FLORIDAKIDS.us CLASS OF 2005 RECRUITING EVALUATION:
While you can find out just so much about watching film on an athlete or talking to him on the phone, there is a major advantage to seeing the athlete live. I have been fortunate to see more high school football players in person in the state of Florida than any other source.
What I will do is use my 30 plus years of evaluating talent on the football field to give up a complete opinion on the top football players in the Class of 2005.
I hope you enjoy this rare look into the football players in the state from a firsthand:
PLAYER: O.J. Murdock.
SCHOOL: Tampa Middleton
www.floridakids.us PRE-SPRING RATING: Not Rated
THE SCOOP ON THIS FLORIDA KID: Every spring this state uncovers an athlete who catches the eye of recruiters and recruiting sites because of speed and the ability to make plays. Here is this year's claim to that quick rise over the past month.
EVALUATION: ''The first thing you notice when watching this young man is the way he can separate himself from the defense – in a hurry. His 4.37 (40) speed allows him to make plays that most cannot.
As far as his skill as a receiver, he still needs to work on running crisp patterns and using his larger frame to go over the middle to catch balls that are not ‘fly patterns' or ‘deep post' routes. At a major college level, he will be asked to do more than use his burning speed to go deep at a level where defensive backs are just as fast!"
THE INSIDE STORY: It's refreshing to watch an unheralded player get it done when most never put him on the radar screen. The season will test even the most explosive of athletes and it's a long way to signing day!
COACHED BY: Harry Hubbard
RECRUITING BRIEF: O.J. Murdock
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