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Sentinel's 2013 MidWest Florida Super60


 
By Peter Thompson | For the Senitnel
 

10:39 PM EDT, June 12, 2012

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  Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Tampa Wharton
 

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1 Vernon Hargreaves III DB 5-11 180 Tampa Wharton Hargreaves is considered one of the nation's top cornerback prospects and has received offers but about every major college program. Hargreaves had four interceptions in 2011 and is a special teams phenom with a a number of blocked kicks. Hargreaves who was a consensus first team Class 8A all-stater, is son of USF assistant coach of the same name. In addition to being a lockdown corner, Vernon is a very physical defender as well.
2 Ryan Green RB 5-10 195 St. Petersburg Catholic Green is a breakaway back with top end speed (10.85 good for silver medal at Class 1A state meet. Ryan is also a basketball standout who averaged over 20 p.p.g. this past season. Green, who rushed for 1,171 yards and 19 touchdowns without alot of help from his inexperienced teammates, has about 30 offers including the entire SEC, Notre Dame, and Oregon.
3 Jordan Sherit DL 6-4 240 Tampa Hillsborough Sherit reminds many of former Alonzo standout and current Miami Hurricane, Anthony Chickillo. Jordan was a first team Class 6A all-state selection last season. This straight-A student has about 30 offers and can go wherever he wishes. He is one of the top guys on USF's board along with Hargreaves, and Bulls would love to keep him home. Sherit is like Chickillo __ a very high motor defensive end.
4 Mackensie Alexander DB 5-10170 Immokaleeanother national recruit who decommited from Tennessee a few months ago. The first team all-stater in 2011, had three interceptions and would certainly have had more if teams did not throw away from him. This lockdown corner plans on taking his five official visits before chosing a school. He has already qualified academically.
5 Leon McQuay III DB 6-2 190 Seffner Armwood McQuay is generally considered to be one of the nation's top safety prospect for 2013. Another three-sport standout who plays soccer and was a state qualifier in the 300 meter hurdles, McQuay played a very major role in Armwood's Class 6A state title run, and made first team all-state as a defender. Leon is a very fundamentally sound tackler and had about 30 offers as of early May.
6 Derrick Calloway DL 6-1 317 Bradenton Manatee The leader of what should be one of the nation's top defensive lines, was virtually unblockable last season enroute to first team CLass 7A all-state honors and a state title to boot. Derrick lists over 30 offers including Ohio State, USC, and Miami. Calloway also captured the Class 4A shot put title with a toss of over 54 feet.
7 Alvin Bailey ATH 5-11 175 Seffner Armwood There may not have been a more exciting playmaker in the state last than Bailey who split duties between quarterback and wide receiver. Alvin is literally a human highlight reel with some incredible tape. Bailey holds over 30 offers from about everybody but Alabama and Florida. He compiled over 2,200 yards in total offense last season and earned first team 6A honors.
8 Deadrin Senat DL 6-2310 Immokalee It was, "How do you pronounce that," at the January Under Armour camp for Senat, but now DEE-DRIN is a household name. Built like a house, the strong D-tackle brings a mean streak you gotta have down in those trenches, while his strength and footwork are relentless. As good as he is, he could still improve. A scary thought.
9 Travis Johnson WR 6-3 230 Tampa Jesuit In a class that has an abundance of big receivers, Johnson is one of the best. He is also an outstanding safety who had seven picks in 2011 enroute to earning second team all-state honors in Class 5A. Johnson is not afraid to catch in traffic holds offers from USC, Notre Dame, UF, FSU, and Oklahoma. Johnson was also a region qualifier in track.
10 Cord Sandberg QB 6-2 206 Bradenton Manatee Sandberg has played since his freshman season when he replaced an injured Brion Carnes (Nebraska) for a few games. Cord who is the son of Manatee assistant Chuck Sandberg, is blessed with deceptive speed (736 rushing yards in 2011), in addition to his left-handed passing skills. Sandberg threw for just over 2,000 yards in 2011 in leading Manatee to the Class 7A state title. Sandberg who is also a baseball standout, was a first team all-stater and holds close to 25 offers including Auburn which offered him when he was a sophomore.
