This team is so loaded that it impossible to know who the "top" prospect is. Matt Jones has a strong case for that honor. The 6'2, 220 pound running back is one of the state's best and has been a consistent force in this offense since his freshmen year. The Florida commit is coming back from a knee injury and figures to get stronger as the season progresses. He is a terrific receiver in the passing game.
Quarterback Darryl Richardson is just a junior, but there simply are not a lot of prospects like him across the country. At 6'6 with a cannon for an arm, he oozes potential. He is not an elite runner, but he has more than enough mobility to get yards with his feet and buy time. He is still early in the learning cycle, but there might not be a player with as good of chance of going number one in the NFL draft one day. Needs to keep developing.
He has plenty of weapons on the outside. Junior Alvin Bailey stepped up in Richardson's absence at QB making plays with his feet. Since his return, Bailey has been a big play waiting to happen at WR. He is an exceptional athlete. At 5'10, he lacks ideal height, but he does have powerful build. Javonte Sneed is committed to South Alabama. He has more size at 6'0 and plenty of speed. He has stepped up this year and improves every game. Junior Ronnie Thomas is out for the year.
The offensive line is always a strength and this year might be their most talented version. Four players could sign with D-1 schools and they are seniors. South Carolina has already scooped up Cody Waldrop at the guard position. Waldrop has good size at 6'3, but it is his high skill level that makes him one of the best in the state. Kevin McCoy has prototype size at the OT position and is down to Auburn, USF, UCF, and Vanderbilt on the recruiting trail. He is just tapping into his long-term potential.
We remember Brandon Teeling has a great looking DE as a sophomore. He has moved over to the OL where he might have been the nastiest player on the field. Really physical, he has taken to the position and is likely to see a lot of action in December. Cameron Dees is getting plenty of attention right now, he projects inside, perhaps to Center. Sheldon Lewinson and Freddie Martin are the top defensive line prospect.
Linebacker Eric Striker(6'0, 195) made an early commitment to Oklahoma. He has been a dominant force from his OLB position since stepping on the field. He is always putting pressure on the backfield and is a finisher. Size is the only concern, thus he may slide back to Safety in Norman. He has a nose for the ball and is a sure tackler.
Another junior that has attracted significant attention is Leon McQuay. Another prototype player, this time at Safety, he has a chance to be a heavily recruited player during the next cycle. South Florida picked up safety Jarvis McCall and he could turn into a steal for the Bull's down the road. He is versatile with the ability to play corner at least in certain situations at the next level. Really long, he has upside, but will need to keep developing as as an athlete. Sophomore Kyle Gibson appears to be next player to make a name for himself. Incredible range, he flies around the field.
This team is loaded and clearly the favorite to come out of the north bracket in the 6A classification.