Pre Spring: TE/DE

Note, this is only a partial list since my list will continue to grow throughout the spring and summer as I attend more camps and combines and get a chance to watch more of the top players.

Aubrey Leggins, 6-4, 250, Orlando (Fla.) Evans -- Being one of the most successful talent-producing schools in Central Florida over the years, Evans hasn't turned out a big time player in several years now. Iowa-bound defensive tackle Vernon Jackson got a lot of recruiting attention last season and now Leggins will try to pick up where Jackson left off. A bigger, more athletic prospect than his former teammate, Leggins doesn't have that type of strength or ability to play with such good leverage. He's a bit raw in his development yet but he's clearly a player to watch heading into the spring.

Kasey Nobles, 6-2, 215, Lake Butler (Union Co.) -- Although not the biggest tight end prospect out there, Nobles brings plenty of ability to the table. He has tremendous skills as a pass catcher and has the speed to even line up at wide receiver a lot of times. He grabbed 30+ balls as a junior for over 500 yards and seven touchdowns. Nicknamed Little Shockey around his teammates, Nobles is a tremendous student of the game and his pass catching ability will help him become one of the state's top tight end prospects this season.

Jamil Paris, 6-6, 215, Sebastian River -- Whenever you're as big and athletic as Paris, people are going to notice you quite a bit. Although still very raw in his development, Paris is dripping with upside. He runs very well, he's a standout performer on the basketball court, and has shown flashes of dominance both as a tight end and defensive end. He's coached by former Hurricane tight end Randy Bethel and is already considered a better prospect than a former Sebastian River standout named Kevin Williams, who signed with Auburn a few years ago being committed to UM for most of the process. Paris's best days are way ahead of him.

John Paul, 6-5, 240, Immokalee -- When I went to watch the state championship game between Immokalee and Madison County this past December, I was excited about seeing running back Javarris James in action. While James was impressive, it was a junior defensive lineman from his team that was far and away the most impressive player on the field. Paul, who played tackle out of need his junior season, dominated from inside at 235-240 pounds. His long arms and tremendously quick feet allowed him to destroy opposing linemen all season. His motor never stops running, as indicated by a game in the state playoffs in which he was credited for 30 tackles. Yes, 30. One game -- as a defensive tackle. He runs exceptionally well and because of his frame and ability to get upfield, he projects as a defensive end at the college level. He was clearly one of the most impressive players I watched all year and needs to be considered one of the state's elite level players heading into the spring. On the plus side, Paul is still very raw and it's very clear while watching him that his best days are way ahead of him.

Caz Piurowski, 6-7, 240, Land O Lakes -- The state's premier tight end prospect heading into the spring, Piurowski was current FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford's favorite target two seasons ago when he had over 500 yards receiving. He had 350 more as a junior but really began to develop into a complete player at the position. He has the height, the speed, the hands, and the toughness to become a very good player at the position at the college level. He's also a top notch baseball player and led the county with six home runs as a junior.

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