Posted: 4:43 pm Monday, March 28th, 2011
By Post Staff
By Jeff Greer and Matt Porter
There aren’t many offensive linemen prospects in the country with a better frame or greater potential than 6-foot-6, 290-pound Palm Beach Gardens junior Avery Young.
Young has verbal scholarship offers from Florida, Oklahoma, Florida State, Alabama, USC, Georgia, Notre Dame among plenty of others, and he was recently invited to the U.S. Army All-American Game. While there is still plenty of room for improvement, one area offensive line coach said Young has all the ingredients of a future first-round NFL Draft pick. Palm Beach Gardens coach Chris Davis said the level of attention the junior has received has been “crazy.”
He’s not the only national recruit in the area, though. Young edged four others – two supremely talented athletes and two big-time offensive linemen – for the top spot. Palm Beach Central athlete Angelo Jean-Louis is second on the list and, just like Boynton Beach tackle Jessamen Dunker and Glades Central receiver Jaime Wilson, he could easily make an argument for No. 1. Dwyer’s massive tackle Patrick Miller, our No. 5 prospect, might be higher by the end of spring practice.
We considered some 75 prospects for our initial list of 25, and we’ll expand that list out over the next few months after spring and preseason practices. The Big Board is not a science. It’s fluid, and it can and will change over the 10 months leading up to Signing Day 2012.
We fully expect players to make significant charges or drops in the rankings. Dwyer defensive end Curt Maggitt started on top of the 2011 Big Board, but ranked fifth on signing day. His teammate, tight end Nick O’Leary, ended up in the top spot. Players will move up and down the board, fall off and jump on throughout the season.
Glades Central has four players ranked in the top 25 and three in the top 10. American Heritage, bolstered by a major transfer in former Olympic Heights linebacker Zach Slafsky, has four in the top 25. Palm Beach Gardens, King’s Academy and Dwyer are the other schools with multiple players on the board, with two apiece.
Several players on the board are relative unknowns, especially Dwyer’s new quarterback/linebacker Faton Bauta. Bauta, who recently moved here from New York, oozes potential and athleticism and could end up a bit — or, a lot — higher on the board. We look forward to seeing what this class is made of.
A few unranked players have serious shots at jumping up the rankings after the spring. Palm Beach Central tackle Edens Sineace, St. Andrew’s tight end Jack Sheehy, Dwyer lineman Mike Minns and kicker/quarterback Bobby Puyol, Jupiter Christian athlete Austin Talbott, Park Vista linebacker Silmore Dallaway, Palm Beach Gardens running back Alex Clark and Village Academy’s Devonte Robinson all had legitimate cases for the early Big Board, and could make some noise in the coming months. And, as always, there will be others who come out of nowhere.
Here’s the list, and tell us what you think about the top prospects in the Class of 2012. Please keep it civilized.
1. Avery Young, OL, Palm Beach Gardens. 6-6, 290
2. Angelo Jean-Louis, WR, Palm Beach Central, 6-0, 180
3. Jessamen Dunker, OL, Boynton Beach. 6-6, 315
4. Jaime Wilson, WR, Glades Central. 5-11, 185
5. Patrick Miller, OL, Dwyer, 6-5, 260
6. Tyler Cameron, QB, Jupiter, 6-3, 215
7. Gary Holmes, RB, Seminole Ridge, 5-9, 160
8. Dominique Gibson, ATH, Glades Central, 5-10, 190
9. Crevon LeBlanc, DB, Glades Central, 5-9, 170
10. Faton Bauta, ATH, Dwyer, 6-3, 225
11. Jatavis Brown, LB, Glades Central, 6-1, 190
12. Evan Moore, QB, Lake Worth, 6-1, 180
13. Travares Copeland, ATH, Treasure Coast, 6-0, 180
14. Roshard Burney, RB, Palm Beach Gardens, 5-10, 205
15. Keith Byars II, RB, Boca Raton, 5-9, 200
16. Justin Simmons, DB, Martin County, 6-3, 175
17. Jhavon Williams, DB, American Heritage, 5-11, 180
18. Gage Batten, LB, Dwyer, 6-1, 220
19. Kedric Bostic, QB, Jupiter Christian, 6-3, 180
20. Trenton Saunders, OL, Benjamin, 6-5, 265
21. Brian Grove, RB, King’s Academy, 5-9, 190
22. Jeremy Gaskins, RB, American Heritage, 5-11, 185
23. Cameron Posey, WR, American Heritage, 6-2, 180
24. Tremaine McCullough, WR, Royal Palm Beach, 5-9, 160
25. Zach Slafsky, LB, American Heritage, 6-2, 235