Varsity Preps

The Sunshine State Report, Edition I

Varsity Preps presents the Sunshine State Report, a look deeper into the talent pool available in the state of Florida. In this report, we’ll cover players capable of playing major college football from Pensacola to Key West, from Ft. Myers to Jacksonville, the Sunshine State Report will be a weekly feature that highlights three prep players ready to make an impact on the Division I level.

Anthony Wint, 2014 OLB, Homestead High

Homestead, FL

HT: 5’11 WT: 220 40-YD: 4.79

Anthony Wint registered 126 tackles and two sacks as a junior starter for the Broncos. Just yesterday, he collected his first verbal offer from Western Kentucky.

He reports Miami and Duke have also expressed interest. “The Hurricanes have been sending me letters since my sophomore year and I attended a Junior Day several weeks ago. I liked campus, the environment, so I really enjoyed my visit. The coaches talked about their plans and it excited me,” he said. “The Duke staff is interested, I’ve had a few conversations with them. They’re waiting on test scores before they move into the next phase of the process.”

Camps: “Miami, Florida St., maybe a few others.”

#1 factor when choosing a program: “It’s going to be based on my chemistry with the coaches and how I feel about the program. Academics will be big for me because my mom wants me to get a good education.”

Strengths: “I’m a leader and good open-field tackler.”

Coach Warren’s Assessment: He tackles really well. He has good instincts and makes a lot of plays in the backfield. He’s a playmaker. If he was 6’1, he’d have 10-15 offers. He takes correct angles which is good to see from a player his age; that’s very encouraging. I’d like to see him sit back and play a more traditional middle linebacker. I could see him being offered by FIU, FAU, or UCF possibly.

Mario Mezier, 2014 ATH, Homestead High

Homestead, FL

HT: 5’10 WT: 178 40-YD: 4.5

Mario Mezier picked up his first offer from Western Kentucky yesterday. He stars at wideout and running back on offense, and corner and safety on defense for the Homestead Broncos.

Mezier reports interest from FIU, FSU, and Missouri. “All three programs want me to camp. Missouri is sending me a lot of mail.”

JrDays: “UCF, FSU, FIU and Miami invited me. I really enjoyed Miami, they had a lot of hype, I feel good about what they’re doing.”

Camps: “Miami, FSU, Georgia, and hopefully Tennessee.”

#1 factor when choosing a program: “I’ll attend wherever I feel most comfortable and where I feel most wanted.”

Strength: “My quickness, hand-eye coordination, and my release are my strengths on offense. I can get open on anyone. On defense, I’m patient, focused, aggressive, and I refuse to let anyone catch passes on me.”

Coach Warren ‘s Assessment: Mario is an athlete. He owns deceptive speed and runs well, has good vision. He’s a playmaker that needs the ball in his hands. I feel he’ll he could be offered by FAU, FIU, USF, or UCF.

Malcolm Vandergraff, 2014 DB/WR, Killian High

Kendall, FL

HT: 6’1 WT: 180 40-YD: 4.5

Malcolm Vandergraff is a physical, possession wide receiver that will also play corner next season. He’s receiving interest from Ole Miss, FSU, and Marshall. “The mail is mostly inviting me to camp, telling me how their program is,” he said. “West Virginia and Marshall stopped by practice last week.”

Camps: Alabama, Ole Miss, FSU, and maybe Miami.”

Visits: “I visited UCF; they have nice facilities. I also visited FAU, I really like their staff and facilities, really enjoyed my visit.”

Offseason workouts: “I’ve been playing with Team Hardknocks. I’ve been working on my footwork, ball and coverage skills at defensive back. I feel that playing the 7-on-7s has helped me improve as an overall player.”

#1 factor when choosing a program: “I’m looking for a family atmosphere and where it feels most comfortable.”

Individual goals for 2013: “I want to make All-Dade, first team. I want to catch 50 passes and score 10 touchdowns.”

Coach Warren’s Assessment: He’s a good possession receiver with decent speed. He has good ball skills and is an impressive blocker. I see him fitting in at a program in Conference USA or the Sun Belt.