Kurt Benkert and John O'Korn competed on Sunday for top honors in the 2013 class. Benkert is more consistently accurate while O'Korn flashes a cannon for an arm. Benkert put together a brilliant junior campaign with over 3,000 yards passing and brings more value by being a top punter. O'Korn transferred into powerhouse St. Thomas and did not get a lot of reps; he will be the starter this year. Both rising seniors hold around 3-5 offers, but look for their stock to continue to rise during the upcoming Spring evaluation period. The next stop for both will be trying to qualify for the Elite11 next weekend in Atlanta.
John Franklin will get looks at both quarterback and wide receiver/defensive back. He has a lot of the tools that colleges look for in QB and he certainly can fit more spread type systems, but it is the latter two spots where he likely will be recruited. He has great upside as an athlete.
In the 2014 class, both Sean White and Nicodem Pierre helped their stock. White is very consistent, accurate, and has a big arm to go with a great release. Pierre has enormous upside. A top athlete, he can really spin the football. He still is a little 'hot' and 'cold' at times, but the mechanics are improving. At 6'3, he possesses prototype size, particularly for a sophomore in high school.
One of the deeper positions on Sunday was the running back spot. Kelvin Taylor is making a charge at the state all-time record book as a rusher, but it was his all around game that earned him accolades. This is clearly a player that is going to produce early in his career due to his keen understanding of the game. At 5'11, 215 he has college level size today.
Marcus Levy and Lorenzo Woodley also turned in great performances. Levy had a break-out campaign last year and is known for ability to run inside or out. He is a three down running back and can be used in the passing game. Woodley is in the best shape we have ever seen him (6'0.5 207) and brings an interesting blend of power and speed to the equation. He can run away from defenders.
The 2014 class was well represented with Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook. The teammates at Miami Central form a devastating duo on the field. Yearby received the lions share of carries and is best compared to Frank Gore. He has suddenness and explosiveness while being a student of the game. Cook is taller and faster, we love the way he gets in and out of breaks. He has added some nice size in the off-season.
J.C. Jackson was in top shape on Sunday. The 2014 wide-out is down about 5-7 pounds and you can tell that he was more explosive because of it. He uses his body well to shield defenders and gets consistent separation. Look for him to have a big junior season in Immokalee's explosive offense.
Columbus's Jesus Wilson showed elite speed and quickness while catching the ball cleanly all day. There has been talk of him moving to corner, he showed that he can clearly be a big play threat at the wide receiver position.
D.J. Taylor, Shaquille Harris, Corey Holmes, and Jacob McCary also had strong showings. Taylor has been a consistent stand-out this off-season and is poised to have a big senior campaign. We love Harris's upside; he has an SEC body and has been very productive on the field. Holmes looks to be St. Thomas's next big-time receiver. McCary has the tools to be special down the road; long and fast.
Tshumbi Johnson worked out as a wide receiver. The high school quarterback and Area Player of the Year is a sudden athlete that is one of the state's top play-makers. His quickness should make him a slot candidate at the next level.
Denver Kirkland turned in a strong performance on the offensive line. The Booker T Washington stand-out has very light feet and the punch to knock defensive linemen backwards. He is a little heavy right now, but that did not seem to affect him much. He is capable of playing OT or OG down the road.
Jomel Ribalta is a hard worker with a real competitive streak. Big upper body with raw strength, he moves better than anticipated and he certainly helped his stock on Sunday.
Sandley Jean-Felix missed his junior season, but he clearly has put some work in. He moved better than a year ago. Still very raw, it is the upside that has attracted the attention of colleges. Built big and wide, it is just a matter of how much time it will take to develop this talent.
Just a sophomore, K.C. McDermott was exceptional on Sunday. He really stood out for his complete game and moved in 1on1's better than expected. He has the makings of being one of the more coveted players in Florida for the next cycle. Excellent bloodlines with two older brothers who have played D-1 football.
Trevor Darling was the best looking offensive linemen at the camp. At 6'4 and just a sophomore, he is not only big, but wide as well. There is no question to his athleticism, we liked the fight we saw from him. The more physical he becomes the better he will be.
Gerald Wright lacks ideal size at 6'2, but the former defensive tackle has the athleticism and strength to be a high quality player down the road. He may get some looks at DT, he weighed in at 321 pounds and carries it well.