FSG Top Performers (Ft. Lauderdale) Final Tryout

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March 3,2019

Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

Nova University School was the site of the last Future Stars Game Team Florida Tryout. With spot’s up for grabs some heavy hitters showed up to stack their claim for a spot on Team Florida. You had four 8th graders with verbal College offers, two were big time contributors on the varsity level. So, with the stage set some very talented Middle schoolers showed up & showed out. With that being said I’m going to give you a recap of the 2019 Fsg final tryout Top Performers list.

 

FSG (FT. Lauderdale) Top Performers

 

Name: Jack Sawyer Jr.

Position: ATH                          6th grade MVP

Class: 2025

Team: Miramar Wolverines

The Skinny:

I guess you can say this kid is a Jack of all trades, Jack Sawyer Jr. put in work at Defensive end & Receiver in 1 on 1’s winning multiply battles. Jack’s double duty earned him 6th grade FSG FTL MVP. Displaying a nice burst out of his stance in 1 on 1’s, Jack used his long wing span to get in the chest of lineman as he whip pass them in route to going 4 for 4 in 1on1’s vs O-Line. If his skill wasn’t enough at Defensive end, Jack took reps at receiver showing off those strong catcher mitts for hands effortlessly snagging every pass thrown his way. Jack just might be coming into his own as a player he beat out some stiff competition for Mvp honors.

 

 

 

Name: Kevin Janvier

Position: DB                             7th grade MVP

Class: 2025

Team: Miami Gardens Chiefs

The Skinny:

Quickly asserting his dominance as a force to be wrecking with at the defensive back position Kevin Janvier has been putting the clamps on receivers. Since I’ve had the pleasure of covering Kevin for the past couple years, he has been one of the best athletes in his age group. Kevin showed his primary attributes as a corner are his quick feet and smooth hips. Janvier is a freakish athlete in terms of measurable traits such as speed and overall size, he carries excellent ball skills and transitions well out of his backpedal. This allowed him to ‘lead the route' as a receiver took an outside release and run with them down the sideline on vertical routes. Janvier dominated 1 on 1 sessions staying square and showing good route recognition which assisted him greatly in being able to mirror receivers as they come out of their breaks and intercept a couple passes jumping routes. With premier potential on display Janvier earned MVP honors.

 

 

 

Name: Brandon Inniss

Position:  WR/ATH                  8th grade MVP

Class: 2023

Team: University School (FL)

The Skinny:

If there was ever any doubt on who the number 1# ranked Class Of 2023 player was Brandon Inniss again shows why he is the runaway favorite. With explosive jump-cutting ability and lateral quickness, Innis kept opponents on skates in 1 on 1’s while running crisp routes with remarkable start-stop quickness that allowed him to accelerate to top speed scoring on 3 reps. If his 6 for 7 reps at Receiver wasn’t impressive enough, Inniss lined up at Defensive Back intercepting two passes breaking up two more. It’s one thing to be considered 1# but another when you prove it. Brandon Inniss proved without a shadow of a doubt he is the 1# ranked prospect in his class running away with the FSG FTL MVP with a star-studded class in his way.  

 

 

Name: Davion “Bullet” Gause

Position: RB/ATH

Class: 2024

Team: Miami Gardens Ravens

The Skinny:

After a impressive tryout showing in Palm Beach Davion “Bullet” Gause made a appearance in Ft.Lauderdale tryouts for more. Let’s cut to the chase how on earth could “Bullet” top last week’s performance. First I’d start with a 4.81 40 time at 5’9” 178 pounds for a 7th grader is NexXt Level speed. If that wasn’t enough Gause put on a MVP performance in 1 on 1’s running the complete route tree, including his favorite the corner route which he has perfected running away from defenders out his break. Not only is Davion “Bullet” Gause testing numbers elite but so was his performance, so was his mental make up to come out for a 2nd time and top his first performance was the dog 5-star mentality. If you ask me Davion should’ve gotten CO-MVP because he was just that good.