11 Adam Lane RB 5-8200Winter Haven There may not be a stronger running back prospect in the nation than Lane who bench-pressed 415 pounds at the state meet which earned him a silver medal. Lane has fully recovered from a leg injury incurred last August which sidelined him for his entire junior season. He did rush for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore. Adam is a Florida commit who also has a little work to do in the classroom.
12 Richy Klepal OL 6-5 280 Tampa Plant Klepal's stock has been soaring this spring with numerous offers coming his way. Klepal who is a very athletic right tackle, is very strong at getting to the second level of opposing defenses. Richy had over 20 offers in early May that include FSU, USF, USC, UCF, and South Carolina. Klepal played a key role in helping Plant win the Class 8A state title last season.
13 Rodney Adams WR 6-1 170 St. Petersburg Lakewood Adams is a Florida commitment but who recently received offers from Alabama and West Virginia. Rodney who transferred to Lakewood from St Pete Catholic prior to his junior season, finished the year with 25 catches for 940 yards and 10 touchdowns. Adams earned third team Class 5A all-state honors. Adams has excellent ball skills and has a number of circus catches on his highlight reel.
14 Joey Ivie DL 6-4 270 Dade City Pasco Perhaps no prospect in the state has seen his stock soar as high as Ivie's over the past month. A virtual unknown last season, Ivie held 17 offers as of early May. Joey is getting a lot of love from the likes of FSU, UF, Miami, and Tennessee to name a few. Ivie is another high motor defensive tackle who finished fifth in the state weightlifing finals with a bench of 385 pounds.
15 Tshumbi Johnson ATH 5-11 180 Immokalee Tshumbi is an extremely gifted athlete who plays quarterback but commited to USF as a receiver. This four-year starter threw for 2,582 yards and 25 touchdowns in addition to rushing for just over 1,000 yards last season. The first team Class 5A all-state performer recently received an offer from Appalachian State as a quarterback so it appears as if USF is not yet a done deal.
16 Joe Fennell OL 6-4 312 South Fort Myers Fennell is a gargantuan road-grading hog who is one of the state's top offensive line prospect for 2013. Fennell who was a third team Class 6A all-state pick in 2011, has over 30 offers to date. Included in that list are all the in-state programs in addition to Oklahoma. Some work still needs to be done in the classroom.
17 Freddie Stevenson LB 6-1 220 Bartow This linebacker's stock has risen as fast as anyone in the state this spring. As of late May, Stevenson had over 20 offers that include FSU, Texas A&M, Penn State, West Virginia, UCF, and Western Kentucky. Freddie is considered the best prospect out of Bartow in the past 10 years.
18 Richard Benjamin WR 5-11 194 Tampa Bay Tech Benjamin who transferred to Tampa Bay Tech from a down-trodden Middleton program in January, is a true burner who was asked to do just about everything offensively for winless Middleton last season. As of early May, Benjamin had offers from USF, Ohio State, USC, Florida, and FSU. He should be close to 40 offers when it is all said and done.
19 Jayron Kearse ATH 6-4 200 South Fort Myers Kearse transferred to South Ft Myers from Cypress Lake where the started at quarterback the past three seasons. The cousin of current NFL defensive lineman, Jevon Kearse, Jayron will play either wideout or safety at the next level. Kearse is a Miami commit who flipped on Auburn last season. He is expected to remain a Cane unless the program gets hit with devastating sanctions.
20 Nigel Harris LB 6-2 202 Tampa Hillsborough Like teammate Jordan Sherit, Harris is another high academic type (3.9 g.p.a.), who is holding offers from Vanderbilt, USF, Texas Tech, and Indiana. This three-year veteran is a very heady defender who is more like a coach on the field for the Terriers.
21 T.J. Johnson RB 5-8 170 Cape Coral Island Coast Johnson is one of the state's fastest running backs who projects as more of a slot receiver in college. T.J. who now attends his third high school in as many years, rushed for 750 years while sharing duties with FSU signee Mario Pender. Island Coast will use a pass-oriented spread offense with the addition of QB Kurt Benkert, so Johnson who placed third in the state 100 meters (10.68), should flourish. C.J. is an outstanding pass receiver as well. He currently has offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee, USF, Miami and Ole Miss.
