A special thank you to all the moms present on Mother’s Day…
TAMPA — Being more than a year ahead on this list has its merits, as the Class of 2023 is one of the deepest in Florida high school football history. The talent is good at almost every position, and he’s exceptional at wide receiver, defensive back, defensive line, and running back.
This list is a combination of talent and perks. It’s a projection toward the college football level and not what these young men are going to do this fall in high school. Then this list will change after the summer months.
Those who work and do well in camps, combines, and during personal training are the prospects with the best chance of moving up the board. Keep in mind, and this is a huge factor, that character traits influence this list. Some prospects have gone up and some have gone down based on this category. Why? This is the first question this scout receives when a college coach calls and asks about a prospect who has been researched (and yes, this is often also a major topic between two scouts who communicate during private conversations).
College coaches want players to be able to put a microphone in front of their mouth and have players represent their institution well with what it says and how it says it. That’s the gist, and it definitely impacts this list and many others as well.
Below leads, the notes section will add more information and context to the list.
It’s also important to recognize that none of the IMG Academy players are on this list. There will be a separate article about the IMG prospects later this spring after stopping by to see them practice.
1) Cormani McClain, CB/WR, Lakeland (Florida) Lake Gibson
2) Cedric Baxter, Jr., RB, Orlando (Florida) Edgewater