15 Prospects from the 3A-6A Title Games
Andre Debose

Posted Dec 22, 2008


Last weekend there were four state title games in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. A ton of talent was on display, here are 15 players who should make an impact at the next level.

1. Ray Ray Armstrong: Seminole athlete. Armstrong played quarterback and safety for the Seminoles and made a huge impact on both sides of the ball. All of 6'4, 220 he put his team on his back in the third quarter and led a great comeback. He won't play quarterback at the next level, but his offensive skills are staggering. He runs hard, is shifty in space, and has great wheels. Defensively, he was a ferocious hitter. He is a gamer. It was his throw that was part of one of the great plays in FHSAA finals history.....a 40 yard strike to Debose with 40 seconds left in a tie game.

2. Andre Debose: Seminole athlete. He made a fantastic catch to win the state championship. Debose went up over a defender and hauled in the 40 yard strike from Armstrong. He has game-breaking ability that is highlighted by his burst coupled with true deep speed. He was the fastest player on the field this weekend. An under rated aspect of his game is his toughness. He was all over the field on offense. He took some snaps, had some carries, and made two clutch catches. He should make an immediate impact in the return game and has all the tools at WR.

3. Teddy Bridgewater: Miami Northwestern QB. Bridgewater is just a sophomore, but he oozes potential. 6'3 with rare athleticism, he has all the skills to be a top quarterback prospect in two years. He opened the game with a 72 yard strike to Harris for a touchdown. His poise in the pocket bodes well for the future and stands out for such a young signal caller. He has a live, accurate arm.

4. Willie Downs: Godby WR. Downs is a great combination of size, elusiveness, and speed. With a great pair of hands, he is the total package at the wide receiver position. Downs is a FSU commit and is a perfect fit for Jimbo Fisher's offense. He uses his body to create separation and is ultra quick getting in and out of cuts. He is also highly regarded as a safety prospect

5. Orson Charles: Plant TE/WR. Charles had a huge game with six catches for 132 yards and a pair of scores. He is a physical presence with soft hands. He has better speed than burst and showed some excellent route running skills, particularly against the zone defense where he found the soft spots. He looked great on the defensive side of the ball as well and might have a higher ceiling at OLB where he has plus size.

6. Gio Bernard: St. Thomas RB. Just a junior, Bernard was light's out in his state championship game. He had eight carries for 104 yards. Bernard is the brother of former Oregon State star Yvenson and might have a higher ceiling. He has excellent vision, burst, and speed while having a well built frame. He should get serious interest on the recruiting trail next year.

7. Conor O'Neill: St. Thomas LB. O'Neill just makes play after play. He was a big part of shutting down Lakeland's powerful rushing attack. The Wisconsin commit is a super athlete who is also a top baseball prospect. He can make plays sideline to sideline and is more physical than his size would indicate(6'2, 195).

8. Aaron Murray: Plant QB. Murray was not 100% after coming back rather quickly from an injury. All the tools in the passing game were on display: he has a strong arm, can be deadly accurate, solid athlete, and has great pocket awareness. The Georgia commit displayed some college level mental skills by making an adjustment quickly to the type of defense Lincoln was using.

9. Jawanza Starling: Lincoln S. Starling had an up and down game, but he displayed the skill set that has colleges all over him. 6'1 with a headhunter mentality, he still has some growth left in him to reach his ceiling physically. He had an outstanding touchdown catch where he showed concentration as well as field awareness to keep his feet in bounds.

10. Dyron Dye: Seminole DE. Dye is another Seminole physical speciman. At 6'4, 220, he is a speed rusher who flies up the field. Dye has a great first step and battled hard all night with highly regarded, physical Torrian Wilson. He also showed some real athleticism by catching some balls at tight end.

11. Michael Lee Harris: Miami Northwestern WR. Harris, a junior, opened the game with a 72 yard touchdown catch. At 6'1, 180 he has solid size at WR and good speed. He should be the main beneficiary of Bridgewater's development next year. Harris has a lot to like and is still a little on the raw side, however that is largely due to the trio of wide receiver's that graduated last year from Northwestern(Aldarius Johnson, Tommie Streeter, Kendal Thompkins---all signed with Miami). He would have played a ton at most schools as a sophomore. Harris is one to keep an eye on as we move to 2010 in six weeks.

12. James White: St. Thomas RB. The second St. Thomas junior running back, White had four carries for 98 yards. White is more of a power runner, but has great straight line speed. He has a compact frame and is a one cut type runner who looks to square his shoulders and head up field. At 5'10, 190 he has a bright future.

13. Todd Chandler: Miami Northwestern DT. Chandler might have been the most intense player on the field. Chandler is another junior and gets great push up the field and is factor against both the run and pass. At 6'0, 260 the Miami commit lacks ideal size, but is way ahead of the game in skill level. He seems to relish contact and competition.

14. Javares McRoy: Lakeland WR. McRoy is a sophomore and he was one of the few bright spots for Lakeland. McRoy is 5'9 and displayed great burst off the line of scrimmage and game changing speed. He might get more carries next year in an attempt to get the ball in his hands.

15. E.J. Johnson: Cocoa S. Johnson had three interceptions and showed the type of range that schools covet. Two of the picks were fantastic plays where he looked 'natural' in space. At 6'1 and about 175, he also has the size that schools are looking for. He needs to establish himself as a physical presence in the running game to take himself to the next level.

BONUS: Beau Hume: Plant LB. Hume played like a man possessed. He had nine tackles with four for a loss, three sacks, and a pick six. At 6'2, 215 he has outstanding size for a linebacker. He had 137 tackles and 12 sacks on the year. He was perhaps the most active player on defense for the weekend. His recruitment should pick up after his performance on Saturday.



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