Spring Preview: Jacksonville

Spring football starts in the less than a week in Florida, we have broken down the state into 11 regions and continue our preview today with the Jacksonville Area.


Jacksonville Area
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Jacksonville Area Facts: Just over 1.5 million people live in the 10 counties that make up the Jacksonville Area of the state.

Schools play in a wide range of classifications in the state.

There are no D-1 Universities in this area for football. Both UF and FSU are within two hours of most of the area.

Somewhere between 25-40 prospects will sign D-1 national letters of intent.

Last State Title: 2009 Bolles(2B)

Top 5 Teams

1. Bolles

2. First Coast

3. St. Augustine

4. Columbia

5. Orange Park

Top Spring Games

May 27. Raines, Jackson, Trinity Christian, at Ed White

May 27. Ribault, Creekside, Parker, at Sandalwood

May 27. Forest, Fletcher, Lee, at First Coast


Derrick Thorpe
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Eric Beverly, RB, First Coast: FSU commit that is an outstanding athlete. Beverly is more quick, than fast, and he should be a 215-220 pound back down the road who excels between the tackles.

Andrew Buie, RB, Trinity Christian: Athlete that could transition to other positions(like Safety) if RB does not work out. Buie has 4.5 speed, runs tough, and is a complete back including quality hands.

Shane Coleman, RB, Clay: From Mike Bakas: "Fresh off one of the best seasons of any running back in north Florida, Coleman is a very talented football player. He has breakaway speed once he gets to the outside and he's tough enough to get the yards between the tackles. He's also a talented pass-catcher out of the backfield. He's at a school not known for producing big time players but Coleman's the best they've had in awhile and should bring a lot of college coaches through there this spring."

Kenneth Myers, WR, Raines: Myers has plus height at 6'2, he knows how to run crisp routes, and is a top athlete that also excels on the baseball diamond. He has been steady at camps and has a high ceiling down the road, particularly if he picks up a step or two of speed.

Bryan Holmes, WR, Union County: Holmes is a plus athlete with outstanding measurables(4.48 40, 10'0'' broad, 4.34 shuttle).

Isaiah Stallings, WR, Raines: Already 6'1, Stallings has the ability to be a featured WR at the BCS level. He is going to need some time to get stronger and fill out, but the tools are there, seems to have an excellent understanding of the position.

A.C. Leonard, TE, Interlachen: Committed to Florida. Pretty much was unstoppable at the 7on7 Camp in Tampa. Will battle Nick O'Leary for the top spot at TE in the state with a big senior year. 6'3, 232 at the UA combine in Jacksonville. Leonard easily could help out at a number of different spots.

Derrick Thorpe, OL, Fletcher: Impressive looking big man with athleticism. He had a standout performance at the Nike Camp a few weeks back.

Kaleb Johnson, OL, Ed White: Interior line prospect that is holding five BCS offers already, he helped pave the way for Casey Turner last year.


First Coast DT Derrick Mitchell
Chad Simmons, Scout.com

Tim Jernigan, DT, Columbia: Jernigan grabbed one of the top spots in the state and he has not relinquished it. Big, athletic, tough, and productive....stud

Lonnie Gosha, DT, Union County: Right down the road is a little lighter version of Jernigan in Gosha. Gosha sports many BCS offers, he was once committed to FSU, but is now open.

Derrick Mitchell, DT, First Coast: Very impressive raw athlete. He has a ton of upside down the road because of his first step and natural size, he just needs to put it together on the field. Committed to FSU.

Chris Jones, DT, Raines: Jones could play on either side of the line, big frame that is starting to add weight, he will have a lot of eyes on him senior year.

Tony Steward, LB, Menendez: Steward may be the top LB in the Sunshine State, a complete package of size, speed, he is more fluid than Jeff Luc from last year. Big time prospect with offers from everywhere.

Ahmad Christian, DB, Trinity Christian: The latest in a line of athletes from Trinity, this two way athlete also excels on the baseball diamond, but projects to CB where he has excelled this off-season. He has good size at 5'10, 180.

Earl Union, DB, Ribault: The man on defense for Jacksonville's winning 7on7 team, Union is a competitor with good athleticism and the knack for making plays. He should garner plenty of BCS looks this Spring.

Carl Williams, S, Wolfson: Consistent player that can cover WRs, he has a good frame at 6'0, 185 and is attracting BCS interest, he holds offers from Maryland, Illinois, and UCF.

Detavious Woods, S, Fletcher: Woods can cover a ton of ground in the secondary, he can flat run. Woods needs to read the QB better to use his plus range.

Keionn Garrett, S, Sandalwood: Garrett could play either WR or S at the next level, pure athlete with a terrific skill set.

Four Sleepers

Karl Barr, WR, Orange Park: Speed, speed, speed. Barr is a legit 10.5 kid as a junior in high school.

Chris Terry II, DE, First Coast: Did not play as a junior, but has quality measurables(6'3, 230) and athleticism. First Coast is loaded so he will get plenty of looks.

Ryan Bryson, DT, Menendez: His team mate Tony Steward attracts a lot of attention as do DTs Jernigan, Mitchell, Gosha, and Jones, but Bryson can play too, he has excellent size.

Darius Darden, TE, Lee: QB who will probably be a TE down the road, he possesses an outstanding frame.

Four for 2012

Nathan Peterman, QB, Bartram Trail

Chris Black, WR, First Coast

Kelvin Rainey, ATH, Yulee

John Theus, OL, Bolles


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