21-30: The Ultimate Florida Top 100
Byron Cowart
Byron Cowart
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 29, 2013


What would a compilation of the top 100 recruits from the state of Florida look like if you merged the classes of 2014, '15 and '16? Here's a look at prospects 21-30.

The Ultimate Florida Top 100


21) Byron Cowart

Class of 2015
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Defensive End
6-4/230
Offers from Alabama, Florida, FSU, Oregon, USF, Vanderbilt, others.
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Scout.com’s take: Cowart has to be one of the best looking prospects off the hoof that you will find anywhere in any class in high school football. He has great size, build and length. Cowart looks like a guy that has already spent a season or two in college. As a player he’s still developing and finding his way. He shows flashes and will disappear. When he’s on Cowart is a nasty defensive line prospect that can play the run and get after the passer. There’s no doubt he needs work and refinement. At the same time, he has all the tools necessary to become an elite player. If he puts it all together he could push for top player in the state honors in his class of 2015.


22) Devonaire Clarington

Class of 2015
Miami (Fla.) Westminster Christian
Tight End
6-5.5/220
Offers from Alabama, Florida, FSU, Miami, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, USF, others
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Scout.com’s take: Clarington is a very unique talent. He’s close to 6-foot-6 and plays wide receiver. He wants to play that position at the next level. He has a chance but more than likely grow into a tight end or that hybrid tight end position. I watch him and I see a lot of O.J. Howard (Alabama signee) at the very same stage.


23) Sam Bruce
Projected
Class of 2016
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
Wide Receiver
5-8/165
Offers from Florida, Miami, Arkansas, Clemson, Michigan State, West Virginia others
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Scout.com’s take: All I need to say is this – as a freshman this spring Sam Bruce was the best player on the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team. Are you kidding me? He’s a 5-foot-8 freshman. But his play on the football in real football last year backed this up. This kid has swag. This kid has speed and quickness. This kid has hands like his uncle (Isaac). This kid is just a football player and will be an unreal football player in due time.


24) Jordan Scarlett

Class of 2015
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
Running Back
5-11/195
Offers from Florida, FSU, Miami, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee, Wisconsin, UCLA, others
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Scout.com’s take: Wow, you look at this list and ask yourself how does a talent like Scarlett end up at No. 24? Really? Well, that’s more of a testament to the recruits ahead of him because this is one terrific running back recruit. Scarlett is as physically impressive as any one player you will see on this list with the exception of Byron Cowart. He can run with power and speed. Scarlett can catch the football. He’s the complete package that has a chance to be a special player and move up the 2015 rankings with a good fall campaign.


25) Treon Harris

Class of 2014
Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Quarterback/Cornerback
5-11/170
Committed to Florida State
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Scout.com’s take: Harris is a play-maker at the quarterback position that is equally capable of beating you with his arm or feet. You would be a believer if you watched him dismantle Norcross (Ga.) last weekend with five touchdowns. He has improved by leaps and bounds the past couple of years with his footwork and mechanics. He lacks ideal height and may have a higher ceiling as a wide receiver (terrific with ball in hands) or cornerback (brother, Brandon is an NFL corner). We like Harris's thick frame and proven play-making ability.


26) Artavis Scott

Class of 2014
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
Wide Receiver
6-0/180
Committed to Clemson
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Scout.com’s take: Scott is a versatile talent that is a big play threat. While he struggles with consistency he has a knack for the spectacular, whether it's an acrobatic catch over a defender or an electric catch and run. He's explosive and can be a smaller receiver to play on the outside. He can also play in slot. This is a super talent that has great upside as a wide receiver and even more at corner, if he were to choose to play defense full time. He’s physical on that side of the ball and has all the traits you look for at that position.


27) Duke Dawson

Class of 2014
Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County
Cornerback
5-11/185
Committed to Florida
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Scout.com’s take: Dawson is a physical cornerback prospect who displays great awareness in the secondary. He shows good skills in both man and zone schemes. Dawson does a nice job of reading quarterbacks and making plays away from his man. This is a recruit with good speed and quick feet who can flip his hips and cover. He anticipates well and can break on the ball. Dawson does to work on his strength.


28) David Sharpe

Class of 2014
Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence
Offensive Tackle
6-7/280
Offers from Florida, FSU, USF, Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, others
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Scout.com’s take: Sharpe has all the tools you are looking for in an offensive tackle. He is athletic and tall with long arms. Sharpe has quick feet and moves well. He plays through the whistle and with an attitude. He does a good job of getting his hands inside both in run and pass blocking. He needs to come off the ball lower when run blocking. Sharpe does a good job of running his feet when run blocking. He’s better as a pass blocker at this time. This kid has huge upside as he gets stronger and more explosive.


29) Travonte Valentine

Class of 2014
Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic
Defensive Tackle
6-4/295
Committed to Miami
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Scout.com’s take: Valentine possesses rare athleticism for a jumbo athlete. He is capable of playing tight end and can flat out move. At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds he has the potential to be a difference maker inside and a player that generates a ton of pressure in the backfield. Valentine needs to improve his technique including his pad level and ability to use his hands, but he is a rare physical specimen with Sunday potential.


30) Torrance Gibson

Class of 2015
Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
Quarterback
6-3/175
Offers from FSU, Miami, USF, UCF, Alabama, Boston College, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, others
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Scout.com’s take: So where do you want to play Gibson? You can line him up at multiple positions and be happy. He’s that gifted of a talent on offense or defense. He can play quarterback depending on scheme but is much better suited long term as a wide receiver or safety. Gibson can flat out run and make plays. He’s yet another outstanding athlete from south Florida.

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Geoff Vogt, Chad Simmons, Pat Burnham and Amy Campbell all contributed to this feature.

Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext. He’s currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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