|2011 Broward Pre-Spring Top 40
1. Wayne Lyons, S, 6-0, 190, Dillard: Having watched this impressive athlete the past two years, you get a greater appreciation for the way he plays the game. He is quick, hard hitting and very smart. Has one of the highest grade point averages for any football player in Broward County.
2. Bryant “B.J.” Dubose, DE, 6-5, 220, Northeast: This former basketball player has now made the solid transition to the football field where his quickness and athletic ability began to take over for the Hurricanes. As he continues to learn, he will only get better.
3. Kent Turene, LB, 6-2, 225, Boyd Anderson: One of the top prospects a year ago, this is yet another tremendous football player that the Cobras seem to roll out each year. Tremendous run stopper who has the ability to drop into pass coverage as well.
4. Kevin Grooms, RB/DB, 5-10, 170, South Broward: Ever since he was a youngster, competing for Dania and Northeast Hollywood Optimist, this is tremendous athlete who everyone kept an eye on. As great a runner as he is, this gifted football talent is equally as impressive on the defensive side of the ball.
5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, 5-10, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas: Another youth football star at Washington Park (Hollywood) and Lauderdale Lakes who has developed into one of the nation’s elite prospects. Not only does he have the speed and athletic ability, but his football skills are as good as you get at this level!
6. Jerrard Randall, QB, 6-1, 190, Chaminade-Madonna: Ever since watching him as a freshman and as a sophomore at Miami Norland High, this gifted athlete has gotten better, matured as a player and put himself into a position as being one of the best prospects in the state. While he gave baseball up last year, look for him to return to the diamond this spring with a tremendous amount of ability.
7. Nick North, S, 6-1, 190, McArthur: Easily one of Broward’s best secrets, here is a top prospect with speed, athletic ability and the knack of coming up with big hits as well as making a difference as a defender. This is one of the prospects who has a chance to leap into the national picture.
8. Rashard Green, WR, 6-0, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas: Since coming in from Georgia last year, there isn’t anything that this gifted football talent has impressed the coaching staff and opposition with. He is a quality receiver with great speed and game-breaking ability on special teams.
9. Robbie Anderson, WR, 6-2, 175, South Plantation: Another athlete who began to emerge as a 10th grader, but truly showcased his skills as a junior. The coaching staff had talked about his potential since the start of the 2009 season, and by the end of the year, he began to reach it.
10. Bobby Hart, OL/DL, 6-3, 265, St. Thomas Aquinas: After competing at Cardinal Gibbons the past few years, this impressive athlete makes a move down the road. A two-year varsity performer who has played basketball and wrestled, which has given him an opportunity to grow as an all-around athlete. Continues to get better, and colleges have been watching for over a year now!
11. Marcus Roberson, DB, 6-0, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas: Don’t look now, but there is yet another quality defensive back that the Raiders have on the roster. One that had a tremendous junior season with huge plays and being around the ball at all times. Big time potential.
12. Jeremy Cash, S, 6-2, 190, Plantation: Ever since his sophomore year at Miami’s Ransom Everglades, here is a quality football talent who will hit you all over the field. One of the most intense football players in the Class of 2011, and while he has done some great things, the best is yet to come.
13. Dwayne Montgomery, OL, 6-4, 255, Dillard: One of the most athletic “big men” in Broward County, this is a player who got it done all season for a team that was going through a transition. His quick feet and impressive strength has opened the doors for college coaches who have been looking his direction over the past year.
14. Ryan Shazier, DE, 6-1, 200, Plantation: When it comes to making plays and being around the football on every play, there may not be a player like him in South Florida. His first step overwhelms most offensive linemen, and his knack of playing the run as well as the pass gives him a major advantage.
15. Khambrel Garland, DB, 5-11, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas: The Raiders newest defensive secondary standout comes over from Deerfield Beach, where he was flat-out impressive. His speed and quick reaction are just part of what makes him special. His cover skills and run-stopping ability are also impressive.
16. Shawn Ward, DE, 6-1, 235, Boyd Anderson: Yet another top-flight football talent who has speed, strength and quickness, usually overmatching the competition. One of the most physical players on a team loaded with athletes. Has the opportunity to be among the most dominating players around.
17. Patrick Williams, DL, 6-1, 235, University School: Whether it was in Orlando or over the past year for the Suns, this is officially the best kept Division 1 secret in the state of Florida. A dominating football player who completely controls the line of scrimmage. His quickness and strength overwhelm any offensive lineman he goes against. Has also played on the offensive line and lined up at fullback.
18. Jake Rudock, QB, 6-3, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas: Quietly stepped in last season as a junior and gave the Raiders quite a ride. A tremendous athlete who grasped the offense and kept the team right in the national title hunt throughout the season. His leadership and overall athletic ability will give him a huge advantage. Also plays baseball.
19. Kenneth Hankerson, LB, 5-11, 205, St. Thomas Aquinas: This three-year varsity performer has played everything from defensive end to linebacker. If you are looking for someone who makes plays and gets results, you need look no further. This is a complete talent.
