Dunbar Ready to Rumble in 2012

Fort Myers Dunbar has been a playoff team for the better part of the last decade, the 2012 version might be the most talented yet. We take a look at the prospects on this team today.

Verbal Commitments

WR Johnell Barnes (Duke- 2013): Barnes blew up in the off-season where he was consistently one of the best players on the field. (SEEN HERE) He is extremely athletic and could make an impact on either side of the football at the next level (WR/CB). There is a ton of upside left here as Barnes is very young for his grade(should be junior) and will likely continue to get taller (size in family). You won't find a more competitive kid and someone who wants to win more.

Barnes will make an instant impact at the next level
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

WR Ryeshene Bronson (Florida- 2014): The 6'3 Bronson has the tools to be special down the road. A very loose athlete with sub 4.5 speed, Bronson will have the chance to follow in Sammy Watkins footsteps as a difference making talent in Southwest Florida. Very good hands and he is working the middle of the field more than he did as a youngster. He is going to play some defense as well(OLB) in 2012 and appears to be a top 5 receiver in Florida for his class at this early juncture. He has started to take on more of a leadership role.

ATH Tajze Battle (North Carolina- 2014): Battle's football IQ is off the chart, he is the vocal leader of the defense (S) and knows where everyone should be on the field. Physical kid that is not afraid to lay the lumber and he has good ball skills. Battle will get a lot of run as a WR and could project there down the road as well. Made a commitment to UNC after a great summer camp performance. Any time the team needs to get amped up, Battle will be in the thick of it.

CB Ahmad Richards (Western Kentucky- 2013): The transfer from Clewiston has fit right in at Dunbar. Long (6'0), physical (looks to knock kids out), and he has great ball skills. He has gotten more exposure in recent weeks and he is in line to be a classic senior year riser in the state of Florida. Richards has the size that colleges love and we can definitely see him pulling in some BCS offers over the next six months.

Other Top Prospects

S Joe Williams (2014): Former basketball player that has been great as a wide receiver, but his future is at Safety. At 6'1 he has good length and all the athleticism that is required. Hard working player that takes the game very seriously. Williams should establish himself as one of the top Safeties in Florida for 2014.

ATH Daniel Cobb (2015): Speed. Speed. Speed. Cobb is one of those special players because he can flat run. Should be a sub 4.4 kid down the road. Looks like Cobb will be the QB this year which brings all types of intriguing possibilities for this offense. At 5'8 he will likely be recruited at RB or WR. Dominant on returns, but it remains to be seen how many opportunities he will have there when playing QB.

Two Transfers

LB Sam Jones (2013): The Bishop Verot transfer has already earned the respect from teammates with his hard hitting style. At 6'1, 200 the tools are there for him to have a big season. He is receiving no college interest right now, we think that changes pretty quickly this year.

DT/OL Cordall Riggins (2013): The 6'1, 300 pounder from Fort Myers will be a key player on both lines for the Tiger's. He brings much needed size to this team and should get some D-1 looks as the season progresses.

Senior Year Risers

A pair of linebackers also have the chance to earn to some looks as seniors. Keith Scott is a little under-sized (6'0, 185), but he flies around the field and is not afraid of contact. He could slide back to Safety as a senior. Anthony Gordon (6'2, 210) just needs to get past some injuries to establish himself as a D-1 LB. Great size and he can carry a lot more weight.

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