 

 

 

Name: Jadon Brown

Position: OL

Class: 2023

Team: Plantation Wildcats

The Skinny:

Big athletic light on his feet and the right amount of nastiness makes Jadon Brown one of the top 8th grade Offensive Lineman in the country. Brown in 1 on 1’s more often overwhelmed his opposition. He used a good initial punch, and when he got low, he really finished off his blocks using his leg drive. Brown showed good speed in the open field to reach players at the second level during drills and is quick at the snap. The thing that is most impressive is Brown’s motor he really got after it in 1 on 1’s collecting 2 pancakes while driving another player to the sidelines on another rep. It was clear to see who was FSG Offensive lineman MVP Brown showed why he is considered one of the top big guys in his class.

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Santana Fleming

Position: ATH

Class: 2023

Team:  Washington Park

The Skinny:

Supremely skilled & lethal Santana Fleming has been building his rep and sharpening his skill since I covered him as a 10 year old. As a defensive back in off coverage with Fleming he shows quick feet, sinks nicely into his backpedal, and does a good job of planting his foot and exploding back towards receivers on short routes during 1 on 1’s. This kid can also flash the ability to play in press coverage, jamming receivers with his hands, and still transition quickly enough to sit in their hip pocket. You can easily make the argument this kid is one of the top Defensive backs in his class. But defense might not be Fleming's calling considering he doubles as a deadly deep threat Receiver, and those same hips that make him an elite DB allows him to create separation on his routes in 1 on 1’s. Fleming does an excellent job of adjusting to the ball in the air and also does a nice job of attacking the pigskin on catches inside his body instead of using his body to catch the ball. When you’re gifted as Fleming skies the limit with this kids arsenal he doesn’t have to pick a position until College he is that SKILLED.

 

 

 

 

Name: Mark Fletcher Jr.

Position: RB

Class: 2023

Team: American Heritage (FL)

The Skinny:

Talking about growing up fast Mark Fletcher Jr. has grown 2 inches since the last I saw this X-Factor. While that was nice to note but even better is the fact Mark at 6’1” & 185 pounds turned in a 4.69 40 time, that is super scary for a kid of his stature and age. Looking at Mark dominate his peers leads me to believe 2019 is the year Mark will be unleashed on the varsity level. Still growing Mark might grow out of the Running-back position, but no biggie he happens to be an equally impressive defensive player. Excuse me for getting ahead of myself let’s focus on Mark’s abuse of defenders at FSG 1 on 1 session. Fletcher is just so chilled and relaxed even his route running reflects that settle & smooth movement, until he turns it on out his breaks creating separation accelerating for a couple scores in 1 on1 reps. Fletcher hasn’t scratched the surface on how talented he is. Kid can easily end up being the top prospect in his class down the line.

 

 

 

Name: Blake Murphy

Position: QB

Class: 2023

Team: American Heritage (FL)

The Skinny:

One thing I can say is American Heritage Plantation has an impressive strength & conditioning program. Because Blake Murphy has packed on a lot of muscle and looks stronger & faster. The added muscle has done wonders for Murphy’s arm strength he can really spin a tight spiral from anywhere on the field.  Murphy is plenty athletic. He displays a cannon of a arm and gets the ball out of his hand quickly. Murphy makes a ton of plays on the run. During drills he was able to throw the ball with good velocity even when off-balance or falling out of bounds. I think Murphy gets better with every throw and once he gets into a rhythm there isn’t a place he can’t place the ball. With such a strong FSG showing it is going to be scary to think of the numbers Murphy will put up with so many weapons at his disposal.

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Semaj Jackson

Position: ATH

Class: 2024

Team: West Ppo Panthers

The Skinny:

I thought it would be nothing Semaj could do to surprise me, because every time I’ve watched this kid compete he is always among the best. So, when you see him run a 4.77 as a 7th grader you begin to realize this kid is even faster than I thought. Not much of a talker Jackson play usual silence any over confident opponent thinking he stood a chance.  The designation of playmaker comes up a lot in evaluations on both sides of the ball. As a result, it can get overplayed a bit, but it is absolutely one that fits for Jackson, who had a lot of success in the 1 on1 session breaking up countless passes. Jackson wouldn't be able to make so many plays if he didn't have elite-level ball skills, the ability to find and track the football, and the leaping ability to secure pass break ups opposing quarterbacks thought they had thrown over his head. Not a surprised that one of South Florida’s top Running-backs put on a show as a defender it’s just a habit for Semaj Jackson.

