Power Ranking Top 2015 Recruits from Florida

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMarch 25, 2014

Power Ranking Top 2015 Recruits from Florida

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    Florida is widely considered one of the premier states for talent in college football recruiting. Year in and year out, the Sunshine State produces elite prospects who go on to make a major impact at the college level and beyond.

    The 2015 class looks like another phenomenal crop of talent in Florida. However, it's time for the best 10 players in the state to be named.

    A quartet of excellent defensive backs are on this list, while a left tackle is also ranked high. Plus, a pair of defensive linemen and a linebacker have high rankings.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

10. George Campbell, WR/ATH

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    Many are high on 5-star prospect George Campbell, but he does need to work on some things if he's to play receiver at the next level.

    Campbell needs to become a more disciplined and sharper route-runner, plus he has to get better at sinking his hips to come quicker out of his breaks at junctions.

    However, the 6'3", 184-pounder has excellent size and speed. Campbell has solid hands, plus he's dangerous after the catch. Florida and Clemson are his top suitors, says 247Sports.

9. Torrance Gibson, QB

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    Torrance Gibson is a 5-star quarterback who has the ability to take over games. The lefty has solid arm strength, but it's his mobility that is his top asset.

    The Florida native can be used on zone-read plays, plus he can elude rushers in the pocket.

    He's most comfortable in the shotgun, which allows him to survey the field to locate open targets. Gibson needs to improve his mechanics, but he shows solid accuracy and decision-making ability.

    Miami and Ohio State are his leaders, per 247Sports.

8. Byron Cowart, DE

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    A 5-star defensive end, Byron Cowart is a problem for offenses. The 6'4", 250-pounder has the athleticism and strength to be a menace on the edge.

    Cowart shows good first-step quickness before shooting his hands powerfully into blockers. He can shed with power to get free, then he displays terrific short-area quickness to close on the ball.

    Look for him to be able to play with his hand down and standing up in college. Florida leads several others, according to 247Sports.

7. Derwin James, S

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    At 6'2" and 201 pounds, Derwin James is a big and physical 5-star safety who can do an array of things on the football field.

    He has the speed and range to be left as a single-high defender to patrol both seams. However, James is at his best when he can attack the line of scrimmage to be an enforcer against the run. He can thump with the best of 'em, plus he has solid ball skills.

    James is committed to Florida State. 

6. Tyrek Cole, CB

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    Tyrek Cole is confidently slotted here, which could come as a surprise to some. He's an outstanding cover corner with a ton of potential.

    The 5'11.5", 170-pounder displays loose hips and sharp closing quickness on the perimeter. Cole can shuffle in a hurry out of his backpedal to shoot out of transition, and he gets his hands on a lot of balls. The 4-star defensive back has good awareness in zone, plus he's not afraid to press at the line of scrimmage.

    Cole is committed to Florida State. 

5. CeCe Jefferson, DE

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    CeCe Jefferson is one of the most versatile players on this list. The 5-star prospect can play defensive end in a 4-3 defense and outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, and he can also play inside in both of those alignments.

    Jefferson, who is 6'2" and 250 pounds, is an explosive defender with impressive power. He can punch with quick, yet heavy hands before shooting past a blocker to make a stop.

    Jefferson can convert speed to power well as a pass-rusher, and he can anchor at the point of attack to hold up against the run. It would be a surprise if Florida doesn't land him.

4. Tarvarus McFadden, DB

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    Among the nation's most versatile defensive backs, Tarvarus McFadden is a 5-star recruit for many good reasons.

    For starters, he has fantastic size at 6'3" and 198 pounds. Next, McFadden has the speed and movement skills to play cornerback. He uses his length to press at the line, but he can also hold his own in space in off-man alignments.

    McFadden has great range and ball skills, which is why he may be destined to play safety. LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Clemson and Florida are just several schools in the mix, according to 247Sports.

3. Jeffery Holland, LB

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    Jeffery Holland is an outstanding 5-star linebacker who will be a difference-maker in college. He can play inside or outside, and running backs and quarterbacks must account for him before every snap.

    Holland, who is 6'2" and 230 pounds, has excellent short-area quickness. He gets a jump on plays by quickly reading his keys, then he powerfully inserts himself in alleys.

    Holland has the range and lateral quickness to scrape across the box while tracking the ball. His athleticism and speed also help him factor in coverage.

    Florida leads several other juggernauts, says 247Sports.

2. Martez Ivey, OT

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    Martez Ivey is a 5-star offensive lineman who will develop into a starting left tackle in college. The 6'6", 280-pounder has terrific agility and movement skills for his size and position.

    Ivey bends well at the knees, which allows him to get out of his stance quickly at the snap. He can dance in space with pass-rushers, plus he has the toughness to fight defensive linemen at the point of attack as a run-blocker.

    Ivey needs to polish parts of his technique and get stronger, but he'll be a quality left tackle at the next level. Florida is ahead of Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina, per 247Sports

    Chad Simmons of Scout.com wrote on March 17, "This young man has 'Sundays' written all over him."

1. Kevin Toliver II, CB

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    The top player in Florida right now is 5-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II. At 6'2" and 185 pounds, Toliver has excellent length and athleticism to menace receivers.

    He shows quick feet when backpedaling, as well as impressive quickness out of transition. Toliver has good instincts in coverage, evidenced by his ability to anticipate routes well in off-man.

    Toliver's natural length and deceptive strength will help him become a terrific press-corner at LSU.


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.