The Ultimate Florida Top 100: 1-10
Sony Michel
Sony Michel
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Feb 3, 2014


How would a Florida Top 100 look if you combined the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016? Here's my version of the Ultimate Florida Top 100, 1-10. Running backs dominate the top of this list, led by Sony Michel, Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby.

Welcome to the Ultimate Florida Top 100.

What is this list? It's a compilation of the top 100 football recruits from the Sunshine State if you combined the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Obviously there is quite a bit of projection when you mix in the sophomores and juniors with the seniors.

I did this prior to the start of the season. This is my version of the Ultimate Florida Top 100 right now.


1) Sony Michel

Class of 2014
Plantation American Heritage
Running Back
5-11/205
Committed to Georgia
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My take: Michel is an elite running back that will be college-ready the day he steps on campus. He has a great blend of power, speed, and finesse when he gets the football. He runs behind his pads well, he can side-step would-be tacklers, and he has the speed to get to the perimeter. Michel has great balance and vision along with good hands out of the backfield. It looks like the game slows down for him. He is the total package. Despite being a marked man he averaged 131 yards per game over his high school career that began in the 8th grade.


2) Dalvin Cook

Class of 2014
Miami Central
Running Back
5-11/197
Committed to Florida State
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My take: Cook is a back who can make a big play at anytime from anywhere on the football field. He’s so darn explosive and gets to his top end speed in a hurry. He can start and stop with the best of them as well. He is best when used on the perimeter, but he can run with a tough mentality between the tackles as well. He also can catch the ball and they are a real strength. He can run with balance. Cook really reminds me of a bigger C.J. Spiller. Like the former Clemson Tiger and the current Buffalo Bill, Cook is a back that you can bottle up for a few plays and then he will hit a home run.


3) Martez Ivey

Class of 2015
Apopka
Offensive Tackle
6-6/280
Offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, others.
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My take: Ivey is such an impressive offensive tackle with great arm length, good base, and great feet. He moves well in short space, he reacts well on the edge, and he shows very good balance. He has wide shoulders, good lower-body, and he will carry 320 pounds easily down the road. He has unusual speed for an offensive tackle and makes a ton of plays downfield blocking for his teammates. This kid is your prototype offensive tackle with his best years ahead of him once he grows into that enormous frame of his. Ivey will be able to name his school next year. I think he’s the top prospect in Florida in 2015.


4) Kevin Toliver

Class of 2015
Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy
Cornerback
6-2/180
Committed to LSU
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My take: You do not find many corners at Toliver's size that move the way he does. He has loose hips, he can change direction and has very quick feet. He is a fluid athlete with speed and the ability to cover on or off the ball. I also love the fact that he’s physical. Toliver is the total package of everything you want at this position. He just needs time to develop.


5) Joseph Yearby

Class of 2014
Miami Central
Running Back
5-9/190
Committed to Miami
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My take: Running backs come in all shapes and sizes and he looks nothing look Michel and Cook. Then you see him play and your jaw drops. This is my favorite player to watch in the 2014 class. To me, Yearby has many of the same traits as Barry Sanders and Warrick Dunn. He’s tough to find, tackle, and stop. He has great balance, vision and feet. Yearby has a low center of gravity. He moves very well laterally as he has a light bounce in his step. He knows how to avoid the big hits and he does a great job of adjusting his body in traffic. Not a burner, but plenty quick. He can also run with some power. At times, he’s an escape artist. It’s amazing to me that Central had he and Cook in the same backfield. Despite sharing carries Yearby was well on his way to become the Dade County career rushing leader only to break his leg during their playoff run.


6) Chad Thomas

Class of 2014
Miami Booker T. Washington
Defensive End
6-5/240
Committed to Miami
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My take: Thomas is your classic edge defensive end that has size, speed and quickness. He has long arms and good length. Thomas gets off the ball well and has good flexibility. He did show at the Opening that he has very good strength and a bull rush over some quality offensive tackles. He shows the ability to chase the ball laterally down the line of scrimmage. He has good short area quickness also shows the ability to play well in space. Thomas had a big senior season in helping BTW to another state title.


7) Bo Scarborough

Class of 2014
Bradenton IMG Academy
Running Back
6-2/234
Committed to Alabama
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My take: Scarborough is one of the more versatile athletes in the country. He could play running back, linebacker or become an H-Back on the next level. As a running back, he is strong with great strength, and surprising quickness. I believe he’s a running back all the way. Scarbrough is much like Derrick Henry was last season but more athletic. It’s hard to imagine that there could be two of these guys in Tuscaloosa. That’s a scary thought.


8) CeCe Jefferson

Class of 2015
Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County
Defensive End
6-3/265
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA, others
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My take: Jefferson is a guy that is fast on the edge and is a terrific pass rusher. He is so quick off the ball. Add that with his speed and quickness on the perimeter and he’s difficult to handle. Jefferson had a very good junior season and could very well make a push for the top spot in the state. Defensive ends with his kind of get off and speed around the corner are too hard to come by.


9) Torrance Gibson
Projected
Class of 2015
Plantation 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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My take: So where do you want to play Gibson? You can line him up at multiple positions and be happy. To me right now he’s a four-star quarterback and a five-star athlete. He’s that gifted of a talent on offense or defense. He could certainly play quarterback and has another high school season to continue to develop. But quite honestly, he’s long term upside as a wide receiver is simply off the charts. Gibson can flat out run and make plays. He’s yet another outstanding athlete from South Florida.


10) Ermon Lane

Class of 2014
Homestead
Wide Receiver
6-2/197
He visited FSU this past weekend. Seminoles are a huge favorite and Lane will announce on Wednesday.
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Scout.com’s take: Lane excels on both sides of the ball and he is a good enough athlete to get a legit look at cornerback at his size (safety no question). That is very rare. As a receiver he steps up with big plays and excels despite a lack of great quarterback play. He has excellent ball skills and can use is his size in the red-zone. A recent growth spurt has Lane checking in at 6-foot-2 and he might not be done growing.

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Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSports.com. 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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