RECRUITING GAINESVILLE: The Best Step Up!

Who were the elite seniors, rising juniors, sophomores and freshmen who headed to Gainesville for the state football championships at Florida Field last weekend? We have a breakdown for you!

GAINESVILLE - Having watched every play of every game at Florida Field this past weekend, I have some observations that most will not have until they watch the games on December 25-26 on Sunshine Network.

I had the opportunity to confirm many of my observations with college and high school coaches, who attended the 2004 Florida State Finals at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field.

As usual, Florida puts its best foot forward for the present and the future.

1A Game
Fort Meade 42, Blountstown 38:
TOP SENIORS:
Fort Meade:
Brian Whitehurst, RB, 5-10, 195: All he has is a Georgia Southern offer. This kid was one of the elite backs in the state and is a D1A player!
Fort Meade: Tony Huntley, DB, 5-7, 160: Undersized, but a big time playmaker who can play D1A football.
Blountstown: Ismael Grant, WR/KR, 6-2, 175: Is easily one of the top athletes that nobody talks about. Runs very well and can create the big plays.
Blountstown: Bart Nichols, LB, 5-11, 215: Playmaker with size, quickness and size to play D1A football.

TOP JUNIORS:
Fort Meade:
Michael Williams, WR, 6-2, 180, Michael Williams, WR, 6-0, 180, John Pickens, OL, 5-10, 190, Brian Kirk, 6-1, 195, Roderick Clark, RB, 5-6, 150, Flabio Valencia, PK, Jesse Escobar, DE, 6-1, 190, Bradley McMillan, S, 6-2, 180.
Blountstown: Chance Attway, RB, 5-10, 185, Zack Smith, OL, 6-0, 265, Ricky Sable, OL, 6-2, 200, Jerrod Waldron, OL/DL, 6-0, 265, Michael Guilford, QB, 6-1, 170, Arsenio Ivory, RB, 5-8, 165, Jacob Williams, PK, Josh Savell, DL, 5-11, 195, Jamie Willis, LB, 5-11, 180, Corey Silcox, S, 6-0, 195.

TOP SOPHOMORES:
Fort Meade:
Danny Grant, WR, 6-1, 180; Micah Grimes, OL, 6-3, 270; Henry Grace, FB, 6-0, 210; Charles McGhee, WR, 6-1, 170; Antwan Burke, LB, 5-11, 175 and Kornell Howard.
Blountstown:Chaz Johns, OL, 6-1, 210, T.C. Copeland, FB/DE, 5-10, 190.

TOP FRESHMEN:
Fort Meade:
Jonathan Gargus, OL, 5-11, 190.
Blountstown: Jonathan Lockhart, DB, 5-11, 165.

2A Game
Immokalee 17, Madison County15
TOP SENIORS:
Madison County:
Eugene Hayes, LB, 6-2, 210: Star quality player who makes plays anywhere on the field. Didn't have the best championship game, but is still an elite competitor.
Madison County:Brian Peacock, S/QB: Extremely versatile football player who is the real deal. See him as a safety at the next level.
Immokalee:Renan St. Preux, LB/FB, 6-1, 180: The brother of former Indians' standout Ovince, here is an emerging star who is best suited as a linebacker with 4.6 speed.
Immokalee: Wiselat Rouzard, RB, S, 5-11, 180: Potential mid D1A player who makes plays on defense and runs the ball very well on the offensive side of the ball.

TOP JUNIORS:
Madison County:
Matt Thompson, OL, 6-2, 275, Jeff Petty, OL, 6-0, 230, Kyle Fox, OL, 6-3, 290, Daniel Choice, OL, 6-3, 240, Fred Johnson, RB, 6-0, 185, Desmond Gee, RB, 5-9, 170.
Immokalee: Javarris James, RB, 6-1, 190, John Paul, DE/TE, 6-5, 240, Randy Gilbert, Q< 6-1, 190, Elizer Alce, DE, 6-0, 200, Renold Louis, S, 6-2, 180.

TOP SOPHOMORES:
Madison County:
Jay Culpepper, Ol, 6-3, 270, Drew Douglas, QB, 5-10, 170, D.J. Folsom, LB, 6-0, 210, Bernard Brinson, S, 5-10, 170.
Immokalee: Renold Duperard, OL/DL, 6-0, 210, Brandon McCray, OL, 6-1, 230, Moise Santil, PK, 6-3, 190, Brian Rolle, LB, 5-11, 200, Michael Woods, DB, 5-10, 155.

