By Larry Blustein

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Over the past five years, the need for more Division-I type of football programs to showcase so many Florida-bred athletes was essential.

Several conferences across the country stepped up to compete against some of the top programs nationally and earned a reputation of being among the more competitive anywhere.

At the center of conferences – such as the Sun Belt – were Florida prospects who have filled this conference to the brim with elite playmakers that have recruited by some of the top programs in the country.

This year, the Sun Belt – with football teams from as far away as Idaho, New Mexico and Texas, and as close as Alabama and Georgia – have been able to bring in an amazing 107 football players from the Sunshine State.

Take a look at what makes these programs so competitive:

Bentlee Critcher, P/PK, Sr., South Daytona Beach Warner Christian
Aris Duffy, DB, Fr., Ponte Vedra Beach Nease
Darrynton Evans, Athlete, Fr., New Smyrna Beach
Curtis Fitch, QB, So., Lutz Steinbrenner
Anthony Flory, LB, So., Plantation American Heritage
Desmond Franklin, DB, Fr., Inverness Citrus
Teh’Ron Fuller, LB, So., South Fort Myers
Devonte Harrison, DB, Fr., Jacksonville Sandalwood
Nate Haskins, OL, Fr., Orlando Boone
Deltron Hopkins, WR, So., Miami Booker T. Washington
Jacob Huesman, QB, Fr., Bradenton Braden River
Shemar Jean-Charles, DB, Fr. Miramar
Ryan Neuzil, OL, Fr., Bradenton Braden River
David Papenheim, DL, Fr., Bushnell South Sumter
A’Darius Purifoy, DB, Fr., Pensacola W. Florida Tech
Crisjohn Roscoe, WR, Fr., Neptune Beach Fletcher
Matt Williams, OL, Fr., Lehigh

Chris Murray, WR, Jr., Tampa King

Kevin Ackerman, TE, Fr., Jacksonville Bolles
Chris Barrett, TE, Fr., Clearwater Countryside
Matt Breida, RB, Sr., Brooksville Nature Coast
Ian Bush, DL, So., Punta Gorda Charlotte
Dexter Carter, Jr., WR, Fr, Jacksonville Bolles
Chris DeLaRosa, LB, Fr., Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley
Lawrence Edwards, OL, Fr., Port Orange Spruce Creek
Ironhead Gallon, LB, Sr., Madison County
Vegas Harkey, S, Sr., Mount Dora
Quan Howard, WR, Fr., Gainesville Buchholz
Mike Jackson, WR, Fr., Lake City Columbia
Jessie Liptrot, DB, Fr., Neptune Beach Fletcher
Chris Rainey, OL, So., Jacksonville Lee
Amaria Thompson, S, Fr., Lake Minnneola
Favian Upshaw, QB, Sr., Titusville Astronaut

Casey Barker, DL, Fr., Ponte Vedra
Jabari Bothwell, DT, Sr., Citra North Marion
Jonathan Clayton, DL, Fr., Jacksonville Sandalwood
Jack Flood, OL, So., Miami Belen Jesuit
Christian Gil, DT, So., Navarre
Dae’quan Harrison, WR, So., Kissimmee Osceola
Amir Howard, CB, Fr,. Citra North Marion
Darrell Malone Jr., CB, Fr., Weston Cypress Bay
John Mays III, OL, Fr., Jacksonville Ribault
Jarius McMillan, LB, Jr., Orlando Dr. Phillips
Brock Merritt, OL, So., Longwood Lyman
Laquavious Paul, LB, Fr., Lake City Columbia
A.J. Sattinger, TE, Jr., St. Augustine
Ja’ree Tolbert, DT, So., Miami Springs

Will Cunningham, DL, Jr., Cape Coral Ida Baker
Bryan Williams, S, Sr., Miramar

Dorian Clark, DB, Jr., Baldwin
Mytreal Denson, DL, Fr., Jacksonville Ed White
Aaron Duckworth, RB, Jr., Orange Park Oakleaf
Jordan Grabski, DB, Jr., Bradenton Southeast
Eric Hale, DL, Fr., Lake Minneola
Calvary Pugh, DB, So., West Palm Beach Forrest Hill
Jacob Sannon, WR, Jr., Bradenton Southeast

Darrius Hoggins, RB, Jr., Coconut Creek Monarch
Troy McCollum, DB, Jr., North Miami
Terik Miller, LB, Fr., Pensacola Escambia
Rico Robinson, OL, Fr., Pensacola Catholic
Craig Smith, OL, Jr., Royal Palm Beach
Rodrick Stephens, DL, Jr., Hialeah
Simeon Thomas, DB, Jr., Miami Carol City

Terrill Hanks, LB, So., Miami LaSalle
Tryan Taylor, WR, Sr., Orlando Jones

Roy Albritton, DL, Fr. Pensacola
Deshawn Applewhite, WR, Fr., Longwood Lyman
Dami Ayoola, RB, Sr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Jalin Buie, RB, Fr., Jacksonville Trinity Christian
James Byrnes, TE, Sr., Miami Booker T. Washington
Zac Crosby, TE, Fr., Jacksonville Bolles
D.J. Daniels, S, Fr., Tampa Chamberlain
Dallas Davis, QB, So., Springfield Rutherford
Quinton Dent, DB, Sr., Haines City
Wade Forde, DE, Jr., Ocala Vanguard
Tyler Grimsley, OL, So., Green Cove Springs
Xavier Johnson, RB., Jr., Tampa Chamberlain
Rocel McWilliams, DE, So., Pensacola West Florida Tech
Darian Mills, CB, So., Winter Haven
Evan Orth, QB, So., Neptune Beach Fletcher
Jeremy Reaves, CB.Jr., Pensacola Catholic
Milton Revell, RB, Sr., Jacksonville Bolles
Neiko Robinson, S, Jr., Bratt Northview
Nelson Santiago, OL, Fr., Orange Park Oakleaf
Khameron Taylor, OL, Fr., Alachua Santa Fe
Corlis Waitman, P/PK, So., Milton
Curtis Williams, OL, Sr., Hialeah Champagnat Catholic
Andrew Zink, LS, Fr., Bradenton Manatee

Teron Fitzgerald, LB, Sr., Greensboro West Gadsden

Montae Barto, DE, Fr., Baker
T.J. Bell, WR, So., Merritt Island
Alvin Bryant, WR, Fr., Orlando Dr. Phillips
Jarvis Bryant, DT, So., Pensacola West Florida Tech
Owen Cole, RB, Jr., Freeport
Deontae Crumitie, OL, So., Lake City Columbia
Hobie Desanges, WR,, So., Orlando Evans
Andre Flakes, RB, Jr, Milton
Jabir Frye, RB, Fr., Pensacola Escambia
Dondrell Harris, LB, Jr., Springfield Rutherford
Aaron Herring, OL, Sr., Alachua Santa Fe
Cameron Kaye, LS, Fr., Naples Gulf Coast
Gabe Kenon, LB, Fr., Tallahassee Rickards
Johnathan Ortner, QB, Fr., Santa Rosa Beach South Walton
Sawyer Smith, QB, Cantonment Tate
Jamal Stadom, DT, Jr., Melbourne
Dominic Walker, WR, Jr., Orlando Evans
Chandler Williams, PK, Fr., Jacksonville Mandarin

NEXT: The American Athletic Conference (AAC) – where USF and UCF need to protect their turf from programs such as elite Houston, Cincinnati and Temple.

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