IN THE HUDDLE: Cody Clinton

There are some impressive two-sport stars in the state of Florida this coming season, but this Palm Beach County standout could emerge as one of the finest in football and on the baseball field.

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 similar 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: Cody Clinton
POSITION: QB
SCHOOL: Boca Raton Community School
HEIGHT: 6-2
WEIGHT: 205
40 SPEED: 4.69
HEAD COACH: Rick Swain
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating: 101

A few years back, when I had the pleasure of spending some time with Rick Swain, who then coached at Gainesville High, he told me that if athletes are willing to make a commitment, they would succeed.

Having coached some impressive athletes such as Clinton Portis and Ian Scott, you have to understand that his success has centered around hard work and dedication to the sport.

When I ran into him last summer, at the Univerdity of South Florida Passing Camp in Tampa, he told me that his young Bobcats would be a team to watch for in the future. While a few key athletes left the school to head up to the Space Coast this season, there was plenty of quality coming back this season, where this program is expected to accomplish some great things.

On the of the players who will make the team better - especially on offense - is quarterback Cody Clinton. Regarded as one of the top passers in south Florida, Clinton will emerge as one of the best, and college recruiters who have not had the chance to see what he can do, will have that opportunity during the spring and summer.

Here is a quarterback, who Coach Swain believes will be one of the best he has been around, and if you trace his career back through the years, he has had some impressive signal callers.

Clinton threw for 1,142 yards a year ago. That included 83 for 121 with 16 touchdowns and the confidence he would be a player who everyone would look at this coming season.

STRENGTHS: In the two games that I had the opportunity to watch him, Clinton was impressive. While he was an impressive prospect as a passer, his ability to run the ball and step out of the pocket was also something that I really liked about him.

His 414 yards and 5 TD against state-rated Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer and Jupiter gave me an idea of what he can do against quality competition that had speed and could apply enough pressure on Clinton to force him to pull all of his tricks out of the bag.

At the FloridaKids.us/Perfect Competition Camp/Combine that we hosted back in March, I had the chance to watch Clinton throw the ball during drills and competition. His release was quick, he looked off his first receiver and made sure that his balls were easy to catch.

Some things that people don't understand in a camp setting is quarterbacks are not familiar with the receivers they are throwing to, so there is a period of adjustment. I truly believe that Cody makes those adjustments so well.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Getting to throw more long balls and stretching the defenses is essential at the next level. Colleges want to know that you have the ability to throw a good long ball as well as mix it up intermediate and short balls.

OVERALL: While he will be an exceptional football players, Clinton will also have an option as a baseball player.

Baseball is a sport where he is regarded as one of the top prospects in Palm Beach County. This season, he led the area in hitting, first in doubles, second in runs scored and runs driven in and third in homers.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While there are a number of schools who have started to show interest, you can believe that the spring and summer will start to bring in offers.

University of Miami is his first choice, which is something that plenty of talented quarterbacks look at. But the Hurricanes also have company as he will be selling his two-sport prowess to schools such as Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and the University of Central Florida.

Get IN THE HUDDLE with some more of Florida's emerging stars:
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IN THE HUDDLE – COLIN MCCARTHY
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IN THE HUDDLE - CHRIS SORCE
IN THE HUDDLE - SHOMARI GRANT
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IN THE HUDDLE - JAMES POE
IN THE HUDDLE - RYAN ELLIS
IN THE HUDDLE - COURTNEY JONES
IN THE HUDDLE - BRYAN THOMAS
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