2B Game
Pahokee 43, Pensacola Catholic 9:
TOP SENIORS:
Pensacola Catholic:
Jonathan White, WR/KR, 6-3, 185: Is one of the emerging athletes in the Panhandle. Had a productive state championships game with his 4.5 speed.
Pensacola Catholic: Jantzen Liscoe, PK, 6-0, 160: Has the potential to play at a D1A school. Has great leg strength as well tremendous accuracy.
Pahokee: Antone Smith, RB, 5-9, 190: Enough said!
Pahokee: Shaheim Blacknall, DB, 5-10, 185: Not getting the recognition I felt he deserved after a brilliant junior year. Has a knack of making the big play.

TOP JUNIORS:
Pensacola Catholic:
Eugene Smith, QB, 6-2, 180, Kyle Parker, LB, 5-10, 200.
Pahokee: Marcus Harwood, OL, 6-2, 300, Rudy Robinson, DL, 6-1, 200, Anthony Atwell, NG, 5-9, 180, Ricky Gary, DB, 5-9, 165, Nikita White, DB, 5-10, 170.

TOP SOPHOMORES:
Pensacola Catholic:
Patrick Wolfe, OL, 6-2, 220, Cedric Richardson, RB, 5-9, 175, Ward Coker, DL, 6-2, 225, Collius Norwood, DB, 5-7, 170.
Pahokee: Kavenski McGee, TE, 6-2, 210, Jacoby Love, OL, 6-2, 260, Jose Rodriguez, P.

TOP FRESHMEN:
Pahokee:
Martavious Odoms, WR, 5-8, 180, Janoris Jenkins, QB/DB, 5-10, 180, Micanor Regis, DL, 6-4, 283.

3A Game
Jacksonville Bolles 42, Tampa Jefferson 21
TOP SENIORS:
Tampa Jefferson:
Alex Suber, RB, 5-8, 175: Too small, not durable enough and anything else you want to say in a negative way, but I will take him any day. He is quick, strong and elusive and will play D1A football.
Tampa Jefferson: Antuan Lewis, OL, 6-5, 355: When he gets into shape, this will be a big time football. Has quickness and tremendous strength.
Jacksonville Bolles: Riley Skinner, QB, 6-1, 190: Smart, accurate and a knack for making the big play. Has very impressive arm strength and accuracy.
Jacksonville Bolles: Colin Peek, TE, 6-6, 240: After missing last year with an injury, made sure that he made a big time impact this year. A punishing blocker who is still learning to play the position. Reminds me a lot of Jeremy Shockey.

TOP JUNIORS:
Tampa Jefferson:
Trent Pupello, TE/DE, 6-4, 235, Daron Rose, OL, 6-6, 290, Tertavian Ingram, WR, 6-0, 190, Fred Amiker, RB, 5-7, 160, Joseph Quintana, FB, 5-11, 200, Anthony Jones, DL, 6-2, 286, Martel Moody, DB, 6-1, 175, Kenneth Bryant, DB, 6-0, 160.
Jacksonville Bolles: John Milne, OL, 6-1, 250, Conrad Lynch, OL, 6-4, 200, Cannon Gaskins, OL, 6-4, 250, Zach Davis, TE, 6-2, 195, Alex Hepler, QB, 5-10, 175, Jack Mast, DE, 6-2, 195, Sean Wright, LB, 6-1, 193, Michael Garcia, LB, 6-1, 210, Tanue Yanqoi, S, 5-6, 160, Donald Manns, S, 5-9, 175.

TOP SOPHOMORES:
Tampa Jefferson:
Stephen Garcia, QB, 6-2, 180, Tito Zumbado, PK/P, K.J. Pearce, LB, 5-11, 185, Tim Simpson, DB, 6-1, 175, Kevin Brown, DB, 6-1, 170.
Jacksonville Bolles: Chance Raines, OL, 6-2, 240, Sam Viering, RB, 6-1, 185, Ryan van Rensburg, WR, 6-0, 180, Chris Jones, LB, 5-10, 185, Richie King, S, 5-11, 170.

