FIU commit Rakeem Cato had a big game, he went 19-29 for 334 yards with four touchdowns. Cato's strike to Shuler down the sideline was right on the money and he throws a very catchable ball. He will struggle with his accuracy at times and needs to add strength to his wiry frame.
His favorite targets were Charles Gaines, Tommy Shuler, and D'Andre Randall. Gaines made the first big play of the game when he took a short pass, beat the corner, and sprinted down the sideline for a TD. He is taller than we expected with elite speed and quickness. He made several key catches in the middle of the field.
Shuler hauled in an 80 yard strike from Cato with the score tied at seven; once he got past the corner, he was gone. He is short, but strong, and really knows how to play the position. He is quick and is another player that wants the ball. Randall hauled in eight passes for 143 yards and two scores.
Florida State running back commit Devonta Freeman is the headliner for the Rocket's and the Wildcat's clearly focused on taking him out of the game. Offensively, he had a few nice runs where he bounced to the outside to some daylight and he caught a few short passes(including a middle screen). Freeman is an excellent blocker in pass pro, a necessity in the Rocket's spread attack.
Rutgers commit Marquis Lucas and John Miller are the stars on the offensive line. In Central's attack they are forced to do a lot of pass pro and that athleticism was clearly on display. Lucas has a powerful build and seems to just be tapping into his vast potential.
While the numbers will not be pretty for the Central defense, they really did a pretty good job for much of the night. Camden is a well oiled machine offensively in that Wing-T and the Rocket's played physical from start to finish.
Defensive linemen and UCF commit Miles Pace led the charge. The 6'0, 250 pounder is an awesome football player; he finds the ball quickly and just makes a lot of plays. His future position is still very much in doubt but it could be MLB. Syracuse commit Oliver Vigille is a long, lean Linebacker whose best days are a few years out.
This was not the type of game for South Carolina Cornerback commit Thomas Finnie to excel in. Camden ran the ball 90% of the time. He played strong on the edge against the run, but did not have much opportunity to show his terrific cover skills.
Sophomore(2013) J.J. Green returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score, blocked a punt(which was picked up for a TD), played offense, and did an admirable job on the speedy Central wideouts at CB. He was the player of the game for Camden and his future looks very bright indeed. He is around 5'8, but has plenty of time to add a few inches. Green has terrific speed and burst. He could be a legit big time prospect down the road.
Quarterback Joel Ruiz did a good job running the ball physically and capitalized on his opportunities in the passing game. At 6'3 he is a good athlete with some tools to work with and could see interest rise as the season progresses. In a similar boat is WR Jalen Simmons. Also in the 6'3-6'4 range, he is mainly used as a blocker.
The future at the QB position looks very secure with sophomore Bryce Ramsey. While he did not play in this one, it was clear in warm-ups why his name has a lot of "buzz" in recruiting circles.
Kenny Hutchinson, Carrington Wright, and Hayden Boudreaux paced a stellar rushing attack. Both Hutchinson(103) and Wright(102) went for over 100 yards while Boudreaux's "fullback" running style clearly wore down the Rocket's. Senior Tight End Bryce Sweeney will probably be recruited as an OT prospect where he will need to add some weight to his 6'5, 240 frame. He gets after it as a blocker, there is upside here down the road.
On the defensive side of the ball 2012 prospect Byron Attaway stands out at MLB. All of 6'3, 230+ he is physical presence that could be headed to the defensive line at the next level. Defensive back Damien Butler(also 2012) held his own and has the the height(5'11) that is coveted at the CB spot. He should attract plenty of D-1 interest. 2013's Rafael Hardee looks the part and will be one to watch with Green over the next three years.