UT Recruiting Efforts in Florida this year??

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Reckon I find it interesting that out of the Top 100 high school prospects in Florida, that:

* 0 (Zero) have committed to UT
* 6 have us as a possibility
* Of those 6, according to 247, only one has us listed as warm. All others are Cool (and what is cooler than cool? Ice Cold...!!!!!)
* Most of the 6 have offers from 15-40 colleges

I just moved to the sunshine state full time, so have no historical basis to go by but, anyone have any thoughts about our lack of success in recruiting in Florida this year? Is this a norm or, an anomaly?

Gracias amigos


2025 USA Today Top 100: Who are the top rising senior football recruits in Florida?

Jon Santucci
Jacksonville Florida Times-Union



This story first appeared in the Jacksonville Times-Union on April 30.
High school football spring practices started on Monday, which not only means teams preparing for the next season but also a monthlong window for college coaches to see prized recruits in their element.
With more than seven months before the early signing period, most of the 2025 class remains uncommitted.
That includes Zephyrhills standout defensive back D.J. Pickett, the top-ranked player on the 2025 USA Today Florida Network top 100. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Pickett is a five-star recruit who caught 35 passes for 1,033 yards and 15 touchdowns and recorded 31 tackles and an interception in 2023.
Pickett joins Lakeland defensive lineman Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy (2022), Lakeland cornerback Cormani McClain (2023) and Chaminade-Madonna wide receiver Jeremiah Smith (2024) as the No. 1 player on USA Today's pre-spring list of the top rising seniors in the state.
Mandarin has a pair of players in the top 10: wide receiver Jaime Ffrench and safety Hylton Stubbs.
Florida State has commitments from two of the top four players on the list — Raines interior offensive lineman Solomon Thomas and Cocoa edge rusher Javion Hilson — and four of the top 60 players overall.
Here are the top 100 players on the pre-spring top 100.

1. D.J. Pickett (Zephyrhills DB)​

6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Top six:
Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oregon
Zephyrhills coach Nick Carroll on Pickett: "His length is one in a million. His hips and his footwork and his ability to transition is remarkable, which separates him from other guys. His ability to locate and track the ball is incredible. Sometimes you have DBs that don't have the best ball skills, which is why they play DB. But DJ is a different guy. And then he has the speed to go with his length. And he's physical."

2. Solomon Thomas (Raines IOL)​

6-foot-4, 315 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State
Raines coach Donovan Masline on Thomas: "He's got the athleticism and that mental toughness that he plays with. He's got great feet and he's great moving, and he blocks with that nasty edge that's what a lot of coaches are looking for."

3. Dallas Wilson (Tampa Bay Tech WR)​

6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Oregon
Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts on Wilson: "Aside from his physical gifts, being 6-foot-3, (he) can accelerate and quick area burst like a 5-foot-9 guy. His mindset makes him special. He practices every day like life depends on it. He challenges every player around every day, and he plays with a chip on his shoulder every day to prove that he really is different."

4. Javion Hilson (Cocoa EDGE)​

6-foot-4, 225 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State
Cocoa coach Ryan Schneider on Hilson: "His work ethic. It's not just athletics, it's also academics. Colleges like how hard he works and how he goes about his business. He's almost professional the way he goes about things."

5. Ty Jackson (Seminole Ridge LB)​

6-foot-2, 205 pounds
Top 10:
Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M
Seminole Ridge coach Chad Chieffalo declined to comment for this story

6. Jaime Ffrench (Mandarin WR)​

6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Offers include
Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Texas
Mandarin coach Toby Bullock declined to comment for this story

7. Ivan Taylor (West Orange S)​

5-foot-11, 163 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Notre Dame
West Orange coach Geno Thompson on Taylor: Ivan is a phenomenal kid, phenomenal human being. I get emails from teachers praising how he is in the classroom. He helps his teammates out by teaching them scheme. He busts his tail, waking up at 4 a.m. to work out before school and then again during seventh period. When he’s not working out, he's studying film, being honest with himself and how he can improve. No ego, just wants to get better at everything he does. He puts the team first. And when colleges come to see him he is sure to bring a teammate with him to build up and praise. He is everything you want in an athlete or friend. His parents did an amazing job raising such a special young man. Blessed to have him in our program."

