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October 22, 2011
Florida wrap: Adams in charge
Rivals.com Florida analyst Chris Nee ranks his top performers along with analysis of other Division I prospects from games he covered over the weekend.
Nee's Top Performers
1. RODNEY ADAMS, WR, ST. PETERSBURG (FLA.) LAKEWOOD (2013)
2. TRAVIS JOHNSON, WR, TAMPA (FLA.) JESUIT (2013)
3. ERIC STRIKER, OLB, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD
4. JORDAN SHERIT, SDE, TAMPA (FLA.) HILLSBOROUGH (2013)
5. MATT JONES, RB, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD
6. SHELDON LEWINSON, DT, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD
7. KEVIN MCCOY, OT, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD
8. ANTHONY BROWN, DB, TAMPA (FLA.) HILLSBOROUGH
9. ALVIN BAILEY, WR, SEFFNER (FLA.) ARMWOOD (2013)
10. NIGEL HARRIS, OLB, TAMPA (FLA.) HILLSBOROUGH (2013)
Other Division I prospectsHere is Nee's analysis of other Division I prospects, listed alphabetically, scouted over the weekend.
Allen Covington, DE, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood: Covington was the third musketeer in the front seven, complementing Striker and Lewinson. He is a thick body on a 6-foot-2 frame, doing a good job shedding blocks and making plays when around the ball.
Cameron Dees, OC, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood: A consistent center who does a good job of quickly snapping the ball, making consistent snaps to his quarterback and then getting his hands into a blocker and sustaining the middle of the offensive line. He will be an asset for Marshall.
Isaac Edwards, DT, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit: If Edwards does indeed weigh 280 pounds, he carries his weight very well and has a frame to add more bulk. He does a good job of getting scrappy and making noise in the middle.
Wade Edwards, RB, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood: A small all-purpose back who has some speed on the edge. He could contribute at a lower-level school in the spread or a wide-open offensive attack.
Tommy Eveld, PQB, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit: The senior quarterback threw for 146 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 25 yards. He did a good job controlling the game and managing the offense. As far as his throws, he had a few that he put on the spot in-stride to his wide receivers, primarily Travis Johnson. There were a couple instances where Johnson bailed him out with a great catch on a poor throw.
Dante Fowler Jr., WDE, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood: Fowler was relatively quiet on the evening. He faced a lot of double teams as Jesuit focused on him in protection packages. He got in the backfield for a couple of hurries and recorded a few tackles, but his performance was underwhelming. Conditioning appeared to be an issue as he battled cramps and his motor just didn't seem to be running at a high level.
Donterio Fowler, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood (2014): Fowler had a 10-yard touchdown reception off a deflected pass. He has some growing to do but is a regular in the lineup as just a sophomore.
Robby Garcia, SDE, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit (2013): Physically impressive defender who can put his hand in the dirt and come off the edge or stand up and play in space, within the box. He is very physical when encountering a back or receiver.
Robert Gibbons, OG, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit: The UAB commitment did a good job of keeping Dante Fowler in check throughout the game. He does a good job of getting his hands into the body of rushers and moving his feet to maintain the edge.
Kyle Gibson, CB, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood (2014): A sophomore defensive back who gets a ton of reps on a loaded Armwood defense. Just shy of 6-foot, he is extremely aggressive at both the line of scrimmage and downfield. He loves punishing wide receivers when they are able to make the catch.
Jeremiah Green, ATH, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough (2013): A two-way player for Hillsborough who plays defensive back and running back. He wasn't able to show much on the evening as he was banged up.
Vincent Jackson, OLB, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit (2014): Jackson didn't make many plays but recorded a couple tackles and a pass break-up. On the hoof though, he is impressive with a big frame (6-foot-2 or so) and solid build (210 pounds) mixed with athleticism.
Evan Jennings, WR, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough: Jennings recorded a touchdown catch. A good red zone option as he has great size and length on his 6-foot-3 frame. Pretty fluid athlete on routes but doesn't explode off the line of scrimmage.
Tracy Johnson, ATH, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood (2013): Johnson plays quarterback for Lakewood but could change positions down the road. He has good size and is a good athlete. He is elusive in the open field and has good shake in his hips.
Javaris Little, CB, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood: The senior defensive back could be a cornerback or safety at the next level. He is very fast and an asset on special teams, despite a muffed punt on the evening. At the defensive back spot, he does a good job staying on the hip of receivers and competing for the ball. He struggled with Johnson's size though.
Jarvis McCall, CB/S, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood: The USF commitment is a talented defensive back who could end up at cornerback or safety. He has good size, length and does a good job of positioning himself between the ball and receiver.
Leon McQuay III, S, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood (2013): He does a good job of handling himself against receivers and is aggressive at closing on receivers and making a play on the ball. Despite being thin, he isn't scared of dropping his shoulder and driving through for tackles.
Earl Moore, DT, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough: The Miami commitment had a couple tackles on the evening but was relatively kept in check by a talented Armwood offensive line. He is a bit short but has bulked up some to help clog the middle. He has to do a better job of firing off the line and beating offensive linemen out of their stance.
Darryl Richardson, PQB, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood (2013): Richardson looks the part physically, but his game has to catch up. He exhibited a strong arm but his accuracy was so-so. He was able to do some damage with his legs, but probably shouldn't be considered a major threat as a runner.
Brad Smith, WDE, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit (2013): Smith is a long, lean defensive end who likes to line up wide of the tackle and use his speed around the edge. He has a quick first step and never stops moving his feet and attacking. He will need to add strength as he matures.
Javonte Sneed, WR, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood: The South Alabama wide receiver commitment didn't have his number called much on the night. On one occasion he jumped toward a pass dropping it when he had no need to leave his feet. He does a good job of getting off the line and finding a hole in the defense to make himself a target. He is a bit smaller than his listed 5-foot-11.
Cody Waldrop, OG, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood: The interior offensive lineman did a very good job of opening holes for Jones and Richardson on running plays. He likes to mix it up and is competitive. If he is capable of snapping the ball, his future may be at offensive center where his ability to pull would be an asset.
Bryce Walker, WR, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit: Walker is a small wide receiver with decent speed. He didn't have much of an impact on the game but has been the number two receiver for Jesuit this season. He will likely land at a smaller school.