20 in Dade

Duke Johnson

Dade County is perhaps the most fertile area in the country in terms of producing D-1 talent. Not only does it produce depth, but it produces high end talent such as Andre Johnson, Chad Johnson, Jon Vilma, and Santana Moss. SunStateFootball takes a look at 20 players in Dade County for 2012.


Duke Johnson, Miami Norland

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 180

Position: Running Back/Cornerback

Early Leader: Committed to Miami

Johnson is one of those players that just has it. He led the Viking's to the 3A title game making plays on both sides of the ball. He has quickness and speed to go with a well rounded game(threat in passing game). Johnson loves to compete, the only concern is size and when you watch him live, he plays big and physical.

Ricardo Louis, Miami Beach

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 210

Position: Wide Receiver

Early Leader: Miami appears in the lead with FSU, UF, OSU, and Alabama in pursuit.

Louis is forced to play QB at Miami Beach and does not have a ton of talent around him. He possesses great size and sub 4.55 speed. He will need a little adjustment time where ever he plays, but has one of the highest ceilings in the state. Should get plenty of work at WR during 7on7's and camps. Louis could get a look at Safety as well down the road.

Kinsey could play LB or DE at next level
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Eric Kinsey, Northwestern

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 235

Position: Linebacker

Early Leader: FSU

Has played both LB and DE in high school and could be a factor at either in the future. Big body with speed, he has a high ceiling going forward. Kinsey had an up and down junior year, but is in excellent shape right now and should blow up in the Spring. He is capable of carrying plenty of weight going forward.

A.J. Leggett, Gulliver

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 180

Position: Cornerback

Early Leader: Committed to Miami

Physical DB that played his first two years at Booker T. Washington. Had to play QB last year for Gulliver as well as DB. Very physical with elite instincts, he also possesses tremendous feet. His smooth hips compensate for average speed. Leggett could be a factor at Safety as well.

Keith Brown, Norland

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 210

Position: Linebacker

Early Leader: Committed to Miami

Brown has elite speed for a LB, he has consistently run in the 4.5 range the past two years and shows that speed on the field. He missed the early part of his junior year, but played great late in the year and during the playoff run. Very active, he should have a big senior campaign.

Deon Bush, Columbus

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 180

Position: Defensive Back

Early Leader: Being pursued by Miami, UF, FSU, OSU, and LSU amongst others

Bush might be the best pure athlete on this list, he certainly tests that way. He is long, has elite speed, and can jump out of the gym. Played mostly Safety as a junior, but is getting looks as a CB because of his tools. He needs to be more physical and continue adding weight to his big frame.

Jasper can play on either side of the ball
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

DeAndre Jasper, Jackson

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 185

Position: Wide Receiver

Early Leader: Miami, Florida State, Rutgers

Two-way play-maker for Jackson who figures to settle in as a WR at next level. Jasper is thick on his 5'10 frame and explosive. He has the tools to excel as a kick returner. Had inconsistent QB play, but capable of putting up huge numbers.

Herbert Waters, Homestead

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 175

Position: Wide Receiver

Early Leader: Receiving a lot of interest from BCS schools in Southeast

Waters was forced to play a variety of positions as a junior, but should develop into a WR down the road. He has an outstanding frame with an impressive combination of speed and quickness. Has the look of a big-time kid and is confident in his abilities. Has the potential to rise up the rankings.

Brian Nicholson, Coral Park

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 210

Position: Linebacker

Early Leader: Being recruited by many BCS schools in the Southeast

Another big bodied LB in Dade, Nicholson plays at Coral Park which is just starting to produced players(Jenkins to FSU, Caesar to Michigan State last year). He has flown under the radar, but has the size, speed, and athleticism to make a major impact at the next level. Played some TE/FB as well as a junior. Physically tough.

