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October 22, 2011

Florida wrap: Adams in charge

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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
The junior wide receiver was outstanding in his team's loss to Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit. The 6-foot-1, 166-pound wide receiver had eight receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdowns did a good job of demonstrating his versatility at the position. The first was a short 4-yard pass where he battled a defensive back in the air and while falling down on his back brought the pass in displaying great concentration. His second touchdown was an 82-yard completion where he used his speed to create separation from the defensive back and got behind him. He did a good job catching it over his shoulder in stride. He is both quick and fast making him a threat on short, intermediate and long routes. He did have a couple of drops on the evening, but for the most part did a good job of bringing the ball in with his hands.

Johnson had six receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was a 20-yard completion which was a jump ball in the end zone where he used his size advantage, at 6-foot-4, to go up and win the ball. Johnson has excellent hands and good body control as displayed when he scooped a ball that was underthrown. He is a long strider who is able to use his big body to create space between him and defensive backs when competing for the ball. Long-term he may be a tight end. He doesn't possess great speed to stretch the field but has the size and frame to bulk up and be a dual-threat at the tight end position as a receiver and a blocker.

Striker is a defensive player that seemingly makes an impact on every snap of the football. For Armwood, he plays as an outside linebacker but routinely slides down to the defensive end spot as a stand-up speed-rusher off the edge. He does an excellent job of firing off of the snap and quickly getting around blockers with a solid shoulder dip and active hands to allow him to get into the backfield. He isn't solely a pass rusher though, as he is effective against the run and sliding into holes and making plays. He is an extremely disruptive player off the edge though who has great acceleration in space and a love for contact. He also thinks on his feet as exhibited by one instance where he was unable to get in the backfield but jumped up with arms fully extended taking away the quarterbacks passing window, leading to a 9-yard tackle for loss for a teammate.

The junior defensive end reminds a lot around the Tampa area of Miami Hurricane freshman defensive end Anthony Chickillo. When you watch him play, the comparison is fair and justified. Sherit is in constant motion and does a very good job coming off the edge. Against a talented Armwood offensive line he regularly made his way into the backfield by using speed around the edge or technique to beat the blocker inside racking up at least three tackles for loss and numerous pressures on the quarterback. When he is initially stalled by a blocker, he does a good job of continuing to battle to get free and get in position to make a play. He was good against both the pass and the run. He is solidly built at 6-foot-3, 220-plus pounds and capable of making a one-on-one tackle as exhibited when he brought down Matt Jones on a couple of occasions.

Jones was a workhorse for Armwood, toting the rock on 27 occasions for 121 yards and a touchdown. His only real blemish on the night was when he lost the handle on the ball near the end zone and had to take a safety after recovering the loose ball. Overall though his performance was very impressive as he faced a stacked box throughout the evening and ran hard through the hole dropping his shoulder and delivering contact trying to break tackles at the second level. He failed to break a big run on the evening, but he still exhibited quick feet allowing him to make decisive cuts and accelerate through holes. He has good vision when he gets to the second level. He definitely showed himself to be more of a physical back than a finesse one on the evening.

The Wake Forest commitment is undersized for a defensive tackle, but his quickness, strength and ability to play with leverage makes up for his deficiencies in height and girth. Lewinson wreaks havoc in the middle of the offensive line routinely beating his blocker off the snap, quickly getting them off-balanced, and then throwing them. Sometimes, he is so quick off the snap that he simply is able to run around blockers. Once in the backfield he exhibits the ability to quickly close on the quarterback or pursue the play laterally out of the backfield. He plays to the echo of the whistle and never gives up on a play.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle faced a stiff challenge dealing with the likes of Jordan Sherit and Nigel Harris coming off the edge, but performed admirably. He does a good job engaging rushers with his arms fully extended and his hands inside on them while keeping them at bay moving his feet to help sustain the edge. He has a great frame to add weight at the next level, which combined with good arm length, a strong base and light feet make him a good candidate to handle the left tackle spot.

Brown's impact on the game was limited by the Armwood defense that focused on him and hovered over him on every occasion it appeared he would get the ball. In a few instances, he was able to show flashes of his ability and promise on the football field. He is just shy of 6-foot , extremely solid on his frame, and very quick. He is a jack-of-all-trades who could play running back, wide receiver, cornerback, safety, as well as on special teams as a return man.

Bailey was arguably the biggest playmaker on the field for a loaded Armwood team but his touches were limited. He is a bit short at the wide receiver spot, but does a great job of getting himself open whether it is underneath the coverage or by stretching the field with his speed. When the ball is in the air, he is going after it and has a desire to win every battle. When he touches the ball, he is looking to gash a defense using his speed and quick moves in the open field to elude tacklers. He did record four receptions for 50 yards. Also an asset as the quarterback in the wildcat, where his quick first step allows him to burst through holes.

He racked up a handful of tackles on the evening and did a good job of filling gaps. He will need to add strength and bulk, but does a good job of putting himself in position and making plays by utilizing quickness in small spaces. Most of his work was done downhill and between the tackles but he also showed the ability to pursue a play to the outside and make a tackle in open space.

Other Division I prospects
Here 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.

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