The Ultimate Florida Top 100: 41-50
Devante Peete
Devante Peete
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, 41-50. There are some outstanding receivers and defensive backs in this group.

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.

41) Devante Peete
Class of 2015
Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Wide Receiver
Offers from Florida, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, Ohio State, West Virginia and others.
Watch Video’s take: This is a tall wide receiver with a long, lean frame. When/if he ever fills out Peete could be an absolute monster on the perimeter. He’s deadly in the air because of his height/length combination. Peete also high points the ball exceptionally well and knows how to use his body. It’s also impressive watching him block on the edge or in space. This kid can be physical. Peete transferred from Pompano Beach Ely to St. Thomas Aquinas and had a big year for the Raiders. He has a chance to be a special and unique talent. I thought he looked outstanding at the South Florida Express tryout last month.

42) Tyrek Cole

Class of 2015
Miramar (Fla.)
Committed to Florida State
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My take: Cole is quite a talent. This is a player that is outstanding against the pass and in defending the run. He has all the necessary coverage skills and he’s fearless in run support. Cole will fill out that frame in time and have a chance to be a super player at the next level. We shall see how Cole develops because he has a chance to be on par with former Miramar star [now Hurricanes] Tracy Howard.

43) Tavarus McFadden

Class of 2015
Plantation American Heritage
Offers from FSU, Clemson, LSU, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and others.
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My take: McFadden is bigger than many of the wide receivers he lines up against. McFadden is very good in press coverage and can overwhelm guys at the line of scrimmage because of just how strong and physical he is. He has good coverage skills and speed. McFadden can set the edge and really be a force in run support. McFadden is also a super weapon in the punt return game. He’s a take all the way because if things don’t work out at cornerback he can always be a safety.

44) Xavier Gaines
Class of 2016
Offers from Florida, FSU, Auburn, Baylor, Penn State, Miami, Ohio State and others.
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My take: Gaines is big and athletic quarterback with an outstanding arm and athletic ability. He already has excellent size and speed and is a big time threat as a runner, whether by design or when things break down. He can extend a play and then do something to dazzle a defense. As a passer he has the tools and just need to put it all together. He has plenty of time to mature his game and is going to be quite the prospect when it’s his turn.

45) Trey Marshall

Class of 2014
Lake City Columbia
Committed to Florida State
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My take: It’s amazing that Marshall is playing football once again after his horrific injury last September. He got blindsided on a special teams play and the hit ruptured his stomach. Marshall required emergency surgery and it was a long rehab. When healthy, there is a lot to like about Marshall. He is fast, physical, has good field awareness and a knack for being around the ball. He is a solid tackler, uses good form, attacks ball carrier from inside-out. Marshall is physical and takes on stalk blocks extremely well. He is very good in run support. Marshall does a good job in coverage, high points and battles for the ball very well. He plays hard and is always chasing the ball. He has good lateral movement, change of direction and ball skills.

46) David Sharpe

Class of 2014
Jacksonville Providence
Offensive Tackle
Committed to Florida
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My 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.

47) Darnell Salomon

Class of 2016
Hialeah Champagnat Catholic
Wide Receiver/Safety
Salomon now has offers from LSU, Alabama, Florida, FSU, Miami and other.
My take: Salomon has outstanding size and speed. He’s big and explosive already. There’s no telling how good this kid can become. Salomon could star on both sides of the ball at wide receiver and safety. There’s no question he can achieve five-star status.

48) Isaiah Wynn

Class of 2014
St. Petersburg Lakewood
Offensive Guard
Committed to Georgia
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My take: Wynn is a tackle in high school that projects as a guard or center at the next level. He lacks great size (almost 6-2) but makes up for it with extremely long arms. Wynn has terrific feet. He explodes off the ball and is a tremendous drive blocker. Perhaps the best part of his game is the way he finishes blocks. He can be dow right nasty and tenacious out there on field. Wynn does need work on pass pro but that will come with time. He had a very impressive week of practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

49) Kendell Gant

Class of 2014
Lakeland Lake Gibson
Committed to Georgia
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My take: Gant is a safety that has a great frame. He is long, he is lean, and he has a lot of room to add muscle on the next level. He has great ball skills and that is a real strength of his. He tracks the ball, he has good closing speed, and he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He will need to refine his coverage skills on the next level and add weight to be more physical against the run. He has range.

50) Jaquan Johnson

Class of 2015
Miami Killian
Offers from Florida, FSU, Miami, Clemson, and Ole Miss.
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My take: Regardless of class this is one of the top athletes from Dade County. Why? He can do virtually whatever you ask as a coach and excel. Johnson can line up at a host of positions in any given game – running back, slot, wide receiver, cornerback and safety. He projects highest at cornerback. Johnson has good speed but not elite speed. He does possess quickness and great feet.

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