Scout's Notebook: Jacksonville (2)

Scout spent all day Friday in Jacksonville, meeting and watching many of the top prospects from the Class of 2011 and 2012. Check out the report below.

Bartram Trail:
QB Nathan Peterman (6-2/205) will be one of the best prospects in the state at his position for next year. He was very good as a sophomore and is expected to have a big time junior season. He has good size, he's a decent athlete, he has a live arm, and understands the game very well. He's a better passing prospect than former BT QB Kyle Parker at this age. 2012 RB Gabe Johnson and 2012 WR Jarred Crump will be Division 1 prospects as well. Keep an eye on 2013 ATH Gabe Davis, who just transferred in from Wolfson. He's the best athlete on the team and is already 5-11/180.

DT Chris Jones (6-4/280) is the best senior prospect on the team. Miami and North Carolina are at the top of his list and he says both have offered him. He's a high 3-star caliber prospect, one of the top DT prospects in Florida this year. They have a pair of WR's -- Isaiah Stallings and Freeman Dozier -- who are Div 1 talents. Stallings will likely be an Illinois commitment soon while Dozier needs to bring his grades up for more recruiting action. Their two best 2012 prospects are linebackers -- Kenneth Bynum (6-2/210) and Ey'Shawn McClain (6-1/205) are both players to keep a close eye on for next recruiting cycle.

Pound-for-pound, you'll have a hard time finding a better football player anywhere in Florida than RB/CB/KOR/PR/everything else Earl Union. He's a big time player at this level but his recruiting stock is hurt since he's 5-foot-8 and not qualified yet. FIU has offered him. He ran a 4.37 at West Virginia's camp but needs to get his grades right. He was very impressive in their kickoff classic win over Eagles View on Friday. QB Damien Fleming (6-3/175) is a Vanderbilt commitment. West Virginia is still recruiting him. "Duck" was impressive in his game, competing several deep balls. The top 2012 prospect is TE Justin Chandler (6-4/215), who has some athleticism and soft hands. Miami's his dream school.

First Coast:
They're as talented as any team in north Florida this year and they looked very good in their kickoff classic win over Bolles. FSU RB commit Eric Beverly is out recovering from ACL surgery. 2011 WR Kenneth Myers (6-2/180) is a solid prospect and will likely commit to West Virginia this weekend. 2012 WR Chris Black might be the best WR in next year's class. Big time player and he was the best player on the field in this game. Florida State has the early edge. 2011 DL Derrick Mitchell is huge and very talented but just needs to keep learning and keep his motor running. You can see the tools FSU saw in him. He's committed to the Noles. 2012 LB Reggie Northrup came over from Raines and looks like a major prospect for next recruiting cycle. 2011 safety Jared Henry played well and is a South Carolina commitment. 2011 safety Carl Williams gives them two BCS commits there, as he's pledged to Illinois. RB/DB Rashod Byers came from Eagles View and is an excellent high school player with some smaller Div 1 offers. He's only 5-8 but can run and makes a ton of plays.

2012 left tackle John Theus is a big time prospect. He's 6-5+ and about 290 and very explosive. He's smart, tough, and really gets after it. He's an elite level OT prospect for the next recruiting cycle. UGA could have the inside edge since his brother, Nathan Theus, is currently committed to the Bulldogs. Keep an eye on 6-4/215 2013 tight end Will Zirlow. He has a chance.

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