8. Hylton Stubbs (Mandarin S)​

6-foot-2, 175 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Miami, USC
Mandarin coach Toby Bullock declined to comment for this story

9. Tarvos Alford (Vero Beach LB)​

6-foot-2, 210 pounds
Verbal commitment: Ohio State
Vero Beach coach Lenny Jankowski on Alford: "TJ does everything really well. You take his size and you combine it with his athleticism. You look at it from a recruiting piece, it's a hot description right now. they call it position versatility. He has it. His speed, athleticism, size, strength and all the intangibles. As talented as he is, he has a huge upside. He has the ability, and he wants to be great. He has all of those characteristics. He's the total package.

10. Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng (IMG LB)​

6-foot-1, 205 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford
IMG coach Billy Miller on Owusu-Boateng: “Nathaniel is exceptional student-athlete for IMG Academy’s football program. He is one of the hardest working student-athletes that’s ever come through this program and his intelligence and physicality is an incredible asset to our defense and team overall. We’re looking forward to everything he will accomplish in the 2024 season and in his bright future ahead.”

No. 11-20​


11. Vernell Brown III (Jones WR)​

5-foot-11, 165 pounds
Top 11:
Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Ohio State, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF

12. Jalen Wiggins (Rickards DL)​

6-foot-4, 245 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

13. Chris Ewald (Chaminade-Madonna CB)​

6-foot, 160 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

14. Ben Hanks Jr. (Booker T. Washington CB)​

6-foot-1, 170 pounds
Top 10:
Florida, FAU, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Syracuse, UCF, USC

15. Dallas Golden (Berkeley Prep DB)​

6-foot, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Notre Dame

16. Jayvan Boggs (Cocoa WR)​

6-foot, 200 pounds
Top 7:
Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Notre Dame, Texas, UCF, USC

17. Cortez Mills (Homestead WR)​

6-foot-1, 170 pounds
Offers include
Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska

18. Jesse Harrold (Robinson EDGE)​

6-foot-5, 230 pounds
Verbal commitment:
LSU

19. Girard Pringle (Armwood RB)​

5-foot-10, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

20. Ladarian Clardy (Escambia S)​

6-foot, 175 pounds
Offers include
Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, UCF, Washington

No. 21-30​


21. Gavin Nix (IMG LB)​

6-foot, 225 pounds
Offers include
Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon

22. London Merritt (IMG EDGE)​

6-foot-2, 255 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Ohio State

23. Graceson Littleton (Wiregrass Ranch CB)​

6-foot, 180 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Clemson

24. Max Buchanan (Seminole IOL)​

6-foot-4, 275 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

25. Taevion Swint (Osceola RB)​

5-foot-9 180 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

26. Zae Thomas (American Heritage CB)​

6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State

27. Alex Graham (IMG CB)​

6-foot, 165 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Colorado

28. Ziyare Addison (Carrollwood Day OT)​

6-foot-5, 290 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Oregon

29. Myron Charles (Port Charlotte DL)​

6-foot-4, 295 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State

30. Deandre Desinor (Atlantic RB)​

5-foot-9, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
West Virginia

No. 31-40​


31. Winston Watkins Jr. (Venice WR)​

5-foot-10, 175 pounds
Offers include
Colorado, Miami, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M

32. Carter Smith (Bishop Verot QB)​

6-foot-3, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Michigan

33. Naeshaun Montgomery (Miami Central WR)​

6-foot-1, 165 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee

34. Elijah Melendez (Osceola LB)​

6-foot-2, 225 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

35. Bryce Fitzgerald (Columbus S)​

6-foot-1, 175 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Miami, USC

36. Byron Louis (American Heritage RB)​

5-foot-11, 200 pounds
Offers include Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC

37. Donovan Olugbode (IMG WR)​

6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Missouri, Oregon, USC, Washington

41. Rukeem Stroud (Tampa Bay Tech CB)​

5-foot-11, 160 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

42. Waltez Clark (Plant RB)​

6-foot-1, 194 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

43. Chris McCorkle (Cardinal Mooney CB)​

6-foot-1, 172 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, West Virginia

