Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Trend of top classes in Florida continues
By Corey Long
Three prospects in the top 5? Check.
Four five-star prospects overall? Check.
Fifteen prospects in the top 50? Check.
The Class of 2013 in Florida is quite simply the best the state has ever produced … at least until next year.
What makes this group so impressive isn’t just the numbers but the diversity that continues to develop in a state that was once known for just having speedy, undersized receivers, lockdown cornerbacks and random athletes who would either become receivers or cornerbacks.
Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) is still the nation’s top offensive lineman and the premier left tackle of the future. Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) received his fifth star and remains the nation’s top outside linebacker.
Obviously Florida is still the cornerback capital of the world with Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) and Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) both retaining their five-star rankings and moving up to No. 3 and No. 5 overall, respectively.
Florida’s receivers are no longer just undersized slot guys but now look more like 6-foot-2, 185-pound Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast) -- a complete package of size, speed and hands -- or 6-4, 200-pound Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) -- a long, physical athlete.