Stars Shine at SouthFloridaExpress Tryouts

Duke Johnson

The SouthFloridaExpress held their tryouts on Saturday at Hallandale and over 170 prospects showed up to make the 22 man team. Selected players will be invited back Sunday for the final tryout.

The QB position had over 20 players attend. The best known is Jupiter's Tyler Cameron. The 6'3 southpaw is a little rusty coming off an injury and playing basketball, but he is an excellent athlete with the size that is coveted. Northwestern's Elgin Hilliard is starting to add some weight and he threw the ball well today. Very confident, he has a some 7on7 experience from last summer in Oregon.


Michel was the fastest at the event
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Carol City sophomore Akeem Jones made quite an impression. He has terrific size with a big arm, he has the chance to be a star down the road. It might be a year early to captain this ship, but he will be in the running. Ely freshmen Danarious Graham is another to watch going forward. He has superstar potential. Other sophomore's who shined were Boca Raton's Keuh Anderson and South Plantation's John Franklin.

Gunner Holcombe and Abe Coleman are a pair of 2012 QBs who are looking to make a name for themselves. Holcombe sat behind Douglas Cook while Coleman shared time with freshmen sensation Quinton Flowers. Both possess good size.

At RB Duke Johnson was his normal dominant self. The Miami commit is one of the top players in the state for good reason. His quickness, speed, and ball skills may be a perfect fit at CB. He will almost certainly play on both sides of the ball. As good as Johnson was, freshmen Sony Michel might have been better. He won the fastest man competition and will be a national recruit in a few years. There is nothing that Michel does not do at a high level.

The stand-out at the WR position was sophomore Stacey Coley. We watched him this year vs. Boyd Anderson and came away thinking that he was already one of the best in the state and today he confirmed that. Impressive speed, terrific hands and concentration while doing everything effortlessly. Big-time player.

Juniors Ricardo Louis, Avery Johnson, Devonte Mathis, and Brandon Snell figure to be other top play-makers on the team. Louis has everything that you look for in a WR prospect and might be the state's best in 2012. Johnson has big shoes to fill coming on the heels of brother Patrick Peterson's standout career at LSU. He has the size and speed to do that.

Mathis is quickly establishing himself amongst the state's elite. He is the next great one at Miramar, a school that has been churning out WRs recently. Snell's hands and quickness make him an excellent weapon in 7on7. He was part of the National Championship team last summer.

Elston Lane, Malcolm Lewis, Elijah Phillips and Jeremy Glinton are other players who made plays.


Howard is one of the state's top corners
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

At LB, Northwestern's Eric Kinsey attended. While 7on7 is not where you find many 6'3, 230 pound players, he has the athleticism to do it. Freshmen Frank Newman gave a look towards the future.

This team will be loaded in the secondary with Tracy Howard, A.J. Leggett, Deon Bush, and Willie Bailey. Leggett is committed to FSU and is a combo DB with tremendous instincts. He should make a lot of plays. Bailey is committed to Miami and has that 6'1, sub 4.5 package that is unique. He also could play CB or S.

Both Howard and Bush will keep adding to a list of BCS suitors. Howard is a candidate to be the state's top corner. The 5'10 Miramar stand-out is a pure corner with all the tools. Bush showed rare athleticism for a player 6'1, 190. He has been on the radar since freshmen year and appears to be coming into his own. He is a Safety at Columbus, but showed some CB skills today.

A player that has not received the attention of the above four is Daniel Gray. The Boyd Anderson junior has elite speed which could help at either CB or S. Gray's stock continues to rise.

The depth of talent was clearly evident at the DB position. Dinero Moss, Nequan Phillips, David Rivers, and Tony Hamilton had strong showings.

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