Posted: 2:50 pm Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The Next Level 2013: Palm Beach County players in Division I football and the NFL 

By Jeff Greer

nextlevel300The Next Level list is back.

On this list you’ll find every Palm Beach County player playing at the FBS or NFL level as of Aug. 11. We’re working on updating the list to include FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college players. A special thanks to Pete Thomson, who puts together these lists for the entire state.

This list is by no means complete — there will almost certainly be a player or two missing. Contact me in the comment section below if I’ve missed anyone. The goal is to follow the progress of players.

Fun facts from the updated 2013 group:

– There are 25 area players currently on the opening-day NFL rosters. Pahokee has the most NFL alumni among area teams, with five. Glades Central (four) is second on the list. Atlantic has three. Dwyer and Leonard both have two.

– FIU and FSU now have the most local kids on its roster among the in-state FBS teams, with 13. FAU is second. Florida’s really fallen off, down to three players from the area.

– Marshall continues its local flavor, with eight area alumni on its roster. Bowling Green, Louisville and Wake Forest each have seven local players. Auburn is fifth with six.

– 156 local kids from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast play FBS football.

To the list:

IN-STATE SCHOOLS

Pos., Name, Yr., (high school)

FAU (8)
QB D.J. Juste Fr. (Port St. Lucie)
CB Cre’von LeBlanc Soph. (Glades Central)
RB Jeremy Gaskins Soph. (American Heritage)
LB Javaris Giles Jr. (Centennial)
LB Freedom Whitfield Soph. (Fort Pierce Central)
DB Tim Haynes Jr. (Park Vista)
OL Arthur Crouse R-Fr. (American Heritage)
OL Mike Marseille R-Soph. (Fort Pierce Central)

FIU (13)
LB Davison Colimon Soph. (Suncoast)
DE Darrious Cook R-Sr. (Palm Beach Gardens)
OL James Cruise Fr. (Palm Beach Gardens)
FS Justin Halley R-Jr. (Boca Raton)
LB De’Shawn Hazziez R-Soph. (Fort Pierce Westwood)
LB Patrick Jean Soph. (Treasure Coast)
WR James Louis R-Jr. (Atlantic/Ohio State)
QB Jake Lutzen Fr. (Boynton Beach)
DE Wonderful Monds II Jr. (Fort Pierce Westwood)
TE Jonathon Pavlov Fr. (Benjamin)
OG Trenton Saunders R-Fr. (Benjamin)
OL Edens Sineace R-Fr. (Palm Beach Central)
RB Silas Spearman Fr. (Seminole Ridge)

Florida (3)
RB Kelvin Taylor Fr. (Glades Day)
OL Roderick Johnson Fr. (American Heritage)
DL Jay-nard Bostick Fr. (Centennial)

FSU (13)
LB Ryan Alicea R-Fr. (Wellington)
WR Kelvin Benjamin R-Soph. (Glades Central)
DL Brad Bentz Soph. (Wellington)
DB Lamarcus Brutus R-Soph. (Treasure Coast)
DT Keith Bryant Fr. (Atlantic)
LS Phillip Doumar R-Sr. (Jupiter)
DT Larry Levy R-Jr (Park Vista)
TE Giorgio Newberry R-Soph. (Fort Pierce Central)
TE Nick O’Leary Jr. (Dwyer)
WR Dan O’Neill Soph. (Jupiter)
FB Jake Romano Fr. (Wellington)
OL Garrett Scott Fr. (Suncoast)
DB Keelin Smith R-Soph. (Treasure Coast)

Miami (7)
P Pat O’Donnell PGrad (Palm Beach Central)/Cincinnati
TE Clive Walford Jr. (Glades Central)
LB JaWand Blue R-Fr. (West Boca Raton)
OC Shane McDermott R-Jr. (Palm Beach Central)
DL Luther Robinson Sr. (Fort Pierce Westwood)
DL Corey King Soph. (West Boca Raton)
DB Keion Berry Fr. (Berean Christian)

UCF (4)
LB Woodly Cadet R-Jr. (Seminole Ridge)
OL Kelly Parfitt R-Fr. (American Heritage)
TE Blake Davis R-Fr. (American Heritage)
DL Demetris Anderson R-Soph. (Fort Pierce Westwood/Western Michigan)

