Posted: 6:57 pm Friday, February 1st, 2013
By Jeff Greer
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much a player produces, recruiters don’t take notice. That’s happened plenty in Palm Beach County’s 2012-2013 recruiting cycle.
Suncoast defensive tackle Ke’Tyrus Marks and Santaluces running back Diocemy St. Juste produced in 2012 at rates comparable to the best players in the area. Marks (6-2, 290) broke Suncoast’ single-season sacks record, with 19. St. Juste (5-8, 175) ran for 1,243 yards and 16 touchdowns for a much-improved Santaluces.
Yet it wasn’t until late in the recruiting process that two of the county’s top players got their due. Marks verbally committed to Arkansas on Sunday, spurning several other BCS programs late to the party. St. Juste committed to Hawaii earlier in January, but still has several programs trying to flip him.
How they’re ranked
The Big Board, a Palm Beach County recruitnik’s dream, rates the players who staff writers Jeff Greer and Matt Porter believe are the best college football prospects. The rankings are compiled using several criteria: On-field performance, reporters’ eye test, intel from opposing coaches and players and, taken with a grain of salt, background from the player’s own coaching staff. College offers do have some impact on the player’s rating — if Nick Saban or Les Miles are recruiting them, that has to mean something — but they’re given the same treatment as the other factors.
Diocemy St. Juste — Up 17 spots
Ke’Tyrus Marks — Up 31 spots
Silas Spearman — Up 7 spots
Jonathan Moxey — Up 9 spots
James Cruise — Up 25 spots
Deago Sama — Up 16 spots
Antonyo Woods — Seminole Ridge
Craig Smith — Royal Palm Beach
JoJo Williams — Royal Palm Beach
Tard McCoy — Boca Raton
Charles Strippoli — Boca Raton
Werley Placide — Olympic Heights
Eugene Bethea — West Boca Raton
Calvin Darville — Glades Day
Jose Penton — Glades Day
Nick Telford — West Boca Raton
Heath Koji — Park Vista
Chris Ori — Park Vista
Josh Holley — American Heritage
Jake Lutzen — Boynton Beach
Chad Veccharella — American Heritage