Prospect Report: Lake Wales vs. Lake Gibson

In a game that featured some of the top players in Polk County, it was no surprise that the night would be a showcase of talent and play making ability. The surprise was that the majority of it came from Lake Wales, racking up 404 yards of total offense and holding the Lake Gibson double headed rushing attack to 131 yards in a 42-14 victory for the Highlanders.

Lake Gibson

2011 RB Remi Watson

Watson is one of top running backs in the county. At 5'11" 190lbs, he has great size to go with his phenomenal, top end speed. He is dangerous both as a runner and a return man. He is also the team's Wildcat QB and throws surprisingly well. There is no doubt that he is a tough, physical runner, but Lake Wales was able to hold him to 56 yards rushing and several big returns, the biggest a 73 yard one to start the second half. Watson claims USF, UCF, and Florida State as his top three schools and holds offers from USF and UCF. All would be lucky to land the speedy, powerful, talented Watson.

2011 RB/LB Shawndell Artis

Artis is the other part of the backfield duo for Lake Gibson and is the RB in their Wildcat formation. He is a more physical running back than Watson, but still is quick. At 6'0" 205lbs, he is a big running back and average size linebacker. He does a good job in coverage, as he possesses the speed to move well laterally and cover players, but he excels making hits and flying to the ball as a run stopper. He finished the night with 76 yards rushing, 2 rushing touchdowns, and some big returns including the 66 yard punt return for a touchdown that was the first points of the game.

201 OT Errin Joe

Joe is a mammoth prospect at 6'4" 300lbs. He is already a dominant run blocker which is the reason Lake Gibson runs off the left side so much. He is already showing signs of improving his pad level when blocking and his footwork in pass protection. Joe is also a smart player who does a good job adjusting and picking up blitzes. He possesses a ton of offers from all over the country and currently lists Florida State and Georgia Tech as one and two respectively.

Lake Gibson's Taylor is a top 2012 prospect
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2012 DE Trent Taylor

Taylor was impressive on the night. He is a strong, physical defensive end and despite what the score may say, he gave the Lake Wales offensive line fits. Taylor currently measures in at 6'3" 250lbs. He has the strength to go up against very large blockers like Josh Hopkins and win battles. Right now he excels through using his strength and a powerful bull rush, but needs to develop some additional moves though to get around blockers. It is possible he could excel as an interior defensive lineman also.

2013 DE Kennard Swanson

Swanson is the bookend to Trent Taylor. The young, fast defensive end is 6'0" 250lbs, but has good foot speed and beat the offensive tackles for Lake Wales around the end several times on the night. He uses his hands very well to shed blocks and get into the backfield. He is certainly a playmaker to watch in the future and came up with a big fumble recovery for the Braves defense on Friday night.

2011 DT Devante Terrell DT 2011 The 6'0.5" 275lb Terrell is an impressive looking player with a lot of potential. He has a good frame and carries his current weight well, a sign that he may be able to add a little weight and not jeopardize his playing ability. At about 6'3" 295lbs 2012 OT/OG Glenn Nichols is a young, promising OT. He certainly has the size and frame you would want. He played reasonably well against the smaller, more athletic defensive linemen from Lake Wales.

Lake Wales

2011 WR Oshey Washington

It was not a very productive night for the tall, deceptively fast WR as running the ball was a priority for Lake Wales. Washington is tall and lanky at 6'5" 180lbs. When you watch him you know he is fast, but due to his size and long stride, it is sometimes hard to tell. He was a little off on the night though and dropped several catchable ball. He has a high ceiling.

2011 QB Justin Shafer

The 6'2" 195lb Shafer was the star of the night. He wreaked havoc on the Braves defense on the ground and even through the air. He finished with 159 yards passing with 3 touchdowns and 111 yards rushing with 1 touchdown. Watching the strong, side armed, mobile QB play, it was sad to think he is virtually committed to play baseball further down the road as he is an exceptional athlete and leader.

2011 WR/CB Javess Blue

At 5'11" 185lbs, and with his speed, Blue is a phenomenal two way player. He showed off against the Braves with two receiving touchdowns, a number of good kick returns, and excellent coverage on the Gibson receivers. On the offensive side he showed great hands, making some tough catches. On the defensive he showed good hips and back pedal, as well as physicality in covering the opposing receivers. We think he is very under-rated at this time.

2011 OG Josh Hopkins

Hopkins is a monster. The 6'4" 330lb linemen spent most of the night at OT instead of OG in order to help protect Shafer from the talented defensive ends duo for Lake Gibson. He did well, but against the faster Swanson, he did not have quite the foot speed needed to be an effective OT. He has tremendous size and is a very strong blocker, but is certainly a better OG at this point. He was powerful and physical off the snap, but needs to get his hands up quicker.

2013 LB Jonte Sergeant

The young, but talented Sergeant was impressive on the night in the way he flew to the ball and made big hits in the backfield and open space in helping hold off the power Lake Gibson rushing attack. He fights well through blocks in order to get the ball carrier and at 6'0" 210lbs with 3 years to grow, is a LB prospect to watch down the road.

2012 LB Ladaran Wilson

Wilson, another young LB in the Lake Wales 3-5-3 defense measures in at 6'0" 170lbs, but is a big hitter despite his weight. He was one of the most impressive players on the field Friday night. His speed makes him dangerous on special teams where he was always the first down the field to hit the return man, and on defense it allows him to play well and keep up with some opposing receivers. He flies to the ball and was a big play maker recording several tackles, some for a loss, in addition to a forced fumble and an interception.

**Other prospects to keep an eye on are:

2012 RB Glenn Redding- Although he is small at 5'8" 185lbs, Redding was a tough impressive runner on the night for the Highlanders. He possesses a good balance of speed and power and used it to record a two touchdown performance on Friday night.

2012 OG Marvin Wright- At 6'1" 280lbs, Wright might be a little on the short side but played very well. At this point he is a much better run blocker than pass blocker and that is perfect for the ground attack of Lake Gibson.

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