44. Amari Wallace (Miami Central S)​

5-foot-11, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

45. Jarquez Carter (Newberry DL)​

6-foot-2, 284 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, USC

46. Raiden Vines-Bright (IMG WR)​

6-foot-1, 190 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Washington

47. Tyler Williams (Armwood WR)​

6-foot-1, 195 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Georgia

48. Floyd Boucard (Miami Central DL)​

6-foot-4, 308 pounds
Offers include
Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Oklahoma

49. Koby Howard (Chaminade-Madonna WR)​

5-foot-11, 185 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Miami, LSU Tennessee

50. Joshua Moore (West Broward WR)​

6-foot-3, 205 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

No. 51-60​


51. Donovan Johnson (IMG RB)​

6-foot, 205 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Michigan

52. Justin Thurman (Jesuit RB)​

5-foot-11, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Notre Dame

53. Elijah Pratt (IMG S)​

5-foot-11, 165 pounds
Verbal commitment:
SMU

54. Randy Adirika (Miami Central DL)​

6-foot-4, 270 pounds
Offers include Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Penn State

55. Jett White (Edison CB)​

6-foot-2, 169 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Maryland

56. Samari Reed (Monarch WR)​

6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Offers include
Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Ole Miss, Penn State

57. Ethan Pritchard (Seminole LB)​

6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State

58. Ezekiel Marcelin (Miami Central LB)​

6-foot, 190 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

59. Tony Williams (Palm Beach Central DB)​

6-foot-1, 190 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

60. Tramell Jones Jr. (Mandarin QB)​

6-foot, 196 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State

No. 61-70​


61. Jeramiah McCloud (Gadsden County DL)​

6-foot-2, 280 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

62. Christian Hudson (Mainland DL)​

6-foot-1, 280 pounds
Offers include
Iowa, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, UCF

63. Kiandrea Barker (Miami Central RB)​

5-foot-11, 183 pounds
Verbal commitment: Penn State

64. Brandon Brown (Eau Gallie DL)​

6-foot-2, 286 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Texas

65. Romando Johnson (Monarch EDGE)​

6-foot-3, 250 pounds
Verbal commitment:
West Virginia

66. Joshua Patterson (Ed White S)​

6-foot, 165 pounds
Offers include
Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Pitt

67. Jade Card (Norland ATH)​

6-foot-3, 200 pounds
Offers include
Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina

68. Antonio Branch Jr. (Northwestern S)​

6-foot-2, 174 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Penn State

69. Tae’shaun Gelsey (Riverside WR)​

6-foot-4, 215 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

70. Darryll Desir (Norland EDGE)​

6-foot-5, 240 pounds
Offers include
Colorado, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt

No. 71-80​


71. Kaden Strayhorn (IMG IOL)​

6-foot-3, 295 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Michigan

72. Bradley Martino (Golden Gate S)​

6-foot-3, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Minnesota

73. George Mullins (South Sumter CB)​

6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Michigan State

74. Derry Norris (Spruce Creek DL)​

6-foot-4, 270 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Georgia Tech

75. Kamare Williams (Palm Beach Central WR)​

6-foot-3, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Arkansas

76. Carl Jenkins Jr. (St. Augustine WR)​

6-foot-2, 177 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

77. Nicolas Clayton (Buchholz EDGE)​

6-foot-5, 205 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Wisconsin

78. Rashad Johnson (South Sumter S)​

6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Top 10:
Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, West Virginia

79. Brooks Williams (St. Lucie West Centennial EDGE)​

6-foot-6, 215 pounds
Verbal commitment:
USF

80. Semaj Fleming (Edgewater WR)​

5-foot-10, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Boston College

No. 81-90​


81. Max Redmon (Cardinal Newman DB)​

6-foot-2, 190 pounds
Offers include
Florida State, Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt

82. Connor Howes (St. Cloud OT)​

6-foot-6, 295 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Arkansas

83. Malakhi Boone (South Sumter LB)​

6-foot-2, 230 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

84. Locklan Hewlett (St. Augustine QB)​

6-foot-1, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
USF

85. Isaiah Mizell (Boone WR)​

6-foot, 160 pounds
Offers include
Coastal Carolina, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, West Virginia

