Spring Ball - Day 3

I began at Lakeland Kathleen, former home of Ray Lewis. Skies were dark, but I got a real good look at the kids I went to watch.

Two days after watching safety Pat Watkins from Tallahassee Lincoln, I saw a prospect with even more upside at that position - Kathleen's Chasio Thomas. At 6-2 and 185, Thomas is a natural center fielder. He's an outstanding athlete who runs extremely well, and covers the field about as well as it could be covered.

Thomas has long arms, and a very athletic frame to build on. He was easily the best athlete on the field today.

If I were to guess, I'd say Thomas is a legit 4.40 kid, seriously. The kid can flat out run. At the NIKE Camp, he ripped off a 4.48 on grass in tennis shoes.

He's a very good tackler, he's got outstanding ball skills, and is very fluid and light on his feet. I think he's a natural safety with huge upside and one that's only going to get better and better as his career develops. Chasio also plays basketball and mentions that Miami is his favorite team right now.

Teammate Julius McLellan is a talented wide receiver at 6-4 and 195. He's got lots of speed for a kid his size, so the size/speed combo can't be ignored. However, I'm not sold on him being a great football player just yet. Technique wise, he has a lot to improve on and while I dont think he's a UM/FSU/UF type, his size/speed combo can't be ignored and that alone will likely land him at a major program somewhere outside the state.

After leaving Kathleen, I arrived at an absolute rainstorm at Osceola H.S. in Kissimmee. Without an umbrella or raincoat, I was still excited to watch defensive end Jimmy McCrimmon.

At 6-5 and 225, McCrimmon definitely passes the look test. He's very athletic in his build, and his lower body is very muscular.

The best athlete on a very talented team, McCrimmon does a lot of things well. He's got very quick feet, quick/strong hands, and he plays with his head up at all times.

A coachable player with the upside to be 6-5 and 255 in three years, McCrimmon is definitely a kid to watch as the season progresses. I really like his upside.

My milage log so far this month after three days is up to 739. Stay tuned tomorrow as I'll have a report up tomorrow night sometime. Man, I'm enjoying this, so I hope you're enjoying getting all the info. I can't wait to start interviewing these kids beginning June 1.

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