EE – Early Enrollee – Enrolled in January 2009
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|Aravious “Ray Ray” Armstrong
Defensive Back, 6-4, 215
Sanford, Fla./ Seminole HS
Big physical athlete who played safety and quarterback in high school … Ranked the nation’s No. 13 overall player by Rivals.com and No. 21 rated player by ESPN.com … Helped lead Seminole High School to the 2008 FHSAA Class 6A state championship … Threw for 656 yards and six touchdowns as a senior and also rushed for 562 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry … Added 35 tackles on defense … Threw the game-winning touchdown to teammate in the state title game against Miami Northwestern High School … Four-year starter at Seminole … Participated in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game … Named All-Central Florida Defensive Player of the Year, Orlando Sentinel’s All-Southern team (FL) and The Press Register’s Super Southeast 120 … Had 639 yards passing, three touchdowns and eight interceptions as a junior and over 30 tackles and two picks at safety.
Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 315
Newark, Del./Newark HS
Big and powerful offensive lineman … No. 18 best offensive guard by Scout.com … No. 39 best offensive tackle by Rivals.com … No. 86 best offensive tackle by ESPN.com.
Defensive Lineman, 6-5, 230
Sanford, Fla./Seminole HS
Ranked No. 4 by Rivals.com in the “Quickest First Step” category, and he is rated the nation’s No. 6 weakside defensive end prospect … Ranked No. 145 in ESPN’s top 150 prospects … Very good pass rusher, who had had 13.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and 65 tackles as a junior and 65 tackles and three catches for 46 yards as a senior … Helped lead Seminole High School to the 2008 FHSAA Class 6A state championship … Played in the Under Armour All-American game.
Linebacker, 6-2, 235
Tifton, Ga./Tifton County
Rated the No. 65 weakside defensive end prospect in the nation by Rivals.com … Tallied 120 tackles, two sacks and five forced fumbles at linebacker as a senior … As a junior, played defensive end and had 60 tackles, eight sacks and an interception … All-Class All-State Honorable Mention.
Quarterback, 6-0, 190
Fort Bend, Texas./Hightower HS
Rated No. 24 best quarterback by ESPN.com, No. 47 best quarterback by Scout.com and 87th best QB by Rivals.com … Father Alonzo Highsmith played at Miami from 1983-86 and in the NFL for seven years … Full name is Alonzo Highsmith, Jr … As a senior at Hightower, threw for 2,192 yards with 28 passing touchdowns with just four interceptions and ran for 500 yards and six more TD … Helped lead his team to a 13-1 record in 2008 and an appearance in the Class 5A Division I state championship game … As a junior, threw for 2,400 yards with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and ran for five touchdowns … Passed for 2,300 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions as a sophomore and added four rushing TDs.
Running Back, 5-11, 220
Davenport, Fla./Ridge HS
No. 18 best running back prospect by Scout.com, No. 21 best RB prospect by Rivals.com and No. 33 running back by ESPN.com … Named The Ledger’s All County First Team running back … Press Register’s Super Southeast 120 … FSWA Third Team All-State Honorable Mention …Ran for 1,200 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior … Rushed 198 times for 1,108 yards with 15 touchdowns as a junior and had four receiving touchdowns.
Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 304
Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy/St. Thomas Aquinas HS
Enrolled at UM in January … Rated No. 1 Prep School Offensive Lineman by Rivals.com in 2008 … Played both offensive tackle position in prep school at Hargrave in 2007 … Did not play football this past season … Only played football as a senior, spending his first three years of high school as a basketball standout … Ranked 94th in the Florida Top 100 by Rivals.com … Slated as the No. 52 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by ESPN.com.
Defensive Back, 6-3, 195
Norcross, Ga./Norcross HS
Rated the No. 5 best cornerback by ESPN.com, No. 22 best athlete by Rivals.com and 37th best safety by Scout.com, Ranked No. 52 among the ESPNU Top 150 … Played receiver as a senior and caught 32 passes for 632 yards and four touchdowns … Selected Gwinnett All-County, CSS Atlanta All-Chevy Football First Team, Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120 … Played in the Under Armour All-Star Game … As a junior, recorded 59 tackles with two tackles and caught seven passes for 74 yards … Selected honorable all-state as a sophomore.
Defensive Back, 5-11, 180
Plantation, Fla./Plantation HS
Enrolled in January … One of the top cornerback prospects in the country who has great speed… Rated No. 10 best cornerback by Rivals.com and the No. 92 prospect in the nation, regardless of position, by Rivals.com … Finished his senior year with 31 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and forced fumble …Also had 300 receiving yards … As a junior, played quarterback in seven games and threw for 1,100 passing yards with 13 touchdowns while also rushing for 450 yards and touchdowns … Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Named first team All-Broward County by the Miami Herald.
Running Back, 5-11, 205
Miami, Fla./Killian HS
Ranked the No. 80 prospect in the nation, regardless of position, by Rivals.com, No. 10 ranked running back by Rivals.com, No. 12 running back by ESPN.com and No. 7 RB by Scout.com … Parade All-American … No. 119 best player among the ESPNU Top 150 … Named first team all-state by the Florida Sportswriters Association … Led Dade County in rushing as senior rushing 217 times for 1,749 yards and 22 touchdowns … As a junior, rushed 154 times for 1,126 yards with 12 scores … Named Orlando Sentinel All-Southern (FL), and Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120.
Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 250
Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS
Rated the No. 48th best tight end by Scout.com but projected as an offensive lineman at UM … Played on the defensive side of the ball as a senior at Fort Myers and recorded 49 tackle with four sacks and three fumble recoveries … Caught nine passes for 150 yards and one touchdown as a junior Canton (Ga.) Sequoyah HS.
Defensive Lineman, 6-0, 344
Charlotte, N.C./Victory Christian HS
Enrolled at UM in January … Finished his senior season with 50 tackles and 10 sacks … Rated the No. 54th best defensive tackle by Rivals.com, No. 19th best defensive tackle by ESPN.com and 61st best tackle by Scout.com … Coached by Frank Crockett … Played offensive line before moving to defensive tackle as a senior.
Defensive Back, 6-1, 175
Mayo, Fla./Lafayette HS
No. 80 among the ESPNU Top 150 prospects nationally … Ranked No. 17 best athlete by Rivals.com #17 , No. 6 best athlete by ESPN.com and No. 10 best cornerback by Scout.com … Caught 49 passes for 1,224 yards (25 average) and 17 touchdowns and recorded 68 tackles and six interceptions on defense returning one for a touchdown as a senior … . Named the Gainesville Sun’s 1B-2A Offensive Player of the Year … Mobile Press Register’s Super Southeast 120 … Selected to the Under Armour All-American Game where he caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown … One of the state’s top two-way players in 2007, when he was a first team All-State pick as a junior catching 42 passes for 1,013 yards (24.1 average), 15 touchdowns and had 10 picks on defense … As a sophomore, had 56 catches for 1,072 yards and 17 touchdowns … Lafayette’s all-time leading receiver … Class 1A All-State First Team.
Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 281
Fort Pierce, Fla./Westwood HS
Recorded 71 tackles, 12 sacks, one tackle for loss and one interception as a senior at Westwood and also started along the offensive line … Named All-Area first team defense as a senior… Named to the Mobile Press Register’s Super Southeast 120 … Named as a first team All-Area … Ranked by Rivals.com as the 18th best defensive tackle and the 37th best player in the state of Florida for the class of 2009 … Rated by Scout.com as the 39th best defensive tackle for the class of 2009 … Earned Defensive Line MVP honors in the 2008 Nike Camp in Gainesville … Class 4A All-State First Team.
Tight End, 6-4, 235
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho/Lake City HS
Ranked No. 17 best tight end by Scout.com and No. 26 best defensive end prospect by ESPN.com … 17th best tight end prospect by the Tom Lemming Recruiting Report … Sixth ranked tight end in the west by Scout.com … fifth ranked player in the Arizona as a junior by Scout.com … Top ranked player in Idaho following the 2008 season … As a junior, caught three passes and had one touchdown and recorded 76 tackles which included nine sacks, one interception, two caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries … As a senior, he recorded 86 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense. He had 31 receptions and three touchdowns … Class 5A All-State Second Team … Lettered three seasons at 5A1 Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona and 5A1 Lake City High School in Couer d’Alene, Idaho … Played tight end, defensive end and long snapper. … Helped lead Brophy Prep to two 5A1 State Championships and helped lead Lake City to the state playoffs … Earned all-state and all-region honors after his junior and senior seasons.
Defensive Lineman, 6-2, 250
Miami, Fla./American HS
Enrolled in January … No. 9 best defensive end prospect according to Scout.com and Rivals.com and No. 16 defensive end by ESPN.com … As a sophomore, picked up 42 tackles and seven sacks, and as a junior year recorded 52 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 21 tackles for losses and three fumble recoveries.
Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 354
Miami, Fla./Milford (N.Y.) Academy/Northwestern HS
Enrolled at UM in January … Talented offensive lineman, who signed with Miami out of Northwestern HS in 2008 and spent this past fall at Milford (N.Y.) Academy … Played his first three years at Edison HS Finished his high school career playing for the state and national champions Northwestern … ranked by Rivals.com as the 2nd best prep school player in the class of 2009 Ranked as the No. 4 guard in the nation, the No. 25 player in Florida and the No. 147 player in the nation by Rivals.com out of high school. Rated as the No. 14 guard in the country and the No. 43 player in Florida by Scout.com and No. 11 guard by ESPN out of high school … Selected to the PrepStar All-Southeast Region team … Named All-State by the Florida Sportswriters Association … Ranked No. 12 on the Miami Herald South Florida Top 25.
Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 305
Miami, Fla./American Heritage HS
Four-year starter at left tackle at American Heritage …Projects as a guard on the college level and is ranked by Rivals.com as the 43rd best guard in the class of 2009 … Scout.com ranks Wheeler as the 21st best guard in the country … Maintains a 4.2 grade-point average … Class 2A All-State Second Team.
Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 235
Orange Park, Fla./Fleming Island HS
Rated the No. 25 best tight end in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 79 offensive tackle by Scout.com … Very athletic lineman who runs well … Played both tight end and defensive end. Coached by Neal Chipoletti … Named first team All-First Coast by the Jacksonville Sun.