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January 22, 2014

State's Top 100 composite recruiting rankings

With two weeks to go before National Signing Day only about a fifth of the state's Top 100 seniors have yet to make a firm commitment to a college program.

Instead of taking the recruiting rankings of one particular site (Rivals, ESPN, Scout or 247Sports), the Miami Herald is using a ranking list put together by 247Sports which combines the four major industry ranking systems and gives each athlete a linear composite score.

In other words, when you average Dalvin Cook's rankings by those four sites, he ends up being ranked the 13th best recruit in the nation and No. 1 in the state. The former Miami Central standout running back now at Florida State was Florida's Mr. Football this season and more than deserving of the recognition.

Cook is the first player listed from the state of Florida on the composite rankings list. Here are the others. FYI, the list is updated daily and the following list is through Jan. 22. We've gone ahead and bolded the names of Miami-Dade and Broward recruits. A total of 37 players from Dade and Broward are currently on the composite Top 100 rankings list.


  1. Dalvin Cook, Miami Central, RB, 5-11, 192, Florida State
  2. Bo Scarbrough, ATH, Bradenton IMG Academy, 6-2, 225, Alabama
  3. Sony Michel, Plantation American Heritage, 5-11, 205, Georgia
  4. Ermon Lane, Homestead, WR, 6-3, 193, Undecided
  5. Chad Thomas, DE, Miami Booker T. Washington, 6-5, 240, Miami
  6. Travis Rudolph, WR, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 6-1, 185, Florida State
  7. Joseph Yearby, RB, Miami Central, 5-9, 190, Miami
  8. Kc McDermott, OT, Palm Beach Central, 6-6, 300, Miami
  9. Travonte Valentine, DT, Hialeah Champagnat, 6-3, 338, Undecided
  10. Artavis Scott, WR, Tarpon Springs East Lake, 5-10, 175, Clemson
  11. Jacob Pugh, OLB, Tallahassee Godby, 6-4, 221, Florida State
  12. Kain Daub, ILB, Jacksonville Sandalwood, 6-3, 234, Florida State
  13. Johnnie Dixon, WR, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, 5-10, 187, Ohio State
  14. Trevor Darling, OL, Miami Central, 6-4 ½, 327, Miami
  15. Dillon Bates, OLB, Ponte Vedra Beach, 6-3, 220, Tennessee
  16. Isaiah Wynn, OG, St. Petersburg Lakewood, 6-2, 272, Georgia
  17. David Sharpe, OT, Neptune Beach Fletcher, 6-6, 318, Florida
  18. Treon Harris, QB, Miami Booker T. Washington, 5-11, 180, Florida State
  19. Mason Cole, OG, Tarpon Springs East Lake, 6-4, 285, Michigan
  20. J.C. Jackson, WR, Immokalee, 5-10, 180, Florida
  21. Demarcus Christmas, DT, Bradenton Manatee, 6-4, 287, Florida State
  22. Sean White, QB, Fort Lauderdale University, 6-2, 204, Auburn
  23. Keyon Brown, DE, Wauchula Hardee, 6-3, 230, Georgia
  24. Anthony Moten, DL, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-4, 292, Miami
  25. Trey Marshall, S, Lake City Columbia, 5-11, 196, Florida State
  26. Corey Holmes, WR, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-2, 175, Notre Dame
  27. Khairi Clark, DT, Chaminade-Madonna Prep, 6-2, 325, Florida
  28. Delvin Purifoy, ILB, Pensacola Catholic, 6-2, 230, Florida State
  29. Duke Dawson, CB, Dixie County, 5-11, 197, Florida
  30. Chris Lammons, CB, Plantation, 5-9 ½, 170, Undecided
  31. Javon Harrison, ATH, Lakeland Kathleen, 6-1, 187, Virginia Tech
  32. Corey Martinez, OG, Tampa Catholic, 6-4, 297, Florida State
  33. Denzel Ware, DE, Crestview, 6-3, 220, Kentucky
  34. Richard Yeargin, OLB, Fort Lauderdale University, 6-4, 225, Notre Dame
  35. Michael O’Connor, QB, Bradenton IMG Academy, 6-4, 223, Penn State
  36. Jojo Robinson, ATH, Miami Northwestern, 6-0, 183, Florida State
  37. Kendall Gant, S, Lakeland Lake Gibson, 6-2, 185, Georgia
  38. Trent Harris, DE, Winter Park, 6-2, 226, Miami
  39. Tony James, RB, Gainesville, 5-10, 170, Oregon
