Spring Preview: Southwest Florida

Spring football starts in the less two weeks in Florida, we have broken down the state into 11 areas and start our preview of Southwest Florida.

Southwest Florida
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Southwest Florida Facts: Southwest Florida is made up the following Counties: Collier(Naples), Lee(Fort Myers), Hendry, Glades, Charlotte(Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte), Desoto(Arcadia), Sarasota(Venice/Sarasota), and Manatee (Bradenton). The latest census estimates that just under 1.9 million people live in this area, although it clearly has a large "snowbird" population. There are just under 40 high schools in the area, almost all are public and they play mainly 2B-5A football(second highest class).

There are no D-1 universities in this area for football, however Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero is growing rapidly and might one day play football, they are D-1 basketball.

On average, somewhere between 20-40 prospects will sign with D-1 schools.

Last State Title: 2007 Naples(3A)

Top 5 Teams

1. South Fort Myers(3A)

2. Manatee(5A)

3. Charlotte(4A)

4. Cape Coral(4A)

5(tie). Southeast(3A), Barron Collier(3A), and Naples(3A)

Top Spring Games

May 28. Venice at Naples

May 28. South Fort Myers at Immokalee

May 28. Barron Collier at Fort Myers

May 28. Lehigh at North Fort Myers

May 28. Bayside at Manatee

Top Prospects

Dallas Crawford, QB, South Fort Myers: Terrific all-around athlete that probably will find a home in the defensive secondary at either CB or S. Had 10 picks as a junior from his Safety spot while throwing for 2,500+ yards. Crawford holds offers from Miami, Michigan, Iowa, Ole Miss, and North Carolina amongst others.

Mike Bellamy, RB, Charlotte: One of the most electric players in the state, Mike has been doing it since he stepped on the field as a freshmen. Blazing deep speed with the toughness to run inside, he is the total package and he has added considerable weight and strength to his frame. He holds almost all the major offers in the Southeast.

Mike Blakely, RB, Manatee: It is hard to believe the Blakely you see today is the jitterbug who made an impact as a freshmen. Now all of 5'9, 195, he showed that he can be a feature back in 2009 in leading Manatee to the State Title game. Blakely holds a bevy of offers including Florida, Auburn, Michigan, Ole Miss, Clemson, USC, and Tennessee.

Sammy Watkins, WR, South Fort Myers: Prototype WR at 6'2, 185, Watkins can be as good as he wants to be down the road. Sub 4.5 speed, instincts, and ball skills highlight an outstanding overall package, he can play some defense too. Watkins is the most coveted WR in Florida for 2010 and can name the school he wants to attend.

Alex Mut, WR, Charlotte: Like Bellamy, Mut has been playing since he was a freshmen and has been producing on both sides of the ball. The USF commit projects to WR where he will use his 6'3 frame and outstanding skills to make plays. Mut is a refined route runner with sneaky speed and quickness, he also is a terrific blocker.

Sammy Watkins
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Prince Holloway, WR, Cape Coral: Holloway has speed to burn consistently running under 4.5 in the 40. He has added considerable strength to his frame over the last year and needs to keep adding weight. The two way performer is probably best as a WR, probably in the slot, where he can use that electric acceleration to his advantage. He can play CB as well.

Quenton Bundrage, WR, Manatee: Lanky, smooth WR that came on last year and made some plays. With Ace Sanders departure, he should be the main receiving weapon in 2010. Bundrage has excellent ball skills, he just needs to continue getting stronger.

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Barron Collier: Prototype size at 6'5, 230, Heuerman plays in a running offense where he does not get to show off his pass catching skills. Those skills are there however and he should flourish in a college program. Heuerman has over 15 BCS offers at this time.

Anthony Spano, OL, Gulf Coast: Spano will probably find a home at Center in college. At 6'2, 280, he has great lean and surprisingly quick feet. A well rounded individual who sports a high GPA/test score, he is a no brainer for schools looking for help on the interior.

Casey Gross, OL, Booker: Gross is on the short side at 6'1, but there are very few linemen who have his skills. A great technician, he is just a natural football player who makes plays on both sides of the ball.

Aaron Lynch, DE, Island Coast: All of 6'6, 245, the big man can move as well. Should be an absolute monster in 2010 with the potential to change the game. He seems to get bigger every time we see him. Has the athletic skills to play DE, TE, OLB, or perhaps grow into an OT. He is being pursued by everyone in the country.

