Florida RBs: 15 in ‘15
Florida WRs: 15 in ‘15
Florida OLs: 15 in ‘15
1) CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary Baker County)
No. 2 DE in nation
It’s certainly a better year in the Sunshine State at defensive end over defensive tackle and CeCe Jefferson is the top guy here. What jumps out with Jefferson is his quickness off the ball. This five-star prospect has an incredible first step and he gets up the field so darn quickly. He truly is an edge guy. It would have been great to see him at The Opening. Then we could have all drawn comparisons between Jefferson, Josh Sweat and Byron Cowart. Jefferson has been to Gainesville a handful of times and recently visited Alabama and LSU.
Recruiting: Florida, FSU, Alabama, UCLA, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia, others
2) Byron Cowart (Seffner Armwood)
No. 2 DE in nation
I have to admit that after a very disappointing state championship game in December Cowart has looked really good this off-season. He was dominating at The Opening. He’s has the entire package for defensive end – size, speed, power and quickness. Cowart can get off the ball and show explosive off the edge. He also is developing counter moves off the speed rush. Many believe he’s going to be a Gator but Oregon is right in the mix. He recently visited FSU. He also likes Notre Dame, Maryland and some others. If it’s not Florida then this thing could be wide open. Cowart will announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game.
Recruiting: Oregon, Florida, FSU, Maryland, Notre Dame, Auburn, Alabama and others
3) Jason Strowbridge (Deerfield Beach)
No. 26 DE in nation
Strowbridge has a world of upside with a long, somewhat lean frame that should fill out to 280+ down the road. He is all about upside at this point and could be a factor anywhere along the front. He has scheme versatility due to his athleticism. Strowbridge needs to get his pad level down and bring the same intensity every play. We love his upside and this should be a multi-year starter at the BCS level. His recruitment is wide open, or so it appears.
Recruiting: Miami, North Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Louisville, others.
4) Shelton Johnson (Delray Beach Atlantic)
No. 29 DE in nation
Johnson is not as highly touted as the others above here but this kid has a ton of talent. He looks terrific on film. Johnson can put his hand in the dirt or stand up. He can also slide inside. He has versatility and athleticism. Johnson gets off the ball well and can use his hands to shed blocks. He shows speed and lateral quickness.
Recruiting: South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi State, N.C. State, others
5) Marques Ford (Gibsonton East Bay)
No. 31 DE in nation
The Vols got a really good one here. Ford is a very athletic, long and speed edge guy from East Bay in the Tampa Bay area. He’s a tad small now but has the frame to bulk up and add weight. Ford can attack the outside with his speed and get after the quarterback. He can play in space. I think he will remind many of Curt Maggitt at the same stage.
Committed to Tennessee
6) Scott Patchan (Bradenton IMG Academy)
No. 49 DE in nation
Patchan is a Hurricane legacy and he’s headed to play at Miami. This is a high energy, high motor kid just like his brother [Matt]. Patchan runs well and shows the ability to get up field in a hurry, chasing plays down the line of scrimmage or in pursuit. He's a good pass rusher that can play up or put his hand in the dirt. Patchan does possess fast hands and shows the ability to quickly shed lineman and then attack ball location.
Committed to Miami
7) Andrew Ivey (Dade City Pasco)
No. 32 DR in nation
Andrew will join his brother Joey in Gainesville and play for the Gators. This is an interior defensive tackle prospect that is a grinder. He plays with a big time motor. Ivie is very strong and also excels in wrestling. You can see that when watching his film. Ivie is quick off the ball and uses his hands well. He also plays with good leverage on most plays, constantly pushing the pocket and moving the line of scrimmage. This is a young man that lined up at the zero, one and three-technique. He's about technique, power and tenacity.
Committed to Florida
8) Ryan Fines (Bradenton Manatee)
No. 43 DT in nation
Fines is a run stuffer, plain and simple. He has a good build and a lot of lower body strength. Fines is tough to move and can take on and challenge double teams.
Committed to Miami
9) Marlon Gonzalez (North Fort Myers)
No. 66 DE in nation
Recruiting: USF, Tennessee, FSU, Arizona, FAU and others
Gonzalez was a one-time pledge to FSU. This is an aggressive and very physical defensive line prospect that has versatility. He looks like he could be a five-technique in a 3-4 or defensive tackle. Gonzalez plays with intensity and a high motor. He’s strong and does a nice job of using his hands to shed blocks. Gonzalez is tough against the run.
10) Richard McIntosh (Ft. Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons)
No. 69 DE in nation
This defensive end has good size and is athletic. He’s quick and fast. McIntosh can rush the passer and chase plays down from the backside. He will get bigger, stronger and fill out. I love his upside.
Committed to Miami
11) Kyle Henderson (Tampa Plant)
No. 88 DE in nation
Henderson is a physical and aggressive inside player for Plant. He’s also athletic and versatile. This is a kid that plays on offense in short yardage situations, where he can run the ball or clear the path for someone else. He’s a high motor kid that plays with good leverage. Henderson is strong and moves pretty well.
Committed to Georgia Tech
12) Brandon Boyce (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas)
No. 69 DT in nation
Boyce is undersized at 6-foot-0. At the same time he’s tough to deal with because he plays so low and wins the leverage game. Boyce is quick, strong and can be disruptive. He could turn out to be a real good player for the Blue Devils.
Committed to Duke
13) Richerd Desir-Jones (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas)
No. 75 DT in nation
Desir-Jones is a defensive tackle that has pretty good quickness off the ball. He has good size (6-3/285) and strength. He also projects on the other side of the ball at guard.
Committed to FIU
14) Ronique Robinson (Miami Booker T. Washington)
No. 95 DE in nation
This is a kid that could really rise this fall. He’s making the move from wide receiver to defensive end. He has great size (6-7, 235-pound) and athleticism. Yea Robinson is raw but there is plenty of talent to work with here.
Recruiting: Interest from Miami, Louisville, Minnesota and others.
15) Brandon Wilson (Winter Garden West Orange)
No. 104 DE in nation
Wilson is a guy with a handful of scholarship offers from teams like Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Wisconsin and others. He has good size, length and can run down the line of scrimmage and get up field after the quarterback.
Recruiting: Georgia, Mississippi State, North Carolina, and Kentucky.