Miami Central has been blessed with Jeffrey Godfrey and Rakeem Cato for the past five years at the quarterback position. Both are currently starting at the D-1 level and are very difficult to replace.
They do have 4-5 quality running backs to replace Devonta Freeman with. Sophomore's Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook both possess the raw talent to be special down the road. Yearby is drawing comparisons to Frank Gore. That is the Gore before the two knee injuries in high school. Enough said. Speed plus wiggle is very dangerous. Cook displayed some real burst and at 5'11 185+ he has the potential to develop into a bigger type back with speed. Yeaby is over 1,000 yards already though five games(essentially on Freeman's pace).
West Virginia commit Darreall Joyner headlines the receiver group. The overall passing numbers are not anywhere near where they have been at this program, but Joyner is producing when called upon. He has the ability to make plays in space. Freshmen Devontae Phillips is playing a bunch on this team which is saying something. One to keep an eye on for that fact alone. Damonte Davis brings the speed and quickness. Samad Hinds is committed to Minnesota, he is still adjusting to this offense. He has excellent size.
Trevor Darling has a chance to be a special player in a few years. The 6'4, 280 pound offensive tackle is built just about perfect with plus athleticism. Really developed for his age. Joshua Addison and Reginal Bain provide more size up front.
We were very impressed with defensive tackle Jordan Hinojosa. Another Minnesota commit, he was the most active player on the field. He made a ton of plays in this game. High motor player. Junior Rodrick Stephens is a player who might attract attention over the next six months.
Another area this program is producing in numbers are linebacker types. Brian Nicholson, Errol Clark and Joshua Ballesteros are seniors with Nicholson/Ballesteros being committed to Minnesota. Nicholson was playing inside, at 6'1, 225 that is likely where he will end up in college. We have always liked his upside. Ballesteros plays all over and is another big body at 6'1, 235. He really could play a number of different spots for the Gopher's. Clark is a long outside linebacker(6'2, 200) that can play in space. A number of schools are watching closely.
A pair of lock-down corners headline the secondary. Senior Donaldven Manning is committed to Virginia Tech and did not disappoint. His pick six was the one TD for the Rocket's and was enough to win the game. He is on the lean side, but can flat cover. Stronger in the upper body than he is given credit for. Sophomore Deatrick Nichols has big-time written all over him. He is a pure cover corner that is already seasoned. Ahmad Thomas is a junior S/WR to keep an eye on. We like his potential at the safety position.
Central won the big class title last year and earned their first state title. They lost so much last year that it would seem impossible for them to do it again. But you look at the talent on this team and it is amazing. It is going to be real tough to score on this defense, real tough. The RBs are more than enough offensively behind a great offensive line. It would not surprise if they went back to back.