By Jerry Williamson
So. Florida is known world wide for skill athletes and speed, but if you haven't noticed lately, the area known as the "State of Florida", which range from Florida City to West Palm Beach, according the University of Miami heydays, is starting to produce big and athletic lineman. This week, I will focus my attention on the road graders, big uglies and the interior defensive lineman around So. Florida.
South Miami Grey Ghost, DT Westley Neil, Jr.
Westley is one of my youth football rising stars. He stands 5-foot-9, 235-pounds and appears as a zero technique, better known as a gap eater, but he moves extremely well for someone his size and can play the 3-technique. He finished the season with 12-sack and over 10-tackles for loss. I watched him challenge, an offensive lineman 6-foot-3, 285-pounds this fall, and he won some battles and never backed down. Westley is a honor student and his GPA is a 3.45.
Jerry's Scouting Report: MXYFL Top interior 8th grade defensive lineman.
Liberty City Warriors, DT Raheem Berry
Raheem (Left Pictured) is a former "kills bees" athlete from last fall nationals squad. As of today, he is now 5-foot-8, 185-pounds. He has over 5-sacks on the season and double digits tackles for loss. I observed him last season and this fall, vs. South Dade. He causes havoc every game and is always around the ball or forcing opponents to run off tackle.
Jerry's Scouting Report: Pop Warner Top interior 8th grade defensive lineman.
Pempbroke Bengals, DL/OL Jalen Reeves
Jalen (Right Pictured) is a 13-year-old (Birthday, May) that stands 5-foot-8, 175-pounds. According to his father, his doctor guesstimates, Jalen will be 6-foot-4. His football IQ and motor, will allow high school coaches to use him as a plug-in athlete, lining up at DE, LB, DT and FB. He goes 100-miles per hour every play and has over 10-sacks this season. He sports a 3.1 weighted GPA.
Jerry's Scouting Report: AYFL most versatile 8th grade offensive and defensive lineman.
Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes, DT Henry Bryant
Henry (Left Pictured) stands 5-foot-11, 250-pounds and must be double team or he will take over a game. He honestly, can play anywhere within the trenches. He's ranked the top interior lineman in South Florida. He's good enough to start on a number of varsity teams in broward county. Each football camp he attends, he wins MVP at his position.
Jerry's Scouting Report: So. Florida's Top interior 8th grade defensive lineman.
Bobby (Left Pictured) is the wide-body college coaches love, when recruiting defensive tackles. He stands 5-foot-9, 260-pounds. He's tough to move backwards and has sneaky speed and quickness for his size. His first 15-yards in the 40-yard dash, was faster than every big man at Generation Nexxt Ultimate Skills Challenge. His future can be at either defensive tackle or offensive guard.
Jerry's Scouting Report: So. Florida's Top 5 interior 8th grade defensive lineman.
Deerfield Packer Rattlers, DT Jamari Maybin
Jamari (Right Pictured) stands 6-foot-0, 250-pounds with eye popping upper body strength and power. During the FBU (Dade County) Try Outs, he was unstoppable and clearly was the Defensive MVP. During the FBU 11-on-11 scrimmage, he had to removed, because the offense couldn't get a play off due to his strength pushing lineman backwards into the quarterback. He's varsity material. Most importantly, he's a honor student with a 3.45 weighted GPA.
Jerry's Scouting Report: So. Florida's #2 interior 8th grade defensive lineman
West Pembroke Pines, DT Isaiah Walker
Isaiah (Left Pictured) stands 6-foot-3, 285-pounds. You would think someone his age and size would be sluggish, but wrong. I watched him line-up at defensive end vs. South Miami, and his closing speed caught my eye.
Jerry's Scouting Report: AYFL Top 8th grade offensive lineman.
Keys Gate Charter, OL Jonathan Dennis
The first-year football player, who's another one of my rising star athletes, didn't allow a single sack this fall. He stands 6-foot-3, 225-pounds. Still learning the sport, he attended the FBU (Dade County) Try Outs and was highlighted by media as an standout and was in the practice 1st team during 11-on-11.
Jerry's Scouting Report: Top 8th grade Middle School offensive lineman.
Suniland Sundevils 13U, OL Jamar Fairweather
The first-year football player and three sport athlete (Football, Baseball "Nationally ranked", Soccer) stands 6-foot-1, 220-pounds. He made the starting offense during 11-on-11 and has done an excellent job aiding to the highest scoring 13U offense in the MXYFL.
Jerry's Scouting Report: MXYFL Top 8th Offensive lineman.