Sunshine State Weekly Wrap – 247Sports
247Sports brings you the latest news and notes from around the state of Florida.
— 247Sports decided to make Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere a five-star after seeing that his play on Friday night backed what we had been hearing for months from college sources. Petit-Frere has an athletic 6-foot-6, 280-pound build with nimble feet and plays with aggression. I believe he is the clear No. 1 offensive lineman in Florida this recruiting cycle.
In recent years, current Miami Dolphin and former Ole Miss Rebel Laremy Tunsil of Lake City (Fla.) Columbia is the gold standard to which all Sunshine State offensive linemen are graded against. Since Tunsil came out in 2013, the next two that appeared to be in the same league from a talent standpoint was Martez Ivey in 2015 and Alex Leatherwood in 2017.
Petit-Frere is similar to Ivey in terms of physical build and excelling at pulling. Leatherwood made his name by stuffing elite defensive lineman after elite defensive lineman at various different camps as well as the Under Armour All-American game. Petit-Frere did not hit the camp circuit and will likely not face an elite defensive lineman all fall. We will have to wait until January to see Petit-Frere truly be tested at the Under Armour All-American game. It will be then when we fully grasp his status among some of the best.
As far as recruiting, Petit-Frere is not tipping his hand on who is in the hunt, but Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, and Notre Dame are considered teams that have a chance.
— Miami (Fla.) Central running back James Cook might not be as explosive or have the elite top-end speed of his brother, former Florida State Seminole and current Minnesota Viking Dalvin Cook, but the younger