86. Taren Hendrick (Community School of Naples OT)​

6-foot-5, 305 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Ole Miss

87. Sean Cuono (Clearwater Central Catholic RB)​

6-foot, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Indiana

88. Robert Jones III (Vero Beach CB)​

6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Illinois

89. Gavin Jenkins (Union County CB)​

6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Toledo

90. Santonyo Isaac (Tampa Bay Tech WR)​

6-foot, 165 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

No. 91-100​


91. Ja’Kyrian Turner (South Sumter ATH)​

5-foot-9, 163 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Pitt

92. Lantz Pascal (St. Thomas Aquinas LB)​

6-foot-1, 225 pounds
Offers include
Kentucky, Ole Miss, Temple, Texas A&M, West Virginia

93. Dylon Worthen (IMG EDGE)​

6-foot-2, 235 pounds
Verbal commitment:
East Carolina

94. Jyon Simon (Raines DL)​

6-foot-2, 260 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Rutgers

95. Joshua Guerrier (Ocoee ATH)​

5-foot-9, 160 pounds
Offers include
Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Pitt, Wake Forest

96. Caden Gordon (Santaluces CB)​

6-foot-1, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
NC State

97. Jayce Cora (Lely ATH)​

6-foot-4, 185 pounds
Offers include
Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Notre Dame, West Virginia

98. Cameron Sapp (Miami Palmetto WR)​

5-foot-10, 160 pounds
Offers include
Indiana, SMU, South Carolina, Syracuse, Texas A&M

99. Tony Kinsler (Spruce Creek WR)​

5-foot-11, 176 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Pitt

100. Sam Hayward (Providence EDGE)​

6-foot-3, 205 pounds
Offers include
Georgia Tech, Iowa State, UMass, Vanderbilt, Western Michigan
 
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I odn't think there was a need to put every name in there, perhaps a link for those who want to see the guys we aren't recruiting due to the staff's evals. Who cares where they come from? Other states, especially in the south, are catching up to FL in the number of quality recruits based on the population surge in the sun belt.....
 
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Florida seems to be where all the head cases are from, like Terrence Lewis, Brian Maurer, Tim Jordan
It's the water and sun....bad combo. I put Florida right there with Bama as places I would seldom travel if it were not for family.
 
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Florida is a cherry pick state in terms of our recruiting plan. If there is a kid who has a tie and/or expresses sincere interest then it makes sense to recruit him. If not, there are too many other elite level players in our footprint (TN, GA, NC, AL) to spend finite time and resources there IMO. You're contending with distance plus the Big 3 + UGA/OSU for any player you'd want to land out of there which again JMO makes the risk/reward way too low.
 
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I odn't think there was a need to put every name in there, perhaps a link for those who want to see the guys we aren't recruiting due to the staff's evals. Who cares where they come from? Other states, especially in the south, are catching up to FL in the number of quality recruits based on the population surge in the sun belt.....

Should I remove some of them?? Would that be mo better??
 
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OK, I buy that but, any chance that the prospects coming out of Florida are not as good as what is coming out of GA, TN and the Carolinas?
Why would you go to a state where you’re not getting much traction when there are great players next door? Waste of time unless they show significant interest off the bat.
 
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If you don't have relationships with HS coaches in a particular state, it's an uphill climb. I would think CJH would have good relations considering his prior gig, but you never know. Also many of these many not be a "culture-fit" or a "character-fit". IDK
 
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It would save most the time for scrolling down from worthless information, so yes, please and thank you.
OK, per your request, I shortened the amount of thread your wrist needs to scroooooollllllll through. Gone are #s 38-40.
 
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Reckon I find it interesting that out of the Top 100 high school prospects in Florida, that:

* 0 (Zero) have committed to UT
* 6 have us as a possibility
* Of those 6, according to 247, only one has us listed as warm. All others are Cool (and what is cooler than cool? Ice Cold...!!!!!)
* Most of the 6 have offers from 15-40 colleges

I just moved to the sunshine state full time, so have no historical basis to go by but, anyone have any thoughts about our lack of success in recruiting in Florida this year? Is this a norm or, an anomaly?

