Top 2012 In-State Offensive Players

With 14 commits for the 2011 class FSU is off to a great start and they have a deep board of prospects to fill out their needs. However it is never too early to look to the future, here are some rising juniors who you may be hearing about over the course of this season.


Four quarterbacks have put themselves on the radar as potential FSU targets for 2012. Jacksonville Bartram Trail's Nathan Peterman, Plant City's Bennie Coney, Clearwater Countryside's Gray Crow, and Jupiter's Tyler Cameron. Peterman has been impressive in 7on7's and possesses good size already. Coney is a top athlete with size that lit up the Sling-n-Shoot two weekends ago in Tampa. He made every throw and did it consistently. Crow will wow you with his arm strength and accuracy in shorts and a t-shirt, now he has to take those tools to the field. Cameron is going to be compared to Tim Tebow, the big lefty has a lot of the same tools as the former Gator.

Plant City's Coney will look for a big junior year
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A pair of athlete's also play QB, but could project to a different position. Ricardo Louis will almost certainly be a WR because of his elite athleticism, he seems to be built in the Andre Johnson mold. Westwood's Travares Copeland has a rifle for an arm and has made giant strides as QB, but his athleticism and 6'0 size could be real attractive as a potential CB or WR.

Running Back

Armwood's Matt Jones is the 2012 version of James Wilder. At 6'2, 210 he has the type of elite size that is hard to find. Perhaps not quite the athlete of Wilder, Jones is more natural in the passing game and could grow into a Tight End down the line. Island Coast's Mario Pender is going to make a name for himself in 2010, the local legend should get 1,800+ and has the most complete skill set in the state including home run speed.

A pair of Dade County RBs are on the radar. Norland's Duke Johnson was one of the most effective runners in Dade last year as just a sophomore. He is a little short at 5'8-5'9, but he can flat run with plenty of wiggle. Carol City's Ernest Freeman possesses good size already and was one of the few offensive forces for the Chief's last year. At 5'10 and close to 200 pounds he will garner plenty of attention.

Wide Receiver

At least at this early juncture this appears to be a deeper, more talented position than 2010. First Coast's Chris Black has obvious ties to FSU with so many former player wearing the Garnet and Gold. North Marion's Latroy Pittman has received a lot of attention the past three months including a solid performance at Friday Night Lights.

In the southern part of the state is Palm Beach Central's Angelo Jean-Louis. He looks to have big time tools and reminds us a little of Sammy Watkins. Extremely confident, he might be the best of the bunch. The latest WR at Glades Central (following Santonio Holmes, Albert Dukes, T.J. Porter, Deonte Thompson, Travis Benjamin, Rantavious Wooten, Greg Dent, and Kelvin Benjamin) is Jamie Wilson. Wilson will have to wait his turn, but he is another stud athlete that could find a home on either side of the ball.

Jean-Louis goes up for a ball in DB drills before Spring game
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Ely's Avery Johnson has long been thought to be the top WR in his year and that may end up being the case. The 6'1 speedster is the younger brother of LSUs Patrick Peterson so it might be tough to pull him away from the Tiger's. He will need to start to fill out his vast frame. Miami Jackson's DeAndre Jasper will be one of the top prospects in talent rich Dade. He is the shortest of the group today, but that could change over the next two years.

Tight End

Yulee's Kelvin Rainey has visisted FSU and the 6'3, 210 pounder is certainly a player to keep an eye on. He will be the first big time player from the young program. North Marion's Sean Price impressed at Georgia's Dawgnight and FNL and appears to be a terrific pass catching TE.

Offensive Line

A very deep group is already establishing themselves for 2012 on the offensive line. Bolles John Theus has earned accolades everywhere he has went. While he has been to FSU, his brother recently committed to Georgia and they will be tough to beat. Palm Beach Gardens Avery Young has all the tools to be a great one, another year of development should have him as one of the nation's most coveted.

Venice's Omari Phillips plays both ways on the lines, but figures to be an OT. Few big men possess his athleticism and he is just starting to come into his own as a player. Apopka Center Ty Darlington is the son of the head coach and it shows as he has some of the best technique in the state. He should be the top (or one of the top) Centers in the state and can easily play guard.

Pine Forest's Colby Watson is a mountain of a man. It remains to be seen how good he is on the field, but from the look test there are not many who have his physique. He could be a 350 pounder down the road......and one that carries that weight like it is closer to 300. University School's Abraham Garcia has the athletic tools, but is a little sloppy at 340 pounds today. He will need to work himself into shape this season.

Other offensive linemen that are on the radar include Vanguard's Reno Henderson, Armwood's Cody Waldrop, Dwyer's Patrick Miller, Rickards Laith Harlow, and Cypress Bay's Danny Isidora.

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