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2018 First Coast Player Rankings: V4.0

By Barry Every
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Five new names have been added extending the rankings to a Top 60.

It’s been over two months since we updated the First Coast Player Rankings for the class of 2018. New to this version is a column tracking verbal commitments.

Expansion also takes place, as five new names have been added extending the rankings to a Top 60. Each new addition is bolded.

Currently there are 16 athletes committed to FBS colleges; six of the Top Ten have made their intentions known. Charlie Strong and his South Florida Bulls have left their footprint on the region gaining four verbal commitments. They are followed by Virginia Tech (2) and Liberty (2). Miami is the only member of the Big Three to secure a commitment from the Greater Jacksonville area.

The highest new entry belongs to St. Johns (Fla.) Creekside receiver JT Wood, coming in at #39. Last year as junior he recorded 40 catches for 565 yards and three scores. What’s amazing is the fact that his school has not won a single game over the last two years, but Liberty University was still able to recognize his abilities while gaining his commitment.

Coming in at #42 is Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles corner Isaiah Morris. Morris was a pivotal player in the Bulldogs (12-1) season a year ago. He recently picked up an offer from Army.

Making the biggest jump in the rankings is defensive end Rushton Roberts of Bolles. The Colorado State commit moves from #41 to #32.

Finally, someone recognized the production and length of Ponte Vedra (Fla.) linebacker Duncan Van Kouteren. Last season he led the sharks in total tackles while leading them to an appearance in the FHSA 5A State Championship Game. Van Kouteren made a huge commitment to West Point.

Safety Devon Matthews of Jacksonville (Fla.) Ribault continues to rise up the charts, jumping seven spots to #21. Matthews recently gave USF his pledge choosing the Bulls over 12 other FBS programs.

Another defender to keep an eye on his Bartram Trail (Fla.) linebacker Johnny Amell. As junior he ended the season as the Bears second leading tackler. His hard work has finally paid off picking up offers from Army, Bowling Green State, Colorado State, Marshall and Navy. He jumps six spots to #29.