Several 2013 Recruits Still Undecided in Sunshine State
Imagine a 6'6", 295-pound offensive tackle running a 5.12 40-yard-dash. That has "pancake" written all over it.
Imagine playing running back and getting hit head on by a 6'5", 285-pounder still developing. "Help Cecil, Help!"
Imagine throwing to a 6'4" wide receiver with 4.57 speed and a 36" vertical jump. Even B/R recruiting guru Edwin Weathersby would be a Heisman contender.
These are just a sampling of the 11 players from the Sunshine State who are still on the board of the ESPN 150 Class of 2013.
In all, 30 Florida prospects litter the player rankings. Of those, University of Florida leads the way with nine in-state declarations. Florida State University has secured four in-state recruits and Miami (FL) three.
Signing day is down the road and recruiting coordinators from across the country are scheduling official visits for these Florida-hot commodities.
Why settle for hamburger when steak is available? Check out these remaining sought-after Florida prospects.
OT Laremy Tunsil (6'6", 295 Pounds)
Laremy Tunsil is a monster offensive tackle from Lake City, Florida.
He runs a 5.12 40-yard dash and a 4.61 20-yard shuttle.
The Columbia High School senior has received 14 offers. Among them are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State and Oklahoma.
However, Tunsil has narrowed down his choices to Georgia and Alabama. Florida still has an outside chance.
ESPN Scouting Report: A very good offensive tackle with plenty of upside. He is long and lean and possesses excellent height and arm length. His strengths are pass blocking and space blocking.
CB MacKensie Alexander (5'11", 175 Pounds)
MacKensie Alexander is a three-sport athlete that also wrestles and runs track.
This 5-star recruit runs a 4.40 40-yard dash and clocked a time of 10.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash this past track season.
His junior season, he recorded 50 tackles for Immokalee High School in Immokalee, Florida.
Alexander has received 15 offers, including Oklahoma, Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL) and Arkansas.
He went camping in July at Florida State and Georgia. This flashy cornerback visited Notre Dame Sept. 2.
It appears that Alabama and Clemson are in the running.
ESPN Scouting Report: He is a talented cornerback prospect with terrific natural ability and a honed skill-set. Has good size with great anticipation and awareness. Explosive athlete with game play-speed and quickness.
OLB Matthew Thomas (6'3", 205 Pounds)
Matthew Thomas is a outside linebacker with raw strength.
He recorded 102 tackles and 13 sacks his junior season at Booker T. Washington High School.
Thomas runs a 4.59 40-yard-dash and scored 114.36 points on his SPARQ Rating.
He has received 15 offers from all over the country, including USC and UCLA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami (FL).
Florida State heads his short list.
ESPN Scouting Report: A very disruptive front seven player. He is great at stopping the run both inside and outside. He has good length and great lateral pursuit.
RB Greg Bryant (5'11", 196 Pounds)
Greg Bryant rushed for 151 yards on 23 carries this past Friday as American Heritage (Delray Beach, FL) defeated Glades Central (Belle Glade, FL), 14-0.
He has 4.48 speed, but can also showcase powerful, downhill running.
Last year Bryant accumulated 1,973 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns to go along with 272 yards and two scores receiving.
He has received 19 offers, but it looks like Auburn and South Carolina, followed by Alabama and Georgia as his top four choices.
ESPN Scouting Report: Elusive with great vision. He can demonstrate both power and speed and is good at breaking tackles.
Safety Leon McQuay III (6'2", 184 Pounds)
Leon McQuay is a flashy safety with tremendous speed from Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida.
He runs a 4.50 40-yard dash and can "walk the talk."
McQuay registered 66 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass break-ups as a junior.
This 4-star recruit has received 12 offers, but he seems to favor the USC Trojans. But before he pulls the trigger, McQuay plans to visit Michigan Oct. 19.
ESPN Scouting Report: Athletic, long and rangy. A playmaker with good ball skills and instincts. He can handle man or zone coverage.
WR Stacy Coley (6'1", 175 Pounds)
One of two receivers still on the board, Stacy Coley is a big-time playmaker.
This smooth operator averaged 27.2 yards per catch, totaling 846 receiving yards and seven scores last season for Northeast High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL).
Coley runs a 4.57 40-yard dash and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.35 seconds.
He has received 12 offers, including South Florida, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Marshall, Louisville, and Tennessee.
His top three choices are Florida State, Marshall and South Florida.
ESPN Scouting Report: Shows great hands and game speed. His route running is exceptional and has a high YAC average.
DT Maquedius Bain (6'5", 285 Pounds)
One of two youngsters from University School (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Maquedius Bain is like an unsolved mystery.
He has received 15 offers, including Michigan State, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State, Florida, Michigan, USC and Alabama.
Bain committed to Florida State last November, then de-committed back in July. He turned down a scheduled visit Aug. 31 to Louisville.
It's hard telling where he will end up.
Bain is still learning the game. He made the switch from basketball to football in high school. Regardless, he has a tremendous upside because of his size and strength.
ESPN Scouting Report: Disruptive, strong and has great pursuit skills. Still developing as a player with great size and athleticism.
WR Jordan Cunningham (6'3", 175 Pounds)
A teammate of Bain, Jordan Cunningham is a special athlete.
He caught 59 passes for 1,038 yards and 10 TDs as a sophomore. Last year, he made 40 catches for 700 yards.
Cunningham runs a 4.57 40-yard dash and can leap out of the stadium.
He has received 17 offers, but Miami (FL) is first on his short list, followed by Stanford, Alabama and Florida State. He has visited the Hurricanes three times.
Cunningham plans to visit Oklahoma State Sept. 28.
ESPN Scouting Report: Good hands and route-running. Catches the ball in traffic and sneaky fast.
RB/ATH Derrick Henry (6'3", 240 Pounds)
Derrick Henry is a versatile athlete with that rare combination of speed and power.
He runs a 4.72 40-yard-dash and has a 37" vertical jump.
The opening game of the season, he rushed for 336 yards and three touchdowns to lead Yulee High School (Yulee, FL) to victory.
Henry rambled for 2,567 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior. He has compiled 34 consecutive 100-yard rushing games and has over 8,200 career rushing yards.
He has received 17 offers and lists Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia as his top three choices.
Henry visits Alabama Sept. 29 after visiting Tennessee Sept. 15.
ESPN Scouting Report: A highly productive running back. A big, strong athletic kid who can play multiple positions. Versatile and fast.
Safety Marcell Harris (6'1", 209 Pounds)
Marcell Harris is a hard-hitting, physical safety.
He runs a 4.58 40-yard dash, has a 32" vertical and scored 105.39 on the SPARQ Rating.
Last year, he recorded 93 tackles with three picks and four forced fumbles for Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, FL).
Harris has received 18 offers and is still undecided. He will be busy the next month with four scheduled visits to Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State and South Carolina, respectively.
ESPN Scouting Report: Harris has top-end range and size. A very physical player. Great run support as well as zone pass coverage.
RB Tarean Folston (5'9", 185 Pounds)
Don't be fooled by his size. Tarean Folston has a chiseled body.
In the season-opener on ESPN against American Heritage (Delray Beach, FL), Folston led Cocoa High School to victory with 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
In 2010, he helped his team finish 14-0 with a state championship. He ran for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Last year, he gained 1,295 yards and 17 touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 324 yards and two scores.
Folston has received 15 offers, including Nebraska, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Arizona State.
ESPN Scouting Report: A definite playmaker with speed and a muscular frame. A natural and versatile talent.