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HomeTeam 25: Top Tampa Bay football recruits for 2019, 2020

Plant’s Will Putnam and Pinellas Park’s Lawrance Toafili lead the pack locally.
Plant lineman Will Putnam happily claps with the big crowd in the Panther fieldhouse, moments after Putnam announced he is signing with Clemson in December. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Plant lineman Will Putnam happily claps with the big crowd in the Panther fieldhouse, moments after Putnam announced he is signing with Clemson in December. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Published Feb. 5

Our ranking of the top senior and junior football recruits in Tampa Bay.

Class of 2019

1. OT Will Putnam, Plant (6-4/280): Enrolled at Clemson

2. TE Brett Seither, Clearwater Central Catholic (6-5, 225): Alabama, Georgia

3. TE Larry Hodges, Jesuit (6-1/230): Signed with Miami

4. LB James Gordon, Plant City (6-1/215): Signed with Minnesota

5. DB Dane Belton, Jesuit (6-0/185): Signed with Iowa

6. DB John Dixon, Chamberlain (6-0/170): Signed with South Carolina

7. WR Ahmarean Brown, Jefferson (5-9/165): Enrolled at Georgia Tech

8. ATH Terence Doston, Hillsborough (5-11/175): Signed with West Virginia

9. DT Keenan Hester, St. Petersburg Catholic (6-3/265): Signed with UCF

10. ATH Joshua Youngblood, Berkeley Prep (5-11/170): Committed to Kansas State

11. RB Treshaun Ward, Tampa Bay Tech (5-9/180): FSU (walk-on)

12. WR Ezeriah Anderson, Armwood (6-5/210): Signed with Iowa State

13. ATH Jerjuan Newton, Clearwater Central Catholic (6-0/170): Signed with Toledo

14. DB Solomon Brown, Largo (5-11/170): Enrolled at Minnesota

15. WR Jared Wayne, Clearwater Academy (6-3/190): Signed with Pittsburgh

16. LB Kervens Bonhomme, Clearwater Academy (6-1/225): Signed with Indiana

17. DB Kym-Mani King, Mitchell (5-10/170): Signed with Iowa State

18. DT Sio Nofoagatoto’a, Clearwater Academy (6-2/32): Signed with Indiana

19. WR Leonard Parker, Plant (5-11/185): Signed with USF

20. OT Ethan White, Clearwater (6-5/390): Enrolled at Florida

21. WR Terrel Ferrell, Bloomingdale (5-11,187): Committed to Toledo

22. WR Ja’Quan Sheppard, Zephyrhills (6-2/190): Signed with Cincinnati

23. ATH Levi Williams, Bloomingdale (6-0/170): Signed with Tulane

24. WR Wayne Dennis, Armwood (6-4/188): Signed with Northwestern

25. DB T.J. Robinson, Riverview (6-3/180): Signed with Rutgers

CHRIS URSO | Times Pinellas Park running back Lawrance Toafili runs the ball during the second quarter against Palmetto Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 in Largo.

Class of 2020

Note: Offers pared down to a sampling for most.

1. RB Lawrance Toafili, Pinellas Park (6-1/194): Florida, FSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State

2. LB Jaylen Harrell, Berkeley Prep (6-4/235): Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State

3. ATH Keyvone Lee, Superior Collegiate (6-5/205): Committed to Florida

4. DT Johnnie Brown, Middleton (6-2/250): Committed to Florida

5. LB Jayion McCluster, Largo (6-1/190): FSU, LSU, Miami

6. LB Alvin Mathis, Pinellas Park (6-1/200): Auburn, Florida, FSU

7. OT Cesar Reyes, Chamberlain (6-5/295): Kentucky, LSU, Nebraska

8. QB Tucker Gleason, Plant (6-2/196): Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia Tech

9. QB Greg Spann, Lakewood (6-4/188): Duke, FSU, Georgia,

10. TE Jonathan Odom, Jesuit (6-6/240): FSU, Iowa, Miami

11. DB Jalil Core, Armwood (5-11/195): FSU, Iowa, Toledo

12. DT Clyde Pinder, Armwood (6-1/290): Boston College, Pittsburgh, USF

13. OT Michael Rankins, Lennard (6-5/265): Louisville, Miami, Minnesota

14. DL James Ash, Chamberlain (6-3, 275): Iowa State, LSU, Maryland

15. RB Ricky Parks, Jesuit (5-11, 200): Iowa, Virginia

16. WR Keedrik Murray, Clearwater (5-8/150): Kentucky, Southern Miss, USF

17. ATH Jevaun Jacobsen, Clearwater Academy (6-1/210): FAU, FIU, UCF

18. DB Aamaris Brown, Armwood (6-0/185): USF

19. DB Shelton Quarles Jr., Carrollwood Day (6-0/185): Oregon, USF

20. RB Eric Wilson, Armwood (6-0/190): Eastern Kentucky, Southern Miss, Toledo

21. QB Isaiah Knowles, Seffner Christian (6-0 /190): Southern Miss

22. Jose Gonzalez, Strawberry Crest (6-9/320): UCF, USF

23. Khaishef Edwards, Largo (5-10/160): Southern Miss, Toledo, UCF

24. ATH Joe Hodge, Jefferson (5-7/155): Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic

25. DT Malik Jones, Zephyrhills Christian (6-2/260): Kentucky, Southern Miss, Troy


  1. Pasco County's seniors took to the field one last time on Friday night. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    River Ridge’s Anthony Roussos accounts for the final scores in a tight matchup.
  2. Bloomingdale's Gabriel Akpewero runs for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Tech on Oct. 4. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
    The game will be held aat Raymond James Stadium
  3. River Ridge's Travis Hawks is one of six Royal Knights playing in the all-star game. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
    The fifth annual game will be held at Sunlake High.
  4. Jesuit 106-pounder Kai Owen acknowledges Tiger fans moments after winning the Class 2A state title with a 2-1 decision last season. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
    After seasons of coming close at the state meet, Tiger grapplers are pushing for more this season.
  5. Keswick Christian's Yasmin Baroni tries to rip the ball from the hands of Northeast's Jada Ballard on Thursday. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
    A second-quarter run is all the Crusaders need to stay out in front of their rival.
  6. Tampa Bay Tech sophomores Amiya Evans, second from right, and Janiah Barker, right, could help lead the Titans to one of the highest national rankings of any Tampa Bay area team in history in the 2019-20 season [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
    Dynamic duo Janiah Barker and Amiya Evans met as eighth-graders and vowed to never play apart in high school. They kept that vow.
  7. Senior football players in Pinellas County took to the gridiron for their final prep game Wednesday night. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Of the past 15 meetings, the South has been on the losing end 13 times.
  8. In this file photo, Lakewood High School defensive lineman Tre'von Riggins (98) takes a moment during a spring football practice last April. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
    Measures to prevent heatstroke deaths were among the key items in a bill that unanimously passed its first committee on Wednesday.
  9. A little more than a month into the season, Nature Coast Tech sophomore Kennedy Weissman leads the state in scoring with 41 goals and 92 points, almost double the totals of the next closest player. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
    The sophomore has a whopping 41 goals so far this season, easily tops of any player in Florida.
  10. Largo's Julia Violante (6), center, gets a hug from teammate Sarai Faulkner (17), right, while joining Asti Luff (23), left, and McKenzie Emery (14) at midfield moments after scoring her second goal of the night (2-0) against St. Petersburg on Monday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    The University of Florida commit is having a banner season on the pitch, but is missing her biggest fan.