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August 25, 2014
FlaVarsity Top100 Countdown: 51-60
60. DeAmontae Jackson - North Marion - LB
We haven't heard much from Jackson on his recruitment in the Rivals network in months, but nonetheless, he is a stout inside linebacker and is a load at 6-foot, 250-pounds.
59. Dominic Sheppard - Gulliver Prep - LB
Sheppard is a flat out stud and has a case for being a higher rated prospect. The south Florida outside linebacker had a huge spring and added offers from schools all over the country, but fell in love with Wisconsin and committed to the Badgers in late July. Gulliver Prep has top notch talent and they could make some noise this fall led by Sheppard's leadership on defense.
58. Christian Pellage - Nature Coast - OL
Last summer, Pellage had offers from USF and Virginia. This summer, he had offers from just about everybody east of the Mississippi. Pellage earned four-star, Rivals250 status in the initial 2015 rankings, but had a less than stellar Rivals Camp and his stocked dropped a tad. Pellage is still a top offensive tackle prospect for the senior class, and he committed to South Carolina earlier this month.
57. Calvin Brewton - Miami Central - DB
Brewton is a tough football player that plays with a lot of swagger. The Florida State commit is very quick and has great hips. We could see him playing at a fairly high level at the next level at cornerback or safety. Miami Central had a huge win over Alabama Hoover last week in an upset.
56. Danny Thomas - Godby - LB
Thomas was committed to ECU early on in his recruitment, but decided that staying close to home was too important to him to pass up playing for USF. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound outside linebacker is the leader of the Godby defense that will look to get things on track this fall. A lot of people think Godby isn't a serious contender to make it far in the 5A state playoffs, but we think Thomas and the Cougars can make some noise.
55. Damon Arnette - St. Thomas Aquinas - CB
Arnette committed to South Carolina in July, but it still seems he has his recruiting options open after a recent visit to Ohio State. Arnette is one of the top shutdown cornerbacks in the state and he'll have plenty of tests this fall, including this Friday when Arnette will be trying to intercept balls thrown by American Heritage (Plantation) quarterback Torrence Gibson.
54. Tristan Payton - First Coast - WR
De'Andre Johnson throwing to Tristan Payton is a big reason why First Coast should have a big season this fall. Payton was committed to Florida, but flipped his commitment to the USC Trojans. He just received four-star status, so Payton will be shooting up this list when the next update comes about.
53. Andre Smith - Trinity Christian - LB
Smith is one of Trinity Christian's starting linebackers, and that group makes up the best linebacking trio in the country (Jeffrey Holland, Victor Alexander). You can often find Smith blitzing the gaps and wrapping up ball carriers in the backfield. Smith is a very solid commit to North Carolina.
52. Jalen Merrick - New Smyrna Beach - OL
At 6-foot-5, 295-pounds, Merrick has offers from just about every school in the SEC, and it looks like he's SEC bound for his college football, but Florida State and Miami might have something to say about that before it's all said and done.
51. Shaquery Wilson - Coral Gables - WR
Wilson could play either wide receiver or cornerback and has impressed colleges at both positions. Wilson committed to Georgia during his time in Athens over the summer. He's the top playmaker on a Coral Gables squad that's looking to come out of the 8A south region.