2008 was a very strong year for LBs in the state, 2009 and 2010 lacked some depth. It remains to be seen what will happen in 2011. Kathleen's Gionni Paul is a classic Polk County LB, he can run and is tough as nails, he figures to be in the discussion for top 'backers in the state. Lincoln's Javaris Allen has been around for seemingly forever, he makes plays on both sides of the ball, but figures to settle in on the defensive side. Freedom's Anthony Harrell has terrific size at 215+, if he continues to develop he could have a monster senior season in the Tampa Area. Dr. Phillips is home to LaQuentin Smith, a 6'1, 215 pound hitter with range.
Coral Gables Denzel Perryman had a super sophomore year, he was solid as a junior, he possesses considerable athletic gifts and is considered the top LB in Dade County. Central's Dwight Jackson, American's Rashad Forbes, Northwestern's Lyndon Edwards, Hialeah-Miami Lakes Rakim Carter, and Miami Springs Ladell Pleasure are a quintet of LBs in Dade County who might have something to say about being the top LB in Dade, once again there appears to be great depth in the southern part of the state. Boyd Anderson's Kent Turene will try and make a case for being the best LB in South Florida in 2010. Few possess the all around game of Turene.
Moving up the coast, Fort Pierce Central's Wonderful Monds is a third generation talent, the 6'3 rangy defender has all the tools to be a special player. Suncoast's Tim Granger continues the tradition of top athletes at the school that produced Devin Hester. Cape Coral's Josh Monteagudo has made the transition from S to LB, he will bring that DB athleticism to his MLB spot. In Central Florida, Seminole's Serderius Bryant was a starter on the state title team as a sophomore, he lacks great height, but has all the other tools. Olympia's Corian Hamilton is another bigger athlete that can run. Jermaine McKinney leads a trifecta of Armwood LBs, his length and first step have drawn the attention of college recruiters. Another Tampa area LB is Robinson's Tevin Newman, Newman needs to get stronger, but flies to the football. Menendez's Tony Stewart appears to be the top LB in Northeast Florida, he has great size and fills against the run as well as anyone.