Sunshine State Quarterbacks for 2013

The state of Florida averages 13 quarterbacks signing at the D-1 level a year. Last year the number was a little more and we expect 2013 to be another terrific group of signal callers. Here is a look at some of the top QB's in the state.

Kurt Benkert, Cape Coral Island Coast

Benkert moved back to Florida before his junior season and put together an outstanding year on his way to a district title. At 6'3, Benkert has an excellent GPA and is a pro style QB that is very accurate. He does an excellent job of reading defenses pre-snap and get the ball out on time. He is an outstanding punter as well and that will add to his value as a potential signee. Benkert has added weight this off-season and is poised to break-out this Spring with BCS offers. Benkert should fit more pro style offenses.

Benkert Video


Brown has the tools for today's college game
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Parker Boehme, Jacksonville Sandalwood

Boehme put together a monster junior season with over 2,200 yards passing and close to 1,000 yards rushing. He has a skill set that can fit into just about any offense and has attracted widespread interest across the Southeast. At 6'2, he has good size and a very accurate arm with touch down the field. Boehme has some of the best film in the state and his consistency is second to none; he already possesses D-1 offers at this time(Marshall and Southern Miss) and it is likely that BCS offers are on the way.

Boehme Video

Juwan Brown, Largo

After missing time as a sophomore due to injury, Brown came on as a junior and displayed the talent that had him on the radar as a freshmen. The super smooth southpaw is at home outside the pocket where he will beat you with his arm and feet. He could play a number of different positions if QB does now work out and he has the frame to add considerable weight. The more passes that Brown throws, the better he will become. He is a little under the radar right now, we expect that to change over the ensuing months.

Brown Video

Tyler Cogswell, American Heritage-Plantation

It is about potential for Cogswell. At a legit 6'5 and good athleticism, he is one of the more intriguing QB's in the state. The delivery is better, but still has a long way to go, but the arm strength is there. Cogswell could easily develop into a TE down the road as well. He has attracted a lot of BCS interest and will be watched closely for the next year. Getting the top rising junior running back in the country from injury will give Cogswell the opportunity to have a huge senior season.

Cogswell Video

Akeem Jones, Miami Carol City

Jones is another player that really improved as a junior. When he gets hot and the confidence rises, he can do some great things. Good athlete that is close to 6'3. The arm strength is great. He has work to do with his feet and the delivery needs to tighten up and improve, but the potential is there to be a BCS starter down the road. Jones is a competitor and we look for him to continue his upward trajectory this off-season.

Jones Video

Alton Meeks, Orlando Boone

Rare QB that might be recruited to play LB, but that is the type of size and athleticism that Meeks brings to the table. Meeks has steadily improved in the pocket during his high school career and colleges have taken notice. Big arm, but he must improve mechanically to reach his ceiling. Throws well on the move and accurately. We expect him to be recruited on both sides of the football. What does Meeks want to play? That will go a long way in determining his future on the gridiron.

Meeks Video


Richardson has as much upside as any QB in the country
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

John O'Korn, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

We recently watched O'Korn at a work-out and the arm strength is there for sure. He is a hard worker that is dedicated to becoming a top signal caller. He can really spin the football, particularly down the field. After transferring to the state of Florida, he did not start last season so the film is limited, but at close to 6'4 with this type of arm, his Spring practices will see plenty of scouts. Playing for powerhouse St. Thomas has helped him get on the radar. Excellent athlete as well after he tested fantastic in the shuttle(4.45), 3-Cone(7.12), and vertical(28) at the UA Combine in Orlando. A player to watch for sure going forward.

O'Korn Video

Darryl Richardson, Seffner Armwood

Prototype at 6'6, 240. Richardson has a cannon for an arm and has similar tools to former no. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell. Playing for one of the state's premier programs as a junior, Richardson really struggled and his season never quite got on track. That won't keep colleges from loving him as his skill-set is tough to find. He is a better athlete than he is given credit for and should make a giant leap in his second year in the offense. Regardless, it is all about potential with Richardson.

Cord Sandberg, Bradenton Manatee

The lefty led Manatee to their fifth state title and the first one in over 15 years. Intelligent. Consistent. Plus athlete. Winner. Those are qualities that describe Sandberg and there is still upside remaining. The arm strength was better as a junior and it is likely to keep improving. Sandberg is comfortable outside the pocket and will flat out hurt you with his feet. He is only 6'1 and an outstanding baseball player and that might be the only downside we see here.

Sandberg Video

Asiantii Woulard, Winter Park

First year starter in 2011 after taking over for Sam Richardson(Iowa State). Woulard has all the tools including a big arm and the athleticism to play another position. He was up and down as a junior, but there were bright spots down the stretch and this is a player with a ton of potential. Consistency will be the key for Woulard going forward. He is on the BCS radar and should be at home in spread type offenses.

Woulard Video

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Jaranta Lewis

Troy Cook

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