Clay Burton, DE, Venice: Ultra consistent player that shows up every game, Burton has good pass rushing skills and has filled out to 6'4, 235 today. He could play TE as well down the road. Burton has high interest in Clemson amongst others, his brother Trey just completed his first Spring at UF.

Quinton Pompey, DT, Manatee: A 6'3, 260 pound DT that emerged down the stretch last year, Pompey should be one of the best in the state in 2010. Pompey is very athletic, he could maybe be a big DE or be suited for a 3-4 defense. He holds no offers right now which has to be one of the biggest head scratchers in the state.

Dalton Wertz, DT, Desoto County: Wertz does not have the luxury of taking plays off, he goes both ways at LT and DT for the Bulldog's. He emerged last Spring with a huge game vs. East Lee and backed that up with a solid junior year. Wertz is country strong and carries his 290 pounds like it is 250.

Edsel Caprice, DE, Cape Coral: Registered 19 sacks as a junior as a DE, then went to the Nike Combine and lit it up with a sub 4.5 40, this 6'2, 190 pounder is clearly on the rise as a prospect. Caprice will probably transition back to LB, perhaps in the middle.

Josh Monteagudo, LB, Cape Coral: Josh is moving in the opposite direction as Caprice. A Safety as a sophomore where he picked off six passes, he moved to MLB last year and got better every game. He should build on that with a big senior year. Josh has great instincts and light feet and recently picked up an offer from Ole Miss.

Terron Williams/Desmond Blue, LB, Southeast: Terrific pair of LBs that can run and hit for the Seminole's. Williams is more physical, while Blue has more range. Both should see some offers in the Spring.

Terron Williams
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Makinton Dorleant, CB, Lely: Played Safety as a junior, but will be a CB in college. Has good size at 5'11, 170 and he should make an impact on the offensive side of the ball as a senior. Dorleant has sub 4.5 speed.

Lucas Foreman, S, Naples: Talented athlete that has an ideal frame at Safety. 6'2+, Foreman can run, he needs to continue working on his pass coverage skills. He can match-up with bigger wideouts in the redzone.

Torrey Campbell, S, Barron Collier: Campbell has been a RB(still is), but he is expected to move to DB at the next level. His 4.41 speed on 5'10.5, 180 pound frame has drawn the attention of multiple BCS schools.

Champ Lewis, S, Dunbar: Lewis is a 6'2 hitter than could play anywhere from CB to LB at the next level. He is lean today, but his length and ability to play downhill are attractive on the recruiting trail. Team mate Chris James should end up at WR at the next level, but also plays Safety. James is 6'1, 185 with terrific hands.

Six Sleepers

1. Chris Johnson, DB, Cape Coral: Johnson is an excellent student who has academic offers, the 6'0, 185 pound LB is a hitter and could transition back to Safety at the next level. Played CB during 7on7's and was excellent.

2. Dyron Speight, QB, Southeast: Speight had a good junior year and has the potential to be an excellent QB. Speight possesses a big arm and has the athleticism to make plays with his feet. He needs to be more consistent.

3. James Whitfield, WR, Fort Myers: A knee injury cut short his junior season, he should be 100% in 2010. He earned a Tennessee offer last summer at their camp. Smooth WR with great hands and route running ability.

4. Matt Prince, OT, Manatee: It will be interesting to see where Prince is at in the Spring, he has excellent natural size with the athleticism to be an elite offensive linemen. He will need to work hard on his game.

5. Antonio Washington, RB, Desoto County: There has not been a lot of carries the last two years with Marcus Shaw leading the state in rushing, but Washington showed enough to expect big things from him this year. At 6'2, with speed, he should emerge as a 1,000 yard back this year.

6. Jake Kistel, QB, Bishop Verot: Kistel threw for more 2,000 yards as a junior, he has sub 4.6 speed, and quality height at 6'1+. He should see his recruitment pick up in the Spring.

Six for 2012

1. Jordan Diggs, S, Bishop Verot

2. Brian Poole, CB, Southeast

3. Omari Phillips, OT, Venice

4. Clint Heaven/Darius White, LB/S, Manatee

5. Davion Stuarts, LB, Charlotte

6. DeAngelo Dawes, DT, Southeast

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