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2019 First Coast Player Rankings: V3.0

By Barry Every
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There are six new names in Version 3.0 of the 2019 First Coast Player Rankings.

There are six new names in Version 3.0 of the 2019 First Coast Player Rankings. So expansion goes from a Top 30 to a Top 36. The Top Ten players held serve with Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher wide out Jeremiah Payton still holding down the top spot. Payton already has a dozen Power-5 offers. All new names in the updated rankings are bolded.

The highest new entry belongs to dual-threat signal caller Cameron Sapp of Jacksonville (Fla.) Terry Parker. Sapp possesses a deadly combination of superior arm strength and athleticism. He currently holds an offer from FIU. He makes his entry at #11.

Coming in at #21 is Mr. Do-It-All Tahveon Nicholson of Jacksonville (Fla.) Lee. This past season he caught 24 passes for 398 yards and seven scores while rushing the ball 21 times for two touchdowns. He also recorded 11 tackles, one INT and returned a punt for score. This whirling dervish recently picked up an offer from Troy.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines currently sits (12-1) and is scheduled to play Cocoa (Fla.) in the FHSA-4A State Championship. One of the players paving the way is left offensive tackle Bryant Maddox; who makes his entry at #25. This athletic lineman most likely projects as a guard or center at the next level.

Long rangy safeties with superior ball skills are always a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. Fitting that mold is Jacksonville (Fla.) Ribault defensive back Jalen Gaines. Gaines was part of a defensive unit that held its District opponents to just eight points per contest. He comes in at #27.

Right on his heels at #28 is dynamic athlete Darian Oxendine of St. Augustine (Fla.) Menendez. Oxendine accounted for 1,715 all-purpose yards while passing for an additional 510 yards. In 11 games he accounted for 18 touchdowns.

Jacksonville (Fla.) Creekside went (5-6) this past season after not winning a single game over the previous two seasons. One of the key members of this astonishing turnaround was signal caller Tai Lavatai. Just this week he earned his first offer, Jacksonville University. Lavatai comes in at #34.

The 2019 First Coast Player Rankings will be updated again after National Signing Day in February.