Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls - It's that time again. There is a buzz in the air and the hype is starting to pick up. It is time for the high school playoffs in Florida and we have some great matchups in the 1A bracket. The talent-rich state of Florida has some of the top athletes and teams in the entire country and the players, coaches, and fans are ready to get things started.
With quality teams comes quality players. Looking at the teams in the 1A playoffs, both in the north and south, we have plenty of talent on the field. The talented field of teams includes: Wewahitchka, Northview, Freeport, Vernon, Liberty County, Holmes County, Chipley, Blountstown, Hawthorne, Jefferson County, Lafayette County, Trenton, Wildwood, Union County, Baldwin, and The Villages. Let's take a look at a few players to watch from this group of schools.
Zaybreion Gunter - Running Back - Baldwin High School
Gunter is a strong, physical back that is very tough to bring down. At 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, he is a load to bring down. He runs with a fierce attitude and enjoys the contact. Keep an eye on his matchup with The Villages. If he can get the ground game going, it will be a long night for The Villages school.
Sean Knight - Defensive Tackle - Northview High School
Knight has the size and tools that you look for in a quality defensive tackle prospect. He is 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, with terrific athleticism. He has a very good motor and really pursues the ball well for 4 quarters. He currently holds offers from FIU, Jackson State, Miami (OH), Southern Miss, Tennessee State, and Western Michigan.
Marcus Gordon - Outside Linebacker - Hawthorne High School
Gordon, the North Carolina Central commitment, is a very solid linebacker that will be an early contributor for the Eagles. Gordon is a very technically sound linebacker that tackles well, hits hard, and is always around the football. He needs to improve his overall agility and lateral quickness, but he has the tools to do some big things at the next level.
Denzel Whitfield - Weakside Defensive End - Jefferson County
Whitfield is raw, plain and simple. There are times when he shines and really shows his athletic prowess, but there are times where he looks a little wild and out-of-control out on the field. If they can get a solid performance from him for a few games in a row, it will go a long way towards earning a victory. He is the type of athlete that will be much better as he continues to learn the position.
Alphonso Footman - Athlete - Jefferson County
There is something that is very special about Footman's game. Although he is somewhat short, he is very strong and he plays much bigger than is 5-foot-9, 190 pound frame would suggest. He is very quick and very shifty when carrying the ball and slips through any cracks the defense allows. He is someone that, if given an inch, he will take a mile.