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First AP Florida state football rankings

Here you go. The first state poll of the season.

The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school preseason football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses and rating points:

Class 8A

1. Plant (10) 117

2. Miramar (2) 105

3. Dr. Phillips 77

T4. Christopher Columbus Catholic 57

T4. Fletcher 57

6. Lake Brantley 45

7. DeLand 32

8. Seminole Ridge 31

9. Cypress Bay 28

10. Miami Southridge 25

Others receiving votes: Sandalwood 24, East Lake 20, Palm Beach Gardens 13, Apopka 8, Vero Beach 6, Palm Beach Central 5, Park Vista Community 4, Timber Creek 3, Olympia 2, Spruce Creek 1.

 Class 7A

1. Manatee (10) 112

2. Dwyer (1) 91

3. First Coast (1) 82

4. St. Thomas Aquinas 72

5. Lakeland 65

6. Fort Pierce Central 54

7. Evans 41

8. Countryside 38

9. Lincoln 28

10. Kissimmee Osceola 17

Others receiving votes: Fleming Island 15, Oviedo 10, Venice 10, Charlotte 6, Cooper City 5, Boyd Anderson 5, Royal Palm Beach 5, East Ridge 2, Edgewater 1, Port St. Lucie 1.

Class 6A

1. Miami Central (8) 114

2. Armwood (4) 107

T3. Gainesville 78

T3. Mainland 78

5. Columbia 41

6. Winter Haven 37

7. Miami Northwestern 31

8. Belen Jesuit 28

9. St. Augustine 25

10. Bartram Trail 22

Others receiving votes: Naples 21, Palm Bay 15, Seabreeze 12, Pine Forest 12, Niceville 7, Pace 6, Sickles 6, Jefferson 5, South Fort Myers 3, Middleburg 3, Pensacola 2, Lake Gibson 2, Largo 2, Miami Carol City 2, New Smyrna Beach 1.

Class 5A

1. Miami Norland (5) 105

2. Glades Central (3) 92

3. Immokalee (3) 82

4. Palmetto (1) 77

5. Pasco 63

6. Plantation American Heritage 46

7. Jesuit 44

8. Bishop Kenny 37

9. Lake Wales 26

10. Wakulla 25

Others receiving votes: Robinson 23, North Marion 8, Hardee 6, Port Orange Atlantic 6, Godby 5, Miami Jackson 5, Ponte Vedra 5, West Florida 3, Rockledge 1, Matanzas 1.

 

Class 4A

1. Miami Washington (11) 109

2. Bolles School (1) 104

3. Cocoa 101

4. South Sumter 39

5. East Gadsden 27

Others receiving votes: Yulee 26, Gulliver Prep 25, Dunbar 13, Raines 13, Jones 7, North Broward Prep 6.

 Class 3A

1. Delray American Heritage (10) 116

2. Madison County (1) 101

3. University School 76

4. Berkeley Prep (1) 57

5. Trinity Christian-Jacksonville 45

Others receiving votes: Chaminade-Madonna College Prep 22, Clearwater Central Catholic 21, Cardinal Newman 15, Ocala Trinity Catholic 15, Orlando The First Academy 12.

 

Class 2A

1. North Florida Christian (8) 113

2. Glades Day (4) 108

3. Warner Christian 78

4. Admiral Farragut 55

5. Eagle's View 33

Others receiving votes: Evangelical Christian 20, Dade Christian 15, Carrollwood Day 14, Jupiter Christian 13, FAMU Developmental Research 12, Lake Mary Prep 7, Victory Christian 6, Florida Air Academy 6.

 

Class 1A

1. Union County (3) 102

2. Jefferson County (7) 88

3. Northview (2) 76

4. Trenton 75

5. Holmes County 58

Others receiving votes: Chipley 52, Hawthorne 9, Crescent City 7, Dixie County 7, The Villages 6.

August 06, 2012

July 26, 2012

Miami Southridge safety Jamal Carter chooses UM

            For the second time in a week, the University of Miami football team boosted its secondary with one of Miami-Dade County’s best.

            Miami Southridge senior safety, ranked among the top 20 players in the country at his position, committed to the Hurricanes Thursday afternoon at a ceremony at his high school auditorium.

            Carter chose UM just four days after the Hurricanes landed a commitment from Miami Northwestern’s Artie Burns, another of the nation’s top defensive backs.

            “I’ve been liking the Canes since I was a little kid,” Carter said. “Coach [Al] Golden is smart and I think he’s going to help bring the Canes back to how they were in the old days.”

Carter, ranked No. 18 among the country’s safeties by Rivals.com, started every game last season for Southridge. The Spartans had one of the top defenses in the county and advanced to the Class 8A regional finals.

Carter said he made up his mind to go to Miami two weeks ago. He had narrowed his top choices to UM, FSU, LSU and Hawaii. He said his commitment to the Hurricanes is solid.

Should he sign with Miami, Carter would add to a secondary growing in young South Florida talent that already includes freshmen Tracy Howard (Miramar) and Deon Bush (Columbus).

Carter, whose height is 6-2, has bulked up from 180 pounds to 215 in the offseason under the tutelage of former UM assistant and Southridge coach Don Soldinger, who will serve as the Spartans’ strength coach this coming season.

Carter would also give the Hurricanes another weapon in the kick return game. Last season, Carter returned seven punts for touchdowns at Southridge.

“Jamal is the kind of player that can get all the players around him going on the field,” Southridge coach Lamont Green said. “He’s a great talent, a great person and I think he’ll do well.”

Green coached Carter in Optimist leagues growing up when he played for the Palmetto Raiders. Then, Carter became friends with his would-be future teammate, Bush.

“It’s going to be a battle between all of us over there, but I think we all have a chance to become the next great players at UM,” Carter said.

For the immediate future, Carter hopes to take Southridge a step further this coming season.

“We already had the aggressiveness last season,” Carter said. “But I think being a smarter team and having the discipline brought by coach Green, we’ll see what happens this season.”