Spring Preview: Dade County Offense

The state of Florida is very heavily recruited and the highest concentration of talent resides in Miami-Dade County. With over 50 prospects expected to sign D-1 scholarships, this one county produces more than some states do.


There is no question that it is a bit of a down year on the offensive side of the ball, but there are still more than a few BCS targets.


Carol City's Akeem Jones leads the way at the QB position. At 6'3, 200 Jones has a big arm and it has been easy to watch his progress over the past two years. He is still learning the position, but he should be a great fit in a spread type offense. He is a good enough athlete to play a different position, but he looks like a QB today. Still has work to do on his delivery.

Kirkland dominates along the offensive line
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Palmetto's Troy Cook is a dual threat QB in the mold of a Tim Tebow. Not as big, but he brings a good arm and a tough running style to the position. He is a little under-sized at 6'1.

Running Back

Columbus has the top running backs in Dade with their version of thunder and lightning. Lorenzo Woodley and Daryl Chestnut actually shared carries with another BCS back(Brandon Radcliff) a year ago and both are poised for big seasons. Woodley has the size at 6'0, 205 while Chestnut bring game-breaking ability to the table with his quickness and speed.

Gulliver's Bo Ellis is short in stature, but a very productive back. Ellis does have excellent strength on his 5'8 frame and the explosiveness to get through the hole in a hurry. He ran for 1,300 yards as a junior.

Wide Receiver

Hard to believe we are only going to talk about one wide receiver, but due to an outstanding 2014 class, the 2013 class is light on names. Dade Christian's Terrance Alls can do a little bit of everything. At 6'0 he has good size and he has made a ton plays on both sides of the ball.

Offensive Line

Booker T. Washington's Denver Kirkland is just about as good as they come. Lean, powerful, and consistent, Kirkland is a national recruit that could end up playing either OT or OG in college. Very similar to Brandon Washington in that regard. We think he will end up at guard and be an All-Conference type of player down the road.

Dr. Krop's Jordan Reyes hopes to follow a similar track as Ereck Flowers a year ago. Blessed with great size and outstanding length, the tools are there for him to be a special player. He is still quite raw and will need to continue to develop as an athlete.

Northwestern's Gerald Wright has played on both sides of the ball and figures to move inside to offensive guard in college. At 6'3, 300 he has the athletic tools, but is still learning how to play the position. We would look for a much better season not only for Wright, but classmates Yonel Henry and Cory Tucker.

Gulliver's Garrett Siegal should attract plenty of attention. The 6'4 offensive tackle had a solid junior campaign and is much improved in the off-season. He is another player that could get a look inside down the road.

The City of Hialeah has a pair of OL prospects starting with Hialeah's Jerrol Mobley. Mobley spent time on both lines last season, but we think he projects to offensive guard. Several schools are recruiting him as a DT too. Champagnat Cathlolic's Glenn Bethel is very raw, but he is a gifted athlete at 6'4, 285. The upside is there for him to be a dominating presence down the road.

7 Offensive Prospects for 2014

Quinton Flowers, Miami Jackson: QB that is sensational with the ball in his hands. 6'0. Might switch to another position in college.

Joseph Yearby, Miami Central: RB that reminds many of Frank Gore. Shredded the competition every game on way to appearance in state title game. Superior quickness in the hole.

Dalvin Cook, Miami Norland: Yearby's partner in crime at RB. Longer and faster, Cooke brings big play ability to the position.

Jacob McCary, Miami Coral Reef: Silky smooth 6'1 wide receiver that can be as good as he wants to be.

Odis Grimes, Miami Edison: 6'4 prospect that is just coming into his own. At close to 195 pounds, he could develop into a TE.

Ermon Lane, Homestead: Another smooth play-maker, Lane made big plays as a wide-out, but is he even better as a cornerback?

Trevor Darling, Miami Central: The 6'4 offensive tackle has been on the radar since his freshmen season. All the tools, needs to develop a mean streak. Committed to Miami.

2015 Superstar

Devontae Phillips, Miami Central: Already possesses good size and is making plays at his natural wide receiver position.

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