October 31, 2007

Battle for supremacy in Miami - Game II

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Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted some of Miami's top talent last week in a couple of big matchups.


The big-name University of Miami commitments like Marcus Forston were not the only college prospects on the field in the Northwestern vs. Miami Central game. Every breaks them all down.









Expert's View of Northwestern vs. Miami Central





Aldarius Johnson, 6-2, 200, WR, Northwestern

Class of 2008, Committed to Miami


Assets: He is big, fast and can turn a short pass into a long gain either with his speed or toughness.

Area's of improvement: Needs to stay focused and be more involved the whole game.

Most Impressive play: Taking a short pass in the flats and squaring up and running through several defenders on a 32-yard touchdown run.

Conclusion: Should be a premier player for the Hurricanes.







Marcus Forston, 6-2, 286, DT, Northwestern

Class of 2008, Committed to Miami


Assets: His size and power are ideal, and he will be able to play both nose tackle and defensive tackle.

Area's of improvement: He needs to work on conditioning, so he can go hard every play.
Most Impressive play: Late in the fourth quarter he laid out, chasing the quarterback to get a sack.

Conclusion: Again should be a premier player for the Hurricanes.






Jacory Harris, 6-4, 169, QB, Northwestern

Class of 2008, Committed to Miami


Assets: Can make a lot of different kind of throws whether on the move or straight drop-back passes.

Area's of improvement: Definitely will need to add at least 15 pounds in order to take the punishment in the ACC. Also has a tendency to push and aim his shorter throws. He needs to just let go like he does on his passes downfield.

Most Impressive play: A bullet pass of about 27 yards thrown over the middle and on the money to a receiver who was running vertically.

Conclusion: Can be a good quarterback for the Hurricanes, again, needs to get stronger.



Jamal Collins, 6-1, 215, LB, Northwestern

Class of 2008, Committed to Central Michigan


Assets: In his first year as a starter. He has good lateral movement and plays with intensity.

Area's of improvement: Will have to learn to play in space at the next level, and learn to cover backs coming out of the backfield.

Most Impressive play: Late in the game when it was over, he still was playing hard when be leaped and batted down a two-point conversion pass.

Conclusion: A definite D-I recruit playing at the most competitive level in high school football. He has tremendous upside, will probably red-shirt while learning to play a new postion.


Robert Demps, 5-11, 170, WR, Northwestern

Class of 2008


Assets: He has great hands and can take a hit. Demps does a little bit of everything for Northwestern. He is also the punter and kicker.

Area's of improvement: He will need to work on strength because he is only 5-foot-9-1/2 and around 170 pounds.

Most Impressive play: Catching a pass while being crushed, and just getting back up like it is nothing.

Conclusion: He is a real tough kid that will be a star at a mid-level DI school. He also could be a return man.







Benjamin Jones, 6-6, 270, OL, Northwestern

Class of 2008


Assets: Has great height and size. He also moves extremely well for a big man.

Area's of improvement: Needs to stay on his blocks longer during running plays.

Most Impressive play: Just his foot speed when in pass protection.

Conclusion: Most likely will red-shirt, but will be a major player after his true freshman year.






Sean Spence, 6-0, 186, LB, Northwestern

Class of 2008, Committed to Miami


Assets: He is big hitter with a nose for the ball. He is great on special teams also.

Area's of improvement: He is not your biggest linebacker so he will need to put on 10 to 15 pounds of muscle.

Most Impressive play: He had a lot, but I will say his crushing block on a punt return.

Conclusion: This player improved his stock more than anyone I've seen this year. He is mean, and plays mean. He will lift you out of your socks.







Tommy Streeter, 6-6, 200, WR, Northwestern

Class of 2008


Assets: He is a giant of a receiver with great hands and body control. He has deceiving speed and can go deep.

Area's of improvement: Needs to work on his downfield blocking.

Most Impressive play: Going to the ground to make a tough nine-yard catch.

Conclusion: This kid could be great. He is a mismatch for any defender.



Kendall Thompkins, 5-10, 160, WR, Northwestern

Class of 2008


Assets: This kid is fast, and can score at anytime.

