Quarterback: Teddy Bridgewater, Miami Northwestern(6A)
Recruiting: Committed to Miami
Analysis: Bridgewater took Northwestern to the 6A title game as a sophomore and had the Bull's as the favorite last year. The season ended early with a second round loss to heated rival Miami Central. He threw for 2,526 yards and 32 touchdowns while showing his athleticism with another 400 on the ground and eight more touchdowns.
He has repeatedly shown that he possesses that elusive quality known as "it", the quality that makes plays when a team needs them most. He quarterbacked the SouthFloridaExpress to a National Title at the BadgerSport 7on7 and his high school team to a second straight victory at he Nike 7on7 event in Oregon. While he needs work mechanically as a QB, there is no question he gets the ball where he wants it and he has terrific timing. Look for another big year from Mr. Bridgewater in 2010.
Running Back: Mike Bellamy, Charlotte(4A)
Recruiting: Committed to Clemson
Analysis: The state's most explosive play-maker, Bellamy has piled up the yardage the past two years. He ran for 1,908 yards(29 touchdowns) as a sophomore and 2,156 yards(31 touchdowns) as a junior. Nicknamed "Speedy", Bellamy has at least one and perhaps two gears to turn to when he needs it.
He is incredibly consistent producing in just about every game that he plays. Bellamy does not get the credit he deserves for running well inside; he is tough runner who is not afraid to run over the competition. He continues to show his versatility by being a threat in the passing game too.
Running Back: Chevelle Buie, Cocoa(2A)
Recruiting: Committed to Rutgers
Analysis: Buie has been the main man behind Cocoa's back to back state titles. Amazingly consistent, he had 1,697 yards(16 TDs) as a sophomore and 1,678 yards(17 TDs) as a junior.
His slashing style combined with electric burst confused powerful Glades Central in the title game last year and he is poised once again for another big year. Despite a lack of ideal size, Buie has proven to be a workhorse who can take the pounding, he is tough as nails.
Wide Receiver: Sammy Watkins, South Fort Myers(3A)
Recruiting: Watkins is uncommitted, he has Miami and Clemson out in front.
Analysis: Watkins is one of the top WR prospects to come through the state the last decade. As a junior he hauled in 46 balls for 1,192 and 14 TDs. He has the size(6-2, 185), speed(sub 4.5), and hands(elite) to be a legit outside weapon.
Watkins also excels on the defensive side of the ball as an OLB/S. He is simply a big-time player and one that has a ceiling to play on Sunday's. Maybe his best quality is the ability to take shorter passes and turn them into big gains with either his burst or strength.
Wide Receiver: Andre Davis, Tampa Jefferson(3A)
Recruiting: Down to about seven schools with Miami, FSU, and USF among them.
Analysis: Where Davis really excels is when the ball is in the air, he has outstanding ball skills. Anytime he is one on one with a chance to catch the ball, he comes through. He has impeccable timing on his jumps, almost always catching it at it's apex. Davis torched Tampa area defenses to the tune of 72 catches for 1,246 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2009.
Not the fastest WR, Davis has game speed, but it is his body control and crisp route running that earns him a spot on this team. He will once again be the go to wide receiver on the state's 3A favorite.
Tight End: Nick O'Leary, Dwyer(4A)
Recruiting: O'Leary is down to Miami, Florida State, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Analysis: What can be said about this beast that has not already been said. O'Leary's best quality might be that he is a fierce competitor. He just simply brings his "A" game every time he steps on the field. As a junior he had 43 catches for 679 yards and seven touchdowns despite the presence of national recruit Gerald Christian(Florida).
O'Leary's combination of strength, route running, and hands put him in the elite category not just in the state this year, but for the past decade. He has dominated 7on7s to the point where we are not sure anyone has proven they can check him. Factor in the drive that he has to be great and it is hard to see him not having a huge impact going forward.
Analysis: Moore's early commitment has kept attention off of him, but he is clearly one of the top OT to come out of the state in years. Blessed with prototype size and excellent feet, he should make a big impact for the Husker's.
Prestwood is a converted Tight End, but has more than enough size to handle the transition to OT. Blessed with great athleticism, he plays the game with mean and can handle speed rushers with his length and smooth backpedal.
Recruiting: Preble is committed to Wake Forest. Joe is down to about eight schools including the big ones in Florida.
Analysis: Preble was very impressive in the Spring game we were at where he showed a competitive, nasty side to his game. His early commitment kept media attention away from him, but he has been racking up offers despite a rock solid commitment to the Demon Deacons. He is an outstanding run blocker.
Joe plays OT right now, but his skill set is ideally suited to be a guard. He can use his athleticism to pull and few do as well in space as Joe. He plays the game physically and to the whistle, exactly what a team would want.
Center: Sterling Lovelady, Navarre(4A)
Recruiting: Committed to Florida State
Analysis: Lovelady is one of the strongest, most technically sound linemen in Florida. While he could play anywhere on the interior, it is at Center where his ceiling resides. Lovelady is equally adept at run and pass blocking.
Recruiting: Crawford lists a top five of LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, and North Carolina. Miami and Tennessee are lurking.
McRoy is committed to Florida
Benjamin is expected to stay in-state at Miami, FSU, or UF with the Gator's thought to hold a slight edge.
Analysis: Crawford is the best football player in the state. He excels as a QB and a S and fits this team as the back-up at QB and in the slot as a WR. He is simply a gamer who does what it takes to win.
McRoy earns his spot on the team because he is the best "little guy" in the state and perhaps the country. He has elite burst and speed. McRoy is tough as nails and will make an impact at WR, RB, and special teams.
Benjamin is a physical freak at 6'6 with the agility of a smaller wideout. He can be moved around to create match-up problems as well as spell O'Leary at the TE spot. With Benjamin and Davis, this team is unstoppable in the redzone.
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