Recruiting: Glades Central OT Nonar vs. Pace DE Stewart among Week 10's top matchups

Jon Santucci
Palm Beach Post

Ja’Kavion Nonar going up against Shemar Stewart looks like it should be taking place on a basketball court, not the football field.

Nonar, Glades Central’s senior offensive tackle, is 6-foot-7, 285 pounds. Stewart, Monsignor Pace’s highly coveted defensive end, is 6-foot-6, 265 pounds.

And while both Nonar and Stewart play basketball, their college future is on the gridiron.

The two will take center stage Friday when Glades Central hosts Monsignor Pace.

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Nonar, who saw his recruiting take off during the summer, announced his committed to Maryland on Thursday morning. He also had offers from Florida, Pitt and others.

When asked about Ja'Kavion Nonar, Glades Central head coach Rashad Jackson said the OT "invests. He goes all in to the game. He's going to get what he pours into it and make a lot of money one day."

Stewart is ranked No. 3 on the USA Today Florida Network’s midseason top 100. The edge rusher can get into the backfield in a hurry and also can set the edge in the run game.

Nonar vs. Stewart is one of several individual matchups featuring top recruits on Friday night.

Auburn (Alabama) 2023 C Bradyn Joiner vs. IMG 2022 DL Bear Alexander

Two of the nation’s premier high school interior linemen face off in this one. Joiner is ranked the No. 1 junior center and the No. 9 overall recruit in Alabama by Rivals. The 6-foot-1, 330-pounder has more than 30 offers, including Georgia, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Alexander, the No. 6 player on the USA Today Florida Network’s midseason top 100, verbally committed to Georgia last week. The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Alexander is an absolute force and gets in the backfield in a hurry.  

Amari Niblack, an athlete from Lakewood High School in Clearwater, Florida.

Lakewood WR Amari Niblack vs. Chaminade-Madonna 2022 CB Ryan Turner

Niblack, an Alabama commit, is one of the elite skill position players in the class of 2022. The 6-foot-5 pass catcher is No. 34 on the USA Today midseason top 100. He had a career game against Hardee on Oct. 15, catching seven passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Turner, an Ohio State commit, is No. 32 on the USA Today midseason top 100. The 6-foot-180-pounder is outstanding in coverage and is a physical tackler.

Cardinal Newman running back Tovani Mizell (left) goes over the Crusaders' game plan with QB Davi Belfort (right) at Keiser University's 7-on-7 tournament in July.

Cardinal Newman 2024 RB Tovani Mizell vs. Gulliver Prep 2022 LB Travious Lathan

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Mizell has been a difference-maker both as a runner and a receiver this season. He’s rushed for 459 yards and a team-high six touchdowns and also is second on the team with 23 catches for 329 yards and five scores. Mizell’s offers include Arkansas, Cincinnati, Pitt and Texas A&M. Lathan, a West Virginia commit, is a linebacker who can come downhill in the run game but also has the athleticism to drop in coverage and play in space. Lathan is No. 28 on the USA Today Florida Network’s midseason top 100.

Sandalwood's quarterback (15) Christopher Calhoun tries to get away from Gainesville Buchholtz' (8) Ej Gadson during first quarter action. Jacksonville's Sandalwood H.S. hosted Gainesville Buchholtz at Sandalwood Friday, September 3, 2021.

Sandalwood 2022 QB Christopher Calhoun vs. Bartram Trail 2022 DL Segree Graham

Calhoun, a UConn commit, is a dual-threat who can already has rushed for 1,054 yards and a team-high 12 scores and thrown for 701 yards and six touchdowns. Calhoun is averaging 131.8 yards per game and an impressive 8.8 yards per carry. Graham, the No. 91 player on the USA Today midseason top 100, is committed to Cincinnati. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder had a sack against Oakleaf last week.

Miami Palmetto 2022 WR Mike Jackson Jr. vs. Columbus 2022 CB Ken Moore Jr.

Jackson had a big game against Columbus when the two teams met earlier this year, catching a key second-quarter pass that lead to the lone touchdown of the game and coming up with an interception on the final play of the game. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound receiver has narrowed his finalists to Appalachian State, Louisville and West Virginia. Moore, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound defensive back, is verbally committed to Utah State.

Additional matchups featuring top recruits that are worth the price of admission

Riverview's Jaron Glover (4) tries to work his way downfield against the defense of Palmetto's Jake Rewis (44) during Friday night action at Riverview High School. MATT HOUSTON/HERALD-TRIBUNE

Sarasota-Riverview 2022 WR Jaron Glover vs. Venice 2023 DB Elliot Washington

Hillsborough 2022 RB Jordaan Bailey vs .Gaither 2022 DE Mario Eugenio 

Stranahan 2023 WR Hykeem Williams vs. Plantation-American Heritage 2022 CB Earl Little Jr. 

Bolles 2022 RB Kade Frew vs. TRU Prep 2022 LB Hayward McQueen 

Bonus: Additional games with a lot of recruiting talent 

Nease tight end Grant Stevens, left, poses with UCF head coach Gus Malzahn on his official visit.

Gadsden County vs. Mosley 

Oakleaf vs. Creekside

Vero Beach vs. Fort Pierce Central 

St. Lucie West Centennial vs. Treasure Coast 

Merritt Island vs. Satellite

Nease vs. Fleming Island

Plantation vs. Dillard

Armwood vs. Wharton