2012: The Quarterbacks

Bennie Coney

The state of Florida usually produces between 10-17 players who sign with D-1 schools. Here is a look at some of the prospects that are on the radar for 2012.

Plant City's Bennie Coney did not have the junior year that he wanted. He missed half the season due to some issues. He may be the most talented in the state however and he almost certainly will return next year with something to prove. Coney is an athlete that also possesses an elite arm with the ability to make all the throws.


Copeland is an elite athlete that could play multiple positions at the next level
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Travares Copeland was poised to lead Westwood to a state title before an unfortunate injury cut his season short in week 11(punched at bottom of pile). The 6'0 star has a terrific arm, but it is his athleticism that will help reel the colleges in. He will get looks as a CB and WR. As a QB there is little he can't do and he has led his squad to many wins over the last three years. He is an elite play-maker who is perfectly suited for spread type offenses. He has transferred to Treasure Coast for his senior season.

Tampa King's Greg Windham is rising up college boards. He is another QB that brings athleticism to the position. Windham threw for close to 1,500 yards and 17 TDs and should hook up with Chris Murray plenty next season. He is not a name that is well known right now, but expect that to change over the next six months.

A trio of QBs have been on the radar awhile: Jupiter's Tyler Cameron, Bartram Trail's Nathan Peterman, and Countryside's Gray Crow. Cameron reminds many of Tebow, the southpaw has the same type of athleticism and running style. He has excellent touch and accuracy, but will need to improve his arm strength.

Peterman is deadly accurate is a pro style type QB that should see plenty of interest. Right now he is the top pure QB in the state because of his size(6'2) and arm. He was very impressive last summer in Tuscaloosa at the National 7on7. Crow can wow you with his size, arm strength, and accuracy. He has done most of his damage at combines, but has yet to put it all together on the field. He has one more year to do it.

Dade Christian's Bilal Marshall is going to remind many of Jacory Harris. The 6'3 slender righty has the same type of tools except he is a better athlete. While Harris played 6A(in the toughest district), Marshall is playing 1B. New Lakeland signal caller Jadrian Clark(formerly at George Jenkins) might have been Polk County's best as a junior, it will be interesting to see how the Dreadnaught's use the passer. He has good athleticism and an accurate arm. Seabreeze's Trenton Norvell has elite size at 6'5 and he can make some plays with his feet. He is raw as a passer, but he showed marked improvement throughout last year. He has been a hot name on the recruiting trail thus far.


Mouton should build on a solid junior year
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Golden Gate's Kenneth Mouton can be as good as anyone in the state. The 6'2, 195 pounder brings a cannon for an arm and the speed to do some damage with his feet. His father played at Michigan and he is poised for a big senior season after bouncing around earlier in his career. Tarpon Springs Louie Pappas is yet another Tampa area signal caller that should attract D-1 interest. Pappas makes a deadly combo with WR Runaldo Wright.

Matt Dobson appears to be the top QB in the panhandle. He has received a lot of early interest, particularly from Georgia Tech, and that is expected to continue. He is a dual threat type. Other panhandle QBs include Taylor Scott, Dennis Andrews, and Ronald Butler. Butler led Lincoln to the 4A state title.

Several of the best high school QBs in the state lack ideal measurables. Nick Patti led Dr. Phillips to the 6A title game and can make all the throws as well as run a sophisticated offense. He is strong and thick, but his 5'10 height will hurt him on the recruiting trail. Lake Worth's Evan Moore is a little taller, but needs to add some weight. He is deadly accurate with great touch.

E.J. Hilliard and Gunner Holcombe will try to make up for lost time as neither started as a junior. Both are 6'2+ and will need to have big Spring's to start to land offers.

Charlotte's Zack Hammond is one to watch. He learned a new offense last year and led the Fighting Tarpon's to the state quarter-finals. He should be more comfortable as a senior. Riverdale's Jeff Colton is a dual threat that was off to a fast start before an injury cut his season short. He could surprise some as a senior.

A pair of small school products, Javan Shastasy and Kedric Bostic, will try to get looks despite playing in the state's lowest class. Shashaty has put up video game numbers while Bostic has replaced JC legend Marshyl Rothman.

It has been reported that St. Thomas received a transfer from the Northeast, Faton Bauta, we have not had an opportunity to see him yet.

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