Middle School's NexXt Wave of X-Factorz Vol.2#

Long over due is Youth Football’s NexXt Wave of X-Factors Volume 2. With so much talent in the nation, it was time for me to highlight the next batch of Youth Phenoms. If you aren’t familiar with the definition of an X-Factor let me school you on that. A X-factor isn’t defined by a certain position. A X-Factor is a player you have to account for on every snap, a player you have to game plan for, a player that rises to the occasion & adapts, a player that won’t be denied & gives maximum effort.

Now a clear understand of the meaning of X-Factor time to introduce you to some of the Top Players in their graduating class.

 

Volume. 2 X-Factor’s Introdcution

 

Name : Rahmir Stewart

Measurables: 5’11”-184

Position : RB/ATH

Team : North Philly Aztecs (PA)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

One can say if you dominate the Pop Warner Super Bowl on the path to helping your team become National Champions. Chances are you’re on your way to being a bigtime college prospect, I mean look at Tim Irvin & Jaquan Johnson. As a matter of fact Isheem Young is a better comparison, only because next in line is fellow City of brotherly love prospect Rahmir Stewart. Not since Isheem the Dream graced Disney with a dazzling performance has a player dominated like Rahmir.

Rahmir has elite speed & size for an 8th grader. On full display at the Pop Warner Super bowl was Rahmir ridiculous quickness, balance, agility and vision. And that combination makes him incredibly difficult to tackle. That's important, because even if defenders get an arm on him, he is still that difficult to bring down with his high school frame. Rahmir is more effective between the tackles than I figured he would be, and that's because of his vision. He has the ability to find holes and use his quickness to quickly get through them. Oh, and he also catches the ball very well and should be used in the return game as well, particularly on punts.

Rahmir Stewart could make an early impact at the High School level. Only question mark  is will he end up on the defensive side of the ball like Isheem

 

 

 

 

Name :  Kai Brown

Measurables: 6’3”-215

Position : DL

Team : Brother Martin (LA)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Some players are so good they leave a lasting impression on you. Kai Brown is just one of those players that you always will pick first starting a team. Reason being this kid plays every play as if it might be his last, with a sense of urgency he is relentless and won’t let up until the whistle blows. The True Talents was an All- American game with lots of talent, so the fact that Kai dominated the game speaks volumes on how talented he is.

Kai has good, above average quickness off the snap. What he does do very well, however, is convert speed to power by staying low and getting the most out of his power body. He has some pass-rushing moves, though they'll need some refinement at the next level. Importantly, he seems to have a plan. He sets up his man and works one move off another, understanding positioning and spacing. His football smarts are also evident against the run. Kai shows good functional strength and is willing to fight opposing blockers. He plays low and with good balance, maintaining a good football position from which to make tackles. Kai really seems to have a good idea of how to play football; he is not the typical Youth Football Defensive Lineman who runs around at full speed without a plan. Local High School's are lining up down the block to hopefully get a shot at adding this phenom to their program, which should tell you how high is his ceiling.

 

 

Name : Jadon Brown

Measurables: 6’3”-268

Position : OL

Team : Plantation Wildcats ( FL)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

When you’re most likely the biggest kid on the field it isn’t hard to standout.  Case in point Jadon Brown this monstrous size Offensive Lineman has a nasty streak sure to strike fear in defenders. What makes Jadon an X-factor you ask? Well whenever his team needed to convert in a short yardage or goaline situation, they ran behind this kid who was money every time.

 A powerful blocker, Jadon would fit best in a gap blocking scheme. He gets to the second level very well for a man his of size. Jadon carries a nasty disposition and this is evident in the manner in which he finishes blocks. He relishes contact. He's not content with walling off or controlling a defender. His intent is dominating physically. This trait is indicative of the type of motor with which he is equipped. Motor and overall effort level can be a concern at times in regards to lineman on the Youth level who've become accustomed to overpowering opponents with sheer size.

Brown is an Impressive young offensive line prospect who should be an early contributor to whatever program to which he pledges his services.

 

 

 

 

Name : DeAndre Moore

Measurables: 6’2”-157

Position : WR

Team : I.E Ducks (CA)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

The beauty of a younger kid playing up is being baptized under fire. Something that Deandre Moore experienced which helped him playing 14u for the 2nd straight season. Moore seems like a man amongst boys all season long, so it isn’t a secret that this kid is considered the top Receiver in the class of 2023.

Because of that size and leaping ability, DeAndre has a larger margin for error with his route running than smaller prospects who can't elevate as well as he does. It also makes his 40 less significant since his quarterback can simply throw him open -- not that running a strong 40 is the most important skill for a wide receiver, anyway. With his height and solid frame, DeAndre is virtually unstoppable at the National 14u level when he gets a clean release off the line of scrimmage. On post routes, opponents don't really have a chance against him.

When DeAndre arrives in High School, he probably won't have command of the full route tree, but he still has a chance to contribute early because of his hands, leaping ability, and knack for getting open deep.

 

 

 

 

Name : Daniel Smith

Measurables: 5’11”-157 lbs

Position : DB/ATH

Team : Mississippi Wolfpack (MS)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Upside & Potential is a scary thing especially when you consider a kid actually being more than a year younger than the kids he is dominating. Daniel Smith was not only one of the top players in the Class of 2023, but he is also one of the most versatile prospects in the country. Versus the number 2# ranked Maryland Heat Dan the man almost single handedly lead his team back. Making plays in all three phases of the game returning a kickoff for a touchdown, as well as taking a slant pattern for six. But the play that stood out the most was his interception he returned inside the 5-yard line, his instincts alone has 5-star prospect written all over him.

Daniel plays on both sides of the ball for Mississippi Wolfpack but best translates to defense, given his overall skill set. He likely fits better at field corner or free safety as opposed to the boundary position, as he projects more favorably using his agility and change of direction skills to cover receivers out in space. In nickel packages, one could see him sliding to the free safety and not only cover more ground but show off his natural instincts seeing as he isn’t finish growing, but also being used as a blitzer on occasion given the physical nature of his game.

