Scout's Take: The Venice Pair

Florida picked up commitments from a senior and junior out of Venice High School on Monday and Scout breaks down the future Gators here.

Venice is becoming a pipeline for Florida and Scout breaks down the 2011 and 2012 prospects that commitment to Urban Meyer on Monday in this edition of Scout's Take.

Breaking Down the New Gator Commitments
Clay Burton – 6-4/240 - DE – Venice (FL) - 2011
Scout's Take: Burton is a player that gives his all play after play on the football field. He has a very good head on his shoulders, he plays the game smart, and he is very coachable. His size is there. He has a good frame, he has a good mix of strength and athleticism, and he is solid against the run and he pursues the ball well. The biggest area for improvement is his first step off the ball and just becoming player that explodes as soon as the ball is snapped. He is sound fundamentally and he understands the position, so he will be a contributor at UF, but if he improves his speed and explosiveness, he could become a real difference maker.
Omari Phillips – 6-6/270 – OL/DL – Venice (FL) – 2012
Scout's Take: Phillips is a lineman that plays both ways in high school and it looks like Florida could give him a shot on both sides of the ball when he gets to Gainesville. In my eyes, he is a true offensive tackle. On the defensive side of the ball, his size helps him now and he has good agility for a big man, but he plays high, he doesn't play with leverage, and he has unlimited potential on the offensive side of the ball. He athleticism is solid for a college DL, but outstanding for a college offensive tackle. He has the long arms you look for, he plays light on his feet, he has shown a nice side-kick in pass protection, and once he adds some weight and gets stronger, he would be ready to compete at The Swamp. Phillips could be a special offensive tackle on the next level if he applies himself.
Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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