Top 2012 In-State Defensive 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.

Defensive Line

While it looks like we will fill some needs in 2011, the 2012 class looks strong early. Lakewood DT Dante Fowler had several impressive camp performances and at 6'2, 240 has great size. He is a Nole fan and as long as he continues to progress as a player, we should be hearing a lot about him in the future. Just down the road from Tallahassee is Walton's Dalvon Stuckey. The spry defensive tackle is certain to garner plenty of looks and is a life long FSU fan.

Northwestern's Kinsey might be the next Dade County Superstar
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Northwestern's Eric Kinsey and Jefferson's Tyriq McCord have the look of elite pass rushers, Kinsey is the next in a long line of standout's for the Bulls while the lanky McCord has a lot of upside. Jelani Hamilton should have a big year for St. Thomas, the 6'4, 240 pounder's future might be inside.

Hillsborough's Earl Moore, Southeast DeAngelo Dawes, and Dunbar's Christian Brown are three defensive tackles who have established themselves.


Norland's Keith Brown tested off the charts and he appears to be the top pure linebacker in Dade. He will get competition from South Dade's James Burgess (father played at Miami). Manatee has a pair of athletes who could grow into linebackers down the road. Clint Heaven and Darius White are both 6'0+ and can flat run. White is a little heavier today, while Heaven has made a bigger impact.

Golden Gate's Stanley Sylverain is an impressive looking athlete, his play on the field will need to better this year. Local product Dallas Griffiths is at North Florida Christian.

Panama City Arnold's Eddie Williams could ultimately factor in here. The 6'3 athlete will be one of the most heavily recruited athletes in the country, but seems focussed on FSU, Alabama, and UF.

Defensive Backs

This is looking like a very, very deep year. We have one commitment from Vanguard's P.J. Williams. While most think he is a safety long term, he flashed some great cover and ball skills at the Sling-n-Shoot. Travis Blanks from NFC is certainly a Nole lean and most think he will join Williams in garnet and gold. He is another combo DB with elite athleticism.

Arnold's Williams will be one of the top recruits in the country
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A few safeties have established themselves. Bishop Verot's Jordan Diggs, North Marion's Latroy Pittman, and Columbus's Deon Bush all have the coveted 6'0 height and are ballhawks. Diggs brings outstanding anticipation and hitting ability to the defensive backfield. Pittman is a two-way star while Bush has tremendous athletic gifts and is long. He could be quite rangy as a free safety.

A great year at cornerback is headlined by Amos Leggett, Tracy Howard, Willie Bailey, Brian Poole, Donaldven Manning, T.J. Davis and Ezra Robinson. Each of these talented DBs has stood out on the field or at a camp and figure to hotly recruited.

This is just an early list of some of the talent in the state, many more players will emerge over the next six months. NoleDigest will be there.

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