Florida LBs: 15 in '15

Jeff Holland and Te'Von Coney lead this group of linebackers from the state of Florida in this top 15 in 2015 feature from the Sunshine State.

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Florida DLs: 15 in ‘15

1) Jeff Holland (Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy)
No. 8 OLB in nation
Holland is a two-way star at running back and linebacker. He’s an aggressive and physical downhill player that can go sideline to sideline and play inside out. He can take on blocks and fill the hole. Holland is a big hitter and not afraid of contact. As a pass rusher, he has the size, speed and athleticism to dominate the edge. He shows deceptive agility and quickness.
Recruiting: Florida, Auburn, UCLA, USC, South Carolina and FSU.

2) Sh’mar Kilby-Lane (Hallandale)
No. 17 OLB in nation
Kilby-Lane is one of the most physical and explosive linebacker prospects in this class. He brings an aggressive presence to the defensive side of the ball as well as special teams because he’s always looking to take someone’s head off. Kilby-Lane plays with a great motor and flies around the field. He’s a good, sound tackler who explodes through the ball carrier. Kilby-Lane can play inside-out, get to the perimeter and in space.
Committed to FSU

3) Te’von Coney (Palm Beach Gardens)
No. 14 MLB in nation
Coney is the top rated inside linebacker from the Sunshine State. He plays the run well and looks pretty comfortable dropping in coverage against the pass. He has decent height and a thick build. Coney shows good speed and instincts. He has sound tackling skills. Coney can play downhill and get inside out in pursuit towards space.
Recruiting: Florida leads Notre Dame, Auburn and others.

4) Charles Perry (Royal Palm Beach)
No. 31 OLB in nation
I really like this 2015 linebacker prospect. He also plays running back and shows some talent on the offensive side of the ball as well. Perry is best between the tackles. He's a downhill player who shows good fundamentals with his tackling. I also love the way he can close to the football. He shows some explosiveness from the inside.
Committed to Miami

5) Juwan Taylor (Hallandale)
No. 32 OLB in nation
Taylor shows good fundamentals when it comes to tackling and at times illustrates that he can be a punishing ‘backer. Taylor is strong at the point of attack and can quickly disengage from blockers and go get the ball. He knows how to play with leverage. Taylor breaks down, squares his shoulders and explodes through ball carriers. He is a downhill guy that can fill the hole quickly. Taylor can also play inside-out and make plays on the perimeter.
Committed to Georgia

6) De’Amontae Jackson (Citra North Marion)
No. 17 MLB in nation
There is a nice offer list for this undersized linebacker. Jackson is probably not quite 6-feet-0 tall. But he’s powerfully built and can get to the football. Jackson plays with solid fundamentals, especially against the run. At times he can be an explosive hitter. Jackson needs to improve his coverage skills.
Recruiting: Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and others

7) Cecil Cherry (Frostproof)
No. 18 MLB in nation
Cherry is as solid as they come against the run. He has good size and is terrific tackle to tackle. Cherry can be physical and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He has a good frame to add size. Cherry needs to work on his short area quickness and show better ability in pursuit and making more plays out in space.
Committed to Tennessee

8) Sherrod Pittman (Jacksonville First Coast)
No. 21 MLB in nation
I thought Pittman had a nice off-season, especially in the 7v7 tournaments. He showed he’s improving in coverage and good leadership skills. Pittman is very competitive and he sure hates to lose. This is a physical player with good speed that’s still at his best between the tackles against the run.
Committed to South Carolina

9) Victor Alexander (Jacksonville Trinity Christian)
No. 24 MLB in nation
Pound for pound he just may be the best linebacker on this list. This future Bruin is on the small side height wise but he can sure ball out. He anchors the middle of a very talented and athletic state championship defense. He’s active, physical and makes plays everywhere.
Committed to UCLA

10) Andre Smith (Jacksonville Trinity Christian)
No. 24 MLB in nation
I believe that this linebacker prospect is one of the most underrated defensive prospects in the state of Florida and I just love his upside. He’s more athletic than his teammate Alexander and I believe he can play multiple linebacker positions for the Tar Heels in the future.
Committed to North Carolina

11) Chris Hart (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas)
No. 45 OLB in nation
Hart is a hybrid and could play outside linebacker, defensive end or perhaps both positions in college. Obviously, much of that could depend on scheme. He’s good in space and can attack the edge and get after the quarterback. Hart can also play the run well. He has a slew of offers.
Recruiting: Boston College, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Wisconsin, USF, others

12) Carson Lydon (Tarpon Springs East Lake)
No. 55 OLB in nation
Lydon is an active, high motor, high intensity, passionate player that the fans in Blacksburg are going to love. I mean his motor doesn’t stop. At the Orlando NFTC that had to subdue him in drills because he was just too aggressive. That’s just the way he plays the game.
Committed to Virginia Tech

13) Darrien McNair (Ocala Trinity Catholic)
No. 63 OLB in nation
Hard to believe that there are really 62 outside linebacker ranked ahead of this guy. McNair is fast and very athletic. He plays both safety spots and linebacker. McNair can play in space, closes so well and shows excellent range. The Bulldogs have a very good one here.
Committed to Mississippi State

14) Dominic Sheppard (Miami Gulliver Prep)
No. 66 OLB in nation
Sheppard is a physical linebacker with good athleticism. He shows good football speed between the lines. I like how he works in traffic. He can identify and diagnosis plays pretty quickly and get to the ball. When he gets to you Sheppard can strike you. He should have a chance to develop into a good pass rusher.
Committed to Wisconsin

15) Nick Thomas (Bradenton IMG Academy)
No. 43 MLB in nation
Thomas is one of two linebackers on this list that committed to the Badgers. I think he will need a red-shirt year to develop physically. He’s tough and can strike you. I like his fundamentals. Thomas does a better than average job in coverage because he has good instincts and awareness.
Committed to Wisconsin

Florida QBs: 15 in ‘15
Florida RBs: 15 in ‘15
Florida WRs: 15 in ‘15
Florida OLs: 15 in ‘15
Florida DLs: 15 in ‘15

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