North Broward Prep's Brandon Doughty is a player who has prototype skills. At 6'3 with a frame that is beginning to fill out, Doughty has all the tools to be an elite pocket passer at the next level. Turner Baty is a transfer from California who is now at St. Thomas. West Coast scouts are high on Baty whose father played in the NFL. One thing is for certain, he will have plenty of weapons to work with. More will be known about Baty at the end of Spring ball.
A plethora of high end RB's reside in Broward County, perhaps the deepest year this decade. Taravella's Devon Wright was the County's leading rusher as a junior, he is 6'0 with great speed. Everyone in the stadium knows Wright is getting the ball and he continues to produce. St. Thomas has a couple of intriguing RB's: Gio Bernard and James White. Bernard is the brother of Oregon State star Yvenson and has a higher ceiling. He is built solid and has great vision and burst. He can be a feature back at the next level. Team mate James White is a more physical runner and has plenty of speed. If he plays for any other team in the state, he is a 1,500 yard back.
A couple of spread-based fast backs are Cassius McDowell(Deerfield Beach) and Ethan Grant(North Broward Prep). McDowell is the more physical for his size, Grant has big-time wheels including special acceleration.
Miramar's Ivan McCartney is the headliner here. 'Sticks' is a relative of Chad Johnson and possesses some of the same attributes. He is over 6'0 with all the tools, he has tremendous ability to shake man coverage. A bit of an unknown is Boyd Anderson's Stephen Green. He did not play as a junior, but has shined at camps and combines thus far. On the short side at 5'9, he has displayed great speed and excellent cutting ability.
A bigger target is Cardinal Gibbon's Shawn Corker. A well built 6'2, Corker averaged 20.7 yards a catch and had over 900 yards as a junior. He is a terrific all around athlete. Heading back to Miramar is Dante Chambers who is solid across the board. Playing on a loaded WR core with Geno Smith at the helm, Chambers had 31 catches in 2008.
St. Thomas's Brandon Linder is a national recruit who has everything you look for in an offensive linemen. He is very versatile and one of the most technically sound players in the country. Hollywood Hills Christian's David Delsoin is an impressive physical package. Schools will want to get an up close look at him.
Cypress Bay's Joe McNamera is a mauler who projects to OG or perhaps C at the next level. He does not get beat and has that mean streak that is attractive to colleges. Quinton Roland is a massive prospect from Dillard. He needs to shed some pounds, but displays good feet at his size. Brian Paul from Douglas has the frame and athleticism at OT, he needs to show the mean streak.
University Christian's David Perry has only played one year of football. The 6'6 prospect from Jamaica is as impressive of physical specimen as any player in the state. He projects to defensive end.
Vinny Mauro from St. Thomas was highly productive for the State Champion Raiders. He will be the leader of the defense in 2009. Hard nosed with great size, he should play in the middle at the next level. Miramar's Jamaal Bass has tested excellent at linebacker with 4.5 type speed. He had a solid year on the field in 2008. An intriguing prospect is Douglas's Justin Birkenholz. Undersized last year, he is not flashy, but is very consistent and has a frame that should fill out to 220-230 down the road.
The headliner here is Southwest Miami transfer Lamarcus Joyner(St. Thomas). Joyner is an elite athlete who is productive on both sides of the ball, but projects to corner. A ridiculous vertical and broad jump, plus rare physicality make up for less than ideal height(5'8-5'9).
New team mate Cody Riggs is a lockdown corner, it is hard to find a play where he got beat. Riggs has tested well speed wise which makes up for average height(5'9-5'10). Another team mate is safety Brian Robinson. Robinson is a BCS calibur player who has a ton of experience and is solid across the board with good speed and size.
Boyd Anderson's Demar Dorsey made an early commitment to Florida and has been sensational in combines running a 4.25 and 4.31 in Orlando. Lanky and very confident, Dorsey has a ton of upside, but needs more production on the field.
Hollywood Hill's Tony Grimes is the type of corner every school is looking for. At 6'0 and as physical as any corner in the country, Grimes beats on his competition both mentally and physically. No one seems to be able to shake him. Northeast's D.J. Francis has a similar frame and speed, he is not as battle tested as Grimes, but has shined this off-season and was very productive on the field last year.
After Brandon McGee, Josh Robinson, and Vladimir Emilien signed D-1 letters of intent in 2008, Plantation has another trifecta of talent in 2009. Deven Drane, Gilbert St. Louis, and Michael Anderson are all D-1 prospects with excellent tools.