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2019 First Coast Player Rankings: V2.0

By Barry Every
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The latest version eyes expansion from a Top 25 to a Top 30 with five new additions.

It’s been awhile since the initial version of the 2019 First Coast Player Rankings, six months to be exact. The latest version eyes expansion from a Top 25 to a Top 30 with five new additions. Also three previously ranked players see significant upward movement.

The highest new entry belongs to Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin safety Deshaun Davis at #16. Through the first five games of his junior season he has recorded 24 tackles, two PBUs and one TFL. Davis has the length and body structure to project as a linebacker or strong safety, He has recently picked up offers from Troy and UAB.

Coming in at #18 is wide out Jonathan Jones of Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian. In three games this season he has caught eight passes for 228 yards and two scores. Though he currently has no offers, Jones has started to attract serious interest from several FBS schools.

Athletic, versatile offensive lineman are always a hot commodity. Fitting that bill is Orange Park (Fla.) standout Silas Little. Currently he is playing offensive tackle for the Raiders, but has varsity experience at offensive guard. Little makes his entry at #22.

Speaking of versatility, 6-foot-3, 190 Jacksonville (Fl.) Westside athlete Javon Gantt has played receiver, tight end and defensive end for the Wolverines. Though Westside is not known for producing major FBS prospects, they may have one in Gantt who comes in at #23.

Jones is not the lone University Christian athlete to join the First Coast Top 30, safety Uriah Ratliff enters the rankings at #27. Ratliff is a long and lean defender that is not afraid to get physical at the point of attack. The Christians are off to a (5-0) start this season and are currently the #2 ranked team in FHSAA-AA.

Jumping from #11 to #4 is Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian running back Marcus Crowley. Through the first four games he leads the Conquerors in rushing with 348 yards and two scores on 52 carries. His recruiting has really taken off, picking up offers from Georgia, Miami, NC State, Penn State and UCLA.

Baldwin (Fla.) standout offensive lineman Howard Allen moves from #19 to #7. Though the Indians are off to a rough start in 2017 (1-4), that hasn’t stopped college recruiters from making their interest known. Allen has gained offers from Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Also picking up recruiting steam is Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast offensive lineman Kingsley Eguakun. Eguakun projects as a guard at the next level and has garnered offers from Louisville, Miami and UAB.