Florida Top 100: The Top Ten

Spring Football is over and prospects will turn their attention to team camps, university camps, 7on7 events, and team workouts for the summer. SunStateFootball.com breaks down the top 100 prospects in the state starting with the Top 10.

1. James Wilder

School: Tampa (Plant)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 220

Position: Outside Linebacker/Running Back

Offers: Everyone in the country

Wilder grabs the top spot because he is the complete package as an athlete and is one of the most productive players on both sides of the ball in Florida. The only debate on Wilder centers on where he will be BETTER: Outside Linebacker or Running Back. There is no question that he can be a difference maker at either spot. Wilder was instrumental in Plant's 5A State Title in 2009 and certainly plays the game with rare intensity. With offers from everyone in the country, it is thought that he will likely stay in the Southeast with UF, FSU, Alabama, Georgia, and Miami all in hot pursuit.

2. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix

School: Orlando (Dr. Phillips)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 185

Position: Defensive Back

Offers: Committed to Alabama

Clinton-Dix is a special blend of size, speed, and physicality. He could play cornerback or safety at the next level and is the top prospect at both spots in the state(a rare accomplishment). We are extremely impressed with his ability to explode and break on the football. Clinton-Dix has a lot of pop against the run and he seems to relish beating on wide receivers when manned up at cornerback. Clinton-Dix is committed to Bama, but he will be heavily pursued until signing day.

3. Mike Bellamy

School: Punta Gorda (Charlotte)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 180

Position: Running Back

Offers: Florida, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State

The state's top play-maker and game breaker, Bellamy is often compared to former Clemson standout C.J. Spiller. "Speedy" earns his nickname both on the gridiron and track; he seems to possess an extra gear on the field when he needs it. Bellamy is a complete back that will stone defenders blocking and can make plays in the passing game with soft hands. He has added significant weight and could play in the 185-190 range as a senior. His recruitment appears to be wide open at this time with the five teams above seemingly having the best shot.

4. Nick O'Leary

School: Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 230

Position: Tight End

Offers: Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama

There is a strong case that O'Leary is the surest thing in the state. A pure Tight End, O'Leary has quality speed, outstanding hands, terrific route running skills, and is extremely physical. He put on a show in the state title games a year ago and built on that with some fantastic showings in 7on7s this off-season. He should be an early contributor at the next level. FSU may have taken the early lead for O'Leary, but he will be heavily pursued until signing day.

5. Sammy Watkins

School: Fort Myers (South Fort Myers)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 185

Position: Wide Receiver

Offers: Florida, Miami, Michigan, Georgia, LSU, Alabama

Watkins is the top WR prospect in the state and perhaps the country. He is a proven play-maker who has excelled on both sides of the ball. With elite hands, plus speed, and terrific route running skills, Watkins is the complete package at WR and there is plenty of upside left. He has played defense as well where he is a dominating force with fantastic anticipation. Watkins has played his recruitment close to the vest thus far.

6. Tim Jernigan

School: Lake City (Columbia)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 270

Position: Defensive Tackle

Offers: Florida, Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Michigan, Tennessee, USC

Jernigan is the top defensive linemen in-state and he has a strong case for no. 1 overall player in the state. It is a deep year on the defensive line and there is not quite as much separation between Jernigan and the rest of the defensive linemen as once thought. Jernigan should be a difference maker inside with rare ability to get after the quarterback and the toughness to be a force against the run. UF is certainly in the lead with the others in hot pursuit.

7. Tony Steward

School: St. Augustine (Menendez)

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 220

Position: Linebacker

Offers: Florida State, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Clemson, North Carolina

Steward's stock continues to rise because of his outstanding combination of production, size, and athleticism. His physicality coupled with his ability to get to the football and cover in space has him as one of the most coveted players in Florida. Considered a FSU lean, Steward will generate plenty of interest until signing day.

8. Kelvin Benjamin

School: Belle Glades (Glades Central)

Ht/Wt: 6'6, 215

Position: Wide Receiver

Offers: Miami, Florida, Florida State

Benjamin is a rare athlete at his elite size. He is a smooth runner with hands and enough speed to get down the field and make plays. He could be a big WR or TE at the next level, it is really semantics as he will be used similarly to create match-up problems for the defense. It is thought that Benjamin will stay in-state at one of the big 3, seemingly UF and Miami hold the edge today.

9. Aaron Lynch

School: Cape Coral (Island Coast)

Ht/Wt: 6'6, 250

Position: Defensive End

Offers: Notre Dame, Miami, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Iowa, Alabama, Tennessee, LSU

Lynch possesses as high of ceiling as any player on this list and could easily end up No. 1 when all is said and done. Lynch is still young physically and seems to add about five pounds a month to his elite frame. Right now he is a DE, but he could grow into an OT or DT down the road. Lynch's athleticism is off the charts and he should be one of the state's most dominant players in 2010. He is coveted by almost every school in the country, ND has taken an early lead, but the rest of the list is closing fast.

10. Tyler Moore

School: Clearwater (Countryside)

Ht/Wt: 6'5, 305

Position: Offensive Tackle

Offers: Committed to Nebraska

Moore is the state's top Offensive Line prospect and is one of the most impressive linemen to come out of Florida in years. He has terrific athleticism and a body made to be a high first round pick down the road. Equally adept at pass or run blocking, Moore will be ready to compete early at the next level. Moore made an early commitment to Nebraska and is rock solid to the Husker's.


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