HomeTeam 25: Top football players in the class of 2019

It's easy to see why these athletes are on our watchlist for next season.
Largo DL Jaquaze Sorrells  has the size (6-3, 270) and skills to top our local class of 2019 list. (Douglas R. Clifford, Times)
Largo DL Jaquaze Sorrells has the size (6-3, 270) and skills to top our local class of 2019 list. (Douglas R. Clifford, Times)
Published Jan. 26, 2018

Jaquaze Sorrells was pegged for stardom before he entered high school. In eighth grade, Sorrells already was a standout at football camps in his age group. Largo coaches were giddy at the thought of gaining such a prized potential prospect. Sorrells has delivered, wreaking havoc up front despite being consistently double-teamed. He is the lone area player selected and committed to playing in the next Under Armour All-American Game. The trenches are the primary spot for area recruits in the class of 2019. Plant's Will Putnam is considered the top prospect among offensive linemen, a position that boasts two of the top three area recruits for 2018: Berkeley Prep's Nicholas Petit-Frere and Cambridge Christian's Richard Gouraige. Here is our top 25 list with a sampling of offers.

1. DL Jaquaze Sorrells, Largo (6-3, 270): Alabama, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Miami.

2. OT Will Putnam, Plant (6-4, 280): Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Miami

3. CB John Dixon, Chamberlain (5-10, 170): Alabama, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Ohio State

4. RB Treshaun Ward, Tampa Bay Tech (5-10, 175): Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, USF

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5. WR Ahmarean Brown, Tampa Catholic (5-10, 165): Alabama, Michigan State, USF, Virginia Tech

6. TE Larry Hodges, Jesuit (6-2, 234): Committed to Miami

7. OL Ethan White, Superior Collegiate (6-5, 315): Florida, Iowa State, Louisville, Nebraska

8. LB Ricardo Watson, Armwood (5-10, 243): Florida Atlantic, Oregon, USF

9. OL Raymond Collins, Largo (6-4, 280): Cincinnati, Florida, Michigan, Toledo

10. ATH Jerjuan Newton, Clearwater Central Catholic ((6-0, 170): Boston College, Florida, Toledo, USF

11. QB Charlie Dean, Tampa Catholic (6-1, 197): Northern Iowa, Toledo, UCF, Western Kentucky

12. LB James Gordon, Plant City (6-0, 200): East Carolina, USF, Southern Mississippi

13. RB Jeromy Reid, Gaither (5-11, 190): Southern Mississippi, USF, Western Kentucky

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14. ATH Terence Doston, Hillsborough (5-10, 160): FAU, FIU, Troy, Tulane, Vanderbilt

15. LB Caleb Tate, Tampa Catholic (6-1, 198): Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, Tulane

16. LB Brandon Gary, Clearwater (6-1, 240): Syracuse, USF, Virginia Tech

17. DB La'Darius Henry, Gibbs (6-3, 180): Committed to USF

18. DL Kennedy Roberts, Clearwater Central Catholic (6-3, 240): Akron, Bowling Green, Toledo

19. WR Chris Scruggs Jr., Superior Collegiate (6-2, 175): Florida, Louisville, Toledo, USF

20. DB Dane Belton, Jesuit (6-2, 183): Toledo, USF

21. WR Terrel Ferrell, Bloomingdale (6-1, 180): Southern Mississippi, USF

22. WR Dontavius Smith, Jefferson (5-7, 155): Florida A&M, Kentucky

23. WR Ja'quan Sheppard, Zephyrhills (6-1, 175): Samford, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi

24. RB Niko Duffey, Jefferson (5-10, 155): Bethune Cookman, Florida Atlantic, Syracuse

25. QB Tyler Riddell, Chamberlain (6-0, 171): Southern Mississippi