Scout's Notebook: USA Classic

Three of the best teams in Florida took on three excellent out of state teams on Saturday in the USA Classic. The Florida teams, as expected, went 3-0 and Scout was on hand for all three games. Read on for the report.

Glades Central:
The best prospect on the field for the Raiders was 2011 WR Kelvin Benjamin. At 6-5 and 210, he's a big presence and is very talented. You can see the upside. He wasn't a major factor in this game, however, catching only a few balls. Dallas Skyline's DBs, including Oklahoma commit Frank Shannon, did a nice job against him. Benjamin currently favors Florida slightly over Florida State. DE Robert Way was active on special teams (he kept 5-star Anthony Wallace down for a minute) with bone crushing blocks. He showed lots of speed and athleticism on defense. The question for him will be how well he can adjust to playing in space in college. He has several offers and is GC's best 2011 prospect on defense. WR/DB Jaime Wilson looks like GC's best prospect for 2012. He has no offers yet but will likely be a BCS caliber prospect next year.

Glades Day:
The best player on the field was clearly 2013 RB Kelvin Taylor. At 5-9 and about 215, Taylor was getting big chunks of yardage and showed the ability to pound the football between the tackles - something he did so well last season when they won a state title. He looks like a major prospect for the 2013 class. Miami and Florida have the early edge, he says. The top two senior prospects are cornerbacks Eaton Spence and J.T. Thornton. Spence is likely going to commit to Illinois soon. He's also a very good receiver. Thornton has a Western Michigan offer but could sneak in some BCS offers this year.

They've now won 25 straight games and they're the 2-time defending state champs. They had to replace a bunch of starters, especially on defense, but they're as well-coached as any team in Florida. The best 2011 prospect is RB Chevelle Buie, a Rutgers commit. He wasn't able to break any big ones like normal but he showed off excellent speed to the outside and he's always a threat. 2011 corner Rick Rivers was probably the MVP. He caught one of their two touchdowns and had a key interception late in the game. At 6-feet, he has ideal height for a corner. He played D-End as a sophomore and OLB as a junior. He has offers from FIU and FAU but he'll get more if he keeps playing like that. 2013 RB Tarean Folston (5-10/185) played very well and looks like a major college prospect for the future.

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