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December 31, 2013

Breaking down Florida players on Team Nitro

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LAKE BUENA VISTA - As the Florida contingent for Team Nitro sat down for lunch, they began to talk amongst themselves.

Loaded with talent on both sides of the ball from the Sunshine State, it's a chance for several of Florida's top players to make a statement to the rest of the country.

With playmakers like Miami Central RB Dalvin Cook (who flipped his commitment from Florida to Florida State), Homestead WR Ermon Lane and St. Thomas Aquinas WR Corey Holmes as well as American Heritage WR Isaiah McKenzie, Team Nitro (coached by Herm Edwards) looks 'explosive'.

FlaVarsity talent analyst James Coleman II of Gospeed Elite Sports Performance breaks down day 3's practice session for Team Nitro.

Defense

  • - Dillon Bates I think Dillon did very well. He got a chance to show his explosion and speed, and also got a chance to show his change of direction. He got a little physical in a 7-on-7 drill and got turned around, but he was able to gain ground. I think when he goes to college and learns a little bit more how to cover wide receivers and tailbacks, he could be an impact freshman.

  • - J.C. Jackson - I like what he brings. He's physical and very athletic. He plays the corner position the way you want him to play it - with all the confidence in the world. I think wherever he decides to play he's going to be pretty good. He brings that swagger to the field. He's not as tall as some corners, but has great speed.

  • - Quincy Wilson - Speed, talent, strength. He's a coach's son, so he understands the game and you can see that on the field. University School plays a lot of top competition and Wilson fits right in to the system at Miami. If (Al) Golden can stick around, this recruiting class will have a major impact.

  • - Chad Thomas - Just very violent off the ball. In the 11-on-11 drill, he had a pass thrown to the running back and he just leaped up and intercepted it and took it to the house. He's very tall, got a great frame that can probably easily handle 275-285 pounds with college training. He could very well be one of the best defensive end to come out of Miami.

    Offense

  • - Ermon Lane - He reminds me a lot of Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin - he may be more explosive off the ball than Benjamin. He pretty much gave every corner that lined up against him fits. He's also very well built, unlike a lot of wide receivers that come fresh out of high school to college. He can get as physical as you need, which will let him be an impact threat as a freshman.

  • - Dalvin Cook - I picked him as our top player (FlaVarsity100) at the beginning of the season. He impressed me even more today. Running routes out of the backfield, he was unguardable. Coach Herm Edwards had to remind his defense that Cook actually was on offense and needed to be covered. He runs the ball very well and has great vision. But coming out of the backfield, him on a scat rout or a wheel route - he's virtually unstoppable.

  • - Corey Holmes - He's just a good slot receiver. He's able to get a mismatch on, generally the corner that's not as good as your strong corner. Particularly in a speed route. Him running the bubble screen or middle screen, he's able to get in space and create separation.

  • - Isaiah McKenzie - The thing that he can do really well is give you the threat of spreading the field. He has so much speed and great hands. He has the ability to stretch the field and that opens up the defense.

  • - Trevor Darling - His hands are just huge. They are twice the size of mine. I saw him take a couple of steps - hit someone in the chest and collapse them. He gets his hands on you and you're not getting away. He is big and doesn't let people get by him.

  • - KC McDermott - The McDermott name is synonymous with offensive linemen and KC will help solidify the line at 'The U'. I think he'll move to guard in college, where he can make the most impact.



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