1. Louis Nix: The Miami commit and Raines standout had an alright junior year after a spectacular sophomore campaign. Injuries hurt in 2008 which led to weight problems, but we look for Nix to bounce back in 2009 and play to his potential.....which is a monster DT. Nix possesses the natural size and quick first step to be a dominating DT in the mold of many of Miami's past great's.
2. Todd Chandler: There is not a better DT in the state as a player and there is not a more intense individual on the field than Chandler. Another Miami commit, Chandler simply dominates the line of scrimmage and makes his presence felt. He perhaps lacks an inch or two of height, but this star is technically ready to step in and play a role early in his career.
3. Darius Cummings: The FSU commit is a dominating linemen not unlike 2009 commit Demonte McAllister. He is versatile enough to play inside or out and has a great set of tools. Cummings lit up FSU's camp after his sophomore year where most were surprised he was not a would be senior. Upside.
4. Tavaris Barnes: The second FSU commit on the list, Barnes has a prototype frame and tremendous athleticism. He needs to get more dominant on the field and start to take over games. Right now, this is projection, but few have the upside of Barnes.
5. Alton Bailey: The Armwood standout made a name for himself in a high profile game vs. Plant where he seemingly was all over the place. Bailey can be as good as he wants to be down the road.
6. Calvin Smith: The Hialeah standout plays with the state's #1 DE in Corey Lemonier. Smith is a physical inside force that is rock solid. Good size, athleticism, and first step, Smith sports offers from UF, FSU, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Illinois.
7. Leon Orr: The UF commit is the most intriguing player on this list. He actually plays TE and looks good doing it. A super athlete with size, Orr's issue is that he has yet to make his presence felt at his projected position. Given his physical characteristics, Orr should be dominating games at DT. UF loves speed and upside, Orr fits that perfectly.
8 and 9. Antonio Ford and Richard Ash: The two Pahokee DT's are about the same size. Ford is the better football player today, Ash has tantalizing upside. With Willie Bowles and Doral Willis, Pahokee will have a number of two way linemen in 2009. Ash is getting interest from USC and UF while Ford holds offers from Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, WVU, and Minnesota. Ford is the more likely to play OL at the next level.
10. Danny Palmer: Has the height(6'4), but will need to add some weight(240). Palmer is an extremely physical, tough, and relentless DL who plays with a high motor. An explosive first step with great lateral agility project well to the next level. He has an outstanding work ethic with leadership qualities.
11. Eric Hammond: The best DT on the West Coast of Florida, this Tampa area product has transfered from Chamberlain to Wharton for his senior year. At 6'3, 310, Hammond is a massive interior presence who sports an Illinois offer.
12. Andrew Rice: Solid sized three-technique DT who is committed to UCF. Rice is a player who comes in fundamentally sound and ready to make an impact for the Knights.