20. Cedric Thompson, RB, 6-0, 185, Everglades: Talk about a player who has flown under the radar screen, there may not be a better all-around back this coming season in Broward County. A fast, elusive runner who shows plenty of power. This is one of those players who colleges have already shown interest in. Follows in the footsteps of his brother who is at Kansas State.
21. Orville Reynolds, RB, 5-8, 175, Douglas: After coming over from Cardinal Gibbons last year, this elusive, quick runner left a mark on 6A football with the Eagles. His quickness and vision make him a back who continues to get better every time he touches the ball.
22. Tevin Westbrook, DE, 6-5, 240, Pine Crest: One of the many quality players this program currently has on the roster. Having watched him last summer, we saw a raw player that used his overall athletic ability and tremendous footwork to attract attention. He is also one of the top basketball prospects in South Florida.
23. Harmon Brown, DB, 5-8, 165, Boyd Anderson: One of the top cover cornerbacks around, here is someone who uses his speed and ability to read offenses to play the game as well as anyone. He has a passion for the game and it shows on the field.
24. Tim Burton, DB, 5-8, 165, Cardinal Gibbons: Yet another football player who has gotten it done since his youth football days in Hallandale. Plenty of athletic ability and cover skills who changes the game with his impressive speed.
25. Wilkin Brutus, DL, 6-3, 220, Blanche Ely: If you watched the Tigers play last year, this is one of the athletes who stood out immediately. His size, quickness and ability to get into the offensive backfield are parts of his game that you simply cannot ignore. He is a player to keep an eye on.
26. Jesse York, WR, 5-11, 175, Boyd Anderson: One of the top pass catchers coming back, this is one of the players with as much potential as anyone who plays this position. Has speed, tremendous leaping ability and a knack of coming up with big catches. He will continue to improve as he gets stronger.
27. Jonathan Aiken, DB, 5-10, 175, Chaminade Madonna: Out of last year’s success for the Lions came this physical defensive secondary standout who not only can cover, but also impress you with his strength and ability to make plays. Will emerge as one of the best for the 2010 season.
28. Courtney Hall, DB, 5-11, 170, Blanche Ely: In an area loaded with players who have potential, here is one of the athletes we watched several times last year and came away impressed. A very impressive football player who has speed and a knack of being able to cover the best around.
29. Allen Ramsey, DB, 6-0, 155, Dillard: Following this quality athlete for the past two years, here is a player that coaches have singled out for his athletic ability in the secondary. Tremendous cover skills as well as playing the run. Is going to get bigger and more physical.
30. Curtric Evans, WR, 5-9, 175, Chaminade-Madonna: From his days as a running back in the Northeast Hollywood Optimist to South Broward to playing a key role for the Lions last year, here is a quick, athletic football player who is dangerous after catching the ball, showcasing his speed.
31. Otis Wright, RB, 5-11, 175, Dillard: One of the most elusive and bigger backs in the class. Another prospect who combines speed and football skills to make him a football talent worth keeping an eye on. Has the chance to make a major impact for the Panthers.
32. Scott Boyett, OL, 6-5, 280, South Broward: After playing his first full season in Florida after coming in from Montana, this impressive prospect continues to get stronger and learn technique. Has a great chance to climb the recruiting ladder with a solid off season.
33. Immoni Carswell, QB, 6-2, 170, Plantation: From the time he stepped onto the field as a youth football player in Hallandale, this impressive athlete was destined to become a star. After starting out at Hallandale High, he made the move to Plantation two years ago and continues to improve and watch his stock rise.
34. Rex Graham, DE, 6-1, 190, West Broward: After turning heads as one of the sack and tackle leaders in Miami-Dade County at Dr. Michael Krop High, he now changes schools with a chance to be one of the best in Broward County. This off season will tell a lot about a player who is strong and very quick.
35. A.J. Sebastiano, WR, 6-1, 185, North Broward Prep: While he may not be the fastest receivers around, there may not be a player who knows how to play the position, run routes and make himself a force in the game than this quality talent. May be the one of the best route runners in South Florida.
36. Kurt Joseph, LB, 5-11, 215, South Plantation: After watching him over the past two years, here is definitely a player who has flown way beneath the radar screen. A very strong, talented athlete who has plenty of athletic ability. Could end up being among the top prospects in Broward County by the start of the 2010 season!
37. Russell Haughton-James, OL, 6-3, 270, Western: After starting his career at North Broward Prep, this quality "big man" made the move last year and was one of the players who helped the Wildcats turn the corner. Great feet, tremendous size and has proven to be a very quick learner.
38. Lebert Barrett, OL, 6-3, 255, Plantation: Easily one of the most athletic line prospects in the class, here is a talented football player who continues to watch his stock rise. He has the chance to make a move upward with a solid off season.
39. Dinsdale Jackson, DT, 6-2, 250, Plantation American Heritage: After two consecutive years of turning out quality line prospects, the Patriots have yet another player who has proven that speed, athleticism and strength add up to something very positive.
40. Jared Maldanado, OL, 6-3, 300, Hollywood Hills: A two year starter for the Spartans, who was invited to the Army Junior Combine this winter. Tremendous strength, quickness and ability. Was one of the most well-rounded linemen on a team that showed tremendous improvement.