2014: Dade County Offense
PHOTO GALLERY Six offensive players from Dade County that are making an impact at the college level: QB Stephen Morris, Miami QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville RB Duke Johnson, Miami RB Devonta Freeman, Florida State WR Amari Cooper, Alabama OL Jordan McCray, UCF QUARTERBACK Jackson's Quinton Flowers has been a game changer since he stepped on campus as a freshmen. Last year he took his team to the state semi-finals including a win over an extremely talented American Heritage-Plantation team. At 6'0, 205 he is an explosive athlete where if QB does not work out, he will have a bright future as a WR or DB. Flowers has a big arm, he can throw 70 yards, and he flashes pinpoint accuracy. This is one of Dade County's best prospects. FILM Booker T's Treon Harris will try to match former Northwestern QB Jacory Harris's mark of back to back state championship. After a 4th quarter meltdown in the 2011 state title game, Harris and his teammates closed the deal last year. At 5'11 he lacks ideal size, but he more than makes up for it with his athleticism and natural play-making ability. Harris's father is a head coach, one brother is in the NFL (Brandon), and another brother is a coach and former track star at Miami (Tim). Needless to say that football is in his blood. FILM Coral Reef's Nicodem Pierre looks like an NFL QB today. The 6'2 signal caller has added strength to an already powerful arm. He is athletic enough to make plays with his feet, but he should earn his living throwing the football. Already a three year starter, Pierre should be recruited to the BCS level. FILM Edouard committed to Miami this weekGeoff Vogt, Scout.com Hialeah's Alin Edouard committed last night to Miami. The 6'1, 185 pound Edouard seems like a bit of a cross between Jacory Harris and Teddy Bridgewater, although not quite as long. He is a dual threat type that has ups and downs as a junior. There is no question that the tools are there and he just needs to keep developing and working on the finer points of the position. Edouard has a quick release and the ability to throw on the move. FILM Westminster Christian's Hunter Boyett has a terrific arm and is deadly accurate. He is another prospect that lacks ideal size (5'11) and unlike Flowers/Harris he does not have the athleticism to make up for it. He does have a good understanding of the game however and it is tough to find a more consistent QB. FILM RUNNING BACK Miami Central has two of the top 7-8 running backs in the country with Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook. Yearby, an FSU commitment, reminds many of Frank Gore because of his unbelievable balance, vision, and feet. He has been among Dade County's leaders since he was a freshmen. Yearby is up around 200 pounds and will probably end up north of 215. Yearby is a pure running back that will pound the ball between the tackles as well as get outside of big gains. FILM Cook is much more like a Darren McFadden type of running back. At 6'1, 190 he has the speed to take it to the house any time he touches it and could project at RB, S, CB, or WR due to his great athleticism. Cook made an early commitment to Clemson and his best days are clearly in front of him. We love the fact that Yearby and Cook get to split time (Yearby has played more), it has kept injuries away from both players and they are fresher because of it. FILM Recruiting fans may not be as familiar with Franklin Labady as they are the first two, but he is perhaps the most explosive ball carrier in the state of Florida. Labady has elite feet and quickness and he uses those traits to line up all over the field. At 5'7 he even plays QB. Despite being short in stature, he has a legit body, one that will carry weight. Labady will need to play in an offense that can get him in space, but we look for many schools to be impressed in the Spring. If there is one film to watch, this it! FILM North Miami's Charles Romane is yet another big play threat at RB. Romane has outstanding feet and cutting ability. He is tougher between the tackles than some other small backs as well. At 5'9, he has some weight on his frame and has proven to be very durable. Romane will also get some looks as a potential slot receiver. FILM Southridge's Jamal Adjamah and Hialeah's Henry Bussey will both get plenty of D-1 looks. Adjamah has been the 'Ridge's most consistent offensive weapon the last two years and while short, he is thick and runs with more authority than his size would indicate. Bussey is yet another big play artist that can put his