Higdon's Florida Top 50: #1-10

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. Here is the final installment of my top 50 with the top 10 kids from the Sunshine State.

No. 10 James Louis, WR/CB, 6-0, 190, Delray Beach Atlantic: The state of Florida is loaded at the wide receiver position. This year's group of pass catchers is as deep as I have seen in sometime. Louis has the ability to go inside or outside at the next level and I think has as much upside as anyone in the state. He has great speed and is very slippery when the ball is in his hands. A threat to take it the distance.


No. 9 Brent Benedict, OT, 6-4, 280, Jacksonville Bolles: A complete offensive linemen in every phase of the game. Quickness, agility and great balance make up one of states top offensive linemen. Like any offensive linemen heading to the next level he will need to increase his upper body strength.



No. 8 Gerald Christian (commitment), TE, 6-3, 230, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: Notice a theme Gator fans? Christian like Elam and Dowling is one of the top two-way players in the state. Linebacker, Defensive End or the position he was recruited for Tight End, Christian can do it all. Great size and athletic ability the Gators are stocking up on top talent that play multiply positions. A top five tight end on a national level.

No. 7 Lamarcus Joyner, CB/WR, 5-8, 175, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: No matter where Joyner goes he has a bulls eye on his chest and more times than not he is up for the challenge. Another player with a nose for the football and could end up on either side of the ball at the next level depending on his destination.



No. 6 Jeff Luc, MLB, 6-0, 230, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast: The most physically impressive high school player that I have ever seen at this point in his career. The perfect middle linebacker prospect. A downhill type of backer he moves incredibly well for a player of his size.




No. 5 Christian Jones, LB, 6-4, 200, Winter Park Lake Howell: Jones is a fantastic athlete with size and speed and the sky is the limit for this future linebacker. Great range and instincts with nice closing speed. As good of a linebacker prospect that he is he could end up being even better at defensive end.



No. 4 Jonathan Dowling (commitment), S, 6-3, 185, Bradenton Southeast: A true playmaker on both sides of the ball. When the ball is in the air there is no question who is coming down with it regardless of which side of the ball he is playing on. Might be closer to 6-4 and has the frame to carry up to 215-pounds and still maintain his speed. Dowling is a difference maker for the class of 2010 for Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators. When the state's top players tell me that Dowling is a man among boys it means something.

No. 3 Christian Green, QB, 6-2, 200, Tampa Catholic: A wide receiver playing quarterback in high school and his best days are ahead of him. He has size, speed and has the ability to make people miss and at times look silly. A true impact type player at the next level.




No. 2 Corey Lemonier, DE, 6-4, 230, Hialeah: Lemonier might have one of the highest ceilings of any player in the state. Could have a big impact his first year at the next level depending on where he ends up. Speed, power and drive are on display every time he steps on the field with a motor that never stops.



No. 1 Matt Elam (commitment), DB, 5-11, 200, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: The most complete player in the state. Elam can do more than a few things at a very high level from a number of different positions.



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