2010 Prospect Report: Jacksonville

2010 Prospect Report:  Jacksonville

After a somewhat down year in 2009 the Jacksonville Area looks to have a very deep class for 2010. Northeast Florida recruiting is one of the more competitive areas in the state due to the proximity of UF/FSU and many SEC/ACC schools.

QUARTERBACK


Three QB's are on the radar. Chandler Carr(Bolles), Malik Jackson(Ribault), and Jake Medlock(Fletcher). Medlock is an outstanding athlete with a great arm who put up solid numbers in 2008. Carr was part of a two QB system that led Bolles to the State Championship, he will be watched closely in the Spring. Jackson has the height and arm, he needs to show more consistency.


RUNNING BACK


Ed White's Casey Turner might be the state's most under rated back. Turner ran through area defenses for over 1,800 yards. He is excellent between the tackles and has enough juice to break long runs. Jawan Jamison from Bolles came on late in the year with some big playoff games. Jamison split time with Stephen Barnett(Tulane signee), but flashed the ability to be a great back at the next level.

Fleming Island's Robert Boswell and Malcolm Jones get carries, but both might project to a different position at the next level. Boswell is shorter, but shiftier with excellent feet. Jones has more deep speed and a better frame.


WIDE RECEIVERS


Ribault's Javon Bell averaged close to 30 yards per catch and is a big play waiting to happen every time he touches it. With solid height and upper tier acceleration, Bell is a prospect who should attract plenty of attention. Silky smooth Sean Tapley at Raines is a treat to watch. At 6'0, with sub 4.5 speed, and the ability to go up and get the ball, Tapley has a bright future.

LINEMEN


Very deep, very talented. Raines Louis Nix made an early commitment to Miami and is widely regarded as one of the top DT prospects in the country. Nix struggled with his weight last year(injury), but came on strong in the last two games.

Bolles Brent Benedict is a tremendous OT prospect. He needs to get stronger, but has every other intangible to excel at the next level. Fleming Island's Ian Silberman committed to UF back in July of 2008 and has quick feet for a big guy and has started to pick up the finer points of the position, if he can add the necessary weight, he could play early.

Perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the area is Tavadis Glenn from Terry Parker. At 6'4+, Glenn has shown great ability at DT.....but he has tantalizing upside on the OL. First Coast's Tavaris Barnes is also an outstanding athlete with an elite frame. He has flown a little under the radar, it is an important Spring for him.

Kenneth Bizier from Ed White needs to get more consistent and work on his back pedal. He has near prototype size at 6'5, 280, he might project inside to guard. Jacksonville Fletcher's Dylan Bostic has flashed big time potential athletically. He needs to develop a mean streak in the running game.

LINEBACKERS


Addison Denney plays with his hand down right now, but he has LB size at 6'2, 205ish. If he can show the ability to play in space, he should project well to certain defensive schemes. Jacksonville Fletcher's Jamal Christopher is super athlete for a player who is 6'3, 225. At that size, he will be interesting to some schools at DE.

Orange Park's Demetre Baker has all the attributes to be a top flight LB. He made a smooth transition from DE to LB as a junior. At MLB Bolles Josh Hood racked up 144 tackles. A natural, pure MLB, Hood has the necessary size at 215 and plays downhill.

DEFENSIVE BACKS


This position is as deep and talented as the linemen. Just like there(OL/DT), there are a number of players who could project to DB or WR here.

Andrew Jackson has a pair of top flight athletes. Derek Owens is probably the best pure athlete in the area. At 5'11, those skills translate best to CB where he should be a lockdown type who can match-up with any type of wideout. Marquel Wade is a little more raw, but has better straight line speed and is more physical than Owens. He could be a deep threat at WR or play FS.

Trinity Christian's Rashad Knight has the potential to be that physical corner that colleges covet. Knight has played RB, WR, CB, S, Knight can flat run. Team mate Matt Hardy is a S prospect who has great ability.

Paxon's Ryan Lankford is super smooth, he is effortless running. The jack of all trades even punts and kickoffs. He needs some weight, but he has the tools to play CB at a high level.

Desmond Cooper from Bolles has elite height at 6'2 and has the physicality that schools like to see at S. Baker County's Darvin Ruise is strong safety prospect who has played QB in the past.

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