Posted: 3:27 pm Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Football: ESPN 300 list includes five local players 

By Anthony Chiang

A new ESPN 300 has been released and five local players are on it. The list ranks the top Class of 2014 football recruits in the country.

2014 Dwyer WR Johnnie Dixon is part of the new ESPN 300 list. (Photo by Richard Graulich)

Dwyer wide receiver Johnnie Dixon is the highest rated prospect from Palm Beach County, coming in at No. 39. The 5-foot-11, 197-pound speedster said his top five consists of Ohio State, Alabama, North Carolina State, Miami and Tennessee. He will verbally commit to a school on Nov. 30.

Palm Beach Central offensive tackle Kc McDermott, who is verbally committed to Miami, is next on the list at No. 44. According to the ESPN 300 rankings, McDermott is the fourth-best offensive tackle in the class.

Cardinal Newman wide receiver Travis Rudolph is ranked No. 61. Like Dixon, Rudolph has not committed to a school yet. In early October, Rudolph said he may announce his decision during the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2. Florida seemed to be in the lead for Rudolph early on, but other schools like Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and Tennessee have entered the mix.

The bottom of the ESPN 300 list includes Fort Pierce Central outside linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed at No. 260 and Santaluces wide receiver Darrell Langham at No. 264. Rhaheed is still undecided on where he will go to school, but Langham is already verbally committed to Miami.