Ranking Florida’s top 20 prospects in the 2018 class

The state of Florida always produces some of the nation’s best high school football players, and the Class of 2018 is no different. The Sunshine State is loaded with top talent and SEC Country will be ranking Florida’s top 20 recruits for this cycle.

These rankings will be released once a month throughout the football season. The list is based on evaluations by SEC Country reporters, recruiting interest from Power 5 programs and rankings from the four recruiting services (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout). The star ratings below come from the 247Sports composite.

IMG Academy players from out of state were not included in our rankings. Here are SEC Country’s top 20 prospects in Florida for 2018:

20. Asante Samuel Jr. , 4-star cornerback,  St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) — Florida State commit

Asante Samuel Jr.
The top-100 recruit is the son of former NFL cornerback Asanta Samuel Jr. (Student Sports)

19. Randy Russell, 4-star safety, Miami Carol City  — Florida commit

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Randy Russell spurned his hometown Miami Hurricanes for the Gators. (Zach Abolverdi/SEC Country)

18. Andrew Chatfield , 4-star defensive end, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)  — uncommitted

Andrew Chatfield
Andrew Chatfield de-committed from Ohio State after visiting Florida on July 22. (Sam Speigelman/SEC Country)

17. Gurvan Hall , 4-star safety, Palm Beach Lakes (West Palm Beach)  — Miami commit

Gurvan Hall
Gurvan Hall is one of the nation’s top safeties and committed to Miami four months ago. (247Sports)

16. Xavier Williams, 4-star wide receiver, Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood) — Alabama commit

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Xavier Williams is still consider Miami and Ohio State despite his Alabama pledge. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

15. Warren Thompson, 4-star wide receiver, Armwood (Seffner)  — Oregon commit

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Warren Thompson made a surprising commitment to Oregon over Florida State in June. (Zach Abolverdi/SEC Country)

14. Richard Gouraige , 4-star offensive tackle, Cambridge Christian School (Tampa)  — uncommitted

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Richard Gouraige has high interest in Auburn, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina and LSU. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

13. Al Blades Jr., 4-star cornebrack, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) — Miami commit

Al Blades Jr.
Al Blades Jr., a Miami legacy, committed to the Hurricanes this summer. (Photo courtesy of The Opening)

12. Kevin Austin, 4-star wide receiver, North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek) — Notre Dame commit

Kevin Austin
Kevin Austin committed to Notre Dame earlier this month. (Student Sports)

11. Brian Snead , 4-star running back, Armwood (Seffner)  — Ohio State commit

Brian Snead
Brian Snead committed to Ohio State prior to his junior season. (Jeremy Birmingham/Land of 10)

10. Tyreke Johnson, 4-star defensive back, Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville) — uncommitted

Tyreke Johnson
Tyreke Johnson is rated a 5-star recruit by Rivals and has interest in Florida, Georgia and UCLA. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

9. Justin Watkins, 4-star wide receiver, East Ridge (Clermont) — uncommitted

Justin Watkins could play on either side of the ball in college. LSU, FSU and Texas are all in the mix. (Student Sports)

8. Mark Pope, 4-star wide receiver, Miami Southridge — Miami commit

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Mark Pope help Southridge win a state title last season and he has dominated defensive backs at camps and combines in 2017. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

7. William Barnes, 4-star offensive tackle, Apopka — uncommitted

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William Barnes is ranked the nation’s No. 6 offensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite. Florida and North Carolina are his c0-leaders. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

6. James Cook, 4-star running back, Miami Central  — uncommitted

James Cook is the younger brother of former Florida State RB Dalvin Cook. FSU and UGA are his finalists. (Jeremy Birmingham/Land of 10)

5.  Jacob Copeland, 4-star wide receiver, Escambia (Pensacola) — Florida commit

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Jacob Copeland committed to Florida over Alabama earlier this month. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

4. Tyson Campbell, 5-star cornerback, American Heritage (Plantation)  — uncommitted

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Tyson Campbell, who likes Florida, LSU, Miami and Ohio State, has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.27 seconds. (Jeremy Birmingham/Land of 10)

3. Nicholas Petit-Frere, 4-star offensive tackle, Berkeley Prep (Tampa) — uncommitted

Alabama recruiting-Nicholas Petit-Frere
Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame are considered the top school for Nicholas Petit-Frere.

2. Lorenzo Lingard, 4-star running back, University (Orange City) — Miami commit

Lorenzo Lingard
Lorenzo Lingard is the nation’s No. 2 running back in the 247Sports Composite rankings. (247Sports)

1. Patrick Surtain Jr., 5-star cornerback, American Heritage (Plantation)  — uncommitted

Patrick Surtain Jr.
Patrick Surtain Jr. comes in at No. 1 in our rankings and favors LSU over Florida State. (Jeff Sentell/Dawg Nation)

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