Sunshine State BCS 150: 6-10

The state of Florida will produce well over 320 D-1 prospects for 2013 and more than half will end up at BCS institutions. Geoff Vogt takes a look at the state and has a pre-Spring BCS 150 continuing players ranked 6-10.

6. Matthew Thomas

School: Booker T. Washington (Miami)

Area: Dade County (1)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 210

Position: Linebacker (1)

Colleges: Miami, Florida State

Summary: Thomas has an ideal frame at the Outside Linebacker position and plays with a non-stop motor. He is just as likely to make a play in the backfield as he is to run a ball carrier down from behind. He does an excellent job of finding the football. Thomas has played all over the field on defense (and some offense). His explosiveness and athleticism should make him an oustanding pass rusher down the road. Does a tremendous job dropping into coverage.

There is very little risk here as Thomas is clearly a top tier prospect with all the tools for success. He is even athletic enough to move back to Safety. The only issue today is that Thomas is wiry and needs to add the weight. That should not take long in a college weight training environment. Played in the state title game a year ago.


Kirkland is a tremendous run blocker
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

7. Joey Bosa

School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

Area: Broward County (2)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 245

Position: Defensive End (1)

Colleges: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Summary: Bosa comes from a football family with his dad having been a first round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins (Boston College). At 6'4, he plays the game as hard as any player in the state and that translates to a motor that does not quit. He is an explosive athlete that can go around or through OTs on his way to the QB. Plays for the most successful program in Florida of the past decade. Tireless worker that puts in time in the weight room.

It is clear that Bosa can play a couple of different spots at the next level, but which scheme fits Bosa best? (3-4 or 4-3) Only time will tell. He is going to enter as prepared to play as any defensive linemen in the country, therefore we think he can make an instant impact. Bosa has been on a number of unofficial visits and has taken his recruitment seriouosly.

8. Denver Kirkland

School: Booker T. Washington (Miami)

Area: Dade (2)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 280

Position: Offensive Guard (1)

Colleges: Miami, Florida State, Florida

Summary: Kirkland is one the best run blocking offensive linemen in the country. He lines up at Offensive Tackle and could certainly handle the right side at the next level, but he will likely move inside to become a road grading guard. Good size and length at 6'4. Plays with a rare mean streak for a high school offensive linemen; this is a player that likes to put defenders on their back. He has light feet and good bend in pass protection. Reminds us a little of Brandon Washington who played both inside and outside at Miami.

There is not much risk here as it is clear that Kirkland takes his game seriously. The projection to guard should be an easy transition. Part of a loaded BTW team that will likely be back in the state championship game this year. He is very quiet on the recruiting trail and it is unclear exactly where he stands.


McMillan is known for his ability to punish ball carriers
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

9. Jaynard Bostwick

School: Centennial (Port St. Lucie)

Area: Treasure Coast (1)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 280

Position: Defensive Tackle (1)

Colleges: Miami, Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Georgia

Summary: This is a loaded year at the defensive tackle position in the Sunshine State and right now Bostwick's combination of production and upside is special. That earns him the top spot. At 6'4, he flashes the type of tools to be a difference maker inside. Makes an impact on both sides of the ball and could easily slide over to the offensive line down the road. Has played DE, DT, TE, and OL in high school thus far. 3-4 teams should be intrigued by him as well.

Consistency is the big key for Bostwick. Right now he takes too many plays off (perhaps a product of having to go both ways). On the flip side he has raised his game against top competition. He has a chance to play on Sunday's down the road.

10. Daniel McMillan

School: First Coast (Jacksonville)

Area: Jacksonville (2)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 215

Position: Linebacker (2)

Colleges: Committed to Florida

Summary: McMillan has all the tools that colleges covet at the linebacker position. He has good size (and will get bigger), runs like the wind, and is a big hitter when he arrives. Probably best suited for middle linebacker, McMillan is a productive player that will find the football and make plays. He closes as well as anyone and looks to punish players when he arrives.

There is not a lot of risk here either. He is old for his school year which may limit his upside a little bit. Having said that, provided McMillan adds the 10-15 pounds to his prototype frame, he will make an impact early in his career, perhaps as a freshmen. Made an early commitment to UF and seems solid in that choice.


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