Saturday afternoon, Rivals.com Southeastern Recruiting Analyst JC Shurburtt took in Pahokee (Fla.) High School's 25-11 victory against Ocala (Fla.) Trinity Catholic in the Florida High School Athletic Association's Class 2B state championship game. Below are Shurburtt's thoughts on several of the prospects that were on hand for the contest.
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Class of 2008 cornerback prospect Janoris Jenkins had the best day out of all of the Division I-A prospects on the field. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was excellent in coverage against the Celtics' passing attack.
Jenkins is your classic, though, South Florida defensive back. He isn't afraid to hit and has great instincts in the passing game. He can flat-out find the football and plays receivers very physical. He was credited with only one pass break-up officially, but had several instances where he jarred the ball loose from a receiver with a big hit.
Jenkins also is good in run support. He had six tackles (one for loss) during the game.
Though he projects on defense in college, he was equally impressive carrying the football. He brings that same toughness and athleticism to the table on offense. He rushed for a game-high 113 yards on 20 carries from the tailback position, showing off his quickness, speed and burst.
Jenkins also contributes on special teams (he had one kickoff return for 12 yards) and showed off his excellent ball skills on a couple of receptions out of the backfield (two for 22 yards).
It would not be a surprise to see the three major Florida schools (Florida, Florida State and Miami) ultimately offer Jenkins a scholarship, along with most of the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conference schools that recruit the Sunshine State.
Another junior, Martavious Odoms, showed why his name is mentioned among the early wide receiver prospects in South Florida for the Class of 2008. He's not the biggest receiver out there, but has excellent hands and speed and can make the tough catch.
Saturday, Odoms had a team-high four catches for 79 yards and had a huge 47-yard touchdown reception with one second remaining in the first half to put Pahokee up 19-3 at the half.
That reception came against double coverage in the Trinity Catholic end zone.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Odoms has Florida, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Michigan listed as his early schools of interest, though it is certain that that list will change if it hasn't already.
Defensive tackle Micanor Regis is another early name that has been mentioned for next year's class. Regis had two tackles and a tipped pass and looked quick for a big man, especially with his hands.
Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and Wake Forest all are teams that have been associated with Regis early.
The 6-foot-2, 296-pounder helped a Pahokee front seven get tons of pressure throughout the game (the Blue Devils had five sacks).
Tight end Kevenski McGee enjoyed a good day. He had three catches for a team-high 109 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-clinching 42-yarder with 4:25 to play in the game. He has good hands and moves very well for a 255-pounder. On the next level, he could play H-back or fullback or along the defensive line should tight end not work out.
John Brantley didn't have his best day on Saturday. The five-star Texas commit was sacked five times and was only 12-of-28 for 176 yards. Brantley overshot his receivers on a number of occasions, most likely because he wasn't comfortable in the pocket.
Still, one can see that despite the poor showing, Brantley, the nation's No. 19 overall prospect, has the tools to be a very successful Division I-A quarterback.
Brantley is set to make his official visit to Austin, Texas, next weekend.
Multiple sources close to the Trinity Catholic program have said that running back Rudell Small was the team's best player this year and they could be correct based on Saturday's game. Against a stout Pahokee defense, Small ran hard for a team-high 70 yards on 20 carries. He also scored the Celtics' only touchdown with an exciting 10-yard run in which he appeared to be stopped for a loss, slipped past multiple defenders and darted to the end zone.
Small also works hard on defense and made several plays on that side of the ball. He finished with 3.5 tackles.
Overall, Small plays the game with passion and never stops hustling. His effort level, combined with some things he does naturally at the running back position, will make him a steal for whatever college program ends up with him.
Tight end Lex Peek has good size and good feet. He had two receptions for 32 yards, including a 20-yarder on Trinity Catholic's lone scoring drive. He will play Division I-A football and with the right amount of development will be good. Peek should have more scholarship offers than he does.
Clemson and others have shown interest, but there are no known scholarship offers for Peek at this time.
Antonio Allen had trouble finishing tackles. He suffers from a common problem among young football players in that he comes up and goes for the big hit without wrapping up. This caused several missed tackles to occur during the game.
Still, Allen finished with a team high eight tackles and had a pass break-up. He also looks physically ready for Division I-A football. He likely will correct his tackling technique in college.
He also shined on special teams, blocking a field goal and an extra point. His prowess in that area of the game should lead to early playing time at the college he picks.
South Carolina, which ironically needs all the athletes to contribute on special teams it can get, is the big leader for Allen. He already has made an official visit to Columbia and will visit Central Florida as well.
Dion Lecorn is a wide-bodied receiver with excellent speed. He and Georgia commit Israel Troupe are very similar players.
Saturday, Lecorn had a game-high five receptions for 61 yards and also had a big special teams play with a 34-yard kickoff return. He appeared to be down several times during the kickoff return, but kept hustling and breaking tackles.
Also of note is the high level of intensity with which the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder plays the game. His actions on the field show that he has a strong desire to win and he plays the game with great emotion.
Like Allen, Lecorn also is high on South Carolina, though he plans to make a visit to LSU and still likes Florida (which has not offered) a great deal.