Recruiting Florida: The SEC

The SEC always hits Florida hard and this year was no different. Each school(except LSU) in the SEC signed at least one player from the Sunshine State and we break down SEC recruiting right here.

Alabama

9. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix

School: Orlando (Dr. Phillips)

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 190

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to Alabama

Clinton-Dix could play either CB or S at the next level; he has immense upside at the CB spot because of his 4.4 speed, 6'1 height, and ability to play the game physically. Of course those skills translate to Safety where he could be the rangy ball-hawk in the secondary. He showed some offensive skill as a senior, particularly at WR. One of the best athletes in the state.

35. D.J. Pettway

School: Pensacola (Pensacola Catholic)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 265

Position: Defensive Line

College: Committed to Alabama

Pettway is a little bit of a tweener right now. However he is one of the most explosive defensive linemen in the state and has plenty of room to fill out. Made an early commitment to Alabama and stuck with it despite overtures from the Big 3. Bama is a 3-4 so he figures to play with his hand in the dirt after adding 20-30 pounds.


Hart could play on either side of the ball
Scott Kennedy, Scout.com

40. Dee Hart

School: Orlando (Dr. Phillips)

Ht/Wt: 5'8, 180

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Alabama

Ultra productive little guy who brings a host of offensive tools to the table. Was ideally suited for a spread offense as a RB, might factor in the defensive backfield equation at Alabama or perhaps as a slot. Should be an excellent returner, particularly on punts. Led team to state title game and was an Army All American.

85. Phillip Ely

School: Tampa (Plant)

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 185

Position: Quarterback

College: Committed to Alabama

Ely is a winner. As a sophomore he took over for an injured Aaron Murray and led the Panthers to the title game(where Murray won it). He won his own state title as a junior and had Plant back in the Championship game as a senior. Very consistent with a quality arm, it is his mental make-up that pushes him into the top 100. Ely simply does not make mistakesand that is what Coach Saben loves in his Qbs.


Analysis: No surprise here as Alabama comes in and cherry picks four of the top 100 players in the state and a top 10er. Clinton-Dix should really flourish under Coach Saben's tutelage. Love what Pettway brings to the table. Ely is a winner and Saben really values that quality. Hart is a bit of a wildcard on a team loaded with big athletes. He could fit in nicely offensively as a change of pace type.

Tennessee

28. Marlin Lane

School: Daytona Beach(Mainland)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 205

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Tennessee

Lane would rank higher on this list, but suffered a knee injury at the end of his junior year and was not back to 100% as a senior. When healthy, he combines elite size with quickness. Lane should develop into a 215-220 pound back that can get the tough yards inside and also bust off long runs with his 4.4 speed. Lane has the potential to be a special player down the road.

36. Marcus Jackson

School: Vero Beach (Vero Beach)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 295

Position: Offensive Guard

College: Committed to Tennessee

Jackson is a player that really gets after it and plays with a physical edge. Mauler type. He is shorter than ideal, but carries his current weight well and figures to get bigger. Physical at the point of attack and has good athleticism. Could possibly be a Center down the road. Originally committed to Miami. Was an Under Armour All American.


Maggitt should settle in at OLB
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

42. Curt Maggitt

School: Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 205

Position: Linebacker

College: Committed to Tennessee

Maggitt was a bit of a signing day surprise to Tennessee and figures to play OLB after a stellar prep career as a DE. Has great quickness and athleticism, but will need to add significant weight to play in the SEC. Candidate to redshirt and see what happens physically.

60. Tom Smith

School: Apopka (Apopka)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 205

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Tennessee

Big, physical, downhill runner that projects well at the next level. Plays faster than he times showing some big play potential throughout his prep career. Will need to adjust to a more pro style attack as well as become a better pass blocker. Should be 215+ down the road and projects to be a great inside runner.

61. Jordan Williams

School: Gainesville (Gainesville)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 240

Position: Defensive End

College: Committed to Tennessee

Was playing his best ball at the end of the year. Powerful frame with long arms, he figures to get after the QB at the next level. Played LB as a junior. Needs to add some moves to his pass rushing arsenal as he relies on speed and strength at high school level. Williams has a lot of upside down the road.

Analysis: Tennessee finished strong in the Sunshine State picking up Lane and Maggitt down the stretch. Lane has the chance to be special while Smith is lock to be a SEC caliber back. There is upside with Williams and Maggitt. Besides the players listed, the Vol's also landed Trevarris Saulsberry. He is a Defensive Linemen from Gainesville who will need some seasoning before he is ready to contribute. Dooley clearly showed that he is an ace recruiter.

Auburn


Therezie made his mark at RB, but could flip to DB at Auburn
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

33. Robensen Therezie

School: Miami (Jackson)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 190

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to Auburn

Therezie is a RB by trade and has several qualities that make us this that he could easily stay there in the future. He was recruited mainly as a DB however, with the hope that he will be a CB. Very physical player who is not afraid to mix it up. Could also play Safety down the road. He was an Under Armour All-American where he showed great coverage skills. Auburn held off the Big 3 and Alabama here for Therezie.

51. Tre Mason

School: Lake Worth (Park Vista)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 185

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Auburn

Ultra productive Running Back that has vision and quickness. Had brilliant junior and senior seasons and is a threat in the passing game. Mason has the potential to play DB down the road as well. He was recruited hard by a number of programs choosing Auburn over Ole Miss in the end. Will need to add some weight to take the pounding in the SEC.

54. Brandon Fulse

School: Fort Meade (Fort Meade)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 245

Position: Tight End

College: Committed to Auburn

Fulse has the ability to play either TE or DE. Most think that he has more upside as a DE, but he has consistently said that his preference is to play TE and that is where he will begin his career at Auburn. Under Armour All-American. Has the athleticism to develop down the road into a receiving threat. Quick first step with an outstanding frame to add weight and strength.

