It is a very strong year along the DL in SW Florida. Island Coast DE Aaron Lynch is all of 6'6, 245 and runs like a gazelle, that package of athleticism has earned him scholarship opportunities from everyone in the country. Lynch is still on the raw side, but he oozes potential. He could be a standout DE, OLB, or TE at the next level. Manatee's Quinton Pompey has the type of athleticism that schools covet on the interior of the DL. He needs to continue adding weight to his 6'3 frame, but the potential is there to be a difference maker. His team mate Drakkar Wilson is a heck of a player. Very active, tough, with a great motor, his only issue is a lack of ideal height at 5'11-6'0. Down the road resides Southeast's Giovani Francois, he is very athletically gifted and has displayed a high ceiling on the interior. He is a bit of a tweener at 6'2, 245, but few players possess his first step and nose for the football.
Desoto County's Dalton Wertz is up to 290 pounds on his 6'2 frame. Country strong, Wertz wreaks havoc in the backfield with a quick first step and excellent hands which he uses to win one on one battles inside. Venice's Clay Burton is bigger than his brother Trey(UF), at close to 6'4, 235-240 pounds he has ideal size at DE. Clay makes all the plays he should and has the speed to be active sideline to sideline, he holds multiple BCS offers.
A quarter of DEs will try to make some noise in the Spring: Island Coast's Jimmy Stewart, Manatee's Chris Pompey, Riverviews Jake Difrank, and Desoto County's James Greene. All possess 6'3+ height, but need to add weight and strength to their frame. Island Coast's Bryan Bosworth is an intriguing prospect at 6'1, 265, he is either going to add the weight and move inside or take some off and move to LB. Venice's Dino Fanti lacks ideal height, but is a feisty player with a great skill set.
Top 2012 Prospect: DeAngelo Dawes, Southeast
It is a solid year at LB with team mates being a theme. At Cape Coral, MLB Josh Monteagudo will team with Edsel Caprice to keep the D-1 train moving for the Seahawks. Caprice registered 20 sacks as a junior at DE, but at 6'3, 190 he figures to slide back to OLB at the next level. Caprice turned heads with a sub 4.5 40 time at the Nike Combine in Miami. Monteagudo started his career at S(where he had six picks as a sophomore), but moved up to MLB last year and had over 100 tackles and improved every game. He is up over 200 pounds now with his two best qualities being excellent anticipation and quickness in the box.
Southeast has a pair of OLB types: Terron Williams and Desmond Blue. Both players fly to the football, are at least 6'0, and deliver some pop when they arrive. With a year of experience under their belts they should take the next step in 2010. Charlotte's Robert Haynes plays OLB, but he could easily slide inside at the next level. He has a great nose of the football and excels in space with terrific closing speed.
In Lee County, North Ft Myers Arthur Green has bloodlines(father and uncle played at Miami), an excellent student he has rotated between OLB and S during his high school career. At 6'1 and over 200 pounds, he figures to play closer to the line of scrimmage. Green can flat run and is known to deliver some blows when he arrives. Riverdale's Broderick Sherrod is a super athlete, he could be a WR if he wanted. Long and lean at 6'2, 185, Sherrod has sub 4.5 speed and has shown the ability to get after the passer. He doubles as a RB where he has made some big plays. Bishop Verot's Jon Alvarez is a pure MLB with excellent feet and a nose for the football. At 6'0, 225 he just needs to continue adding strength to an already powerful build. Alvarez has looked terrific this off-season in pass coverage, a rarity for a MLB prospect.
Top 2012 Prospect: Davion Stuarts, Charlotte
South Ft. Myers Dallas Crawford had a huge junior year with 10 interceptions, he possesses elite ball skills coupled with superior quickness. Offensively he threw for 2,500 yards as a QB to perhaps be the top two way player in the state. Crawford could play S or CB and holds multiple BCS offers. Lely's Makinton Dorleant spent his junior year at S, but the 5'11, 170 pounder with 4.4 speed looks like an ideal candidate to play CB. Dorleant has locked down all WRs at off-season camps and combines.
Naples Lucas Foreman has prototype length at 6'2+, with 4.5 type speed, he is a tremendous athlete. Foreman can move outside and play some CB, but his range is very appealing at the FS spot. Like all Naples players, he is fundamentally sound and tough against the run. Dunbar's Champ Lewis played some CB, S, and OLB in 2009, at 6'1.5, 175 Lewis is known as a hitter and should find a home at S in college. Lewis can slide outside to cover bigger WRs in the redzone. Collier's Torrey Campbell blazed a 4.41 for the fastest 40 time at the Nike Combine. A RB by trade, he figures to move to DB at the next level, with Safety being a logical fit. Riverdale's Roderick Lindsey is a big CB at 5'11, 185 and he uses that size to get physical at the line of scrimmage. Lindsey has terrific instincts and might be better suited for Safety at the next level. Cape Coral's Chris Johnson plays mostly LB, but the 6'1, 185 pounder is ideally suited to S. Johnson is an excellent student off the field and a hitter on it, he really brings the wood.
Charlotte's Courtland Waters will hope to build on a solid junior campaign, he has the size and speed to be a difference maker. He should see increased responsibility as a senior. A pair of Sarasota Area athletes might get looks at DB. Riverview's Jon Evans ran for over 1,500 yards in 2009, but at 5'9, 165 he will have a hard time staying at RB in college. He has the tools to be a great CB, Evans has some of the quickest feet in the state. Booker's Jeff Callahan was not quite as productive, but is a similar package. Either player could stay at RB and play in a more spread based attack.