Florida Notebook: Day One

You could spend a month in Florida and not see all the top talent in the state from top to bottom, but Scout's Chad Simmons spent three days there last week and he saw a lot of talent. He recaps day one of his trip here.

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Seven schools were visited on Wednesday August 11 after flying into Tampa International Airport that morning. The first stop was Berkeley Prep and one of the top 2012 prospects in the Sunshine State was very impressive there.

Nelson Agholor is a 6-foot-1, 183 pound athlete and he plays all over the field for Dominick Ciao and he already has offers Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, and USC among others. He was impressive on the practice field in the misting rain working in agility drills and some at both corner and wide receiver. He is very fluid, he showed excellent hands, and he will be a Scout300 prospect next year.

The second stop was Lakewood High School and after spending a little time with head coach Corey Moore, some of his top prospects talked with Scout.

Dante Fowler is definitely the best of the bunch, but there will be talent around the talented 2012 defensive end there this season. Fowler, a 6-foot-3, 237 pound junior already has 20 scholarship offers after Florida and Georgia offered recently. He is currently favoring the Gators and Seminoles of Florida State at this time.


Fowler is an elite DE.
Other than Fowler, one to watch in 2011 is Evan Holmes. The 6-foot-4, 210 pound tight end/defensive end has offers from Air Force, Duke, Georgia Southern, Tulane, Wake Forest, and a few others. He likes Tulane the most at this time.

Underclassmen to keep an eye on at Lakewood are Jevaris Little, Logan McNeil, and Donterio Fowler. Little is a 5-foot-11, 175 pound athlete in the 2011 class that will play safety and wide receiver this season. McNeal is a 6-foot-3.5, 257 pound sophomore that plays offensive tackle. Donterio is the younger brother of Dante and he has shined throughout the ranks before high school, so the 5-foot-9, 152 pound wide receiver is expected to contribute early in his career.

Not too far from Lakewood is Gibbs High School and they have a good looking defensive back in Gary Simon playing there. The 2012 prospect drew praise from head coach Donnie Abraham and he will likely emerge this year as one of the top prospects in that area.

Simon is an athlete that played cornerback and wide receiver in 2009 and he will play both again this season. He is very fluid and will likely attract a lot of attention this season because of his size (6-1.5/183) and his ability to turn and run. Florida, North Carolina State, South Florida, and Tennessee are a few of the schools that are already recruiting him.

He finished with five interceptions as a sophomore and he is trying to add more this season.

Another underclassman that has really caught Scout's attention early is 2013 quarterback Juwan Brown out of Largo High School. Schools are already calling Coach Rodriguez about his soon to be sophomore.


Brown accounted for over 1300 yards as a freshman.
Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Miami, and Purdue are a few that have already enquired about the left-handed quarterback that can run and throw. After watching him for about 45 minutes, he showed a very live arm and the ability to make big plays with both his arm and legs.

He is already 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds with room to grow. He is an athlete that can play quarterback. He was throwing the ball over 50 yards accurately to his wide receiver and it looked like he was doing that with little effort.

Brown is definitely one to put on your radar.

Not too far from Largo is Countryside and they have a good group in 2011 led by Nebraska commitment Tyler Moore. Alex Dixon is a corner in that class and he has over 15 offers and Tyler Pierson is an offensive guard with a handful of offers as well.

The underclassmen were the ones concentrated on during this visit and they have five to keep an eye on this fall.

The one most know about is 2012 quarterback Gray Crow. The 6-foot-4, 225 pound signal caller earned a scholarship from Notre Dame in the summer of 2009 after his camp performance, but there has been a change in staff since and the offer is no longer there. He is still hearing from them though along with schools like Alabama, Florida, and USC among others. He is big in the pocket, he has an above average arm, and he throws good balls with a lot of spin.

The others to keep an eye on Jared Davis' team are all in the 2013 class. Leading that group looks to be wide receiver Marrieo Taylor. He is a quick 5-foot-10, 147 pound playmaker that will line up in the slot. Tight end A.J. Sattinger is 6-foot-1, 200 pounds and more of a big wideout at this stage although he can block too. Tyler Serpo is a safety that can cover at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds. Mike Love looks the part at this young age and the 6-foot-4, 183 pound athletic defensive end is planning to make a big impact this fall.


Marrieo Taylor is an exciting sophomore.
At the last two schools of the day, it was pretty much seniors that are already well known that were focused on. Tarpon Springs has Georgia commitment Zach DeBell and Plant has James Wilder, Phillip Ely, and Tony Posada that are leading the way for them.

DeBell is a lean 260 pounds and standing at 6-feet, 6-inches and he has a lot of upside. He is an intense competitor, he has very good balance at offensive tackle, and he has a lot of the tools you look for at that position.

We all know Wilder is a do-it-all athlete at Plant. He is expected to play running back on the next level, but could also play linebacker or defensive end. He will commit to Florida, Florida State, or Georgia this week.

Ely and Posada made their decisions in front of Scout last week. Ely committed to Alabama and Posada to Michigan. Ely is a leader at quarterback that knows how to win and manage games. He is 6-foot-1 and his arm is more average, but he makes good decisions and puts his team in place to get the victory. Posada is a punishing offensive lineman that plays tackle now, but could end up on the inside in Ann Arbor. He is very strong and a good straight ahead blocker.

Day two started early and that recap will come later this week. Winter Park, Boone, Jones, Olympia, Bolles, and Yulee were schools stopped at that day to see top prospects get after it at practice.


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