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.
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.
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
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.
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.