2010 Prospect Report: Dade County Defense

2010 Prospect Report:  Dade County Defense

Every year Dade County produces a ton of football talent. The 'chatter' of a big-time class of athletes for 2010 is starting to come to fruition. A look at the defensive side of the ball.

DEFENSIVE LINE


Hialeah's Corey Lemonier might be the biggest no brainer in Dade. He has prototype size/frame at DE with the athleticism to play OLB in a 3-4 scheme. Lemonier should be ranked up there with the top DE prospects in the country and his offer sheet grows every day. Lynden Trail from Booker T. Washington has tantalizing upside. The 6'6 height is appealing, but at 210 pounds, Trail needs to add weight and strength to that frame.

Not from 'Dade', but south to the Keys is another prospect whose best days are way ahead of him. Thomas Ryan from Marathon stands 6'4, 240, he has offers from Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Ryan seldom leaves the field playing OT and DE. Delvin Jones at Palmetto was listed with the Tight Ends, but he could be a DE as well, he registered 20 sacks last year at Lasalle.

DT Todd Chandler from Northwestern is already committed to Miami, the 6'0 terror lacks ideal height, but few can match his production and no one can match his intensity. Hialeah's Calvin Smith teams with Lemonier to form a potent duo on the DL. At 6'3, 265 Smith has a great frame to work with and solid athleticism. Richard Dozier at Homestead is an intriguing prospect who will be watched closely in the Spring.


LINEBACKERS


Ransom Everglades Gideon Ajagbe is an elite athlete with eye popping measurables for his size. He has produced playing both ways for a long time. The only concerns are level of competition and what position to project him to.

Darren Kitchens from Homestead and Darius Davis from Krop are both big-time talents with some question marks. Davis is transfering in from Bay Point and will need to show the form he displayed as a sophomore. Kitchens has a lot of upside as an athlete, the issue is how big he ultimately will get, that will determine LB or S at the next level.

Rashard Gaitor recently transferred from Hallandale to Miami Northwestern. He has great intangibles and is a hitter who plays with an edge. He should have a big senior year. Ralph Williams from Gulliver played mostly DE last year, however he projects to LB where he has flashed great tools. He will need to show he can transition to playing in space.

A few more LB's to keep an eye on are Isaac Dixon(Pace), Derrick Dansby(Central), and Tommy Heffernan(Columbus).


SECONDARY


Even with the departure of Lamarcus Joyner to Broward, Dade County still has a big-time group of athletes in the secondary. Hialeah's Ravonne Carter has the type of size that colleges covet at CB. He has a higher ceiling at CB than S. Killian's Richard Leonard is small(5'8), but he is very fast registering a 4.36 at the Under Armour combine. Despite the lack of elite size, he is very physical.

Carol City's Gareef Glashen will be one of the most closely watched prospects in the Spring. If he continues to progress at corner, his stock will begin a steady climb. He has the raw tools to be very successful at the next level. Edison's Dion Hanks is flying under the radar, but he has lockdown skills and enough size to mix it up. Northwestern's Khalid Marshall is solid across the board. With two years of starting experience Marshall is savvy in the passing game, he needs to show more physicality in the running game.

Demetrius Pettway from Homestead is a long time contributor who might be able to play CB. If not, he will be a rangy center fielder who will come up big in the running game. At 6'2, South Dade's Korey Jackson has the height schools are looking for, he can put his name on the map with a big Spring.

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