ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
The headliner in the 2013 class is Ohio State verbal commit Joey Bosa. Unfortunately Bosa missed the game due to a previous concussion. The good news is the he should return very soon. We still saw one 'Bosa', it was his brother, Nicholas Bosa, and he is a great looking freshmen that earned playing time for this national power. 2014 defensive linemen Anthony Moten was a force in this game. The 6-foot-3, 260 pound junior will be one of the most heavily recruited defensive linemen in South Florida in a years time. He is explosive, powerful, and is starting to become experienced. He will certainly be a BCS recruit next year.
STA has produced their fair share of defensive backs over the years, and Al Harris might be next in line. The 6-0 junior is the son of former NFL great of the same name and he displays that plus technique. Harris has to add weight to his lanky frame, but he clearly has the cover skills to be heavily recruited. He should get nothing but better over the next couple of years. Chris Washington is a senior combo DB that will get some looks. Class-mate James Crawford has elite size for a Safety(6-3, 190), but is still learning the nuances of the DB position.
Linebacker Lance Virgile played a more attacking game than years past. Projected to OLB, he showed some pass rushing potential. Virgile has good length and is attracting BCS attention.
Quarterback John O'Korn led this team to their second BIG win in as many weeks. He did throw an early INT, but made up for it with a huge hit on the player that intercepted it(in the open field). He settled down considerably after and made some great throws in rhythm and was a dominating force running the football. The Houston commit has great size(6-3) and is a much better athlete than he is given credit for. There is all upside in this young man.
STA always has a dominating running game and they have a D-1 prospect in each of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. Senior Fred Coppet did the damage on Friday night including the proverbial 'nail in the coffin' run midway through the 4th. He has elite speed and explosiveness, but lacks ideal size. Junior Mardre London(6-0, 200) has that ideal size and he also possesses good speed. He did not get much going, but it is easy to see the tools, he has the potential to be a dominant runner between the tackles. Sophomore Deltron Sands is the nephew of KU legend Tony Sands. Like Tony, he is short(5-8), but he has a ton of wiggle and toughness.
Junior wide receiver Corey Holmes got deep for a TD and made several other catches. At 6-1, he is a clone of former STA and current FSU stand-out Rashad Greene. His 'gait' is very similar and seems to get in and out of breaks in a similar manner. Is he as fast? We will have to wait and see. He will have the chance to really develop as the year goes on, he is already being recruited at the BCS level.
As usual the offensive line is a strength and STA already has two players that have pledged to D-1 schools. Kyle Schafenacker is committed to UCONN, he lined up at OT, but figures to move inside at the next level, perhaps even Center. Austin Bland (FAU) is similar and we would expect him to move inside as well. STA has produced a ton of offensive linemen over the years and the best junior appears to be Ryan Crozier. At 6-4, Crozier has a wide body and plays with fierce determination.
The Cypress Bay offense had their struggles, particularly in the second half, but this unit is very, very talented. Wide receiver Alex Montgomery(6-1, 195) looks like a junior in college and plays just as physically. The Wake Forest commit also logged some snaps at Safety showing his versatility. The only knock on Montgomery is that he does not have plus speed. Sophomore Kadeem Goulbourne(6-3, 170) is a very intriguing prospect. Rare size for a sophomore and he seems to have the athleticism to match. We will keep an eye on him over the next couple of years.
Matthew Dayes(5-8, 190) has tremendous short area quickness and wiggle. He earned every yard against a fierce front seven, most of the time making the first man miss. He has struggled with injuries, those appear to be behind him and we could see him challenging for the County rushing title (Sony Michel and Alex Collins).
Quarterback Jaranta Lewis was under pressure every time he dropped back to pass and quite frankly struggled. Lewis will likely change positions at the D-1 level, at 5-11, 180 he might be an ideal project at CB or WR where he seemingly has the athleticism to be a difference maker. Tight End Blake Worbington is one to keep an eye on.
The defensive backfield is loaded with D-1 talent including senior's Boaz Joseph (6-0, 180), Marquise Dudley-Gordan (5-11, 180), and junior's Deion Hallmon (5-10, 155) and Brendon Adams (6-0, 175). Joseph's stock is on the rise because of his great size. He is playing exclusively corner and will benefit from the reps. Hallmon is already on the radar as potentially a top corner in South Florida for 2014. He comes from a family of football players and has plus cover ability. He now needs to add the size.
Nico Marley (5-7, 185) is severely under-sized, but the Tulane verbal is an active football player and a linebacker just like his father (Rohan- played at Miami). He is a unique player because of the small stature, but pure explosiveness in the box and it will be interesting to see how he is used down the road.