The top prospect for Southeast was clearly UF commit Brian Poole. The 5'10, 190 pound senior played mainly defense for the 'Noles and registered an interception as well as several terrific tackles. Poole is the total package at CB. A physical kid, he loves to play the game and clearly is the leader of this talented team. Poole ran for close to 1,000 yards at RB a year ago, it does not appear that they will need him as much in 2011. That should free up plenty of time for him to hone his CB skills. We think he is a player that makes an instant impact at the next level and is clearly a five-star CB. Poole has a unique body for CB, he looks more like a RB, but his smooth hips and explosiveness are perfectly suited for CB. He is one of the state's top prospects.
The player who is taking pressure off Poole offensively is sophomore RB Courtney Allen. The 5'7, 180 pounder was a Pop Warner legend and was a contributor as a freshmen. He appears to be the man now and his speed and quickness is elite. He scored a pair of TDs in this one, one on a reception. Yes, he is on the short side, but he is thick and plays bigger than his size. In space he is capable of taking it the distance. Allen is a player that others rally around. Look for him to go well over 1,000 yards rushing this year.
Offensive linemen Kevin Williams has added a few pounds and appeared in top shape. The 6'4 interior linemen is one of the best on the West Coast of Florida and is equally adept at run and pass blocking. At 285, he still needs to add some weight and strength, but he is firmly on the radar of several D-1 programs. He is reacting this year instead of thinking and that is a big step in the right direction.
Another senior is wide receiver Tre Laws. He is long at 6'3 and is now the main weapon at receiver for Southeast. He caught five balls in this one with one TD. He has enough speed to get down the field and can use that frame to shield defenders. He is also a pretty good blocker on the outside. He has not had a ton of opportunity up until this point, this might be the year that he makes a name for himself. There is some real upside here.
The junior class has a pair of D-1 type players in Terrence Houston and Eric Thompson. Houston is a 6'1, 210 pound MLB that was very active all game. Physical. He has the body for D-1, but needs to improve his lateral agility. Plays downhill which is a good sign. Thompson is a great looking CB. At 5'11 he has a couple of inches on Poole on a lean, strong frame. We liked the way he moved and expect him to see plenty of action this year when schools shy away from Poole. He is also capable of playing Safety, but will need to add some weight.
Two more sophomores stood out. Bobby Haines is already 6'1 and the athlete is capable of playing either safety or wide receiver. There is a lot of upside as he gains weight and strength. Wide receiver Kadarrius Carley has a chance to develop into a top prospect. He is 5'10 and lean, but moves very well. Smooth player. The WR position is deep, so it will be interesting to see how much opportunity he gets this year.