2014: Broward County Defense

On average 50 players sign D-1 National Letters of Intent from Broward County which makes it one of the most talent heavy area's in the country. Here is a look at some of the top defensive players from this area for 2014.

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Colleges looking for defensive tackle's will find three high BCS caliber prospects in Broward County. Chaminade's Khairi Clark is currently ranked no. 1 overall in the country and he has been a terror for opposing quarterbacks for three years. At 6'2.5 and over 300 pounds he has ideal size, a tremendous first step, and the strength to dominate the man across from him. We have been very impressed with Clark since we watched him as a freshmen at American. Clark holds almost all the major offers. FILM

St. Thomas's Anthony Moten is a little longer and leaner (6'4, 280), he is another prospect that has been on the radar since he was a freshmen. Moten possesses double digit BCS offers because he is rock solid across the board physically. Moten could play some DE at the next level and has potential in the 3-4 as a five tech. He has had flashes of dominance, we would like to see him be more consistent in that regard. FILM


Cerenord is one of the state's best DTs
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

American Heritage's Edgard Cerenord is yet another BCS caliber DT. At 6'1, 290, Cerenord is a constant presence in the backfield and he has an elite first step. Cerenord really makes a lot of plays in the backfield. This is a quick twitch athlete whose strong hands and ability to find the football really separate him from the pack. His stock should continue to rise. FILM

Village Academy's Kevin Bronson is not a household name nor is his high school, but he has put his name on the radar with a pair of outstanding performances at combines. At 6'3, 231 Bronson ran sub 4.8 and his 31 inch vertical shows the explosiveness needed to be a double digit sack artist. He will have a chance to be the second D-1 signee at this small charter school. FILM

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Richard Yeargin is at his third school in Broward after starting at Gibbons, then moving to Chaminade, and now will play for University School as a senior. At 6'3.5, 210 pounds he is the type of big athlete that is coveted recruiting wise. He played in space as a junior and more than held his own, but Yeargin might be best suited with his hand on the ground. While he has average speed, Yeargin does have possess excellent feet and athleticism. How big can he get? With over 10 BCS offers, Yeargin is off to a quick start recruiting wise. FILM

Ely's Terry McCray (6'2, 210) is another versatile prospect that could play all three linebacker positions. He did a lot of damage coming off the edge and putting pressure on the backfield, but could find a home inside in college. McCray has shown solid coverage ability at camps and this is a player that can move in space. He is one of the more intriguing defensive prospects in South Florida and holds several big early offers. FILM

DEFENSIVE BACKS

All football fans will remember the name Al Harris from the Green Bay Packers. His son is now a senior at St. Thomas and is one of the top pure corners in the country. Long and lean (6'0, 160), Smith has elite cover ability and the length that collleges are looking for. He is going to need to get stronger and start to fill out his frame so he can handle the bigger wide-outs. Technique wise, Smith is elite and he flat out does not give up many big plays. FILM

Plantation's Chris Lammons lined up at QB as a junior, but his future is at corner. At 5-10, 180 he has a thick, strong build and the explosiveness (35 inch vertical) to make plays on the ball. He was physically dominant a few weeks back at the SoFlaExpress camp where he was consistently manhandling the receivers. Lammons blew up two weeks ago when he picked up offers from the Big 3. Plantation has produced a ton of DBs over the years and many close to program feel that Lammons can be as good as any of them. FILM

Two more pure corners in Broward are firmly on the D-1 radar and each has a last name that will be familiar to football/recruiting fans. Boyd Anderson's Derrick Tindal is the brother of Corey (FIU) and he has some of the same athletic traits. Tindal likes to play man coverage and this is a prospect that see's top athletes every day in practice. Deion Hallmon is the son of former Dillard stand-out and Miami Hurricane Jack Hallmon. He is already a two year starter for Cypress Bay and has played all over the secondary. Hallmon is a physical kid, he is not afraid to lay some wood and that has impressed college coaches. BCS schools have taken notice. FILM


Wilson already holds double digit BCS offers
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

It is an excellent year at safety in Broward County with University School's Quincy Wilson leading the pack. The 6'1, 200 pound Wilson is also the son of a former Hurricane and he has ideal size for the Safety position. Wilson has wanted to play CB and while he does possess excellent coverage ability, he appears to have out-grown the position. Wilson has a great work ethic, good hips, and excellent ball skills. There is a chance he even grows into a cover linebacker down the road. FILM.

Hallandale has a pair of potential safeties in Jon Jackson and John Battle. Jackson (6'0, 180) made a lot of plays in 2012 and may even be able to handle corner in the right scheme. We like his ability to cover and he is not afraid of hitting in the box. FILM Battle is longer at 6'2, 170 and could grow into an OLB if he starts to add the weight. He is a high character kid who is well rounded off the field. We like his ability to hit and Battle has a smooth transition from his backpedal. There is upside here. FILM

Cardinal Gibbons George Rushing has played both safety and wide receiver for the Chief's, but we really like him as a safety moving forward. At 6'0, he has some size on him and is a versatile athlete in the back half of the field. Rushing has loose hips and a keen understanding of the game. FILM

Hollywood Hills Jonnah Cunningham (6'1, 180) impressed us last year on the field. He does not get a lot of help from his teammates as Hills really struggled a year ago, but he was one of the bright spots. Broad shouldered and long, his best days are clearly a few years out. There is a good chance that he flies under the radar on the trail, but the upside is there to be a BCS starter down the road.

Miramar's Andre Godfrey is one of the most active safeties in the area, he registered over 80 tackles and four intererceptions as a junior. Godfrey can cover a lot of ground and also hit. At 6'0 he will fill out to 200-210 down the road and can be moved up into the box to play the run. There is a lot of natural talent here. FILM


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