Area's of improvement: Thompkins, like Demps, is not the biggest guy so getting stronger is a must.

Most Impressive play: Taking a very short pass 83 yards to the house, and no one could catch him.

Conclusion: He's a real sleeper, D-I schools need to take notice.







Brandon Washington, 6-4, 315, OL, Northwestern

Class of 2008, Committed to Miami


Assets: He is a huge run blocking guard that can move.

Area's of improvement: Needs to trim up a little and work on conditioning.

Most Impressive play: He will stay with his blocks for a long time while run blocking.

Conclusion: Another great pick-up for the Hurricanes, they should be excited.



Tevin McCaskill, 6-2, 180, FS, Northwestern

Class of 2009


Assets: He has good ball skills and has nice size for a safety.

Area's of improvement: Coming up on the run and making a statement.

Most Impressive play: He made a great break on the ball for an interception and returned it 15 yards.

Conclusion: Should be a four-star guy next year.



Todd Chandler, 5-11, 280, NT, Northwestern

Class of 2010


Assets: He has the perfect body for a run-stopping machine, he is around 5 feet 11, 280 pounds.

Area's of improvement: Needs to be a better pass rusher.

Most Impressive play: He controlled the Miami Central interior line all night.

Conclusion: He is a true nose tackle that is very strong could be a very good player in a couple years.


Jamel Maxwell, 5-10, 170, CB, Miami Central

Class of 2008


Assets: A true cover corner, who held Aldarius Johnson in check most of the night.

Area's of improvement: I'm not sure about his ball skills.

Most Impressive play: Chasing a play from behind and punching the ball out and causing a turnover.

Conclusion: Take notice D-I schools, this kid is good.



Matthew Sims-Darden, 5-11, 220, ILB, Miami Central

Class of 2008


Assets: He is put together like a Mack truck and hits like one.

Area's of improvement: He is a ball of energy, but sometimes gets too excited. This could take him off his game on occasion.

Most Impressive play: He had an explosive hit stopping the ball carrier for no gain in the first quarter.

Conclusion: Because he is only around 5-11, 230, he is probably only an inside backer. But he is a football player.


Janary Gray, 5-11, 190, SS, Miami Central

Class of 2008


Assets: He is fast and will really lay the wood.

Area's of improvement: Plays linebacker for Miami Central will have to play safety at the next level being around 5-foot-10 1/2, 190.

Most Impressive play: He was all over the place most of the night.

Conclusion: Another player that D-I schools needs to take notice of.



Ben Kearse, 5-11, 175, WR, Miami Central

Class of 2008


Assets: He has good hands and speed. He will catch the ball over the middle.

Area's of improvement: Needs to get stronger he probably weighs only around 170.

Most Impressive play: Making his catches on third down.

Conclusion: A mid-level D-I guy who should be a good asset in the passing game.



Ed Valcin, 6-1, 265, OL, Miami Central

Class of 2008


Assets: He has a quick first step in pass protection.

Area's of improvement: Needs to be more aggressive on run blocking.

Most Impressive play: Just battling that great Northwestern defensive line all game.

Conclusion: A mid to lower D-I guy that plays a high level of high school football.



Edwin Alvin, 5-11, 160, WR, Miami Central

Class of 2010


Assets: Great speed and hands, and the go-to guy.

Area's of improvement: Definitely needs to get stronger, but hey, he is a sophomore.

Most Impressive play: First play of the game turned a 10-yard pass into a twenty yard gain to grab my and Northwestern's attention.

Conclusion: Could be a great player. Has all the tools, and a good sophomore quarterback on his team.






Jeffrey Godfrey, 5-11, 163, QB, Miami Central

Class of 2010


Assets: Has a live arm, and can throw deep and over the middle.

Area's of improvement: His arm is so strong he sometimes thinks he can force it into coverage.

Most Impressive play: He had several bullet passes over the middle.

Conclusion: At 5-foot-11, some may say he is an athlete. Let me tell you, he has all the tools to be a D-I quarterback.




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 bevery@rivals.com


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