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Top Recruits in Florida HS Football Showdown, Miami Central vs. University

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystJanuary 9, 2017

Top Recruits in Florida HS Football Showdown, Miami Central vs. University

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    Miami Central seniors Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook rank among the nation's best.
    Miami Central seniors Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook rank among the nation's best.

    You better believe college football coaches from across the country will pay attention to the upcoming Saturday night battle between Florida powerhouse programs Miami Central and University (Fort Lauderdale). The Suns and Rockets carry a combined 16-2 record into the matchup, which is hosted by Miami Central.

    The field will be filled with future college playmakers, as prospects on both sides of the ball have garnered long lists of scholarship offers. We rank the top 10 recruits preparing for the showdown, with a tip of the cap to plenty more who barely missed the cut.

Best of the Rest

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    University WR Emmanuel Soto is committed to Air Force.
    University WR Emmanuel Soto is committed to Air Force.

    A game packed with talent forces us to acknowledge recruits beyond our top 10 ranking. The depth of athleticism in this contest is truly on display.

    3-star 2014 WR Emmanuel Soto (University) - Committed to Air Force

    2-star 2014 RB Lajuan Hunt (University) - Committed to Air Force

    2-star 2014 LB Brandon Russell (University) - Committed to Rutgers

    3-star 2014 WR Chris Taylor (University) - Committed to Duke

    3-star 2014 OG Michael Smith (Miami Central) - Committed to South Florida

    3-star 2014 DL Raul Diaz (Miami Central) - Committed to Tulane

    2-star 2014 OG Reginald Bain (Miami Central) - Committed to Florida Atlantic

    3-star 2014 DT Fredrick Jones (Miami Central) - Committed to Florida State

    3-star 2014 CB Deatrick Nichols (Miami Central) - Committed to South Florida

    3-star 2015 DT Brandon Boyce (University) - Offers include Duke, Rutgers and Eastern Michigan

10. 3-Star 2015 CB Rashard Causey (University)

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    University junior Rashard Causey is a smooth operator in coverage, already displaying a polished approach when baiting passers. The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect has strides to make as a tackler, but it's clear to see his coverage skills translate well to the collegiate level.

    He holds offers from Miami, South Carolina, UCLA, Penn State and Notre Dame. Expect him to emerge as one of the most coveted cornerbacks in the 2015 class.

9. 4-Star 2014 S Quincy Wilson (University)

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    University safety Quincy Wilson is one of the most highly recruited players at his position. The 6'1", 196-pound prospect is excellent in pass coverage and appears as comfortable as a linebacker when filling gaps in run support.

    He committed to Florida in August. Wilson's other offers include Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Michigan.

     

8. 4-Star 2015 DB Calvin Brewton (Miami Central)

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    Miami Central junior Calvin Brewton has quickly cemented his place as one of the premier defensive back prospects in the 2015 class. The 6-foot, 175-pound recruit is ranked sixth nationally among safeties by 247Sports.

    Brewton's blend of speed and physicality could also set the stage for him to play cornerback in college. He holds offers from Florida State, West Virginia, UCF, Clemson and Illinois.

     

7. 4-Star 2015 WR Da'Vante Phillips (Miami Central)

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    Miami Central wide receiver Da'Vante Phillips is a dynamic weapon in the passing game. The 6'1", 180-pound target has improved during his junior season, following freshman and sophomore seasons that featured 12 total touchdowns, according to 247Sports.

    Phillips pulled the trigger on a commitment early, creating a verbal pact with Florida in July. He also weighed offers from Clemson, Alabama, Florida State and Miami.

6. 4-Star LB Richard Yeargin III (University)

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    University linebacker Richard Yeargin III ranks among the most disruptive defenders in Florida. The 6'4", 225-pound prospect is a monstrous pass-rusher but is quick enough to drop back in coverage.

    He projects as an outside linebacker at Notre Dame, where he committed in August. Yeargin also fielded offers from Florida State, Clemson, Auburn, Ole Miss and USC.

5. 4-Star 2014 OT Trevor Darling (Miami Central)

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    Miami Central offensive tackle Trevor Darling is a dominant blocker as a front-line bookend. The proof is on display when you watch highlights of Miami Central's rushing attack, which ranks among the country's finest.

    The 6'5", 330-pound prospect committed to Miami during his sophomore year. He also welcomed offers from South Florida, West Virginia and Florida State.

4. 5-Star 2015 RB Jordan Scarlett (University)

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    Jordan Scarlett is a special talent with a rare skill set at his age. The University star is listed as the nation's No. 2 junior running back prospect in 247Sports composite rankings.

    Scarlett, a 5'10", 197-pound playmaker, rushed for 221 yards in an Oct. 18 victory over Glades Central, per MaxPreps. He already has offers from Alabama, Florida, Miami, Florida State and Ohio State.

3. 4-Star 2014 QB Sean White (University)

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    University quarterback Sean White enters this contest on fire. His recent performances include a 437-yard output against Boyd Anderson and a 245-yard, two-touchdown game against Glades Central, per MaxPreps.

    The 6'2", 205-pound passer committed to Auburn in July. White chose the Tigers over Boston College, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wake Forest.

2. 4-Star 2014 RB Joseph Yearby (Miami Central)

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    Joseph Yearby accounted for 46 total touchdowns as a sophomore and junior, piling up scholarship offers along the way. The 5'9", 190-pound Miami Central running back is an absolute speedster and runs with tenacity.

    He fielded offers from Florida State, West Virginia, UCF and Alabama before announcing his commitment in February. Yearby is a member of the Miami Hurricanes' recruiting class.

1. 5-Star 2014 RB Dalvin Cook (Miami Central)

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    Dalvin Cook is one half of a devastating one-two punch in the Rockets' backfield. The 5'11", 190-pound running back rushed for 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, gaining 5-star status as a prospect.

    Cook committed to Florida in April. Alabama, Arkansas, USC, Miami and LSU were all among teams in pursuit of his services.

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