SunStateFootball All State Defense

SunStateFootball.com has spent the last three weeks previewing the different areas of the state with a look at district play, recruiting, and All Area teams. Today we release our pre-season All State defensive team for the 2010 season.

Defensive End: D.J. Pettway, Pensacola Catholic(2A) and Aaron Lynch(2B), Island Coast

Recruiting: Pettway is committed to Alabama. Lynch is committed to Notre Dame.

Analysis: Both players are explosive athletes with pass rush skills. This defense is going to be physically big and these two fit right in. Lynch's physical package does not come along often and he should be an even bigger force as a senior.

Defensive Tackle: Tim Jernigan, Columbia(4A) and Derrick Mitchell, First Coast(6A)


Jernigan is one of the best in the nation
Chad Simmons, Scout.com

Recruiting: Jernigan is uncommitted but UF and FSU are seen to be the frontrunners with the Gators in the lead. Mitchell is committed to Florida State.

Analysis: Sticking with our big theme these two certainly fit the bill. Jernigan is just a beast who can do it all inside. Blessed with outstanding athleticism, he is one of the best looking DTs in years. Mitchell has an elite frame at 6'4+ and the tools to be special. He has had a very good summer and we expect a big senior year at First Coast.

Linebacker: James Wilder, Plant(5A), Tony Steward, Menendez(3A), and Denzel Perryman, Coral Gables(6A)

Recruiting: Wilder is down UF, FSU, and Georgia. Steward is looking at FSU, Clemson, and Alabama. Perryman is thought to be a Miami lean, but is expected to take visits.

Analysis: Wilder is perhaps the top physical package in the state, he excels on both sides of the ball, but we will take him on defense. He can do it all from outside linebacker position. Blessed with a terrific physicals, Wilder is impressive in the way that he plays the game. He's a competitor.

Steward is another player who is built for the college game today. Prototype size and athleticism he has perhaps been most impressive during camps/combines with his ability to drop into coverage. When you look in the dictionary for "linebacker" it could be a picture of Tony. Elite talent.

Perryman lacks the ideal size of the first two, but as Dade County's top linebacker he is a tackling machine. He can flat run which allows him to run sideline to sideline and he carries the reputation of a fearsome hitter. A perfect man in the middle for this defense.


Williams put on a show in Orlando two weeks ago
Scott Kennedy, Scout.com

Cornerback: Nick Waisome, South Lake(6A) and Keelin Smith, Treasure Coast(6A)

Recruiting: Waisome is down to five schools with in-state UF in the lead and FSU in hot pursuit. Smith is committed to Florida State.

Analysis: Waisome lacks great size, but he is the top pure corner in the state and excels in man coverage where he gets into the hip pocket of wide receivers and never leaves. He has excellent technique and will break on the football as well as anyone.

Smith has elite length at 6'2 and quietly goes about his business on the field. He can cover too, but it is his ability to match-up with bigger wideouts that earns him a spot on this team. He is versatile enough to play anywhere in the secondary.

Safety: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Dr. Phillips(6A) and Karlos Williams, Ridge(3A)

Recruiting: Clinton-Dix is committed to Alabama. Williams is committed to Florida State.

Analysis: Clinton-Dix might end up at CB at Alabama, but we will use him as a Safety where he has some of the top junior film we have seen at that spot. An elite athlete, he appears to possess all the tools to eventually play on Sunday. He brings a lot of pop against the run and his versatility(coupled with Smith's) really brings out a lot of options in the secondary.

Williams is going to be our enforcer in the secondary. Blessed with LB size and CB athleticism, the 6'1 athlete recently put on a show in Orlando at GridironKings. His ability to play closer to the line of scrimmage as well as being able to cover a lot of ground makes him a unique package and one that has a very bright future.

Utility: Gerrod Holliman, Southridge(6A) and Curt Maggitt, Dwyer(4A)

Recruiting: Holliman is committed to Ole Miss. Maggitt is most likely going to take five visits.

Analysis: On a loaded defense already it is hard to pick a couple of players to add. We chose Holliman because of his versatility. While he is a Safety, he can line up at CB(or move HCD there). He has terrific ball skills and can rattle some teeth against the run.

Maggitt is the state's most explosive pass rusher. He is not the big DE that Pettway or Lynch are, but he flies up the field and consistently puts pressure on the QB. His athleticism will allow him to also play linebacker.


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