An elite-level playmaker at the defensive-back position, Daniel will need to be put in a position to make full use of his ball skills and awareness. At YNC he seemed most comfortable in off-man or zone schemes, as opposed to pressing at the line of scrimmage. He will even employ the "triangle" technique at times, turning his hips inside at the snap and keeping both the quarterback and receiver in his line of sight and reading the signal caller's drop as an indication of what route is being run. Credit his high defensive iq to his Coach Ryan who has his guys learning High school terminology.

 

 

 

 

 

Name : Donte Howard

Measurables: 5’8”-156

Position : Ath

Team : Beacon House Falcons (MD)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

I’m sure there are more household names in the DMV area than Donte Howard. But what separates this kid is he is not only one of the top youth football players in the country, but he also has a high ceiling being one of the fastest track kids in the country. I have no problem going on record saying Donte might be in the mix as one of the most versatile athletes emerging out of the DMV area. Donte will wow anyone with his versatility the way many top prospects end up doing, he's definitely a player with a great deal of upside as he continues to develop.

Donte has the ability to play multiple positions like Defensive-Back, Running-back & Wide Receiver.  Donte is an explosive threat in the screen game and on other space plays. His explosiveness makes him a home run threat every time he touches the ball. This is a kid who get's behind his pads and shifts speeds at will weaing thru defenses in route to the endzone. When his team is in pressure situations Donte seems to take his game to another level. With his strong lower body and low center of gravity, the Beacon House Falcons product is difficult to bring down for tacklers who try to hit him high. A physical gifted phenom who has so much in his favor, which has me really looking forward to seeing how he develops and close out his Youth Football Career 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Name :  B.J Tolo

Measurables: 6’1’-280

Position : OL

Team : I.E Ducks (CA)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Arguably regarded as one of the most physical nastiest Offensive Lineman in the country. B.J Tolo has that get down or lay down mentality when it comes to his craft, his enjoyment comes from breaking defensive linemen will while collecting pancakes. B.J has the frame and athleticism to become an elite offensive lineman at the High School level. He is a powerful young man who dominates his opponents in the run game. He's able to climb to the second level and has the feet to stay on balance once there. Those feet are also evident in the passing game, as he is quickly able to get into his set. His length prevents rushers from getting into his body.

B.J is not without his weaknesses. He does have a tendency to play too high, perhaps because he can get away with it at the youth level. When playing high, B.J's powerful hips and lower body are negated. And in pass protection, he is sometimes too quick to set up, which can leave him vulnerable to inside rushes. B.J has the talent to start as a freshman at high school level if the team he selects has the need. That's high praise for an offensive lineman on the youth level.

 

 

 

 

Name : Matayo Uiagalelei

Measurables: 6’3”-225 lbs

Position : DE/TE

Team : Primer Knights (CA)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Having covered this phenom’s older brother who is the Class of 2020 number 1# ranked player. Seems like Lil Brother is following in Big Brothers footsteps just at another position. If you aren’t familiar with the last name let me speed up the process for you. Older brother had several verbal college offers as an 8th grader, fast forward to now and Matayo has two offers (LSU & Oregon). Matayo's a two-way prospect in youth football who simply dominates his level of competition in California, having racked up couple of sacks versus the I.E Ducks and terrorizing the eventual National champs this kid showed he can play with anybody. Although his season was cut short due to injury this kid made a elite impact in such a short amount of time.

 

Against the run, Matayo can stack and then separate to make plays, as well as pursue plays down the line of scrimmage, showing off his motor. As a pass-rusher, Matayo makes plays from inside the tackle by slicing through gaps to attack the quarterback and also has some skill as a bull-rusher, though he mostly displaces and then separates reasonably quickly in those situations rather than pushing a tackle all the way back into the quarterback. However, in terms of overall athleticism, Matayo has the first step and quickness of a weak-side defensive end in a strong-side defensive end frame that should eventually hold 260 pounds in High school or even College and it is that athleticism and toughness against the run that makes him such a highly-considered high school prospect.

 

 

 

Name : C.J Penn

Measurables: 5’6”-127 lbs

Position : ATH

Team : Atlanta Panthers (GA)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

Since I could remember this kid C.J Penn has been a problem and one of the top backs in the state of Georgia. But with time some kids really start to transition to other position. One thing that was a constant with C.J was his elite speed, now add a very high football iq and you have a elite athlete. C.J is a press corner. He uses his length and strength to press receivers at the line of scrimmage or play off coverage, disrupt and re-route them. Won’t surprise me if C.J sees immediate playing time playing press man coverage or zone when he gets to the High School level.

C.J can be a very impressive young pass defender if asked to press or play in short zones, National Championship game C.J proved he doesn’t need help over the top with his interception baiting the Quarterback. He contests balls very well, and should be a great asset in the red zone, with his speed, length, strength and leaping ability. Against the run, C.J is pretty much solid. He can defeat blockers and takes out running backs when you come his way. Far from a finish product, but no doubt has all the makings of an elite prospect down the line.

 

 

 

 

Name :  Nicholas Marsh

Measurables: 6’2”-146

Position : ATH

Team : Motor City Wolverines (MI)

Class : 2025

Skinny:

Over two years ago I had the pleasure of watching Nic Marsh in action at the 5- star Detroit combine, you couldn’t deny his potential as a 9-year-old. Now almost 2 years later and a growth spurt and you’re looking at one of the top two-way athletes in the Class of 2025. Were looking at a freak of nature whose athleticism from his defensive end position makes him no match for any kid his age. Quick off the edge a disrupt force determined to make plays on every snap. One play that displayed how special this kid is, was him firing off the ball deflecting a swing pass then intercepting the pass taking it to the house. See it’s not just about his physical edge on his peers but more about his high Football IQ that allows him to dominate older kids.

