Breaking Down Florida: The QB's

After Spring and many summer University camps it is becoming apparent that the Sunshine State is once again loaded and extremely deep for 2010. With well over 300 players expected to sign D-1 scholarships, breaks down the players by position.


1. Clint Trickett: The North Florida Christian standout led his team to a State Title in 2008 and possesses the state's most accurate arm with plenty of zip. Trickett, who has begun to fill out physically, is a heady QB who studies film and makes excellent pre-snap reads. He does all of the little things that a signal caller needs to do at the next level. Trickett holds many D-1 offers at this time.

2. Nick Bracewell: Bracewell flies under the radar playing at Mayo Lafayette, but his size, arm strength, and accuracy project well at the next level. He threw for over 3,000 yards, 31 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions in 2008. He remains one of the biggest sleepers in the state.

3. Turner Baty: Perhaps no player will have more eyes on them in 2009 than Baty. The transfer from California will take over at defending National Champion St. Thomas Aquinas. Baty has a great set of tools who will need some time to get acclimated to the Raider offense. Baty has an accurate arm and can make all the throws. He holds an offer from Stanford, but has many schools keeping tabs on him.

4. C.J. Bennett: All Bennett does is make throw after throw in Alonso's spread offense. Extremely accurate with great touch, Bennett is college ready today. His ability to make quick reads and get the ball out on time are qualities that offensive coordinators covet.

5. Eddie Sullivan: Extremely confident with a live arm and solid athleticism, Sullivan is a gamer who has some gunslinger in him. Sullivan holds offers from Wake Forest, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Florida International.

6. Ryan Singer: The State's biggest sleeper at the QB spot. Threw for big yardage as a freshmen in Georgia, but was in a run first attack as a junior in Florida. Singer has ideal size at 6'4 with a strong, accurate arm and he will have the opportunity to shine in 2009 in a more open offense. Has the potential to rise up the rankings.

7. Brandon Doughty: Prototype drop back passer with arm strength and accuracy, Doughty has all the tools to fit pro style attack's. Needs to take the next step in leading his team deep into the playoffs. Consistently makes great throws down the field.

8. Michael Strauss: The Tulane commit led Gulliver to the State Title game in a spread based attack. He can be very accurate as evidenced by his 71% completion percentage in 2008. Strauss does not have any holes in his game and will be counted on to lead a young Gulliver offense in 2009.

9. Kyle Midgett: Plays in a run first offense, but makes most of opportunities. Led team deep into the 5A playoffs with accurate, timely passing. Midgett makes college throws look routine. Solid size at 6'2.

10. L.J. Thomas: The Glades Central bomber throws a tremendous deep ball. Thomas has good height and can be accurate, but needs to be more consistent in 2009. He possesses a lot of tools.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Chandler Carr, Zack Wynn, Nick Becker, Bobby Eveld, Ryan Williams, Macon Newcomer, Chuckie Looney, Bobby Borcky, Brian Baker


1. Trey Burton: The 6'2, 215 pound Venice product is the state's top runner from the QB position and is an improving passer. Burton is committed to Florida which is a perfect fit for his tools. With very high character and a tremendous work ethic, Burton's has a very high ceiling down the road. He is still learning the position, but made giant strides as a junior.

2. Jeffrey Godfrey: Godfrey possesses the state's top arm, an absolute cannon. A very good athlete, Godfrey should excel in a shotgun based attack that utilizes his athleticism and ability to throw on the run. He lacks ideal height at 6'0, but in the right offense that should not be an issue. Currently, he holds offers from Tennessee, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, and FIU.

3. Jared Haggins: Long been considered to be a player who will change positions at the next level, Haggins has really started to develop at QB over the last six months. If he chooses to, he can pursue QB in college. A tremendous athlete ,the Lakeland stand-out could project to S or WR in college, however he led the Dreadnaughts to the State Title Game in 2008 at QB. Haggins holds offers from Florida, FSU, and Louisville.

4. Trevor Siemian: The Northwestern commit made 2nd Team 6A All-State on the defensive side of the ball showing his athleticism. As a QB, he has a live arm and can throw on the move. He will team with Rashad Lawrence(also a Northwestern commit) again in 2009 to form one of the best pitch and catch duo's in the state.

5. Brion Carnes: The long-time Manatee QB made an early commitment to South Florida. Carnes oozes potential with his big arm and running ability. He still runs too hot and cold, sometimes in the same series, but when he is 'on' he throws strikes in rhythm. After missing the playoffs in 2008, he will have as much pressure as any player in the state in 2009 for one of the state's proudest programs. Bottom line, he has a ton of upside.

6. Stephen Morris: Morris led Miami Monsignor Pace deep into the playoffs as a junior and has a strong arm and solid athleticism to go with good size(6'2). He is threat to run the ball with is 4.6 speed. He can be inconsistent at times, but has worked hard this off-season and is poised to have a big senior year. He holds offers from Purdue, Connecticut, UCF, and Virginia.

7. Mark Leal: The Virginia Tech commit has a ton of upside and tools. A big arm coupled with great speed, Leal should fit right into the Hokie's plans down the road. He will need to work on his play under center as Atlantic plays mostly from the shotgun.

8. Tarean Austin: The Hillsborough stand-out is one of the most intriguing QB's in the state. Big and strong with tools he needs to be more consistent in the passing game or he will switch positions at the next level. He holds a bevy of offers including Rutgers, Wake Forest, South Florida, UCF, and Purdue.

9. Marshyl Rothman: The state's best and most successful high school QB. Rothman has won back to back State Titles already and will be going for a three-peat in 2009. A challenging schedule awaits next year and this gamer will no doubt be up to the challenge. A lack of height has limited his opportunities at the next level, but don't be surprised to hear this name mentioned down the road winning National Titles. He is a good enough athlete to project elsewhere, however he just does too many things well as a QB to move positions. Clutch.

10. Blake Bortles: Big, strong athlete who has tremendous size already at QB. Big arm. Inconsistent at times, but has flashes of brilliance. Could project to TE if QB does not work out.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Madison Burr, Michael German, Matt Younger, Jake Medlock, Isaiah Howard, Nathan Gahafer, Matt Thompson, Craig Weaver.

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