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March 23, 2014

Rivals Camp Series - Miami: Five things we learned

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After two days and over 400 athletes, it's time to reflect on the second of two stops in Florida for the Rivals Camp Series - Presented by UnderArmour.

Several stars came out to Gulliver Prep on a hot and muggy Sunday to shine for the analysts - and hopefully earn a ticket to the Rivals100 Five Star Challenge.. Here's our look back at the 'five things we learned'.

Programs Need to Continue to Recruit South Florida

Speed and raw talent were all over the field today at Gulliver Prep. The wealth of talent is unrivaled - as evidenced by the overwhelming number of colleges that recruit the area. South Florida is a one-stop-shop to fill out college rosters. From slot receivers to nickel corners, from starting left tackles to disruptive defensive ends, and an emerging class of dual-threat quarterbacks, everything a program needs to replenish its roster can be found in sunny, South Florida.

Tyrek Cole is a bonafide star

The very talented cover corner stole the show by winning the DB MVP. He locked down the better receivers in attendance and showed why he's so highly-coveted. He's a little light, but his skills warrant consideration for a fifth star. He was physical, showed good awareness, and fought for every pass in individual drills. He's a soft verbal commit to Florida State, but he's entertaining Alabama, Miami, and South Carolina.

There's Offensive Line Talent Available in Dade and Broward

Montel Jordan of Deerfield Beach won the MVP, but Champagnat 2016 OT Okeke Valentine (Miami offer), Miramar OG Leeward Brown (Miami verbal commit), and OL Phillip Parchment of St. Thomas were solid all day in drills. Chaminade's Christian Strachan also stood out, along with Tallahassee Lincoln's Tarrick Thomas, who was in town after visiting Florida Atlantic.

Tim Irvin was Dominant

The gifted standout from Westminster Christian toyed with defenders all day, easily getting open against linebackers and defensive backs all morning and afternoon. His offer list is impressive - the nation's elite are all vying for his signature next February. He's playing things close to the vest as far favorites, but demonstrated the elite athleticism that makes him one of the most sought after recruits in the country.

The Future is Bright in South Florida

Although the focus was on the upcoming class in 2015, there's an enormous amount of riches coming up through the ranks. 2016 DL Aaron Thompson of Dillard, 2017 RB Robert Burns (4 offers), 2016 DE Joseph Jackson and WR Dionte Mullins of Gulliver Prep, 2016 QBs Tyler Huntley (Hallandale) and Kato Nelson (Champagnat), and CBs Dontye Carriere-Williams of Booker T. Washington and WR Dredrick Snelson of American Heritage Plantation secure a future of heavy recruiting in South Florida, and others will undoubtedly emerge as they develop.


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