There is nobody that has a better grasp on Palm Beach County athletics than Josh Giggey of 561sports.com. Josh wrote this SPRING REPORT on the Boca Raton Bobcats for FloridaKids.us.
BOCA RATON - Although a few of the star players for the Bobcats were not in attendance earlier this week because the baseball team saw its season extended, the Bobcats still had plenty of talent and depth on display. This team should have one of the most complete teams in the area for the 2005 season as they have quality football players on every unit.
The show-stoppers are expected to be RG/DT Robert Balkunas, DE Lonnie Baker, quarterback Cody Clinton and recent transfer (Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons) TE John Lubischer. These players were at the Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us event in March and had plenty of people talking very positively.
Last month, Larry Blustein spotlighted Clinton in one of the INSIDE THE HUDDLE segments, which gave a fair evaluation of what he brings to the table for the Bobcats this coming season.
Balkunas is one of the strongest players in the state, and he quite frankly dominated anyone he went up against on either side of the ball in drills, which is exactly what Coach Rick Swain is hoping for in the fall.
In my opinion, one of the players could really make a difference is Lubischer. There were those who doubted his overall ability when he came up from Broward County, but after watching him perform in practice and in a camp setting, I have to say that this a young men who has made some strides in becoming an elite player.
Lubischer is a punishing blocker with the speed to get to the second level and punish LB's and DB's to springboard big plays. He also showed that he can be a scary force with the ball in his hands if he gets a full head of steam going.
Baker is another solid prospect who I love to watch. His work in practice and in games will sell any college recruiter who comes to watch him. His motor never stops. A potential star-quality athlete on the defensive side of the ball.
To me, I think this could be the find of the year for a program that lost two quality football players who made the move up to Florida Air Academy in Melbourne>
In the practice session I had the pleasure of watching, he made the play of the day as he caught the ball in the flat, turned it upfield, and proceeded to steamroll two defenders on his way to a long TD.
Junior RB Cleveland Hankerson is another player who I feel can help turn this program around, and although he wasn't at the session earlier this week, he is a tough athlete with a load of talent.
At WR Cameron Abdallah is looking to fill the big roll left by Sherman Lang, and he has the ability to be a quality weapon for Clinton to throw to. He is a very quick, runs precise routes, and has good hands. In the backfield, a few players shared the load with juniors Keenan Williams (fastest player on the team), Brian Weidman, and Larry Thompson all making big plays.
Thompson is the best of the bunch as he uses his very stocky build to punish defenders and he has a good knack of running with the football in traffic.
Other quality players for Boca included senior DT Kendal Mason and senior SS Al Gibbs. Mason uses his short and stocky build to disrupt the offense and Gibbs is just ballhawk in every sense of the word. He should team up with the aformentioned Keenan Williams to form one of the top safety combo's in the area.
Swain, who will be entering his third season as head coach, believes his team can make the playoffs once again this year. The Bobcats will be looking for a third consecutive trip to the post season playoffs, competing in one of the most talented counties (Palm Beach) in the state this coming season.
The Bobcats will play cross-town rival Spanish River in the spring jamboree.
SPRING REPORT: Boca Raton Bobcats
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