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Florida High School State Championship Games | Recruiting

This is summary on some of the high school underclassmen prospects who participated in this Saturday’s 3A and 4A state championship games.

Delray American Heritage defeats Madison County 30-3 for 3A title behind potent running attack and a stifling defensive effort.

This contest was billed as a battle of clock eating running games and stingy defenses as both teams duplicated that formula in executing runs toward the state title. The game initially began as a defensive battle as both offenses struggled to get on track. The Stallions of Delray American Heritage assumed control of the line of scrimmage from the second quarter on behind standout 2013 RB Greg Bryant and an excellent offensive line that was able to consistently create lanes that the powerful, yet shifty Bryant used to wear down the smallish Madison County front to the tune of 243 yards and three touchdowns on a career high 39 carries. Madison County was held to only 97 yards rushing yards on 30 carries with 2014 RB Deonshay Wells accounting for 76 yards of that total.

Prospects to watch in 2012

Going into next season the Stallions lose 1303 yard runner Jeremy Gaskins and wide receiver Cameron Posey. However, the Stallions return top back Greg Bryant (2180 yards and 25 touchdowns) who is a nationally rated prospect at his position with offers from Florida State, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, and UF. Bryant was initially thought to be a UF lean during the summer; however he has recently stated he’s open and looking primarily at SEC programs. Bryant will be joined in the backfield by 2013 ATH/QB Marcus Davis (891 yards and 10 touchdowns passing) who will target 2014 prospects Edwin Thomas (266 rec yards) and Darrell Langham (83 yards). Heading the offensive line will 2013 OL Prospect Roderick Johnson (6-4 280). Johnson should prove to be a BCS level talent who may better translate to guard at the collegiate level.

Coach Mike Coe's 12-2 Madison County team figure to have a formidable squad returning in 2012. The Cowboys bring back dual 1,000 yard rushers in 2013 ATH Tommie Young and 2014 running back prospect Deonshay Wells. Both backs complement one another as Young (6-1 210) will bang opposing defenses between the tackles and Wells (5-8 170) is a small, but quick and shifty runner capable of the big play, as evidenced by his 53 yard run in the second quarter against the stout Delray American Heritage defense. Wells is currently just a sophomore but has heard from schools such as Georgia Tech, Georgia, Florida State, and Florida. Defensively, the feature prospects for Madison County will likely be 2013 defensive back Shedrick Williams and 2014 OLB/DE Brice Hamilton. Williams (6-0 180) is an athletic prospect who doubles as a dangerous return man as well. Williams’ four interceptions led the Cowboy defense and as a returner Williams ran back a total of six punts and kickoffs for scores. The Delray American Heritage special teams unit paid him the ultimate compliment by refusing to kick the ball to the speedster for most of the 3A final. Hamilton (6-3 210) is a prospect to keep an eye as fills out his frame. Just a sophomore, Hamilton has already displayed plenty of speed off the edge.

Jacksonville Bolles storms back to score 21 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to beat the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes 33-25

Jacksonville Bolles trailed 25-12 heading into the fourth quarter before storming back behind their running game and a few timely plays to win the state 4A title. Booker T. was led offensively by dynamic 2014 QB/ATH Treon Harris (Head Coach Tim “Ice” Harris’ youngest son) who showed poise in the pocket delivering strikes downfield and also gouged the Bolles defense on the ground with scrambles and designed quarterback runs. The Booker T Washington defense was able to put consistent pressure on the Bulldogs in the passing game as well. Bolles coaches made adjustments in play calling in order to catch the young Tornado defense out of position however, as this led to two long scoring drives capped by touchdown runs courtesy ofSeniors Milton Revel and Tim Bitros to put the Bulldogs on top 26-25. The Tornados were unable to field the ensuing kickoff and the ball was picked up by Bulldog special teamer Cody Boswell who was able to get into the end zone for Bolles’ third consecutive score

Prospects to watch in 2012:

Bolles was a senior laden team led by two BCS program offensive tackles in John Theus (UGA), one of the top rated players in the nation, and Max Heck (UNC). The Bulldogs do happen to return one of the most promising young players in the state of Florida in 2015 running back Dexter Carter Jr., son of former Florida State running back and Super Bowl Champion Dexter Carter. Booker T Washington figures to a contender for in the 4A division for years to come due to an abundance of young talent. Offensively the Tornados figure to be led again by 2014 ATH/QB Treon Harris (1577 yards and 15 TD’s passing and 940 yards rushing) who flashed good arm strength despite his diminutive size. Harris (5-10 170) who showcased exceptional football IQ and decision making ability figures to shift to the outside at the collegiate level as he projects better as a cornerback (Similar to his older brother and current Houston Texans cornerback Brandon Harris), or even a slot wide receiver where his short area quickness can best be utilized. Harris’s primary target will be 2014 WR Lamar Parker (33-522-5) who continually shook free from the Bolles secondary all night. Parker (5-8 155) is an undersized player but possesses good speed, hands and excellent ball skills. The offensive line will be led by 2013 Tackle prospect Denver Kirkland (6-5 300) who has received interest from the University of Florida and figures to a BCS caliber prospect with close to 15 offers by this time next year. Kirkland will likely be moved over to the left side of the offensive line due to the departure of Senior Danny Arzu, and figures to stay there on the next level due to his foot quickness, wingspan, and overall athleticism. On the other side of the Booker T line should be 2015 prospect Ben Tirolia (6-4 280). Tirolia will be a kid whose development should be watched closely this spring and summer on the camp circuit.

Booker T. Washington will boast a talented defense led by a dynamic playmaker in DE/OLB Matthew Thomas. Thomas was simply the best player on the field in the 4A Final, notching 15 tackles 2 pass breakups, one fumble recovery, and one quarterback hurry. Thomas is highly athletic player who probably best projects as an outside linebacker at the next level due to his slender frame. His 127 tackle 13 sack campaign in 2011 was simply stellar. Thomas has been offered by The University of Miami and figures to be a national recruit. On the other side of Matthew Thomas will be 2014 DE Chad Thomas (6-4 200) who registered a sack in the championship game and had over 60 tackles on the season. Chad is young only being a sophomore but will be on the radar of several programs due to his size and speed off the edge. 2013 DB Michael Johnson (5-10 170) one to watch in the secondary as well.