1-10: The Ultimate Florida Top 100
This story originally published on FOXSportsRecruiting.com
Sony Michel
Sony Michel
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 29, 2013


What would a compilation of the top 100 recruits from the state of Florida look like if you merged the classes of 2014, '15 and '16? Here's a look at prospects 1-10, led by five-star recruit Sony Michel.

The Ultimate Florida Top 100


1) Sony Michel

Class of 2014
Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
Running Back
5-11/205
Committed to Georgia
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Scout.com’s take: Michel is an elite running back that will be college-ready the day he steps on campus. He has a great blend of power, speed, and finesse when he gets the football. He runs behind his pads well, he can side-step would-be tacklers, and he has the speed to get to the perimeter. Michel has great balance and vision along with good hands out of the backfield. It looks like the game slows down for him. He is the total package.

And it's only fitting that Michel finds himself as the No. 1 guy considering he has been a high school phenom since the 8th grade.


2) Kevin Toliver

Class of 2015
Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy
Cornerback
6-2/180
Committed to LSU
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Scout.com’s take: You do not find many corners at Toliver's size that moves the way he does. He has loose hips, he can change direction like the best two inches shorter than he is do, and he has very quick feet. He is a fluid athlete with quickness and the ability to cover on or off the ball. He can still get stronger and tackle better, but in coverage, he is among the best. He likes the challenge playing on the island and he is what you look for.


3) Kain Daub

Class of 2014
Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood
Middle Linebacker
6-2/230
Committed to Florida State
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Scout.com’s take: Daub is a big, physical, and imposing linebacker. He is constantly on the attack and he is always looking to tackle through his opponent. He can play sideline to sideline with good speed and fluidity. He has great agility and runs to the ball very well. He can work on his angles and his play in pass coverage. He is best when on the attack against the run. He can hit with force and identify the ball quickly.


4) Chad Thomas

Class of 2014
Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Defensive End
6-5/240
Committed to Miami
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Scout.com’s take: Thomas is your classic edge defensive end that has size, speed and quickness. He has long arms and good length. Thomas gets off the ball well and has good flexibility. He did show at the Opening that he has very good strength and a bull rush over some quality offensive tackles. He shows the ability to chase the ball laterally down the line of scrimmage. He has good short area quickness also shows the ability to play well in space.


5) CeCe Jefferson

Class of 2015
Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County
Defensive End
6-3/265
Offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA, others
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Scout.com’s take: Jefferson loves to get after the quarterback off the edge. That can be a positive and a negative for him. He is so quick off the ball that teams can run into his gap, so he needs to work on that part of his game. When he able to rush the quarterback, he is as good as it gets. He has a great first step off the ball, he has a burst, and he closes well. He has good length and a frame that will continue to fill out.


6) Joseph Yearby

Class of 2014
Miami (Fla.) Central
Running Back
5-9/190
Committed to Miami
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Scout.com’s take: Yearby is a back who is tough to find, tackle, and stop. He has great balance. He just knows how to keep his feet and that has a lot to do with his low center of gravity. He has some extremely quick feet and he moves so well in tight spaces. He moves very well laterally as he has a light bounce in his step. He knows how to avoid the big hits and he does a great job of adjusting his body in traffic. Not a burner, but plenty quick.


7) Ermon Lane

Class of 2014
Homestead (Fla.)
Wide Receiver
6-2/197
Committed to Florida
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Scout.com’s take: Lane excels on both sides of the ball and he is a good enough athlete to get a legit look at cornerback at his size (safety no question). That is very rare. As a receiver he steps up with big plays and excels despite a lack of great quarterback play. He has excellent ball skills and can use is his size in the red-zone. A recent growth spurt has Lane checking in at 6-foot-2 and he might not be done growing.


8) K.C. McDermott

Class of 2014
Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central
Offensive Tackle
6-6/296
Committed to Miami
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Scout.com’s take: McDermott was an easy offer for colleges as an offensive lineman. He has great work ethic, he is well educated as any offensive lineman, and he is self-driven. As a tackle he is a best as a run blocker. He can be a real mauler in the trenches using his natural power and strength. He also displays very good balance when engaged in contact. He can still work on his pass sets, flexibility, and his overall footwork. Expect McDermott to play early.


9) Martez Ivey

Class of 2015
Apopka (Fla.)
Offensive Tackle
6-6/280
Offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, others.
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Scout.com’s take: Ivey is an impressive offensive tackle with good arm length, good base, and great feet. He moves well in short space, he reacts well on the edge, and he shows very good balance. He has wide shoulders, good lower-body, and he will carry 300 pounds easily down the road. He can work on his pad level and just playing with more power, specifically in the run game. He is strongest in pass protection and slides his feet well.


10) George Campbell

Class of 2015
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
Wide Receiver
6-4/190
Committed to Michigan
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Scout.com’s take: Campbell has outstanding size, speed and measurables. He does a nice job of using his size to his advantage, especially with the ball in the air. He possesses outstanding ball skills and hand-eye coordination. He can box out and high point the ball. As a runner, he’s smooth with long strides. He really does a nice job of stretching out a defense. His size, growth and development will play a huge hand is what position he plays.

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Geoff Vogt, Chad Simmons, Pat Burnham and Amy Campbell all contributed to this feature.

Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext. He’s currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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