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Florida RB/S has big upside

All the physical tools are in place to make Glen Coffee one of the Sunshine State’s top prospects for 2005, according to Fort Walton Beach coach Mike Owens.
Coffee (6-1, 200, 4.5) had a solid junior season with 850 yards rushing, 275 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns, but may have even higher upside thanks to his natural skills.
“He’s a big, fast, strong kid,” Owens said. “At his size and speed, you could see him playing any number of positions – running back, wide receiver, linebacker, safety. And on top of that, he’s one of our strongest players. He benches about 370 pounds, power cleans about 320. With those kind of numbers, he’s got a chance to be real good… and I mean real good.
“He’s still a little bit of a sleeper right now, but word is starting to get out. I’m getting a lot more mail on him lately.”
Among the schools who have expressed interest in Coffee are Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Florida State.
Owens believes his stock will continue to rise with a solid senior season. He sees a big year for him in the rushing department.
“He’s a slasher, cut-back type of guy with great vision,” Owens said. “He has the size and power to run through people or the speed to break away. His running style is just effortless. He glides. Reminds you – just talking about the style – of the way Erik Dickerson ran.”
Coffee maintains a 2.3 GPA, so his test score will be important. But Owens added that he tests well and should be able to qualify without much difficulty.
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