Orlando, Fla. — Florida is consistently the most talented state in the country when it comes to college football recruits. Sunday, top recruits from all over the state will flock to Orlando to compete for a shot to go to The Opening, Nike’s premier showcase event held each summer at its headquarters just outside of Portland.
I’ll be on hand, providing updates and analysis for SB Nation. The camp runs from 9-4 ET. You can follow along right here:
Nike is kind enough to send along a roster beforehand, and in breaking it down, I made several observations.
There are more than 20 prospects in attendance from the IMG Academy in Bradenton (Fla.) and almost all have elite offers, including Baylor QB commit Kellen Mond, offensive tackle Robert Hainsey, defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, center Cesar Ruiz, receiver Manny Greene, linebackers Jordan Anthony and Will Ignont, and defensive backs Isaiah Pryor and Marcus Williamson. If any one program signed all 20 of IMG’s prospects, it would be the odds-on favorite to land the nation’s top class.
Florida is not typically a hotbed for QB talent, but in addition to Mond, Florida commit Jake Allen of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, Kentucky commit Mac Jones of Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles School, and N’Kosi Perry of Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard will be pitching it around.
Sticking on the offensive side of the ball, I am excited to watch running backs Adarius Lemons of Clearwater (Fla.) and AJ Davis of Lakeland (Fla.); receivers James Robinson of Lakeland, D.J. Matthews of Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast; Daquon Green of Tampa Bay Tech and five or six more.
The defensive backfield is loaded, with Ohio State commit Shaun Wade of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian, Georgia commit Richard LeCounte of Liberty County (Ga.),and Christian Tutt of IMG.
About 75 of the prospects are underclassmen, and about 20 of them already have Power 5 offers, including 2019 receiver Maurice Goolsby of Dunellon (Fla.),2018 IMG linemen Curtis Dunlap and Taron Vincent, and Trinity Christian defensive back Tyreke Johnson.