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: Quintin Hancock
SCHOOL: St. Augustine
40 SPEED: 4.51
HEAD COACH: Joey Wiles
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating: Not rated
Being a state where over 15,000 athletes compete in the sport of football, and with over 470 schools competing every week, it sometimes takes a camp or a combine – or even film to discover a quality athlete.
Being fortunate to have the opportunity to attend so many camps and combines throughout the state of Florida, I have that chance to discover talent that I missed the year before.
Usually, the athletes I miss compete in two or more sports, and often times, they are unable to attend camps or combines in football because of other commitments.
In Hancock's case, it was after the initial 275 pre-spring list came out when coaches, friends and family members began to tell me how I missed one of the state's premier athletes. Like I do with most athletes like Hancock, I started to make calls, check out film and make plans to see him compete in person.
In Gainesville at the MSL Combine, on a rainy day, I discovered quite an athlete. Then, I went home, made some calls to opposing coaches and players, and reviewed films of his play on the football field – on both sides of the ball – and on the basketball court. Certainly, it was NO mistake that this standout was one of the rising football players in the Class of 2006.
While his teammate Brandon James captured my attention first, and I had the opportunity to put his name out for all to see, Hancock brings quite a bit to the table as well – as a two-way starter and a three-sport (track) star.
STRENGTHS: When you see a tall athlete like this who is often spending time training for three sports, being physical is the last thing you would expect, but this is someone who is strong (250 bench and 385 squat) and will smack you back.
The first thing you notice, other than his quickness and ability to make plays is his willingness to block as a receiver as well as come up and get in your face on the defensive side of the ball.
The hardest thing to teach a football player is how to be aggressive and to be assertive. Any college who watches Hancock play will see an athlete who puts his body on the line on every play.
On offense, he becomes tough to cover on some plays. Being taller, he often draws a mismatch with 5-8 or 5-9 defensive backs. Remember, he does have a 37 inch vertical jump and his quite physical, so believing that he is too thin and won't be a physical challenge is not knowing your opponent.
He caught 30 balls last season for 454 yards and 4 TD, including the game-winner against Palatka.
On defense, as a safety, he is simply a pleasure to watch. He loves to be around the ball and has the skills and speed to be there on every play. The thing that you just have to love about him is the way that he puts his head into the action and will not shy away from the quickest or strongest players.
Defensively, he had 50 tackles and came up with 4 interceptions, one which he returned for a score.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Obviously, when he gets to the next level, he will play just one position, and even though I am siding with him staying on the defensive side of the ball because of how physical he can be, I think he can make a major impact as a receiver because of his ability to block and catch the ball in traffic, so we'll have to see what position he plays before seeing what he needs to work on.
OVERALL: As we will throughout the summer, FloridaKids.us will see more and more football talent that will jump on the radar screen, and by the time the season begins, we will have given you more rising seniors who we will discover.
Hancock also boasts a 3.0 grade point average, which makes him more impressive for colleges to check out.
COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While offers have already poured in from the University of Connecticut, Indiana, South Carolina and Nebraska, schools such as Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Illinois, Wake Forest, South Florida, Mississippi and Central Florida have shown interest.
Get IN THE HUDDLE with some more of Florida's emerging stars:
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