Spring Preview: Central Florida

Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix

Spring football starts in the less than a week in Florida, we have broken down the state into 11 regions and continue our preview today with Central Florida.


Central Florida
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Central Florida Facts: Just a touch over 2.4 million people live in the five counties of Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia, and Lake). Cities include Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, and Deland.

Schools play in virtually every class with many in the state's top class(6A).

The University of Central Florida is in this region(Orlando).

Somewhere between 30-50 prospects will sign D-1 letters of intent on average.

Last State Title: 2008 Seminole(6A)

Top 5 Teams

1. Dr. Phillips

2. Deland

3. Apopka

4. Mainland

5. Olympia

Top Spring Games

May 21. Timber Creek at Astronaut

May 25. Dr. Phillips at East Ridge

May 27. Gainesville at Deland

May 28. Lake Mary at Winter Springs


QB Jeff Driskel
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Jeff Driskel, QB, Hagarty: Driskel recently ended his recruitment by committing to Florida. The 6'4, 230 pounder is an ideal fit for the Gator offense. He has a big arm that can make all the throws and his mid 4.5 speed shows the ability to make plays with his feet. Driskel does not have a lot of help around him.

Kevin Sousa, QB, Lake Nona: It is all about upside for Sousa. He possesses prototype size and has a big arm with quality athleticism. Sousa will need a few years to develop in college, but he certainly can be a front line starter down the road.

Tom Smith, RB, Apopka: Mr. Dependable at the RB spot, Smith has terrific size at 6'0, 202. While his speed testing has been merely solid, he runs away on film and appears to possess a little better game speed. He is a complete back that can block, catch the ball, and get the corner. Smith has multiple BCS offers, most recently from Pitt.

Dee Hart, RB, Dr. Phillips: Hart is a dynamic play-maker that is ideally suited to a more open attack. He has plus speed/quickness, can catch the ball, and is just a play-maker. He has added some weight over the last year and looks extremely strong. Michigan has been recruiting him a long time(Ricardo Miller former team mate), but Bama is in the mix as well amongst others.


Mainland RB Marlin Lane
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Marlin Lane, RB, Mainland: A knee injury cut his junior year short, but the Clemson commit had shown plenty the last two years. Lane has ideal size and good speed, it is his fantastic feet that separate him from the pack. He has rare ability to make players miss in the hole and the power to run over them. If he returns to 100%, he is clearly one of the top backs in the Southeast.

Garrett Clark, OL, Mainland: Very competitive player that projects inside to guard. At 6'4, 280, Clark has the natural size and should carry 310+ down the road. Clark plays the game with a mean streak that can't be taught, he really gets after it between the lines. He is receiving a lot of BCS interest.

Max Lang, OL, Boone: Offensive tackle prospect that has all the tools to be a great one. Lang is thought to be staying in-state with FSU or USF the most likely destinations.

Trey Pettis, OL, Deland: FSU commit that plays OT, but projects inside, perhaps to Center. Pettis is young for his class and needs to continue re-shaping his body. He is an outstanding technician in the trenches and huge reason for Deland's dominant run game that saw them in the State Title game last year.

Deon Green, DL, Olympia: He jumps out on film for his explosive first step and ability to consistently wreak havoc in the backfield. His recruitment is just starting to take off, he is clearly a BCS caliber DL prospect.

LaQuentin Smith, LB/S, Dr. Phillips: Smith could play S or LB at the next level depending on how much size he adds to his quality frame. Moves real well north-south and is not afraid to lay some wood when he arrives. Part of the top secondary in the state.

Corian Hamilton, LB/S, Olympia: Hamilton has 17 interceptions over the past two years showing elite ball skills. He is another player that simply might grow into a LB down the road, he has multiple BCS offers.

Pop Saunders, DB, Deland: Florida commit that was one of the top two way performers in the state as a junior. He ran for over 1,000 yards and was a lock down CB on defense. He played through obvious pain in the State Title game and is clearly one of the top overall athletes in Florida.


Deland Athlete Pop Saunders
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Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Dr. Phillips: Perhaps the top Safety in the country, Clinton-Dix recently committed to Alabama. At 6'1, 205 some feel he could play CB if he wanted, that speaks to the type of athlete that he is. Clinton-Dix will be in the discussion for top overall prospect in the state.

Jordan Montgomery, DB, South Lake: Safety that is just starting to take off on the recruiting trail. He holds 4 BCS offers at press time(as well as UCF locally). Montgomery had a terrific Nike Camp in Miami where he showed great range.

Nick Waisome, CB, South Lake: Waisome might be the top CB in the Sunshine State, at 5'10, 170, he holds all of the Big 3 offers. He is expected to stay in-state and it is believed that UF is in the driver's seat. Waisome can flat cover, he simply sits in the receivers backpocket and never leaves.

Cortez Davis, S, Mainland: FSU commit that has as much upside as almost any player on this list. At 6'4, he may get a look at CB because of his athleticism. Davis should play more WR this year and he can make plays there too. In the end, he will probably find a home at Safety.

Five Sleepers

Joshua Jones, QB, East River: Jones has 6'6 size and he threw the ball well last weekend at a combine in Daytona. Florida Analyst Mike Bakas was in attendance and gave Jones a D-1 grade.

Thor Jozwiak, OL, Lake Region: Checked in at 6'3, 259 with terrific speed/athleticism numbers at the UnderArmour Jacksonville combine. He has built on that with several other outstanding performances at camps. He projects inside to guard.

Mike Easton, DB, Winter Park: Big DB that will get a lot of looks to be that physical corner on the outside. Shows good ball skills on film and is starting to attract some BCS interest.

Colin Brown, LB, Timber Creek: At the UA Jacksonville combine Brown checked in 6'0, 210, ran a 4.78 40 yard dash, 4.35 shuttle, 7.27 3-Cone. A 10'2'' broad jump with 34 inch vertical complete this physical package. Look for Brown to start seeing increased interest.

Serderius Bryant, LB, Seminole: There might not be a better play on this list than Bryant, he is a straight baller. While he has multiple D-1 offers, the issue is his height, Bryant is 5'9-5'10, we can remember some great ones in that range befor like FSUs Buster Davis and former Saint great Sam Mills.

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