Gardena, Calif. - When Taft traveled to Serra on Friday night, the game featured an unprecedented seven players rated with 4 or 5-Stars. See each of them and more in this presentation by ScoutTV.
Regulation wasn't enough time to settle the score when the
Star-Studded Taft and Serra teams hooked up at Serra on Friday night. Serra
pulled out a 26-20 overtime win, and the game featured an unprecedented amount
of talent on the the field.
A total of seven players in the Class of 2010 and 2011 are members of the Scout
300, earning 4 or 5-Stars next to their name, including three from the Class
of 2011 Scout 100.
It wasn't just the guys with the shiny stars next to their names making big
plays. There were several players looking to establish themselves as big time
prospect in either this class or the next.
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A member of the Scout
100 for the Class of 2011 and a likely candidate to earn 5-Stars. He's the
best junior receiver I've seen this year and it's possible that Serra could have
the No. 1 receiver two years in a row. Farmer is bigger than Woods and built
like a linebacker. He elevates well in traffic and has great concentration and
hands. He's a physical runner with the ball in his hands and is a matchup
problem for virtually every defensive back in the country with his combination
of size, strength, speed, and overall talent.
The the second member of the Scout
100 for 2011 in this game. Gibson runs like a linebacker from his defensive
end position. He's strong at the point of attack and will only get stronger as
he matures. He has a very good change of direction and quick acceleration.
Lindsey Anderson is a rangy defensive back that also doubles as a wide
receiver. He's instinctive on defense with a great frame that allows him to use
his long arms in pass defense and to jam a receiver. He could play receiver on
the next level, but he looks more natural on defense to me.
Marquise Lee may not have been on the initial Scout 100 for the Class of
2011, but he certainly stood up and made everyone take notice that he thinks he
should be. Lee had a pair of interceptions and several plays from one of his
safety spots that made me think it had to be Woods that made the play based on
the athletic ability it took to make it. Ever have the a Laker or Cav game on in
the background and see a ridiculous move out of the corner of your eye and not
even have to look to know who made the play? That's how I felt watching Lee,
"you mean there's another Kobe at safety back there?" It's not a
stretch to think of Lee as a guy that will end up in the Scout 300 for the Class
Paul Richardson is a member of the Scout 300 and one of the top receivers
in the country. I've seen Richardson the last several years at Los Alamitos and
thought he looked more explosive this year with the ball in his hands. He takes
a short pass and accelerates around the corner faster than I remember him being.
More explosion on one of the country's most natural receivers is a good thing
for Richardson and whoever gets him.
Robert Woods is Scout.com's No. 1 wide receiver in the entire nation.
It's not a stretch to think that he could also be a 5-Star caliber safety as
well. Woods is a state track champion in the 200 and 400 meters, but he's not a
track guy playing football. He's a football player that also runs track. Woods
gets as much separation in his routes as anyone I've seen in the country this
year. He can run in a dead sprint and break to the post or the corner without
losing stride, making it impossible for for a corner to run with him.
Woods is physical on both sides of the ball. He'll take a slant over the middle
or make a big hit in run support. His break on the ball from his defensive back
position will net him a lot of interceptions throughout his career.
When talking about guys like Woods, I always say... "He's No. 1 for a
Shaquille Richard is another member of the Class of 2011 that shows promise. A
running back with a great burst, low center of gravity, and excellent balance,
Richard is a tough runner despite not being built like a power back. He's the
ideal player to play in Serra's spread offense, because he is so dangerous in
space with his speed and cutback ability.
Antwaun Wood - The 3rd member of the Scout 100 for 2011 in this game,
playing against a four-wide spread with a speed back in the backfield wasn't the
best opportunity for big defensive tackle Antwuan Wood to show off his skill set
on defense. When he had the opportunity, he showed very good first step and good
use of his hands. He's compact and powerful. A full time starter at offensive
tackle as well, Wood had more chances to show off his power and agility while
Bam Goodall is a two-way threat for Taft at quarterback and defensive
back. He has a strong arm capable of burning a defense deep if they peek into
the backfield to stop his running ability. His experience as a quarterback makes
him an asset on defense with his reads and anticipation. Goodall's best position
on the next level will likely be on defense.
Brandon Mitchell is a massive offensive guard for Taft at 6'3/325, but he
has the agility of a much smaller offensive lineman. He's a punishing run
blocker that drives on every play and finishes his blocks well. Under recruited
to this point, Mitchell has size and skill set that matches or exceeds players
with much more impressive college offer lists. Looking for a run blocker? Call
Taft and ask about #77.
Brent Williams plays defensive end for Taft but has the agility to be an
outside linebacker depending on scheme. A long, rangy end, it's not hard to
picture Williams with his hand down on the next level at 260 pounds or roaming
at outside linebacker at 235 pounds. The important part when deciding when to
offer him a scholarship isn't so much which position, it's that he has a great
frame, good speed, and a high motor. The rest will take care of itself.
D.J. Morgan like Robert Woods is a track star, and also like Woods, is
committed to USC. The similarities with Woods don't end there as Morgan is a two
way star at running back and could be a starter at virtually any program in the
country as a corner at some point in his career. Morgan has elite speed, vision
and cutback ability. He has a great break on the ball on defense and is
instinctive in coverage. Morgan must protect the ball better as a running back,
but other than that, he's the total package.
Lucky Radley made his debut for Taft on Friday night, and he made it
memorable. Radley could play any number of positions on the next level including
running back or safety. He's a power back with short strides which enable him to
make quick changes in direction as well as keep a good center of gravity. He's a
hard hitting strong safety type on defense that is happiest when he can pin his
ears back and attack the ball carrier. He has good hands out of the backfield. A
solid debut for Taft from Radley.
Shaquille Shelton is a little undersized at 5-8/165, but he hits like a player
well over 200 pounds. Several times he turned around the Serra receivers from
his defensive back position. He's a player that might end up being under
recruited because of his size, then show up on some All-Conference teams three
years down the road. Shelton doubles as a return man for Taft.