Miramar
61. Jeff Smith, QB, 5-11, 165, Clearwater Central Catholic
62. Von Davis, DB, 5-11, 175, Mount Dora
63. Dexter Carter, Jr., RB, 5-10, 165, Jacksonville Bolles
64. Christian Alexander, QB, 6-3, 210, Lakeland Christian
65. Luke Hiers, OL, 6-3, 265, Lake Wales
66. Roosevelt Lawrence, Athlete, 6-0, 170, Tampa Alonso
67. Chris Hart, LB, 6-3, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas
68. Jordan Griffin, LB, 6-0, 220, Seffner Armwood
69. Johnnie Hankins, RB, 5-10, 190, Homestead South Dade
70. Johnny Footman, DT, 6-1, 290, Winter Haven
71. Keivonnis Davis, DE, 6-3, 225, Miami Jackson
72. Steven Claude, WR, 6-2, 185, Hialeah Champagnat
73. Deondre Francois, QB, 6-0, 185, Orlando Olympia
74. Nate Ferguson, DB, 5-9, 170, Tampa Gaither
75. Deltron Sands, RB, 5-7, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas
76. Derrick Baity, DB, 6-1, 165, Tampa Plant
77. Christian Strachan, OL, 6-5, 315, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
78. Brad Mayes, QB, 6-2, 190, Tampa Berkeley Prep
79. Marques Ford, DT, 6-4, 215, Gibsonton East Bay
80. Jahrvis Davenport, WR, 5-10, 185, Tampa Robinson
81. James King, LB, 6-2, 215, Miami Booker T. Washington
82. Brendon Loftus, OT, 6-6, 275, Tallahassee Godby
83. Chris Riddle, QB, 6-2, 184, Ponta Vedra Beach Nease
84. Riley Nicholson, LB, 6-1, 210, Kissimmee Osceola
85. Terry Jefferson, LB, 5-10, 185, Miami Booker T. Washington
86. Brycen Lee, QB, 6-3, 175, Mayo Lafayette
87. Jeffrey Hill, DB, 5-10, 165, Miramar
88. Christian Bermudez, RB, 6-0, 185, Jacksonville Bolles
89. Maurice Alexander, QB, 5-11, 170, Homestead
90. Daniel Parr, QB, 6-2, 180, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
91. Jurell Green, RB, 5-9, 180, Oviedo
92. Robert Knowles, S, 6-1, 180, Miami Edison
93. Shelton Lewis, DB, 5-10, 165, Orlando East River
94. Bruce Davis, LB, 6-0, 200, Miami Killian
95. Juwann Taylor, LB, 6-3, 200, Hollywood Hills
96. Tyree St. Louis, OL, 6-6, 285, Tampa Bay Tech
97. Jimmy Martin, LB, 5-11, 210, Maitland Orangewood Christian
98. Christian Pellage, OL, 6-7, 250, Brooksville Nature Coast Tech
99. Mike Duclos, RB, 5-9, 180, Tampa Robinson
100. Tyler Cisrow, S, 6-1, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas
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