Top 10 Football Recruit Classes: No. 9 Florida
For the next two months, SchoolSports.com will rank the Top 10 recruiting classes for the Class of 2004, spotlighting a different college each week. To recap, we ranked USC at No. 1, Miami at No. 2, LSU at No. 3 , Oklahoma at No. 4, Michigan at No. 5, Florida State at No. 6, Ohio State at No. 7 and Penn State at No. 8. Now it's on to No. 9.
No. 9 Florida
Florida coach Ron Zook had an incredible recruiting haul last year, headlined by quarterback Chris Leak, who earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors.
Zook continued his recruiting success this season with another stellar class, led by Eleanor Roosevelt High (Md.) DL Derrick Harvey.
Harvey is rated the No. 15 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com. He was named the SchoolSports National Defensive Player of the Year and earned Parade and USA Today (second team) All-American honors after he racked up an amazing 35 sacks and 150 tackles in only 13 games.
The upside for the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder is tremendous considering last fall was only his second season playing organized football.
The Gators added one of the nation's top athletes in Hawthorne High (Fla.) QB Cornelius Ingram. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder, who's rated the nation's No. 36 recruit by SchoolSports.com, passed for over 1,400 yards while tossing 22 touchdown passes his senior season.
Ingram is also one of the nation's top basketball players and was an All-State selection in both football and basketball as a senior. He could play both sports for the Gators.
Neptune Beach High (Fla.) DB Kyle Jackson brings tremendous all-around skills to Florida's defensive backfield. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was named to the Class 5A All-State first team after making 106 tackles and six interceptions. Jackson, who's rated the No. 85 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com, finished his career at Neptune Beach with a school-record 25 interceptions.
Florida's fourth and final Top 100 recruit is No. 91 Drew Miller, an offensive lineman from Riverview High (Fla.). The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder was named a second-team All-American by USA Today.
Other top recruits who signed with Florida include: DeMatha High (Md.) WR Derrick McPhearson, who was named to The Washington Post All-Met team after catching 38 passes for 778 yards and eight touchdowns while returning two kickoffs for touchdowns to lead the Stags to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title; Hillcrest High (Ala.) RB Markus Manson, who rushed for 1,701 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior to earn All-State honors; South Miami High (Fla.) LB Javier Estopinan, who earned Class 6A All-State honors last fall after he had 112 tackles and 22 tackles for loss; and Longview High (Texas) TE Tate Casey, who had 14 receptions for 272 yards as a senior. Casey is also one of top baseball prospects in the nation and is rated by SchoolSports.com as the No. 40 baseball prospect in the Class of 2004.
Check back in next week as SchoolSports.com unveils the No. 10 football recruiting class in the Class of 2004.