22 Kennard Swanson DL 6-0 265 Lakeland Lake Gibson Swanson is a very unique athlete who in addition to dominating most offensive linemen (10 sacks in 2011), also scored eight touchdowns as a short yardage running back. Kennard commited to LSU in early June as a fullback and he currently holds offers from Missouri, UCF, Purdue, West Virginia, and USC to hame a few. Although a tad short, Swanson has a very quick first couple of steps.
23 Mike Heuerman TE 6-3 220 Naples Barron Collier Heuerman whose older brother Jeff plays tight end for Ohio State, is a recent Notre Dame commit who chose the Irish over the Buckeyes. Mike played in just four games in 2011 but had 27 receptions for 300 in a run-oriented offese. It remains to be seen if Urban Meyer can swing him attending school in Columbus as opposed to South Bend.
24 Janarion Grant ATH 5-11 170 Dade City Pasco Grant who is the nephew of former Pasco standouts Darren and Troy Hambrick, is a blessed athlete who in addition to being an outstanding receiver (48-956-18 in 2011), is also one of the state's top return men. This first team Class 5A all-stater, has offers from Rutgers, UConn, East Carolina, and Texas Tech.
25 Blake Keller DL 6-2 210 Bradenton Manatee Although Keller is undersized for a defensive end, he was state champ Manatee's most produtive defensive lineman last season with 13 sacks which earned Keller second team all-state status. Blake currently holds offers from UCF, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Iowa State.
26 Jeremy Kerr TE 6-6 257 St. Petersburg High Kerr is beginning to blow up with offers and recognition after getting an initial offer from Miami. Sionce then Louisville and Wake Forest have offered and many more are expected to follow. Kerr is more of a traditional tight end prospect who is an outstanding blocker for the run-oriented Green Devils. Jeremy was also a state qualifier in the discus this spring.
27 Mike Love DL 6-4 225 Clearwater Countryside Love is a lean and cat-quick defensive end who was named the Pinellas County defensive-player-of-the-year and second team Class 7A all-state honors after recording 15 1/2 sacks in 2011. As of early May, Love had 15 offers from the likes of West Virginia, NCState, FIU, and Purdue. Love has the frame to add on another 25 pounds in college.
28 Paris Bostick DB 6-1 205 Tampa Plant Bostick is a solid strong safety prospect who played alongside Stanford signee Drew Madhu in the Panthers secondary last season. Bostick listed 10 offers as of early May that includes USF, West Virginia, Boston College, Louisville, and Illinois.
29 Devyn Salmon DL 6-2 280 Plant Ciyvery aggressive defensive line prospect who is generating alot of interest that includes offers from Iowa State, Wake Forest, Memphis, USF, and South Alabama. Devyn has a high motor and extremely quick feet and he expects a big senior season.
30 Johnell Barnes WR 6-0 170 Fort Myers Dunbar Barnes increased his stock tremendously after earning wide receiver MVP honors at the VTO Orlando combine in late April. Johnell is quick as a cat and has excellent separation speed. As a junior, Barnes had 602 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Barnes holds offers from Duke, Northwestern, UConn, Western Kentucky, and UMass.
31 Xavier Richardson WR 6-4 210 Immokalee Richardson like cousin, close friend, and teammate Tshumbi Johnson, was an early USF commit. He also holds a offer from South Carolina after putting up 890 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last season enroute to earning honorable mention recognition on the Class 5A all-state team.
32 Eric Moate RB 6-0 180 Riverview Spoto If there be a human interest story concerning a young athlete overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, it is Moate whose parents are both in state prison but who has a 3.9 grade-point-average while living with an aunt. After capturing the Hillsborough County 100-meters title (10.76), Moate has earned college offers from the likes of Auburn, Purdue, Michigan, and Duke after rushing for just over 1,200 yards as a junior.
33 Kurt Benkert QB 6-3 202 Cape Coral Island Coast Benkert who moved to Lee County from Maryland prior to his junior season, is a top-5 quarterback prospect in Florida who threw for 2,771 yards with 25 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Benkert transferred from Cape Coral High to Island Coast after last season, and reportedly holds offers from Maryland, UCF, UConn, and USF.
