It has been quite a run of QBs at Plant with Robert Marve(Purdue via Miami), Aaron Murray(Georgia), and Phillip Ely(Alabama) having been major D-1 prospects. The Panthers don't have that dynamic passer this year, they do have an improving senior in James Few. Completing over 60% of his passes on the season, Few found his play-makers on Thursday night.
Plant has no shortage of talent on the outside. Austin Aikens, Austin Roberts, Daniel Casselli, and Alex Jackson provide plenty of talent. At 6'1, Aikens is an excellent route runner with hands. He lacks a top gear, but should be a possession type at the next level. Aikens has multiple D-1 offers. Roberts is the son of former Miami TE Alfredo Roberts. The sophomore has great size already(6'2, 190) and athletic ability. He has a chance to be a big-name recruit down the road. Does he grow into a TE? Jackson is just a sophomore, he is a big play weapon.
James Wilder has taken his talents to Tallahassee, but Plant still has multiple options at the RB spot. Wesley Bullock is another T.J. Glover in this offense. The junior is small, but super quick with wiggle and is tough to handle in space. Georgia Tech commit Antonio Crawford can play RB, WR, or CB. He has made the most impact this season as a runner and has the skill-set that Coach Paul Johnson uses in his offense. Very fast, Crawford is put together with a strong build.
While Paris Bostick gets some carries, it is likely the defensive side of the ball is where he gets offers. The 6'0, 195 pound junior looks like a strong safety prospect today, but could grow into a LB down the road. He did not get tested in the passing game in this one, but made several nice tackles. He already had D-1 offers.
The offensive line is always a strength and three players appear to possess D-1 talent. At 6'5, 300 senior Nathan Shenle has attracted plenty of interest. He has improved from a year ago, he is more fluid and quicker. Shenle figures to be a guard at the next level. Junior Richy Klepal is 6'3+, 280 and showed the type of tools that schools look for. Brandon Kellum was not suited up to play. Listed at 6'8, the junior has rare size and that alone puts him on the radar for D-1 programs.
Cornerback Keenan Stalls is getting plenty of looks. The 6'0 senior corner has the type of size that colleges want on the outside. He showed good hips and was fluid in coverage. Stalls has plus ball skills with four interceptions on the year. He needs to keep working on his speed.
A pair of "Tate's" are tackling machines. Seniors Mike Tate and Tate Rogers are the defense's most consistent players. Both stand 6'0, but Mike is the bigger of the two at over 210 pounds. A ton of quality LBs have come through here and these compare with any.
Patrick and Mitchell Wright are the leading pass rushers. Both provide some length coming off the edge.
Stanford commit Drew Madhu was out with an injury. The senior safety has great range and ball skills. He is considered a coach on the field.
In what was supposed to be a "re-building" year, Plant has once again shown that choose to just "re-load". Playing in Florida's top classification, they appear to be the early favorite to come out of the North bracket.