It is not a secret that the state of Florida produces the best football talent in the country, and it’s not just at one position. The state of Florida produces an overly abundance of talent, so much so, that there are many talented guys who get overlooked by the major colleges. Just imagine if some of the sleepers were in a state like Idaho… These guys might be 3 or 4-star prospects.
This list is for the guys you should watch for this fall in North Florida.
Trevor Jordan, Quarterback, West Florida High School
This 6’0 180 lbs rising senior from Pensacola, Florida is a true sleeper in the state. Jordan leads the West Florida Jaguars to an impressive 12-2 record and a playoff birth. He lead West Florida to the second round of the Florida State playoffs, getting past 4-time defending state champion’s Trinity Christian Academy out of Jacksonville, Florida.
Jordan’s Numbers speak for themselves. He threw for 2188 yards passing with 29 touchdowns to go with it. Jordan had a completion percentage of 58%, and a QBR of 104.9. After watching some of his high lights, you can see that Jordan has a nice arm that has the ability to drop the ball into the right place. His best throw might be the deep ball. Jordan added 2 touchdowns to his 29 touchdowns for a total of 31 touchdowns in 1 season as a Junior.
6 foot QB goes number 1 in the draft, I love it 🤷♂️🤷♂️
— Trevor Jordan (@Trev5jordan) April 27, 2018
With a few key pieces coming back for West Florida’s magical season in 2017, you can be sure that Trevor Jordan’s 2018 season could be one to remember. Christopher Beard, Quarterback, Tallahassee Lincoln Although his team did not finish the season with a winning record, Beard had a very good season. He threw for 2,169 yards and 23 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions. He averaged 180.8 yards per game at only 5’11. Beard is a rising Junior for Lincoln, but with a little more time to develop, we can all speculate that Beard could potentially be a top quarterback in the state of Florida. Lincoln is a Florida panhandle power that has won a few state title in its past, Beard will be very important to its future if it wants to return to the top of the state. Brandon Marshall, Running Back, Jacksonville Raines Brian Dawkins, Lito Sheppard, Jabar Gaffney, are among the names that have put on the pads for the Raines Vikings and eventually went onto the NFL to have solid if not great careers, and now it’s Brandon Marshall’s turn to make the move from good high school player to great. Brandon Marshall is part of the defending 2017 state championship winning Raines Vikings.
Congrats to Class of 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee & Jacksonville native @BrianDawkins! The Raines High School grad is continuing to make Duval proud! #HOF2018 👑 #ilovejax #Duval pic.twitter.com/i7YA1SLArv
— JAX Chamber (@JAXChamber) February 4, 2018
Last season, Marshall help lead the Vikings to their second state championship in 20 years. Marshall racked up over 1,500 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns to go with all of those yards. he had 11+ 100 yard games and averaged 9.6 yards a carry. At only 5’9 184 lbs, Marshall’s biggest asset is his speed. Marshall has the ability to break away from defenses at ease.
.@lennycurry was excited to welcome the state championship winning Raines High School Vikings football team to City Hall, where they were honored during the quarterly proclamation ceremony. pic.twitter.com/9T6pOjOJHM
— City of Jacksonville (@CityofJax) February 15, 2018
Marshall is a true talent, and if he is able to continue to play the way he played in 2017, we could expect Marshall to one day play make the journey like so many other Vikings before him have made. The path to the draft begins now for Mr. Marshall.
Stephen Williams, Defensive Back, Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy
The 6’0 170 lbs defensive back from football powerhouse Trinity Christian, is the prototypic young corner that colleges are looking for. He played a significant role for the Conquers in 2017 where he logged 39 tackles, 6 pass deflections, and 8 interceptions. Those 8 interceptions is tied for second in the state of Florida for interceptions in 2017.
When @Athletics_TCA + @JaxLeeAthletics get together you know there will be highlights, more than we can show in 20 seconds on TV… @imperial_vonte @Jordrp @IsaiahWash2019 @__FredDavis @milesbrooks2020 @marcus_2334 @d1dyl_ @Tahveon1_ @j16c2457 @WadeLatrell See y’all in the fall! pic.twitter.com/o50QgHdrWh
— Stuart Webber (@StuartASJax) May 16, 2018
Williams will eventually join a long line of recent Trinity Christian Conquerors to go D1. Some of the most notable players to come from Trinity Christian are NFL players Kendrick Norton and Kevin Toliver II.
(All Stats are taken from Maxprep.com)