IN THE HUDDLE: Markihe Anderson

While the Class of 2006 has some 8,000 athletes and some 375 potential Division 1A prospects, when one goes without a lot of fanfare and publicity, it is no surprise at all. This Fort Myers Dunbar two-way standout made his commitment over the weekend, and the school may surprise you!

During the summer and into the 2005 season 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: Markihe Anderson
POSITION: DB/WR
SCHOOL: Fort Myers Dunbar
HEIGHT: 5-10
WEIGHT: 175
40 SPEED: 4.45
HEAD COACH: Gregory Baloga
www.floridakids.us Summer Rating: Not rated.

Remember what we continue to tell you about the state of Florida when it comes to recruiting. The one thing that remains a mystery is how athletes who many have never heard of as sophomores and juniors, suddenly pop onto the radar screen right before they begin their final season.

While Coach Baloga has continued to sing Anderson's praises as a two-way standout, many have simply overlooked him. I was fortunate to have found this budding star at the right time, and even when I mentioned him to a few recruiting analysts, they were surprised, and even though they watch countless hours of film, never had the chance to see this standout.

Over the weekend, Anderson gave his commitment to attend the University of Florida, which is a huge plus for a program that is searching for quality defensive secondary help. You have to believe that the new coaching staff in Gainesville had a lot to do with this early decision. The Fort Myers area has always had a number of outstanding football players attend Florida.

From the two occasions I have watched him play, both times on tape, he simply jumps right off the screen. Speed, quickness and athletic ability come to mind when watching him play.

This is someone who will play in the defensive secondary at the next level. He is one of the most physical cover-corners I have had the pleasure to watch, and no doubt that when comes up against Southeastern Conference talent, he will more than hold his own.

"Markihe ran a 4.47 on grass at the University of Florida, and a 4.51 on grass at the University of Miami, " said Baloga. "This is a quality athlete who has strength (250 bench) and the ability to get it done on both sides of the ball."

STRENGTHS: As I mentioned, this is someone on the defensive side of the ball who will make you pay when catching the ball or gaining any yardage. He makes you think twice about catching the call on his side.

Aside from his aggressive style of play as a corner, I watched him come up and play a little strong safety as well, and he supports the run extremely well. This is the kind of young man who brings everything he has to the table on each and every play.

While coaches have recruited him mainly as a defensive back, they may want to check out what he does when he gets the chance to catch the ball on offense – as well. His strength and athletic ability give him a huge edge, and his separation on pass plays is something that you just cannot overlook.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: It depends what position he will play at the next level. As a corner, he has a tendency to play the ball through the receiver, which at the next level will draw a flag 70 percent of the time, so it's important for him to be physical without knocking the receiver down.

As a receiver, he plays the position too much like an athlete. If he is to play that position at the next level, he has to understand that running crisper pass patterns will be a must. He needs to comprehend that as he runs better routes, he will be a much better weapon at a level where everyone has speed and strength.

OVERALL: At a time when all eyes on the recruiting front are peeled to the same recycled names that services and websites continue to spit out over and over again, you have an athletes who was not publicized, but does have the potential to become one of the best in the state by the end of the season.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: Before making his early commitment to the University of Florida, Anderson has been recruited by Miami, FSU, Auburn, Tennessee, UCF, South Carolina and Georgia. Central Michigan and Rutgers offered.

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