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Lists of Top Prospects for 2005 (mega-merge)


according to Bill Buchalter of the Orlando Sentinel

1. S Kenneth Phillips Miami Carol City 6-1 / 185
Is he the next Sean Taylor?

2. OL Matt Hardrick Orlando Edgewater 6-5 / 338
Has potential to be best ever coached by Bill Gierke.

3. WR Fred Rouse Tallahassee Lincoln 6-3 / 200
Perhaps best in long line of recent Lincoln stars.

4. RB Maurice Wells Jacksonville Sandalwood 5-11 / 185
Rushed for 3,000 yards as a junior.

5. DE Neefy Moffett Palm Bay 6-3 / 230
Next great Palm Bay product.

6. DB Avery Atkins Seabreeze 6-2 / 195
Big corner also can be top running back.

7. DE Spencer Adkins Naples 6-1 / 220
3-year starter makes plays all over field.

8. FB Kalvin Bailey Seffner Armwood 6-1 / 255
Rushed for 1,700 yards for state champs.

9. OL Chris Barney Miami Northwestern 6-5 / 295
Top returning offensive lineman in Miami-Dade Co.

10. DL Jeff Owens Plantation 6-3 / 285
All-Broward pick credited with 26 tackles for loss.

11. LB Jon Demps Pensacola Washington 6-1 / 225
2-time All-Northwest Florida selection.

12. OL Richard Clark Seabreeze 6-4 / 285
3-year starter for a solid program.

13. DL Ricky Jean-Francois Miami Carol City 6-2 / 240
Very athletic, very fast, very versatile.

14. DE Eugene Hayes Madison Co 6-2 / 209
Perhaps best athlete ever from talent-laden program.

15. OL Ronnie Wilson Pompano Beach Ely 6-4 / 325
A 3-year starter, All-Broward pick.

16. RB Antoine Smith Pahokee 5-9 / 185
Injured as junior after 1,700 yards as sophomore.

17. ATH Matt Grothe Lakeland Lake Gibson 6-2 / 195
Ran and passed for 28 total TDs.

18. DL Matt Lewis Mainland 6-3 / 250
A 3-year starter for state champs.

19. DL Lemuel St. Pierre Timber Creek 6-4 / 255
Growing into a big-time talent.

20. RB Paul O'Hara Cross City Dixie Co. 6-0 / 200
Will be a rare 5-year high school starter.
Buckskin86 said:

3. WR Fred Rouse Tallahassee Lincoln 6-3 / 200
Perhaps best in long line of recent Lincoln stars.
Isn't Rouse high on OSU? I thought I heard that he is being heavily recruited by the staff too. As long as Bauserman(sp) comes here I would have to think we have a shot.
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According to the Florida experts on BN like gatorinohio and indianacane02(note sarcasm) Rouse will go to Florida State. Tallahassee Lincoln apparently is a pipeline to the Criminoles.
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Top WV recruits for '05


Ryan Dawson, WR, Parkersburg South -- Martinsburg wasn't the only team to have a standout performer hampered by the muddy mess of last season's Class AAA championship game.
Dawson didn't catch a pass in the Patriots' victory, instead blocking, usually while lined up tight. But he could emerge as a national-level receiving recruit with as much or more college potential than two-time Kennedy Award winner Brandon Barrett, many high school coaches think.


Derek Hardman, OL/DL, Roane County -- A gigantic frame and good feet make Hardman, a tight end for the Raiders and the coach's son, a prized recruit that has been courted by WVU, Penn State, Ohio State and Marshall.

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Sporting New's Top Recruits, Preseason 2005

TSN put together their top players by position for the recruiting class of 2005.

QB R. Perrilloux Reserve, La
RB K. Grady Grand Rapids, Mich
RB J. Stewart Olympia, Wash
WR M. Kelly Longview, Tx.
WR F. Rouse Tallahassee, Fla.
TE D. Farr Galena Park, Tx.
OL Alex Boone Lakewood, Ohio
OL Dan Doering Barrington, Ill
OL E. Monroe Plainfield, N.J.
OL M. Hardrick Orlando
OL C. Scott Lovejoy, Ga.

DT D. Granger Dallas
DT J. Powe Waynesboro, Miss
DE G. Moffett Palm Bay, Fla.
DE E. Udofia Scottsdale, Ariz.
LB T. Beckum Oak Creek, Wisc.
LB L. Brown Lakewood, Calif.
LB R. Reynolds Las Vegas
DB V. Harris Highland Springs, Va
DB J. King Monroeville, Pa.
DB J. O'Neal Cleveland
DB K. Phillips Miami

I'm sorry, but if I would have had to type out their 1st names I would have been doing this well into tomorrow! :wink2:
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As Nutty inferred, Illinois does not to appear to be a priority for the coaches. We seem to be getting in late on some of the top guys (Dampier, Patterson, Williams, Jamieson and now Doering) or not getting in on some guys at all (Roland Martin). Illinois is a highly contested state with powerhouses from the Big 12 (OU- Patterson, Dampier), SEC (Tenn- in on quite a few i.e. Martin) and the Big 10 (just about every team) competing for the talent.

My guess is the coaches have just prioritized other areas that have the potential for a higher payoff and Illinois is a casuality of this strategy. tOSU areas of concentration- Ohio, Florida (specifically S. Florida), PA (specifically W. PA) and I think next year we will see a greater move into the Northeast (specifically NJ). We hired a coach with experience in this area and it seems even more wide open now with the diminishment of the Big East.
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Buckskin86 brings up an excellent point concerning our areas of focus concerning recruiting. If we can continue to fairly much lock down Ohio, along with getting some of the top talent from western Pennsylvania and Florida, then the "loss" of a potential big star or two from any other state is manageable. Teams like Michigan need to hit Illinois more than we do because the talent base in Michigan is not nearly as deep as in our state. If we can also now make some bigger in-roads into the NJ/NY region because of Hazell, that's just extra gravy. You know, the state of NY does put out some good players...does Will Smith come to mind? NJ does, too...ever hear of a Buckeye named Jack Tatum?
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Clevebucks- it looks like we are at least in Owens early top 5 but the two at the top appear to be the usual culprits FSU and Cryami

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