South Notebook: Scouting Florida Talent

South Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons traveled to Florida last week to put an eye on some top talent in the Sunshine State. He saw some top 2010 prospects with long offer lists, he visited some top sophomores, he identified a few sleepers, and you can get the full story here.

The trip started Thursday morning in Orlando. The first school from the airport was one of the biggest and best in Florida. It was Dr. Phillips.

One of the Best Seen First

This stop took more time than expected, but it was because six college coaches stopped in to talk with Coach Salapa about all of his prospects. So, in between coaches stopping in, prospects in the class of 2010, 2011, and 2012 were seen.

The headliner was Kenney Shaw. He is an elite wide receiver with over 15 scholarship offers from schools coast to coast.

Every coach that walked through those doors asked Coach Salapa about him. He is very low key person that is very humble. The word around the school is that these offers and all of the attention from the media has not changed him at all.

Shaw said that Florida State is in the lead, but Florida amongst other schools are still on his list.

The 5-foot-11, 155 pound wideout that runs very good routes and that has very good hands plans to hold off on his decision until after he takes some official visits.

Kenny Shaw is one of the best wideouts in Florida.

Top Underclassmen at Dr. Phillips Also

Two in the class of 2011 and one in the class of 2012 stood out after meeting with Shaw.

Juniors Laquentin Smith and Demetrius Hart are two to watch in this class. Both have early offers from Colorado State and many more will come for this duo.

Smith is a 6-foot-1, 205 pound safety that could eventually grow into a linebacker on the next level. He is an aggressive player that delivers big hits. Hart is a 5-foot-9, 178 pound back with very good speed in agility. He ran for over 1,800 yards in 2008 and scored 17 touchdowns.

Keep your eyes on Nick Patti as well. He is a 5-foot-10, 181 pound quarterback that is only a freshman. He throws a very good ball, he has a smooth and quick release, and he is already on some major college radars.

Hart is #3 and Smith is #10.

Boone Has a Big-Time 2011 Tackle

Coach Zigler has some talented prospects, but his best at this time is sophomore offensive tackle Max Lang.

The class of 2011 tackle is 6-foot-5, 270 pounds and he has excellent feet and length. Schools are starting to really show Lang attention and he is currently hearing from schools like Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State among others.

No offers yet, but that will change in the near future. He will be a very highly recruited prospect in the Sunshine State next year and it will begin very soon.

Class of 2010 prospects to mention out of Boone are defensive end Skyler Skersick and quarterback/athlete Sam Hutsell. Air Force has offered Hutsell, but Coach Zigler feels many more will get involved with each of these rising seniors before all is said and done.

Lang will be one of the top OLs in Florida in 2011.

Osceola Duo Leads the Kowboys

Marc Deas and B.J. Butler are both committed to the University of Georgia, but schools have not given up on them yet.

Florida is working very hard on Butler he said and schools like Arkansas and Clemson have offered Deas since he committed to the Bulldogs in April.

Both remain solid to UGA at this time and they are leading the way for Coach Rolson at Osceola.

Watching them practice, each one took over the leadership role at their position and Deas is really the true leader for the entire team. Deas worked at linebacker and middle linebacker while Butler worked at quarterback, defensive end, and a little running back.

Butler is one of the top jumbo-athletes in the South and his upside is unlimited. Deas has somewhat flown under the radar, but he has a good nose for the ball, he is good in space, and he is a very natural leader.

Deas and Butler do a little bit of everything at Osceola.

Haines City has Some Talent

No top recruit at Haines City yet according to offers, but their top prospect may be on the verge of pulling a few in.

T.C. Robinson is the cousin of Michigan commitment Marvin Robinson and the Wolverines are showing heavy interest in the athlete out of Haines City. At 5-11, 182 pounds, Robinson says he runs the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds consistently.

He could play corner, wide receiver, or even running back on the next level according to Haines City Head Coach Pete Barber.

No offers yet, but he will probably end spring with more than one. Schools like Florida State, Georgia, UCF, South Florida, and Louisville are a few of the schools showing interest in this athlete.

Others to keep an eye on at Haines City are wide receiver Darius Burden, defensive end Alvaron Wright, and fullback Dominique Borders.

If Michigan offers, then the Wolverines have a great shot at T.C..

Will Schools Call for Help?

Ridge Community wants to make teams feel they like they need to call 911 for help when they come to play them because of their two top players.

Rising senior Tyler Bodison wears number 9 and rising junior Karlos Williams wears number 11, so they like to be known as 911. Bodison is a 6-foot-2, 200 pound linebacker that also can play some running back while Williams is a 6-foot-1, 205 pound athlete that will play safety and quarterback for Coach Tate in 2009.

Bodison is a new name in recruiting, but he is starting to get attention from schools like Troy, Georgia Tech, Louisville, and some others. Williams is known because his brother laid the ground work. Vincent Williams was a top recruit and he is now at FSU, so Karlos is already well known. He has a verbal offer from the Noles and he is getting a lot of interest from SEC schools like LSU and Georgia.

Both plan to be patient with the recruiting process.

Bodison is a true backer while Williams could end up at safety or outside backer.

A New Home for Wilder

Super sophomore James Wilder is no longer the star at Chamberlain High School in Tampa, but since their coaching change, he has decided to make a change of his own. He is now at Plant High School playing for Robert Weiner.

The 6-foot-2, 220 pound athlete will line up at running back, tight end, linebacker, and defensive end for the Panthers in 2009 and he has jumped right in and made the team better this spring already.

Coaches are coming through checking on Wilder quite a bit already and he will now be able to team up with 2011 quarterback Phillip Ely to help Coach Weiner's offense after losing Aaron Murray and Orson Charles to graduation.

Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, FSU, and a number of other schools have given Wilder a verbal offer and the Gators lead big in this one.

Ely is a 6-foot, 170 pound QB to watch in the coming years. He has very good poise, he is a strong leader, and he throws with very good accuracy. Andre Mondor, Eric Dungy, and Allen Sampson are three to watch in the class of 2010.

Wilder could play offense or defense on the next level.

Closing Out With Two of The Best

The last stop before leaving the Sunshine State was Tampa Catholic. Just as expected, Chaz Green and Christian Green really stood out, especially Chaz.

He was dominant all practice on both sides of the ball and he has ‘All-American' written all over him. At close to 6-feet 5-inches tall and now weighing 295 pounds, he is one of the top offensive tackles in the country. He showed great feet, a good initial punch with his hands, and he did a nice job of getting extension with his long arms. He was very impressive all practice.

The other Green worked at quarterback, wide receiver, and safety during Friday's practice. He was hot and cold at QB, but was very fluid at receiver and showed great ball skills at safety.

Christian is just a big-time athlete that will play receiver on the next level. He did an excellent job of catching the football with his hands when it was within reach and he made a few acrobatic catches as well during practice. The 6-foot-2, 185 pound potential five-star athlete will do big things for Tampa Catholic in 2009.

Both Greens hold a long list of offers from over 20 schools. Florida State is high on Christian's list while Chaz has Florida and USC high on his. Both say they are still open.

People will see a lot of Green at Tampa Catholic in 2009.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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