Posted: 10:54 am Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Class of 2011 Big Board debuts with Curt Maggitt No. 1 

By Jason Lieser

Despite playing with a torn left labrum, defensive end Curt Maggitt had 11 sacks in his junior season and was as valuable as any member of Dwyer’s impressive defense.

aggitt expects to be fully recovered from labrum surgery when the 2010 season begins. Despite his injury, he begins the 2010 football season as Palm Beach County's top recruit. (Gary Coronado/The Post)

Maggitt expects to be fully recovered from labrum surgery when the 2010 season begins. Despite his injury, he begins the 2010 football season as Palm Beach County's top recruit. (Gary Coronado/The Post)

Maggitt (6-4, 210, 4.6) expects to miss all of spring football after undergoing surgery to repair his labrum, but he starts the 2010 recruiting season as the area’s No. 1 prospect.

To view the Big Board for the upcoming senior class, click here.

Maggitt is followed by Dwyer TE Nick O’Leary, who could be No. 1 at his position nationally, Glades Central WR Kelvin Benjamin, Treasure Coast DB Keelin Smith and Park Vista OL Cody Preble.

There is little, if any, separation among the top three prospects. It would be easy to make a case for any of them to be No. 1. Among the three, Maggitt is the most accomplished on the field at this point.

The list is fluid, as it was last season, and compiling it is not a science. A lot can change between now and 2011’s national signing day.

Last year’s list debuted with Glades Central WR Greg Dent relatively low and Treasure Coast LB Deon Rogers unranked. Both were in the top 15 at the end of the season. There will always be surprises and misjudgments.

There are a few intriguing players who have a big opportunity to bolster their stock this season. Glades Central DE Robert Way is a great example. Way had one of the greatest defensive seasons in Raiders’ history last year, but he is admittedly undersized due to inconsistent effort in training. Jumping up into the top five is well within Way’s capability if he dedicates himself.

Only two Pahokee players are on the list, which is low for that program. It is difficult to make projections for the Blue Devils right now because last year’s team was senior-heavy. Few underclassmen got enough meaningful minutes to show what they can do.

A few unranked players who could be among those making big moves this spring are Palm Beach Lakes OL Kyle Tulloch (6-4, 330), Atlantic WR J’Rod Beard (5-9, 160) and Boca Raton K David Bicknell (6-2, 180). Obviously there are others, too.

I started with a list of about 75-80 players and worked it down to 25. Just like last season, the plan is to expand The Big Board out to 50 in the fall.

Feel free to discuss these early rankings. If your opinion differs, let’s see how you would rank them. Please try to keep it civilized.

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  1. [...] And getting a kid like Maggitt — a pass-rushing monster who played this year at about 220 pounds and is a terror all over the field — is the cornerstone of our efforts in the Sunshine State. The 12th-ranked OLB and No. 198-ranked player overall in the country per Rivals had offers from everybody. He chose UT over finalists Florida and Wisconsin and also boasted written offers from Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina — you know, everybody. If you haven’t watched this kid’s film, I urge you to. He was rated the 19th-best OLB and a four-star prospect by Scout and the 10th-ranked weakside defensive end and No. 93 overall player by 247 Sports. Without question, our two best pass rushers in this year’s class are from the shadow of UF. Williams is a Florida legacy who wasn’t offered by the Gators until Will Muschamp came onboard, and he said thanks but no thanks. Now, Maggitt was heavily coveted by the Gators and left for Rocky Top, too. Credit UT wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett for helping bring Maggitt to Knoxville — Baggett’s second major pull of the day as he was Clear’s main recruiter as well. It made for a pretty awesome Tuesday before signing day. [...]

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