Plenty of Talent Still Available

Plenty of Talent Still Available

With just over two weeks until signing day recruiting is about to heat up across the country. The state of Florida has over 200 players that are committed to D-1 programs, here is a look at some of the players still available.

Quarterback

Probably the most intriguing QB available is Tarean Austin a 6'3 athlete that has a ton of upside and made some strides as a senior. Brandon Doughty is more of a pro style QB, he has a plus arm and can make all the throws. He has visits set up for FAU and Western Kentucky. Former Wyoming commit C.J. Bennett is still thinking about the Cowboy's, but was closing in on a USF offer before the situation changed in Tampa. Bennett has great touch and experience in the spread offense.

Running Back

Brandon Gainer is expected to join team mates Godfrey and Reese in Orlando, but has yet to make that public. Tevin Drake has shredded area defenses for three years with his bruising style, he might be looking for an offer closer to home. James Holland probably has flown under the radar more than any other back in the state, the 5'10 , 190 pound athlete has the speed to get deep and the power to run inside. Bolles RB Jawan Jamison is still considering Rutgers, South Carolina, and Northern Illinois. Fernandina Beach's Tahj Kimble seems to impress all who see him, Michigan State recently began courting the talented back.

Wide Receiver

Some big time talent is still available here, Christian Green will ultimately be choosing between Florida State and Georgia, the Bulldog's are trying to turn Green, a player with deep FSU ties. Kadron Boone has spent most of the year happily committed to Texas Tech, but the coaching change, with the expected offense to be different under Tuberville, has him open on the recruiting trail. The Big 3 have made a run at him, but Boone was headed out of state to begin with and may ultimately find a home outside the Sunshine State. Manatee's electric Ace Sanders is still open on the recruiting trail, few players are as easy of projection as Sanders, he should be an outstanding slot receiver in college. Dunbar's Joel German recently received a qualifying test score, interest has risen in the pure WR who now sports multiple offers.

Tight End

Northwestern's Charles Fashaw is the state's top available TE prospect, the 6'5 athlete should attract some attention down the stretch. Orlando Jones Stacey Robinson has a very high ceiling, he still has some work to do in the classroom, but appears on track. Pace's Kendall Montgomery will need some time to develop, but the 6'6 frame gives teams plenty to work with. The panhandle's Chad Hollifield is a player that is an excellent blocker and can stretch defenses vertically.

Offensive Line

Chaz Green was leaning heavily to Tennessee, but the coaching change has allowed the Gators and several other programs including USC to enter the mix. A pair of ex-Stanford commits, Torrian Wilson and Joe McNamara, find themselves without a home. Wilson has many suitors, notably USF and Michigan.

Defensive Line

Ex-Miami commit Todd Chandler recently visited Louisville and has some family ties to Tampa(USF), so those figure to be the favorites. FSU and Michigan are a pair of bigger names that are still recruiting the state's most intense player. Calvin Smith was a Vol, but the coaching change has opened him back up a bit, he is expected to take visits. Corey Lemonier has almost all the offers east of the Mississippi, but it figures to be a three team race between Auburn, FSU, and Miami. A player that has really see interest rise is Rutherford's Sean Watson, he is being courted both as an offensive and defensive linemen.

Linebacker

Christian Jones has been expected to sign with FSU for over two years, when Bowden retired it gave Jones some pause and the door was open for some teams to pounce. He is expected to end up in Tallahassee, but Miami and UF are trying to secure a visit. Desmond Kearse is headed to Maryland this weekend and it will not surprise if he commits soon, the pass rushing specialist seems to have found a great fit for his skills. Darrin Kitchens is a tremendous athlete, his 19 sacks at Homestead this year has attracted the attention of over 10 schools, he has visited Syracuse and FSU, is at UF this weekend, and will be at USF next weekend. Vinnie Mauro is still considering Navy and Wisconsin.

Defensive Back

Tony Grimes was once thought to be a lock to Michigan, but the cold seems to be giving him second thoughts, look for him to stay closer to home, possibly in-state. Tre Boston was a solid Cincinnati commit, but Kelly's departure has allowed North Carolina to jump into the mix amongst others. Physical DB Rashad Knight will trip to Michigan this weekend, he has visited Auburn, and still has Rutgers and Mississippi lined up.

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