USF (2)
WR Chris Dunkley R-Jr. (Pahokee/Florida)
OL Brynjar Gudmundsen R-Soph. (Wellington)

Bethune-Cookman (5)
WR Eddie Poole R-Sr. (Glades Central/Rutgers)
WR Preston Cleckley Sr. (Atlantic)
WR Patrick Harris Sr. (Treasure Coast)
QB Larry Brihm Fr. (Village Academy)
WR Frank Brown Fr. (Palm Beach Gardens)

Florida A&M (4)
WR Admasen Felix R-Jr. (Lake Worth)
OL Zerrie Patterson So. (Fort Pierce Central)
WR JoJo Williams Fr. (Royal Palm Beach)
OL Craig Smith Fr. (Royal Palm Beach)

Jacksonville (4)
DL Jerandious Works Fr. (Fort Pierce Central)
DB Ed Foley Sr. (Treasure Coast)
OL Craig Dowby R-Jr. (Dwyer)
DL Charles Dowdy R-Jr. (Dwyer)
FB Matt Passeggiata Soph. (Palm Beach Central)
OL JP Passeggiata Jr. (Palm Beach Central)

Jacksonville State (1)
OL Cody Sanfratello R-So. (Jensen Beach)

Stetson (4)
DE Jay Adderly Fr. (Pope John Paul II)
OL Sean Gannon R-Fr. (Cardinal Newman)
QB Nick LaSala R-Fr. (American Heritage)
DB Ryan Powers R-Fr. (Jupiter Christian/Proctor Academy)

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OUT-OF-STATE SCHOOLS

Pos., Name, Yr., (high school)

Akron (1)
LB Jatavis Brown Soph. (Glades Central)

Alabama (2)
OL Austin Peavler Soph. (Wellington)
TE Isaac Leon Fr. (American Heritage)

Alabama-Birmingham (1)
QB Mike Miller R-Soph. (King’s Academy)

Arizona State (1)
WR Joseph Morris Jr. (American Heritage/Pierce CC)

Arkansas (1)
DL Ke’Tyrus Marks Fr. (Suncoast)

Auburn (6)
RB Tre Mason Jr. (Park Vista)
K Cody Parkey Sr. (Jupiter)
OL Patrick Miller Soph. (Dwyer)
OL Avery Young R-Fr. (Palm Beach Gardens)
LB Gage Batten R-Fr. (Dwyer)
ATH Marcus Davis Fr. (American Heritage)

Boise State (1)
DB Jonathan Moxey Fr. (Dwyer)

Boston College (1)
DB Justin Simmons Soph. Martin County

Bowling Green (7)
CB Darrell Hunter Jr. (Dwyer)
WR Herve Coby R-Soph. (American Heritage) (3-40-1)
RB Marcus Levy Fr. (Fort Pierce Central)
DB Omar Pierre-Louis Fr. (Seminole Ridge)
DB Victor Osborne R-Jr. (Suncoast) (14T)
DL Mike Minns Soph. (Dwyer) (3 games-2T)
DL Jason Shepherd Fr. (Seminole Ridge)

Buffalo (2)
RB James Potts Jr. (American Heritage) (2 games-injured, 2-54-0)
LB Khalil Mack R-Sr. (Fort Pierce Westwood) (94T, 21 TL, 8 sacks, 1st-team MAC)

Central Michigan (1)
WR Jerry Harris R-Sr. (Boca Raton) (2 games-injured)

Cincinnati (1)
LB Jeff Luc Jr. (Treasure Coast)/FSU

Connecticut (2)
K Bobby Puyol Soph. (Dwyer) (1-1 FGL, 2-2 PAT)
CB Jhavon Williams R-Fr. (Palm Beach Central)

Eastern Michigan (1)
RB Javonti Green Sr. (Royal Palm Beach) (38-159-0)

Fresno State (1)
DE Claudell Louis Jr. (Boynton Beach/College of Sequoias)

Georgia (2)
QB Faton Bauta R-Fr. (Dwyer)
WR Rantavious Wooten R-Jr. (Glades Central) (15-187-2)