34 Cameron Ruff OL/DL 6-3 285 Tampa Jesuit Ruff projects as either an offensive lineman or on the other side of the ball. Camaron has added about 20 pounds since last season and has helped his stock tremendously. Ruff currently holds offers from Cincinnati, West Virginia, UConn, Purdue, and UMass.
35 Bobby Leath DL 6-4 290 Lake Wales Leath is an imposing physical specimen who is kin to former Lake Wales and FSU tight end, Melvin Pearsall and hoopster Roy Leath. Leath who is just beginning to scratch the surface and realize his athletic talent, had offers from USF, Tennessee, Missouri, UCF, and USF as of early May.
36 Darry Richardson QB 6-5 230 Seffner Armwood Richardson who transferred to Armwood from Tampa Bay Tech prior to his junior season had not even begun to reach his potential. His size and athleticism speak for itself but as a passer he still needs some fine tuning. Richardson holds reported offers from Tennessee, Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Missouri.
37 Eric Carter WR 5-11 185 Lakeland Lake Gibson Carter is an extremely smmoth route runner who has excellent hands. As a junior, Eric caught 51 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns. Carter currently holds offers from Purdue, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati, Missouri, and FIU.
38 Mackenroe Alexander DB 5-11 185 Immokalee The twin brother of Mackensie, Mackenroe holds offers from Louisville and FIU, and would hold more but for some academic deficiencies. With a concentrated effort in the classroom, he should improve his stock because like his brother, he is a very talented cover corner prospect.
39 David Jones DB 5-9 200 Lake Wales Jones plays linebacker and running back for the Highlanders but due to his size, projects as a safety prospect at the next level. Jones who has been a starter since his freshman season, currently holds offers from Kansas State, Southern Miss, and Temple.
40 Darren Hambrick LB 6-2 225 Brooksville Hernando Hambrick is the son of Darren Hambrick, arguably the greatest athlete to come out of Pasco County. His son is the same size as his father the year he led Pasco to a state championship, and hold offers from Missouri, Western Kentucky, and Kent State. He also holds interest from Miami and South Carolina.
41 Cory Crawford WR 200 Palmetto 6-1 Crawford is another big wide receiver prospect who helped lead Palmetto to the Class 5A semifinals before losing to eventual state champ, Miami Norland. Cory had 38 receptions for 647 yards and seven touchdowns, and hold offers from Rutgers, Toledo, Western Kentucky, and Temple.
42 Shaquem Griffin DB 6-2 185 St. Petersburg Lakewood Griffin is yet another human interest story who was born without a left hand. Despite those odds, Shaquem has overcome his adversity and has offers from UMass, Boston College, FIU, and Western Kentucky. Griffin also captured a state triple jump title and also ran on the Spartans winning 4 X 400 meter relay team with his twin brother Shaquille.
43 Tate Hernly OL 6-3270 Fort Myers Hernly is a recent commit to UCF. Tate added on another 25 pounds in the offseason which has only improved his stock. Although Hernly plays tackle for the Green Wave, he projects as an offensive guard or possibly center in college. Tate is an International Baccalaureate student with a 1,200 SAT score.
44 Jacky Marcellus WR 5-8 185 Immokalee The only thing holding back Marcellus is his size. But Jacky is one of the most explosive playmakers in Southwest Florida who has the game tape to back it up. Marcellus plays both running back and in the slot, and had over 1,400 combined yards last season. Jacky hold offers from UMass, Rutgers, and Appalachian State.
45 Vontavius West DB 5-11 170 Bartow West is a cover corner who can fly (4.48 forty), and Vontavius has collected offers from USF, Ball State, FIU, Houston, and Western Michigan as of late May. His stock is certain to rise if he can put together a strong senior season.
46 Anthony Lauro RB/WR 5-10 193 Bradenton Manatee Lauro despite some nagging injuries his junior season, finished with 600 rushing yards and 550 receiving yards for the Class 7A state champs. Anthony who is considered the fastest player on the Hurricanes squad, holds offers from Akron and Western Kentucky as of early May.
