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CLASS OF 2013
QB Pete DiNovo (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake)
Simply put, DiNovo was so efficient over the weekend in leading Team Tampa to the championship. In the finals against Shane Morris and Max Ex he was 18/21 with three touchdown passes and no interceptions. Tampa went undefeated over two days because of two things – their defense and the play of DiNovo. He didn’t make mistakes and showed very good decision making and accuracy with his throws. For his performance DiNovo was named the offensive MVP of the tournament. Following the event DiNovo landed scholarship offers from UCF and South Florida. He committed to the Knights on Tuesday.
RB Richard Lopez (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson)
Lopez had a big Sunday and made some really big plays for the South Florida Express team. He may be small (5-foot-9 and 165-pounds) but he’s so quick and fast. Linebackers couldn’t handle him. Lopez just made thing happen and was very dangerous in space.
WR Travis Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit)
Hands down Johnson had the most dominant tournament. He just couldn’t be defended. Johnson uses his size and body very well. He had such strong hands and snatches the ball out of the air. Even in good coverage Johnson would find a way to make the catch. Johnson was a big reason why Tampa beat the South Florida Express Elite team in early play on Sunday.
WR Csont’e York (Harper Woods, Mich./Chandler Park Academy)
York had a nice tournament. This kid has good size and runs well. Perhaps he’s at his best in the air. He made a few very nice twisting catches, showing great body control. He was the biggest weapon for Morris and Max Ex.
WR Zach Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Catholic)
Benjamin turned as many heads as any prospect in attendance. Nicknamed ‘Big Bird’ this kid has great size, is very physical and he catches everything. Benjamin has good field awareness and uses his body well. DBs think they can jam him at the line but he’s strong and can get away and create space.
WR Johnell Barnes (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar)
No one really appreciates just how good Barnes is. This kid is a fantastic player on both sides of the ball at slot receiver and cornerback. He has a great set of hands and is so dangerous in space. Even at an event like this he can embarrass a defender in the open field. Barnes also possesses excellent speed. One of the big stories in Florida will be can Duke hang on to this commitment?
TE Desean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe)
Smith edged out some other talented tight ends like Khalid Hill (Detroit, Mich./Crockett Vocational Tech) and Darren Dowdell (Atlanta, Ga./Grady). He has very good size and can run. This kid is very athletic and was often lined up on the outside as a receiver. Smith ran all the routes, got open and made some very nice plays for the Bootleggers.
LB Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, In./Bishop Luers)
Smith was arguably the most imposing recruit in attendance. His 6-foot-3, 225-pound frame is chiseled. Aside from the look test Smith showed what an athlete he is. He played well in coverage and made some key pass break ups and even interceptions. Smith also showed the ability to play in space. Notre Dame has landed a special talent with this five-star recruit.
CB Vernon Hargreaves, III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton)
Hargreaves showed everyone there why he’s a five-star and the consensus top ranked cornerback in the country. In the championship game against Morris and Max Ex, the Michigan commitment continually threw his way but Hargreaves didn’t give up anything. He finished that game with one interception and a pass breakup. That was pretty much what he did all weekend. Overall, Hargreaves rarely got beat and made some incredible plays on the ball. This kid can run, jump and has super instincts for the position.
CB Rashard Robinson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely)
Robinson is not your typically built corner. He’s long legged with long arms so he plays even bigger than his 6-fot-1 and 175-pound frame. Robinson can turn and run with just about any receiver. He’s aggressive in the air. What caught my attention is the fire and competitiveness he plays with.
CB Tre’Davious White (Shreveport, La./Glen Oaks)
This LSU commitment didn’t get to play deep into the tournament because The Bootleggers lost their first two pool games and they went home early on Sunday morning. But over six games White showed tremendous balls skills on both sides of the ball. He’s such a big play threat offensively. White is super in air and he made some unbelievable grabs and plays in Bradenton.
S Jeremy Cutrer (Kentwood, La./Jewel Sumner)
Cutrer is going to be another special defensive back in Baton Rouge. He’s a combo guy that can play safety or cornerback. At LSU, he’ll likely be a safety with outstanding cover skills. He’s taller than most players at his position. He’s also long and lean but still possesses skills to play in man and press coverage.
