By Larry Blustein

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One of the places that have long been home to South Florida athletes is once again a major destination here in 2016.

For a conference that has produced a number of impressive National Football League players over the years, the MAC still remains a hotbed for athletes from the Sunshine State.

While Akron leads the way in providing a place for 121 Floridians to make a statement, the Zips are not alone. Four other teams in the conference boast double-digit players from everyone in Florida.

As we do throughout the course of the fall, we continue to spotlight our homegrown prospects as they make a difference throughout the Midwest. Here is a look at this year’s group:

Andy Jean-Baptiste, DL, Fr., Miami Edison
Byron Brown, DB, Fr., Boynton Beach
Undrea Bullard, OL, So., St. Petersburg Gibbs
Denzel Butler, DB, So., Coral Springs Charter
Michael Butler, DB, Sr., Coral Springs Charter
A.J. Coney, WR, Jr., Oviedo
Darius Copeland, DL, Jr., Fort Myers
Darian Dailey, DB, So., Bradenton Manatee
Alvin Davis, DB, Fr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Jaquavis Dixon, Athlete, Fr., Oviedo Hagerty
Van Edwards, Jr., RB, So., Cape Coral Island Coast
Ulysees Gilbert IIII, LB, So., Ocala Trinity Catholic
DeMarkus Glover, LB, Fr., St. Petersburg Northside Christian
Jelani Hamilton, DL, Sr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Mikee Hayes, CB, Jr., Ocala West Port
Larry Hope, DB, Sr., Hialeah American
Davon’te Jest, DL, Fr., Ocala Forest
Montel Jordan, OL, Fr., Deerfield Beach
Brandon Junk, TE, Fr., Clearwater Central Catholic
Rick Kallay, OL, Fr., Clearwater Central Catholic
James King, LB, So., Miami Booker T. Washington
Anthony Lauro, WR, So., Bradenton Manatee
Hakeem Lawrence, RB, Sr., Hialeah Miami Lakes
Cedric McCoy, OL, Jr., Palatka
Manny Morgan, RB, Jr., Naples
JoJo Natson, WR. Sr., Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson
Kato Nelson, QB, Fr., Pembroke Pines Flanagan
John Rachal, LB, Sr., Fort Lauderdale Dillard
John Semerene, PK, Jr., Weston Cypress Bay
Kwadarrius Smith, WR, So., Orlando First Academy
Daumantas Venckus, DE, Sr., Weston Cypress Bay
Josh Ward, LB, Fr., Delray Beach American Heritage
Darian Williams, WR, Sr., Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge

Deion Hallmon, DB, So., Weston Cypress Bay
Tyree Holder, DB, Sr., Tampa Catholic
Akeem Hutchinson, DE, Fr., Fort Lauderdale Stranahan
Jeremiah Jackson, LB, So., Brooksville Hernando
Romero Wade, S, Fr., Longwood Lyman

Jamari Bozeman, DB, So., Riviera Beach
Malik Brown, DL, Jr., Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Fred Coppet, RB, Sr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Trenton Greene, LB, Sr., Miami Monsignor Pace
Torrian Hampton, DB, Fr., Lakeland
Tyrik Jones, DL, Fr., Plantation
Charles Lamar, RB, Fr., Lake Mary
Blake Lucky, LB, Fr., Stuart South Fork
Ronnie Moore, WR, Sr., Sanford Seminole
Janarvis Pough, WR, Fr., Plantation American Heritage
Antonyo Sotolongo, DB, Fr., Miami Gulliver Prep
Clint Stephens, DB, Jr., Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Tavaraus Wade, DB, So., Homestead South Dade
Will Watson, DB, Sr., Tampa Jefferson
Marquis Zimmerman, WR, Fr., Lakeland Kathleen

Theo Anderson, RB, Fr., Largo Indian Rocks Christian
Roy Baker, DB, Fr., Hialeah American
Brandon Crawford, DL, Sr., Madison County
Remaine Douglas, DE, Sr., Parkland Douglas
Jacob Martinez, WR, Jr., South Port Bozeman
Albert McCoy, OL, Sr., St. Petersburg Gibbs
Antonio Nunn, WR, Fr., Tampa Jefferson
Emmanuel Reed, RB, Fr., Sebastian River

