LAUDERDALE LAKES - As footballs filled the air on this late spring day in Florida, you could understand why every college coach flocks to this state this time of year.
Whether you are in Fort Myers, Fort Walton Beach or Fort Lauderdale, there is a sense that you may not want to be any other place in the country than the Sunshine State.
As we continue to do here at FloridaKids.us, we travel the state, watching football players live and talking to coaches about the upcoming season.
FloridaKids.us was greeted this past week by some impressive athletes at Boyd Anderson High. This is a group of players who have followed us this season as we continue visiting more schools than any other source when it comes to evaluating talent.
Last season, Boyd Anderson won its district and made a nice run in the playoffs. This year, however, the Cobras may be one of the most talented 6A teams in south Florida.
"I have had the chance to camp with 10-15 of the players the past two months," said Larry Blustein of FloridaKids.us. "This is a program, under Coach Lawal McCray, that is on the rise."
Even though they lost one of their team leaders in linebacker Gerald Williams, who will play this fall at Tennessee, this is a team that has very few weaknesses this upcoming season.
I had the pleasure of stopping by practice to watch a very impressive team. The star on offense this year will be quarterback Herb Bynes. He has enjoyed a stellar off-season and is ready to break out this year.
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Bynes has the ideal size to play quarterback at the next level. He has one of the strongest arms of any prospect you will see in Florida this year.
Bynes' favorite target this year will be wide receiver Travius Thompson. He was a prospect that Blustein and myself spotted at the Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us Camp back in March in Davie. Thompson is a 6-foot-3, 185 pounder who will draw a lot of attention this spring and during the fall. Last season, Thompson played in only a handful of games for the Cobras.
One of the top prospects on the Cobras' football team is Charles Deas. While he was ruled ineligible toward the end of the season at Fort Lauderdale Dillard last season, Deas then made his move to Broward Christian School and then back into the public system at Boyd Anderson. School officials and Deas claim that he is ready to go.
The defensive tackle was rated No. 5 in our preseason top 100 that we released two weeks ago. When I spoke with Deas, he mentioned what he would like to accomplish this year, and from the many camps and combines he has attended this off season, I would never dispute what he says.
"I want to be the best defensive lineman in the nation," he said. "I also want to be rated as the top prospect in Florida this year. My goal is to be the very best and I will not settle for anything less."
As I watched the impressive 6-foot-5, 320 pounder go through his workout, it's a good bet that if people across the country could see him play, they would be sold on the fact that there are few - "if any" - better than he is.
Another facet of his game that has coaches and players excited is his ability to be a vocal leader. Williams was that leader last year, and now Deas appears to be filling those shoes quite well.
Other top players for 2006 include defensive backs Frantz Accime, 5-9, 175, and Maurice Anthony Cohen, 5-11, 185, and receiver Dex Rho, 5-8, 165.
Not only are the Cobras talented on the defensive line, they have some impressive looking prospects on the offensive line as well. They have two offensive linemen that will be part of the impressive 2007 class that we will take a look at as well.
The first of that talented lineman is Brandon Curry. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, he is an impressive looking prospect to keep an eye on this year. His teammate Jaron Odom is another large young man, measuring in at 6-foot-5, 327 pounds. Outside of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas this season, Boyd Anderson may have the most impressive looking offensive line I have seen. The two prospects are ones that Blustein and I spotted last spring while both were just freshman.
One of the rising juniors on the Boyd Anderson defense will be cornerback Moses Jenkins. At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, he will be one of the more heavily recruited defensive backs next year.
Jenkins has the size to play safety and the speed to match up against some of the very best receivers Broward County has to offer this year. Not only is he one to continue to watch his defensive teammate Joshua Bynes is a future star as well.
Not to many other prospects will catch your attention like the younger Bynes will. While his brother may end up as one of the top quarterbacks in Broward County, you can county on Joshua being the premier linebacker this year. He is already 6-foot-3, 215 pounds amd growing. The linebacker/defensive end also has excelled in the classroom where he carries a 3.5 GPA.
Another Class of 2007 prospects to keep an eye on is Joey Lee. The coaches at Boyd Anderson believe that he will be among the best running backs in Broward County this year. Running behind the huge and talented offensive line, Lee should post some impressive numbers this year.
As I spotted some more Class of 2006 players, I jotted down these names for you to check out: Offensive guard/defensive tackle Mike Sancster, tight end Benidele Ayoola, linebacker Gerald Fancois and Darrin Smith.
For the Class of 2008, the Cobras already have a prospect who will draw a lot of college recruiters to their campus. Quarterback Joe Wiley will only enter the 10th grade, and already the 6-foot-2, 175 pounder is getting second and third looks!
There's a look at a program that you will hear plenty about over the next few years, and who knows, when the playoffs begin in November, they could be a serious player!
Charles Fishbein is a recruiting analyst for www.floridakids.us. You can contact him with story ideas at CFishbein@aol.com.
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