Analysis: Auburn lands three Floridians in the top 54 which is a little uptick for the defending National Champions. They have also recruited Florida hard, but this year they walk with more quality than quantitity. They very well could have landed three future starters here and there is versatility with each of the players. Great job by Auburn in 2011.

Georgia

39. Ramik Wilson

School: Tampa (Jefferson)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 225

Position: Athlete

College: Committed to Georgia

Wilson excelled has a LB/DE and TE in high school is one of the top jumbo athletes in the state. He will probably find a home at LB, probably in the middle. Wilson has knack for making plays and finding the football. He does an excellent job shedding blocks and has plus closing speed. Great pull by Georgia who recruited him hard throughout the year.


Turene is one South Florida's most productive players
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

53. Kent Turene

School: Lauderdale Lakes (Boyd Anderson)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 225

Position: Linebacker

College: Committed to Georgia

Extremely productive player that spent most of the year on the USC commitment list. Made a late change to Georgia where he figures to play in the middle in the 3-4 scheme. Turene already possesses great size, but should really flourish in a college weight room where he should be 250 down the road. He is faster than many think consistently clocking in the sub 4.6 range. Terrific athlete that has the body for SEC football.

55. Zack DeBell

School: Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Springs)

Ht/Wt: 6'6, 260

Position: Offensive Tackle

College: Committed to Georgia

DeBell is a project, but one with a ton of upside. He consistently tested as well as any linemen in the state and is a pure athlete. He is raw and has a ways to go physically. Should redshirt and join the mix 2-3 years down the road. Has the potential to develop into a LT. DeBell will need to really work on the finer points of the position to excel in the SEC.

Analysis: While Georgia was locking up the in-state "Dream Team", they also went to work in Florida landing the above three. Wilson and Turene could be the two starters in the middle of their 3-4 scheme in a few years and DeBell has outstanding potential(although it will take time). UGA also added Nathan Theus as a long snapper which should help reel in his big-time brother, 2012's John Theus. Good job by the 'Dawgs in Florida.

South Carolina

56. Ahmad Christian

School: Jacksonville (Trinity Christian)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 185

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to South Carolina

We have always felt this was an under-rated prospect and the 'Cocks scooped him up late in the process after he had verballed to Auburn to play baseball. He has a bright future both on the gridiron and baseball diamond. Christian is a physical two-way performer that should find a home as a CB. He has the speed and ball skills to be a difference maker at CB. He is not afraid to mix it up in the run game.

57. Deon Green

School: Orlando (Olympia)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 260

Position: Defensive Tackle

College: Committed to South Carolina

Green is a player that has continued to add size and improve the past two years. That culimnated in a stand-out performance in the state All-Star game. He has good size and explosion, Green just needs to continue working on his pass rushing techniques. He was an early commit to South Carolina and stayed true despite several schools making a run at him.

76. Mike Matulis

School: Lake Worth (Park Vista)

Ht/Wt: 6'5, 290

Position: Offensive Tackle

College: Committed to South Carolina

Matulis has done exactly what you want to see a linemen do. He was solid as a junior, took a giant step in the Spring, and had an excellent senior season indicating that his future is very bright. He has the elite size and his athleticism improves daily. Should find a home perhaps at RT where we would think he is starting sooner rather than later. There is still upside here.

Analysis: South Carolina walks with five players from the Sunshine State, not listed above is Will Sport. Sport is another big offensive linemen that should contribute down the road. Christian, Matulis, and Green are starter types and this is a solid haul for South Carolina in the Sunshine State.

Arkansas

67. Lonnie Gosha

School: Lake Butler (Union County)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 270

Position: Defensive Tackle

College: Committed to Arkansas

Gosha is a combo DL who could play inside or out at the next level. He probably will add weight and end up at DT. Gosha likes to get up the field and use his athleticism to wreak havoc in the backfield. He has long arms and plays with a good motor. He was once committed to FSU and Arkansas help off Miami for his services.

Analysis: Arkansas had several players on the hook at different times, but end up with just one player from Florida in DT Lonnie Gosha. They will likely land a few more players in 2012.

Kentucky

Analysis: The Wildcats's walk with two from Pensacola Catholic. Demarius Rancifer is a run stuffing machine at LB and he is one of our favorite players in the state. Team mate James Elliot provides an offensive linemen whose best days are clearly a few years out. He has natural size and the desire to be great. Kentucky continues to quietly do an excellent job in the Sunshine State.

Vanderbilt

Analyis: Vandy landed four players from Florida. Running backs Jerron Seymour and Mitchell Hester are a terrific combo. Seymour is one the best pure athletes in the state, but is shorter than ideal. Hester has great vision and quickness. Jimmy Stewart flipped to Vandy late and the OLB has a world of potential after logging 15 sacks as a senior. DB Larry Franklin is the prize of this class. We think he has the potential to be an All-SEC performer down the road.

Mississippi

Analysis: Disappointing year for the Rebels as they lost out on a pair of top 100 performers from Southridge(Gerod Holliman and Andrew Johnson). Both headed to Louisville. They did land two good linebackers in Keith Lewis and Serderius Bryant. Bryant might be the best linebacker in the state on the field, but he has less than ideal size. Lewis is a terrific athlete that could play Safety. Ole Miss will continue to recruit Florida hard and I expect them to do better in Florida in the future.

Mississippi State

Analysis: We expected for Dan Mullen to hit Florida harder than he has in his first two years as coach at MSU. They land just one prospect this year from Florida and are certainly capable of doing better. Jon Harris is a bit of project, but at 6'6 there is a lot of potential there. He will need to play the game with more passion than he has shown in the past.


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