Dunbar vs. Naples Prospect Report

Friday night was the re-match of the second round playoff game last year that saw Naples squeak out a 17-14 win against Dunbar. This time around the game was at Dunbar, but the result was the same, Naples 14, Dunbar 12. Here is a look at how the prospects did.

NAPLES: Naples plays a fundamentally and technically sound game where they run the ball down your throat and look for opportunities down the field. While the offense is not as prolific right now as it has been (Carlos Hyde and Greg Pratt graduated), it was still effective enough to get the job done. They will once again be the team to beat in their district and SW Florida in general.

2012 QB Billy Crook: We liked what we saw in the Spring Game vs. Venice when the then freshmen struggled early, but had a brilliant second half. While the numbers (58 rushing, 77 passing) don't jump off the page, he handled the game, made some plays, and took more hard shots than he should see for awhile(23 carries)....Dunbar flat hits. He shows a live arm, good size for a sophomore, and has it upstairs.

2011 S Lucas Foreman: This is probably Naples top prospect in the '10-'11 classes. The 6'2 S can run and cover some ground. He has an outstanding frame that should fill out over the next two years. He has the athleticism to play CB, but should be one of the best S prospects in the state next year. He is a bigger, more athletic Jack Swanson(Iowa).

2010 WR Cameron Schlagel: We came away very impressed with Schlagel. While he did not make a bunch of big plays, he has great size, solid speed, and was running crisp routes. We look for him to have a big year at WR. He has a DB background, at over 6'1, he is a very intriguing prospect.

2010 RB Chris Krieg and OL Conrad Churney are a pair of guys to keep an eye on. Krieg ran hard, made a few long runs, and impressed with his overall package. Churney is a kid with a frame to work with.

2011 to keep an eye on: CB Emmanual Orange. He made the big play when he stripped the jump ball out of the hands of the Dunbar WR on a crucial two point conversion (14-12). While Orange is 5'8-5'9, he is stocky and quick while having the overall athleticism that schools look for.

DUNBAR: Dunbar's M.O. is to hit, hit, hit on defense. They fly to the football and let you know when they get there. Offensively, they like to spread it out with 3 WR's, but are committed to running the ball.

2010 RB/WR Darius Deloach: No one had a better game than this 5'11, 205 pounder with 4.5 speed. Deloach started the game at WR, but moved to RB after an injury to Jones. He ended with 7 carries for 89 yards and scored on a 83 yard punt return. He has an SEC body with legit speed. He can play WR because he has great hands, but has been a RB in the past.

2010 MLB Kion White: When watching film of their Kickoff Classic, White jumped out at us. White is a ballhawk, he lives around the ball. He consistently shows a high game IQ. He is 6'0, 190 and has the speed to make plays all over the field. He does a good job shedding blocks. He might be the top LB prospect between Naples and Bradenton.

2010 CB Schon Thomas: The Bishop Verot transfer showed why he is starting to attract major college interest at CB. Thomas has long arms, speed, and a powerful build. When his technique catches up to his promising physical skills he will be one of the best in the state. He can play offense, particularly RB where he has shined the past two seasons.

2010 ATH Alonte Smith: Someone is gonna have to take a chance on this diminutive star. Just 5'6, Smith actually lines up at DE/OLB. He is a stud on special teams (blocked a kick) and is a football player's football player. He plays some S and offense as well.

2011 QB/S Chris James: In the kickoff classic he was lights out at QB, this game he was solid at S making several game saving tackles. He has size(6'1), speed, and natural play-making skills. He did not get as much time at QB after starting slowly.

Perhaps Dunbar's top 3 prospects heading into the game struggled at times. Dunbar's offense never quite got in gear and that hurt WR Joel German. Still it is clear that he is bigger, stronger, and faster (perhaps much) than a year ago. He won't stay quiet for long. It simply was not the type of game for Desmond Kearse to shine. Kearse with 25 sacks last year, likes to fly up the field, Naples offense limits that. RB Jorvonte Jones was nursing an injury and tried to go, but taken out of the game as a precaution. He was visibly disappointed, no worries though he will be hurting defense soon enough.

2011 to keep an eye on: S Champ Lewis. Lewis did not get to fly downhill quite as much as he likes, but it was clear why the coaches talk about this kid being the biggest hitter in the area. He was probably most impressive however when he went to CB or was in pass defense. He is rangy with plus size and physical.

OVERALL: This game was about what you would expect from Collier's best team vs. Lee's best team. Naples is 3A and there is no reason to think they won't be playing in the playoffs yet again, with this tremendous coaching staff, no one should want to play them.

Dunbar is now 2B and should have an easier road to the playoffs. They need to improve their special teams and find a QB (both James and Jiles can play). It would be surprising to not see this team in the state semi-finals.


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