October 11, 2007
Florida, Miami commits display talents
Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every was in Florida last week for a couple of big matchups featuring several top prospects.
Every scouted the Fleming Island vs. Gainesville and Dunnellon vs. Williston games and gives his thoughts on top senior prospects like Florida commit Earl Okine as well as some talented underclassmen.
Expert's View of Fleming Island vs. Gainesville
Earl Okine, 6-6, 235, DE, Gainesville
Class of 2008
Assets: Okine is at least 6 feet 5, has long arms and very little body fat. He runs very well for someone his size (he weighs about 235).
Areas for improvement: He needs to be more physical at the point of attack. Anyone can pick him out on the field, and he needs to play like that. He doesn't take advantage of his wingspan like he should.
Most Impressive play: I enjoyed watching him stride out when trying to catch plays from behind.
Conclusion: A very good defensive end prospect. He needs to be a little more aggressive at the point of attack. Physically he reminds me of Leonard Pope, a TE for the Arizona Cardinals. Okine had eight total tackles and two tackles for losses in the game.
Corey Gamble, 5-7, 175, ATH, Gainesville
Class of 2008
Assets: Gamble is a hard-nosed kid with a big heart. I believe he was the toughest kid on the field for Gainesville.
Areas of improvement: Not that he can improve his height, but his biggest problem is that he is undersized at around 5-feet-7, 180 pounds.
Most Impressive play: He made a spectacular one-handed catch in a rain storm.
Conclusion: He should get looks from I-AA schools and maybe some smaller I-A programs. He could be a running back or small corner at the next level, and definitely could be a stalwart on special teams. Gamble was in on eight tackles.
Expert's View of Dunnellon vs. Williston
Lerentee McCray, 6-2, 200, LB, Dunnellon
Class of 2008
Assets: McCray is tall, has long arms and he can flat out fly.
Areas of improvement: He needs to wrap up better and maintain proper form just before contact. He has a tendency to be too upright.
Most Impressive play: He had a crushing blow at the line of scrimmage that popped the helmet off the opposing running back and broke a snap off the helmet. The crowd went crazy.
Conclusion: McCray has a chance to be a real good one. He reminds me of a slightly shorter Tommy Polley, a linebacker for the Saints. McCray will be able to play both outside linebacker positions along with special teams. He finished the game with 12 tackles and 41 yards rushing.
Diante Welch, 6-0, 185, ATH, Williston
Class of 2010
Assets: Welch has excellent speed and comes out of his backpedal exceptionally well. An excellent athlete, Welch is also a star on the basketball team.
Area's of improvement: He needs to be more physical at the point of contact. Welch seems a little timid coming up from his safety spot and laying the big hit.
Most Impressive play: He caught McCray from behind on a 32-yard run. No one else on that field could have done that.
Conclusion: I think he will be a tall corner at the Division-I level. He is only a sophomore, and he is already around 6-feet, 180. Welch was in on six tackles and had a 45-yard kick return.
Travis Evans, 5-11, 170, RB, Williston
Class of 2009
Assets: Evans has good speed and was a physical runner.
Area's of improvement: Needs to hit the weights and add more mass (5-feet-11, 175).
Most Impressive play: He came back in the game after taking that helmet-popping shot from McCray.
Conclusion: Evans has a chance to be a solid Division-I prospect if he continues to work hard on the weights. Evans was the leading rusher for Williston (75 yards) in a losing effort.
Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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