- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
While Florida as a whole might be a little down, there’s no doubt that the offensive line class will go down as one of the best in state history.
With players like John Theus (No. 28), Jessamen Dunker (No. 31), Avery Young (No. 117), Ty Darlington (No. 97) and Omari Phillips (No. 112) on the board, Florida is beginning to prove that it’s not just a state for the speedy skill players.
Not bad for a ‘down’ year
Overall Florida’s Class of 2012 isn’t as star-studded as the Class of 2011 was or the Class of 2013 appears to be. That being said, there’s no shame in filling 30 of the 150 slots on the board this time. With 10 of the 30 already committed to major out-of-state programs it’s clear that Florida prospects remain the most coveted nationally.
Members of the Class of 2011 ESPNU 150, including Sammy Watkins (Clemson), Aaron Lynch (Notre Dame), Rashad Green (Florida State), Anthony Chickillo (Miami) and Curt Maggitt (Tennessee), are all starting or have become major contributors for their respective teams in a short time.
Battle at wide receiver
With Chris Black (No. 21), Angelo Jean-Louis (No. 48), Amari Cooper (No. 62) and Avery Johnson (No. 82) all participating in the Under Armour All-American Game this season, expect each of these competitive players to make a case for being the top wide receiver out of Florida during that week of practice.
Each player believes he should be the top wide receiver in the state, and they will all do what it takes to catch the eye of scouts during the first week of 2012.
Big-time linemenWhile Florida as a whole might be a little down, there’s no doubt that the offensive line class will go down as one of the best in state history.