“Class, school: Sr., Largo
Ht/wt: 5-10, 175
Breakdown: The USF recruit is strong and powerful, running through opposing defensive lines, over linebackers and past secondaries again and again the past three years. His style of running has led to injuries, but he stayed healthy most of last season and rushed for a career-best 1,186 yards and 16 touchdowns. Stewart could equal those numbers in an offense that will count on him to take the load off new quarterback Donavan Hale.
Quotable: “Jarvis is a combination of Dexter McCluster and Brynn Harvey. He’s fast, but he’s physical, too.” — Largo coach Rick Rodriguez
Class, school: Sr., Tampa Bay Tech
Ht/wt: 6-2, 180
Breakdown: If there’s a glaring weakness in Fullwood’s game, it would have to be kicking. After Fullwood went 0-for-3 on extra-point attempts — with none even making it over the offensive line — in the spring jamboree against Wharton, TBT coach Jayson Roberts said he’d work on finding a more suitable replacement in the fall. But when it comes to running, catching, tackling, pass coverage and occasionally passing, Fullwood does it all at a high level. The USF commit has excelled all over the field for the Titans, and after a breakout spring and summer, the Titans can’t wait to deploy their versatile threat in the fall.
Quotable: “Tajee is a phenomenal athlete with elite ball skills and body control. His versatility makes him a threat to score from anywhere in all three phases of the game.” — Roberts
Class, school: Sr., Largo
Ht/wt: 6-0, 188
Breakdown: A ferocious hitter, Hernandez consistently made plays last season, recording 99 tackles — as well as picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles. Now the USF recruit will be asked to take even more of a leadership role with the graduation of county defensive player of the year Derrick Doss. Hernandez also could see some time on offense as a ball carrier.
Class, school: Sr., Jefferson
Ht/wt: 6-1, 180
Breakdown: Porter will spend one more season under center before transitioning to defensive back at USF, where he committed over the summer. But Porter’s final year as quarterback could be a memorable one as the Dragons return one of the area’s deepest and most talented receiving corps (as usual). Look for him to easily outstrip last year’s stat line: 2,276 passing yards, an area-leading 27 touchdown passes, and nearly 400 yards rushing.
Class, school: Sr., Jefferson (Tie)
Ht/wt: 6-3, 210
Breakdown: After struggling with injuries for much of 2012 – he had eight sacks in only six games — Brown hopes to close out his high school career with a season worthy of his potential. He’ll need to fortify a defense that plays opposite one of the area’s most explosive offenses — as per usual. Brown committed to USF in July over nearly a half-dozen offers from other schools including Louisville, Kentucky and Illinois.
Class, school: Sr., Plant
Ht/wt: 6-1, 160
Breakdown: As one of the area’s most sought-after defensive backs, Wilkins has more than a dozen scholarship offers — including USF, UCF and Rutgers — heading into the fall. Wilkins has the quick feet, long arms and instincts necessary to play man-to-man or in zone coverage. He’ll team with fellow HomeTeam 100 pick Derrick Baity (No. 96) to form a formidable pass defense.
Class, school: Sr., East Lake
Ht/wt: 5-10, 180
Breakdown: A two-year starter, Abraham has blended smarts, instincts and athletically divine DNA to become one of the area’s best cover cornerbacks. Last year he had 67 tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions with four. The USF commit has the most experience of any returner in the secondary and will be counted on to provide plays – and leadership – on a unit that should continue to make strides.”
via the Tampa Bay Times