Starting with the defensive side of the ball, there were a number of stand-outs. 2014 prospect Quincy Wilson was the best player on the field. The University School Safety has all the tools to be special. His physicality in 1on1's was second to none and this is a player with great length. He will be one of the most heavily recruited players in the state for the next cycle.
Sojourn Shelton, Rashard Robinson, Roman Tatum, Xavier Hines, and Simeon Thomas were other top prospects in the defensive backfield. Shelton, a Florida State commit, has the cover tools and continue's to add weight. He was perhaps the most competitive player at the event. It was our first time seeing Robinson, but we are sure it won't be the last. The 6'2 corner is going to attract a lot of attention because of his length and athleticism. We loved his ability to break on the football. Tatum came down from Orlando and showed why he is one of Central Florida's top prospects. He has a strong upper body and showed great ball skills. Belen's Hines has big body at the CB spot with great hips. He uses his strength at the line of scrimmage and opened up and ran with some of the top speed. Carol City's Thomas is a player with a ton of potential. Long and lean, he oozes upside. He covered like a corner and figures to be heavily recruited down the road. Carol City has produced some great one's over the years including Kenny Phillips.
The 7on7 game is not known for it's linebackers, but this was an outstanding group of D-1 prospects.
Chris Herise was at Palmetto a year ago where we noticed him at DE. He moved over to Miami Central this year. At 6'3, 215 he really showed some elite athleticism and is capable of playing OLB down the road. His recruitment is about to take off. Palmetto's Wendell Dunn was perhaps the top performer of the day. He worked out everywhere on the field and shined. The 6'3 OLB/S backed up what we saw on the field last year and he looks like a mid to high BCS player down the road.
Jermaine Grace is a plus athlete. He is really smooth in coverage, a rare trait for an OLB as a junior in high school. There is no question about his speed, he can run. He will be a big part of the vaunted "Dark Side" defense at Miramar.
Norland had a national recruit at LB last year, Keith Brown, both William Townsend and Treyvon Williams should see plenty of offers. Townsend is the more athletic of the two, while Williams looks like a player ready to enter college now. Both players are known for their physicality and it would not surprise us to see them reel in double digit offers down the road.
Dillard's Josh Williams is a tackling machine on the field, but it was his athleticism that drew praise on Saturday. He possesses a great build and is capable of playing inside or outside at LB. Miami Pace's Anthony Walker is a physical player that had a good day in coverage. At 5'11 he could project to LB or S, he certainly passes the look test. Northwestern's Darius Redmond was a pleasant surprise. Good size and athleticism.
A few of QBs caught our attention starting with Carol City's Akeem Jones. The 6'3 signal caller is the likely starter for this squad and he made huge strides as a junior. The arm strength is there and he displayed the ability to put some touch on the ball down the field. Mechanically he has improved as well.
2014's Hunter Boyett can really throw it. He had the best arm. He is on the small side, but that won't hurt him in the 7on7 game. American Heritage-Plantation's Tyler Cogswell is at the opposite spectrum. At 6'5, he looks the part, he had a nice day throwing the football. He needs to clean up the delivery in order to get more accurate, but there has been a lot of progress made on that front. Palmetto's Troy Cook is on the D-1 radar. More of a running type on the gridiron, he showed that he can really spin it as well. Spread type QB at the next level.
University School's D.J. Taylor was the most consistent wide receiver. Taylor is rock solid across the board with quality size, good route running, and soft hands. This is the second straight solid performance for Taylor and his stock is on the rise.
We have to turn to the youngsters to find more offensive play-makers on Saturday. WR Devante Peete(2015), WR Jakari Lockett(2014), RB Cameron Rigby(2014), WR Stanley Clerveaux(2014) and RB Jeremiah Johnson(2015) are all players to keep an eye on down the road.