2013 Prospects: Quarterback Akeem Jones continued to his rapid pace of improvement in his first game in pads. After having great performances at Florida State's camp and at UF'S Friday Night Lights, Jones threw for three TDs in this upset victory. He was clearly in charge of the offense on this night making all the throws as well as picking up yards with his feet. At 6'2, Jones has the tools and now seems to be comfortable as a QB. Currently 10 QBs are verbally committed from the state of Florida and Jones is clearly one of the top uncommitted QBs in the state.
FIU has seen an uptick in recruiting with the recent success on the field as well as the move to ConferenceUSA. At 6'3 Simeon Thomas is a rare athlete that can line up at cornerback. He needs to start packing on the pounds, but he is an athletically gifted defensive back with rare length. He was locked up in man coverage much of the night against a 6'4 receiver and kept that player out of the end-zone. Thomas sports BCS offers, but has elected to stay home.
Edward Rolle and Gregory Conde are other seniors that have good nights. Conde caught a TD on a perfect stop-n-go route while Rolle was aggressive at DE.
The Future: It looks like a very good junior class for the Chief's. Trayon Gray might be the top athlete on the team. At 5'11, he is likely the QB in waiting for this program, but lined up at wide receiver and made several plays. With his athleticism it is easy to see why he could be heavily recruited as a cornerback as well.
Ted Celestin (2014) dominated the game on both sides of the ball(DT and RG). Built like a bowling ball, he is a physical player that possesses an outstanding combination of power and skill. Likely a DT recruit, it will be all about the height for Celestin. At 6'0 he is big enough, but he would be a national recruit at 6'3.
Matthew Whyte and Christopher Johnson are a pair of 2014 DBs to keep an eye on. This school has a rich tradition at DB having produced Kenny Phillips, Robert Sands, Glenn Sharpe, and Gareef Glashen over the past decade. Whyte is a corner with good size, hips, and toughness, Johnson lined up at Safety, although he too could get looks at CB. Theodore Hammonds played more WR on Thursday night, but he too could be a DB in a year. At 6'1, 190 he has ideal size.
2013 Prospects: Defensive End Paul James was a dominant force in a losing effort. The transfer from Krop has fought the injury bug a little bit, but he is healthy now. There is no question he is one of the more explosive pass rushers in the state and he seems to have stretched out a bit. At 6'3, he has long arms, plenty of punch, and the athleticism to play linebacker. He should be a player that gets increased attention this year. He has over a dozen BCS offers.
Most of the other recruiting action for 2013 will also be in the front 7. Torrin Young (DL), Akeem Barton (DE), Anari Ragin (DT), and Treyon Williams (MLB). Young will likely need to slide inside at the next level, he is looking to re-establish himself after accolades early in his career. Barton has good length at DE and is an solid pass rusher. Ragin lacks ideal size, but is a a great player that is constantly around the football. Speaking of being around the football that is Williams to a 'T'. He is a better pure linebacker than Keith Brown, however he lacks the ideal measurables of his former teammate. Williams should be well over 100 tackles this year. William Townsend has moved from LB to DB. At 6'0, 190 he has ideal size for a potential safety.
The Future: The Norland offense is going to miss Duke Johnson (RB), Ereck Flowers (LT), and Darren Owi (WR). They will be looking for some youngsters on that side of the ball to step up. Wide receiver Kendrick Edwards (2014) is one such player. The 6'4 athlete is similar to former Dade County play-makers Rodney Smith (FSU) and Tommy Streeter (Miami). Long, fast, and athletic the sky is the limit for him. Zaquon Tyson (2014) has great speed and quickness. He had a kickoff return where he cut and ran his way through seven defenders. At 5'10 he has some weight on his frame and could be an ideal slot receiver down the road. Mack Veil (2014) will try to fill Flowers shoes at LT. He has a long way to go, but you can't teach 6'4, 315 pounds. He held his own against some good pass rushers.
On the defensive side of the football Raymond Attley (2014) has the size and skill to be a coveted prospect. The 6'2 corner has rare length in a young DB and plays the game with a chip on his shoulder. Jerimah Dinson (2015) manned the other corner spot and he is a pure cover guy with outstanding hips and instincts. Antone Webster (2016) is a freshmen to keep an eye on.
Linebacker Shafique Neloms will look to keep the LB tradition alive. The junior possesses the pedigree and athleticism to be a major contributor this year. He looked comfortable both inside and out.