 

 

 

Name: Rico Jackson

Position: OL/DL

Class: 2023

Team: Lauderdale Lakes Vikings

The Skinny:

It’s the parks that usual aren’t the most talked about hiding all the raw uncut talent. Introducing Lauderdale Lakes Vikings Lineman Rico Jackson big strong yet raw lineman who showed off loads of potential competing. Jackson was able to bend his knees and drop his weight into a block, as opposed to bending at the waist. I also like that Jackson will move his feet through initial contact and finish off his opponent. He isn't satisfied with simply making a block. After talking with him after 1 on 1’s and finding him to be a nice, laid-back kid, I was glad to see that he turns on the nasty between the white lines. Not the most fundamentally sound Lineman but his potential & will to fight is what made Jackson a Top Performer.

 

 

Name: Shamar McNeil

Position: DB

Class: 2023

Team: American Heritage

The Skinny:

Long rangy & fast competitor Shamar McNeil showed the upside to be pretty special if he adds some weight to his D-1 type frame. McNeil probably best projects as a press­man corner. He's disruptive at the line of scrimmage and very aggressive when asked to re­-route receivers. In off­ man coverage, he has an understanding of angles and does a good job planting and breaking underneath the receiver's outside shoulder to undercut in routes. He can improve in the short area explosion needed to click and close, so he needs to use physicality to limit a receiver's initial separation. All in all McNeil battled every rep earning a spot on the Top Performers list being a thorn in Receivers side.

 

 

 

Name: Brandon Joesph

Position: DL/OL

Class: 2025

Team: Ft.Lauderdale Hurricanes

The Skinny:

Brandon Joseph should be a household name already in the Youth Football World. Oozing with freakish talent Joseph is unblockable & fundamentally sound in his technique. At the youth level Joseph drives centers and guard into the backfield with his core strength and powerful hands. In 1 on 1’s Joseph had a strong initial punch and got an offensive lineman back on his heels in a hurry. On the next rep he showed off his interior disrupter skill bullying the competition. I have to admit he has great snap anticipation and has a good first step off the line as he is usually the first of his team's defensive linemen to get out of his stance after the snap. If Brandon Joseph keeps developing at the rate he is now, there is little doubt he might be in the conversation of the top interior lineman in his class.

 

 

 

 

Name: Daniel Holloway

Position: OL

Class: 2023

Team: Plantation Wildcats

The Skinny:

Having seeing Daniel Holloway in 1 on 1 reps it was hard to not give him props on his performance on Saturday. A natural knee bender, which is important as it is sometimes tough to get waist bender to become a knee bender. Holloway has light, quick feet for a player of his age. I loved to seeing Holloway drive block in 1 on 1’s snatching the heart out of defenders, when he locks on to his target he really uncoils and delivers a blow. I definitely believe if Holloway was a little bigger we would probably raved more about how his performed Saturday certainly worthy of a Top Perform slot.

 

 

 

 

Name: Carl Karim

Position: DL

Class: 2023

Team: Washington Park Bucs

The Skinny:

One of YNC National Title 13u Washington Parks Bucs enforcers came out to show why the Bucs dominated in the trenches. I am a big fan of Carl Karim. If I had two words to describe him, they would be "strong" and "disruptive." In 1 on 1’s, he does a great job of exploding through blockers and quickly gettin... the backfield. He showcases impressive skills for a three-technique defensive tackle, the position made famous by Warren Sapp in Tampa Bay who was also a.Buc like Karim.

 

 

 

Name: Ta’Naria Locusts

Position: DL

Class: 2024

Team: East Boynton Wildcats (FL)

The Skinny:

With such impressive physical attributes and raw talent, it's no surprise that Ta’Naria Locusts made the Top Performers list. Locusts has very good athletic ability for a player of his size -- Locusts carries the weight of a nose tackle, but moves like a gap-penetrating three technique, an exceedingly rare combination. Coming off the ball, Locusts is unstoppable with his bullrush when he maintains any semblance of proper pad level, an area in which he needs some improvement because he can let his pads get high at times. For a 7th grader Locusts exceeded expectations earning him a spot on the Top Performers list one of the most consistent players on Saturday.

