Florida grads tearing it up in college

Former Florida prep stars are dominating in the college ranks. That's nothing new, but it's impressive to see how quickly today's high school stars become tomorrow's college standouts. Here are just a handful of examples:

Marlin Lane

High School: Mainland (Daytona Beach)

Class: 2011

College: Tennessee

Lane did it all in the Vols' rout of Montana on Sept. 3, with 10 carries, two catches, four returns and two touchdowns.

Ricardo Allen

High School: Mainland (Daytona Beach)

Class: 2010

College: Purdue

Lane's old teammate secured a 27-24 Purdue win over Middle Tennessee State by blocking a 47-yard field goal try by another former Florida star: Alan Gendreau, who appeared on the cover of ESPNHS Magazine for his soccer exploits at Orangewood Christian.

Denard Robinson

High School: Deerfield Beach

Class: 2010

College: Michigan

"Shoelace" was the front-runner for the Heisman last year before injuries and losses derailed his campaign. Robinson will get less carries with Rich Rodriguez and his offense banished from Ann Arbor, but he's still efficient: He was 9-of-13 for 98 yards and ran for another 48 in the team's Week 1 win.

Jeff Godfrey

High School: Miami Central

Class: 2010

College: Central Florida

After leading UCF to a conference championship and a bowl win last year, expectations are high for Godfrey and the Knights this season. The sophomore signal-caller did not disappoint in a 62-o drubbing of Charleston Southern on Sept. 3, rushing for 46 yards and three touchdowns and finishing 6-of-1o for 100 passing yards.

Greg Dent

High School: Glades Central (Belle Glade)

Class: 2010

College: Florida State

Dent made his lone catch in FSU's Week 1 win over Louisiana-Monroe count, taking it 50 yards to pay dirt. Nols' freshman Kelvin Benjamin, another Central alum, did not play and could redshirt this season.

Sammy Watkins

High school: South Fort Myers

Class: 2011

College: Clemson

Watkins had seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' 43-19 win over Troy on Sept. 3.

Mike Bellamy

High School: Charlotte (Punta Gorda)

Class: 2011

College: Clemson

Bellamy, who for a short time held the Florida high school record for career rushing touchdowns (110), showed Saturday that he can still find the end zone in college. He had three carries for 81 yards, highlighted by a 75-yard TD scamper. He also three kickoff returns and a punt return.

Watkins (No. 39), Bellamy (72) and Lane (134) were rated among the nation's best players in last year's ESPNU 150. To see how the Florida players this year's 150 fared, click here.