IN THE HUDDLE: Michael Guilford

As you can see from all the analysts covering the Sunshine State for Scout.com, there are perhaps more football propects than any other place in the country. Every day, new names and faces are added to the growing list for the Class of 2006. Here is yet another one of those quality football players to keep an eye on!

During the summer and into the 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: Michael Guilford
POSITION: QB
SCHOOL: Blountstown
HEIGHT: 6-2.5
WEIGHT: 170
40 SPEED: 4.6
HEAD COACH: Bobby Johns
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The thing that I love about watching high school football in the state of Florida is the very fact that you can be looking at one athlete and another one, who could be on the same team, may steal your attention. That is the case with this standout athlete.

While much of the attention in the 1A state title game last December between Blountstown and Fort Meade was directed toward several Fort Meade players as well as Chance Attaway of Blountstown, there were a few other football players who stood out.

Perhaps the one player who never got the recognition he deserved was Guilford. As I broadcasted the game on radio with Steve Berrey, the name that kept popping up was this tall, thin quarterback who continued to make plays.

While all the names have been talked about this year when it comes to the quarterback position in Florida, there may not be a more versatile player than Guilford. He is not the combine type of player who will bowl you over with his blazing speed or great strength. But put a uniform on him and see how impressed you are with him.

I watched the title game three times on tape and watched everything Guilford did to help keep his team in the contest, nearly pulling it out at the end.

STRENGTHS: He has tremendous field vision and always knows where the play needs to be made. While you have physical, big arm passers who don't have any leadership skills, Guilford is the kind of athlete teammates play off of. He can run, throw the ball with tremendous accuracy and has a way of making plays by using the balance his team has.

Watching him during one drive in that state title game, I saw an athlete who refused to give in to the fact that the opponent was better. He completed two straight passes when it looked like he was going to caught and sacked. He ran for three key first downs to keep two different drives alive.

The surprising thing to me about him was how hard it was to bring him down. On two consecutive plays when he ran the ball, the first defender couldn't bring him down, which shows strength, athletic ability and plenty of heart.

On a third down and 13, with all his receivers covered, Guilford found a way to get those tough yards, which is another reflection of his skill level.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Because he does have some mobility, being able to throw better on the run will be essential. I know he also has to start watching more film because at the next level, he will have to create more passing options and not put too much wear and tear on his thin frame.

OVERALL: While some coaches have mentioned to me that they would like to see this young man play receiver or safety at the next level, I would prefer to see him stay right where he's at. Leadership is often hard to get at this level, and when you have an athlete who will do anything it takes to win, you need him at the center of the offense.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While there is a need for him to get stronger and gain weight, I still am convinced that here is a football player who has the opportunity to play Division 1A college football, and from talking to college coaches who have watched him play, they will be keeping a close eye on his progress throughout the season.

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