The beauty of Youth Football is kids have time to play multiply positions before finding a home where they most likely play on the next level. If you asked me earlier in the year where would Nic transition to on the next level, I would say on the defensive side of the ball. But not so fast, Nic has thrown his hat in the receiver discussion after his Super Bowl performance. With all the things I mentioned that made Nic a special defensive player let’s flip them to the offensive side of the ball. Blessed with great hand-eye coordination, Nic is able to track the ball exceptionally well on passes to all quadrants of the field. His vision allows him to almost always pick-up the ball early in flight. He's able to fully extend his arms away from his frame most times in which he is targeted, therefore, expanding his catch radius, making it bigger than usual for a player of his height. You saw all his attributes come together on the big stage running by DB’s accounting for 4 Receiving touchdowns on the biggest stage. Just know this kid is a juggernaut on the National level the proof is in the pudding.

 

 

 

Name :  Carlos Mitchell

Measurables: 5’7”-134 lbs

Position : ATH

Team : Lake Wales Seahawks (FL)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

There’re always those players you hear about that have you wondering if it’s to good to be true. Carlos Mitchell is that kid people had me thinking is it real or are people exaggerating his impact. Well folks turns out this kid exceeded my expectations and showed me why he won the Florida Elite Heisman Trophy. I hate to compare Youth athletes to College or NFL greats, but Carlos level of elusiveness is reminiscing of Peter Warrick. An elusive player with remarkable lateral quickness, Carlos can also cut in the open field without losing much, if any, speed, a big part of the reason why he scored about 50 touchdowns on the year.

Carlos has a impressive initial burst, as he's really fast through the h***. As an interior runner, he carries excellent balance, lower body strength and has the leg drive to push the pile and gain the tough yards even for his size. Carlos has good vision both in between the tackles and in the open field. One trait that separates Carlos is his peripheral vision, he has a sick feel for where defenders are coming from which leads to some jaw dropping touchdowns. Even playing in one of the toughest leagues in Florida, Carlos has the speed to gain the edge consistently. That said, he's a really good ‘pick and slide' runner with plus ­level agility quick feet. His stop and start quickness that allows him to slip defenders in the box and side­step pursuers in space. If you want your popcorn worth check this kid out he is oh so special.

 

 

 

Name : Tapuloa Tusi

Measurables: 6’4”-345 lbs

Position : OL

Team : Puyallup Roughriders (WA)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Most of the times the bigger the kid the more work you have to put in on the Youth level. Which isn’t the case for the 13-year-old 6’4” 345-pounds Tapuloa Tusi who is advanced for his age. The Seattle area has been shelling out some of the top Youth athletes especially in the trenches as of late. Tusi has everything I look for in an elite youth lineman. First, he has the ability via his frame to play at his 345-pound weight. Second, he has the length to reach defenders. Third, he has excellent athleticism and short-area relative to his size that should translate as he adds on more muscle. Fourth, he plays with great bend and leverage, which means that a high school coach won't have to teach him to do that (always a risky proposition). Fifth, he is very nasty, exploding through his hips, bringing his feet, and finishing off blocks. Sixth, he is from Seattle and his name is Tusi and he has all the intangibles to be a 5-star prospect down the line.

 

 

 

Name : Peyton “Pey Pey” Nelson

Measurables: 5’8”-137 lbs

Position : RB

Team : DMV Knights (MD)

Class : 2025

Skinny:

In the DMV area this kid name has been ringing bells since he was a young pup curtesy of Media Outlet DMV RedZone. So, when you hear the name “Pey Pey” aka Peyton Nelson just know he is arguably the top dawg in his age group. “Pey Pey” has the frame of an older kid so if he keeps growing there’s no denying his high ceiling. One of the things that sticks out most about “Pey Pey” is his versatility. He carries the ability to translate to several different skill positions which adds to his overall value, when it’s time to make the transition to the next level.

A coordinated athlete, “Pey Pey” is a smooth mover who is light on his feet. As a running back he is a pick and slide style runner with jump cut agility. He runs between the tackles like a man possessed and possess the lower body strength needed to consistently push the pile. With his blend of size & speed it’s not many kids who are looking to take on the challenge of tackling this phenom coming full throttle. “Pey Pey” shows vision and instincts as an in-­line runner getting 'skinny' and sliding through smaller running lanes. He also does a nice job of using his feet to pick his way through traffic and create space for himself. With so much Football ahead of him young “Pey Pey” is well on his way to potentially being a bigtime prospect.

 

 

 

 

Name : Earl Kulp Jr.

Measurables: 6’0”- 150 lbs

Position : WR/ATH

Team : Tampa Hurricanes (FL)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

Speed kills is a term used a lot when you’re talking about a state of Florida prospect. Earl Kulp is a track kid who at one time had me feeling he might be one of top running-backs in his class. Boy oh boy what a difference a year makes for Earl who has since sprouted a couple of more inches & flashed at another position. Versatility is always a beautiful thing for the youth athletes gaining experience at multiple position only builds football iq. Case in point Earl has now flexed at Receiver displaying all the makings of a future 5-star prospect. Earl might be the best receiver prospect in the country. If he's not, he is most certainly on the short list. As with most elite prospects, Earl starts with a great combination of size and speed.

Kulp can stride it out and when he opens it up, has blazing deep speed. But his acceleration is better than I expected for a tall, leggy receiver. And that's big because it will allow him to be a more balanced receiver. When a defensive back must also respect a receiver's ability to run short and intermediate routes, it makes his deep routes all the more effective.

Earl is quite strong, and that strength is used both in breaking tackles, and in going up with nice vertical skills to snatch the football in contested catch situations. All in all seems Earl has found the perfect fit and has time to only get better perfecting his craft which means trouble for his competition.

 

 

 

Name : Michael “JJ” Coleman

Measurables: 5’10”-195 lbs

Position : DL

Team : North Guilford Middle School Vikings (NC)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

When you come from a family of warriors in the trenches not to mention the size to dominate it is only right you fall in line with the family tradition. Not the loudest guy in the room but definitely one of the strongest & talented. Michael Coleman aka “JJ” is a mild manner kid off the field, but a mad man on the field. “J.J” has a tenacious mindset off the snap, which will make him a threat to his future targets. He’s a motor that doesn’t stop running until the whistle is blown. “J.J” also is comfortable playing defensive end as well. 

