Broward County Recruiting Update

Jelani Hamilton

Spring football is over and now prospects will head north to university camps this summer as well as play high school team 7on7. We continue our update in talent rich Broward County where more than 50 prospects are likely to sign with D-1 schools.

The Committed

Wide open County in terms of recruiting. Miami is close and they do well, but so does UF and FSU and many other schools. There are some of the most talented teams in the state in Broward.


Johnson is committed to LSU but looking around some
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Avery Johnson made an early commitment to LSU following his brother Patrick Peterson. He has remained committed, but has visited a lot of other schools. There is every reason to believe that he will stick with LSU in the end. Johnson has all the tools to be dominant WR.

Willie Bailey was committed to Miami before switching it up to Florida. The 6'1 athlete could play either CB or S. He will need to get better in transition to play CB or add significant weight for Safety. Bailey is a player that has great speed, therefore upside. His length also makes him very intriguing down the road.

Justin Ferguson committed to Notre Dame. The Flanagan stand-out WR transferred from Philadelphia and made a big impact in his first year in Florida. He plays the WR position like a RB--very physically--and at 6'0+, 185+ he possesses a strong build. Ferguson lacks great speed so figures to be a possession type. He also has potential as a Safety.

Minnesota has made it a priority to recruit South Florida and they have received a commitment from Dinero Moss already. The 6'0 CB is an excellent pick-up for the Gopher's. He has the type of skills to make an impact up there. A pair of his team mates are also on the radar.

Kansas is not active in Broward, but they secured one of the fastest players in the state in Daniel Gray. Gray, from Boyd Anderson, plays at a school that has produced a ton of DBs, therefore he has not played a ton. He showed the tools to be special however in the off-season. Just watching him run is something to see. He has a lot of upside.

Marshall Morgan is perhaps the top kicker in the country and has committed to Georgia.

Top Uncommitted

Tracy Howard: The Miramar corner is in the running for being the best in the country at his position. Elite cover skills. Howard is considered a lean to UF at this time, but that will not stop a slew of schools trying to pursue him down the stretch. Figures to make an early impact where ever he goes.


Howard is one of the elite CBs in the country
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Jelani Hamilton: The top prospect at powerhouse St. Thomas, he has as high of ceiling as anyone in the county. At 6'4, 250, he runs really well and showed be can take over a game as a junior. Still a little inconsistent at times. Holds many major offers, but most think he ends up in-state.

Malcolm Lewis: Another Miramar player, this time a WR, he just continues to impress. Might be the top WR on the field in the state. Simply makes plays. A player who could line-up anywhere at WR, but might be a star in the slot. Holds Big 3 offers amongst many more. West Virginia will be a factor as they have a pipeline at Miramar.

Kevis Jones: Jones has long arms, great athleticism, and good speed. At 6'2, 210, he has played QB, WR, and LB in high school and will likely settle in at LB in college. He is raw and will need a little time at college before making an impact, but his ceiling is a high one. He has attracted plenty of offers and more are on the way. He is open on the recruiting trail, but would like to stay close to home.

Dami Ayoola: Reminds some of former team mate James White(who was terrific as a frosh at Wisconsin). Ayoola has good size, enough speed, and possesses quality vision and intangibles. His BCS offer list is growing. Biggest concern for Ayoola is that there are several other talented backs at STA which cuts down on his carries(and thus production and opportunity).

Dion Witty: Top corner prospect that continues to impress through camps. Was off the radar early and has only just started to get major interest. Witty is considered very open on the trail and his best days are still a few years out.

MacGarrett Kings: Very interesting prospect as he has played RB, but most are projecting him to WR. Kings has great hands and a strong body. There is speed and quickness here. He has reeled in a slew of offers and some big boys are lurking.

Hugs Etienne: Considered a top athlete with great quickness, Etienne has seen his stock rise throughout the Spring. Should play CB at the next level and will need to add some weight and strength. Wisconsin has worked their way into good shape with Etienne.


Garcia has elite tools
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Five to Watch

Abraham Garcia: A player with as much potential as anyone on this list. The mammoth OT just needs to stay healthy. Garcia missed his junior year with injuries. He was a player that was getting early, major offers and those will all be there if he shows he is healthy as a senior.

Nicco Whigham: Played through an injury last year which affected his play. He is a sleeper right now because of it. At 6'1, he is starting to get looks at CB because of his outstanding feet. Look for him to turn in a terrific senior season and start to attract the interest he deserves.

Devonte Mathis: All the tools are there for Mathis and he has plus size(6'2, 210) at the WR position. He has been moved around a little, thus needs some time to settle into the position. That has not stopped schools from offering him and there is a good chance we have not seen the best of Mathis yet. Could be a top 5 prospect in Broward by the end of his senior season.

Bryan Cox Jr: Cox moved to South Florida as his dad--Dolphins legend Bryan Cox--is now a coach for the 'Phins. He is at St. Thomas where he will play on a DL that should have at least four D-1 players. He moved down with offers and it will be interesting to watch him as a senior against Florida competition.

Orlando David: Another player with terrific physical gifts, but has been hit by the injury bug. Needs to show that he is healthy as a senior. Schools have offered him however, which speaks to his athletic tools.

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