Preseason Florida All-State high school football team

Mitch Stephens | Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:45am

IMG Academy dominates Sunshine State squad while Central, Northwestern, St. Thomas Aquinas all represent well.

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To say new IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) head football coach Bobby Acosta has some good parts to work with would be a vast understatement.

The Ascenders, ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps preseason national rankings, boast a whopping 10 of 57 players on the Florida preseason All-State team.

Entering its eight season, the independent school which attracts top-end talent throughout the country, landed four on the first team offense alone which should be good news for Acosta. He was the offensive coordinator at Minnesota's College of St. Scholastica last season when the team set school records for points and average yards per game.

With quarterback J.J. McCarthy — an Illinois transfer — and wide receiver Jacorey Brooks, a pair of 5-star recruits, along with two offensive linemen, all on the first team, Acosta's team should be able to move the ball easily through the air. With two second-team running backs, IMG should also be able to control the ball on the ground as well.

Three other nationally ranked squads — No. 21 Central (Miami), No. 14 Northwestern (Miami) and No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) — were also well represented with four players each on the two squads.

With an abundance of talented wide receivers in Florida — eight rated from the nation's Top 50 seniors according to 247Sports — three each were selected to the first two teams.
Amari Daniels is one in a long line of great Central (Miami) running backs.
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Amari Daniels is one in a long line of great Central (Miami) running backs.
First Team Offense

QB — J.J. McCarthy, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 6-2 | 195 | Sr.
Threw for over 6,300 yards and 71 touchdowns during his last two seasons at Nazareth Academy (La Grange, Ill.). The 5-star quarterback will finish his career with the Ascenders.

RB — Thad Franklin, Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood) | 6-0 | 225 | Sr.
The 2021 Miami commit rushed for nearly 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns while leading the Lions to their third consecutive 3A state championship.

RB — Amari Daniels, Central (Miami) | 5-8 | 195 | Sr.
The Rockets have had some big-time running backs and Daniels is up next.

WR — Jacorey Brooks, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 6-3 | 185 | Sr.
McCarthy is going to have a bunch of weapons but the recent Booker T. Washington (Miami) target should be his favorite. The 2021 Alabama commit checks in as the No. 2 wide receiver in the country and helped lead the Tornadoes to their first state title since 2015 last season.

WR — Agiye HallBloomingdale (Valrico) | 6-3 | 190 | WR | Sr.
The Alabama commit is ranked the 13th best receiver in the country and No. 74 recruit overall. A transfer from Armwood, Hall is long and lean and tests out very well in combine settings. 

WR — Mario Williams, Plant City | 5-10 | 165 | Sr.
Don't be fooled by the smallish frame, the Oklahoma-bound standout is quick, explosive and productive. He has 128 career catches for 2,448 yards and 33 touchdowns. No wonder he's ranked the No. 4 receiver in the country.

TE — Michael Trigg, Carrollwood Day (Tampa) | 6-4 | 230 | Sr.
Ranked the fifth-best tight end in the country, Trigg did it all at Seffner Christian last season, including 82 catches for 1,232 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also played quarterback (24-of-38, 242 yards) and running back (196 yards rushing, five touchdowns). He has a reported 48 college offers. 

OL — JC Latham, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 6-6 | 305 | Sr.
The 2021 Alabama commit is the leader for one of the best offensive lines in high school football.

OL — Laurence Seymore, Central (Miami) | 6-1.5 | 295 | Sr.
The 2021 Miami commit paved the way for one of the best running games in the country as a junior and is a major reason why the Rockets begin the year ranked at No. 21.

OL — Tyler Booker, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) | 6-4 | 290 | Jr.
Checks in as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the Class of 2022.

OL — Julian Armella, Columbus (Miami) | 6-6 | 300 | Jr.
Made a huge impact on the offensive line for St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) the last two seasons and will be a huge addition for last year's 8A state champs.