Georgia State (2)
WR Albert Wilson Sr. (Port St. Lucie) (48-947-7, 25.9-1 KR)
LB Robert Ferguson R-Sr. (Glades Central) (47T)

Hawaii (1)
RB Diocemy Saint Juste Fr. (Santaluces)

Idaho (1)
RB James Baker Sr. (Boca Raton)

Illinois (1)
DB Eaton Spence Soph. (Glades Day) (16T)

Indiana (1)
LB Steven Funderburk R-Jr. (Treasure Coast)/Tulane/Iowa Western CC

Kentucky (1)
CB Nate Willis Jr. (Pahokee)/Arizona Western CC

Louisville (7)
WR Robert Clark R-Jr. (Dwyer/Florida)
TE Gerald Christian R-Jr. (Dwyer/Florida)
CB Terell Floyd Jr. (Port St. Lucie)
LB Deon Rogers Sr. (Treasure Coast)
LB Leroy Kelson R-Soph. (Dwyer)
OC Mike Romano R-Soph. (Port St. Lucie)
DT Kyle Shortridge Fr. (Seminole Ridge)

Louisiana Tech (1)
LS Josh Cuthbert R-Sr. (Glades Day)

Marshall (8)
WR Antavious Wilson R-Soph. (Pahokee)
WR Davonte Allen R-Soph. (Glades Central)
K Justin Haig R-Jr. (American Heritage)
WR Demetrius Evans Sr. (Glades Central)
QB Kevin Anderson Fr. (Boca Raton)
OL Josh Murriel R-Fr. (Port St. Lucie)
WR J.J. Knight Fr. (Fort Pierce Central)
WR Angelo Jean-Louis R-Fr. (Palm Beach Central)

Maryland (2)
DB Will Likely Fr. (Glades Central)
DL Keith Bowers Jr. (Dwyer)

Massachusetts (1)
WR Bernard Davis Soph. (Lake Worth)

Miami-Ohio (2)
DB Xavier Swinton Fr. (American Heritage)
LB Jake Giordano Fr. (American Heritage)

Michigan (2)
K Brendan Gibbons R-Sr. (Cardinal Newman)
DT Richard Ash R-Jr. (Pahokee)

Michigan State (1)
S Justin Williams Fr. (Treasure Coast)

Middle Tennessee State (2)
DE Todney Evans Fr. (Atlantic)
DL Shubert Bastien Jr. (Dwyer)

Minnesota (4)
RB Donnell Kirkwood R-Jr. (Atlantic)
LB Rayfield Dixon Fr. (Seminole Ridge)
LB Jephte Matilus R-Soph. (Atlantic)
WR EJ Sardinha R-Fr. (Palm Beach Central

Mississippi (1)
WR Quadarius Mireles Jr. (American Heritage/Hutchinson CC)

Mississippi State (1)
DL John Harris R-Soph. (Boynton Beach)

NC State (3)
QB Jacoby Brissett Jr. (Dwyer/Florida)
S Jarvis Byrd R-Sr. (Pahokee)
WR Travares Copeland R-Fr. (Treasure Coast/West Virginia)

Nebraska (1)
K Mauro Bondi R-Soph. (West Boca Raton)

Nevada-Las Vegas (1)
DL Alvin Amilcar R-Sr. (Palm Beach Central/College of Sequoias)

New Mexico State (1)
DL Inuka Rhaheed Soph. (Fort Pierce Westwood)

Northern Illinois (1)
WR/KR Tommylee Lewis Jr. (Dwyer)

Notre Dame (1)
RB Greg Bryant Fr. (American Heritage)

Pittsburgh (1)
LB Emanuel Rackard R-Sr. (Glades Central)

Purdue (3)
WR Cameron Posey R-Fr. (American Heritage)
TE Matt Burke Fr. (Cardinal Newman)
RB Keith Byars Fr. (Boca Raton/Milford Academy)

South Alabama (2)
P Scott Garber Sr. (Centennial)
RB Julian Valentine Sr. (Centennial/West Virginia Wesleyan)

South Carolina (1)
OL Mike Matulis Jr. (Park Vista)

Southern Methodist (1)
DB Darrion Richardson Fr. (American Heritage)

Southern Miss (1)
FB Sam Weimerskirch Fr. (Park Vista)