S Leon McQuay (Armwood, Fla./Seffner)
McQuay is a super talent. He’s a ball hawking safety who plays with super instincts. McQuay is aggressive and not afraid to give up his body. He’s tremendous in the air. At 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds, he also played cornerback and played it very effectively. This kid is the total package at defensive back.
S Deshawn Benton (Atlanta, Ga./Grady)
No under the radar guy did more for his stock than Benton. He was big time on both sides of the ball, especially on Saturday where he made play after play after play for his team. As a receiver he showed great balls skills and the ability to make plays in the air. He was just as effective at defensive back. Benton would have made the all-tourney team on either side of the ball. He was that good.
QB Brooks Barden (Cartersville, Ga.)
You have to give the nod to Barden over K.J. Carta-Samuels (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine Prep) but just barely. But Barden led Cartersville to the high school bracket championship. This southpaw has good size and arm and he’s very accurate and efficient.
RB Deointe Gaines (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips)
Gaines was perhaps overshawdowed by some of the rising senior Orlando stars on his team but he showed he belonged. He had to be one of the fastest kids there over the weekend. He may be on the smaller size (5-foot-8 and 165-pounds) but he has incredible explosion and quickness.
WR Artavious Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake)
What’s not to like about Scott? He has size, speed and is a big play receiver. Bailey and Johnson may have grabbed more receptions over the two days but it was Scott who was Tampa’s big play, down the field threat. This rising junior already has in-state offers from Florida, Florida State and South Florida and he will have almost everyone in the country after him when it’s all said and done.
WR Cam Jackson (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside)
Remember this name, as he will become one of the star’s from the Peach State in the 2014 class. But it won’t be on this side of the ball. It will be at cornerback. Nonetheless, he had a fantastic Saturday, scoring 10 touchdowns in four games. He’s fast and explosive and can work his way behind a secondary. But he’s more suited long term as a cornerback.
WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./South Dade)
See Artavious Scott only Lane’s taller.
WR T.L. Ford (Cartersville, Ga.)
This is a kid that jumped right out at me when I went to watch Barden. He’s a tall receiver that will fill out in time. Ford runs very well and looks to be a versatile wideout that can beat a defense in a number of ways. He catches everything thrown his way. Once Ford bulks up he will really be tough to defend.
(WR) Emmanuel Soto (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School)
Soto is already a very accomplished route runner. He has exceptional hands and runs well. This is a kid that is just going to get better and better.
LB Clifton Garrett (Joilet, Ill./Plainfield South)
Garrett is an imposing linebacker that’s athletic and can really move, both laterally and north-south. He’s got size (6-foot-2 and 215-pounds) and already has an impressive list of BCS offers.
LB Elliot Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside)
I am not so sure that there wasn’t a more active linebacker in the tournament than this Berry twin. He doesn’t have the size of Clifton Garrett or Jaylon Smith but was really an effective defender for the Cam Newton All-Star team. He had numerous deflections and interceptions. Berry put his hand down last season and was a defensive end so a lot of this linebacker stuff and playing in coverage is new to him.
CB Kevin Tolliver (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian)
This is a 2015 recruit with offers already. He has super size and is very aggressive and competitive, even from a younger player. The question is just how big will he get?
CB Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School)
Wilson had his hands full, especially against Johnson at Team Tampa. But it wasn’t like he got embarrassed. He covered Johnson well. This is a talented ’14 defensive back who has size and he can turn and run.
CB Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech)
Webb is a recruit on both sides of the ball at receiver and corner. He has quickness and speed. Webb can press and play man. He’s fluid with very good ball skills.
S Evan Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside)
Berry is a safety prospect that is at his best roaming and playing center field. He has range and breaks on the ball very well. Berry had a bunch of interceptions over the weekend, including three early on Saturday.
S Devin Voorhies (Wilkinson County, Miss./Woodville)
Voorhies will be one of the top recruits from the southeast next season in 2014. He’s a big and long athlete that plays a variety of positions. Voorhies lined up at a few spots for the Bootleggers. This is a kid with size and speed. He’s a long strider who just makes something happen no matter the position he plays.