Posted: 2:07 pm Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Football recruiting: 13 Palm Beach County, Treasure Coast players nationally ranked 

By Matt Porter

Less than a month before spring football begins, one recruiting website has released its Class of 2014 player rankings, which includes a handful of Palm Beach County prospects.

There are 13 area players listed in 247Sports’ composite rankings. The website says its composite rankings are a formula-based average of a player’s ranking on all major recruiting sites. Composite rank by state is in parentheses.

There are 194 Florida players among the 1,478 in the composite rankings. Plantation-American Heritage running back Sony Michel is the state’s top-ranked player (11th nationally). Palm Beach Central offensive tackle Kc McDermott is second (23rd nationally). There are seven Florida players in the top 50, nine in the top 100 and 19 in the top 200.

The composite rankings:

23 (2) – OT – Kc McDermott, Palm Beach Central
227 (26) – WR – Johnnie Dixon, Dwyer
384 (56) – ATH – Rashaun Croney, Pahokee
455 (64) – WDE – Rashawn Shaw, Fort Pierce Central
588 (87) – WR – Travis Rudolph, Cardinal Newman
593 (88) – WR – Adly Enoicy, Atlantic
608 (89) – CB – Michael Perceval, Fort Pierce Central
773 (104) – WR – Tre’Quan Smith, Village Academy
830 (112) – OLB – Xavier Preston, Jensen Beach
860 (117) – OLB – Shareiff Rhaheed, Fort Pierce Central
887 (121) – S – Marques Gayot, Park Vista
971 (136) – S – Shawn Boone, Dwyer
1127 (158) – OLB – Sean Bowens, Treasure Coast

Here are 247Sports’ rankings by position – just 247′s thoughts, not the composite rankings. Obviously all rankings are subjective; for example, 247 values a couple players higher than the rest of the industry (Shawn Boone is rated higher than fellow safety Marques Gayot, likewise outside linebacker Shareiff Rhaheed over Xavier Preston).

After player name and school is the player’s 247Sports in-state position rank, then national position rank.

Offense

OT – Kc McDermott, Palm Beach Central, 2nd Florida, 4th national
WR – Johnnie Dixon, Dwyer, 3rd Florida, 17th national
WR – Travis Rudolph, Cardinal Newman, 11th Florida, 67th national
WR – Adly Enoicy, Atlantic, 12th Florida, 76th national
WR – Tre’Quan Smith, Village Academy, 22nd Florida, 108th national

Defense

WDE – Rashawn Shaw, Fort Pierce Central, 2nd Florida, 16th national
OLB – Shareiff Rhaheed, Fort Pierce Central, 5th Florida, 51st national
OLB – Xavier Preston, Jensen Beach, 6th Florida, 56th national
OLB – Sean Bowens, Treasure Coast, 9th Florida, 70th national
CB – Michael Perceval, Fort Pierce Central, 12th Florida, 55th national
S – Shawn Boone, Dwyer, 11th Florida, 66th national
S – Marques Gayot, Park Vista, 13th Florida, 79th national
ATH – Rashaun Croney, Pahokee, 5th Florida, 50th national

Here are 247Sports’ state rankings for Florida – just 247′s thoughts, not the composite rankings. The website values Shaw higher than Croney, Rhaheed higher than Preston, Booner higher than Gayot.

5 – Kc McDermott, Palm Beach Central, OT
15 – Johnnie Dixon, Dwyer, WR
34 – Rashawn Shaw, Fort Pierce Central, WDE
69 – Rashaun Croney, Pahokee, ATH
76 – Travis Rudolph, Cardinal Newman, WR
78 – Adly Enoicy, Atlantic, WR
93 – Shareiff Rhaheed, Fort Pierce Central, OLB
96 – Michael Perceval, Fort Pierce Central, CB
107 – Xavier Preston, Jensen Beach, OLB
113 – Shawn Boone, Dwyer, S
114 – Tre’Quan Smith, Village Academy, WR
128 – Marques Gayot, Park Vista, S
138 – Sean Bowens, Treasure Coast, OLB

Of the players listed above, only McDermott (Miami) and Rhaheed (LSU) are the only ones who have committed to a school.

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If you’re wondering about our rankings, Jeff and I will release our 2014 Big Board watch list next week. Those are players we’ll be watching once spring ball starts on May 1. Our preliminary 2014 Big Board comes out after spring ball ends. Down the road, you’ll see The Palm Beach Post Super 11 (the top 11 players in the area, regardless of class), which comes out with our preview section in August.

As always, there are players who don’t have early recruiting buzz who wind up having outstanding senior seasons, sign Division I scholarships, and go onto successful college careers. Who do you think the recruiting sites are overlooking?

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