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SUMMER CAMP REPORT: Pompano Beach Ely
POMPANO BEACH - I spent Friday afternoon watching what I feel is probably the most talented team in all of South Florida. From top to bottom, the Ely Tigers have just an astounding blend of size, speed, depth, and experience. Although two of their higher profile seniors (Walter McFadden and Michael Holton) did not play with injury, it was still impossible to not come away very impressed with the Ely squad.
The leader and most important player on this team is senior QB Carlton Jackson. He was very solid today, completing strikes all over the field. He was very accurate on the short passes, and showed a strong arm on the intermediate and deep passes. He also showed that he can escape the pass rush with his legs. He's also got great experience, as this will be his 4th year as a starting QB at the high school level.
As good as Jackson looked, this should still be a run oriented team behind a dynamic junior duo of LaRon Graham and Devan James. Graham is a much bigger, bruising back who can take out and give punishment any time he touches the ball. He also shows good mobility through the hole. Devan James is more of the big play back. His tiny frame makes him hard for the defenders to find in traffic, and his speed in the open field is as good as it gets. Both of these backs have the luxury of running behind one of the biggest and best lines in the state. Leading that line is the best player on the team and just an absolute monster, Ron Wilson. He continued his dominant offseason as he pancaked numerous players throughout practice. It's just not very often you find a player with his combination of size, strength, mobility, and he has a great mean streak to go along with it.
Defensively, Ely is not lacking either. Sophomore phenom DT Dontee Nichols is as impressive a 10th grader as you will find. He already stands around 6'1 and 280 pounds and is quickly becoming unblockable. The Ely secondary is very deep and very good. The strength is the safety position where the Tigers feature 3 bona-fined D-1 talents. The leader is rangy senior Chanod Lamar. He shows excellent range and also packs quite a hit for having such a skinny frame. UCF commitment Rodney Etienne may have the most potential of the bunch as his body is picture perfect for a safety prospect. He showed excellent athleticism during the drills. The 3rd safety is an unknown at this point but don't expect that to continue for much longer. 5'10 and 185 pound junior Chad West made the most spectacular play of the day. During the full contact scrimmage, he came all the way from his safety spot to deliver a head cracking blow to LaRon Graham. Graham was somehow able to stay on his feet, but don't let that fool you into thinking that the his was not highlite reel quality.
The Tigers look like one of the special teams where you can legitimately look at every unit on the team and point out to at least 1 stud football player. The depth of this team is as good as you will ever see and there are probably a good 15 D-1 players on this roster including 6 or 7 seniors.
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