Gridiron Kings’ talent-filled roster


Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp usually signifies the end of summer camps for high school prospects. The late-July camp brings tons of top talent each year, but for the second time in as many years, it won’t be the final place for recruits to showcase their talents.

ESPN RISE will hold the 2nd Champion Gridiron Kings, an “elite” high school football event that will feature 65 of the top skill position players in the country, July 24-25 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

Former NFL players including quarterback Jeff Blake (Jets, Bengals, Saints, Ravens, Cardinals, Eagles, Bears), wide receiver Terrence Mathis (Jets, Falcons, Steelers), running back Natrone Means (Chargers, Panthers, Jaguars), linebacker Lonnie Marts (Chiefs, Buccaneers, Oilers, Jaguars) and defensive back Louis Oliver (Dolphins, Bengals) will coaching at the event.

In 2009, top recruits like Florida receiver Adrian Coxson, USC running back Dillon Baxter, Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon and Florida State’s Christian Jones and Christian Green, all competed at the event.

Here’s this year’s roster

Player Position High School ESPNU 150 Team
Aaron Wallace Jr. LB Rancho Bernardo – San Diego, Calif. n/a West
Albert Louis-Jean CB Brockton – Brockton, Mass. n/a Midwest
Amir Carlisle RB The King’s Academy – Sunnyvale, Calif. n/a West
Anthony Wallace LB Skyline – Dallas, Texas No. 141 Southwest
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Gig Harbor – Gig Harbor, Wash. No. 88 West
Brandin Cooks WR Lincoln – Stockton, Calif. n/a West
Brandon Carter Ath Euless Trinity – Dallas, Texas n/a Southwest
Chet Moss LB Cedar Park – Cedar Park, Mo. n/a Southwest
Chris Barnett TE A. Maceo Smith – Dallas, Texas n/a Southwest
Christian Conley WR North Paulding – Dallas, Ga. No. 134 Southeast
Clifton Richardson RB Menchville – Newport News, Va. No. 105 Midwest
Conner Crowell LB North Point – Waldorf, Md. n/a Midwest
Corey Waller LB Long Beach Poly – Long Beach, Calif. n/a West
Curtis Grant LB Hermitage – Richmond, Va. No. 44 Midwest
Damiere Byrd WR Timber Creek – Sicklerville, N.J. n/a Midwest
Darian Miller RB Blue Springs – Blue Springs, Mo. n/a Southwest
DeAnthony Arnett WR Saginaw – Saginaw, Mich. No. 53 Midwest
Dee Hart RB Dr. Phillips – Orlando, Fla. n/a Southeast
Demetrious Nicholson DB Bayside – Virginia Beach, Va. No. 91 Midwest
Devon Blackmon WR Summit – Fontana, Calif. No. 38 West
Devondrick Nealy RB Jefferson County – Monticello, Fla. n/a Southeast
Donte Moncrief WR Raleigh – Raleigh, Miss. n/a Southwest
Doran Grant DB St.Vincents-St. Mary’s –  Akron, Ohio No. 67 Midwest
Eilar Hardy DB Pickerington Central – Pickerington, Ohio n/a Midwest
George Atkinson Jr. DB Granada – Livermore, Calif. n/a West
Harvey Langi RB Bingham – South Jordan, Utah n/a West
Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix ATH Dr. Phillips – Orlando, Fla. No. 26 Southeast
Herschel Sims RB Abilene – Abilene, Texas No. 100 Southwest
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu DB Chino Hills – Chino Hills, Calif. n/a West
James Wilder LB Plant – Tampa, Fla. No. 8 Southeast
Jarvis Landry WR Lutcher – Lutcher. La. No. 68 Southwest
Jonathan Rose DB Leeds – Leeds, Ala. n/a Southeast
Josh Atkinson DB Granada – Livermore, Calif. n/a West
Josh Turner CB Millwood – Oklahoma City, Okla. No. 87 Southwest
Karlos Williams DB Ridge Community – Davenport, Fla. No. 21 Southeast
Kasen Williams WR Skyline – Sammamish, Wash. No. 62 West
Kendall Thompson LB Carthage – Carthage, Texas n/a Southwest
Lamar Dawson TE Boyle County – Danville, Ky. n/a Midwest
Lyndell Johnson CB Plano East – Plano, Texas n/a Southwest
Marcus Peters DB McClymonds – Oakland, Calif. n/a West
Marcus Roberson CB St. Thomas Aquinas – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. n/a Southeast
Michael Bercovici QB Taft – Woodland Hills, Calif. n/a West
Michael Brewer QB Lake Travis – Austin, Texas n/a Southwest
Miles Onyegbule WR Arlington – Arlington, Texas n/a Southwest
Nick O’Leary TE William T. Dwyer – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. No. 22 Southeast
Nick Waisome DB South Lake – Groveland, Fla. No. 64 Southeast
Patrick Coyne QB Badin – Hamilton, Ohio n/a Midwest
Phillip Ely QB Plant – Tampa, Fla. n/a Southeast
Quandre Diggs S Angleton – Angleton, Texas No. 17 Southwest
Quinta Funderburk WR Oscar Smith – Chesapeake, Va. n/a Midwest
Rahim Calif.ssell LB Lakewood – Lakewood, Calif. n/a West
Ramik Wilson LB Jefferson – Tampa, Fla. n/a Southeast
Rashad Greene WR St. Thomas Aquinas – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. No. 123 Southeast
Ron Tanner II DB Eastmoor – Columbus, Ohio n/a Midwest
Savon Huggins RB St. Peter’s Prep – Jersey City, N.J. No. 31 Midwest
Shaquille Washington ATH Maple Heights – Maple Heights, Ohio n/a Midwest
Sheroid Evans S Dulles – Sugarland, Texas No. 120 Southwest
Stefan McClure DB Vista – Vista, Calif. n/a West
T.J. Thorpe Ath Charles E. Jordan – Durham, N.C. n/a Southeast
Tacoi Sumler WR Columbus – Miami, Fla. No. 47 Southeast
Tevin Mitchell CB Mansfield – Legacy, Texas n/a Southwest
Tony Steward LB Pedro Menendez – St. Augustine, Fla. No. 10 Southeast
Travis Hughes LB Kempsville – Virginia Beach, Va. n/a Midwest
Victor Blackwell WR Marter Dei – Santa Ana, Calif. No. 56 West


  1. .
    We need to make certain FNL is positioned on the calendar a couple of days before the ESPN camp, so that kids can come to our camp, be within driving distance of Orlando, and have a couple of days to visit Disney, the water parks, etc.
    I know we get a lot of top kids to FNL, but having this all-star camp down the road only a couple of days later can only bring even more talent to Gainesville for our camp. Heck, I’d get the ESPN roster every year, and invite them ALL, and sell the idea that they can do both camps, and have a holiday between.

  2. I was at the Badger Sports 7on7 Championships in Tuscaloosa over the weekend where two Gator commits looked very strong. A. C. Lenord was a monster WR again, but his N. Fla. team lost on a couple unlucky plays early in the finals. Ryan Shazier, playing for the S. Fla. team was a “D” star for the team that won it all, defeating the California team with several four and five star recruits in the championship game. Also having huge games for S. Fla. were QB Teddy Bridgewater, who looked vastly improved over the last time I saw him in March, (and is not a WR) and WR Jessie York, who had to be the “O” star of the day catching everything thrown his way. He just went and got everything…

  3. Not sure that there is a lot of info on Register since he is only a rising sophomore. However, the Gators should not lose touch with him since I have heard on other blogs that he was someone that stood out in Meyer’s camp.