Posted: 2:37 pm Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Recruit rankings: Brissett, Benjamin stock rising, O’Leary drops 

By Matt Porter

Jacoby Brissett’s stock keeps climbing and climbing.

After completing four of five passes for 55 yards in the Jan. 8 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the Dwyer quarterback vaulted to No. 75 overall in the final Rivals.com rankings for the 2011 senior class.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior is being courted by Florida, Florida State and Miami, among many other top schools. He is scheduled to make an official recruiting visit to South Carolina this weekend.

Brissett, who entered Rivals’ Top 100 at midseason (No. 98 overall), is the fifth-rated quarterback in the country, and second among Florida quarterbacks to Oviedo-Hagerty’s Jeff Driskel, an early enrollee at UF.

In an article explaining the moves, Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said Brissett’s “tremendous upside and as a passer and athlete” is turning heads.

“He has a very strong arm, he’s accurate and he stands tall in the pocket and if he decides to tuck and run he can really take off,” Farrell said of Brissett. “In this day and age of Cam Newton and Terrelle Pryor, that kind of guy can lead you to big things and Brissett can be that kind of guy. He’s not as big as those two nor as dominant and he doesn’t like to run the ball as much, but he is as athletic if he wants to utilize it.”

Brissett’s teammate Nick O’Leary fell out of favor with Rivals analysts.

O’Leary, long rumored to be a future Seminole, finished the year at No. 33 overall, dropping from No. 21 at midseason. O’Leary was on the field for two fourth-quarter touchdown drives in the Army game, but had a costly fumble that was much-discussed on the national TV broadcast.

As he was at midseason, O’Leary is Rivals’ No. 1 tight end in the country.

Glades Central’s Kelvin Benjamin, who recently committed to Florida State, jumped from No. 80 at midseason to No. 60. Benjamin is rated eighth nationally among wide receivers, and second among in-state wideouts to South Fort Myers’ Sammy Watkins.

Of the 20 Florida high school prospects on the list, O’Leary is 11th, Benjamin is 16th and Brissett is 18th.