The Florida Ultimate Top 100: 21-30
Sam Bruce
Sam Bruce
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 Florida Ultimate Top 100, 21-30. Pound for pound sophomore wide receiver Sam Bruce just may be the top player in the state and he leads the way here.

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.


21) Sam Bruce
Projected
Class of 2016
Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Wide Receiver
5-8/165
Offers from FSU, Florida, Miami, Arkansas, Clemson, Michigan State, West Virginia others
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My take: I will just say it – pound for pound Sam Bruce just may be the best football player in the state of Florida. He’s only just a sophomore and he was the best player as a freshman this past spring on the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team. This kid has swag. This kid has speed and quickness. This kid has hands like his uncle (Isaac). This kid is just a baller with an incredible future in front of him.


22) Trevor Darling

Class of 2014
Miami Central
Right Tackle
6-5/314
Committed to Miami
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My take: Darling has good size and long arms. He shows pretty good feet and can slide side to side in pass pro. Darling bends well and has a solid base. Darling appears to be further along in pass pro than run blocking. He doesn’t appear to be an overwhelming drive blocker at this point and plays a little high. He certainly has plenty of time to develop his skills and has a lot of upside. At times he can be downright nasty.


23) Artavis Scott

Class of 2014
Tarpon Springs East Lake
Wide Receiver
6-0/180
Committed to Clemson
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My 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. Scott did pick the perfect offense in Clemson. He will have a chance to pick up where Sammy Watkins left off.


24) Shawn Burgess-Becker

Class of 2015
Coconut Creek Monarch
Wide Receiver/Safety
6-2/190
Offers from teams like Alabama, FSU, Miami, Florida and others.
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My take: Burgess-Becker is an outstanding athlete who is good enough to play for anyone in the country on offense or defense. He has elite speed and very good size. As a safety he’s a thumper, who excels in run support. He has the versatility to play free or strong and is good in coverage. He has range, instincts and is simply a playmaker. He just took on the wide receiver position this spring and looked sensational. He’s a kid good enough to play on either side of the ball in college.


25) Anthony Moten

Class of 2014
Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Defensive Tackle
6-3/292
Committed to Miami
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My take: At his size Moten has an ideal frame to work with and is capable of bulking up and filling out. He is a versatile lineman that could play as a traditional defensive tackle or fit on the line in the 3-4. He flashes greatness but needs to become more consistent in his effort. He can be explosive. Moten had an impressive season and it could be argued that he’s the top defensive tackle in his class from the state.


26) Jeffrey Holland

Class of 2015
Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy
Linebacker
6-2/230
Offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, others
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My take: Holland is a defensive end and linebacker. He’s an aggressive and physical downhill player that can go sideline to sideline and play inside out. He can take on blocks and fill the hole. Holland is a big hitter and not afraid of contact. As a pass rusher, he has the size, speed and athleticism to dominate the edge. He shows deceptive agility and quickness.


27) Byron Cowart

Class of 2015
Seffner Armwood
Defensive End
6-4/230
Offers from Alabama, Florida, FSU, Oregon, USF, Vanderbilt, others.
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My 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. I saw him play twice this season. In one game he dominated Tampa Hillsborough. In the other game he was dominated by Miami Central and Trevor Darling.


28) Nicolas Bosa

Class of 2016
Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Defensive End
6-3/240
Offers from Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama and others.
My take: Bosa is already a beast. He’s the younger brother of Ohio State star freshman defensive end Joey Bosa. He has all the same traits as his sibling but he’s more athletic and a little further along than Joey at the same stage. That’s scary. There’s no question he can work his way to the top of this list in 2016. He’s that good.


29) Jacques Patrick

Class of 2015
Orlando Timber Creek
Running Back
6-2/210
Offers from Florida, FSU, Miami, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and many others.
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My take: Patrick is so different than every back on this list. He’s the big back in the state. He’s the guy that runs with tremendous power. Patrick is not a speed demon but fast enough. It’s not like he gets caught from behind when he breaks free. He has good feet and balance and knows how to run behind his pads. He’s patient and when he wants to turn it on you better get out of his way.


30) J.C. Jackson

Class of 2014
Immokalee
Cornerback
5-11/185
Jackson is committed to Florida but could very well end up signing with Miami or even FSU.
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My take: Jackson has starred at the high school level since he stepped foot on campus as a freshmen. A wide receiver earlier in his career, Jackson has now made the move to cornerback. He can flat out run and should be a low 4.4 [forty] type down the road. He combines that speed with a thick, powerful frame. Jackson will need to work on the finer points of the position. He is raw in the technique department. Jackson can also play safety. He had a terrific senior season and was very impressive during the Under Armour All-American Bowl practice sessions.

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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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