For the class of 2014, the recruits from south Florida dominate the Florida Top 100, led by running…
We have now ranked over 2,000 high school football seniors on Scout and 29 of those are now five-star prospects. Two new names are on that list and they are wide receiver Ermon Lane and defensive end Chad Thomas.
Both have been Scout 100 prospects from the beginning and both showed they were five-star talents over the summer.
Lane, a 6-foot-2, 197 pound senior out of Homestead, Fla. recently committed to Florida and the Gators got a good one. He does so many things well and he is really starting to come into his own. He has great size, he displays elite body control, he can stretch the field, and he can be as good as he wants to. He is now the No. 2 wide receiver in the country on Scout.
Thomas (6-5, 240 pounds) is a defensive end who has filled out physically and his game has taken off. It started in the spring for this Miami commitment at the NIKE Football Training Camp in Miami, then he shined at The Opening, he dominated at camps like Alabama and Florida State in July, and he is now one of the premier rush ends in America.
His head coach Ice Harris thinks highly of his new five star.
"His work ethic is so good and we want to make sure he continues to show his ability to lead. That is a key for him at this point. He is quiet to a point where he wants to just do it all on the field, but we would like to see him become more vocal in the weight room, off the field, and things like that too. The kids respect him and they know he is going to bring it every day and every night, but we want him to show others how to rise to that level. That is really the next growing point for Chad."
Some look A.T. Thomas at think he is just a speed rush guy off the edge, but that is not the case. The new five-star out of Booker T. Washington is balanced.
"Chad can really be balanced as a defensive lineman. We sometimes move him inside to help us, so that has helped him play the run. He understands how to stay low and help there, but he is great coming off the edge too. He can do whatever we need him to do at a high level and he is only getting better. I see Chad as someone who can play the run or rush the passer."
Thomas is the No. 17 overall prospect in the country.
Adding a Fourth Star
Dixon and Rudolph are wide receivers out of the Sunshine State and both have shown they belong in this group. Dixon, more of a physical wideout out of Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer could end up playing inside at slot on the next level. He is strong and he knows how to get open. Rudolph is a fluid wideout that has that subtle quickness on the edge. The West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman senior has been impressive all summer at each stop and he is now to No. 207 overall prospect in the country.
A couple of linemen moved up in the rankings as well and they are Alabama commitment Johnny Dwight and Florida commitment Nolan Kelleher. If you follow Scout's rankings, Kelleher is not a new name to the Scout 300. He dropped out a couple months ago as others moved up, but after we got our first live look at the 6-5, 296 pound offensive tackle out of Wando (S.C.) Mt. Pleasant we knew he needed to be back in this group. He could play right tackle or guard on the next level.
Dwight has academic concerns and he is working hard to be ready to enroll at Alabama in 2014, but you cannot deny his talent on the football field. He moves very well for a prospect 6-3, 296 pounds and he is someone who could excel in Tuscaloosa. Dwight is a star in Rochelle, Ga. at Wilcox County and this small town is known for producing talented prospects over the years.