Eight Florida Prospects Make BCS Commitments

It was a busy week for Florida prospects as more than eight players made verbal commitments to BCS programs. We take a look at the potential impact of these commitments.

West Virginia

WR Lamar Parker, 5'8, 155, Miami Booker T Washington

WR Jacob McCrary, 6'1, 175, Miami Coral Reef

WVU will need to wait a year, but they may have found their replacement to Tavon Austin with Parker. The diminutive speedster is hell on wheels in the open field and can flat run past defenders with his exceptional speed. He plays mainly in the slot in an offense that is wide open (for one of the top teams in the country) so the transition will be an easy one for Parker. Despite lacking some girth, Parker is tough as nails and has no injury history. Booker T players tend to work out at the next level as well.

McCrary, a former FSU commitment, is an outside receiver with solid tools and size. He is the higher rated of the two and will join former teammate and Miami signee Vernon Davis in Morgantown. McCrary is a smooth route runner with good hands and has been a play-maker since he arrived as a freshmen. Some feel that he has first round potential as a CB and that just adds to his value for the Mountaineers who can use help there as well.


RB Brandon Powell, 5'9, 180, Deerfield Beach

Speaking of explosive, Powell may be the best combination of reasonable size and speed in the state. He has lined up all over the field in high school, but has been particularly effective as a RB. He is a big play waiting to happen. Once this young man is in space, watch out because he is likely going the distance. One thing that schools always try to do is upgrade a position and Powell is a clear upgrade to Pig Howard who signed with UT out of Edgewater a few years back. Powell has more speed and quickness and we feel like he is a player that can make an early impact......even in the SEC. He will help on special teams as well as be able to line up in the slot. Tennessee fans should keep an eye on his new QB at Deerfield Beach, Danarious Graham. Graham has 4-star tools and will be back on the field after a terrific freshmen season down the road at Ely.

Florida State

WR Ryan Sousa, 5'11, 175, Lake Nona

FSU will have one of the deepest and most talented wide receiver groups in the country this fall. The problem is that at least four will graduate and three others with NFL potential are draft eligible. Bottom line, FSU needs to land 4-5 receivers in this class and Sousa became their 4th public verbal. He had a tremendous junior season and is clearly one of the top prospects in the Central Florida area this year. He will likely battle for the no. 2 and slot jobs at FSU where his crisp route running, excellent hands, and quickness will be on display. He is definitely a player that can help early in his career. His brother, Kevin, is the heir apparent at QB for Wake Forest.

South Florida

QB Chase Litton, 6'5, 190, Tampa Wharton

New head coach Wille Taggert is killing it at USF, he has deep ties to the area and perhaps nothing shows his effectiveness more locally than landing Litton. USF has struggled with QB play, but that should change with Litton who arguably has the best tools in the state. He has excellent size, good touch, and is a much better athlete than many people realize. We expect him to immediately compete for playing time. Litton does carry some risk as he has made some mistakes, but that all appears to be behind him at this point. There is no question that this will be the most talented QB that USF has EVER signed.


QB Zack Darlington, 6'1, 190, Apopka

While Litton is all about tools and upside, Darlington is all about being consistent and winning. He led Apopka to a state title as a junior with timely throws and is an excellent runner of the football. He is not the biggest QB nor does he have the rifle arm, but he is the son of a head coach, comes from a football family, and clearly is way ahead in the mental game. NU fans have watched the high's and low's of Taylor Martinez, Darlington is very different and might put a few years back on the rabid fanbase's life.......or at least make them stop losing their hair. He clearly has starter potential and that could be sooner rather than later.

His brother, Ty, plays Center for Oklahoma.


OT Derrick Kelly, 6'5, 290, East Gadsden

WR Tyre Brady, 6'3, 185, South Dade

New head coach Mark Stoops must have really taken to the state of Florida at his stops at FSU and Miami as he is absolutely hammering the state in recruiting. From the moment he was hired he has put a primary focus on the state and the results are staggering.

Kelly is well under the radar, but he has excellent feet in a prototype frame and has been a long-time starter at East Gadsden. He possesses the versatility to play either tackle spot or even to slide inside to guard. SEC body.

Brady is one of the top athletes in the state and has Sunday potential. He left Miami to go to Texas, but quickly returned last year. However that has hurt his development a little bit. Brady is a long athlete that can stretch the field, but his true value should be when he fills out and is able to work the middle of the field. He may need a year in the system before he makes an impact, but this yet another talent that will upgrade the Kentucky roster.

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