The results were disappointing for all the teams from Florida as Booker T. Washington, Pahokee and Northwestern tasted defeat in their pre-season kick-off classics. However, there were plenty of big standouts in action both for this season. FV takes a closer look at all the performances for each team. We break down prospects and describe their impact this weekend in Miami. Who were some of the big stars, but even more importantly who are some of the big names to look out for as the season prepares for kick-off? We get you ready for those big names in our Red Zone breakdown.
2007 Record: 14-0
Class 4A State Champions
5-foot-11| 193 pounds | 2010 prospect
Eduardo Clements is considered one of the top overall running backs in the state, if not the country and despite Hamilton, (AZ) loading the box to slow down the talented 5-foot-11, 193 lb back he still came away very impressive. Clements didn't light up the stat department but still was extremely effective finishing with 47 yards and one touchdown. Clements probably would have had easily over 100 yards if his touchdown run of over 45 yards wasn't called back because of a holding penalty. A year ago when I saw Clements in South Carolina against Summerville I came away impressed by his vision between the tackles and overall toughness to get the extra yard. This year Eduardo has really cranked up his game. He has an incredible burst to the outside, and probably gets around the corner quicker then most senior backs now in the state of Florida.
Eduardo also showed off a very impressive second gear in the open field. His balance, quickness and speed have all clearly improved from his sophomore season where Clements rushed for over 600 yards and finished with 15 all purpose touchdowns. He's a much more complete prospect this year in catching the ball out of the backfield. A season ago Eduardo would wait for everything to develop or be a little tentative when catching the ball but this year he's much more aggressive, but at the same time follows his blocks extremely well.
5-foot-9 | 160 pounds | 2009 prospect
This kid really caught my eye this weekend. Andre Edwards is the big game breaker or deep threat for the Tornadoes and it showed throughout the game against Hamilton. He's extremely fast, but also very elusive in the open field. Sometimes Andre tries to make too many moves however and that hurt him against Hamilton. Edwards needs to trust his talents more and get more vertical. He's as dangerous as they come around the state when strictly focuses on that area of his game.
Andre has very good hands and probably one of the top route runners I saw all weekend. He rips through the route and sticks it very well. In the game against Hamilton Andre finished with four receptions for 57 yards. Edwards is without question a prospect to keep your eye on throughout the year.
6-foot-3 | 170 pounds | 2010 prospect
This junior wide receiver was in my opinion the most impressive wide receiver for the Tornadoes this weekend. Quinton Dunbar has a great body frame, probably could add some weight in the off-season but is extremely quick and athletic for a player his size. Dunbar's biggest strength is he catches everything and I do mean everything. Dunbar had two finger tip grabs that a lot of receivers couldn't make at this stage in their career. He also does a very effective job at shielding his body away from the defender so most of the time he's the only person that has a chance to come down with the ball. In the Hamilton game, Dunbar led the Tornadoes in receiving with 76 yards and two touchdowns.
Clearly throughout the game he was the one receiver that Hamilton just couldn't contain, but with the loss of Torrance Moise at quarterback, it limited Dunbar's production or he would have had an even bigger night. When this kid is a senior, it's truly going to be scary how much attention he receives throughout the country. He without question made his presence felt this past Friday night.
5-foot-8 | 170 pounds |2009 prospect
Although his size will probably never allow him to play at a high division one program, Torrance Moise was very effective in the first half for the Tornadoes offense. He is very athletic and throws good on the run and even showed good touch on the deep ball throughout the first half. Moise in just one half finished with 114 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with an ankle injury. It's very possible Moise could eventually play at another skill position in college.
6-foot | 180 pounds | 2009 prospect
There weren't a lot of great things to see out of the Booker T. Washington defense that struggled consistently throughout the game, but Keenan Frazier was one of the few bright spots for the Tornadoes. He has great instincts to the football and very good closing speed to the football. Frazier made a few mistakes in over running a few plays in not staying at home but the pros clearly outweighed the cons. His speed obviously stands out, but his nose for the football and ability to shed up blocks was outstanding against Hamilton. Frazier led the way with 9 tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage.
6-foot-6 | 220 pounds | 2010 prospect
Lynden Trail finished with the only sack on the night for Booker T. Washington and was second leader in tacklers behind Frazier with 5 tackles on the evening. He is very quick off the ball and solid in chasing down any play down field. But he does need to add some upper body strength - he got pushed around some by the stronger Hamilton offensive line at times Friday night. If he can even out his strength to go with that immediate burst off the line of scrimmage, he could be a strong force for the Tornadoes in years to come.