Gracias amigos


2025 USA Today Top 100: Who are the top rising senior football recruits in Florida?

Jon Santucci
Jacksonville Florida Times-Union



This story first appeared in the Jacksonville Times-Union on April 30.
High school football spring practices started on Monday, which not only means teams preparing for the next season but also a monthlong window for college coaches to see prized recruits in their element.
With more than seven months before the early signing period, most of the 2025 class remains uncommitted.
That includes Zephyrhills standout defensive back D.J. Pickett, the top-ranked player on the 2025 USA Today Florida Network top 100. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Pickett is a five-star recruit who caught 35 passes for 1,033 yards and 15 touchdowns and recorded 31 tackles and an interception in 2023.
Pickett joins Lakeland defensive lineman Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy (2022), Lakeland cornerback Cormani McClain (2023) and Chaminade-Madonna wide receiver Jeremiah Smith (2024) as the No. 1 player on USA Today's pre-spring list of the top rising seniors in the state.
Mandarin has a pair of players in the top 10: wide receiver Jaime Ffrench and safety Hylton Stubbs.
Florida State has commitments from two of the top four players on the list — Raines interior offensive lineman Solomon Thomas and Cocoa edge rusher Javion Hilson — and four of the top 60 players overall.
Here are the top 100 players on the pre-spring top 100.

1. D.J. Pickett (Zephyrhills DB)​

6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Top six:
Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oregon
Zephyrhills coach Nick Carroll on Pickett: "His length is one in a million. His hips and his footwork and his ability to transition is remarkable, which separates him from other guys. His ability to locate and track the ball is incredible. Sometimes you have DBs that don't have the best ball skills, which is why they play DB. But DJ is a different guy. And then he has the speed to go with his length. And he's physical."

2. Solomon Thomas (Raines IOL)​

6-foot-4, 315 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State
Raines coach Donovan Masline on Thomas: "He's got the athleticism and that mental toughness that he plays with. He's got great feet and he's great moving, and he blocks with that nasty edge that's what a lot of coaches are looking for."

3. Dallas Wilson (Tampa Bay Tech WR)​

6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Oregon
Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts on Wilson: "Aside from his physical gifts, being 6-foot-3, (he) can accelerate and quick area burst like a 5-foot-9 guy. His mindset makes him special. He practices every day like life depends on it. He challenges every player around every day, and he plays with a chip on his shoulder every day to prove that he really is different."

4. Javion Hilson (Cocoa EDGE)​

6-foot-4, 225 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State
Cocoa coach Ryan Schneider on Hilson: "His work ethic. It's not just athletics, it's also academics. Colleges like how hard he works and how he goes about his business. He's almost professional the way he goes about things."

5. Ty Jackson (Seminole Ridge LB)​

6-foot-2, 205 pounds
Top 10:
Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M
Seminole Ridge coach Chad Chieffalo declined to comment for this story

6. Jaime Ffrench (Mandarin WR)​

6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Offers include
Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Texas
Mandarin coach Toby Bullock declined to comment for this story

7. Ivan Taylor (West Orange S)​

5-foot-11, 163 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Notre Dame
West Orange coach Geno Thompson on Taylor: Ivan is a phenomenal kid, phenomenal human being. I get emails from teachers praising how he is in the classroom. He helps his teammates out by teaching them scheme. He busts his tail, waking up at 4 a.m. to work out before school and then again during seventh period. When he’s not working out, he's studying film, being honest with himself and how he can improve. No ego, just wants to get better at everything he does. He puts the team first. And when colleges come to see him he is sure to bring a teammate with him to build up and praise. He is everything you want in an athlete or friend. His parents did an amazing job raising such a special young man. Blessed to have him in our program."

8. Hylton Stubbs (Mandarin S)​

6-foot-2, 175 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Miami, USC
Mandarin coach Toby Bullock declined to comment for this story

9. Tarvos Alford (Vero Beach LB)​

6-foot-2, 210 pounds
Verbal commitment: Ohio State
Vero Beach coach Lenny Jankowski on Alford: "TJ does everything really well. You take his size and you combine it with his athleticism. You look at it from a recruiting piece, it's a hot description right now. they call it position versatility. He has it. His speed, athleticism, size, strength and all the intangibles. As talented as he is, he has a huge upside. He has the ability, and he wants to be great. He has all of those characteristics. He's the total package.

10. Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng (IMG LB)​

6-foot-1, 205 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford
IMG coach Billy Miller on Owusu-Boateng: “Nathaniel is exceptional student-athlete for IMG Academy’s football program. He is one of the hardest working student-athletes that’s ever come through this program and his intelligence and physicality is an incredible asset to our defense and team overall. We’re looking forward to everything he will accomplish in the 2024 season and in his bright future ahead.”

No. 11-20​


11. Vernell Brown III (Jones WR)​

5-foot-11, 165 pounds
Top 11:
Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Ohio State, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF

12. Jalen Wiggins (Rickards DL)​

6-foot-4, 245 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

13. Chris Ewald (Chaminade-Madonna CB)​

6-foot, 160 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

14. Ben Hanks Jr. (Booker T. Washington CB)​

6-foot-1, 170 pounds
Top 10:
Florida, FAU, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Syracuse, UCF, USC

15. Dallas Golden (Berkeley Prep DB)​

6-foot, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Notre Dame

16. Jayvan Boggs (Cocoa WR)​

6-foot, 200 pounds
Top 7:
Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Notre Dame, Texas, UCF, USC

17. Cortez Mills (Homestead WR)​

6-foot-1, 170 pounds
Offers include
Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska

18. Jesse Harrold (Robinson EDGE)​

6-foot-5, 230 pounds
Verbal commitment:
LSU

19. Girard Pringle (Armwood RB)​

5-foot-10, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

20. Ladarian Clardy (Escambia S)​

6-foot, 175 pounds
Offers include
Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, UCF, Washington

No. 21-30​


21. Gavin Nix (IMG LB)​

6-foot, 225 pounds
Offers include
Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon

22. London Merritt (IMG EDGE)​

6-foot-2, 255 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Ohio State

23. Graceson Littleton (Wiregrass Ranch CB)​

6-foot, 180 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Clemson

24. Max Buchanan (Seminole IOL)​

6-foot-4, 275 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

25. Taevion Swint (Osceola RB)​

5-foot-9 180 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

26. Zae Thomas (American Heritage CB)​

6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State

27. Alex Graham (IMG CB)​

6-foot, 165 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Colorado

28. Ziyare Addison (Carrollwood Day OT)​

6-foot-5, 290 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Oregon

29. Myron Charles (Port Charlotte DL)​

6-foot-4, 295 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State

30. Deandre Desinor (Atlantic RB)​

5-foot-9, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
West Virginia

No. 31-40​


31. Winston Watkins Jr. (Venice WR)​

5-foot-10, 175 pounds
Offers include
Colorado, Miami, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M

32. Carter Smith (Bishop Verot QB)​

6-foot-3, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Michigan

33. Naeshaun Montgomery (Miami Central WR)​

6-foot-1, 165 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee

34. Elijah Melendez (Osceola LB)​

6-foot-2, 225 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

35. Bryce Fitzgerald (Columbus S)​

6-foot-1, 175 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Miami, USC

36. Byron Louis (American Heritage RB)​

5-foot-11, 200 pounds
Offers include Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC

37. Donovan Olugbode (IMG WR)​

6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Missouri, Oregon, USC, Washington

41. Rukeem Stroud (Tampa Bay Tech CB)​

5-foot-11, 160 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

42. Waltez Clark (Plant RB)​

6-foot-1, 194 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

43. Chris McCorkle (Cardinal Mooney CB)​

6-foot-1, 172 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, West Virginia

44. Amari Wallace (Miami Central S)​

5-foot-11, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

45. Jarquez Carter (Newberry DL)​

6-foot-2, 284 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, USC

46. Raiden Vines-Bright (IMG WR)​

6-foot-1, 190 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Washington

47. Tyler Williams (Armwood WR)​

6-foot-1, 195 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Georgia

48. Floyd Boucard (Miami Central DL)​

6-foot-4, 308 pounds
Offers include
Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Oklahoma

49. Koby Howard (Chaminade-Madonna WR)​

5-foot-11, 185 pounds
Offers include
Florida, Florida State, Miami, LSU Tennessee