TOP FRESHMEN:
Tampa Jefferson:
Max Holloway, DL, 6-1, 180.
Jacksonville Bolles: Jericho Weitzel, LB, 5-11, 190.

4A Game
Seffner Armwood 49, Lakeland Lake Gibson 21
TOP SENIORS:
Seffner Armwood:
Kalvin Bailey, FB, 6-1, 241: Prototype hard runner in the style of Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis. Seems to me to be a perfect Big-10 fit like Wisconsin. Bruising running style and a great blocker who is very strong.
Seffner Armwood: Demetrius McCray, RB, 6-0, 185: This is a potential 1,000 yard back anywhere he lands. Very fast, elusive and a runner that has instincts on which holes to hit.
Lakeland Lake Gibson: Matt Grothe, QB, 6-1, 190: Impressive arm strength and natural instincts to drive any team he is part of. Can run and make things happen in any situation. Fully expects to compete for playing time next fall at the University of South Florida.
Lakeland Lake Gibson: Roger Frazier, WR, 6-1, 175: Not only has great hands and good (4.56) speed, but runs tremendous pass routes. He would be a perfect addition to USF if they would like someone who knows their top recruit, Grothe.

TOP JUNIORS:
Seffner Armwood:
Donald Mitchell, WR, 5-11, 175, Mike Fite, OL, 6-1, 261, Bert McBride, OL, 6-4, 255, Matt Brevi, WR, 6-2, 182, Jake Cross, DL, 6-0, 265, Dougie Thompson, LB, 6-0, 230, Walter Radny, LB, 6-2, 190, Josh Collier, DB, 5-11, 155, Jeremy Carver, DB, 6-0, 166, Donald Rivers, S, 5-10, 185, Darren deRoachont, PK.
Lakeland Lake Gibson: Natiel Smith, OL, 6-1, 245, Destun Walls, OL, 6-3, 270, Jon Spears, OL, 5-11, 250, Justin Davis, TE, 6-0, 180, Isaac Harris, RB, 5-9, 170, Larry Rhynes, FB, 5-11, 185, Josh Taylor, DL, 6-2, 250, John Williams, LB, 6-0, 190, Cameron McAlpin, LB, 5-10, 180, Chris Duvalt, DB, 5-11, 165.

TOP SOPHOMORES:
Seffner Armwood:
Justin Hickman, QB, 5-11, 175, Marquise Branton, FB, 5-11, 205, Torrey Davis, DE, 6-5, 287, Josh Maxie, DB, 6-1, 180.
Lakeland Lake Gibson: Daniel Lacy, OL, 6-0, 240, Rashad Battles, OL, 6-3, 260, Leon Stuart, DL, 5-11, 250, Shawn Waters, LB, 5-11, 180, Rashad Tatum, DB, 5-10, 170, Micah Williams, S, 6-2, 190.

TOP FRESHMEN:
Seffner Armwood:
Eric Smith, RB, 5-10, 225, Sergio Joyner, DE, 6-1, 190.
Lakeland Lake Gibson: Jamison Lee, OL, 5-11, 240, James Jones, DE, 5-10, 180.

5A Game
Lakeland 31, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 7BR> TOP SENIORS:
St. Thomas Aquinas:
Richard Goodman, WR, 6-0, 180: Not many people across the state have heard of this young man, but several colleges realize what he can do as an offensive threat and as a kick return. Explosive speed who has been taught to play the game very well. He has only played fulltime for one year.
St. Thomas Aquinas: Beau Brudzinksi, LB, 6-1, 200: Missed the state championship game with an injury, but he is a player who will be an impact player at the next level. His motor never stops as he use his experience to make plays.
Lakeland: Kendrick Stewart, NT, 6-1, 280: The strongest football player in the state of Florida can also play this game at a level that has several colleges coaches waiting until he signs on the dotted line. He is a machine who makes play after play.
Lakeland: Chris Griffin, QB, 6-1, 170: While he may not play this position at the next elite level, he could line up as a wide receiver, return kicks or make a solid impact in the defensive secondary.

