Florida RBs: 15 in ‘15
Florida WRs: 15 in ‘15
1) Martez Ivey (Apopka)
No. 1 OT in nation
Ivey is the top offensive tackle prospect in the nation and the best recruit from Florida in this 2015 class. I have thought that way since I saw his state championship game in December. Ivey is so long and has a great frame and feet. He’s a dominating run blocker who fires off the ball with surprising quickness. Ivey can bend and move. His pass pro needs work. This is a kid with a ton of athleticism and upside once he develops. He has a chance to be a gem.
Recruiting: Florida and Auburn are his two favorites
2) Abdul Bello (Monteverde Academy)
No. 9 OT in nation
Bello is one of the best stories of this class. He moved to the U.S. last fall from Nigeria and started playing football in October. He has six regular season games and a spring game under his belt. After the first 28 quarters of football in his life he’s headed to Florida State, picking the Seminoles over suitors from all over the country. This kid is 6-foot-6, 300-pounds with a great frame and natural strength. He’s smart, athletic and has a huge ceiling. The best part about Bello is that he’s only 16-years old. This kid has an incredibly bright future.
Committed to FSU
3) Jake Fruhmorgen (Tampa Plant)
No. 14 OT in nation
Fruhmorgen has size and even better length. He gets off the ball extremely well, displays good feet and balance. He can move laterally in pass protection, as he shows the ability to stay in front of defenders and mirror them. As a run blocker, Fruhmorgen is tough and hardnosed. He’s a high motor guy that plays through the whistle and certainly tries to finish defenders off. He is one of three future Tigers in this Clemson class from Tampa (wide receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud are also committed).
Committed to Clemson
4) Jalen Merrick (New Smyrna Beach)
No. 13 OG in nation
Merrick is versatile, which I love in offensive linemen. He lines up everywhere, playing both tackle spots as well as guard. That’s a huge plus for him, especially if he’s needed to spot fill because of injury or attrition at one of the positions up front. He is big, physical and very strong (385-pound bench press). Sometimes it appears that smaller defensive linemen bounce right off him as if they ran into a wall. He can be nasty at times and does a nice job of finishing off a play. Merrick gets off the ball well and plays with good leverage. He’s a natural bender and shows good flexibility.
Recruiting: Florida, Miami, South Carolina, and Alabama
5) William Sweet (Jacksonville First Coast)
No. 22 OT in nation
Sweet is another massive and athletic tackle prospect with great feet and long arms from the state of Florida. Like the others listed above, Sweet has an enormous future in Chapel Hill once he develops into his body. He shows the quickness and agility to play out on the island against edge rushers and certainly looks like a future left tackle.
Committed to North Carolina
6) Christian Pellage (Brooksville Nature Coast)
No. 32 OT in nation
Pellage is a tall tackle that played in the 245-250 pound range last fall. Now he’s up to 292-pounds. That’s tremendous growth this off-season. Did he put on too much weight too quickly? We will find out this fall. Pellage gave his pledge to South Carolina on Friday. He’s raw but he has a very bright future.
Committed to South Carolina
7) Kendrick Norton (Jacksonville Trinity Christian)
No. 27 in nation
Norton is a two-way standout at d-tackle and guard. While he would prefer to play on defense Norton projects better on the offensive side of the ball. He is explosive and physical on both sides of the ball. He is athletic enough to play offensive tackle but just too small at 6-foot-2. He has great feet and is a very good driver blocker.
Recruiting: Florida, Miami, and Notre Dame
8) Tyler Jordan (Jacksonville Bishop Kenny)
No. 28 OG in nation
Jordan is committed to the Gators and projects as a guy that can play both guard spots as well as center. He has good size and plays with a nasty attitude and good motor. For a high school kid he does a nice job with his hands and has a good initial pop. Jordan is pretty quick off the ball and is equally adept in both run blocking and pass pro.
Committed to Florida
9) Mirko Jurkovic (Bradenton IMG Academy)
No. 31 OG in nation
We have Jurkovic listed a guard but I could very easily see him develop into a right tackle. That’s the position he plays at IMG. Maybe he’s a swing guy that can play inside as well. Jurkovic is only around 270-pounds. He’s tough and hard-nosed and plays with an edge. Jurkovic is pretty athletic and can play with power. It will be interesting to see how he develops in Lincoln, as he could be a real steal for the Cornhuskers. Jurkovic became a hot prospect this spring in the Sunshine State.
Committed to Nebraska
10) Tyree St. Louis (Bradenton IMG Academy)
No. 44 WR in nation
Opposite Jurkovic at left tackle for IMG is St. Louis. In fact three players from IMG made this offensive line list. St. Louis just committed to Miami, giving them an offensive tackle prospect that can play on either side. Last year he was a right tackle. St. Louis has long arms and good feet. He shows flexibility and can get off the line of scrimmage. St. Louis should good athleticism, footwork and recovery ability in pass pro. St. Louis needs to learn to play with better leverage. At times he does play with an edge to him. Committed to Miami
11) Geron Christian (Ocala Trinity Catholic.)
No. 49 OT in nation
This is an underrated tackle prospect that can get off the ball and really get after you. He has a good initial pop with his hands. Christian has good feet and athleticism. He has good size and it appears he has the frame to add a considerable amount of weight. Christian also looks like he has the versatility to play either tackle spot. Christian has committed to Miami.
Committed to Miami
12) Evan Mallory (Bradenton IMG Academy)
No. 40 OG in nation
Mallory is a guard prospect that made a summer time pledge to Cincinnati. He has good size and can get off the ball. Mallory is more old-school, nasty and tough. He’s a kid that plays with an attitude.
Committed to Cincinnati
13) Tyler Gautier (Venice)
No. 46 OG in nation
Gautier gets off the ball extremely well, showing a good burst off the line. He plays with leverage and fires off the ball, showing good bend and flexibility in his hips. He comes out and up into defenders pads with a nice pop. This allows Gauthier to drive lineman off the ball. He plays low. Gauthier can get to the second level. He also shows agility to adjust his body to seal the edge. I really like the way this kid can run block. He’s a tackle in high school that most likely projects as a guard.
Committed to Miami
14) Leeward Brown (Miramar)
No. 47 OG in nation
Brown is a massive 340-pound offensive guard recruit that has committed to the Hurricanes. He’s big, strong, and physical. Certainly he needs to focus on his size as he gains strength and not get too big. Leverage is also an issue. But there’s a lot to work with here. He can move for a big man and once he puts his body on you Brown is tough to beat.
Committed to Miami
15) Luke Hiers (Lake Wales)
No. 17 C in nation
Hiers will be a four-year starter at Lake Wales, mainly at the center position. He’s very intelligent and has good size for the position. Hiers is better at run blocking than pass pro. I like his feet, toughness and motor. He’s leaving the state and headed to Lexington.
Committed to Kentucky