“J.J” plays three positions along the interior defensive line for his Youth team. He primarily lines up at nose guard but will flex over to the 3-tech position.  He will even takes snaps lined up directly over the offensive guard as a two technique defender. He has a strong initial punch and can get an offensive lineman back on his heels in a hurry. On the next level he projects to be a better interior disrupter than block eater. 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.

Once out of his stance, J.J can be a bit rigid when flowing laterally. He plays with good vision and tracks the ball relatively well so that mitigates the tightness in his lateral movement to a certain degree. If all goes as planned “J.J” will hit his growth spurt and will continue to develop as a defensive lineman, and a even bigger prospect than his family members.

 

 

 

 

Name : Darius Cowens

Measurables: 5’11”-138 lbs

Position : WR

Team : LA Rams (CA)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Coming out of nowhere Darius Cowens has flashed all year on the biggest stage this kid left a mark on each game. Cowens is a playmaker. He has top end speed though it is good, he plays faster than his times. What I love the most about this phenom is a knack for playing the position, and a smooth, gliding style that makes things happen.

Cowens is very good after the catch. He has a good idea of the flow of the defense, is shifty and is plenty quick. He really has a nose for the endzone. Cowens is explosive out of his cuts, and he has very good strength for his size, which will help in beating the press. While Cowens is dynamic with the ball in his hands, his skills as a route runner aren't really known at the youth level. With Cowens dynamic ability he is the go-to guy quickly being handed the ball or running streaks off play action. However, Cowen's athleticism and ability to make sharp cuts suggest that he can become a good route runner. What gets lost in so many things Cowens does well is his ability to make clutch catches. If it is in his catch radius theirs no denying this kid he just seems to come up big in the clutch moments. Cowens just has that dawg and refuses to be denied when you in the way of what he wants.

 

 

 

Name : Anthony Mattison

Measurables: 5’5”-148 lbs

Position : LB

Team : Miami Gardens Ravens (FL)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

The emotional leader & ton setter for the undisputed National Champion Miami Gardens Ravens Anthony Mattison is a heat seeking missile. Don’t judge him by his size judge him for his knack for making game changing plays on the defensive side of the ball. Big fact is it hasn’t been a running-back the Ravens have faced that hasn’t felt Ant’s wrath. Yes, this kid is a moving hit stick more than that his instincts allows him to always be at the right place at the right time.

Ant’s best asset is his quickness, both mental and physical. He is very quick to diagnose the play, do so correctly, and then pull the pin and get after the ball carrier or into the passing lanes. Ant's quickness allows him to beat bigger blockers, taking an efficient path to the football by being judicious with his steps and smart with his hands. He seems to have a good sense for how routes develop, and he pairs that with quickness and jumps routes quite a bit. When it comes to the game of football it ain’t always about the size of the dawg it’s more about the fight in it. With that being said Anthony Mattison is the exception to the rule who has earned his respect.

 

 

 

 

Name : Kenny Merriweather

Measurables: 6’2”-165

Position : WR

Team : Detroit Spartans (MI)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Kenny Merriweather is still raw, but omg this kid is oozing with so much talent and hasn’t even scratched the surface of his full potential. Kenny is a bit of a tight mover. His speed is more of the built-up variety. If I had to estimate his 40 time to be in the low 4.7 or 4.8 range, that’s for a 13-year-old. In pads however, he shows a bit of downfield burst once he gets going, especially in his last few steps prior to the catching the ball. Has a smooth gait. And though not a burner, he eats up ground with his long strides. Merriweather is one of the more natural pass catchers in his age group. He has great instincts and feel for the position. Will need to expand his route tree at the next level as he isn't overly explosive coming out of his breaks.

 Third down and red zone situations are two areas in which Merriweather should be expected to thrive at. Merriweather carries some of the best ball tracking skills you'll find of any wide receiver in the class of 2023. His hands are huge and superb. He is similar to former Detroit Lion receiver Calvin Johnson in his ability to pluck the ball away from his frame at various angles. He seems to always win at the catch point. Has a huge catch radius considering his 6'2" frame, length, and his propensity to never let the ball get into his frame. This kid is just getting started and look for him to really take off on the next level.

 

 

Name : Nikhil Jefferson

Measurables: 6’2”-255 lbs

Position : DL

Team : Westchase Colts (FL)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

One thing that benefits the youth in youth football is playing up. If you’re confused on the benefits let me sum it up for you. Most kids that play up have no fear of playing versus older kids, when it comes to making the transition to the High School level. Nikhil Jefferson has dominated older kids and is well on his way to being able to compete right away on the next level.

The first thing that pops is Nikhil is consistently nasty. He plays extremely hard and through the whistle, and he is tough. He also has a quality that makes him a special defensive lineman: the ability to play the small man's position of defensive end at the size of a defensive tackle. Some might peg Nikhil as a player who can also move to the 3 technique, but I disagree. In the right system, he can be a tremendous Defensive Tackle. He does a good job of using his length to engage blockers and keep them away from his body, while dropping his hips, establishing a solid base and shedding. He also shows excellent quickness when needed, and is a better pass rusher than one might think for a tackle of his size. With one more year of youth football for Jefferson it’s safe to say he will be more than ready to make the transition to the next level when it’s his time.

 

Name : Cedric Hawkins

Measurables: 5’11”-170

Position : DB

Team : Cocoa Sr. High

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Not many 8th graders can say they were starters on the varsity level, that’s a accolade Cedric Hawkins has under his belt. When you’re already 5’11”and as skilled as Hawkins it’s hard to keep a talented fearless kid from competing. Aside from the fact that Hawkins has good size for the position and the long arms that will help him battle taller wide receivers. In other words, the pure long stride and recovery speed for Hawkins are both elite, as even in transition there's little lost because of the overall fluidity in his hips and his ability to accelerate to top speed in several steps.

