15 in Tampa

The Tampa Area consistently produces some of the top talent in the state and 2012 will be no different. It appears to be a very deep and talented year, here is a look at 15 prospects in the Tampa Area.

Nelson Agholor, Berkely Prep

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 190

Position: Wide Receiver/Safety

Early Leader: Considered open, has double digit BCS offers

Agholor may be the state's best athlete. He has everything that you look for, the big debate is whether he should play on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Either way he figures to be one of the most heavily recruited players in the state. His package of size, speed, leaping ability, and agility is tough to find.

Dante Fowler, St Pete Lakewood

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 240

Position: Defensive End

Early Leader: Committed to FSU

Fowler has an explosive first step and an excellent frame. His ceiling is very high at the next level. He needs to continue developing his pass rushing moves and play with the same intensity every play. There is little he can't do athletically.

Armwood's Jones has terrific athleticism for a big athlete
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Matt Jones, Seffner Armwood

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 215

Position: Running Back

Early Leader: Committed to Florida

One of the most athletic big guys in the state, perhaps the most. Jones has elite size, good speed, and WR/TE hands. He is a real asset in the passing game. He has the tools to be a big-time RB, but needs to run tougher inside to reach his ceiling.

Bennie Coney, Plant City

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 210

Position: Quarterback

Early Leader: FSU, but plenty of schools are in pursuit

Coney had some issues that shut down his junior season, but he appears to be on the right track again. He is a pure QB with the arm strength and accuracy to get the ball to each level. Coney throws very well on the move and appears to be the state's top prospect at that position.

Earl Moore, Hillsborough

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 270

Position: Defensive Tackle

Early Leader: Considered open, holds many offers

Moore looks like one of the top DTs in the state and put together a terrific junior season. He moves extremely well for a big guy and flashes some ability to get after the QB from inside. At 6'1 he has good height and plenty of room to add more weight. He should benefit from it being a down year at the DT position inside the state.

Jeremi Powell, Pinellas Park

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 200

Position: Linebacker

Early Leader: Committed to Florida

Powell's athleticism jumps out on film, particularly his play as a WR. We have not seen him in person yet, but he appears to be the type of fast, rangy LB that should fit right in at UF. He will need to add some weight.

Jefferson's McCord is an active player and he could make an impact on both sides of the ball
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Tyriq McCord, Tampa Jefferson

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 200

Position: Outside Linebacker

Early Leader: Holds multiple BCS offers.

High school Defensive End that will transition to Outside Linebacker where he clearly possesses the tools to be elite. McCord runs extremely well, has good lateral agility, and the frame to really add some weight. His best days are clearly a few years out. Played on state championship team as a junior. He will likely be involved offensively as well in 2011. It appears as if McCord has started to fill out this off-season.

Gray Crow, Clearwater Countryside

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 215

Position: Quarterback

Early Leader: Committed to Miami

Crow has everything that you look for in a QB including great size and a plus arm. He has the accuracy to make all the throws. Crow did not have a great junior year and needs to improve mentally to be a top flight QB. He has the potential to be one of the best QBs in the country, but needs to prove it on the field.

Eric Striker, Seffner Armwood

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 190

Position: Linebacker/Safety

Striker might be the most dominant high school player on this list. He is terror off the edge where he seems to be involved in every play. The question is where he will play at the next level, in some ways he has Safety size. The good news is the tools are certainly there for him to succeed and his explosiveness and speed can't be taught.

Gary Simon, St Pete Gibbs

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 190

Position: Defensive Back

Physical DB who could play either S or CB at the next level. His elite size will draw some serious looks as a CB and he flashes the tools to be able to play there. There is no question he can play Safety. His recruitment should pick-up in May.

Wiggins is a great athlete that could play on either side of the ball
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Lamarlin Wiggins, Plant City

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 190

Position: Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker

An outstanding athlete with great size, Wiggins makes a lot of plays. He could play WR, OLB, or perhaps TE/HB due to a nice frame. He lacks deep speed, but could be physical outside WR that makes big, key catches, particularly over the middle. Wiggins is high on home town USF right now.

Greg Windham, Tampa King

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 210

Position: Quarterback

Windham reminds us a little of Jacoby Brissett. He has a big body and throws a beautiful ball. He needs to work on his mechanics and footwork, but the tools are there for him to be a great QB down the road. He has a good arm that can get the ball down the field and enough athleticism to avoid pressure.

Cody Waldrop, Seffner Armwood

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 280

Position: Offensive Guard

Waldrop headlines a good crop of linemen at Armwood. He is an interior prospect with natural size and quick feet. Waldrop could get looks at both Guard and as a potential Center. Waldrop should be a dominant linemen as a senior and we have him as the best in the area right now.

Adrian Jenkins, Tampa Jefferson

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 190

Position: Wide Receiver

Jenkins has waited his turn at Jefferson, the past two years Andre Davis and Chris Moore stole the headlines. He runs crisp routes while having the size and hands to be considered a top prospect. Jenkins needs to continue working on his speed and quickness, but we expect a break-out year in 2011.

Jarvis McCall, Seffner Armwood

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 175

Position: Defensive Back

Another DB that possesses the size that schools covet. We were impressed with McCall in his game against Hillsborough this year. McCall should get looks as both a CB and Safety. Just another player for colleges to check out at this talented Armwood program.

Note: Armwood's Brandon Teeling would be on the list, but he suffered a knee injury late in the year. Big DE with a great motor.

Others to Watch: Jalen Butler, Louie Pappas, Austin Aikens, Antonio Crawford, Chris Murray, Dazmond Patterson, Kenny Blanch, Evan Jennings

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