BCS 150: The Tampa Area

Almost all college teams East of the Mississippi recruit Florida because of the sheer number of quality athletes the state produces. The Sunshine State should have over 310 players sign a D-1 scholarship, with over 160 heading to BCS programs across the country.

Here is a look at where the players inside that BCS150 come from and which schools are doing the best job in those area's. We have broken Florida recruiting down to 12 area's: Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Southwest Florida, Tampa, Polk, Central Florida, Treasure Coast, I-75, Jacksonville, and the Panhandle.

Today we look at the Tampa Area

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THE TAMPA AREA
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1. Nelson Agholor

High School: Tampa (Berkeley Prep)

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 180

Position: Safety

Position Rank in Florida: 1

Overall Rank in Florida: 6

Colleges: USC, Florida, Notre Dame

Good News: Agholor has shown the ability to be a true difference making athlete at the next level. He has the speed, quickness, and wiggle/hips that are special. He put his team on his back and took them to the state semi-finals, mainly as a RB. His size projects well to both WR and DB. Agholor has shown the ability to make plays when they matter most. Very high character and a player that is truly interested in both football and academics. We have Agholor ranked as the no. 1 Safety in Florida and no.1 player in the Tampa Area.

Bad News: Not much. There is a question about his future position. Is he a WR of S? Only time will tell. It is clear he has the ability to play either so ultimately we feel he will make the decision. He did not play the toughest competition in high school so there will be a bigger adjustment period for Agholor.

2. Dante Fowler

High School: St Petersburg (Lakewood)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 240

Position: Defensive End

Position Rank in Florida: 1

Overall Rank: 10

College: Committed to Florida State

Good News: Clearly Fowler has the tools to be special as an edge rusher. He possesses an incredible first step and really has the athleticism to play Outside Linebacker. At 6'4 he has the frame that schools are looking for. He projects to be a double digit sack threat and a player that can help early if called upon. Perhaps the top DE prospect in Florida since Olivier Vernon.

Bad News: Essentially missed his senior season with some suspensions and injuries. Despite being committed to a school for over a year he has taken many visits to other schools.

3. Matt Jones

High School: Seffner (Armwood)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 220

Position: Running Back

Position Rank in Florida: 3

Overall Rank in Florida: 25

College: Committed to Florida

Good News: Jones is a tremendous athlete at his size. He runs well and has a frame to add as much weight as he wants. He has excellent hands.......truly elite in that category. Jones is smooth and fluid in the passing game; good enough that many think he is a TE/HB at the next level. He led his team deep in the playoffs each year and capped it off with a state title this year. He is the state's third ranked RB prospect.

Bad News: Is he a running back? While he gets the job done at the high school level, he does not run as big as his size and he has little wiggle. Does he want to be great?


McCord has as much upside as any player on this list
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4. Tyriq McCord

School: Tampa (Jefferson)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 220

Position: Defensive End

Position Rank in Florida: 5

Overall Rank in Florida: 28

Colleges: South Carolina, Miami, UF

Good News: Long, lean athlete that runs extremely well. McCord has added significant weight over the past year. Athletic enough to play linebacker and has plus pass rushing potential down the road. Won state title as a junior. Showed in camps and 7on7 some elite tools. May have as much pure potential as any player in the state. He checks in at no. 5 in the DE rankings in a very deep year in Florida.

Bad News: Figures to need a little bit of time to add the weight. Does he have a true position? He has been recruited at several different spots.

5. Jeremi Powell

High School: Pinellas Park

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 210

Position: Linebacker

Position Rank in Florida: 3

Overall Rank in Florida: 33

College: Committed to Florida

Good News: Powell is a player that is physically gifted. Seems to glide around the field and is one of the more natural LBs in space. He has 4.5 type speed and has displayed the ability to get to the QB off the edge. He is a player that has significant upside down the road. He is the state's third ranked linebacker prospect.

Bad News: He is raw as a player and figures to need some adjustment time. He has good, not great size for today's game in the SEC.

6. Gary Simon

High School: St Petersburg (Gibbs)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 185

Position: Cornerback

Position Rank in Florida: 7

Overall Rank in Florida: 47

Colleges: Iowa State, Miami, USF

Good News: Simon is a player with NFL potential. He is long, physical, and fast with the potential to play either CB or S. Played his best games against the best competition. He is the NFL prototype at the CB position and can be as good as he wants to be.

Bad News: He is not ranked higher because of the eligibility concerns. Simon may have to go to JUCO.


Holloway's speed makes him a big play waiting to happen
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7. Brandon Holloway

High School: Tampa (Alonso)

Ht/Wt: 5'8, 165

Position: Running Back

Position Rank in Florida: 4

Overall Rank in Florida: 59

College: Committed to Mississippi State

Good News: Speed, speed, speed. Holloway is one of the five fastest players in the state and he comes with tremendous acceleration. Capable of helping on special teams early in his career. Is he the next Chris Johnson, Brandon James, or Dexter McCluster? Each of those guys were under the radar in the last decade from the Sunshine State.

Bad News: There is concern about his weight and size for the SEC. How much of an impact will he make?