2007 Record: 14-0
Class 2B State Champions
5-foot-11 | 170 pounds | 2009 prospect
There isn't any prospect this weekend that had a bigger performance and larger impact than Nu'Keese Richardson. I'll be honest, I remembered Nu'keese playing quarterback some when he was first coming up the charts for Pahokee but it was truly mind blowing how impressive Richardson was at the quarterback position and that caught me by surprise. Richardson did very well throwing the football, which I first thought he would struggle with. He showed tremendous touch on the deep ball and went through is progressions very quickly. However, the biggest strength for Richardson is his amazing elusiveness and speed in the open field. Early in the game, it was almost like watching someone play a video game as he ran all over the field. Honestly it truly looked like everyone else was running neutral while Nu'keese was in fast forward.
Despite the tough loss, Richardson had a banner day finishing with over 200 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. It's hard to put into words how unique Richardson is in the open field. In the last five years, I haven't seen a kid that can stop on the dime and change directions so fast. There is very little doubt that the Florida Gators will have a very hard time leaving Richardson out of the starting lineup if that is his final destination for college.
5-foot-8 | 180 pounds | 2009 prospect
Just behind Richardson was Vincent Smith who clearly made his presence felt in the first half with a variety of big runs. Vincent as he always has done showed great balance and speed around the outside. His top end speed has also improved significantly from a year ago. Smith finished the day with 133 yards and two touchdowns. In the second quarter, he was nearly unstoppable as he easily eclipsed the 100 yard mark at halftime. Smith would have easily finished with 200 yards if he played the entire game and wasn't limited with severe cramps in the third quarter.
In addition, I also saw improvements in his overall strength and that was clearly noticeable in how hard the talented back has worked in the off-season. Smith who committed to Michigan Friday afternoon clearly showed his size is not a question mark at all as he ran pretty consistently between the tackles. In my opinion, his strength is very overlooked, but it's quickly becoming one of his strongest areas of his game. I was hoping to see Vincent more with a few screen passes because of his patience in following his blocks. However overall, Vincent was without question one of the more impressive prospects on the field Saturday afternoon.
5-foot-10 | 165 pounds | 2010 prospect
The next big star for Pahokee is here and his name is De'Joshua Johnson. He clearly showed that against the Hamilton defense with his electrifying speed and elusive ability in the open field. He reminds me of a mixture of Nu'keese Richardson and Martavious Odoms. He has the top end speed of Nu'keese, but the moves out in space is very Odoms-like. Josh could probably get a little bit stronger in the off-season but it's not that big of a concern. I will say this if Johnson doesn't have 1,000 yards receiving this year, I would be very surprised. The skills he has you can't teach and with so many teams focusing on Smith and Richardson, you can bet that Johnson will have plenty of opportunities to shine for the Blue Devils in this explosive offense. Johnson led all receivers with 75 yards and one touchdown.
5-foot-11 | 175 pounds | 2009 prospect
How this kid doesn't have more offers absolutely stuns me. Jarvis Byrd was all over the field Saturday afternoon for Pahokee's defense. In the big match-up, he had a blocked punt, forced fumble and 7 tackles, not to mention he finished with two pass breakups. Byrd has almost a second sense to where the football is going and for the majority of the afternoon didn't miss the sure tacklers. He doesn't just wrap up the ball carrier, but explodes through the tackle. Byrd showed off very good speed in closing on the football and was extremely effective in pass coverage as well for the Devils.
I still say as the season goes on this Pahokee standout will be one of the biggest risers across Florida and I think if a school decides to pass on Byrd they are making a big mistake. Most schools just want to see Byrd more in action, so I expect that offer list to really explode around the third or fourth week of the season.
I couldn't just list one of these guys because as a unit these three prospects really did an impressive job for the Pahokee offense. Bentley was very strong in run support in at times being the big spring for Smith or Richardson getting out in the open field. He's very strong, but moves his feet very well. With Hester, I liked him better in pass blocking or when the Devils rolled out of the pocket. He moves really well and I came away quite impressed in how he rolls through the tackle and stays pretty low on his blocks.
Donald was also good in run blocking but I felt his efforts when the pressure was on with pass protection was very solid. Doral was a strong mixture of both and to be honest I probably liked Doral in regards to consistency throughout the game. Willis has solid technique and just doesn't make too many mistakes in finishing off every play. All three guys played a whale of a game and obviously three that everyone should keep a very close eye on.
