High School Football in Jacksonville is LOADED (Part 1)

There is no secret that the most talented football players come from the state of Florida. College football programs from all over the country stop in the great state of Florida looking to grab them a talented Floridian. In football, in order to win a national title, your program will most likely need to get a guy from Florida.

But for so many years, it seemed as if the talent that was recognized in Florida was only in South Florida. In the 80’s former Miami football coach, Howard Schnellenberger, called it the State of Miami. It was at the time, and still is, they key to winning championships in football. Now, finally after all these years, north Florida is starting to get the respect it deserves.

Jacksonville, FL is loaded across the city with big time D1 talent. Jacksonville has talent and it’s deep. From skilled positions to the offensive lineman, there is no shortage of talent. One of the most talented positions is at the quarterback position. 


Jeff Sims|QB|Sandalwood

The Sandalwood and Florida State commit Jeff Sims leads the group of star QB’s. At 6’4 195 lbs, Sims is a dual threat quarterback who can remind people of Lamar Jackson. Jeff Sims has all the skills to be the next Lamar Jackson, or maybe even better. He throws a great deep ball with a nice touch. Sims is also very patient in the pocket; something most duel threats coming out of high school have a difficult time doing. He is also expected to compete in the prestigious Elite 11 competition that so many NFL players have participated in.

At the next level, Florida State will get a guy who will fit the system Willie Taggart and Kendal Briles are implementing. Briles is a great offensive mind that has done damage against teams in the Big 12. It will be exciting to see what Sims can do once he is at FSU. Carson Beck|QB| Mandarin  At 6’5 225, Beck is your prototype pocket passing quarterback. He stands tall in the pocket, and has a very strong arm to put the ball into tight spaces. Carson is committed to   Georgia, and could be the heir apparent to Jake Fromm. Like Sims, Beck shows great ball placement. In 2018, Beck led the Mustangs to their first ever state championship. Mandarin became just the second public school in Jacksonville history to win a state championship. Beck threw for 3546 yards, 39 touchdowns, and just 8 interceptions.


Beck was good last year, but this season he might have to use a little more of his abilities than last year. He loses his top 5 receivers from last season to graduation. The guys in his receiving room will have to get ready, because it is not everyday you get the chance to have such an elite quarterback throwing you the ball.

Jacory Jordan|QB| Trinity Christian

I did a write up on Jacory Jordan in January. He will be leading the Conquerors in 2019. He did an excellent job last season, finishing just on game shy of the state championship game. Trinity isn’t like any other school, they don’t rebuild after losing quality talent, they reload. The 2021 prospect will have the chance to bring home another state championship for the Conquerors in 2019.



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