It appears to be an extemely deep year along the defensive line with a lot of names emerging from around the state. Columbia's Tim Jernigan is as close to prototype as you can get, he has terrific size and the athleticism to match. Jernigan appears to be a Florida lean at this time. Four other players in Northeast Florida should receive plenty of interest, First Coast's Derrick Mitchell, Lake Butler's Lonnie Gosha, Menendez's Ryan Bryson, and Raines Chris Jones. Each possess some rare attributes at their size.
Island Coast's Aaron Lynch sits on eight offers including Miami and Alabama, the 6'5 athlete has rare athletic gifts and is still young physically. Manatee's Quinton Pompey was a big reason for their playoff surge, he continues to add size and strength to an impressive frame. Fort Meade's Brandon Fulse could wind up at anywhere along either line, he is a player with enormous potential. Alonso's Anthony Chickillo has the bloodlines with a father who played at Miami, he is a force on the edge. Venice's Clay Burton has started for two years and is an athlete on the edge with a great motor. Desoto Count's Dalton Wertz plays both ways at OT and DT, he is a tough inside force who makes plays in the backfield. Southeast's Giovani Francois has as much athleticism as anyone, consistency is the key for him going forward. Cape Coral's Edsel Caprice recently blazed a sub 4.5 40 at a combine at 6'2, 190, he had 20 sacks as a junior.
Dade County is always home to some of the top defensive line talent and it appears to be a very deep year. Killian's Arrington Jenkins had a huge sophomore year, but did not play as a junior, he should re-emerge in the Spring. Booker T. Washington's Elkino Watson is a force in the middle of the Tornado defense. Central's Miles Pace is one of the more intriguing prospects in the state, he has great size, he is a fantastic athlete at his size, it will be interesting to see how he is used as a senior. Homestead's Ricardo Williams has the first step and length to attract a lot of interest, his best days are clearly a few years out. A slightly thinner version is Hialeah American's Willie Bromell. Columbus's Anthony Rabassa has been a consistent force for the past two years. Jackson's Ruben Carter, Coral Reef's Stephen Morrell, and Homestead's Chavis Atkins round out the strong group in Dade as potential difference making DTs.
Broward and Palm Beach are home to plenty of talent as well, Northeast's B.J. Debose has the type of elite skill set that is hard to find at 6'4, 235, he came on down the stretch to lead the Hurricane playoff push. Less than three miles away is Tevin Westbrook from Pine Crest. The Panthers are not generally known for producing football players, but Westbrook at 6'5, 240 should have plenty of schools dropping by in the Spring. Hollywood Hills Brian Sylvestre has a lot of upside at 6'4, 220. Dwyer's Curt Maggitt is as quick off the edge as anyone, he has started to pack on the pounds. Plantation's Ryan Shazier is a little thicker, but lacks ideal height, he has shown the speed and athleticism to be a force on the edge whether it is as a DE or OLB. Zion Lutheran's Manual Agaji has elite size, his level of competition will be questioned. Ely's Wilkins Brutus flashed the ability to get after the passer, Glades Central's Robert Way is another terrific athlete from the muck.