Brandon Linder Recruiting File

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas has the luxury of some of the nation's top talent on its roster. Lamarcus Joyner, Gio Bernard, Cody Riggs and Brandon Linder to name a few. Linder finds himself as the nation's No. 1 center prospect according to Scout.com.

State: Florida

City: Fort Lauderdale

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas

Position: Offensive Line

National Rank: No. 11

Position Rank: 4*/No. 1

Height: 6-6

Weight: 290

40-Time: 5.2

Offer List: Florida, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State are the ones to watch

The final summer rankings are out and we saw plenty of prospects moving up and down the rankings. Brandon Linder entered as the top offensive center prospect in America and it remains the same.



My Take:
Brandon Linder is one of the most underrated players not only in the state of Florida but the entire country. He is ranked as the No. 1 offensive center prospect but doesn't get the publicity he deserves. Linder has worked extremely hard this past off season getting over a foot injury and is poised for a huge senior season. I think the Gators have done a fantastic job recruiting him and showing him how important he is to this year's class. The home town Miami Hurricanes should not be discounted as well as Ohio State and Notre Dame. This one is shaping up to be another Florida and Miami battle to the bitter end and I believe as of today the Gators get the nod. He is in no rush to make a decision and in fact wasn't able to get to Notre Dame and Ohio State in the month of July like previously planned. Look for Linder and his father to make four official visits this season with Florida, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State and then make his intentions known. The Hurricanes are the team that has been recruiting him the longest but I think the Gators are the team that has recruited him the hardest.

Last week it looked something like this.

Florida 35%
Miami 30%
Notre Dame 20%
Ohio State 15%

Today I think it looks like this:

Florida 45%
Miami 30%
Notre Dame 15%
Ohio State 10%

Scout.Com Biography:
2007: Linder was the starting center on the Florida 5A State Champion team his sophomore year. He was selected first team All-Broward County as a sophomore.

2008: Linder moved to left tackle as a junior to lead an offensive line that won Florida 5A State Championship and named High School National Champions. He was named first team All-Broward County selection as a junior and FSWA 5A First Team All-State.


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