47 Mike Jones RB 6-0 183 Sarasota Booker Jones is a hard-nosed running back who ran for 1,354 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2011. Mike earned Class 4A honorable mention status and currently holds offers from Western Kentucky and a number of other Sun Belt Conference programs. Jones is also reportedly drawing interest from UCF.
48 Robert Davis RB 5-9 175 Tampa Carrollwood There may not be a more exciting skill player at the small school level than Davis who rushed for 1,837 yards enroute to first team Class 2A all-state honors in 2011. Davis is also one of the state's top kick return players and currently holds offers from FIU, Ball State, and North Texas.
49 Pete DiNovo QB 6-2 203 Tarpon Springs East Lake DiNovo is regarded as the top quarterback prospect in Pinellas County after throwing for 2,456 yards and 19 touchdowns last season for a team that reached the third round of state playoffs for the first time in school history. DiNovo received his first offer from Houston at the end of spring ball, and is getting looks from UCF, Navy, Ball State, and Indiana.
50 T.J. Simmons LB 6-0 220 Lakeland Simmons is a tackling machine who was credited with 137 stops in 2011 enroute to earning third team all-state recognition in Class 7A. Simmons recently commited to Western Kentucky and also holds an offer from Iowa State.
51 Sheldon Fleming DE/TE 6-3 238 East Lee County Fleming is a standout two-sport athlete who recently placed fourth in the discus at the Class 3A state meet. Fleming reportedly holds offers from USF, Vanderbilt, and Georgia Tech and some serious interest from Notre Dame.
52 Clyde Newton RB 6-0 205 Punta Gorda Charlotte Newton is a bruising running back who placed third at the state weightlifting meet with a bench press of 360 pounds. Clyde is a high-character kid who holds offers from Miami and South Alabama. Newton most likely projects as a fullback at the next level.
53 T.J. Douglas ATH 6-1 185 Fort MyersDouglas is an outstanding quarterback for the Green Wave who passed for just over 1,400 yards and rushed for about 600 yards last season. Douglas who is mainly being recruited as an athlete, holds offers from FIU and Arkansas State. T.J. is also getting some serious looks from UCF.
54 Reggie Meant DL 6-4 235 Cape Coral Ida Baker Meant is a lean athlete whose best days are ahead of him. Reggie has the frame to add on another 25 pounds down the road. Meant holds offers from Western Michigan and Ball State.
55 Wesley Bullock RB 5-7 175 Tampa Plant Bullock might be tiny but he proved himself last season during Plant's state title run, especially in the state final. Wesley rushed for just over 1,600 yards last season and earned third team Class 8A all-state recognition. Bullock currently holds offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, and Western Kentucky. The MAC would seem to be a great fit.
56 Will Worth LB/QB 6-1 210 Lithia Newsome Worth might well be the toughest quarterback in the state this season. He not only runs Newsome's run-oriented option offense but also stars at linebacker and rarely leaves the field. Worth is a high academic (4.0 g.p.a.) athlete who currently holds offers from Navy and Furman.
57 Kyle Jones OL 6-4 290 Mulberry Jones is a very rugged lineman who recently commited to FIU. Kyle is a weight room warrior who can bench press 400 pounds. This first team All-Polk County hog could see his stock rise over the course of this coming season.
58 Matt Breida RB 5-9 175 Brooksville Nature Coast Brieda is a scatback who rushed for well over 300 yards against Brooksville Central last season. Matt has put a concentrated effort into his off-season training and it has paid off so far with offers from Toledo, Akron, UMass, Ball State, and Georgia Southern.
59 Derrick Doss ATH 5-9 195 Largo Doss is another multi-sport standout who earned second team all-state mention as a linebacker after making close to 100 tackles in 2011. Doss is also a running back who returned six kicks for scores last season. Doss placed sixth at the state wrestling tournament. Western Kentucky is reportedly close to offering Doss.
60 Zach Benjamin WR 6-4 180 Tampa Catholic Benjamin is a tall and lanky receiver who has seen his stock rise over the past few months. Benjamin who currently holds offers from Air Force, Toledo, and UMass is expected to flourish in TC's new spread offense directed by junior quarterback Chivarsky Corbett.