  40. Kyle Gibson, S, Seffner Armwood, 6-0, 170, Vanderbilt
  41. D.J. Gillins, QB, Jacksonville Ribault, 6-3, 185, Wisconsin
  42. Yodny Cajuste, OT, Miramar, 6-5, 265, Undecided
  43. Quinton Flowers, QB, Jackson, 6-0, 203, USF
  44. Reilly Gibbons, OT, St. Petersburg Catholic, 6-6, 292, Miami
  45. Ravian Pierce, TE, Plantation, 6-4, 215, Undecided
  46. Isaiah McKenzie, WR, American Heritage, 5-9, 172, Undecided
  47. Darrion Owens, OLB, Orange Park Oakleaf, 6-3 ½, 216, Miami
  48. Quincy Wilson, S, University School, 6-1, 196, Florida
  49. Isiah Ford, WR, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 6-2, 170, Undecided
  50. Nigel Bethel, CB, Booker T. Washington, 5-9, 173, Texas Tech
  51. Mike Smith, OLB, 6-2, Northwestern, 6-2, 210, Miami
  52. John Battle, S, Hallandale, 6-2, 180, LSU
  53. Stephen Durham, CB, Jacksonville First Coast, 5-11, 185, Georgia Tech
  54. Brandon Powell, RB, Deerfield Beach, 5-9, 175, Florida
  55. Kendall Sawyer, CB, East Lee County, 5-11, 175, USF
  56. Kendall Randolph, CB, Tallahassee Lincoln, 5-11, 170, Kentucky
  57. Montel McBride, OG, Plant City, 6-4, 329, Alabama
  58. Moral Stephens, TE, Taylor County, 6-4, 200, Florida
  59. Demetrius Jackson, DE, Booker T. Washington, 6-4, 220, Miami
  60. Ryeshene Bronson, WR, Fort Myers Dunbar, 6-3, 180, USF
  61. Trevon Lee, WR, Cardinal Gibbons, 6-1, 175, Undecided
  62. Jimmy Bayes, ATH, Immokalee, 6-3, 190, USF
  63. Zack Darlington, QB, Apopka, 6-2, 207, Nebraska
  64. Madre London, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-1, 205, Michigan State
  65. D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Immokalee, 5-10, 180, Undecided
  66. Jacob McCrary, WR, Coral Reef, 6-0, 170, West Virginia
  67. Michael Johnson, S, Champagnat, 6-3, 180, Louisville
  68. Josh Allen, OG, Jacksonville University Christian, 6-3, 285, North Carolina
  69. Blake McClain, DE, Jacksonville Sandalwood, 6-3, 257, Florida State
  70. Charles Nelson, ATH, Daytona Beach Seabreeze, 5-8 ½, 170, Undecided
  71. Jonathan Vickers, RB, Tallahassee North Florida Christian, 5-11, 212, Florida State
  72. Ryan Sousa, WR, Orlando Lake Nona, 6-0, 177, Florida
  73. Sharieff Rhaheed, OLB, Fort Pierce Central, 6-2, 202, Undecided
  74. Alin Edouard, QB, Hialeah, 6-1, 180, Syracuse
  75. Josh Hicks, RB, Palmetto, 5-10, 180, Rutgers
  76. T.J. Harrell, S, Tampa Catholic, 6-1, 210, Undecided
  77. Darrell Langham, WR, Lake Worth Santaluces, 6-5, 190, Miami
  78. Benjamin Knox, OT, DeLand, 6-4 ½, 260, USF
  79. Andrew Beck, ILB, Tampa Plant, 6-3, 227, Texas
  80. Adly Enoicy, WR, Delray Beach Atlantic, 6-5, 205, Undecided
  81. C.J. Worton, WR, South Dade, 6-1, 175, Florida State
  82. Andre Godfrey, S, Miramar, 6-1, 180, Utah
  83. De’Eric Culver, CB, Tallahassee Godby, 6-0, 180, Louisville
  84. Lawrence Lee, WR, Pensacola West Florida Tech, 5-10 ½, 167, Missouri
  85. Will Dawkins, WR, Vero Beach, 5-11, 195, Undecided
  86. Lamar Parker, WR, Booker T. Washington, 5-8, 152, West Virginia
  87. Rohan Blackwood, DE, Brooksville Nature Coast, 6-5, 210, Undecided
  88. Tyre McCants, WR, Niceville, 5-11, 202, USF
  89. Travaris Dorsey, OG, Jacksonville Raines, 6-2, 215, Florida
  90. Gilbert Johnson, WR, Miami Southridge, 6-2, 190, Georgia
  91. Al Harris, CB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-11, 160, South Carolina
  92. Dacorious Law, RB, Haines City, 5-11, 186, Undecided
  93. Desean Blair, WR, Jacksonville Sandalwood, 6-4, 185, Louisville
  94. Jakob Johnson, ILB, Jacksonville Ribault, 6-3 ½, 236, Tennessee
  95. Jarvis Stewart, ATH, Largo, 5-10, 175, Undecided
  96. Mike Johnson, CB, Countryside, 5-11, 175, Undecided
  97. Steve Ishmael, WR, North Miami Beach, 6-2, 170, Undecided
  98. Rashawn Shaw, DE, Fort Pierce Central, 6-3, 228, Louisville
  99. Trayone Gray, ATH, Carol City, 6-2, 210, Miami
  100. Derrick Kelly, OT, East Gadsden, 6-5, 295, Undecided