TOP JUNIORS:
St. Thomas Aquinas:
Steven Brown, WR, 5-10, 165, Sam Young, OL, 6-6, 295, Ribert Montejo, OL, 6-3, 225, Travis Smith, OL, 6-1, 280, Daniel Wenger, OL, 6-3, 265, Marcus Gilbert, OL, 6-5, 265, Collin Lomagistro, WR, 6-2, 180, Bobby Crawford, RB, 5-8, 175, Marcel Archer, FB, 5-11, 190, Victor Thompson, WR, 5-11, 160, Michael Lerner, DL, Dean McNash, DL, 5-9, 185, Gene Atkins, DE, 6-1, 240, Christopher Reed, LB, 5-10, 170, Fasin Betancourt, DB, 5-9, 170, Everett Lewis, DB, 5-10, 160.
Lakeland: Ben Wilcox, TE, 5-11, 192, Demetrius Wilson, OL, 6-0, 275, Billy Lowe, QB, 6-2, 180, Matt Grier, WR, 6-1, 177, Conner Johnson, DE, 6-0, 205, Cedric Edom, DT, 5-8, 205, Edgar Lewis, DL, 5-11, 205, Daniel Rowe, DL, 6-1, 194, Rashad Coleman, LB, 5-11, 200, Deonte Parker, DB, 5-10, 175, Jesse Smart, DB, 6-0, 175, Andre Walker, DB, 5-9, 175, Troy Johnson, S, 6-1, 186, Justin Burdette, P.

TOP SOPHOMORES:
St. Thomas Aquinas:
Nathaniel Blair, OL, 6-1, 220, Ricardo Apollon, OL, 6-1, 230, Wesley Carroll, QB, 6-1, 160, Major Wright, S, 6-2, 185.
Lakeland: Jodan Hammond, OL, 6-4, 219, James Pouncey, OL, 6-3, 225, LaShawn Pouncey, OL, 6-3, 226, Chris Kenny, OL, 6-3, 226, John Hardy, OL, 6-2, 255, Chris Rainey, RB, 5-8, 160, Jamar Taylor, FB, 5-11, 204, Paul Wilson, WR, 6-1, 175, John Brown, DL, 6-2, 275, Colin Clyne, LB, 5-8, 170, Aaron Walters, DB, 5-11, 170, Steven Wilks, S, 6-0, 168.

6A Game
Miami Killian 28, Orlando Edgewater 7
TOP SENIORS:
Miami Killian:
Demetrice Morley, DB, 6-1, 190: This University of Tennessee bound star is one of the best in the nation. Is a show stealer anywhere he lines up. On defense, at receiver or as a kick returner where he is a threat to use his sub 4.4 speed.
Miami Killian: Keyon Brooks, OL/DL, 6-2, 230: If it weren't for his play on both sides of the ball in the playoffs, the Cougars may never have won the 6A state title.
Orlando Edgewater: Antonio Turner, FB, 6-2, 217: Turned out to be a top 20 prospect like I thought he would be when the season began. Runs hard, blocks very well and catches the ball out of the backfield. This is a major star who has become the ultimate team player.
Orlando Edgewater: Matt Hardrick, OL, 6-6, 335: I have said that when all of his abilities are together at the same time, he is one of the best in the nation - no questions asked. Has a mean streak and isn't afraid to smack his opponent around. I like that in a dominating player!

TOP JUNIORS
Miami Killian:
Kevin Perez, OL, 6-4, 280, Daniel Bolea, OL, 6-0, 215, Chris Exposito, TE, 6-4, 220, Matt Stokeling, WR, 5-8, 180, Mike Hyman, DE, 6-1, 180, Andre Ferguson, DL, 6-2, 235, Devereaux Bootle, DE, 6-0, 230.
Orlando Edgewater: Greg Matthews, WR, 6-4, 175, Jerthwin Prospere, OL, 6-3, 275, Marquise Dunston, OL, 6-0, 270, Lamarcus Jackson, TE, 6-2, 205, Bobby Patterson, QB, 6-0, 200, Zane Taylor, WR, 6-0, 175, Justin Jenkins, DL, 6-3, 300, Trevor Brooks, LB, 5-10, 180, Maurice Jackson, DB, 5-11, 180, Jeremy Jackson, DB, 6-1, 175, Mike Parker, S, 6-3, 175.

TOP SOPHOMORES
Miami Killian:
Victor Andrews, OL, 5-9, 270, Kerry Alexander, OL, 6-6, 310.
Orlando Edgewater: Robert Arnheim, QB, 6-0, 170, Antwan Ryles, RB, 5-11, 215, Lorenzo Edwards, S, 6-2, 210.


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