By Jerry Williamson
This past week, featured several youth football league's finest student-athletes, all on one field, with the goal to defeat Broward County. The 13U roster was filled with league, southeastern region and national champions. Not to mention, three play makers with electronically 4.9/40 times. Below, are the Top 6 performers of the week.
DT Raheem Berry (Liberty City Warriors) - Raheem unanimously was voted as the top defensive performer of the week. He literally dominated the line of scrimmage. He does an excellent job finding the ball and fighting off blocks. He's very athletic for a defensive tackle and his strength made running the ball, impossible at times. He caused havoc and was consisted each practice.
DE Samari Robinson (Gwen Cherry Bulls) - Samari combination of reading and reacting and his burst off the line of scrimmage -- made it a challenge for offensive tackles and tight ends to block him consisently. I remember one particular play, he ran down the ball carrier from back side, wowing everyone of his impressive burst and play recognition.
LB Courtney Holmes (Palmetto Raiders) - Courtney speed, agility and awarness stands out. He flys down the line of scrimmage and makes his presence known. He led all linebackers at point of contact at the line of scrimmage and tackles for loss. He excelled finding the open running lane and making the stop.
DB Nicholas Graham (Tamiami Colts) - Nicholas is what you call a football player. He displayed a high football IQ and was fundamentally sounded. At outside linebacker, he didn't allow anything over 3-yards on his side of the field. He loves contact and someone you can play inside or outside of the box. His coverage and ball skills stood out as well during 1-on-1s.
DT Westley Neal, Jr. (South Miami Grey Ghosts) - Westley, dominated both sides of the ball lining up at offensive guard and defensive tackle. He moves very well for someone his size and plays until the whistle. He, Raheem Berry and Dana Edwards will be a scary interior rotation on defense.
DB Ari Arteaga (Kendall Boys & Girls Club) - Ari is the surprise of the group. He has outplayed the notable names coming into practice and showcased his coverage and ball skills has open eyes. He pulled in interceptions during both the 1-on-1s and 11-on-11 drills.
LB Willie Floyd (Miami Gardens Bulldogs) - Willie play recognition and added speed (converted safety) inside the box made it a problem -- bending the corner. From a physical stand point, his future appears at linebacker. He reads well, always in position to make a play and just makes the stop.
CB Jovan Ferguson (Gwen Cherry Bulls) - Jovan was named the top cover cornerback this week when you factor in his performance during 1-on-1s and live scrimmage. He's an all-around athlete just like we mentioned entering the season.