Florida Notebook: Day Two

After seeing over 50 prospects on day one, another six schools in the Sunshine State were visited on day two. Some top 2011, 2012, and 2013 prospects stood out and you can find out who was seen here.

After spending day one in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area, schools in the Orlando and Jacksonville area were hit on day two.

The first stop was Winter Park and they hit the field for practice at 7:15am and Scout was there with them. The top prospect at Winter Park is 2012 athlete D'Vario Montgomery.

He is a 6-foot-3, 210 pound athlete that will play wide receiver and safety in 2010. He is built like an outside linebacker, but his heart is set on playing wide receiver on the next level. If he ends up on the offensive side of the ball, he will look like Terrell Owens in a couple of years. He plays more like an offensive guy now, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up on the next level.

UCF, South Florida, and Wake Forest have all informed the Winter Park coaches that Montgomery has an offer and Florida has shown a lot of interest as well.

James Washington is another prospect to watch in 2012 and he plays defensive end for them, but will likely end up at outside linebacker on the next level. Ian Banks-Tillman is a good looking running back that is in the 2013 class.

Max Lang looked great.
Right down the road from Winter Park is Boone High School and that was stop number two.

Coach Zigler has a trio of top prospects on his roster right now in Max Lang (2011) Marvin Bracy (2012), and A.J. Turman (2013). Lang has over a dozen offers, Bracy will have some this fall, and it is only a matter of time for Turman.

Lang really likes South Florida right now and the Bulls have a good shot at landing this 6-foot-5, 280 pound offensive tackle. He had a very god practice in front of Scout and he has really worked hard to get into great shape for his senior season.

Bracy is a 5-foot-9, 161 pound wide receiver that is known for his speed. All signs point to Florida State making Bracy a target shortly after September 1. He is a slot receiver with very good straight-line speed and nice hands as well. Turman is a year younger than Bracy, but the 5-foot-11, 194 pound looks like a man out there at running back. He is a very physical player with will be a top tier recruit in a couple of years.

Jones was the next stop and former Miami Hurricane Kennard Lang looked right at home in the orange and green. The third year head coach has some good looking athletes to coach, but his top two prospects are 2012 offensive lineman Duaron Williams and 2013 athlete Kermit Whitfield.

Williams is already drawing interest from many schools including Miami. He has yet to pick up an offer, but he will pick up some this fall. He's a 6-foot-4, 295 pound junior that leads the unit at tackle, but he is better suited for guard on the next level. He showed good knee-bend and good drive off the ball at practice.

Whitfield is an athlete with a lot of speed. He is a burner. He worked at both wide receiver and cornerback at practice and was solid at each. The 5-foot-10, 162 pound sophomore looked a little more comfortable at receiver. He was not only dangerous with the ball in his hands, but he did not mind blocking either.

James Hamilton is a 2012 OL.
Williams was the top prospect at Jones and a couple of other prospects in the trenches stood out at the next stop. Olympia High School was next and South Carolina commitment Deon Green and 2012 offensive line James Hamilton had some good one on one battles.

Green's a 6-foot-4, 268 pound defensive lineman that worked at end and tackle on this day. He was equally effective because he used his quickness on the inside and strength on the end. He needs to work on his hand placement, but he was impressive. He really knows how to set up the offensive tackle on the edge too with a fake or faint one way and then go the other.

The only offensive lineman to keep Green off the quarterback dummy was Hamilton. He is a 6-foot-3, 315 pound offensive lineman with good hands, good feet, and a great base. He moves very well for a guy his size and although he plays tackle for Coach Head, he will definitely move inside on the next level. He could play guard or center. He is already hearing from Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Nebraska, and Tennessee to name a few.

Others to keep an eye on at Olympia are Alex Stout and Ryan Bishop in the 2012 class and Johnny Armstrong, Lorenzo Reese, and Ramar Dennis in the 2013 class.

Stout is a 6-foot-3, 215 pound tight end that is more of a receiver than a blocker at this stage. Bishop is a 6-foot, 210 pound gritty player that could play rover or outside linebacker. The sophomore trio looks to be a talented one. Armstrong is a 5-foot-9, 167 pound running back with great speed and elusiveness. Reese is a 5-foot-10, 182 pound running back with power. Dennis is a 6-foot-2, 225 pound defensive end with speed off the edge.

D.J. Stewart's a two-sport star.
After watching Olympia practice, it was time to see another, possibly the top offensive lineman in the state of Florida in 2012.

Bolles in Jacksonville was the fifth stop of the day and that is home John Theus. He is now up to 6-foot-6 and 292 pounds with two more seasons to play under legendary coach Corky Rogers. Theus already has offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and others. He is going to be one of the top prospects in the Sunshine State next year and he showed exactly what was expected in practice, great technique, hard work, and dominance. The only surprise was how big he looked in pads.

His older brother Nathan Theus also had a good day on the practice field. He is not as big (6-3/250) as his younger brother, but he had a solid day at right tackle. He is committed to Georgia as a long snapper.

A two-sport star D.J. Stewart is one to watch in 2012. He is a 5-foot-11, 225 pound running back in the fall and a star baseball player in the spring. Florida State has already offered him in baseball. He is a power runner with soft hands out of the backfield.

Milton Revell II is another 2012 running back will draw some attention in recruiting. While Stewart of more about power, Revell is more about quickness. He is a 5-foot-7, 185 pound back that runs low to the ground and bursts through holes when they present themselves.

Matt Tejada is a defensive tackle that showed good punch in practice and he hustles too. He's already getting looks from Michigan State and Vanderbilt. He's also in the 2012 class and he stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 270 pounds.

Derrick Henry's only a sophomore.
In 2013, tight end Williams Zirzow and Tim Betros are two to watch. Zirzow is really a quarterback, but when their starting tight end went out with mono, he stepped in and has done a good job. He is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. Betros looks like an athlete at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds and he will be a running back for Bolles in 2010. He looks like he could play some defensive back as well.

The last stop on day two was Yulee High School and they have two underclassmen that are already getting a lot of attention in recruiting.

Kelvin Rainey is a 6-foot-3, 212 pound wide receiver/tight end that is really coming on. He is a guy that will be a mismatch for a defense no matter where he lines up because of his size, speed, and athleticism. He has very soft hands and he knows how to go up and get the jump ball too. Florida International was first to offer Rainey and now Florida, Florida State, and South Florida are all talking to head coach Bobby Ramsay. Coach Ramsay expects some offers in writing to arrive this fall.

While Rainey is impressive in his own right, 2013 athlete Derrick Henry has already created a buzz throughout the South and it will be nationwide before long. He is a 6-foot-3, 224 pound sophomore that ran for 2500 yards as a freshman running back. He will stay there this year and then play safety on defense as well.

Coach Ramsay said all of the in-state schools along with Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Notre Dame, and Ole Miss have already called asking about Henry. Verbal offers will begin to come in soon for this phenom.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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