The Orlando area features several of the state’s top prospects at a variety of positions across the board. With summer camps and combines starting to heat up. Six Star Football is taking an inside look at the prospects college programs are looking at this offseason.
Here, Six Star Football takes a look at the top LB prospects to know in the 2021 class in the Heartland, Mid Florida, Orlando and Spacecoast areas.
Cole Best, 6’4, 275, OL, 2021, Trinity Prep @colebest72
A three sport athlete who does well as a discus thrower and a strong player on the hardwood, this first team All-District lineman shows the ability to break up plays and make strong hits. He sees time on both sides of the ball and primarily as a LT on offense and a DE on defense. Best has terrific footwork and knows how to get under his opponents arms and keep their hands out of the way, At times, his opponents can often be completely useless when he is locked in and driving them back. He has great muscle tone and a skillset and overall game that continues to grow. A constantly improving prospect, Best currently holds offers from USF, Western Kentucky, Samford, Charleston Southern University, Gardner-Webb, Wofford College and Saint Thomas University to name a few.
Javonte Gardner, 6’5, 290, T, 2021, Jones @ItVonte
He’s big, he’s dangerous and he’s looking to knock opponents off their feet. Gardener is an impressive prospect who can handle his responsibilities and even help his teammates with their matchup at the same time. He runs hard and brings an elite combination of power, upper body strength and a natural feel for making technical plays look easy. He has the power to simply fling opponents around but he shows good timing and footwork as well. Although he verbally committed to Florida last year, Gardner has continued to pick up offers from Ole Miss and Marshall. Before his announcement he held offers from UCF, FAU, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Nebraska and Minnesota to name a few.
Ronnie Hayes, 6’1, 270, OC, 2021, Dr Phillips @RonnieTheRonst1
Hayes is a physical center who has wide shoulders and good thickness and strength. He has strong hands as well and can grab a hold of his opponents and keep them locked down and force them to backpedal or go to the ground. He’s listed at 6’1, 270-pounds and brings a lot of energy to each down, looking to push back his opponents as far as he can and make as many tackles and bump as many opponents off their Mark as he can. Hayes shows potential in his game overall given his work ethic and productivity. He recently picked up his first offer from Albany State University and has other programs expressing some interest. Also a standout in the classroom, Hayes has a 3.5 GPA and a 1050 SAT.
Kyjuan Phillips, 6’4, 285, T, 2021, Dr Phillips @KyjuanKp
The Colorado State commit tackle has a rare combination of speed, size and power which helps him excel in open field situations. He’s a solid player who has good size at 6’4, 285-pounds and long strides and a lot of momentum behind him off the line. He is great at creating holes for the run game and can take his opponent completely out of position and out of the way to do any damage. Phillips has a friend that will likely continue to add weight and muscle and he has a high ceiling given his technique and skills and potential as an overall lineman. A player who improves the more you watch him and shows a lot of elite attributes to his game.