OL — Marcus Tate, University (Fort Lauderdale) | 6-5 | 318 | Sr.
Ranked No. 100 overall in the country and the fifth best guard, Tate has committed to Clemson. A former basketball player he's considered one of the more promising offensive linemen to come out of South Florida in recent memory.

Checks in as the top-rated player in Florida and the No. 1 athlete in the country. Transferred back to American Heritage to finish his high school career after playing his junior season at Western (Davie, Fla.). Has 28 college offers and Alabama and Georgia appear at the top of his list.

K — Andres Borregales, Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood) | 5-11 | 155 | Sr.
The 2021 Miami commit connected on 12-of-15 field goals for the three-time defending state champs and also averaged better than 40 yards per punt.
St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Tyreak Sapp chases down a De La Salle running back.
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St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Tyreak Sapp chases down a De La Salle running back.
First Team Defense

The 2021 Florida commit helped lead the Raiders to their first state title since 2016 and will have them in position to repeat in 2020.

DL Tunmise Adeleye, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 6-3 | 240 | Sr.
The 2021 Ohio State commit is one of the most dominant players in the trenches and will be a key piece for the Ascenders.

DL — Shemar Stewart, Monsignor Pace (Miami) | 6-5 | 235 | Jr.
The No. 1 rated player in the Class of 2022 racked up 15 sacks in 2019.

DL — Leonard Taylor, Palmetto (Miami) | 6-4 | 255 | Sr.
The No. 2 recruit in all of Florida, Taylor had 68 tackles, 26 for loss including 11 sacks in 2019. He has 21 college offers, but it appears he's picking between Florida and Miami.

LB — Terrence Lewis, Northwestern (Miami) | 6-1 | 200 | Sr.
The 2021 Tennessee commit flies around on defense and is top-rated outside linebacker in the country.

LB — Dallas Turner, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) | 6-4 | 235 | Sr.
Recently committed to Alabama and was named to the Junior All-American team last season after racking up 16 sacks for American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.). He transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas for his senior year and expect him to have a monster season, especially with Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor coaching him on defense.

LB Wesley Bissainthe, Central (Miami) | 6-1 | 195 | Jr.
The Rockets begin the year ranked at No. 21 and the 4-star linebacker will be a key piece on a very talented defense.

LB — Brandon Jennings, Sandalwood (Jacksonville) | 6-4 | 225 | LB | Sr.
Ranked sixth at his position nationally and 77th overall, Jennings can play inside or outside linebacker in college. He really pops on tape because of his physicality and violence on contact.

DB Kamren Kinchens, Northwestern (Miami) | 5-11 | 200 | Sr.
The 4-star safety had a team-high nine interceptions and helped lead the Bulls to their third consecutive state title.

DB — Jason Marshall, Palmetto (Miami) | 6-2 | 180 | Sr.
Had 44 tackles, five interceptions and 15 pass breakups as a junior. Also a standout basketball player, Marshall has 28 college offers, but appears to have narrowed his choices to Florida, Alabama and Clemson. State's No. 7 recruit overall.

DB — Ahmari Harvey, Florida State University High School (Tallahassee) | 5-11 | 171 | Sr.
Ranked the 14th best safety in the nation, Harvey had 94 tackles, four forced fumbles and three pick 6s last season. Already a three-year varsity starter has 310 career tackles. Has 21 offers, but Auburn and Florida State appear to be the front-runners.

The state's No. 11 recruit overall and No. 9 rated senior safety in the country has a whopping 46 offers, including finalists Alabama, Florida and Florida State. Had impressive 103 tackles from that spot as a junior. Might play cornerback in college.

AP Xavian Sorey, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 6-3 | 215 | Sr.
Recently transferred to IMG from Graceville to finish his high school career. Also a standout basketball player, he rushed for 638 yards last season and averaged better than 25 yards per catch. Also being recruited as a linebacker. Has 22 college offers but picking between Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia. 

