Breaking Down Florida: The S's

Breaking Down Florida:  The S's

After Spring and many summer University camps it is becoming apparent that the Sunshine State is once again loaded and extremely deep for 2010. With well over 300 players expected to sign D-1 scholarships, SunStateFootball.com breaks down the players by position.

THE SAFETIES

1. Jonathan Dowling: The UF commit registered 14 picks as a junior and at over 6'2 has the length and speed to be a big time center fielder at the next level. He further displayed the athleticism at camps where he has shined at WR. He possesses a ton of potential down the road.

2. Lamarcus Joyner: Elite, versatile athlete who has made the move to St. Thomas where he might play mostly offense. 'Mr. Frankenstein' stands a little over 5'8, but has long arms and will knock you out with vicious hits. Has stated his desire to play S in college, but could play CB or perhaps WR. Florida State is his childhood favorite with Ohio State lurking.

3. Matt Elam: Another UF commit, Elam has simply been an elite player and prospect since he stepped foot on the field as a freshmen. Brother, Abram, is an NFLer and Elam has starred on both sides of the ball. There is some question as to whether he stays at S or moves up to LB, there is no question he will make an impact.

4. Marvin Robinson: The Michigan commit has been a Central Florida standout for two years. A complete package of quality speed, instincts, and hitting ability, he appears to a perfect fit at SS for the Wolverines.

5. Greg Dent: The versatile muck star has seen a lot of action at CB and could play there. He is also an excellent WR. It is perhaps at S where his ceiling resides however. Dent has speed, smooth hips, and a knack for making plays....three great qualities in a S.

6. Demar Dorsey: The UF commit is the fastest player on this list. Long and lean he has a world of potential. He will more than likely get a look at CB, but seems to prefer S. He has yet to truly take over a game and make his presence felt, but that should happen in 2009 in a loaded Boyd Anderson secondary.

7. Chad Abrams: The FSU commit is rock solid as a prospect. He moves well in space, will hit, and has a good feel for the game. Had five interceptions as a junior.

8. Brian Robinson: Part of the top secondary in the state, Robinson is a two year starter for St. Thomas. He has the hips to turn and run in coverage and isn't afraid to help mix it up near the line of scrimmage in the running game.

9. Devont'a Davis: Talented prospect from Gainesville, Davis is a bit of a hybrid CB/S. Has flashed potential at the CB spot. He will need to add weight to be an effective safety. Holds offers from Arkansas, South Carolina, Louisville, and Miami.

10. Desmond Cooper: The Wake Forest commit is the ballhawk for State Champion Bolles. He has great length coupled with solid speed. Smart player who understands how to bait QB's into mistakes. He will need to add some weight, but no one does it better right now than the Demon Deacons.

11. Mark Joyce: Athlete. Joyce has a plus size/speed combination. He is raw as a player and needs to show more desire to hit to reach his ceiling. Could make the move to OLB if he continues to grow. A big senior year will see him move up the rankings.

12. Marc Deas: Deas is a Georgia commit who does a little bit of everything for the Kowboys. From Chad Simmons, "Deas is a very smart player and he lines up in the box at middle linebacker for Osceola. He will drop back to safety in college and his awareness, instincts, and closing speed will be strengths there like they are at linebacker in high school. He is a sure tackler, he is a leader, and he will make a smooth transition. The big adjustment will come in coverage. That will be something he has to work on."

13. Korey Jackson: At 6'2 has the height that is coveted at S. He is on the lean side, but has the frame to carry the necessary weight. He is the school's record holder in the high jump. Athlete. Holds an in-state offer from UCF.

14. Joseph Byrd: Blazed a 10.5 100 during track season. Has deep speed to go with great acceleration. Has played mostly RB where he had a solid sophomore campaign and played through injuries as a junior. A little raw as a DB, but has a high ceiling as a center fielder. Could play CB.

15. Demetrius Pettway: Versatile star for Homestead who should find a home at S in college. Average size and speed, but has the high game IQ coupled with feel to make up for it. He should get a look at CB.

16. Donald Reseau: Ran a sub 4.5 40 at 6'0, 180, Reseau is a hitter who likes contact. Raw in pass coverage, but showed improvement in the Spring. Hard worker both in the weight room and in the classroom.

17. Lavaughn Wigham: One of the players expected to lead Southridge back in 2009, Whigham could wind up at WR. Had a great camp at UF which has attracted interest and 69 tackles as a junior. A big senior year should see his stock rise.

18. Michael Anderson: Probably the player who has the most riding on his senior year, Anderson has considerable upside. He is versatile enough to play RB, WR, or DB. Seems to have the attributes that fit in at S. Big things are expected of him this season.

19. Travis Bell: Bell has played some CB and S for Glades Central. He has the athleticism to be a major force and at times has shown it on the field. He needs to be more consistent. At 6'1 with speed, there is a lot to like here.

20. Joe Johnson: Johnson stands 5'11, but has a thick sturdy frame and will play physical. Very active player who is always around the ball. Johnson has the speed to play Free Safety at the next level.

21. Raheam Buxton: Did not start as a junior for talented Pahokee, but had his coming out party in the Spring Game. More of that and Buxton will have plenty of interest. Like Anderson, he is expected to have a big senior year.

22. Kyle Waldrop: WR, S, OLB, top tier baseball player, Waldrop is an elite athlete who makes plays. At 6'2 with speed, he has a lot of potential down the road.

23. Woodley Cadet: The UCF commit has an elite frame with plus speed. While solid on the field, we would like to see him take the next step and become a dominant player like he is capable of being.

24. E.J. Johnson: Had three picks in the State Title Game to hold off Godby. Johnson has an excellent size/speed ratio who needs to get more physical against the run.

25. Justin Grant: Has played RB, WR, CB, and S for Venice, but will likely take over RB duties in 2009. Grant is a well built 6'0, 190 with 4.6 speed. He had an excellent second half of his junior year and should build on that as a senior.

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