Another impressive element of Hawkins's game is his leaping ability. On one play in the State Championship game, he gave the wide receiver a slight cushion and missed his jam, but was still able to turn and elevate to high point and deflect the football as the quarterback tried to throw it over his field. For a cornerback, his ball skills are impressive and aided by his leaping ability, but simply saying that he can jump doesn't take into account the fact that he could finish plays with interceptions more going forward. Being baptized under fire only helps in Hawkins development, which is putting him in discussion as the top DB in his class.

 

 

Name : Kaleb “Dubb” Miller

Measurables: 5’8”-160 lbs

Position : RB

Team : Hoffman Redhawks (IL)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

When you account for over 32 combined touchdowns on the year it’s only fitting, we throw this explosive X-Factor name in the pot. It's not easy to stand out in the group of talented Class of 2023 backs, but Miller does so in a big way, starting with his speed, which allows him to easily pull away from opposing defenders in the open field. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that he can maintain most of that speed when he cuts, disrupting angles and allowing him to navigate through traffic. In fact, his ability to change directions is absolutely elite.

Miller likes to work downhill and he's a no-nonsense running who doesn't sacrifice momentum in the name of attempting to give a defender a slick move, getting downhill quickly, but still showing the vision and lateral quickness to bounce runs outside when necessary, but only when dictated by his sick vision. When the Chi-Town product can't merely use his elite footwork to avoid defenders, he's strong which you can tell by his muscular build that he will lower his shoulder & get behind his pads, and break tackles and finish runs. Miller definitely looks the part of a elite back with a relatively fit body, but the fact that he's always moving so fast surely helps in that regard. There's also something slippery about him, especially when he turns his hips to get through small holes, a trait that is reminiscent of New York Giants Rookie star Saquon Barkley, who can make himself exceptionally narrow to work through traffic. This Windy City phenom has a bright future ahead of him if he stays on track dominating the competition.

 

 

 

 

Name : Xavier Bowman

Measurables: 6’0”-167 lbs

Position : WR

Team : Southfield Falcons (MI)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

When you’re talking about blazing a trial Xavier Bowman has been doing just that since the summer he has been unguardable. Bowman in my eyes is elite based on his size and speed combination — something appropriately used to justify high star ratings on High School prospects. With the combination of size and speed, he adds quite a bit, and it really shows up in a big way watching him play. Bowman is a solid route runner, and is able to get some separation on underneath and intermediate routes.

Most impressive are Bowman's hands and body control. Bowman makes a number of excellent catches in traffic and in the red zone by controlling his body, gaining the positioning advantage over the defender, timing his jump, and snatching the football aggressively with his hands, never letting the ball get into his chest plate. That's a set of skills that produces first downs, and in the red zone, touchdowns. Bowman also has some deceptive wiggle and after-the-catch ability. He's not violent or sudden, but has a smooth, gliding gait and the ability to shake a defender and then get going up the field, not wasting time with multiple moves. The smoothness hides some of the effectiveness. Excited to see what this two sport athlete does going forward after such a exceptional season, scary to think how good he can be.

 

 

 

Name : Dahmeir Scott

Measurables: 5’8”-157 lbs

Position : RB

Team : Houston Hurricanes (TX)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Every time I’ve had the pleasure of watching Dahmeir Scott in action he has never disappointed not once. Scott is all about power & explosion. A tough hardnosed bully but his size might not be truly elite, Scott indeed has the athleticism and explosive speed to be just that.

Scott has very good top-end speed and he reaches it extremely quickly while showing great acceleration. He is very difficult to tackle in the open field, as his speed and quickness destroy angles. He seems to lose very little of his speed when cutting or cornering. Scott also has a good feel for playing running back, though I wish he would cut fewer runs to the perimeter. He is quite strong for his size. And he runs low, a with good center of gravity. On the Youth level most kids don’t match up well with Scott, so you don’t see him displaying his bruising between the tackles running style often which is another notch on his belt. Scott has what it takes to contribute or play right away if he works on pass blocking for the next level, so look out he just might be the next freshman sensation. .

 

 

Name : Ah’Kei Jibril Edwards

Measurables: 5’9”-143 lbs

Position : ATH

Team : Landover Seminoles

Class : 2024

Skinny:

No matter where you line Ah’keil Jibril Edwards up, he is sure to make something happen it’s just in his nature. I can go on about all the things he does well at other positions, but I have a sneaky feeling this kid will be a receiver. Edwards ability to elevate helps him play bigger than his size, while he almost plays faster than you would suggest, as he consistently gives defensive backs trouble with his vertical routes. In addition, he can stem and weave defenders on post routes to help create a little bit of extra separation.

Since he can get open deep, defensive backs have to give him a greater cushion than they would otherwise, allowing         Edwards to work underneath effectively on out routes and dig routes. Sinking his hips and exploding out of his breaks makes it even easier for the Landover product to get that needed separation. After the catch, Edwards can be difficult to bring down because he drives his legs well on contact and has some impressive change of direction that allows him to make defenders miss. The good thing about this young man is he is versatile, he can just as easy be an elite DB or RB if he decides that’s where he wants to play. Not yet done with youth football yet so this multitalented phenom has time to figure out where he likes to dominate most. 

 

 

 

 

Name : Xavier Irvin

Measurables: 5’7”-137 lbs

Position : WR

Team : Overtown Tornadoes (FL)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Over the past 3 years Xavier Irvin has established himself as one of the top Receivers in his class. A proven winner with a lethal skillset that allows him to shine the brightest on the biggest stage. Irvin Isn't the tallest receiver. He's far from being filled out at this stage so there's definitely room to add weight to his frame. Irvin has good overall playing speed. But he isn't necessarily a player with elite or track type of speed. He is smooth in his movements and shows good burst, cleanly gliding away from defensive backs on in-breaking routes. Those are the types of cuts in which he creates the most consistent separation at this stage.