Torry Clayton, South Dade

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 195

Position: Running Back

Early Interest: Should get plenty of BCS offers by end of Spring

Clayton ran for over 1,100 yards in 6A Dade and has a strong, compact frame. Clayton possesses 4.5 type speed with solid numbers across the board. Lacks ideal height, but really has some weight and strength on his frame. Showing that he is a three down back(which he is) will only up his stock amongst colleges.

Sibiea has the athleticism to one of the most coveted in Dade
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Pedro Sibiea, Homestead

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 260

Position: Defensive Line

Early Leader: UF has offered, FSU and Miami are in contact

Jumbo athlete with solid measurables. Sibiea figures to be a big DE or perhaps add enough weight to move inside. He has terrific speed and quickness for his size. Really shows some explosiveness out of his stance. Raw on the field because of technique, but flashes big play potential. His stock should continue to rise.

Brandon Snell, Norland

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 170

Position: Wide Receiver

Early Leader: Has said Miami, he is getting a lot of looks from BCS schools

Snell might have the best hands in the state; he catches it cleanly and is capable of going up for the football or picking it off the turf. He is more quick than fast and possesses the ability to make defenders miss in space. Snell has added some muscle since last season ended.

James Burgess, Homestead

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 205

Position: Linebacker

Early Leader: Will likely end up in-state

Burgess's father played at Miami in the 90's and he was extremely productive as a junior. He is a touch over 6'0 and has sideline to sideline ability. Burgess had good numbers across the board at the UA combine and figures to be a BCS prospect.

Vernon Davis, Coral Reef

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 170

Position: Cornerback

Early Leader: Should attract plenty of interest in the Spring

Another two-way standout, Davis's ceiling is at CB where he has good speed, quick hips, and athleticism. He is a competitor and could see his stock rise as schools find out about him. Could play WR as well.

Powell had a great junior season that ended in 3A title game
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Teko Powell, Norland

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 265

Position: Defensive Tackle

Early Leader: Spring offers

Powell needs to continue to add weight, but his 6'2 height and raw athleticism project well to the next level. He needs to continue to refine his technique and playing with better pad level, but he should continue to rise up teams boards until signing day.

Nequan Phillips, Southridge

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 180

Position: Cornerback

Early Leader: Should get plenty of offers in the Spring

Physical corner with terrific strength. He will hit on the edge and has the natural cover skills to play man. He has become more explosive over the past year and will be asked to do more in 2011 after Southridge lost two BCS DBs to graduation.

Donaldven Manning, Central

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 160

Position: Cornerback

Early Leader: Committed to Virginia Tech

Former Edison CB is making the move to Central for his senior year. Manning is a pure corner with good height. He needs to get stronger and faster, he has the potential to do both. He will be tested next year in 6A.

Elston Lane, Northwestern

Ht/Wt: 6'1, 190

Position: Wide Receiver

Early Leader: Offers from FIU, FAU, Clemson, Northwestern

Big body with good understanding of the game. Needs to improve his top end speed. Transferred from Gulliver to Northwestern. Will have opportunity to shine as a senior playing for one of state's biggest programs. Excellent hands.

Brandon Radcliff, Columbus

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 200

Position: Running Back

Early Leader: Spring offers

Part of a three-headed RB group at Columbus, Radcliff has thick legs with quality burst and speed. He runs with a lot of power and is capable of being a feature back at the next level. Should team with Lorenzo Woodley to form Dade's top RB combo in 2011.

Amari Cooper, Northwestern

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 170

Position: Wide Receiver

Early Leader: Spring offers

Cooper has the talent to be special, but had an up and down junior year. He needs to catch the ball more consistently. What he has is outstanding athleticism and the ability to run clean, crisp routes. Cooper should have plenty of opportunity in 2011 to shine after MNW lost their three top WRs to gradtuation.

Others to watch: Bilal Marshall, Ernest Freeman, Tony Hamilton, Antwan Jones, Ereck Flowers, Frankie Hernandez, Christian Hill, Steven Braddy

SunStateFootball.com Recommended Stories