Syracuse (3)
CB Julian Whigham Soph. (Dwyer)
WR Brisly Estime Fr. (Atlantic)
TE Tyler Provo Fr. (American Heritage)

Tennessee (2)
LB Curt Maggitt Jr. (Dwyer)
DL Malik Brown Fr. (Dwyer)

Troy (1)
OL Jimbo Arnold Sr. (Glades Day)

Virginia Tech (3)
QB Mark Leal R-Jr. (Atlantic)
DE Dadi Nicholas R-Soph. (Atlantic)
DT Luther Maddy Jr. (Atlantic)

Wake Forest (7)
QB Tyler Cameron R-Fr. (Jupiter)
CB Merrill Noel R-Jr. (Pahokee)
RB Dominique Gibson R-Fr. (Glades Central)
LB Teddy Matthews R-Fr. (Royal Palm Beach)
LB Zachary Allen R-Jr. (Pahokee)
OG Antonio Ford R-Jr. (Pahokee)
OC Cody Preble R-Soph. (Park Vista)

Western Kentucky (1)
DB De’Andre Simmons Fr. (Royal Palm Beach)

Western Michigan (4)
LB Johnnie Simon Sr. (Palm Beach Lakes)
WR Jaime Wilson Soph. (Glades Central)
CB Ronald Zamort Soph. (Atlantic)
SS Rontavious Atkins Jr. (Pahokee)

West Virginia (1)
FS Travis Bell R-Jr. s (Glades Central)

Wisconsin (3)
DB Terrance Floyd R-Soph. (Santaluces)
WR Reggie Love Soph. (Spanish River)
DB Peniel Jean (Palm Beach Central)

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FCS

Bryant (3)
DB Gore Simervil Jr. (Pope John Paul II)
WR Chad Ward So. (Atlantic)
WR Bobby Lentz Fr. (Pope John Paul II)

Bucknell (1)
LB Audrey Dieujuste So. (Boynton Beach)

Charleston Southern (2)
DB Demaris Freeman R-Jr. (Park Vista)
OL Zach Sibrava So. (Park Vista)

Colgate (2)
DB Joe Figueroa Fr. (Fort Pierce Central)
LB Tyler Butler Jr. (Seminole Ridge)

Dartmouth (4)
RB Brian Grove So. (King’s Academy)
LB Zach Slafsky So., (American Heritage)
OL Sean Ronan Jr. (Boca Raton)
TE Jack Sheehy Soph. (St. Andrew’s) (injured 2012)

Delaware (2)
TE Matt Rodriguez R-So. (Park Vista) (will miss 2013 due to ACL injury in spring)
DE Ivan Titre R-Sr. (Dwyer)

Eastern Illinois (4)
RB Jimmy Lera R-Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens)
ATH Trey Pendergrass R-So. (Jupiter Christian)
DB Nick Beard R-Sr. (Atlantic)
DE Timotheus Granger Jr. (Suncoast)

Fordham (2)
DB Ian Williams Sr. (King’s Academy)
K Michael Cioci Fr. (Pope John Paul II)

Georgetown (1)
WR Zach Wilke Sr. (St. Andrew’s)

Hampton (5)
OL Vincent Harper R-Jr. (Glades Central)
RB Antwon Chisholm Sr. (Glades Central)
WR Leon Shorter R-So. (Fort Pierce Westwood)
WR J’Rod Beard Jr. (Atlantic)
LS Dylan Kerns R-Jr. (Palm Beach Lakes)

Harvard (1)
K David Bicknell Jr. (Boca Raton)

Illinois State (2)
OL Charles Cowley R-Sr. (Boca Raton Christian)
S Soniel Estime So. (Santaluces)

Indiana State (1)
DB Othniel Harvey Sr. (Pahokee)

Lehigh (1)
LB Evan Harvey Fr. (Dwyer)

Maine (1)
RB Zedric Joseph Sr. (Palm Beach Central/Erie CC)

North Carolina A&T (1)
DB Tard McCoy Fr. (Boca Raton)

North Carolina Central (1)
OL Decarreus Mason Fr. (Boynton Beach)