P — Jai Robinson, Lee (Jacksonville) | 6-3 | 215 | Sr.
Led the state in punting last season with a 46.9 average on 33 punts, including four that pinned opponents inside the 10. A versatile athlete, he also had 41 tackles, four sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Christian Leary, Edgewater
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Christian Leary, Edgewater
Second Team Offense

QB — Santino Marucci, Bartram Trail (St. Johns) | 6-1 | 190 | Sr.
Wake Forest-bound pro-style quarterback has 3,596 career passing yards and 39 touchdowns, to go along with 21 career rushing TDs.

Led the Tornadoes to their first state title since 2015 last season throwing for over 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns.

RB — Lovasea Carroll, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 6-1 | 190 | Sr.
After rushing for 1,446 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore at Warren County (Warrenton, Ga.), Carroll averaged 10 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns last season at IMG Academy. He's ranked the No. 7 RB in the country and already has committed to Georgia.

RB — Kaytron Allen, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 5-11 | 205 | Jr.
Led the Ascenders in rushing as a sophomore and should have a huge season in 2020 running behind one of the best offensive lines in the country.

WR — Troy Stellato, Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) | 6-0 | 175 | Sr.
Yet another great receiver from South Florida, Stellato has 86 career catches for 1,433 yards and 14 touchdowns. He helped team to 10-3 season in 2019. Has staggering 43 college offers, but committed to Clemson on June 5.

WR — Christian Leary, Edgewater (Orlando) | 5-9 | 180 | Sr.
Leary also has 43 offers but picked Alabama over Auburn, Florida and Oklahoma, among others. He has run a 10.50 100-meter dash and 21.92 in the 200 on the track. Had 46 catches for 1,036 yards last year and also rushed for 528 yards and eight more scores.

WR — Romello Brinson, Northwestern (Miami) | 6-2 | 180 | Sr.
The state's No. 20 recruit overall had a big junior season for the state champions with 46 catches for 834 yards and eight touchdowns. He has 32 offers but picked Miami over such big-time programs as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M.

TE — Nick Elksnis, Episcopal (Jacksonville) | 6-6 | 220 | Sr.
The Florida commit picked the Gators over 20 other offers after pulling down 40 passes for 796 yards and eight touchdowns.

OL — Greg Crippen, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 6-4 | 285 | Sr.
Ranked the No. 4 center in the country for the nation's No. 1 team. He's already committed to Michigan.

OL — Michael McLaughlin, Stoneman Douglas (Parkland) | 6-7 | 255 | Sr.
He picked Miami over 19 other schools that extended offers. A basketball standout, McLaughlin moves very well and needs a little time to add some bulk.

OL — Caleb Johnson, Trinity Catholic (Ocala) | 6-7 | 295 | Sr.
The Auburn-bound standout is ranked the No. 28 tackle in the country and is the No. 34 senior recruit in Florida.

OL — Ryan Rodriguez, Columbus (Miami) | 6-3 | 280 | Sr.
Another University of Miami commit on the list, is ranked the third best center in the state. He has 12 other offers.

OL — Javonte Gardner, Jones (Orlando) | 6-5 | 290 | Sr.
The three-star tackle picked Florida over nine other offers, including Minnesota, Ole Miss and Kentucky.

AP — Charles Montgomery, Armwood (Seffner) | 5-10 | 185 | Sr.
He's rushed for 1,651 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career and caught 68 passes for 1,300 yards and 11 more TDs. Montgomery can do it all. He has 24 college offers but picked Florida Alabama, Arizona State and Arkansas, among others.

AP — Yulkeith Brown, Central (Miami) | 5-10 | 174 | Sr.
Ranked the 18th top athlete in the country, Brown has 28 offers, including defending national champion LSU, Miami, Penn State and Texas A&M. Has excellent speed (11.04 in 100 meters) and recorded a 31.5-inch vertical.
Raheim Sanders (25) does it all for Rockledge.
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Raheim Sanders (25) does it all for Rockledge.
Second Team Defense

The Clemson commit has had a monster prep career already with 231 tackles with 24.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. Also a superb basketball player.

