North Broward Prep's Brandon Doughty and Gulliver's Michael Strauss both threw the ball really well but the most impressive quarterback at the event was Miami Cenral's Jeffrey Godfrey. While he doesn't have ideal size at 6-feet and 185 pounds, Godfrey throws a very nice ball. He has a live arm, good feet, loves to compete, and he has a high football IQ. The son of a football coach, Godfrey was excellent in throwing balls all over the field to various receivers. Despite his lack of ideal height, he's a major college prospect at quarterback and it's easy to see why he already has several scholarship offers.
It's hard to look at running backs and fully evaluate them in 7 on 7 settings because they, obviously, aren't getting handed the ball and running downhill between the tackles. While you can't see what type of vision, patience, instincts, and tackle-breaking ability the kids have when running the ball, you can see what type of athletes they are, how well they catch and run and make people miss in the open field. You can see how they compete.
Having said all that, there were a few kids who really stood out. Columbus standout Jakhari Gore comes from a good football family. He learned a lot from older cousin Frank Gore and Jakhari has emerged as one of the best backs in the state of Florida. He has that competitive edge to him. While he's a bit smallish at 5-8/175, he's very explosive and can make you miss inside a phone booth. He caught the ball, seemed to step up among the competition, and looked like a major prospect.
Another player who stood out at running back is Miami Central's Brandon Gainer. At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Gainer played last season at close to 210 but has lost a few pounds because he's in the middle of track season. He's a good-sized back who is an excellent downhill runner. On this day, he showed some big play flair out of the backfield and was as competitive as any running back at the workout. Gainer's another major college prospect who already has a number of offers.
The last receiver to show up at the workout, probably because of the long drive from his home, was probably the best prospect there at receiver. Chris Dunkley has all the tools you look for. He has nice size, tremendous speed and explosiveness, he competes really well, and catches everything thrown his way. While he almost looked bored going through the drills, he stepped up and was nearly unstoppable during the competition drills. He's a gamer and proved again at this event why he'll be one of the state's premier prospects.
Four other receivers stepped up and looked like major college prospects. The last time I saw Michaelee Harris, he was burning Sanford Seminole on the first play of the Class 6A title game for an 80-yard touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage. Harris (6-0/185) is a nice-sized receiver with pretty good speed. You just love the way he competes. He's always looking to one-up the next guy and has that swagger you look for in young receiver prospects. He's a real playmaker and showed why he's a major college prospect with his performance at this workout.
Physically, Delvin Jones was the most impressive-looking prospect at the event. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Jones is built like he's ready for the NFL. He has all the physical tools you look for. He had 24 sacks at LaSalle High last year but will play his senior season at Miami Palmetto, where he expcts to play receiver. He's a mismatch waiting to happen and looked very impressive at this event. He probably projects best on defense at the college level and looks like he'll be one of the state's premier prospects for the Class of 2010.
Josh Reese from Miami Central is used to catching balls from Godfrey so there was a natural connection there. However, it didn't matter who was throwing balls -- Reese was catching all of them. AT 6-feet and 175 pounds, he runs well, has outstanding hands, and seems like a major college prospect who already has several early offers.
They call Ivan McCartney "Sticks" and you can se why. He's very thin but don't let that fool you -- the kid is very explosive and looks like a major playaker. He was on the receiving end of many Eugene Smith touchdowns at Miramar this past season and was on the receiving end of a lot of big plays at this workout. He's a major playmaker who will soon have lots of major offers.
Someone asked me who I thought was the No. 1 prospect in the state of Florida for the Class of 2010 on Saturday. I mentioned the fact that Miami Southwest High's Lamarcus Joyner should be included in that discussion. What I saw from Joyner at this event just confirmed it. Joyner is a legit candidate to be the state's No. 1 player for the 2010 class. I don't care that he's only 5-fot-9. On a field full of the best players in the fastest area in the entire country, Joyner had an extra gear that other kids just don't have. I dont know or care what he runs in the 40. His football speed is incredible. He can play all over the field. He loves to compete. He loves the game. He's the total package and probably projects best in the defensive secondary.
Boyd Anderson's Demar Dorsey and his size/speed combo is great and he looked great again at this event. He has long arms, excellent feet, and pretty good cover skills for a safety prospect. You can see why Dorsey already has a bunch of major scholarship offers.
There were many other excellent players at this event but those were some of the players who realy stood out as major prospects. Stay tuned to Scout.com as we keep you updated on their recruiting progress throughout the next several months.