Shazier hearing from national powers

DAVIE, Fla. -- Linebacker prospect Ryan Shazier (Plantation, Fla./Plantation) is emerging as a red-hot prospect in recruiting circles and he is building an offer list to back up that claim.

"Florida, Florida State, South Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Oklahoma have offered me," Shazier said. "I think LSU and Texas might come around to offering me. Mississippi State is coming on strong."

The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder plays defensive end for his high school team, but he projects best at linebacker on the collegiate level. He put on a show both during testing (a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and a 10-foot, 4-inch standing broad jump were among the highlights) and the one-on-one portion of the Miami Under Armour Combine on Sunday at the Dolphins Training Facility. He worked out at linebacker during the combine, plays the position for his 7-on-7 team, the South Florida Express and also says he will play the position a good bit next year for Plantation.

"[Colleges] see me at linebacker and some at defensive end," he said. "Most likely, I'm going to be a hybrid type that can play both. Schools are telling me they like my quickness and want to use my quickness at both positions."

There are several things Shazier will consider when he breaks down his college decision.

"I'm looking for a good education, first of all," he said. "Then I'm looking for a school that can best fit me at my position. I also want to go to a team that is doing well and I can help them continue to get better."

There currently is no leader for his services, though the in-state programs have had his attention for some time.

"It's hard to have a favorite right now because there are new schools recruiting me," he said. "I've watched all the Florida teams and they have won National Championships since I was little. I know about them the most,"

Shazier also is interested in the Texas programs, including the University of Texas. He lived in Waco between ages 9-12 while his father was in seminary at Baylor University.

Lawrence ends it

Defensive tackle Nile Lawrence (Davie, Fla./Nova) was one of the top prospects at the event and within 24 hours, he committed to Florida State.

The 6-foot-1, 297-pounder mentioned the Seminoles multiple times prior to departing the facility, so it did not come as a huge surprise.

Florida State gets an outstanding interior defensive line prospect and his strength will not be an issue. He did a combine-high 32 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press. His athleticism also is not in doubt. He ran a 7.65 L-cone and a 4.9 40.

Family tradition

Class of 2012 wide receiver Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely) may have been the top overall prospect at the combine on Sunday. The 6-foot-2, 176-pounder, who is the younger brother of LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, had outstanding testing numbers (4.4 in the 40 and a 6.66 L-cone were among the highlights) and was very good during one-on-ones and seven-on-seven.

He's getting early attention from a number of colleges (and rightfully so). He has one program at the top of his list.

"LSU said they are going to offer me soon," he said. "UCLA also said they are sending an offer on Sept. 1 (the first day high school juniors can receive scholarship offers from Division I programs)."

It's way early for Johnson, but the Tigers do stand out.

"I like the SEC and LSU," he said. "Right now, I am going to try to go and play for Les Miles."

Dorsett has plenty of options

ESPNU 150 Watch List receiver Phillip Dorsett (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) was one of the best prospects in a loaded group of receivers at the combine.

On the recruiting front, he has offers from Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

"I hope that [his performance at the Under Armour Combine] shows people that I am national-level recruit at my position," he said.

One program missing from his offer sheet is the one he grew up pulling for: Miami.

"They have not offered yet, but I think they are going to offer," he said.

There are several things he will be looking for when he goes to make his college decision.

"Early playing time and I want to stay home," he said. "If I had to go far, it wouldn't matter, but I want to stay at home if I can."

He added that he hopes to head to spring games at North Carolina, Miami and Ohio State.

Surprising leader for Williams

Defensive tackle Patrick Williams (Davie, Fla./University) has seen his offer list explode in recent weeks.

"Florida International, Florida State, Wisconsin, UConn, Georgia and Clemson have offered," he said. "I went to Alabama, Georgia and Wisconsin junior days. Alabama caught my attention. With my GPA so high (around a 4.0), I'm big on academics and they also push academics before athletics. It was the same with Georgia. They both really caught my eye. I'm going to go to school to be in law enforcement. I want to be a police officer and their programs are really good in terms of criminal justice."

Williams added that he had developed good relationships with a number of coaches.

"I have developed a good relationship with Jeff Popovich at Florida International," he said. "He really puts his players first as kids. That's what I love because it's just been my mom and me. He's like a father figure that I've never had. [Florida State head coach] Jimbo Fisher is the same way and I like him."

Florida International signed ESPNU 150 safety Willis Wright during the 2010 class and right now is sitting in good shape.

"I would say I have a top three right now. My top three would be FIU first, Georgia and Alabama. I'll probably make my decision on my mom's birthday, Feb.1."

Quick hitters

• Receiver Tacoi Sumler (Miami/Christopher Columbus) holds offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Stanford, Tulane, Florida International, Florida State, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee and others. Right now, he appears to be heading out-of-state. The word around the combine was that Clemson was the strongest player at this point. Sumler ran a 4.35-second 40-yard dash and was dominant during one-on-one drills at the event.

• Safety Gerod Holliman (Miami/Southridge) is getting interest from Miami, Ohio State, Florida State, Kansas State and Florida. His uncle, David Holliman, played for the Hurricanes so if they offer they will be tough to beat. Holliman was impressive at the camp and is even more impressive in pads where his physical play stands out.

• Safety Nick North (Hollywood, Fla./MacArthur) is getting interest from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Florida State, USC, Ole Miss and Miami. North visited Tuscaloosa for a game this past season and enjoyed his experience there. He was a second-team All-Broward selection this past season.

• Athlete Jabari Gorman (Miami, Fla./Monsignor Pace) holds offers from Miami, Tennessee, Wake Forest and LSU, among others. He likes the Hurricanes and also could make an early decision.

• Defensive end Johnathan Harris (Boynton Beach, Fla./Boynton Beach) is still sitting on offers from Miami and South Carolina. The Hurricanes are in good shape here.

• Linebacker Conard Johnson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard) is getting interest from Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Florida State. "I think Wisconsin and Texas A&M are close to offering," he said. "Texas A&M said they were coming back to see me in the spring."

• Illinois, Indiana and Boston College are among the programs showing interest in sure-handed receiver A.J. Sebastiano (Coconut Creek, Fla./North Broward Prep).

Short stuff

Defensive end Ruben Carter (Miami, Fla./Jackson) says that he is getting early interest from Florida International. … Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State and Vanderbilt all are showing interest in defensive tackle Elkino Watson (Miami/Booker T. Washington). His offer list is expected to grow in the coming weeks. Watson was All-Dade County last year and had 16 sacks. … Defensive lineman Disdale Jackson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) mentioned that Wake Forest is currently showing him strong interest.

J.C. Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton contributed to this report.