Oakley Lavalli, FB, Fr., West Boca Raton

Dieuly Aristide, WR, Fr., Boynton Beach
Isaac Holder, WR, Fr., Tampa Sickles
Willie Parker, RB, Fr., Tampa Carrollwood Day
James Pensyl, QB, Fr., Land O’Lakes
Jaylen Pickett, LB, So., Zephyrhills
Michael Smith, Jr., DL, Fr., Frostproof

James Alexander, LB, Jr., Miami Jackson
Jontey Byrd, DT, Jr., Daytona Beach Mainland
Mike Carrigan, WR, Fr., Tallahassee Godby
Alex Hoag, DE, Fr., Venice
Anthony Johnson, DE, Sr., Miami Booker T. Washington
Cavils Price, WR, Fr., Bradenton Manatee
Darius Redmond, LB, Sr., Miami Northwestern
Wayne Scott, OL, Sr., Daytona Beach Mainland
Zaquon Tyson, WR, So., Miami Norland
Kris White, WR, Jr., Groveland South Lake
Brant Williams, WR, Fr., Daytona Beach Mainland

Deion Cineus, OL, So., Miami Beach
James Gardner, WR, So., Fort Lauderdale
Cameron Petrie, DL, Fr., Tampa Jesuit
Alonzo Smith, RB, So., Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Kenny Young, RB, So., Tallahassee Godby

Christian Blake, WR, Jr., Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
Damarius Brinson, Jr., DB. Jr., Gulfport Boca Ciega
Renard Cheren, LB, So., Lake Worth Park Vista
Antonio Jones-Davis, LB, Fr., Vero Beach
Lance Deveaux, Jr., LB, Fr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Jeffrey Hill, CB, Fr., Miramar
Bobby Jones, IV, LB, Jr., Miami Monsignor Pace
Shawun Lurry, CB, Jr., Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Alton Meeks, DE, Jr., Orlando Dr. Phillips
Andrew Parchment, WR, Fr., Weston Cypress Bay
Ezra Saffold, WR, Jr., Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Albert Smalls, DB, Jr., Miami Monsignor Pace
Trequan Smith, S, Fr., Boynton Beach

Marcus Brunson, LB, Fr., Daytona Beach Mainland
Felipe Fernandez, OL, Fr., Tampa Plant
Javon Hagan, S, Fr., Jacksonville Trinity Christian
Maxwell Howell, CB, Fr., Palm Beach Lakes
Greg Windham, QB, Sr., Tampa King
Louie Zervos, PK, Fr., Tarpon Springs

Adrian Adams, WR, Fr., St. Petersburg Lakewood
DeDarallo Blue, S, Fr., Seffner Armwood
Aaron Covington, CB, Fr., Seffner Armwood
Andrew Davis, WR, So., St. Petersburg Lakewood
Anthony Davis, LB, So., Tampa Chamberlain
David Hood, DL, Fr., Miami Carol City
Diontae Johnson, WR, So., Ruskin Lenard
D’Vario Montgomery, WR, Sr., Winter Park
Earl Moore, DT, Sr., Tampa Hillsborough
Neru N’Shaka, WR, Fr., Hallandale
Eli Peters, QB, Fr., Jacksonville Sandalwood
Desmond Phillips, WR, Fr., Miami Jackson
Jeremi Powell, LB, Sr., Pinellas Park
Keeln Roberts, DB, Fr., Miami Carol City
Jacquez Williams, WR, Fr., Jacksonville Sandalwood

Martin Diaz, LS, So., Plantation American Heritage
Justin Ferguson, S, Sr., Pembroke Pines Flanagan
Fabian Johnson, RB, Sr., Miami Northwestern

NEXT UP: The competitive Sun Belt Conference has its share of Floridians – and we will take look at them.

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