Posted: 1:20 pm Friday, August 12th, 2011
By Post Staff
By Jeff Greer and Matt Porter
Call it a clash of the titans.
One big man held the top spot in our Class of 2012 Big Board with an iron grip. Then an injury brought him down, and another behemoth rose up to claim the glory. Yet another giant is ready to take over should the others falter.
Palm Beach Gardens offensive lineman Avery Young was the No. 1 prospect on the 2012 Big Board when it debuted during spring practice. Young (6-6, 284) has been one of the hottest recruits in South Florida since his sophomore year and currently has more than 40 scholarship offers, with programs like Florida, Auburn and Georgia telling him he is a top target for their offensive line.
But Young’s knee injury, which may cause him to miss the first two games of the season, dropped him to No. 3 on the latest update of the Big Board, which has been expanded to include the top 50 prospects in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Boynton Beach’s Jessamen Dunker, another massive (6-6, 315) offensive lineman, has moved into the top spot.
Dunker, who projects as a tackle in college but will play guard this season to help Boynton Beach’s running game, committed to Florida during the spring. His size and athleticism — he’s an ex-basketball player with quick feet and phenomenal core strength — earned him national acclaim during the summer camping season, and his mean streak on Friday nights gets him countywide props. He’s No. 1 until proven otherwise.
It wasn’t an easy decision, though. Dwyer’s Patrick Miller, who moved up to No. 2 from No. 5, has narrowed down his college choices to Auburn and LSU. Miller, like Dunker, is quicker than anyone has a right to be at his size. At 6-6 3/4 and 280 pounds, he kept up with the little guys when Dwyer did its summer sprint drills and runs around a 5.0 40-yard dash. He has plenty of power, too — just ask his blocking assignments.
There were a few big movers and shakers on our list. Dwyer’s new quarterback Faton Bauta moved up five spots to join the top five. West Boca Raton linebacker Jawand Blue, who was previously (and foolishly) left off our original top 25, is up at No. 10. Right behind him is WVU commit Devonte Robinson, Village Academy’s uber-talented receiver who was originally unranked but had a phenomenal offseason.
Get used to a few other names that made the list: Suncoast safety Davison Colimon, Atlantic receiver Chad Ward and Dwyer defensive tackle Mike Minns should all prove their worth by season’s end. Reggie Love (6-3, 200), a first-year receiver at Spanish River who is known for his basketball talent, has made significant strides in the buildup to the 2011 season and could pick up several Division I scholarships over the next few months.
Ten of the top 50 have verbally committed to colleges, with nine choosing a BCS college.
Keep in mind that these rankings can and will change as we continue our journey toward national signing day, which is Feb. 1. We considered more than 80 prospects for our current list of 50 and plan to check out dozens more at fall practices and preseason scrimmages.
Here’s the list. Let us know what you think about the top players in the Class of 2012. As always, please keep it respectful.
1. Jessamen Dunker, OL, Boynton Beach, 6-6, 315
2. Patrick Miller, OL, Dwyer, 6-7, 280
3. Avery Young, OL, Palm Beach Gardens, 6-6, 284
4. Angelo Jean-Louis, ATH, Palm Beach Central, 6-0, 185
5. Faton Bauta, QB, Dwyer, 6-3, 225
6. Jaime Wilson, WR, Glades Central, 5-11, 185
7. Tyler Cameron, QB, Jupiter, 6-3, 215
8. Dominique Gibson, ATH, Glades Central, 5-10, 190
9. Gary Holmes, RB, Seminole Ridge, 5-9, 180
10. Jawand Blue, LB, West Boca Raton, 6-0, 215
11. Devonte Robinson, WR, Village Academy, 6-2, 175
12. Crevon LeBlanc, CB, Glades Central, 5-10, 175
13. Travares Copeland, ATH, Treasure Coast, 5-11, 175
14. Jatavis Brown, LB, Glades Central, 6-1, 190
15. Justin Simmons, ATH, Martin County, 6-3, 175
16. Kedric Bostic, QB, Jupiter Christian, 6-3, 180
17. Roshard Burney, RB, Palm Beach County, 5-11, 205
18. Chad Ward Jr., WR, Atlantic, 6-3, 185
19. Evan Moore, QB, Lake Worth, 6-0, 180
20. Davison Colimon, DB, Suncoast, 6-1, 190
21. Trenton Saunders, OL, Benjamin, 6-4, 280
22. Gage Batten, LB, Dwyer, 6-1, 230
23. Brian Grove, RB, King’s Academy, 5-9, 190
24. Jhavon Williams, CB, Palm Beach Central, 5-11, 180
25. Cameron Posey, WR, American Heritage, 6-2, 175
26. Keith Byars II, RB, Boca Raton, 5-10, 205
27. Bernard Davis, WR, Lake Worth, 6-1, 175
28. Julian Whigham, WR, Dwyer, 6-1, 175
29. Mike Minns, DL, Dwyer, 6-0, 290
30. Blake Davis, TE/DE, American Heritage, 6-5, 225
31. Zach Slafsky, LB, American Heritage, 6-2, 235
32. Reggie Love, WR, Spanish River, 6-3, 200
33. Jack Sheehy, TE, St. Andrew’s, 6-5, 235
34. Silmore Dallaway, LB, American Heritage, 6-0, 225
35. Kelly Parfitt, OL, American Heritage, 6-6, 290
36. Abiade Granger, DB, Suncoast, 5-11, 180
37. Don’Kevious Johnson, LB, Glades Central, 6-0, 210
38. Alex Hook, DB, Lake Worth, 5-10, 175
39. Jeremy Gaskins, RB, American Heritage, 5-11, 185
40. Bobby Puyol, K, Dwyer, 6-0, 170
41. Decarreus Mason, OL, Boynton Beach, 6-6, 275
42. Darian Williams, WR, Seminole Ridge, 6-0, 170
43. Gary Gladden, ATH, St. Andrew’s, 6-2, 200
44. Steven Williams, WR, Glades Day, 6-4, 170
45. Isaiah Nelson, ATH, Jupiter Christian, 5-11, 170
46. Tremane McCullough, ATH, Royal Palm Beach, 5-8, 160
47. Javonta Taylor, WR, Suncoast, 6-1, 200
48. E.J. Sardinha, WR, Palm Beach Central, 6-0, 185
49. Edens Sineace, OL, Palm Beach Central, 6-5, 315
50. Aukeemian Mills, WR, John Carroll, 6-0, 175