During the spring and into the summer, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.
These are similiar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.
Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.
PLAYER: Jordan Dalrymple
HEAD COACH: Greg Register
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating: 80
On a team where star-quality performers like Corey Hobbs and Andy Lark have been receiving much of the attention since the 2004 season came to an end, here is a football player that Derek Williams of SunshinePreps.net first came upon and brought my attention to.
When you talk about players with potential who haven't received the attention they deserve, here is someone who fits into that mold.
"The first thing you notice about Jordan is the way he never stops playing the game," Williams said. "Here is someone who takes on blockers and makes them pay for even thinking of getting in his way."
As Williams watched him further, he became more impressed at the skill level he has. He was also bowled over by the way he played the position.
STRENGTHS: I sat there and watched Dalrymple on four straight plays and wrote down the things that I liked about him.
On the first play, a running play to his right, he played off two blocks, kept his head up and shoulders square to the play, and eventually came up with an assist. He showed that he had closing speed and the instincts you like from this position.
The second play was a draw to his right, again. This time, he overran the play, got up off the ground and chased the play down some 25 yards up field to assist on the tackle. That you don‘t teach a football player. It comes from the will to succeed.
The third play was a sweep to his left. He shed a tight end, what appeared to be a fullback and stood the ball carrier straight up and made the solo tackle. The hit was crisp and text book in nature.
The fourth play that was run was a screen pass to his left. He actually was taken out of the play by a receiver, but recovered to jar the ball loose from the runner and chased it out of bounds.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: He needs to learn to stay back and address pass coverage. Perhaps the toughest thing to teach a run-oriented defensive scheme is to adjust to passing games that disguise real well.
At the next level, the more you do to help a team, the more you will be included in the gameplan.
OVERALL: While I do agree with Derek Williams about his skill level, I do see something in his play that will translate to the next level. In some evaluations, I question the overall speed, but this is someone who knows enough about the game to make his style pay off for him.
COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While Jordan hasn't narrowed down his list, and many school have yet to see him play, he does have an unusual mix of D1A and D1AA schools, starting with the University of Tennessee, 1AA power Georgia Southern, where his uncle attended, Alabama, and Valdosta State in southern Georgia.
But we are confident that after colleges watch this budding star this spring, his list will go through some changes!
Here are some more IN THE HUDDLE segments that you may enjoy reading as well:
IN THE HUDDLE - PRESTON PARKER
IN THE HUDDLE - SABBATH JOSEPH
IN THE HUDDLE - PRESTON PARKER
IN THE HUDDLE - RYAN KHAWLY
IN THE HUDDLE - REGGIE ODOM
IN THE HUDDLE - KEITH HOUSTON
IN THE HUDDLE - C.J. SPILLER
IN THE HUDDLE - RILEY COOPER
IN THE HUDDLE - JAMES JAMISON
IN THE HUDDLE - DESMOND GEE
IN THE HUDDLE - RICKY GARY
IN THE HUDDLE - LAURANCE MARIUS
IN THE HUDDLE - LABRANDON GLOVER
IN THE HUDDLE - RICHARD JACKSON
IN THE HUDDLE - KENRICK ELLIS
IN THE HUDDLE: Jordan Dalrymple
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