It would probably be a safer bet to project Irvin to the slot, considering it's a question if Irvin will develop the upper body strength to consistently break jams at the line of scrimmage. At this stage, would probably project better as a slot or motion receiver where he'll gain free releases and not be able to easier get into his routes. That said, I would like to see him play a bit more physically when releasing off the line of scrimmage, and at the break point as well. He does play above his size going up in the air and high pointing the ball.

Irvin has good speed. But even more impressive is the burst he shows in and out of cuts and his burst to the ball on deep throws. He transitions smoothly in and out of cuts in the open field and loses little speed in transition. With a big jump in his game Irvin is continuing to climb the potential ladder with clutch performances.

 

 

 

Name : Mike Coley Jr.

Measurables: 5’9”-145 lbs

Position : WR

Team : Tampa Bay Area Jags

Class : 2024

Skinny:

Big play Mike Coley is what they need to call this kid. Were talking about a kid that has scored in all three phases of the game. Coley is a bit of a strider, but not to the extent that it is a weakness. He can change directions quite well, and his strides don't seem to limit him too much when running routes, although route running is something for him to refine in high school.

The best part of Coley's game is his ability to win contested throws. He has big, soft hands and doesn't fight the football at all. He effortlessly plucks it, making it look easy. On jump balls, he times his elevation quite well to match the trajectory of the football. Known for blowing the top off the defense Coley is explosive and get’s on top of his route fast and it’s an automatic six. Coley is also really adept at over-the-shoulder catches, which allows him to not loss his advantage on corners, posts, and streaks, ensuring that he can take them the distance. Primed to only get better before he graces a High School field.

 

 

 

Name : Gio Farris AKA G-75

Measurables: 5’11”-245 lbs
Position : OL

Team : South Bay Spartans (CA)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

The anchor iron for his offensive line unit Gio Farris get’s the job done imposing his will on whoever is in his crosshairs. Farris has nice size and has the frame to eventually play at 300 or more pounds after a few years in a high school strength program. He has long arms that will help to neutralize elite edge rushers and keep them at bay. On tape, Farris showcases an advance blend of skills. He shows the ability to really bend at the knee and hip, get down and root out a defender.

Throughout the game film, Farris stays on balance, keeping his weight well distributed over his feet, and maintaining a good football position from which to deliver a block. There are very few instances in which he gets out of position and has to rely on superior athleticism to accomplish the block. That's not to say that Farris lacks athleticism, just that he has good technique for a player of his age. His athleticism is elite. Farris shows great acceleration in the open field to pick up smaller defenders, and can go and he mirrors well with his lateral agility and balance. What makes this kid even better is top notch coaching this kid is learning high school terminology on the youth level, can you say advanced.

 

 

Name : Jaiden Toussaint

Measurables: 5’10”-158 lbs

Position : RB

Team : Miami Gardens Ravens

Class : 2025

Skinny:

Big Game Jaiden needs to be his nickname, because there wasn’t a big game that Jaiden didn’t prove he was thee best player on the field. During the Miami Gardens Ravens 11u YNC run on the biggest stage Jaiden made his case for being the 1# rated player in the Class of 2025.  What makes Toussaint so special? A number of things. First, he is exceptionally quick. Toussaint has the ability to abuse defenders and make them look silly with his acceleration and agility. He is also quite strong for his 5'10, 158-pound frame, and plays with great functional strength. A quick-twitch monster, if Toussaint gets daylight, he will not often be caught. He also has fantastic balance.

Toussaint has a leaping slide cut that allows him to break diving arm tackles in the open field with a mean stiff, turning medium-length gains into monster plays. He also has nice lateral movement that allows him to quickly bounce runs outside the tackles, where he seems the most comfortable. Finally, a jump cut gives him some elusiveness in the backfield and is impressive for his size. This phenom is headed toward stardom that’s just how good this kid is.

 

Name : Zahir Rainer

Measurables: 5’10”-150 lbs

Position : LB

Team : Central Va Hurricanes (VA)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

When it’s in your blood it’s just in your blood, which what comes to mind when you mention Zahir Rainer. Zahir’s Dad is former Chicago Bear Linebacker Wali Rainer, and let’s just say his kid inherited the ability to play the linebacker position at a high level. Rainer is a really special player. He has excellent quickness off the football. He has the frame to eventually add to. He has great length to keep opposing blockers out of his breast plate. He has elite lateral agility and the ability to strafe down the line while keeping his shoulder pads square. He has a good balance, keeping a solid football position, which allows him to play blocks with power, even against much bigger defenders. And he is surprisingly good in pass coverage considering he plays Linebacker in high school.

Rainer is just a fun defender to evaluate. There is still a lot of room to grow and really work on weaknesses in his game. With that being said I'm looking for an encore performance from Rainer 2019.

 

 

 

Name : Anthony Selby

Measurables: 5’8”-147

Position : ATH

Team : 302 Jagauars (DE)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

It’s not much Anthony Selby can’t do on the football field at a high level, skilled in the mold of Jabril Peppers. Selby has very good speed for a Defensive Back. He also has an excellent first step, using his acceleration to reach top speed very quickly. That allows him to close on the football extremely well. It appears offensive players underestimate Selby's speed, as he is on them, delivering a crushing blow, much quicker than they anticipate.

Speaking of hitting, Selby really brings the lumber. He explodes through his hips to level offensive players. He is perhaps over-aggressive at times, but he is so physically dominant in youth football that he can get away with it. Time to shake things up and let you guys in on what makes Selby one of the top backs as well.

The first thing that stands out about Selby on film is his explosion. He has the ability to stick his foot in the ground and explode out of his cut. The acceleration is also apparent, as he hits his top speed quite quickly. Selby is an aggressive runner who does not dance all that much. He does have the ability to shake defenders, but seems to prefer using his speed to go around them. That's not to say Selby lacks toughness of physicality. He has that, too. Selby will eventually be a 180 to 200-pound back, and he runs with good bend and lean, behind his pads when in traffic. What a dilemma to have being considered elite at two positions, but where ever this kid decides to play he will be a problem.