6-foot-1 | 210 pounds | 2009 prospect
You almost get spoiled watching Brandin Hawthorne play. That's simply because this kid can bring so much versatility to his position. He can play defensive back, linebacker and even defensive end to get pressure on the quarterback. Once again Hawthorne, not surprisingly was all over the field racking up 14 tackles, three behind the line of scrimmage. This kid loves to hit and plays with reckless abandon every time he hits the field. He shakes off blocks very well and in the first half was really getting the upper hand on Tennessee commitment Aubrey Phillips from Olive Branch. Phillips would make the block but Hawthorne was just too quick for even Phillips to contain. Honestly, you don't get an appreciation to how much of a big playmaker Hawthorne is until you see him live and in action. There just aren't too many guys that can pass rush like Hawthorne, but at the same time be extremely active in pass coverage as well it's usually one or the other. Brandin has clearly added a good amount of weight in the off-season and looked around 215 or even bigger than that last Saturday.
6-foot-1 | 210 pounds | 2009 prospect
Norman Griffith was very solid at defensive end/linebacker for the Devils Saturday afternoon. Not quite as versatile as Hawthorne, but Griffith has good speed for his size and is stronger than Brandin. Norman did a great job with his run support tackling and even had the only quarterback sack of the game for Pahokee. There weren't many times where Griffith wasn't around the football.
5-foot-10 | 180 pounds | 2009 prospect
I tell you what, you would never guess this kid is a defensive back in the way he goes after the big hit with a player his size. In fact, most of the day, Carlos Lammons was one of the first tacklers in on a lot of plays for the Pahokee defense. He isn't just a solid strong safety but more along the lines of a prospect that is equally effective in coverage. He doesn't have the flash of a Hawthorne, Smith or even Richardson but Lammons is always around the football.
2007 Record: 15-0
Class 6A State Champions
5-foot-9 |180 pounds | 2010 prospect
Unfortunately, for the Bulls there weren't that many bright spots this weekend but Corvin Lamb was one of the few. Lamb clearly was the fastest prospect on the field for the Bulls breaking loose on three straight kick-off returns. The speedy star averaged at least 35 yards each return with his longest being a 58 yard scamper. I was very surprised that I didn't see Lamb put in more at running back for the Bulls considering how well he did in the open field. Corvin is a pretty stocky prospect with a good lower body build and when he hit that second gear of speed, it was like lightning out of a bottle. Hopefully throughout the season he will get his carries because if this kid gets even the slightest hole he's gone.
6-foot-3 | 175 pounds | 2011 prospect
What's amazing about Teddy Bridgewater is the fact that he's only a sophomore and already well ahead of the curve in feeling comfortable in the pocket. Bridgewater showed off great arm strength with the few times Northwestern decided to go deep, but more importantly his elusive skills, when the pocket broke down really was mind blowing. Keep in mind Todd is still only a sophomore so his skills are only going to get stronger in all facets of the game. I would have liked to see the offense opened up more with him because he has the ability to be a very special prospect by the time he leaves Northwestern. This is probably the first time I can say in two seasons that the Bulls have an explosive quarterback that can hurt you both on the ground and through the air. Jacory Harris was much more in touch with the feel of the game, but his biggest strength was in the passing game. Once that area is strengthened for Bridgewater, he's going to be a kid everyone wants to add to their roster in college.
6-foot-1 | 175 pounds | 2010 pounds
Another big time talent at wide receiver is emerging for Northwestern. Although Michaelee Harris only got a handful of opportunities throughout the game he consistently got behind the secondary in the Poly match-up. He has great speed and very sure hands on both the deep ball, and the intermediate routes. Harris also is a tremendous blocker down field when the Bulls ran the ball, and to be honest I don't even feel we got a chance to see his biggest strength in yards after the catch. Harris had a very impressive spring so I think it's only a matter of time before he explodes this season in the Bulls offense.
6-foot | 1, 190 pounds | 2009 prospect
There was a big void left at the linebacker spot last year with the departure of Sean Spence and Quavon Taylor. However, despite not showing it up on the scoreboard Kenneth Dillard appears ready to continue that solid play for the Bulls in 2008. He was probably the most active linebacker for the Bulls in registering 10 tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage. Kenneth has good speed, but fights off blocks extremely well, which he showed in the first quarter. I would have liked to see Kenneth line up a little farther back so he could read and just react to the football better but playing a very explosive team like Poly is never easy to prepare for. He's a prospect that as you get more out in space to roam he's going to really standout.
5-foot-11 | 180 pounds | 2011 prospects
He's only a sophomore, but I'm sure that he isn't one of the more impressive backs on the roster for the Bulls this year. Although Isreal Linder came in the game late in the third quarter, he was easily the most effective breaking off the longest runs of the night for the Bulls offense. He has great feet, is extremely quick and a big burst once he breaks through the first line of defense. I came away very impressed in how he keeps his body to a low center of gravity in shielding himself from the big hit, but then kicking his speed into another gear after finding room in the open field. I would be pretty surprised despite all the great running backs Northwestern has that we don't hear his name a lot more as the season carries on for the Bulls.