Two of their top talents missed this key district contest on Thursday night. 2011 CB Andrew Johnson(committed to Ole Miss) was out after getting banged up last week, he should return for the playoffs. The senior is one of the top two-way performers in Dade County. 2013 DB Jamal Carter also missed the game with an ankle injury. His return is uncertain at this time.
2011 DB Gerrod Holliman (commit to Ole Miss)
Holliman never left the field as he returned kicks, played Safety, and was used offensively at a variety of spots. He is being recruited as a DB and could play either CB or Safety. On the first drive for Coral Reef, he displayed his terrific range by getting to the sideline on a deep ball where he jarred the ball loose with a vicious hit. He caught 4-5 balls from his WR spot and had several nice carries. He played with a lot of fire. Holliman consistently showed explosiveness and speed. His ceiling could be at CB where he possesses the tools to be special. He is a big part of the Spartan playoff run.
2011 DE/TE Desmond Hollin
Hollin might have been the best player on the field. He was explosive off the edge on defense where he was consistently putting pressure on the backfield. Offensively he made a huge play on a long TD catch where he showed rare agility and athleticism for a 6-3, 215 pounder. Hollin played with intensity and fire. Talent wise he is clearly one of the top prospects in Dade County. He needs to bring up his grades or he will head to JUCO where we will hear about him again in two years. Opposite Hollin is fellow senior Mark Guerin who also possesses quality height at 6-3, albeit a little leaner than Hollin. He was catching the ball great in warm-ups and clearly has the tools to play at the next level.
2012 CB Nequan Phillips
Physical. That is the first way to describe Phillips as he is a DB who likes contact. Phillips is 5-10 and has a strong, powerful build. He played the run extremely well and showed quality speed. He needs to work on his technique as a DB. Although he did not play much CB that is where he probably projects. Certainly one to keep an eye on.
A pair of freshmen(2014 prospects) have bright futures: RB Jamal Adjamah and LB Rashad Brown. Adjamah played mainly RB, but also had a pick six at the end of the game. Physically Brown looks the part, he will need to wait his turn.
Two more 2012 prospects to keep an eye on are TE Tyler Vickers and DB Jeremiah McKinnon. Vickers is lean, but as the height and athleticism to make plays. McKinnon made a slew of plays, he seemed to be everywhere. He has great length, but will need to continue getting stronger. Senior QB Todd Bush had some moments, he will likely need to change positions at the next level.
It is a very athletic junior class (2012) at Coral Reef with 5-6 D-1 prospects. Brandon Clements, Trashaun Ward, and Vernon Davis are three athletes that could find homes on either side of the ball. They were held in check by the tough Spartan defense, but each had their moments. Ward is the main RB who is an outstanding receiver out of the backfield. Clements and Davis will get some carries, catch some balls, and line up at DB. Each possesses quality speed, athleticism, and burst.
Jacob McCary is more of a natural WR and he has the best size of these four athletes. He housed a kickoff return, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. He played some CB as well where he had several nice plays in the defensive backfield. McCary will need to improve route tree, in particular selling his routes better.
Darius Hall was the most active player for the Barracuda's. He played FB/LB and made plays on both sides of the ball. He projects to MLB where he has good size at 5-11, 215 and the instincts to find the football. Hall is a tough, inside runner. Another junior LB is Roosevelt Donaldson, he is more of an OLB and he flashed some quality potential. On the offensive line Stephen Morrell has the size, frame, long arms, and mobility to be a quality linemen.
Freshmen Nicodem Pierre(2014) is a great looking QB prospect with size, speed, and terrific pocket awareness for a young QB. He split time, but clearly has more potential than his veteran counterpart. We will hear plenty more from Pierre over the next three years.