Florida's Top 50 senior recruits


Seffner Armwood's Byron Cowart is listed as ESPN's No. 2 overall recruit. (Tampa Bay Times)

Published: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.

1. Byron Cowart, Seffner Armwood, DE, 6-3, 254: ESPN's No. 2 overall recruit, No. 4 overall recruit by 247sports, 31 schools interested. Current top five: UF, Oregon both leading, Alabama, Auburn, Maryland are close behind. Plans to make decision Sept. 28.

2. Martez Ivey, Apopka, OT, 6-6, 268: ESPN's No. 3 overall recruit, No. 2 overall by 247sports. 19 schools interested, UF and Auburn are co-leaders with Alabama, Clemson, FSU.

3. Kevin Toliver II, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, CB, 6-2, 188: LSU commitment since Nov. 4, 2012; ESPN's No. 5 overall recruit; No. 2 overall recruit in Florida by 247sports, considered top cornerback prospect in the nation.

4. CeCe Jefferson, Baker County, DE, 6-2, 250: ESPN's No. 7 overall recruit, 32 schools interested, UF considered his top school with Alabama, Auburn, FSU and USC chasing; No. 6 overall recruit by 247sports.

5. George Campbell, Tarpon Springs East Lake, ATH (WR/FS), 6-3, 187: ESPN's No. 10 overall recruit, 39 schools interested. Decides next month. Finalists are UF, FSU and LSU

6. Torrance Gibson, Plantation American Heritage, ATH (QB), 6-4, 200: ESPN's No. 12 overall recruit, 21 schools interested, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee lead with Alabama and Auburn chasing.

7. Derwin James Jr., Haines City, S, 6-2, 202: Ranked No. 8 overall recruit by 247sports, ESPN's No. 23 overall, FSU commit on Feb. 25, 2012.

8. Calvin Ridley, Coconut Creek Monarch, WR, 6-1, 169: ESPN's No. 21 overall recruit, No. 12 by 247sports, Alabama commit on April 19, ineligible to play after 3rd game of season because of age (19 years, 9 months).

9. Deon Cain, Tampa Bay Tech, ATH (QB), 6-1, 190: ESPN's No. 25 overall recruit, Clemson commit on May 30.

10. Jeffery Holland, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, OLB, 6-2, 230: ESPN's No 41 overall recruit, battle between UF and Auburn, No. 11 overall recruit in Florida by 247sports.

11. Tarvarus McFadden, Plantation American Heritage, CB, 6-3, 198: ESPN's No. 44 overall recruit, No. 8 in Florida by 247sports, 32 schools interested, battle between LSU and FSU with Clemson, Georgia and Notre Dame chasing.

12. Jacques Patrick, Orlando Timber Creek, RB, 6-2, 220: ESPN's No. 46 overall recruit, Alabama and FSU lead with UF, Miami and Michigan chasing.

13. Da'Vante Phillips, Miami Central, WR, 6-2, 197: ESPN's No. 49 overall recruit, decommitted from UF in December 2013, FSU and Miami lead.

14. Deondre Francois, Orlando IMG Academy, QB, 6-2, 188: ESPN's No. 55 overall recruit, committed to FSU on July 31.

15. Tyrek Cole, Miramar, CB, 6-0, 162: ESPN's No. 66 overall recruit, FSU commit on Jan. 9.

16. Abdul Bello, Montverde Academy, OT, 6-6, 293: ESPN's No. 69th overall recruit, committed to FSU on July 22.

17. Kendrick Norton, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, OG, 6-2, 300: ESPN's No. 78 overall recruit, decommitted from FSU in June, leaning toward UF.

18. Devonaire Clarington, Miami Washington, TE, 6-6, 230: ESPN's No. 75 overall recruit, Miami leads with Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee chasing.

19. Dexter Williams, Winter Garden West Orange, RB, 6-0, 189: ESPN's No. 84 overall recruit, Miami commit on April 12.

20. Jake Fruhmorgen, Tampa Plant, OT, 6-5, 275: ESPN's No. 95 overall recruit, Clemson commit on April 10.

21. Christian Pellage, Brooksville Nature Coast, OT, 6-7, 285: ESPN's No. 98 overall recruit, South Carolina commit on Aug. 8.

22. Tyler Jordan, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, OG, 6-4, 270: ESPN's No. 108 overall recruit, UF commit on Feb. 22.