 

 

Name: Clifton Brown

Position: Athlete

Class: 2024

Team: Cooper City Davie Colts

The Skinny:

Considered one of the top playmakers in the South Florida area Clifton Brown further solidified that Saturday. Brown displays good hands and really adjusts well to poorly thrown footballs. He catches a number of jump balls by elevating for them and plucking over defenders. And I like how he set up his routes in 1 on 1’s sticking those double moves to a science losing defenders. He has a smooth, gliding gait that somewhat disguises how fast he really is. I think Brown is fast, but perhaps not track fast. Which I noticed when he lined up at defensive-back and was able to show his cat like recovery speed blanketing receivers. Versatility is the name of the game the more skill the more value you add to your stock, with a spot in Top Performers Clifton Brown Stock is going up.

 

 

 

Name: Alan “A.J” Arellano

Position: QB

Class: 2023

Team: Doral Academy (FL)

The Skinny:

A.J Arellano really shined with his arm strength, which allowed him to fit throws into small windows. He appeared remarkably polished in terms of his mechanics, from his solid footwork to his clean, crisp throwing motion. His good footwork and ideal sequencing with his front foot step allows him to maximize his arm strength to put significant velocity on his passes. Arellano made every throw look rather easy and stayed hot thru out the entire tryout earinng him a spot as a Top Performer.

 

 

Name: Ennio Yapoor

Position: QB

Class: 2025

Team: Miramar Wolverines

The Skinny:

Coming off a breakout season Ennio Yapoor continued his impressive performance run. Yapoor showed he can reach difficult parts of the field and doesn't have any problems making throws from one hash to the sideline. He can also push the ball down the field on deep throws and is comfortable moving right, where his pure arm strength is apparent on throws with remarkable velocity for him being on the move. Being the only 6th grade Quarterback trying out Yapoor was able to get in the zone displaying what makes him a star on the rise. Never shying away from competition Yapoor made his case as argubly the Top Quarterback in his age group in the state of Florida.

 

 

Name: Joshua Bowen

Position: ATH

Class: 2023

Team: Lauderdale Lakes Vikings

The Skinny:

Joshua Bowens has a very solid frame with good length for a player who can likely play defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4 if he continues to grow and add more weight. Bowens is a very strong player for his size, and that should only increase. He demonstrates excellent core strength on numerous reps he was able to muscle much bigger lineman. Bowens get off is fast, and could become amazing if he continues to work on his craft. His overall speed is probably better than his quickness, but he does change direction very well, and can break down showing good balance attacking the edge. He has a good pass rush moves where he bluffs inside and bounces back to the outside with a swim move. Bowens was able to win some reps versus some pretty impressive lineman before he got hurt. Before his injury Bowens was on his way to a pretty impressive day. But his efforts didn’t go unnoticed he earned his praise on Top Performers.

 

 

 

Name: Cameron Williams

Position: DB

Class: 2024

Team:

The Skinny:

The smallest guy on the field left one of the biggest impacts on effort alone Cameron Williams deserved his just due on Top Performers. Williams fluidity and quickness got him on the radar smothering receivers. Not many receivers possessed the explosiveness to beat Williams in 1 on 1’s at the break point. Williams tracked the ball in the air and showed playmaking skills with his ability to elevate and then high-point to the ball in the air. Very good body control. He's able to redirect his momentum effortlessly. This kid effort of giving 110% on every play stood out earning Cameron Williams a spot on the Top Performers list.

 

 

 

Name: Michael Merdinger

Position: QB

Class: 2024

Team: Plantation Wildcats

The Skinny:

 Physically, Michael Merdinger is a player with average height for the position at his age but carries a strong arm. And while he’s not a classic "power thrower" he can push the ball to all fields. The ball comes off his hand quickly and doesn’t lose velocity during its downward trajectory. He exhibits the ability the change speeds as well, dialing up the RPM’s to make window throws or applying touch as he deems necessary. Merdinger not only can place the ball away from defenders, but also puts his receivers in position to make plays after the catch. His ball control is also evident in his ability to make bucket throws on end zone fade routes or drop the ball in front of the safety on post-corner routes. With Saturday’s smooth performance it was fitting I added Merdinger to the Top Performers list, he possess the necessary skill to make Team Florida.

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