October 11, 2008

Midseason stock report: Fla. prospects

We're a bit past the midway point for most high school seasons, so we thought we'd take a closer look at players who have seen their stock rise as seniors and players who have seen their stock fall and might still have something to prove. Today, we'll look at players from Florida. The players are listed alphabetically.

CB Jarvis Byrd, Pahokee High
This undersized cornerback plays bigger than he is, can support the run and plays well in coverage. He's also a standout on special teams. Coaches looking for corners need to pay a visit to Pahokee.
S Carlton Callender, Miami Doral Academy
Callender covers a tremendous amount of ground. He already has returned two interceptions for touchdowns this season.
WR Duron Carter, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Carter the son of former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter has had a good senior season. He lacks great speed but has everything else.
DE Ryne Giddins, Seffner Armwood
The big-time end had breakout game against Aaron Murray and Tampa Plant on national TV. The recruiting world found out just how good Giddins is off the edge.
LB Zeke Motta, Vero Beach High
This multi-faceted defensive standout likely will end up at linebacker in college. He has a great frame and instincts, and runs well.
QB Aaron Murray, Tampa Plant
Murray has put up video-game numbers despite missing plenty of action because of several blowout victories. In Plant's past two wins, Murray has thrown for almost 800 yards and 15 scores in just four quarters of action.
WR Nu'Keese Richardson, Pahokee High
Richardson has made play after play as a quarterback for Pahokee. He has blazing speed and also excellent quickness.
RB Trent Richardson, Pensacola Escambia
How can his stock rise any higher? Richardson has had a really good first half, including a 400-plus-yard, six-touchdown performance against Milton High a few weeks ago.
ATH Denard Robinson, Deerfield Beach High
He's an outstanding athlete who plays quarterback in high school but projects best at wide receiver at the next level.
QB Eugene Smith, Miramar High
Smith leads Broward County in passing. He has all the tools to be outstanding at the next level.
CB Ricardo Dixon, Hallandale High
He lacks great makeup speed and has trouble against big-time wide receivers.

LB Quanthony Fletcher, Miami Dr. Krop
He had good sophomore and junior seasons. But he lacks speed and is more of a 'tweener who likely will wind up at defensive tackle.
S Vladimir Emilien, Plantation High
Emilien blew out his ACL over the summer and will miss the season.

LB Shane Gordon, Weston Cypress Bay
Gordon may have topped out physically and has leveled off on the field.

RB Daquan Hargrett, Miami Northwestern
Hargrett hasn't put up good numbers, but he is running behind a completely new line.

DL Arthur Jeffrey, Sarasota Booker
A torn ACL has really hurt his stock.

S Tevin McCaskill, Miami Northwestern
McCaskill has had a disappointing senior season. He has the physical tools and the size, but just hasn't made enough plays.
WR Lamar Scruggs, Jacksonville Beach Fletcher
Scruggs is a big receiver, but he lacks great speed and a burst.

DL Brandon Taylor, Miami Dr. Krop
Taylor never made it to any summer events and plays on a defense that doesn't make many plays. He also could be hurt by a lack of height.
OL Jared Wheeler, Plantation American Heritage
An early-bloomer guy who could have plateaued already. Wheeler needs to develop a mean streak.


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