IN THE HUDDLE: Jordan Delegal

Visiting practices, camps and combines throughout the course of a summer can produce many quality football players. Here is another rising talent that colleges have already started to find out about. After losing in the playoffs last year, look for this youngster and his team to be back in the spotlight in 2005.

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: Jordan Delegal
POSITION: CB/S
SCHOOL: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 185
40 SPEED: 4.56
HEAD COACH: Mark Guandolo
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating: Not rated

Every so often, I will get an e-mail from a football player who follows recruiting on the Internet. While I always answer back and often ask for film, very few times have I ever found a rising star in that manner.

Last year, after his sophomore season had ended, Delegal started to write and ask that I watch his progress as a football player who came to Chaminade from Fort Lauderdale Dillard after his freshman season.

All Delegal asked of me was to watch him and keep an eye on his progress. While I usually get hundreds of e-mails and tapes from players, it's hard to remember a few young men who wanted me to watch them play.

During the spring, at the first ever Perfect Competition/FloridaKids.us Camp, I had the pleasure of watching Delegal for the first time, and this was a well built, athletic football player who had the opportunity to improve his game and get stronger and quicker with the Lions' stringent workout regime.

Vy the time I saw him at the Miami Nike Camp, I was a little more sold on his football skills. When his head coach Mark Guandolo told me that "Jordan was going to be an impressive performer in the defensive secondary," - I listened.

STRENGTHS: As a cover corner, his strength, athletic ability and quickness make it nearly impossible to catch the ball cleanly.

"I love playing at the little island out there by myself," Delegal laughed. "It's just me and the receiver, going at it to win the game. I love that."

As a safety, his cover skills translate to someone who is an aggressive last line of defense. He also supports the run very well, not afraid to stick his "hat" in and mix it up.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: While I watched him compete against some pretty decent receivers last year, to play the corner position at the next level will mean that you will come across very physical pass catchers who have been taught to laqy out punishments. Can Delegal "hit" back if he has to go against physical offensive weapons? That‘s something that he has not show a lot of so far.

OVERALL: The Lions have had their share of tremendous football players over the past few years, and here is yet another one of those who continues to improve all the time.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: As schools such as North Carolina State, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Auburn, Colorado State and Mississippi continue to sell their respective programs, Delegal and his teammates ready themselves for a trip of a lifetime to open the 2005 season at Tyler (Texas) Lee.

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