You thought last year’s class of football players in Tampa Bay was good? Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
On the heels of a class that was rated one of the finest in Tampa Bay history, the Class of 2012 shows just as much promise, if not a little more.
Take last year’s top five in our Fab 50: James Wilder Jr. (FSU), Tyler Moore (Nebraska), Ja’Juan Story (Florida), Anthony Chickillo (Miami) and Jordan Prestwood (FSU).
Now, compare that group to this year’s top five : Nelson Agholor, Dante Fowler, Kent Taylor, Matt Jones and Tyriq McCord.
The buzz around the player, the talent, the number of offers are all comparable compared to this time last year. In fact, I would argue this year’s group may have a little more buzz.
This list is still a work in progress. At the end of spring, the Fab 50 will drop, but for now, to kick off the start of spring football practices, here’s our pre-Fab 25.
Three things about the list:
1. I would never flip a coin to choose No. 1 and No. 2, but choosing between Agholor and Fowler almost had me fishing for change. It’s that close. For now, until I can break this dollar bill, it’s Agholor.
2. Not sure anyone has ever had such a meteoric rise up any list than Land O’Lakes’ Kent Taylor. He’s considered by some to be the best tight end in the country.
3. The number of top recruits don’t necessarily add up to championships every time, but wow, Armwood is awesome. They have seven players on this list, and that doesn’t even include transfer offensive lineman Jack Lightsey and Kevin McCoy (who has an offer from USF), and junior Leon McQuay III. Yikes.
And how about Plant City? I raved last year about their junior class and wasn’t even as right as I thought I was. The Raiders, the most active team in the area this spring, have three players on this list, and you can make a pretty strong case for running back Dazmond Patterson and linebacker Jalen Butler, who will surely have offers by June.
Are we missing anyone? Do you have anyone to suggest for the Fab 50? Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.