January 21, 2014

Current UM commitment Chad Thomas to make final decision after official visits to FSU, Alabama

Chad Thomas went to school on Tuesday draped in University of Miami green.


But in the coming weeks, he’ll be seeing some darker shades of red.

Thomas, the Miami Booker T. Washington five-star defensive end who has been committed to UM since this past July, will take official visits to Florida State on Friday and Alabama on Jan. 31.

“Just making sure I’m picking the right school,” Thomas said in a text message to the Miami Herald Tuesday morning.

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January 20, 2014

Booker T. Washington's Treon Harris still committed to Florida State despite his recruitment heating up

Treon Harris and his family members knew his college recruitment was going to pick up tremendously at the end of his high school season.

It’s even something Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was hoping to avoid with his commitment from Miami Booker T. Washington since last July.


“Coach Fisher knew the type of talent Treon had as a quarterback,” older brother Tim Harris Jr. said, “and he told my dad, [Booker T. coach Tim ‘Ice’ Harris] that a long time ago.

“‘Coach [Ice], I know he’s committed to us right now, but I understand that schools are going to come after him late in the game, and my job is to just fight them off. He’s going to have other schools come after him sooner or later.’ And [Fisher] was hoping that Treon stayed a secret for him throughout the whole process, but [Fisher] knew there was going to come a time where he’s going to have to fight for him.”

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Quincy Wilson says he's is ‘done’ with Ermon Lane, now focused on recruiting others to Florida

Despite seeing some of his close friends come and go, Quincy Wilson still remains 100 percent committed to the University of Florida.

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Wilson has seen fellow South Florida products Dalvin Cook, Ermon Lane and Chris Lammons decommit from UF in the last 20 days, and has even cut ties with one of them

“I’m done with Ermon,” Wilson said Sunday after being in attendance for South Florida Express 7-on-7 tryouts at Hollywood McArthur High. “I don’t talk to him no more.

“I just don’t like what he did. He didn’t really have no reason to decommit. He would’ve fit in well with the offense that we’re bringing in.”

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Florida State, Miami in the early lead for 2016
St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Sam Bruce

There’s no player in South Florida with as much upside as Class of 2016 prospect Sam Bruce.

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Bruce, a former Davie University School receiver now at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, was the best player on the field during South Florida Express 7-on-7 tryouts this past weekend, earning the distinct honor Sunday of being the first invite to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl game.

