With seemingly everyone coming out with their top kids in the state of Florida, I felt it was time for me to do the same. These are my top 50 players in the state of Florida from the class of 2010. I will release my list over the next five days, ending on Monday night heading into chat. I hope you enjoy my take on what the state of Florida has to offer. Today, take a look at 21-30.
No. 30 Demetre Baker
, OLB 6-0, 200. Orange Park: Baker gives new meaning to the phrase "flying under the radar". That won't be the case for much longer. Baker is a fantastic athlete's as the state champ in the shot put and second in the discus. He has tremendous burst and speed and meets the ball carrier with tenacity and force. Has a real nose for the game. Has run as low as 4.4 and has a vertical jump of 41 inches.
No. 29 Gio Bernard
, RB, 5-8, 200, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Some think he is the top ranked running back in the state for 2010. A fire truck type build with a very strong lower body. He runs with great power and balance and shows good burst.
No. 28 Trey Burton
(commitment), QB, 6-3, 215, Venice: Burton has great size for the quarterback position combined with incredible quickness for a guy that is 6-3 and 215-pounds. There is not a single player in the state of Florida this big that can run the way he can with the ball in his hands. Seems more comfortable throwing on the run or outside the pocket. Has plenty of time to bring his game to where he wants it to be before arriving at Florida. A great leader with an even better work ethic and is another player of very high character that comes from a great family.
No. 27 Darius Cummings
, DE, 6-2, 245, Titusville Astronaut: A terror off the edge showing a great first step and motor that never stops. Could end up playing inside down the road.
No. 26 Michael McFarland
(commitment), TE, 6-6, 230, Tampa Blake: McFarland is every bit the 6-5 and 230-pounds listed and is still very young. He has the kind of frame that could see him carry another 30-pounds and be a terror at 6-5 and 260. Huge soft hands and very rarely makes mistakes. Could have a chance to see the field early at Florida.
No. 25 Nickell Robey
, WR/CB, 5-8, 175, Frostproof: Nickell Robey is one of my favorite players in the class of 2010. A true speed merchant that can live on both sides of the ball at wide recover or corner. Corner is where I see him ending up at the next level. A ferocious one-on-one type of player with great ball awareness. Robey was one of, if not, the most impressive players to come through camp last summer in Gainesville.
No. 24 Lynden Trail
, DE/TE, 6-6, 200, Miami Booker T. Washington: Trail has the world at his fingertips and can be as good as he wants to be. Blessed with great size and quickness off the ball, he, like most his age, needs to work hard to get bigger and stronger. Tremendous amount of upside for this defensive end from South Florida.
No. 23 Cody Riggs
, CB, 5-9, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: A playmaker on a team with a ton of playmakers. Riggs was often over looked before Lamarcus Joyner's arrival, but make no mistake about it, Riggs can flat out get it done. Great cover corner skills and I love his football IQ.
No. 22 Eduardo Clements
, RB, 5-10, 185, Miami Booker T. Washington: Clements is one of the most complete backs the state has to offer for 2010. He does all the things you want your back to do and does them at a high level.
No. 21 Kadron Boone
, WR, 6-1, 200, Ocala Trinity Catholic: Size and speed for the 6-1, 200-pounder who at times makes the game look effortless. Good route runner coupled with sure hands will make him a hot commodity for anyone looking for a top flight wideout.