Breaking Down Florida: The WR's

After Spring and many summer University camps it is becoming apparent that the Sunshine State is once again loaded and extremely deep for 2010. With well over 300 players expected to sign D-1 scholarships, breaks down the players by position.


ANALYSIS: This is an incredibly deep year in the state of Florida for WR's. After a so-so year in-state in 2009, this group has a slew of play-makers. There is speed, size, and plenty of break your ankle types. NOTE: Ricardo Miller now lives in Michigan is no longer considered a "Florida recruit".

1. Christian Green: Green is a QB who will transition to WR at the next level. He has everything that one looks for in a WR prospect: soft hands, speed, quickness, physicality, and a natural feel for the game. He may take a year to transition, but this play-maker has a first round NFL ceiling. Appears to be a classic UF/FSU recruiting battle.

2. Ivan McCartney: Some players just have 'it' and McCartney is one of those. Silky smooth with elite route running ability, he projects to be a legit #1 target at the next level. Had the opportunity to play with national recruit Eugene Smith which really helped his development. A host of suitors are in on Ivan.

3. Chris Dunkley: When you watch Dunkley get in and out cuts you know there is something special here. He has the ability to create a ton of separation and has great speed/quickness. He has the skill set to play both in the slot and on the outside.

4. Kadron Boone: Rock solid in every aspect, Boone came back better than before from a knee injury and is expected to be even better in 2009. He uses his size on smaller DB's and can elevate to get the ball at its highest point. Had a great State Championship game vs. Pahokee in a losing effort.

5. Willis Wright: Big, physical wideout who has surprising speed. He might have a higher ceiling at safety, but prefers WR. He can be as good as he wants to be down the road. Manhandles smaller DB's. Wright is rumored to want to stay in Dade at either Miami or FIU.

6. O.J. Ross: One of the fastest WR's in the state, Ross had a huge junior year at Mainland. At 5'10 he is very strong physically and takes his game serious. Like Dunkley, he will be able to be moved around and make plays from a variety of spots.

7. Sean Tapley: Tapley is monster one on one with defenders. He is a very refined WR who uses his frame and leaping ability to make players. Tapley makes crisp cuts that creates separation. Solid deep speed. He is committed to South Carolina.

8. DeJoshua Johnson: Johnson makes defenders look stupid in the open field. Elite quickness with typical muck swagger, Johnson is a big play waiting to happen. Very versatile, he has even stepped in at QB for Pahokee. He will need to add some weight, but the FSU commit has a clear role at the next level.

9. James Louis: Versatile star at Atlantic, a school that consistently produces upper level talent. At WR, he is a game changer with a knack for making big plays. He can get deep with his 4.4 speed, but also work the middle of the field with his toughness. Could get a look on the defensive side of the ball where he also excels.

10. Michaelee Harris: The latest from a long line of Northwestern WR's, Harris really came on late in the year and has continued that at camps/combines most recently at Rutgers where he could not be guarded. At 6'0 he has good size, more than enough speed, and a keen understanding of the position.

11. Kenny Shaw: Shaw actually out-produced the more highly touted Ricardo Miller in 2008, with Miller's departure to Michigan, he is poised for a huge year. He is perhaps the state's top route runner who has elite hands. Finds the ball in the air as well as anyone.

12. Quinton Dunbar: Dunbar has plus size, speed, and play-making ability and could be an elite wideout down the road. He had a solid junior campaign. Part of the deepest WR core in the state.

13. Javon Bell: Elite play-maker from the Jacksonville area who has plus speed. Can be a force on special teams and might be an elite #2 who can stretch the field.

14. Shawn Corker: Physical wideout who is a go to #1 type down the road. Uses his body to shield defenders, can elevate, and has enough juice to get down the field. Had a huge junior year for Cardinal Gibbons. Could get a look at Safety.

15. Darius Millines: Millines is a versatile package who could play WR or DB at the next level. At 6'0 with sub 4.5 speed he will create match-up problems for defenses. Very quick and elusive.

16. Josh Reese: Reese is just a great WR. He does not have any outstanding attribute, but is rock solid across the board. He just gets open and makes the play. Teams with Jeffrey Godfrey and Brandon Gainer to form an offensive trifecta at Miami Central.

17. Jayvon Wrentz: Wrentz did not have a productive junior year, but has had an outstanding Spring. He has a nice size/speed combo and should have a breakout senior year.

18. Marquel Wade: Very fast, Wade is a player who needs the ball in his hands. Should be a force on special teams early in his career. Probably will play in the slot.

19. Ace Sanders: Sanders will break your ankles, turn around and do it again. Elite quickness and jumping ability. His father, Tracy, played at FSU. Ace lacks ideal size at 5'8.

20. Rashad Lawrence: Teams with Trevor Siemien to form a talented pitch-catch combo at Olympia. The Northwestern commit should excel as a big, physical target who can get first downs.

21. Allen Hurns: Hurns is a bigger target who has made the most of his opportunities. He was dominant at the Miami Camp showing speed and body control.

22: Cornelius Whitehead: Intriguing prospect who plays lesser competition. From a physical standpoint few are better. The UCF commit could play CB or S as well.

23. Ted Meline: Tall and lanky with speed there is a ton to like with Meline. He has had the injury bug, but will have ample opportunity to rise of the rankings playing at Booker T. Washington in 2009. Showed big-time potential at Westlake Prep as a sophomore.

24. Fred Pickett: Pickett is a slot type who will use his quickness to create separation in space. Transferring from Glades Central to Pahokee for 2009. With Dunkley and Johnson, should form the fastest WR trio in the state.

25. Joel German: German has a tremendous understanding of the WR position. He runs elite routes and has improving speed. Goes up and gets the ball consistently. Solid size at 6'0. Should be the go to player for Dunbar, a program on the rise.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Chevin Davis, Justen Davis, Dominique Roberts, Octavious Washington, Isaiah Willaims, Jarvis West, Demetrius Evans, Solomon Alberry, James Boone, Toby Durham, Larry Gary, Jabari Cargill, Jeamiah Crawford, Marcus Cunningham, Jared Dangerfield, Denzel McCullum, Markis Merrill, Westin Pedersen, Steven Read, Zac Rittberg, Allen Sampson

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