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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.

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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Southwest Ohio has been good to Michigan in the past, and one of Cincinnati’s top 2015 prospects was on campus Monday.


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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.
ATHENS, Ga. -- For most high school players, the end of practice means they get a break from the incessant nagging and ceaseless instruction of their coaches. They go home, eat dinner, study and enjoy the respite until the whistles start blowing next time. For ESPN Watch List safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), that is not the case.

Wilson’s father is the defensive coordinator and the defensive backs coach at the University School, so Wilson jokes that he gets no respite.

“Oh no, there’s no break, there’s no break,” Wilson said. “Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Yeah, I get it at practice, before practice, after practice, in the car, at the dinner table ...”

The talented junior laughed about the nonstop instruction but he also credited his father with making him the player he is today -- one of the most coveted safeties in Florida.


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Georgia offers Watch List DE Newell 

February, 15, 2013
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ESPN Watch List defensive end Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan./Hiawatha) estimates that he has picked up seven new offers over the last two weeks. His offer list stretches from UCLA to South Carolina and from Texas to Michigan State. Twenty-seven schools so far have extended verbal offers to the 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior, including the Georgia Bulldogs who offered on Wednesday.

“Yesterday I got offers from Georgia and Michigan State on the same day,” Newell said. “So it has been definitely crazy. I think I have gotten an offer from every conference. It is overwhelming and exciting. And I am very blessed to be in the situation that I am in with being able to have my choice on where to go. So I am really excited for next year.”

The Bulldogs’ coaching staff may be the latest offer but Newell has been on Georgia’s radar for a while.

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As a sophomore, C.J. Hilliard (Cincinnati/St. Xavier) saw the field often but played second fiddle to Akron signee Conor Hundley. This season, the backfield will belong to the 2014 running back.

It will be a switch up of styles, too.

“He’s a bulldozer, and I’m going to juke you and get outside of you,” Hilliard said.

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Paris Bostick delays commitment decision 

July, 17, 2012
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Three-star safety Paris Bostick (Tampa, Fla./Plant) will not make an announcement today regarding his college commitment, according to his coach, Robert Weiner.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Cornerback Chris Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) picked up his first offer at the beginning of May and has seen his recruitment start to catch fire. On Wednesday, while taking ion a 7-on-7 tournament, he spoke to DawgNation about all the increased attention.

“I have offers from the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt,” Murphy said. “I think Purdue is going to be the next offer. Illinois is coming close to offering and UCLA too.”

The Boilermakers did extend Murphy an offer the next day and more are likely on the way.

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Georgia offers 2014 DB Nick Glass 

March, 25, 2012
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Defensive back Nick Glass (Atlanta/St. Pius X) grew up a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs. When he left Athens on Saturday after visiting for a junior day, he received an offer from head coach Mark Richt.

“I just got it a few minutes ago,” Glass told DawgNation after he left the practice facility. “I am very excited.”

Although the plans were for Richt to give Glass the news, a few assistant coaches could not resist giving the student-athlete a head's up.

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Inside the DawgHouse 2/18 

February, 18, 2012
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DawgNation is here to take you Inside the DawgHouse -- a confidential look inside Georgia football recruiting for DawgNation subscribers only. As it will be every week, everything reported Inside the DawgHouse stays on The Pound forum. We are providing this information for our subscribers and hope that you help keep this information protected by keeping it here.

A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Coveted OOS TE has ties to Georgia
  • Dawgs jump back in for former target

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What to watch in Florida this weekend 

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Playoff primer, part I: St. Thomas Aquinas stumbles in
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas is used to being at the top of the national rankings but this year they will enter the playoffs as a district runner-up after a shocking loss to Cooper City (Fla.) two weeks ago. Aquinas also lost to Miramar (Fla.) last month giving the Raiders a two-loss season for the first time since 2006.

Miami commitment Jelani Hamilton is finished for the season with a knee injury and Bryan Cox Jr. is still dealing with a hand injury that might force him to miss one or more weeks of the postseason. Junior Joey Bosa should be ready to go but the team's strength has been diminished.

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