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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- It was just two years ago that current Ohio State star freshman Joey Bosa was a top national prospect coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale.

Now there is another budding star at the high school that produced three 2014 NFL draft picks, and the last name remains the same.

Class of 2016 defensive lineman Nick Bosa has been a standout the past two years for the Raiders, and like many who have come before him at the talent-rich school, he will be a national recruit with a quickly growing offer list.

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The state of Florida has always been known for producing some of the top athletes in the country. The term "athlete" is sometimes looked at as a negative term, but it really means our scouts believe these talented prospects could play more than one position in college. Here is a closer look at some of the top athletes from the Sunshine State in the 2015 class.

ESPN 300 athletes from Florida

No. 8 Torrance Gibson: Gibson is a skilled athlete who can make plays on offense. The five-star athlete led his high school, Plantation American Heritage, to the state championship game. In the game, he had a touchdown run of 80 yards and also a long touchdown pass that was among the "SportsCenter" Top 10 plays. He wants to play quarterback on the next level, but he’s the most talented wide receiver on his South Florida Express 7-on-7 team. Whatever position he chooses, Gibson has a bright future ahead of him.


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CLIFTON, Va. -- Five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle, No. 10 in the ESPN 300, will not be making an early commitment, that much has been known from the start. What is also known about Settle is that he intends to go through the entire process and take all five of his official visits.

What wasn’t known is that Settle has started to think about what schools will make the cut.

“I’m going to trim it down in August to 14,” said Settle, who earned an invitation to The Opening Saturday after a stellar performance at the Nike Football Training Camp at Centreville High School in Clifton, Va. “The reason I’m going to trim it down in August is two-a-days and getting ready for the season. I don’t want a lot of pressure on me. I just want to play and have fun my senior season.


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It’s early in the process for sophomore athlete Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley), but some schools are starting sticking out.


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RN Top 10: D.C. NFTC 

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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect their overall prospect ranking.

ASHBURN, Va. – The East Coast and mid-Atlantic states represented well on Sunday as eight players earned invites to The Opening at the Nike Football Training Camp outside of Washington, D.C. Defense ruled the day, led by two five-star prospects from Virginia.

10. Nick Scott
Fairfax (Va.) Fairfax |RB| 5-11, 180

Scott stood out among a field of backs who were overshadowed by the prospects at nearly every other position. He earned the attention of coaches for his strong play and versatility but missed the MVP award, which went to Vincent Lowe (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield), who also posted the top SPARQ score.

Scott committed to Penn State in February over an offer from Boston College.

ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert’s take: “He’s got a great frame, and what I like about him as a Penn State verbal, he’s a versatile player. He may not run by you, but he does a good job in route-running.”


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#BlueChipBattles: ESPN 150 release edition

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Speedy Noil, Adoree Jackson, Da'Shawn HandStudent Sports, ESPN, ESPNSpeedy Noil, Adoree Jackson and Da'Shawn Hand are three of the most coveted recruits in the Class of 2014.
#BlueChipBattles Insider: RecruitingNation summoned its writers from around the country to outline the recruiting battles for the ESPN 150's top 10 prospects.

Plus, rank the battles in SportsNation.

#TopFBMixtapes: Athlete mixtapes are all the rage in this highlight-crazed era of sports. We reached out to our Twitter followers to find out which 2014 football stars had the best highlight reels on YouTube, then had our staff rank and comment on the top submissions.

Tom Luginbill writes Insider: After talking to many coaches across the country and hearing their frustrations, here are their five biggest complaints about homemade highlight videos.

Rashawn Powell expected to decide Saturday 

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ESPN 100 point guard Rashawn Powell (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) is expected to announce his decision on Saturday (Sept. 15) at 12 pm ET. The news was confirmed to ESPN.com by his AAU coach, Diana Neal.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It’s never too early to start developing relationships in recruiting, and the University of Alabama hosted two top basketball prospects for the class of 2015 over the weekend, as Rockwall, Texas, teammates Austin Grandstaff and Elijah Thomas visited Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s skills camp.

“It was good,” Thomas said. “We saw a lot of activities and what not, met a lot of people. We played video games in the hotel room, went swimming and just chilled. We had a good visit. It was fun.”

Thomas, a 6-foot-8 five-star, ranked No. 7 nationally in 2015, was surprised with how much he enjoyed the visit to UA.

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Before last week, Jacory Washington had just four offers from the likes of Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Lafayette and UCLA, but the 2014 prospect saw his stock take off with a recent trip around the SEC West.

The Westlake, La., native visited Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, and each stop earned him a new scholarship offer from the respective head coach.

“It’s just great,” Washington said. “I’m just taking it all in. I still can’t believe it. Finally, all my hard work is starting to pay off.”

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A day after Nick Saban Skyped with Wyomissing, Pa., linebacker Alex Anzalone, the University of Alabama coaching staff was in Pennsylvania recruiting another top prospect from the Keystone State -- wide receiver Robert Foster.

On Thursday, Foster had coaches from Alabama, Penn State and Rutgers visit his high school to watch him practice.

“It means a lot,” Foster said. “I feel blessed, but I still have to show out at practice and see what I can do regardless of if they’re there or not.”

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