While you can find out just so much about watching film on an athlete or talking to him on the phone, there is a major advantage to seeing the athlete live. I have been fortunate to see more high school football players in person in the state of Florida than any other source.
What I will do is use my 30 plus years of evaluating talent on the football field to give up a complete opinion on the top football players in the Class of 2005.
I hope you enjoy this rare look into the football players in the state from a firsthand:
SCHOOL: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
www.floridakids.us PRE-SPRING RATING: Not Rated
THE SCOOP ON THIS FLORIDA KID:Kickers are never spotlighted early in the recruiting season – unless the kicker happens to be a nationally-rated product. This is one who could be as good as any in the country.
EVALUATION: As we find out by reading some outrageous rankings by recruiting sites, rankings are purely subjective, so it's probably better that you see these players for yourself and you can be the judge. When it comes to rating a kicker, it is always better to do so in person. That way you can hear the pop coming off of the ball for yourself.
Here is one of those kickers who has a bright future ahead of him. Watching him a year ago at Plantation American Heritage, you could tell this is one of those kickers who will play at a high level for a long time. He is also quite athletic, which adds to this already big time package."
THE INSIDE STORY: After watching up to 15 kickers who have played in the National Football League at the high school level, you can easily get a grasp on which ones you see at at this level who will continue on. Here is one of them!
COACHED BY:George Smith