And the praises Bruce earned from his peers and national media members barely do him justice.

“He may be the first 5-8 five-star [prospect],” ESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton said.

Added five-star 2015 cornerback Tavarus McFadden from Plantation American Heritage: “He’s not even human.”

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January 19, 2014

Homestead wide receiver Ermon Lane waiting until National Signing Day to commit to Florida State

When I asked Ermon Lane if there were other schools beside Florida State in contention for his services, we both shared a laugh after he insisted so on Thursday.

“It’s a possibility I might go to Florida State, but other schools recruiting me hard,” said Lane, who tried to keep a straight face while listing Miami, Alabama and Florida after taking photos to commemorate his Miami Herald First-Team All-Dade honors.

Ermon Lane

Lane, the Homestead wide receiver who decommitted from UF on Jan. 10, said he’s going to wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 5 to announce his commitment – with all signs pointing to FSU – and not during his official visit to Tallahassee on Jan. 31. He met with members of the Seminoles coaching staff at his school and at home on Thursday, and has no plans at this time to meet with any other coaching staff members from any other school.

After playing in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2, Lane has also celebrated making the honor roll in recent weeks. Since decommitting, however, he has felt the brunt from fans across several fan bases on Twitter and admitted it has affected him “deep down inside.”

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Miami Hurricanes may be back on top for Hialeah Champagnat’s Travonte Valentine

Since decommitting for the University of Miami football team after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Travonte Valentine has wanted nothing but clarity from his future coaching staff at the next level.

Valentine, who told the Miami Herald he wanted a sit down conversation with UM coach Al Golden to gauge Golden’s stance with the program, said Saturday he was going to stop by the UM campus that night to have that talk.

The four-star Hialeah Champagnat Catholic defensive tackle did visit the school, according to his high school coach Mike Tunsil on Sunday. Tunsil said he did not speak with Valentine after reaching campus Saturday night.

Valentine did have a reassuring in-home visit from Canes defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, and running backs coach Hurlie Brown on Thursday -- despite LSU and Texas also sitting atop his list.

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FAU an easy choice for Rodrick Archer after thinking his cousin Jordan Scarlett was 'pulling a prank'

When Davie University School running back Jordan Scarlett announced his commitment to Florida Atlantic on Dec. 27, 2013, his cousin Rodrick Archer did not know what to think.

“Truthfully, when I first heard it I was like, ‘Alright, who’s pulling a prank? This is a good joke, this is a good joke,’” Archer said with a laugh on Saturday. "Then after some time, I’m going down my [Twitter] timeline and I’m like ‘Oh, this is getting serious. It might be true.’

“So I made a phone call to him and asked him, and he was like, ‘Yeah, it’s official.’ So I was like ‘I guess I’m on the team.’”

Archer, a 2015 South Plantation defensive back rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, committed to FAU on Friday night – of all places, while eating at a Steak n’ Shake – after visiting the school earlier that day.

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January 13, 2014

Recruiting recap: Canes' rough year so far; Gators take some hits, too; Seminoles still on a roll

We’re almost two weeks into 2014, and 23 days away from National Signing Day on Feb. 5.

If you’ve missed anything related to college football recruiting and its ties to South Florida this year, here’s a recap before things get crazier as the dead period ends on Wednesday:

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January 10, 2014

Deerfield Beach's Brandon Powell will no longer enroll at Miami, now heading to Florida

What a difference a few days can make.

Deerfield Beach running back Brandon Powell, who was supposed to enroll at the University of Miami on Wednesday but was waiting on a transcript from his school to finish the process, decided Friday to commit to the University of Florida after receiving a scholarship offer to play for the Gators on Monday.

Powell's father, Brian, confirmed the move in text message to the Miami Herald on Friday morning while the two were heading to Gainesville to complete his enrollment.

"This came about unexpectedly," Deerfield Beach coach Allen Jackson said. "He had a desire to go to UF in his junior year. He wanted [an offer] and it never came. When this came in on Monday, it kind of threw a wrench in everything.”

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