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Spring football: Pre-Fab 25 of 2012

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Sat. April 30, 2011 | John C. Cotey | Email

Spring football: Pre-Fab 25 of 2012

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 johncotey@gmail.com.

Top players more

  • 1. Nelson Agholor Size: 6-2, 180

    Position: WR/DB

    Offers: Florida, FSU, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, USF UCLA, USF among others.

    Last year: 1,287 rushing yards, 18 TDs, three INTs

  • 2. Dante Fowler Size: 6-3/224

    Position: DE

    Offers: Orally committed to FSU.

    Last year: 20 sacks, 107 tackles, 33 for loss.

  • 3. Kent Taylor Size: 6-5, 210

    Position: TE

    Offers: Alabama, Florida, FSU, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee among others.

    Last year: 35 catches, 571 yards, nine touchdowns.

  • 4. Matt Jones Size: 6-2, 220

    Position: RB

    Offers: Orally committed to Florida

    Last year: 176 carries, 1,300 yards, 23 touchdowns.

  • 5. Tyriq McCord Size: 6-3/209

    Position: DE/TE

    Offers: Florida, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, USC, USF among others.

    Last year: 60 tackles, 17 sacks.

  • 6. Jeremi Powell Size: 6-2, 215 Position: DE/LB/WR Offers: Orally committed to Florida Last year: 15 sacks, over 100 tackles, 600 yards from scrimmage.
  • 7. Earl Moore Size: 6-2, 250

    Position: DL

    Offers: Florida, FSU, Miami, Rutgers, South Carolina, Texas Tech, USC, USF among others.

    Last year: 63 tackles, one sack

  • 8. Cody Waldrop Size: 6-4, 315

    Position: OL

    Offers: Florida State, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt among others.

    Last year: Top blocker for 3,000-yard rushing attack.

  • 9. Eric Striker Size: 6-0/193

    Position: LB

    Offers: Cincinnati, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, USF among others.

    Last year: 125 tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles.

  • 10. Lamarlin Wiggins Size: 6-3/195

    Position: WR

    Offers: Louisville, Miami, Texas Tech, UCLA, USF among others.

    Last year: 40 catches, 649 yards, five TDs

  • 11. Gary Simon Size: 6-1/180

    Position: WR/DB

    Offers: Iowa State and USF.

    Last year: Six TD receptions, two scores on returns

  • 12. Samuel Green Size: 6-1/195

    Position: DB

    Offers: Cincinnati, Memphis, Rutgers, South Alabama and USF.

    Last year: 101 tackles, three interceptions, six passes defensed.

  • 13. Jarvis McCall Size: 6-2/185

    Position: DB

    Offers: USF.

    Last year: 28 tackles, one interception.

  • 14. Bennie Coney Size: 6-2, 205

    Position: QB

    Offers: Auburn, Boston College, FSU, LSU, Michigan, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, USF among others.

    Last year: 71-for-117, 61 percent, 1,159 yards, 12 TDs

  • 15. Cameron Dees Size: 6-2/280

    Position: OL

    Offers: Florida International and Ohio.

    Last year: The most mistake-free Hawks blocker.

  • 16. Trey Dudley-Giles Size: 5-10/170

    Position: ATH

    Offers: Florida Atlantic and Rutgers.

    Last year: 24 catches, 547 yards, nine TDs, four interceptions

  • 17. Austin Aikens Size: 5-11, 165

    Position: WR

    Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Missouri and Vanderbilt.

    Last year: 32 catches, 727 yards, six TDs

  • 18. Gray Crow Size: 6-3, 220

    Position: QB

    Offers: Orally committed to Miami.

    Last year: 96-for-178, 54 percent, 1,369 yards, seven TDs

  • 19. Brandon Holloway Size: 5-9/155

    Position: RB

    Offers: Arizona State, Ball State, Temple, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State among others.

    Last year: 97 carries, 406 yards, four TDs; 191 yards receiving, three TDs.

  • 20. Rayshawn Jenkins Size: 6-5, 185

    Position: QB/S

    Offers: Orally committed to USF.

    Last year: 1,500 total yards, 21 TDs passing/rushing.

  • 21. Greg Windham Size: 6-2/190

    Position: QB

    Offers: Cincinnati.

    Last year: 93-for-182, 51 percent, 1,469 yards, 17 TDs

  • 22. Nathan Shienle Size: 6-5/290

    Position: OL

    Offers: Tulane.

    Last year: Helped pave the way for one of area’s best rushing attacks.

  • 23. Brandon Teeling Size: 6-3/225

    Position: DL

    Offers: None.

    Last year: 16 tackles on defense, unsung star on offense.

  • 24. Shelldon Lewinson Size: 6-2, 225

    Position: DL

    Offers: Western Michigan

    Last year: 53 tackles, four sacks, two fumble recoveries

  • 25. Antonio Crawford Size: 5-11/175

    Position: DB/WR

    Offers: None

    Last year: 47 catches, 619 yards, seven TDs

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