 

 

 

 

Name : Zach Drawdy

Measurables: 6’2”-160 lbs

Position : WR

Team : Yulee Hornets (FL)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

This is my sleeper X-factor from a small town with bigtime talent Zach Drawdy is special. Being his teams go to guy Zach finds himself playing multiply positions just to get the ball in his hands. Gifted shifty playmaker who makes things happen when the ball is in his hands. Playing receiver, Drawdy flashes ability. However, he just happens to be a burner who’ll threaten defenses vertically or tilt coverage. Drawdy has sticky hands. His catch radius exceeds what you would expect even from a 6’2 player based his ability to consistently pluck the ball away from his frame. He does a good job adjusting his frame to position to catch the ball. Even facing tight coverage, he bails out his quarterback with his ability to win on 50/50 throws. This trait should easily translate over to defense, as well.

Drawdy will have to refine his route running if he plays offense in High School. He won’t separate from High School defensive backs with sheer athleticism. His strengths reside in his ability after the catch and to make plays in the red zone. He’s an explosive leaper who often is able to reach the apex of his jump before a defender can locate to the ball. If he didn’t have elite size already Zach could easily be a dangerous Running-back, but with his frame it’s easy to see he will excel at the Receiver position.

 

 

 

Name : Carson Green

Measurables: 5’7”-141 lbs

Position : ATH

Team : San Antonio Outlaws (TX)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

The man the myth the legend Carson Green. What can’t this phenom do besides scoring touchdowns from anywhere on the field. Carson Green has visible acceleration from a standstill and a low center of gravity aided by his height and willingness to get behind his pads. As a result, there's not much surface area to tackle Green -- he won’t project as a power back in High School, but he should prove difficult to bring down for those reasons.

And despite the fact that he has elite elusiveness because of his stop-start ability, lateral jump cut ability, and a spin move that may not translate to college, Green is willing to press to h*** hard when available and not waste any time moving laterally because he understands that his speed makes him nearly impossible to catch in the open field. When a defender does have enough of an angle to catch Green, he has the ability to fake the inside move to produce space down the sideline, a critical skill for a running back to turn long gains into touchdowns. He can do the same thing with his hesitation move. What get’s lost in how dominate of a running-back he is, is his ability to line up in the slot and do damage on jet sweeps & bubble screens. How ever you seem to slice it, the fact remains your in good hands when the ball is in Carson Green's  possession.

 

 

 

Name : Asaad Waseem

Measurables: 5’7”-140 lbs

Position : WR

Team : West Orange (FL)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Asaad Waseem is Orlando areas hidden gem with silky smooth routes & catcher mitts for hands. Waseem has good, but not great speed. He is a long-strider who can run by some defenders at top speed. But speed is not really a key part of his game.

That's OK, though, because Waseem has a lot of other skills that make up for his lack of elite speed. The first is that he is excellent at making contested catches, either by going up to get the football with his excellent leaping, or by boxing out a defender on an inside route with his excellent length. And his fantastic hands are implicit in all of these contested catches. With short area quickness Waseem has mastered the art of creating separation setting defenders up on his path to the endzone. Waseem has begin to flash so it’s only a matter of time before this kid is getting all the headlines.

 

 

 

Name : Isaiah “Ike” Daniels

Measurables: 5’7”-155 lbs

Position : ATH

Team : Metro Virginia Raiders

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Dating back to the 2017 season I’ve been following “Ike “ Daniels when he was playing for the Fredericksburg Yellowjackets terrorizing the 13u division. I knew then this speedster would only climb up my radar. From the very first time scouting this kid it was evident speed was the name of the game and Ike had a lot of it to burn. But what set him apart from the rest was his smooth ice skating running style with ballerina like footwork, he knew how to stick his foot in the dirt and get missing. More than just a speed back Ike displayed the vision & patience needed to get to the 2nd level to show off that speed we tend to brag a lot about. Don’t make the mistake of confusing Daniels as a finesse guy he knows how to deliver the blow, rather it be lowering his shoulder or hitting you with his signature stiff arm. Daniels is an elite level athlete, easily one of the best in the Eastern region. And combined with his speed and build, that athletic combination is deadly on the football field. He looks like a man among boys at times.

Let me elaborate more on why Ike is considered one of the top athletes outside of his offensive impact. 2018 Ike displays the skills needed to be considered an elite level defensive-back. Daniels youth team runs a lot of off­-man and zone coverage, allowing him to focus his eyes on the ball for longer stretches. He has exceptional reactionary quickness -- he's confident enough in his reads that you often see him take his initial step down to the flat, just prior to the ball leaving the quarterback’s hand. Upon arrival at the football, Daniels is a solid "wrap" tackler who surrenders minimal yards after contact. He breaks down in space, wraps up and drives his frame through the ball carrier. Daniel’s baseline skill set might even translate better to safety, due to his lateral range and ball skills. Again, a X-factor with options to grow at a position he feels most comfortable at is a great problem to have.

 

 

 

Name : Marcus Williams

Measurables: 5’11”-170 lbs

Position : WR

Team : Cooper City Davie Colts

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Watching Marcus Williams develop before my eyes has been truly a treat. Williams switched things up and moved on to the Colts fast pace offense where he was able show off his full arsenal as a receiver. Williams is considered one of best pure receivers in the South Florida area. At 5’11, he has a frame built to contribute right away if needed. Williams is one of the smoothest movers you’ll see at the wide receiver position. The teenager has a unique combination of fluidity and suddenness that he uses to separate from defenders. He has very little wasted movement and come cleanly out of his breaks. Even on watching him interact with his Coach, you can tell he’s an intelligent player who seems to grasp the nuances of the position.