50. Joshua Moore (West Broward WR)​

6-foot-3, 205 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

No. 51-60​


51. Donovan Johnson (IMG RB)​

6-foot, 205 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Michigan

52. Justin Thurman (Jesuit RB)​

5-foot-11, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Notre Dame

53. Elijah Pratt (IMG S)​

5-foot-11, 165 pounds
Verbal commitment:
SMU

54. Randy Adirika (Miami Central DL)​

6-foot-4, 270 pounds
Offers include Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Penn State

55. Jett White (Edison CB)​

6-foot-2, 169 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Maryland

56. Samari Reed (Monarch WR)​

6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Offers include
Clemson, Florida, Louisville, Ole Miss, Penn State

57. Ethan Pritchard (Seminole LB)​

6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State

58. Ezekiel Marcelin (Miami Central LB)​

6-foot, 190 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Miami

59. Tony Williams (Palm Beach Central DB)​

6-foot-1, 190 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

60. Tramell Jones Jr. (Mandarin QB)​

6-foot, 196 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida State

No. 61-70​


61. Jeramiah McCloud (Gadsden County DL)​

6-foot-2, 280 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

62. Christian Hudson (Mainland DL)​

6-foot-1, 280 pounds
Offers include
Iowa, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, UCF

63. Kiandrea Barker (Miami Central RB)​

5-foot-11, 183 pounds
Verbal commitment: Penn State

64. Brandon Brown (Eau Gallie DL)​

6-foot-2, 286 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Texas

65. Romando Johnson (Monarch EDGE)​

6-foot-3, 250 pounds
Verbal commitment:
West Virginia

66. Joshua Patterson (Ed White S)​

6-foot, 165 pounds
Offers include
Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Pitt

67. Jade Card (Norland ATH)​

6-foot-3, 200 pounds
Offers include
Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina

68. Antonio Branch Jr. (Northwestern S)​

6-foot-2, 174 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Penn State

69. Tae’shaun Gelsey (Riverside WR)​

6-foot-4, 215 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Florida

70. Darryll Desir (Norland EDGE)​

6-foot-5, 240 pounds
Offers include
Colorado, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt

No. 71-80​


71. Kaden Strayhorn (IMG IOL)​

6-foot-3, 295 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Michigan

72. Bradley Martino (Golden Gate S)​

6-foot-3, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Minnesota

73. George Mullins (South Sumter CB)​

6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Michigan State

74. Derry Norris (Spruce Creek DL)​

6-foot-4, 270 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Georgia Tech

75. Kamare Williams (Palm Beach Central WR)​

6-foot-3, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Arkansas

76. Carl Jenkins Jr. (St. Augustine WR)​

6-foot-2, 177 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

77. Nicolas Clayton (Buchholz EDGE)​

6-foot-5, 205 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Wisconsin

78. Rashad Johnson (South Sumter S)​

6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Top 10:
Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, West Virginia

79. Brooks Williams (St. Lucie West Centennial EDGE)​

6-foot-6, 215 pounds
Verbal commitment:
USF

80. Semaj Fleming (Edgewater WR)​

5-foot-10, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Boston College

No. 81-90​


81. Max Redmon (Cardinal Newman DB)​

6-foot-2, 190 pounds
Offers include
Florida State, Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt

82. Connor Howes (St. Cloud OT)​

6-foot-6, 295 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Arkansas

83. Malakhi Boone (South Sumter LB)​

6-foot-2, 230 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

84. Locklan Hewlett (St. Augustine QB)​

6-foot-1, 175 pounds
Verbal commitment:
USF

85. Isaiah Mizell (Boone WR)​

6-foot, 160 pounds
Offers include
Coastal Carolina, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, West Virginia

86. Taren Hendrick (Community School of Naples OT)​

6-foot-5, 305 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Ole Miss

87. Sean Cuono (Clearwater Central Catholic RB)​

6-foot, 185 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Indiana

88. Robert Jones III (Vero Beach CB)​

6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Illinois

89. Gavin Jenkins (Union County CB)​

6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Toledo

90. Santonyo Isaac (Tampa Bay Tech WR)​

6-foot, 165 pounds
Verbal commitment:
UCF

No. 91-100​


91. Ja’Kyrian Turner (South Sumter ATH)​

5-foot-9, 163 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Pitt

92. Lantz Pascal (St. Thomas Aquinas LB)​

6-foot-1, 225 pounds
Offers include
Kentucky, Ole Miss, Temple, Texas A&M, West Virginia

