Sunshine State BCS 150: 16-20

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 16-20.




16. Maquedius Bain

School: University School (Ft Lauderdale)

Area: Broward County (4)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 290

Position: Defensive Tackle (3)

Colleges: Committed to Florida State

Summary: Bain made a successful transition from the hardwood to the gridiron in 2011. He possesses ideal size and has rare athleticism for a DT. Long arms and an explosive first step can't be taught. This is a player that is often in the backfield before the RB has the ball. He is very raw and is still in the process of learning the position, but the upside is enormous. There is a decent chance he ends up on the offensive line down the road.

Bain is going to need some time to develop at the next level and would be a prime candidate for a red-shirt year. The good news is that he wants to work and the drive is their to be a great player down the road.

McQuay made a key interception in the state title game last year
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17. Leon McQuay

School: Armwood (Seffner)

Area: Tampa (2)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 190

Position: Safety (2)

Colleges: UF, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, FSU, Stanford, Tennessee, Alabama

Summary: McQuay has a powerful build and can run like the wind. He projects to Safety where he can make plays in the passing game because of great range. He is not afraid to step up into the box and hit against the run. He was a player that was out there early on the recruiting trail and has continued to improve the past two years.

There is little downside here as he possesses the tools to be a stand-out. He can be inconsistent, but he disappeared a lot less in 2011 than 2010. There is a chance he could line up at corner in certain schemes. State champion as a junior.

18. Kelvin Taylor

School: Glades Day (Belle Glade)

Area: Palm Beach County (2)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 210

Position: Running Back (2)

Colleges: Committed to Florida

Summary: Taylor is one of the players with the least amount of risk in the state. The son of an NFL (and Gator) legend, Taylor has great size, outstanding vision, and a keen understanding of the position. He has the state record already for rushing with 9,698 yards (able to play as 7th and 8th grader). He can run inside or outside and is a tough back to get on the ground.

He is ready to contribute and should see the field early because of his sound all around game. The only knock is that he is more of a grinder than big play weapon. He gets the tough yards and maximizes every carry.

Heuerman is an outstanding receiver as well as blocker
Geoff Vogt,

19. Mike Heuerman

School: Barron Collier (Naples)

Area: Southwest Florida (3)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 220

Position: Tight End (1)

Colleges: Ohio State, Miami, Notre Dame, LSU

Summary: Heuerman is another player with outstanding bloodlines, his father played hoops at Michigan and brother is a TE at Ohio State. Heuerman has added 20 pounds of muscle in the off-season on his 6'4 frame. He probably has another inch or two of height left in him as he fills out.

Heuerman is a pass catching TE that can be moved around in the passing game. Uses his body well to shield defenders. He gets after it in the run game; he is an exceptional blocker that is fundamentally sound. He has the desire to be great. Might be forced into playing QB as a senior which would hurt his development.

20. Tony Stevens

School: Evans (Orlando)

Area: Central Florida (1)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 170

Position: Wide Receiver (3)

College: Committed to Florida State

Summary: Stevens has the height that colleges covet and is a silky smooth athlete with speed. Shows flashes of being a difference making type talent. Has potential big play play ability with his skill set and is tough to cover in space. Shows some wiggle in the open field and the explosion to run past defenders. Goes and gets the football at it's highest point against tight coverage.

He is on the skinny side and is going to have to add some strength to reach his ceiling. He is raw as a route runner because of a high school offense that only asks him to run a few patterns. Stevens will need some time to adjust to the college game, but has the potential to be a first round pick down the road.

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