SunStateFootball Top 100 Prospects

Senior year film is in, the playoffs are over, and there is a little over a month til signing day, here is the final top 100 for the state of Florida. We start at the top, with the top 10 players in the state.

1. WR Christian Green, Tampa Catholic

There is no question as to the athletic package with Green, he is over 6'0, he is 190+, and Green has great speed and quickness. While he has played mostly QB, he projects to WR or perhaps S. Many, many players have made this transition and we expect Green to make a huge impact on the next level. After leading his team to the semi's as a junior, he had the Crusader's to the championship game this year. Green is thought to be down to FSU(family ties) and Georgia with UF still lurking.

2. OLB Christian Jones, Lake Howell

Jones showed a lot of character by staying at Lake Howell even though they are not a stellar team. He is the complete package of great length(6'3+), speed(4.6), and has the bloodlines with his father having played at FSU. He could play any of the LB spots or perhaps DE if he adds some weight. Jones has strong FSU ties, with Bobby Bowden's departure he has opened things up a little, but we still expect him to wear Garnett and Gold at the next level.

3. S/RB Matt Elam, Dwyer

Elam was simply outstanding during Dwyer's playoff run(which ended in a 4A championship). He has been a big time force since he stepped onto the field as a freshmen. Elam has always been thought of as a defensive prospect, we still feel that is where he ends up, but his play on the offensive side of the ball opened some eyes and he easily could help out there. He was an early commitment to UF, he looked around a little, but is expected to land in Gainesville with team mates Christian and Clark.

4. OL Brandon Linder, St. Thomas

Linder is the state's biggest no-brainer at the OL position. He compares favorably to four year ND starter Sam Young because he is a better athlete. His ability to play all five spots on the line is unique, there is little question that Linder will make an impact early in his career. Linder recently committed to long time front-runner Miami.

5. LB Jeff Luc, Treasure Coast

Luc played this season with 'all eyes on him', few players possess the type of elite size he has, Luc is a hitter who loves to punish ball carriers. When he stays within himself he can be a dominating LB, however he has a tendency to get too physical and just try to blow people up. Physically you will not find many better prospects. Luc has committed to FSU and is expected to arrive in January.

6. WR Ivan McCartney, Miramar

The man that is called 'Sticks' showed in the state title game the type of elite weapon he can be at the next level. McCartney is a glider with elite hands that projects to be a #1 type in college. At 6'1+, he needs to get stronger, but every other tool is there for him to leave as a first round NFL pick in 3-4 years. McCartney is considering West Virginia where two team mates signed last year including his QB(Eugene Smith), Miami his childhood favorite, and UF where he had a great official visit.

7. WR Chris Dunkley, Pahokee

It was not the type of season that Dunkley expected when he transfered to Pahokee, the Blue Devils had their share of troubles. Chris had a solid season and nothing has changed with his overall WR package. He has good size, deep speed, and is simply a play-maker. He might be best used as a big play #2 type in a traditional offense. He is expected to commit to long time favorite UF where you can be sure Meyer will get the ball to him in a myriad of ways.

8. DE Corey Lemonier, Hialeah

Lemonier is a prototype DE at 6'4, 225. He has the athleticism of an outside LB with an explosive first step. We would like to see Corey bring it every play. Corey should be an elite pass rusher in college and he has the natural strength to play the run. His recruitment is still very much up in the air with Miami, FSU, Tennessee, and LSU still in the running.

9. ATH Lamarcus Joyner, St. Thomas

Joyner has tremendous athleticism, freaky long arms, and has been productive on both sides of the ball. He stands just 5'8 and that should factor into where he lines up in college. Joyner could play WR, CB, or S, but might make his first impact on special teams. He was one of the most coveted players in Florida and as expected committed to childhood favorite FSU.

10. DB Jaylen Watkins, Cape Coral

Jaylen spent his senior year at QB where he led the Seahawk's to an undefeated regular season. He also played S on defense and projects to the defensive backfield where he might get a first look at CB. Jaylen has good size at 6'0, 180, plenty of speed, and has been ultra productive on the field at a variety of spots. Watkins committed to UF in the Spring and never wavered, he is an early enrollee.

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