South Fort Myers
Any time a high school team can put 6-7 D-1 prospects on the same side of the football it is going to be dominant and SFM can do just that. Clemson commit Jayron Kearse (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) leads the way. Kearse plays a hybrid S/OLB role and can do it all: rush the passer, drop into coverage, and be a physical presence on the edge. The nephew of the 'Freak', he looks almost exactly the same as Jevon did coming out of high school and we see a very similar future for him. He is going to get nothing but stronger from here and we expect him to make an early impact at the next level. Kearse gave the offense a jolt of life when he went to Wildcat QB and ripped off a pair of 35+ yard runs.
Joe Fennell surprised many when he verbally committed to Western Kentucky. Fennell(6-4, 300) had offers from schools like UF, Clemson, and Tennessee. He has successfully transitioned to DT and gets better there every week. Blessed with prototype size he could end up as either a 3 technique or NG at the college level and there is always the chance he slides back to OG. WKU has pounded the pavement in the Southwest Florida for a few years and it is safe to say that Fennell is the top recruit they have landed.
Safeties Eric Wester(5-10, 190) and Theron Fuller(6-1, 205) are a devastating duo. Wester has the cover skills of a CB and he possesses plus athleticism. He elevated for an interception in this game and several good tackles in space. The transfer from Ft Myers is in excellent shape to start landing D-1 offers. Fuller is just a junior, his brother, Tajarvis, signed with Illinois a year ago. He has prototype size already and is an exceptional athlete. Exceptional. There is little he can't do in the secondary, but we were particularly impressed with his ability to be physical close to the line of scrimmage. He is a stand-out in hoops as well, but the grid-iron is his future. Sophomore corner Antwan Dixon(5-8, 160) has a chance to be special down the road. An electric athlete he has football bloodlines and USC has already taken notice. Dixon is a stand-out kick returner. A 4th member of the secondary, Kenny Bishop, missed this game with an ankle injury, but he will also garner attention down the road.
Junior LB D'Ronzjiah Mathews(6-1, 210) has already established himself as one of Florida's best LBs for the next cycle. He has found a home in the middle where he seems to be in on every tackle on the field. Fast, rangy, and physical is a pretty good place to start when looking at a prospect. He has over five offers already.
Wester, Kearse, Mathews, and Dixon all help on the offensive side of the ball, but there is more talent there with junior OG Montrell Frei(6-4, 300) and WR Jalen White(6-1, 180). Frei has done a lot of work on his body and is a certain BCS recruit. White just needs more consistency to be the same thing.
While South has gotten off to a 3-0 start, the Lightning sit at 0-3 after a brutal non-district schedule. The good news is that they have been in every game and are well prepared for district play. Senior Vonte White(6-0, 175) is the catalyst at QB. One of the best natural athletes in the area, White's future is likely at CB. Almost every offensive yard ran through White and he danced, cut, and exploded for many tough yards in this game. He was under constant pressure all night, but still found holes to make plays. Right now he is THE most under-recruited prospect in the state. At CB, he has the size, hips, and acceleration to be a difference maker.
Junior RB Guillermo Hernandez(5-9, 205) runs hard, has great hands, and has enough juice to break off long runs. Also a stud on the baseball diamond, Hernandez is already garnering attention from several BCS schools.
Bobby Hart(6-0, 170) is off to a great start to his senior season. Holding a UMASS offer, Hart has been a stand-out at WR and as a kick returner. The speed is there for big plays and he has settld in at WR after being a RB earlier in his career. David Dezeme(6-0, 170) and Jesse Lastra(5-10, 180) complete a talented wide receiver group. Both should play football at the next level.
Defensively junior DT Josh Kendall(6-3, 290) has prototype size and has come a long way as a player over the past year. Kendall is more explosive than a year ago and has lost weight. He joins a big group at DT for the 2014 class in the state and there is certainly an uptick in talent. Senior linebacker Kareem Teophin(6-2, 215) is a long athlete that can put pressure on the backfield. He should start to garner attention as the season progresses.