93. Dylon Worthen (IMG EDGE)​

6-foot-2, 235 pounds
Verbal commitment:
East Carolina

94. Jyon Simon (Raines DL)​

6-foot-2, 260 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Rutgers

95. Joshua Guerrier (Ocoee ATH)​

5-foot-9, 160 pounds
Offers include
Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Pitt, Wake Forest

96. Caden Gordon (Santaluces CB)​

6-foot-1, 170 pounds
Verbal commitment:
NC State

97. Jayce Cora (Lely ATH)​

6-foot-4, 185 pounds
Offers include
Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Notre Dame, West Virginia

98. Cameron Sapp (Miami Palmetto WR)​

5-foot-10, 160 pounds
Offers include
Indiana, SMU, South Carolina, Syracuse, Texas A&M

99. Tony Kinsler (Spruce Creek WR)​

5-foot-11, 176 pounds
Verbal commitment:
Pitt

100. Sam Hayward (Providence EDGE)​

6-foot-3, 205 pounds
Offers include
Georgia Tech, Iowa State, UMass, Vanderbilt, Western Michigan
We should recruit nationally but FL is near the bottom of our opportunity areas. They have SEC options, Heup never got a four star player while at UCF and we never seem to get anyone elite to TN either. Cali is better for us as some guys have SEC dreams.
 
#19
#19
We don't need no stinkin floduh. Just sew up Tennessee, Jawja, the Carolinas and Virginia and get the occasional skill player here and there from anywhere and you're in the money honey
 
#20
#20
I mean...Florida just has so much competition in it....FSU, Miami, UF, UCF, USF.....Tennessee has so many incredible prospects within a 6 hour radius. We can literally recruit Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Carolinas, Virginia, Kentucky....and oh yes, our own state. Theres a ton of talent close to us, and then of course, we will get the occasional California kid or Texas kid or New Jersey kid.

Tennessee doesn't have to travel far to find great talent. Let the Florida teams have their own sausage fest down there. We will just pick our players out of Georgia's backyard.
 
#21
#21
If I were to rank the most important states for Tennessee to recruit, Florida would probably be 4th behind Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Tennessee and Georgia are by far the most important states for UT and I think North Carolina is an easier state to recruit than Florida. Alabama and South Carolina aren’t too far behind Florida, if you ask me. To me, Florida is just a state that you cherry pick 1-3 players from in a class and call it good. Obviously, you try your best in the state, but I don’t think it’s as essential for UT as the top 3 states and whiffs can be canceled out if you get some good Alabama and SC players.
 
#23
#23
I mean...Florida just has so much competition in it....FSU, Miami, UF, UCF, USF.....Tennessee has so many incredible prospects within a 6 hour radius. We can literally recruit Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Carolinas, Virginia, Kentucky....and oh yes, our own state. Theres a ton of talent close to us, and then of course, we will get the occasional California kid or Texas kid or New Jersey kid.

Tennessee doesn't have to travel far to find great talent. Let the Florida teams have their own sausage fest down there. We will just pick our players out of Georgia's backyard.
We can’t just go into Georgia and cherry pick recruits.
 
#24
#24
I wonder if a better measurement of the original question would be what percentage of players who accept an invitation to our camps from Florida (in comparison with other states) end up committing to us?
 
#25
#25
I remember in New Orleans there was a distinct divide between players who wanted to or were willing to play and practice "in snow" versus players who definitely did not want to deal with snow. Maybe that climate distinction is just as strong among Florida kids.

As for those who opined about character and culture, I think it's still valid to cite the "frost line" as a geographic marker of greater value for delayed gratification among the general population. But you would also think that football, with its year-'round preparation requirements, would negate in individuals that general cultural influence.

(I've never seen any studies on it, but I always thought that in some areas, the tourist season would serve the same calendar influence as harvest season in places like the mid-west -- a time when certain things must be done and other things delayed.)
 

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