Now while Williams has many desirable traits at the wide receiver position, he’s not what you would call an elite speed athlete. He carries good competitive speed, but he doesn’t project to consistently take the top off of defenses at the next level. And though you consider him to be a big receiver on the youth level, Williams does well hauling down contested catches. He times his jumps very well and has a knack for plucking the ball when it is away from his frame and doing so at the very apex of his jump. Strong hands with the ability to attack the ball at it’s highest point, Williams makes fools out of defenders in the RedZone on 50/50 balls. Never lacking for confidence Williams feels he is ready for the next level, but only time will tell.

 

Name : Elijah Hopkins

Measurables: 6’0”150 lbs

Position : WR

Team : Palm Beach Garden Gators (FL)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

I have to say in this day in age two sports guys are now seeing the value in options. Elijah Hopkins is a hoops guy who can get down on the hardwood, but on the flip side kid has the size now to be elite on the gridiron. When you’re the National Championship team leading receiver with 15 receiving touchdowns, how can you deny how high his ceiling is. Hopkins shows good initial burst off the line, getting into his routes quickly. His route tree isn’t the most expansive, however, as he is mainly schemed into space via tunnel screens or used as a vertical threat to stretch the field. Once into space, Hopkins is a creative runner. This isn’t only just a function of his fluidity and lateral burst, but is a product of his peripheral vision in the open field. Often times Hopkins will find himself in a compressed area, but find escape routes into the open field most players would not be able to see.

As a route runner, Hopkins will need to add polish. His game is largely dependent on being able to out-athlete defenders. Specifically, he’ll need to become more adept at creating immediate separation in the three-step game. That is, if he is to evolve into more than just a screen-play or post & deep-ball threat. With a basketball background one problem Hopkins never has is jumping out the gym to snag the fades & 9 routes. Light on his feet with straight line speed Hopkins has big hands so he catches everything in his vicinity. Still raw and learning the game, yet & still the scariest part about Hopkins is how good he can be if he just focuses on perfecting his craft.

 

 

 

 

Name : Eric Thomas

Measurables: 6’2-195

Position : DE

Team : Mississippi Wolfpack (MS)

Class : 2023

Skinny:

Eric Thomas Jr. is a kid that passes the eyeball test and let’s just say he is far more than eye candy. The first thing that jumped out at me when I saw Thomas in person was his frame. He has a very built core, and I can't imagine what he is going to look like before he leaves High School. Thomas is an extremely strong prospect. And the competition he played in Nationals was impressive compared to his comp back home. Given that, he is easily able to overwhelm opposing blockers at the point of attack with his strength, tossing them aside.

But strength is not Thomas only attribute. He also shows solid burst and get-off at times relative to his size, uncoiling out of his stance and playing low. I’m certain Testing numbers will confirm his explosion as he has consistently show off very good vertical leaps batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. Speaking with Thomas Coach Ryan told me recently that he has been working on improving his hands, and I agree that they need work. He is able to get away with some iffy technique at times in Youth Football. He is a bit linear as a player, and his change of direction is not elite for a defensive end. But watching him in person I saw several of his hustle plays, which suggests a strong motor. Eric Thomas best football is ahead of him look for him to make the necessary steps to be one of the top prospects in his class.

 

 

 

 

Name : Orion Kupu

Measurables: 5’8”-138 lbs

Position : DB

Team : Wilmington Pilots (CA)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

Orion Kupu is Youth Football version of Johnnie on the spot with the instincts of a apex predator on the hunt. Kupu makes a habit of being at the right place at the right time when it comes to pick 6’s, this phenom timing is impeccable. Why I’m I high on Orion Kupu? It all starts with size. Defensive-backs are getting bigger and bigger, but they can't keep up with the demand for size at the position on the youth level because kids outgrow the position. But even the biggest of DB’s must meet certain minimum speed and athleticism requirements to play the position at the High School level. He does that and more. Kupu has acceptable speed for a DB. I would not confuse him with a track star, and he is a bit of a long-strider, but I don't view his speed as a concern because it's relative to his size. And for a long-strider, his acceleration and closing speed is surprisingly good. He recovers nicely, can play trail technique and close on deep routes.

Kupu game film doesn’t show him jamming much, but a player with his length, strength, balance, body control and aggressiveness should be able to do so pretty well at the next level. Kupu also uses his length quite well to deflect passes and swat at the arms of receivers, causing breakups. I really like Kupu's ability to control and contort his body in the air and come down with interceptions. His experience playing receiver helps him in this area. He is also a big-time leaper, capable of simply out-jumping much of his youth competition. Playing zone coverage, he seems to read the field well and find the football, making a number of interceptions by positioning himself smartly and knowing where to be. If he continues to grow and add on to his game there is no reason you won’t be reading this kids name on Rivals or 247.

 

 

 

Name : Isendre “PaPa” Ahfua

Measurables: 6’3”-255

Position : ATH

Team : Heir Academy (WA)

Class : 2024

Skinny:

When you’re talking physical specimen & freak of an athlete look no further than this 7th grade phenom Isendre “PaPa” Ahfua. Blessed with the size to compete on the High School level right now, Ahfua doubles as a running-back but his hand in the dirt is his future. Athletic with enough speed to do damage as a ball carrier, PaPa is a load coming downhill that has just enough speed to take it the distance. But let’s not kid ourselves this phenom has what it takes to be in that discussion as the number 1# overall prospect in the class of 2024.  What makes Ahfua so coveted for me to say he might be the 1# prospect in the country?

To start, he offers an excellent blend of size and athleticism. He is impressively built for a youth football player, but does not look like someone who has already reached his ceiling and won't continue to improve at the High School level. Ahfua is strong. On game film, he is easily able to discard blockers as they are simply not prepared for the force he delivers with a blow. Ahfua also has good, but not great, length and is able to use it to control blockers and prevent them from getting into his chest. But Ahfua is not just about size and speed. He also displays good body control and bend, and is not just a straight-line player. In several highlights, he is able to change course, pursue a ball carrier and bring him down. Despite my excitement I have to dial it back a tad bit because this phenom has one more year of youth ball, in any other region this kid might be playing varsity as an 8th grader.

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