Big 5 Prospects: Sunshine State Offense

The NCAA opened the door to the "Big 5" conferences making some rule changes, it appears the difference between the "haves" and "have nots" will only grow as we move forward. Another trend is the one towards the early commitment (spot holding?), the state of Florida is largely committed right now, here is a look at where the top prospects on offense are at in the recruiting process.



Deondre Francois, IMG Academy (FSU)

Dwayne Lawson, Hillsborough (Miami)

James Pensyl, Land O' Lakes (Oregon State)

DeAndre Johnson, First Coast (FSU)

Tucker Israel, Lake Nona (Clemson)

There is a lot of upside here as Lawson and Pensyl both have enormous potential down the road. We think Oregon State came across the country and stole one. FSU continues to re-load with a pair of top signal callers and Clemson landed a QB who may not have the upside of the others, but is one of the most productive in the country and likely can help early.


Torrance Gibson, AmHeritage-Plantation

Lamar Jackson, Boynton Beach

It is interesting that of the top QBs in the state, the two that are left "out there" both could easily project to another position. Gibson is an elite athlete, Jackson is an excellent one, both could be factors elsewhere, but possess intriguing upside long-term as signal callers. Ohio State appears to be in the drivers seat for Gibson with Jackson being recruited by Auburn, West Virginia, and Louisville.

Running Back


Jordan Scarlett, St. Thomas (Miami)

Dexter Williams, West Orange (Miami)

Ray Ray McCloud, Sickles (Clemson)

Mark Walton, Booker T Washington (Miami)

Jordan Cronkrite, Westminster Christian (Miami)

Chandler Cox, Apopka (Auburn)

De'Anfernee McGriff, Leon (Auburn)

T.J. Simmons, Lakeland Christian (UCLA)

James Allen, North Marion (Louisville)

Alex Anderson, Miramar (West Virginia)

Javarius Davis, Ed White (North Carolina)

Sekai Lindsey, Palm Bay (Pitt)

Delton Sands, St. Thomas (Maryland)

Miami has really made a splash this year at RB, the question is whether they can keep all four on signing day, it seems likely that one will bolt. Cox is the best FB in the country and Auburn has also added a big athlete (McGriff) with a lot of potential. UF has turned their attention to Davis and the Jacksonville product may be on his way to flipping his commitment. Lindsey is one of the state's top sleepers and he has not received the attention he deserves.


Jacques Patrick, Timber Creek

Jalen Julius, West Orange

Two Central Florida products are still out there with Patrick being a strong lean to FSU, in fact some consider him just as solid as anyone actually committed. Julius was committed to UF, but de-committed and was down at Miami last weekend for U day Sunday. Julius could also wind up at DB.

Wide Receiver


Calvin Ridley, Monarch (Alabama)

Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech (Clemson)

Auden Tate, Wharton (FSU)

John Burt, Lincoln (Texas)

Therell Gosier, Ely (Miami)

Jovon Durante, Norland (West Virginia)

Kalif Jackson, Fletcher (Florida)

Tristan Payton, First Coast (USC)

Christian Philpot, NoFla Christian (Ga Tech)

Emonee Spence, Flanagan (Miami)

Nyqwan Murray, Oak Ridge (FSU)

Stephen Claude, Champagnat Catholic (West Virginia)

Kahlil Lewis, Miramar (West Virginia)

Jeff Smith, Clearwater Central Catholic (Boston College)

Rashad Blunt, Creekside (Rutgers)

Adrian Falconer, Leesburg (Iowa)

Jerad Washington, First Coast (South Carolina)

Jahrvis Davenport, Robinson (Maryland)

Andrew James, Westminster Academy (Wisconsin)

Ridley and Cain are exceptional athletes with Sunday potential. While Cain seems solid, there is a lot of smoke around Ridley that he is looking around (FSU, Miami). Tate, Burt, Gosier, and Jackson are plus sized receivers that can be more than just red-zone targets. A slew of top athletes complete the list.


George Campbell, East Lake

Da'vante Phillips, Miami Central

Tim Irvin, Westminster Christian

Davonte Peete, St. Thomas

Austin Brown, Vernon

Antonio Calloway, Booker T. Washington

Deondre Farrior, Lake Nona

Antwan Dixon, South Fort Myers

Ryan Davis, St Pete Lakewood

Jaylin Heyward, Godby

Campbell might be the state's top athlete and the former Michigan verbal appears to be looking the hardest at UF and FSU. Phillips is considered a strong lean to FSU. Irvin could end up on defense, but along with Dixon, they might be the top slots in the state. Both are terrors in space. Calloway is held in high regard but needs to be more consistent on the field. Brown is a super sleeper from a small town. There is size here, but also some very good slot types.

Tight End


Bowman Archibald, Pasco (Miami)

Jake Bargas, St. Andrews (Wake Forest)

Garrett Williams, First Academy (Clemson)

Camrin Knight, Lincoln (Florida)

Chris Cunningham, Atlantic Coast (Virginia Tech)

It was not considered a great year at TE, but some kids have emerged. Archibald has an impressive blend of size and athleticism. Bargas is also a stand-out on the lacrosse field and Williams was an excellent pick-up for the Tigers. VT always lands a few from Florida and they tend to produce for the Hokies, Cunningham is slightly under-sized but is a heck of a player.


Devonaire Clarington, Booker T. Washington

Mike Howard, Clay

Clarington is one of the most talented kids in the state, but he has moved schools a bunch, and has not been consistent on either side of the ball. He has NFL skills and size. Howard plays OL, but has the athleticism to play TE and has intriguing length to go with a physical toughness that projects well to the next level. Could be a Jeff Heuerman (Ohio State).

Offensive Line

Abdul Bello, Monteverde (FSU)

Jake Fruhmorgan, Plant (Clemson)

Geron Christian, Trinity Catholic (Miami)

Tyler Gauthier, Venice (Miami)

Christian Pellage, Nature Coast (South Carolina)

William Sweet, First Coast (North Carolina)

Grant Polk, Charlotte (Virginia)

Colin Byrne, St. Thomas (Syracus)

Brendan Loftus, Godby (Miami)

Leeward Brown, Miramar (Miami)

Tyree St. Louis, IMG Academy (Miami)

Tyler Jordan, Bishop Kenny (Florida)

Mirko Jurkevic, IMG Academy (Nebraska)

Samuel Clausman, St. Thomas (Syracuse)

Reche Thomas, Vero Beach (Purdue)

Zach Baker, Clay (Duke)

Wyatt Knopfke, Cardinal Mooney (Boston College)

Ja'Shawn Seider, Glades Central (West Virginia)

Luke Hiers, Lake Wales (Kentucky)

Alec Shriner, Oviedo (West Virginia)

Well we knew this was the best year on the offensive line in quite some time and it appears as if schools agree as this is a long, long list at this early juncture.


Martez Ivey, Apopka

Jalen Merrick, New Smyrna Beach

Marcus Brown, Lely

Mike Arnold, Winter Haven

Despite the slew of commitments, the top OT (Ivey) and perhaps the top OG (Merrick) are still available. Ivey is looking at UF and Auburn, both have led at various points. Merrick is looking at the UF, Miami, FSU, and South Carolina with many believing that Miami holds the edge.

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