DL — Bryce Langston, Vanguard (Ocala) | 6-3 | 250 | Sr.
Ranked 11th at his position in the country, Langston is a 4-star athlete. Florida and LSU are showing the most interest right now among his 17 offers, according to 247Sports.

DL — Jabari Ishmael, Columbus (Miami) | 6-5 | 210 | Sr.
The 14th-rated defensive end in the country, Ishmael is a 4-star recruit. He has 19 offers but appears to be leaning toward Miami, where his father has been a long time strength coach.

DL — Shambre Jackson, Boone (Orlando) | 6-4 | 243| Sr.
Boone has 33 college offers with Alabama, Auburn and Florida State being his front-runners according to 247Sports. Of his 56 tackles last season, 22 went for losses including 14.5 sacks.

LB — Jaydon Hood, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) | 6-1 | 212 | Sr.
A transfer from Cardinal Newman, he led that team with 115 tackles and seven tackles last year. He picked Michigan over 23 other college offers. A three-sport athlete, Hood also wrestles and runs track.

LB — Tyler Johnson, Killian (Miami, Fla.) | 6-2 | 200 | Sr.
Ranked the No. 40 senior recruit in all of Florida, the Miami commit picked the Hurricanes over Georgia, Pittsburgh, Toledo and UCF. A transfer from South Dade, Johnson is the brother of Jaquan Johnson, a sixth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills.

LB — Patrick Payton, Northwestern (Miami) | 6-5 | 205 | Sr.
Ranked the No. 45 senior recruit in Florida, Payton is climbing the recruiting ranks and is considered to have one of the highest ceilings of any player on this list. Picked Nebraska over 11 other offers, including Florida State and Georgia. Really emerged on the national map when he recorded five sacks in the state 8A title victory. Had 17.5 sacks on the season.

The Oklahoma-bound standout is the son of former Baylor tight end Steve Stutsman. Has 87 career catches to go along with 255 career tackles on defense, with 15 sacks, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 15 sacks.

DB — Ja'Den McBurrows, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) | 5-10 | 170 | Sr.
The Michigan commit was a starter on last year's 15-0 squad and had 37 tackles to go along with six interceptions and 15 pass breakups. Also a track athlete, McBurrows picked the Wolverines over Alabama, Baylor and Florida State among his 27 offers.

DB — Dink Jackson, Eau Gallie (Melbourne) | 6-2 | 185 | Sr.
Another 4-star athlete, Jackson is ranked the 15th best safety in the country. He has 35 offers and appears to be leaning toward either Florida State, Ole Miss or Tennessee. Could bulk up and play some linebacker in college.

DB — Omarion Cooper, Lehigh (Lehigh Acres) | 6-0 | 170 | Sr.
There are 27 offers on the table for Cooper, including Tennessee, Penn State and Louisville, but on June 7 he committed to Florida State. 

DB — Kamar Wilcoxson, IMG Academy (Bradenton) | 6-1 | 183 | Sr.
Another college-bound player for the Ascenders, the Tennessee-bound standout is a very versatile athlete who can play either safety or cornerback at the next level.

AP — Raheim Sanders, Rockledge | 6-2 | 210 | Sr.
He starred on both sides of the ball for the Raiders, but his future in college is either at running back or wide receiver. Some believe he'll play defense in the NFL. He picked Arkansas over 32 other colleges, including Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

AP — Tommi Hill Edgewater (Orlando) | 6-1 | 185 | Sr.
Ranked the 16th best athlete in the country overall, Hill has 29 offers but looks ready to make the jump to Arizona State. Other schools in the mix appear to be Mississippi State, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Played largely wide receiver as a sophomore, but last year made his impact in secondary with four interceptions.