Breaking Down Florida: The DE'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:Players continue to emerge from a position that was once thought to be not very deep. As it stands today, it is one of the deepest classes in memory, particularly because of the major upside that these players possess.


1. Corey Lemonier: Perhaps the state's top prospect overall, Lemonier is the total package of elite first step, size, versatility, and production. He should step right in early and be in the rotation and has first round NFL potential down the road.

2. Christian Jones: A LB by trade, Jones should fill out to DE down the road. His father, Willie, played at FSU. Jones is one of Central Florida's most feared players at Lake Howell. FSU, UF, Oklahoma, and USC are still in the game for Jones.

3. B.J. Butler: The Georgia commit is another versatile player who even lines up at QB for Osceola. From's Chad Simmons, "Butler plays all over the field on the high school level, but he will end up as a big linebacker or defensive end in college. Lining up on the edge is where he may be the best - he is quick off the ball, he really changes direction well, and he has a lot of room to grow physically. He will need to work on his technique, especially his use of hands, but that will come in time.

4. Thomas Ryan: The Vanderbilt commit is a relentless player who dominates down in the Keys. All of 6'4, 240 he could play DE, DT, or perhaps even OT down the road for the Commodores. Ryan has a tremendous work ethic and has worked this off-season on adding a variety of moves to his arsenal.

5. Delvin Jones: A unique talent of size, speed, and play-making ability, Jones made the move to the gridiron from the basketball court. He registered 20 sacks last year for Lasalle and could play DE or TE at the next level. Physically everything that a team could want. A dozen schools will be keeping an eye on Jones this year.

6. Brandon Wilkinson: Once thought to be a TE, Wilkinson has taken to the DE position where his intense demeanor is better suited. If his Spring game was any indication, he is poised for a huge senior season. His athleticism is shown on the basketball court as well. Wilkinson has an explosive first step with good top end speed. Wilkinson sports over 7 offers.

7. Lynden Trail: Another athletic package, the 6'6 Trail is very productive for the Tornadoes. The one question with him is how much size he can put on down the road, right now he is on the skinny side. He could play TE where he has flashed hands and potential. He had 14 sacks playing in highly competitive Dade. USC, UF, and Miami figure to be in the lead for Trail.

8. David Perry: Yet another elite athletic package, Perry is from Jamaica and played his first year of football in 2008. While the technique was lacking, his physical potential was not. He has a very high ceiling down the road. FSU, Miami, and Oregon are among his many suitors.

9. Theodore Jackson: Jackson flat gets after the QB and was a big part of one of the top defense's in the state at Armwood. While not the tallest DE prospect, he is explosive and has a knack for getting to the QB and disrupting plays.

10. Max Beaulieu: Perry's team mate at University Christian, Beaulieu is a horse in the weight room with a good motor. He is very versatile and productive. He holds offers from Arkansas, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin.

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