SUMMER CAMP REPORT: Delray Beach Atlantic

With the start of the season right around the corner, here is a look at one of the teams expected to make some noise among 5A schools in Palm Beach County – Delray Beach Atlantic.

This CAMP REPORT is courtesy of Josh Giggey, who covers Palm Beach County extensively for his www.561sports.com website. He provided this story exclusively for www.floridakids.us.

DELRAY BEACH –
Wednesday, I made the trip to Delray Beach Atlantic to get an early look at the Eagles.

Although they were still in just helmets and shorts, you could still see plenty of the Atlantic talent on display. The senior leader of the team is 3-year starting RB CJ Francis, and his quickness and agility was on display all practice. He looks to have a more feature role in the offense this year than he has had the past 2 years where it was more of a pass oriented team. Besides his talent, Francis also showed great leadership all practice long by pushing teammates to run harder during sprints and teaching the younger RB's during the drills.

New QB Mark McGrath has some tough shoes to fill replacing star Souverain McKinson, but he looked pretty solid out there. He has a very good arm and can make all the throws.

The big name star of the Atlantic squad is junior WR Preston Parker (www.floridakids.us #5 rated junior in the state) and he didn't disappoint. In 7-on-7's he got open on almost every play, and finished off the drills by making one of the best catches of the day almost 40 yards downfield. Preston also worked out some at QB and ran the option. However, Parker wasn't the most impressive WR on the field on Wednesday. That honor belonged to senior Tracey Hunter. At 6'3 and 220 pounds, he looks more like a TE, but he showed today that he has everything necessary to play WR at the next level. During 7-on-7's drill he caught passes all over the field. A few over the middle showing good hands, one deep down the sideline for a TD, and a spectacular catch down the sideline where he leaped up and stole the ball from the DB who had good coverage.

Senior DB Courtney Robinson also showed why he is getting some college interest, as he made a few INT's during the drills.

Overall, this is a very fast and athletic Atlantic team that will be handful for anyone in 5A to play. The talent level of their skill positions is as good as it gets. They open the regular season at rival Santaluces, but before that the Eagles are still looking for a kickoff classic opponent.

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