BCS150: Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida has 14 prospects in the BCS150 from the Sunshine State. With prospects headed to each of the Big 3 schools, it is another banner year in this area of the state. Here is a look at the good news and bad news with each prospect.


1. Mario Pender

High School: Cape Coral (Island Coast)

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 200

Position: Running Back

Position Rank in State: 2

Overall Rank in State: 5

College: Committed to Florida State

Good News: Prototype. NFL prototype. Pender has exceptional speed(4.4) to go with a body and frame to add weight. Should play north of 215 in the future. He has plenty of wiggle and is a tougher runner inside than he is given credit for. Big play waiting to happen with a career high school average of more than 12 yards per carry. Natural receiver out of the backfield. Should play on Sunday's.

Bad News: Work ethic. Everything has come easy for Pender up until this point. Will need to work on being a blocker, particularly blitz pick-up.

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2. Brian Poole

High School: Bradenton (Southeast)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 195

Position: Cornerback

Position Rank in State: 1

Overall Rank in State: 7

College: Committed to Florida

Good News: Thick. Physical. Play-maker. Poole is ready to play from day one. Excelled on both sides of the ball. Brings a complete game to the cornerback position and he can flat cover. Competitor.

Bad News: Some will question if he is more suited to Safety. We think he is a corner.

3. Tyreece Jiles

High School: Cape Coral

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 170

Position: Cornerback

Position Rank in State: 5

Overall Rank in State: 22

College: Committed to North Carolina

Good News: Jiles is a player that has improved every year as a prospect and finished his career with a huge season. He had over 1,000 yards receiving as a senior and double digit picks for his career on the defensive side. Long, athletic, with plenty of speed, Jiles has a ton of upside remaining.

Bad News: He is still on lean side and will need to add weight and strength before he makes an impact. Is he better on offense?

4. Omari Phillips

High School: Venice

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 280

Position: Offensive Tackle

Position Rank in State: 5

Overall Rank in State: 29

College: Committed to Florida

Good News: Explosive athlete at his size. Many have recruited him at DT because of it. We project him at OT. Very experienced on both sides of the ball. Frame to add as much weight as you want. He can be as good as anyone when motivated.

Bad News: Phillips work ethic has been questioned and there is some doubt as to future position.

5. Jordan Diggs

High School: Cape Coral (Island Coast)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 200

Position: Safety

Position Rank in State: 4

Overall Rank in State: 39

College: Committed to South Carolina

Good News: Diggs possesses all the intangibles that schools are looking for. He is a student of the game with a work ethic to match it. Faster with the ball in the air. Diggs will come up and hit against the run as well. Has excellent ball skills.

Bad News: Needs to continue improving his pure speed and adding strength.

6. Clint Heaven

High School: Bradenton (Manatee)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 185

Position: Safety

Position Rank in State: 6

Overall Rank in State: 53

College: WVU, Vanderbilt, North Carolina

Good News: Had a stand-out senior season after missing time as a junior with injury. Showed the ability to play either Safety or Cornerback at the next level. Physical player against the run. Actually lost weight as a senior and was a more fluid athlete.

Bad News: Which is it? Will need to add weight to play Safety in the BCS.

Fuller has already enrolled at Illinois
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

7. Tajarvis Fuller

High School: Fort Myers (Dunbar)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 200

Position: Linebacker

Position Rank in State: 10

Overall Rank in State: 70

College: Committed to Illinois

Good News: Fuller makes a ton of tackles and is always around the ball. Loves to play the game, motivated player, plays with a lot of effort. Hitter. Does well in coverage and has the tools to play in space.

Bad News: Needs to pack on the pounds to play LB in the Big 10.

8. Darius White

High School: Bradenton (Manatee)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 220

Position: Linebacker

Position Rank in State: 11

Overall Rank in State: 78

College: Iowa State, Miami, WKU, UCF, Indiana

Good News: Three year starter for a program that played in two state title games(winning one). Big, fast, and physical. White plays the game hard. He has a great frame at MLB and should carry a lot more weight down the road. Could play outside as well.

Bad News: Grade concerns may force White to JUCO.

9. Malik Simmons

High School: Lehigh Acres (Lehigh)

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 185

Position: Cornerback

Position Rank in State: 12

Overall Rank in State: 86

College: Committed to North Carolina

Good News: Versatile player that spent much of his high school career at QB. Simmons has the body, explosiveness, and athleticism to be a lock-down corner down the road. Really improved last off-season when he got a chance to cover.

Bad News: It will take some time for Simmons to get up to speed as a CB because he has not spent a lot of time playing there yet.

10. Danny Dillard

High School: Venice

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 205

Position: Running Back

Position Rank in State: 9

Overall Rank in State: 98

College: Committed to Miami

Good News: Rare combination of size and pure speed. Dillard can run in the 4.4's at 6'2. Productive player for a top program. Had back to back 1,000 yard seasons. Showed flashes of the back that he can become.

Bad News: Dillard does not always run as hard as his size would indicate and he does not have a lot of wiggle.

11. Nate Dortch

High School: Fort Myers (South Fort Myers)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 160

Position: Cornerback

Position Rank in State: 16

Overall Rank in State: 103

College: Committed to Miami

Good News: Reminds us of former 'Cane Kelly Jennings. Pure cover corner that has great hips and ball skills. Will go up for the football and make a play. Same high school as Sammy Watkins, so he went up against the best daily.

Bad News: Too thin right now and will need to add strength and weight to play CB at Miami. Needs better technique.

Jones makes a lot of impact plays
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

12. Ricky Jones

High School: Sarasota (Booker)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 185

Position: Wide Receiver

Position Rank in State: 23

Overall Rank in State: 120

College: USF, Indiana, Iowa State, WKU, UNC, Illinois, WVU

Good News: Play-maker. Jones is a player that made impact plays at the right times. Capable of taking short passes and slicing through a defense. Thick frame. Explosive. He can go up and get it. Might have more upside at CB.

Bad News: While he is quick and has good speed, he is not going to run past college DBs. Likely is a slot type of receiver at next level.

13. Daqual Randall

High School: Palmetto

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 215

Position: Linebacker

Position Rank in State: 18

Overall Rank in State: 130

College: Committed to Western Kentucky

Good News: Randall is a terrific middle linebacker. He finds the football and delivers punishing hits when he gets there. Built thick, he has a powerful frame and can run sideline to sideline. Leader on a defense that surprised many this year.

Bad News: He is a little short at 5'11 and he has been nicked up quite a bit.

14. Ezra Robinson

High School: Sarasota (Booker)

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 170

Position: Cornerback

Position Rank in State: 19

Overall Rank in State: 144

College: Committed to Michigan State

Good News: Long, fast cover corner with the tools to be special. Excelled at Safety, but will transition to corner in college(where he played as a sophomore). Runs in the high 4.4's.

Bad News: Needs to get better technique and can freelance a bit.

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