Penn (2)
LB Joey Grasso Sr. (Pope John Paul II)
WR Ron Moore Soph. (Boca Raton)

Princeton (2)
QB Kedric Bostic Soph. (Jupiter Christian)
RB Will Powers Jr. (Jupiter Christian/Salisbury School)

Robert Morris (3)
DL Henry Jartu Sr. (Park Vista)
RB Erich Maine Fr. (Village Academy)
LB Jimmy Masson Fr. (West Boca Raton)

Sacred Heart (1)
WR Brock Turner Fr. (Pope John Paul II)

South Dakota (1)
TE Tyler Wilhelm R-Sr. (Seminole Ridge)

Southeastern Louisiana (1)
LB Isaiah Corbett Jr. (Glades Central/Coahama CC/Delta State)

Stony Brook (1)
DB Abiade Granger R-Fr. (Suncoast)

Tennessee State (3)
OL Jessamen Dunker R-Fr. (Boynton Beach/Florida)
OL Kevin Kenton R-Fr. (Palm Beach Lakes)
RB Tevin Spells Fr. (Atlantic)

The Citadel (1)
OL Jim Knowles R-Sr. (Glades Central)

Valparaiso (2)
QB Cody Labanowitz Fr. (South Fork)
LB Robert Kelly Jr. (King’s Academy)

Wagner (3)
RB Wayne Brown Fr. (Dwyer)
DE Daevonte Barnett R-So. (Dwyer)
DB Anthony Williams Fr. (Dwyer)

Western Carolina (2)
QB Eddie Sullivan R-Jr. (Boca Raton/Marshall)
WR John Sullivan Sr. (Boca Raton/Appalachian State)

Western Illinois (1)
OL Brandon De La Cruz R-So. (Palm Beach Central)

Wofford (1)
S Philemon Permis R-So (South Fork)

Yale (1)
OL James Talerico Sr. (Pope John Paul II)

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TRANSITIONAL FCS

Alabama A&M (1)
LB Jimelle Jones Jr. (Dwyer)

Alcorn State (2)
WR Deago Sama Fr. (Olympic Heights)
DE Denzell Reed Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens)

Jackson State (1)
LB Stacy Noble Fr. (Fort Pierce Central)

Southern (1)
LB Maurice Campbell Fr. (Fort Pierce Central)

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IN THE NFL

Name (high school) — Pos., Team
Travis Benjamin (Glades Central) — WR, Cleveland Browns
Dwight Bentley (Pahokee) — DB, Detroit Lions
Anquan Boldin (Pahokee) — WR, San Francisco 49ers
Matt Bosher (Jupiter) — K, Atlanta Falcons
Jon Bostic (Palm Beach Central) — LB, Chicago Bears
Rashad Butler (Dwyer) — OL, Cleveland Browns
Matt Elam (Dwyer) — DB, Baltimore Ravens
Kenrick Ellis (John I. Leonard) — DL, New York Jets
Brandon Flowers (Atlantic) — DB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jacoby Ford (Cardinal Newman) — WR, Oakland Raiders
Orlando Franklin (Atlantic) — OL, Denver Broncos
Pierre Garcon (John I. Leonard) — WR, Washington Redskins
Devin Hester (Suncoast) — WR/KR, Chicago Bears
Santonio Holmes (Glades Central) — WR, New York Jets
Jayron Hosley (Atlantic) — DB, New York Giants
Janoris Jenkins (Pahokee) — DB, St. Louis Rams
Emmanuel Lamur (King’s Academy) — LB, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Looney (Lake Worth) — OL, San Francisco 49ers
Ray McDonald (Glades Central) — DT, San Francisco 49ers
Pernell McPhee (Pahokee) — DE, Baltimore Ravens
Lonnie Pryor (Okeechobee) — FB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Antone Smith (Pahokee) — RB, Atlanta Falcons
Deonte Thompson (Glades Central) — WR, Baltimore Ravens
Vince Wilfork (Santaluces) — DT, New England Patriots
Willie Young (Palm Beach Gardens) — DE, Detroit Lions

Click here for the 2011 version of this list.

All-time list: To see every Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast player who ever played in the NFL, click here and visit this page at Historic Palm Beach.

Sources: Previous Next Level posts, team websites and Peter Thomson.

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