The Gator's have a Seminole running the ball in FSU commit Mario Pender. The 5'11, 200 pound senior showed why he is one of the top 5 running backs in the country. He ran for 161 yards on just six carries including two jaw-dropping runs. Pender possesses the size, speed, and strength to be an every down feature back at the high BCS level. After running for 13+ yards per carry as a junior, he is poised to better that in his senior season after gaining 15 pounds of muscle.
A lot of the ultimate success of the team will come down to Mike Dumas. The 6'2 QB/DB is the captain of the Wing-T offense and he had several nice runs in this one. He projects to CB where his height and length give him a high ceiling down the road.
The rest of the senior class is a strong one with E.K. Binns, Willie Fleming, Louis King, Torreon Madison, and Parker Cauble. Binns provides the beef on both lines. At 6'3, 290, Binns is an excellent student and it shows on the field. He projects to OG or OC at the next level. Fleming is an outstanding player. He is always around the football from his MLB spot and delivered several big shots in this one. He will also get plenty of carries where he is a tough inside runner.
King might be the strongest player on the team and he certainly wins the pound for pound award. He is another LB/RB, but will project to perhaps safety in college. He plays with a lot of passion. Madison is a steady performer in the secondary, he has good college size at 5'11, 185. Cauble lacks ideal size, but is one of the best blockers in the state. His technique is terrific and he plays hard to the whistle. He is a player who could get some looks as a FB.
There is plenty of underclassmen talent starting with 2013 RB T.J. Johnson. Johnson has legit 4.4 speed and is a big play waiting to happen. He was stopped in this one rushing the ball, but made a pair of great catches and impacted special teams. Getting him the ball in space should be a priority. Johnson also played CB and did a nice job in coverage. Miami and several other BCS schools are keeping a close eye on him. Vincent Green is another junior that plays both ways. The 5'10, 175 pound WR/CB is another player with plus speed. He looks like he will be the big play threat on the outside.
Sophomore Lamar Dumas made a statement on Friday night. He made a case for one of the starting spots at Safety with a high effort performance. Dumas showed that he would fill in the alley and deliver some big shots. He has a D-1 future. The freshmen class was represented by Trey Boyd. He was yet another player that logged time both ways, the 5'10, 180 pounder played FB and Safety. Boyd is the younger brother of Spencer who is at USF. He put on a show at the Army Combine for 8th graders a year ago and figures to be a big part of this talented team even as a freshmen.
Island Coast made a big move up in class to 6A(the old 4A). They were 2B a year ago. Despite the school not being around very long, they have assembled a very talented group of kids. The first test will be to get out of a seven team district that includes local powers South Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers, North Ft. Myers, and Riverdale. With Pender and the weapons on offense, they are capable of beating anyone in the state.