2010 Florida S Prospects to Watch

Sean Taylor, Pat Watkins, Major Wright, Reggie Nelson, and Kenny Phillips are just a few of the big-time Safety prospects that have come out of the Sunshine State. 2010 appears to have a number of players who have headlining talent and the talent pool is very deep. Here are 16 players who have made a name for themselves.

1. S- Matt Elam(Florida), Dwyer, 6'0, 205

*First Team All-State for 4A. First Team All County by Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel. Defensive Player of the Year for Palm Beach County. Sub 4.5 speed. Complete player on both sides of the ball, big-time play-maker. Over 400 rushing and 700 receiving yards on offense, 100+ tackles on defense. Brother(Abram) plays for the Jets. Total package and will walk on campus ready to contribute.

2. S- Marvin Robinson, Lake Region, 6'1, 195

*3rd Team All-State for 4A. First Team All County Defense by the Ledger. ran a 4.51 40. Vertical jumped 34 inches. Big time athlete. Physical type who has produced for years. Plays the ball well in the air. Will come up and punish ball carriers. Has Safety skills.

3. S- Jonathan Dowling, Southeast, 6'3, 185

*First Team All-State for 4A. Great height. One of the key players who led Southeast back to contention. Rangy, high ceiling. Had 14 interceptions as a junior.

4. S- Demetrius Pettway, Homestead, 5'11, 180

*Third Team All County by the Miami Herald. Solid across the board, Pettway shows great range, ball skills and will hit. Finds the ball in the air and has close to cornerback skills.

5. S- Demar Dorsey(UF), Boyd Anderson, 6'1, 180

*Second Team All County by the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. Dorsey is straight line fast, fast, fast. Recently ran a 4.31 and 4.25 at the Under Armour combine in Orlando. Lean build. Needs to put it all together on the field.

6. S- E.J. Johnson, Cocoa, 6'1, 175

*3rd Team All-State for 3A. Second Team All Space Coast by FloridaToday. Had a huge state title game where he intercepted three passes and showed tremendous ball skills. Has the size that colleges covet at safety. Needs to assert himself against the run. Body is not close to where it will be once he hits the weights in college. Timed at 4.5 recently.

7. S- Brian Robinson, St. Thomas, 6'0, 170

*Third Team All County by the Miami Herald. Quietly goes about his business. Will let his presence be known in the run game and has smooth back pedal in the passing game. Plays on a loaded defense so does not get the opportunities of some.

8. S- Darren Kitchens, Homestead, 6'2, 195

*Tools. Potent combo with Pettway. The bigger of the two safety prospects. Has all the tools and capable of putting it together on the field.

9. S- Jared Haggins, Lakeland, 6'0, 180

*3rd Team All-State for 5A. First Team All County by the Ledger. Probably won't play QB at the next level. Great athlete with solid frame, quickness, and toughness. Should be able to make easy transition to Safety. Can rise up rankings here by having a great summer at projected position. Led Lakeland at QB to undefeated season until state championship loss to national champ St. Thomas.

10. S- Travis Bell, Glades Central, 6'1, 190

*Long time contributor for state power Glades Central. Rangy, who will rattle your teeth with bone-jarring hits. Can run and looks good in space. Needs to be more consistent. Good size for safety.

11. S- Camren Hudson, Rickards, 5'10, 190

*Great athlete who has posted 4.6 4o, 34 inch vertical leap, and a 9'7 broad jump. Has played running back but projects to safety. Lacks ideal height, but has the skill set to thrive in college.

12. S- Gary Gainer, St Pete Gibbs, 5'11, 180

*Second Team All Pinellas by the St. Pete Times as sophomore. Has played LB, will have to move to the secondary.

13. Donald Reseau, Lely, 6'1, 190

*Hitter with size. Has good range. Has a high ceiling. Needs to play a little more assignment football, tends to freelance.

14. S- Darius Milines, American Heritage-Delray, 6'0, 180

*Second Team All-State for 1A. First Team All County by the Sun-Sentinel on offense. Second Team All County by the Palm Beach Post. Battled back from thumb surgery. Upside at the safety spot due to natural play-making skills and overall talent.

15. S- Johnnie Simon, PB Lakes, 6'0, 175

*Honorable Mention All-State for 6A. First Team All County by the Sun-Sentinel. Brings the wood on every play. 98 tackles. Has the speed to play sideline to sideline. A player who could really rise up the rankings.

16. S- Erik Mitchell, Mariner, 6'0, 175

*Mitchell ran for 787 yards on 114 carries(6.9) with a team leading 10 touchdowns. He caught 18 balls both lined up at WR and out of the backfield. He had 18 tackles and two interceptions on defense. Mitchell projects well to the defensive side of the ball because he has that hitter mentality. Solid athleticism.

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