As you know by now, if you have been reading our pre-spring coverage that we go in depth, evaluate and bring you everything you, as fans, need to know about the athletes for the Class of 2006, here in the state of Florida.
Today, I would like to introduce you to a pair of players, who have been getting it done, on the big stage, for several years as they follow in the talented footsteps of some impressive athletes who have walked the halls at Dade City Pasco High.
Located to the northeast of Tampa, Pasco County has long been home to some great athletes, and our version of the "Twin Towers" are two players who will compete at a very high level – and beyond.
Coached by Dale Caparaso, Dominic Brown (6-5, 210) and Darrell Davis (6-4, 200) would be two of the top receivers in the state this coming season. Both are very athletic and can turn a game around in a hurry.
Brown is not only a quality football talent, but some regard this left-hander as one of the rising baseball players in the state. He has been competing at a high level for years in the youth leagues, and has taken his 90 mph fastball to help the Pirates.
"I have watched Dominic play two sports," said Larry Blustein of Floridakids.us. "He is a tremendous football player with speed, tremendous hands and the ability to make the big play. As a baseball player, he could have a long career as well. Anyone with that size, athletic ability, speed and instincts could compete professionally for years."
Brown, who also makes a difference on the football field, realizes that he and Davis could make life tough on any defensive coordinator trying to gameplan against the Pirates.
"The main reason is our size," he said. "We both force teams to double cover us. Once that happens, it leaves running lanes for our backs to run through."
As a receiver last season, Davis racked up over 28 receptions for close to 500 yards. He also had 8 touchdowns on offense. Not only was he impressive on the offensive side of the football, the quality athlete also put up similar type stats on defense. He had 59 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown, which came from an interception. Davis was voted to the prestigious All-Pasco County 1st team and All-Area 1st Team.
When asked where he would like to play at the next level, Davis was quick to get answer out: "I like defense," he said. "I am a physical guy and don't mind dishing out some punishment."
Even though he would like to play defense, Davis mentioned that wherever his coaches want him to play, he will gladly do it. He has always been the ultimate team player.
As I sat down to evaluate Brown, I kept in mind, watching him play, that he will have a decision to make. Football or baseball? Frankly, at the collegiate level, he could easily do best. As a professional, it would be out of the question. Being a left-handed pitcher will really make it tough on pro teams to pass by.
Brown has the ideal size to play receiver in college. He will be a major mismatch for opposing cornerbacks. While he does not have blazing (4.6) speed, he is able to stretch a defense by using his leaping advantage and by using his athletic ability to create situations.
Get him on crossing routes and that's where Brown is most effective. If you're looking for a receiver that is a go-to guy on third down and inside the red-zone, Brown is the perfect fit. He is also a dream to quarterbacks who love endzone fade patterns!
While there are so many positives to his play, Brown can still work on his overall speed, although it depends what college he competes for. With proper training, you're looking at a receiver that will be able to run in the 4.5 range some day. That would be unreal for someone his size.
Brown could also improve on running routes and getting more separation from defensive backs. He sometimes struggles pulling away from cornerbacks. One concern that you also have with Brown is the competition he faces. Even though the teams Pasco competes against have some quality athletes, the next level will produce physical cover-corners and safeties who will make him earn every catch he makes.
Two years ago one of my favorite receivers was Johnny Payton. He was also out of Pasco High School. After seeing Johnny on film, I placed him in the top 30 of the entire state of Florida. While schools such as the University of Miami showed a lot of interest in Payton, he eventually signed with the University of South Florida, which is close to home. Brown is in a very similar situation. Like with Payton, Brown is an unproven receiver that has all the physical schools to be one of the best in Florida this year.
By the end of the season, Brown will probably have more big time offers than his former teammate.
There you have a look at FloridaKids.us "Twin Towers". As you will see, if you follow Brown and Davis, they will two very special athletes throughout the course of the season.
Charles Fishbein is a recruiting analyst for www.floridakids.us. He has become one of the premier high school football columnists in the nation. Look soon for his 2005 NFL Draft Booklet, which will be released next week. You can contact him at CFishbein@aol.com.
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