foot in the ground and scoot. Bussey could easily play in the slot. FILM Lane has all the tools to be the no. 1 WR in FloridaGeoff Vogt, Scout.com WIDE RECEIVER This is an unbelievable year in Dade County at the wide receiver position. No les than 10 players will sign D-1 letters of intent at the end of the process. We have to start with Homestead's Ermon Lane (6'2,1 85). At 6'2, 190 pounds Lane possesses ideal size to go with elite athleticism and speed. Lane is a fluid enough athlete to line up at corner (and he has) and lock down some of these other names on the list. Lane has filled out some, but we expect him to continue to add weight and end up over 205 down the road. We love the way he plays the ball in the air. Lane has a legit chance to be the no. 1 WR in Florida. FILM Carol City's Trayon Gray (6'2, 195) is another big target that had a great junior season. Gray has elite size, he could project to either side of the ball, and he can flat run. We like him on offense because he is terrific with the ball in his hands. Gray is likely to line up at QB next year which may hurt his development a bit. We could see some colleges liking him as a potential safety as well. This is a player that has a ton of upside down the road. FILM Yet another big target is North Miami's Stanley Clerveaux (6'3, 180). There is no doubt that Clerveaux is Dade County's most under the radar receiver at this time. We were fortunate to watch him torch one of the top defensive teams in the state last year and this is a player that plays an edge. Clerveaux does a great job of high pointing the ball, but he can also run past you (has run sub 4.5). FILM South Dade's Tyre Brady is physically as good as any wide receiver on this list. Another big wide- out at 6'3, Brady has consistently been a stand-out at the camp and 7on7 events. After moving to Texas he came back and is poised for a big senior season. Brady could also be a Safety down the road. Look for him to be one of the SoFlaExpress's best players this year. Norland's Kendrick Edwards (6'4) is the longest receiver in Dade and that length goes with a body that is built for adding weight. Despite marginal QB play, Edwards had a good season and it is all about the upside here down the road. Edwards fits the mold of Tommy Streeter and Rodney Smith, two former Dade receivers that had great collegiate careers at Miami and FSU respectively. FILM North Miami Beach's Steve Ishmael (6'2) is yet another play-making wide receiver. While his team really struggled, Ishmael was the force on offense. He needs to add weight, but he comes from a long line of talented football players and many believe he is the best of the bunch. FILM Coral Reef's Jacob McCrary (6'1, 185) was committed to FSU before he opened things back up. With QB Nicodem Pierre, McCrary forms one of Dade County's best QB-WR combo's. McCrary's game is that he does everything at a high level and consistently creates separation on his cuts. McCrary could get some looks as a CB as well. FILM A few years back Johnnie Durante was a late rising name in the recruiting world after a big senior season. At the time many said 'just wait for the brother'. Javon Durante is a big play threat that likes to get down the field. This is another player that has been making plays in big class Dade since he was a freshmen. We like Durante's athleticism and he may be an ideal no. 2 at the next level. South Dade's Chris Worton is already committed to FSU. The 6'0 wide-out has learned from his older brother, J.J. (UCF), and possesses all the tools to be a stand-out down the road. Worton has good speed, terrific hands, and is a quality route runner. He is not going to blow anyone away with any one trait, but the overall package is a good one. Consistent. Worton had a tremendous performance at FSU camp last summer. OFFENSIVE LINE It is not a great year on the offensive line for D-1 prospects in Dade County. Miami Central has two of the best in Trevor Darling and Reginald Bain. Darling is a Miami commit and has been a long-time starter for the Rocket's. At 6'4, he has good length and athlticism and he has really improved, particularly over the last year. He is one of the state's best. Bain is lighter, but equally athletic. A strong off-season of adding weight will get him plenty of looks in the Spring. Southridge's Keyno Richardson has the wide body that schools covet and he may be ideally suited for center or guard down the road. He plays tough at the line of scrimmage, but needs to work on his bend and mobility.
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