State Title Games: Five for Future

The state's second championship weekend saw Tampa Jefferson(3A), Tallahassee Lincoln(4A), St. Thomas Aquinas(5A), and Miami Central(6A) walk away with titles. SunStateFootball.com was at the event and has the top 5 underclassmen of the weekend.

1. Duke Johnson, RB/CB, 2012, Miami Norland

Even playing with turf toe could not keep Johnson from making plays. He had eight carries for 135 yards and a score while also making a huge interception on defense. This is nothing new for Johnson as he has done it all year. At 5'9.5, 185 the Miami commit is going to get looks on both sides of the ball. His running style reminds me of Clinton Portis, while on defense he seems to possess elite instincts.


Coppet delivered a 93 yard run at the end of the first half that changed momentum
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2. Frederick Coppet, RB, 2013, St. Thomas

There has been a lot of buzz around the Raider program about this young running back and he delivered on Friday night with a pair of long runs. Coppet has deep speed coupled with explosion. He caught two balls in the passing game as well showing the athleticism that you want to see. It is early and Coppet will need to add size over the next two years, but he appears to be yet another top 2013 RB in the state of Florida.

3. Matt Jones, RB, 2012, Armwood

Jones had 19 carries for 147 yards and TD while getting virtually all of his teams receiving yards(51). Basically he was the offense for the Hawk's on Saturday. Jones is well known on the recruiting trail and is expected to receive most of the high BCS offers across the country. At 6'2, 215 he is more athlete than running back mostly because he has rare skills as a receiver. He could be a TE/HB down the road. Bottom line, he is a big athlete that has the tools to be a heck of a player.

4. Deatrick Nichols, CB, 2014, Miami Central

On a team laden with seniors(and D-1 prospects) there was a freshmen starting on the corner. Watching the telecast you probably would not know he was there. That is a good thing on the corner; Dr. Phillips had a lot of success on the other side, but hardly challenged this talented freshmen....and that speaks volumes. He already possesses good size at 5'9, his future looks extremely bright.

5. Keith Brown, LB, 2012, Miami Norland

On the weekend, no one logged as many as Brown's 11 tackles. He is an early commit to Miami along with this team mate Johnson(above). There is little question that Brown has the tools to be great; at 6'2, 205 he can run like the wind with an excellent build. He missed the early part of the season and played his ball down the stretch.

Others of Note: WR Austin Aikens(3-89), DL Teko Powell(4 tackles), OLB James Hearns(3 tackles, 2 for loss)

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