Sunshine State star sleepers

Two terrific 2013 talents are still seeking that oft-elusive initial college offer: QB Vidal Woodruff out of Tampa Carrollwood Day and Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest safety/receiver Allen Dawson. Get full details on the duo inside...FREE

  • PART I

    Vidal Woodruff might be getting near his first offer.

    "FAU and Air Force are interested and I'm planning to take officials to both," the 6-2, 220-pounder said. "FAU came to our school recently and said they like my size and my highlight film."

    Woodruff has the body-type and athletic skills to play several next-level positions if necessary, but says the Owls and Falcons both want him to stay at signal-caller.

    "Air Force basically said the same thing as FAU," he recalled. "They like my athleticism and feel I would do good running and passing in their offense."

    Woodruff was largely-responsible for Carrollwood Day's 10-2 season, completing greater than 61% of his passes for 1,652 yards with 25 touchdowns (vs. eight picks).

    He was also second on the team in rushing and accounted for seven scores via the ground.

    The senior was red-hot in his squad's 56-35 shootout victory vs. Bradenton Christian, connecting on 10-of-12 throws for 329 yards and five TDs. Woodruff also ran for six points in that game.

    The Patriots reached round two of the state Class 2A playoffs (lost to First Baptist Academy).

    "My position strength is my smarts," Woodruff said. "I make very good decisions. I pride myself in protecting the ball well, and driving the ball well."


    Moving from Florida's west coast with Woodruff to the east in Fort Lauderdale, there's a second stud sleeper to watch at Pine Crest: DB/WR Allen Dawson.

    "I've been talking to UConn and they're supposed to get back with me after the head coach is shown my film," said Dawson, who accounted for 50 tackles and three interceptions for 9-2 Pine Crest.

    "I'm getting a lot of interest from military schools Navy and West Point. My head coach has been talking to the service academies. I'm in the process of finishing my applications. I have a 3.2 grade point average and just took the ACT."

    Although Dawson delayed the ACT until now, he fully expects to pass with flying colors.

    "Pine Crest is a private school that's a really good academic school," he said.

    Dawson's strengths?

    "I'm very good at reading the quarterback," he replied. "I cover ground really fast with 4.55 speed, and I'm not afraid to come uphill and lay down a big hit. I'm very physical at the point of attack."

    Dawson, shown below, says UCLA is a dream school.

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