Scouting the FLA 3A Finals: Godby/Cocoa

The state of Florida saw its high school football season come to an end this weekend, as the large schools played their state championship games. In the Class 3A final, Cocoa defeated Tallahassee Godby by the score of 7-6 in overtime.

There was plenty of talent on the field in this game so lets take a closer look at who did what. Only players that we believe will be Division 1 prospects are listed.


RB Chevelle Buie (5-9/165/So) -- Cocoa's biggest playmaker on the offensive side of the ball, Buie is only a sophomore but has plenty of talent. He's not the biggest kid around or even the fastest but he has some nice shake to him and makes a lot of people miss in the open field. He had just 38 yards on 14 carries in this game because Godby tackled well but he's a playmaker at this level and will only get better as he gets bigger throughout his prep career.

S E.J. Johnson (6-1/175/Jr) -- The best player on the field for Cocoa, Johnson was a star. He picked off three passes in this game while playing center field. He covers a lot of ground because of good speed and football instincts. A couple of his picks weren't easy grabs, either. Nice-sized kid for a junior, excellent speed. He'll definitely be one to keep a close eye on for next year's class.

LG Ronald Patrick (6-2/255/Jr) -- A bit undersized as a Division 1 guard prospect, Patrick could be a center prospect at the college level. He plays with a good base most of the time and will be one to keep an eye on next spring.

WR/CB Winfred Strickland (6-0/175/Sr) -- A two-way player for the Tigers, Strickland has solid size for a corner prospect and has some ball skills, thanks to his experience playing on the offensive side of the ball. He's a low two-star caliber prospect right now.

LT Josh Woods (6-4/255/Jr) -- Woods is a talented lineman who plays hard and seems to be well-coached. He's not a mauler for an interior prospect but he moves his feet well a lot of times and has some of the things you look for in a junior Div 1 O-Line prospect.


CB William Davis (6-0/170/Jr) -- A player who does a little bit of everything for Godby, Davis looked like the top junior prospect for the Cougars. He had a few catches on offense but it's on defense where he'll likely play in college. He has solid size and solid speed for a cornerback prospect and even picked off a pass in this game. He's a big reason why Cocoa completed just three passes in this game. He shut things down on his side of the field. Davis also returns punts instead of four-star athlete Willie Downs.

WR Willie Downs (6-3/200/Sr) -- The most talented player on the field for either team, Downs is a rare talent because of his outstanding combination of size, leaping ability, and explosiveness. A lot of schools recruited him as a safety but he played primarily receiver in this game and that's where I see him making the biggest impact at the college level. At 6-3, with his wheels, he can create a lot of mismatches. He caught seven passes for 82 yards, including their only touchdown, in this game and that wasn't all. He was thrown to 13 times for the game and just drew a lot of attention from the Cocoa defense because of his skills. Cocoa gave up less than 60 yards through the air the week before playing against a couple Division 1 players at receiver from Miami Pace a week before so Downs did some damage here. He's a solid four-star prospect and proved it in this game.

RT Corey Gaines (6-1/275/Sr) -- Gaines will not play tackle in college because of his height. At 6-1, he projects as an interior OL or possibly even as a DT, which he didn't play in this game. He's a solid high school lineman with decent strength and feet for a big kid. He's a high two-star recruit who has some Division 1 offers.

QB A.J. Graham (6-3/195/Sr) -- Graham came into this game as one of the state's leading passers. He struggled from start to finish in this one, however. He went 20-for-35 for 218 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. He wasn't making sound decisions with the ball and even lost a fumble, so he ended up with five turnovers by himself. He's a good-sized kid with a nice arm though and had an excellent senior season and those are the reasons he has some Div 1 offers. He's a solid two-star prospect.

WR Kessey Graham (5-9/160/Sr) -- Everyone talks about Downs when it comes to receivers at Godby but Graham was actually the leading receiver in this one. He finished the game with 100 yards after leading the team in receiving for the season. He's a slot guy who should sneak in somewhere as a two-star prospect.

LB Justin Jones (6-0/205/Sr) -- Jones came into the game as Godby's leading tackler and it was easy to see why in this one. He had nine in this game, including three or four behind the line of scrimmage. He's not the biggest or fastest LB prospect around but he seems to have a good football IQ and is around the ball a lot. He's at least a high two-star prospect.

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