It is a strong year in Central Florida at the QB spot, it starts with Jeff Driskel. Driskel passes the look test, he possesses terrific size and has thrown the ball accurately at camps and combines. He is attracting plenty of attention on the recruiting trail with in-state UF probably being the favorite. Some would like to see more production on the field. Kevin Sousa is not quite as big, but has a lot of the same tools to go with 6'3+ height. He will likely be a player that many schools want to check out in the Spring live and at their camps in the summer.
Moving to the southwest in Polk County a pair of signal callers are on the radar. Lake Wales Justin Shafer led his team to the 3A semi-finals in 2009. There is some concern(for football teams) that he will go the baseball route. At 6'2, he has the type of arm that schools are looking for and the overall athleticism to match. Auburndale's Collin O'Neal does not get to throw it much, but he is starting to attract some interest on the recruiting trail.
Mainland's Marlin Lane is the compete package, 6'0, 205, solid speed, elite feet, vision, the Clemson commit figures to be one of the more heavily recruited backs in the South. A knee injury may slow the process down in the short term, but if he is healthy as a senior, look for things to heat up quickly. Demetrius Hart has been around seemingly forever, he is primed for a big Spring and senior year as he continues to add weight and strength. Hart has all the things you look for in an elite back, he just lacks ideal height. Cocoa's Chevelle Buie is smaller, but has been virtually unstoppable the past two years and has shown up on the biggest stage. He is the type of athlete where you find a role for him and there is certainly more than one option. Florida Air Academy's J.J. Keels is going to fight the small school tag, but he has put up very impressive combine numbers and has the production to match.
Apopka's Tom Smith is the first big back at 6'0, 200, he has plenty of room to continue to fill out. Smith has quietly gone about his business, he is very consistent, and has flat produced. He is capable of being a feature back at the next level. Steward Butler was fantastic at Oviedo as a junior, he has a terrific skillset and can be a difference maker. Jarius Pace had some eligibility issues that stopped his season short, but when he played he was impressive and should garner D-1 interest.
Lake Gibson's Remi Watson was as productive as anyone and has quality size. Watson has flown a little under the radar, we expect that to change over the next several months. Over in Daytona, Lane's team mate Telvin Hooks is a quality back in his own right. Small school product Breon Allen might get looks as a slot WR or DB.
Lakeland's Javares McRoy has committed to play with his brother at Texas Tech, the 5'8 dynamo is one of the biggest game-breakers in the state. McRoy's burst and deep speed separate him from the pack. Over at Kathleen, Jacques Mackeroy brings quality size and a little more physicality to the position. Lake Wales Javess Blue went for over 1,000 yards and has good speed on his 5'10 frame. Team mate Oshey Washington is 6'4 and is making the transition from the basketball court.
Dr. Phillips Chris Gallon is 6'4, 200, the Oviedo transfer will be the next in a long line of top WRs for the Panthers. Sebring's Devin Clarke is ultra productive, everyone who stops by seems to leave impressed with the talented play-maker. Clarke could help in a number of different areas.
Fort Meade could have several prospects factor in here: Ronald Jones, Lakevin Camp, and Dwayne McCalebb. All are versatile enough to play multiple spots on the field. Chris Robinson and Tyler Thrift will try to build on strong junior campaigns in the Spring.
A very impressive list of OL prospects thus far in Central Florida. Vero Beach's Marcus Jackson has committed to Miami, Deland's Trey Pettis to FSU. Boone's Max Lang, Lake Gibson's Errin Joe, and Plant City's Jordan Prestwood are all attracting significant BCS interest and offers. That is a heck of a start at a position where the Spring is certain to bring some new names out of the woodwork.
Mainland's Garrett Clark, Fort Pierce Central's Mike Marseille, Palm Bay's Allen Johnson, Katheen's Savion McKenzie, Lakeland's Devin Goodman and Tenorec's Terry Bell are prospects who will see their stock rise or fall in the Spring.