Best Florida LBs available 

December, 23, 2010
As usual, Florida is strong at the outside linebacker position and while the state isn't as deep on the inside, it does lay claim to the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the nation. Ryan Shazier (Plantation, Fla./Plantation) is the top-rated committed linebacker in the state, recently decommitting from Florida and shifting to Ohio State where he is expected to be an early enrollee. Nick Menocal (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) is big enough to grow into a defensive end and is one of the few prospects to stay committed to Miami during this recent transition from Randy Shannon to Al Golden. Ole Miss did very well at getting verbal commits from two very athletic prospects in Serderius Bryant (Sanford, Fla./Seminole) and Keith Lewis (Tampa, Fla./Freedom). Southern Cal has occasionally plucked a linebacker out of Florida (i.e. Keith Rivers) and they did it again with Kent Turene (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson).

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Five-star prospect Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez) is the No. 1 linebacker prospect in the nation. Steward recently had surgery for a torn ACL and while he appears to be well ahead of schedule on his recovery there's a chance that he will not be able to make an immediate impact in 2011. Florida State and Clemson remain his leaders with several schools like Alabama, Auburn and Florida trailing them.

Even though Curt Maggitt (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) might be a little undersized, he is a high-motor player that has great range and little problem avoiding blockers. As for Maggitt's speed, there are few prospects faster and he knows how to use his best weapon to his advantage.

Corey Long

Reporter, RecruitingNation