It is so deep in young talent that we will just start with the offense. Tshumbi Johnson had a break-out year last season at QB and might have played his best overall game Friday night when he threw for 260 yards and ran for over 200. At 5'11, Johnson will likely be recruited to the WR and DB positions in college. It is hard to know right now what he wants to do and what colleges will recruit him at. Johnson showed some real toughness playing both sides of the ball in a physical game. His quickness, wiggle, and pure speed are dangerous traits.
Dee Johnson is Tshumbi's brother and the main RB. Just a sophomore, Dee runs hard inside and showed enough speed to pop off some big runs. He is also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. Jacky Marcellus continues to be a clutch performer, he had two 90+ yard plays; one a run and one a catch. The junior is 5'9, 185 and is a good all around offensive weapon. He has also played LB and S on defense.
A pair of wide receivers are going to attract serious attention: Xavier Richardson(2013) and J.C. Jackson(2014). At 6'3, Richardson is a big target with plus hands and ball skills. He is a weapon in the red zone. Also a standout on the basketball court, he has the type of tools that should see BCS schools offering in the Spring(if not sooner). Jackson is a 5'11, 180 pound player with pure speed. He showed those jets on a big TD catch where he ran right down the middle of the field past defenders with the angles. We were most impressed with his blocking where he played wise beyond his years and also the versatility he showed at CB. Jackson has a chance to be a national recruit. Jummy Victorin is yet another junior WR that will attract D-1 interest next year. He made the game's best block when he de-cleated a Naples defensive linemen. Victorin has good hands and good size.
A pair of big guys supply the size in Deadrin Senat and Kerby Henry. At 6'1 Senat has the chance to be a national recruit at DT. He played hard and both ways in this physical contest. Senat has plus athleticism which is best seen when he is on the move as an OL pulling. He is a high character prospect.
Henry is a little shorter than Senat(5'11) and does many of the same things. We liked him on the defensive side of the ball and Henry probably can carry 300+ down the road.
The headliner on the defensive side of the football is Mackensie Alexander. The 5'11, 175 pound junior CB made three great plays on the ball(no completions), jumped a pair of routes, and played physical on the edge. As a recruit, plenty of schools are showing interest and he has the makings up a top 5 CB in the state for the 2013 cycle. He is also the primary punt returner. Twin brother, Mackenro Alexander, is more of a Safety. He is longer(6'1) with the same athletic traits. He has picked up an early offer from Clemson. Alexander played down in the box and made plays. Mackenro also plays WR.
Xavier Griffin is another junior member of the secondary and also has good size(6'0, 180). He doubles as a WR as well, but his future looks to be at Safety. He totaled four tackles in this one. Sophomore Jimmy Bayes stands 6'4 and is about 185 pounds. His main role is as a DE, but is also listed at WR. He is one to watch going forward and is a smooth athlete at that size. Hard to know how he will physically develop this early.
Jordan Alce is the lone senior prospect. The 6'1, 215 pound Alce is a middle linebacker and the teams leading tackler with 29 stops through two games. He can run sideline to sideline. Alce does a good job of taking on and getting off blocks and has attracted plenty of D-1 attention at this time.