IN THE HUDDLE: Patrick Adolphe

When it comes to spring football in the state of Florida, college coaches flock to campuses from Pensacola to Key West in record numbers to find that special athlete, who can make a difference. Here is one of those "special" football players coaches found this spring.

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: Patrick Adolphe
POSITION: DE
SCHOOL: Delray Beach Atlantic Community
HEIGHT: 6-3
WEIGHT: 235
40 SPEED: 4.8
HEAD COACH: Christopher Bean
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating: Not rated

When you think about spring, especially in Florida, the first thing that comes to mind, is football.

Whether it's the three weeks of practice, sitting down in the coach's office and looking at film and transcripts or standing on the sideline with other college coaches, this is the time of year when great discoveries are made.

Last Thursday night, nearly 20 coaches were on the sideline to watch Delray Beach Atlantic host Charles Deas and Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson. Ask every coach why they were there watching, and even money says Deas and Atlantic receiver Preston Parker. But the coaches from Florida State, Minnesota, Alabama, Georgia, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and others received an added bonus.

When we hosted the Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us Combine back in March, the first day brought nearly 100 players. Among that talented group were some 10 standouts from Atlantic, which is nearly an hour away.

As the players went through their drills, one player continued to standout and look sharp. It was Adolphe, a player very few knew anything about. He ran well and showed plenty of skills during the many drills that were run.

Miami Dolphins' tight end Randy McMichael, one of the instructors of the combine, noticed Adolphe, and made several comments about the rising senior.

"Look at that young man over there," McMichael, pointing to Adolphe, "he is doing so many things right it's hard to believe that he hasn't even began his senior season.

McMichael knew exactly what he was talking about. Adolphe had a solid spring as coaches had called to ask me about him, his ability and what I though about his future all spring.

STRENGTHS: In the game against Boyd Anderson, he was virtually unstoppable. He was quick off the ball and made plays inside and out because of his strength, quickness and athletic ability.

You can tell a lot about a football player the way he reacts in big games. Even when the play was run away from his side, Patrick still managed to follow up well and create his own pressure.

For much of the first half, he owned anyone Boyd Anderson tried to match him up with. Even when he was taken out of some running plays, he more than made up for it as he chased Herb Bynes all over the field, usually creating enough pressure to make the rising senior make mistakes.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: I didn't really see enough of what he can do against the run. Either they ran away from his side on sweeps or he was taken out of the play by a lead back.

Being a run-stopper may not be essential for someone who has the ability to be a big time pass rush specialist, but it always helps to do what you can to crack the lineup.

OVERALL: As we continue to do, and will follow all summer long, FloridaKids will uncover some top athletes who have emerged as star-quality football players.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While Florida State had an opportunity to see what this young man can do, Adolphe is hoping that the Seminoles will pass the word on to others schools such as Akron, Florida, Virginia and Miami, which he lists as places he would like visiting.

Get IN THE HUDDLE with some more of Florida's emerging stars:
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IN THE HUDDLE – CHARLES DEAS
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IN THE HUDDLE – CAZ PIUROWSKI
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IN THE HUDDLE – MARKEVIOUS POWELL
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IN THE HUDDLE – JARED MARTIN
IN THE HUDDLE – COLIN MCCARTHY
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IN THE HUDDLE - CHRIS SORCE
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IN THE HUDDLE - DARRELL ROSEMAN
IN THE HUDDLE - JAMES POE
IN THE HUDDLE - RYAN ELLIS
IN THE HUDDLE - COURTNEY JONES
IN THE HUDDLE - BRYAN THOMAS
IN THE HUDDLE - JORDAN DALRYMPLE
IN THE HUDDLE - PRESTON PARKER
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