8. Eric Striker

High School: Seffner (Armwood)

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 200

Position: Linebacker

Position Rank in Florida: 8

Overall Rank in Florida: 60

College: Committed to Oklahoma

Good News: It is hard to find a more productive player in the state on the defensive side of the football over the past three seasons than Striker. He has been a weapon rushing off the edge and making a living in the offensive backfield. Showed better than expected cover ability in the camp setting. Excellent athlete. Won state title as a senior.

Bad News: Does he stay at Linebacker? Does he move to Safety? There is some question where he will play. OU jumped on him early so there is clearly a plan.

9. Kevin McCoy

High School: Seffner (Armwood)

Ht/Wt: 6'5, 270

Position: Offensive Tackle

Position Rank in Florida: 7

Overall Rank in Florida: 74

College: Auburn, Vanderbilt, UCF

Good News: He has the athletic tools to be a starter at LT and has developed at a good rate the past two seasons. McCoy is just scratching the surface of his ceiling. Won state title as a senior. Better in pass protection right now. McCoy has been well coached at Armwood.

Bad News: It will take some time for him to be ready to compete for a starting job. He needs to add significant weight and strength.


Moore is a disruptive force in the middle of a defense
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10. Rayshawn Jenkins

High School: St. Petersburg (Admiral Farragut)

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 190

Position: Safety

Position Rank in Florida: 9

Overall Rank in Florida: 91

Colleges: Committed to Miami

Good News: Led a team that had never done anything to the state title game. Made plays on both sides of the football througout his high school career. Really made plays through the playoff run. Has an excellent body and the athletic intangibles to be a starter at the next level.

Bad News: Disappeared in state title game as team took a beating. Does he have a position?


Crawford has been a play-maker at several different spots
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13. Cody Waldrop

High School: Seffner (Armwood)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 285

Position: Offensive Guard

Position Rank in Florida: 5

Overall Rank in Florida: 97

Colleges: Committed to South Carolina

Good News: Clearly one of the most dominant linemen in the state. State title winner. Gifted mauler inside that is equally adept at run blocking and pass protection. Waldrop plays with college level technique in high school. Could be a guy who slides to Center and does great things down the road. Solid athlete.

Bad News: He is a little undersized and that does not figure to change. How much upside is left?

14. Antonio Crawford

High School: Tampa (Plant)

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 175

Position: Running Back

Position Rank in Florida: 10

Overall Rank in Florida: 108

Colleges: Committed to Georgia Tech

Good News: Crawford consistently showed big play ability in high school. Played all over the field at RB, WR, and DB. He has good acceleration and enough juice to run past defenders. Solidly built. Won two state titles in three years and played for it for the other year. Knows how to win. Seen as a really good fit at GT.

Bad News: Disappeared at times during his career. Does he have a position? Is his upside at CB?

15. Sean Culkin

High School: Largo (Indian Rocks Christian)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 220

Position: Tight End

Position Rank in Florida: 6

Overall Rank in Florida: 109

Colleges: Committed to Missouri

Good News: Culkin showed that he has legit BCS talent at several camps and has the potential to be a receiving threat at the next level. Has good, not great size. He can run and has soft hands. Dominant blocker, but played at a lower level competition.

Bad News: He has had more than his share of injuries, mostly bad luck, but it is a little concerning. How much upside is there?


Brown is long and fleet of foot
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16. Anthony Brown

High School: Tampa (Hillsborough)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 175

Position: Cornerback

Position Rank in Florida: 17

Overall Rank in Florida: 118

Colleges: Committed to Purdue

Good News: Brown is one of the fastest players in the state. Burner speed and it is comes in a good physical package. Track star. Stepped up his game as a senior. Type of corner that you hear his name called on draft day in four years.

Bad News: He is still very raw and he needs to improve his ball skills. Will need to be coached up.

17. Drew Madhu

High School: Tampa (Plant)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 190

Position: Safety

Position Rank in Florida: 14

Overall Rank in Florida: 122

Colleges: Committed to Stanford

Good News: Defensive captain that has keen understanding of the game. A force against the run, sure tackler, could be an excellent strong safety. Rock solid during playoff run that led to state title. Has good ball skills.

Bad News: Will need to get stronger and improve is lateral agility to be a difference maker at next level. Some injury concerns.

18. Lamarlin Wiggins

High School: Plant City

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 185

Position: Wide Receiver

Position Rank in Florida: 24

Overall Rank in Florida: 136

Colleges: Committed to USF

Good News: Long athlete that has sneaky speed. Has played and made an impact on both sides of the ball. Has the frame to get well over 200 pounds down the road. Has caught balls from a D-1 QB so will have minimal adjustment in college.

Bad News: He has work to do in the classroom to get qualified.

19. Jarvis McCall

High School: Seffner (Armwood)

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 185

Position: Safety

Position Rank in Florida: 16

Overall Rank in Florida: 143

Colleges: Committed to USF

Good News: Long athlete that has improved each year in high school. Made the first big play in the state title game....a pick 6 from his cornerback spot. Listed at Safety and despite his size, he could easily stick at CB at USF.

Bad News: Needs to work on his pure speed and change of direction. More of a zone CB today.


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