23. Jamel Dean, Cocoa, CB, 6-1, 185: ESPN's No. 112 overall recruit, Ohio State commit on Dec. 1, 2013.

24. Garrett Williams, Orlando First Academy, TE, 6-4, 225: ESPN's No. 114 overall recruit, Clemson commit on May 19.

25. Jovon Durante, Miramar, WR, 6-0, 175: ESPN's No. 122 overall recruit, West Virginia commit on July 1, 2013.

26. Shawn Burgess-Becker, Coconut Creek, S, 6-0, 185: ESPN's No. 125 overall recruit, Alabama commit on April 19.

27. Tristan Payton, Jacksonville First Coast, WR, 6-0, 182: ESPN's No. 127 overall recruit, decommitted from UF in July, USC commit on Aug. 8.

28. Devante Peete, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, WR, 6-5, 195: ESPN's No. 141 overall recruit, Miami and Ohio State lead with Louisville in hunt, Alabama, Auburn chasing.

29. Jordan Scarlett, St. Thomas Aquinas, RB, 5-11, 206: ESPN's No. 143 overall recruit, Miami commit on July 8.

30. Ray-Ray McCloud III, Tampa Sickles, ATH, 5-10, 178: ESPN's No. 150 overall recruit, committed to Clemson on July 28.

31. Mark Walton, Miami Washington, RB, 5-10, 179: 247sports' No. 17 recruit in Florida, Miami commit in Sept. 2013.

32. Ben Edwards, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, S, 5-11, 192: ESPN's No. 157 overall recruit, Auburn decommit on Aug. 3, Auburn, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA lead.

33. Jaquan Johnson, Miami Killian, ATH (S/RB), 5-10, 181: ESPN's No. 175 overall recruit, Miami commit on Aug. 19.

34. Kendrell McFadden, Miramar, S, 6-4, 195: ESPN's No. 179 overall recruit, West Virginia commit on Jan. 10.

35. Bowman Archibald, Dade City Pasco, TE, 6-5, 240: ESPN's 189 overall recruit, Miami commit since March 20.

36. Deontai Williams, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, S, 6-2, 178: ESPN's No. 196 overall recruit, Georgia commit on July 19.

37. Marcus Walker, Lake Wales, S, 6-1, 178: ESPN's No. 201 overall recruit, Kentucky commit on July 18.

38. Sherrod Pittman, Jacksonville First Coast, ILB, 6-1, 224: ESPN's No. 204 overall recruit, South Carolina commit on July 29, 2013.

39. John Burt, Tallahassee Lincoln, WR, 6-3, 179: ESPN's No. 205 overall recruit, Texas commit on July 27.

40. Dwayne Lawson, Tampa Hillsborough, QB, 6-4, 200: ESPN's No. 210 overall recruit, Miami commit on May 15.

41. D'Anfernee McGriff, Tallahassee Leon, ATH (RB), 6-0, 228: ESPN's No. 213 overall recruit, Auburn commit on April 22.

42. Rashard Causey Jr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, CB, 6-0, 182: ESPN's No. 227 overall recruit, FAU commit on April 18.

43. Tyree St. Louis, Bradenton IMG Academy, OT, 6-5, 299: ESPN's No. 234 overall recruit, Miami commit on July 29.

44. Charles Perry, Royal Palm Beach, OLB, 6-1, 203: ESPN's No. 252 overall recruit, Miami commit on June 23, 2013.

45. Jaylin Hayward, Tallahassee Godby, ATH (RB/DB), 5-9, 169: ESPN's No. 271 overall recruit, FSU, Miami, North Carolina, USF, Kentucky all chasing.

46. Ryan Davis, St. Petersburg Lakewood, ATH (WR), 5-10, 157: ESPN's No. 278 overall recruit, UF, Kentucky, Maryland, UCF, FSU all in picture.

47. Jordan Cronkrite, Miami Westminster, ATH (S), 5-11, 199: ESPN's No. 282 overall recruit, Miami commit on April 20.

48. Tavares Martin, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, WR, 6-1, 160: ESPN's No. 290 overall recruit, Alabama, Ohio State, Kentucky lead.

49. De'Andre Johnson, Jacksonville First Coast, QB, 6-0, 175: ESPN's No. 292 overall recruit, FSU committed on July 20, 2012.

50. Zedrick Woods, Columbia, LB, 6-0, 200: Committed to Ole Miss on July 11. Quick defender who had 7.5 sacks as junior, four in upset of 7A power Tallahassee Lincoln.

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