Impact Players at FHSAA State Finals

The high school season came to a conclusion Saturday night in Orlando after four teams were crowned state champions. Here is a look at eight players that had standout performances this weekend.

Duke Johnson, RB, Norland

It is a VERY short list of players across the country who simply make the play every time they are asked to. In the state of Florida it is just one--Duke. We have watched it for two years in over seven games and he has always been the best player on the field; a field that included Sammy Watkins a year ago. On Friday afternoon he scored five touchdowns and is the unquestioned heart and soul of his team.

The Miami commit made good on his promise to finish this season with a ring. His only loss the last two seasons was in the title game a year ago to a terrific Jefferson team.

It does not matter where he plays in college, he will make an impact at that position. He could be the next Honey Badger or LaMichael James.

Malcolm Lewis, WR, Miramar

Miramar came up just short of their second state title in three years, but Lewis made the best play of the weekend. GREAT CATCH.

A Miami commit, Lewis has good size, speed, and understanding of the game. The Patriot's have produced a steady stream of D-1 receivers the past six years and Lewis compares evenly with all of them. His understanding of the game should make him a player that plays from day one. Miami has a need there and we think he see's the field early.

Former Cane Darnell Jenkins is probably not a bad comparison.

Derrick Calloway, DT, Manatee

Manatee had to replace two great DTs this year after Quinton Pompey and Drakkar Wilson graduated. They did it successfully with Calloway and sophomore DeMarcus Christmas. Calloway stole the show though Friday night by being a constant presence in the backfield. He beat double teams for much of the night.

The 6'1 junior was the key player in the 'Canes shutout victory over First Coast. He already holds a USF offer and you can bet that more will be on the way.

Daniel McMillan, LB, First Coast

One of the lone bright spots for First Coast, McMillan had several plays that were spectacular. The 6'2 junior figures to be one of the most coveted linebackers in the country and he certainly helped his case Friday night.

McMillan has all the tools that you look for in a prospect and that has already gotten him most of the major offers in the Southeast. Look for FSU, Bama, UF, and Miami to be heavily involved.

Ereck Flowers, OT, Norland

The progress that Flowers made from last season to the Spring to the end of this season is just stunning. Essentially he has improved each and every day and now should be considered one of the top offensive linemen in the state. He mauls defenders in the run game and has developed into an elite pass protector.

The Miami commit is blessed with prototype size, athleticism, and a mean disposition on the field. Many schools have tried to court Flowers this season, but he has remained solidly committed.

Cord Sandberg, QB, Manatee

Sandberg saved his best for the last game of the season. He was brilliant Friday night delivering the football on time and running the offense. The junior southpaw is an ideal fit for a spread type offense at the next level and figures to be a QB that generates plenty of interest during the next cycle. It should be remembered that he is an excellent baseball prospect and is on the radar for the MLB draft.

Brion Carnes had a tremendous career at Manatee, but he did not walk away with a state title. Many around the Manatee program felt that Sandberg could lead them to the promised land. He did. He will have a good chance at back to back titles next season. The return of Anthony Lauro is another big piece to the puzzle next year. Lauro was everywhere offensively making plays.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Miami Central

Just a sophomore, we expect to see Cook a ton over the next couple of years. The less heralded of Central's sensational sophomore duo, Cooke made a pair of big plays. He took a handoff for 60+ and also returned a kickoff for a TD seen here: COOK KICKOFF RETURN.

The 5'11 sophomore obviously has the speed to make big plays. He should continue to fill out over the next couple of years.

Matt Jones, RB, Armwood

Jones has several nice runs early in the game, but it was his ability to be a receiver in the passing game that put Armwood over the top. The 6'2, 220 pound Florida commit has a unique skill-set and a world of upside. He looks so comfortable in the passing game and he is a real tough match-up for LBs and DBs.

He has the size to be a power back, but runs with a more finesse style. He played through some injuries as a senior and that is a quality that is much needed in the physical SEC. Jones has been a key player for Armwood for all four years and he has won a lot of games for the Hawk's. It was fitting for him to end his career with a state title.


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