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December 24, 2011

Best of the Nike South Florida All-Star Game

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MIAMI - The 18th Annual Nike South Florida All-Star Football Game was played on Friday evening at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami. The best from Miami-Dade battled a team comprised of athletes from Broward, Palm Beach, and a few other South Florida counties. Miami-Dade came out victorious 31-21. Here are the top performers from the event:

Nee's Top Performers
Jasper took home MVP honors with a six reception, 102 yard, two-touchdown performance. He also turned in an excellent kick return late in the game to set up the touchdown that put Dade ahead for good in its 31-21 victory. Jasper was very dangerous on routes going underneath across the middle. When he got the ball in his hands he was able to stretch plays out and add a good bit of yards after the catch. He exhibited good speed, but is more quick than fast. He is an asset as a slot receiver and returner.

Wilson is a receiver whose offer list should be better than it is. He is a vacuum when the ball comes his way always bringing it in with keen eye-hand coordination. He does a good job of getting himself open whether it is by running a precise route or working his way behind the defense. Wilson is very good at creating separation and bringing the ball in.

Brockman is a talented defensive back who does a good job of positioning himself between the receiver and the ball. He had two interceptions on the evening. Brockman plays with good instincts and understands how to position himself in order to give himself the best chance of making a play on the ball. He doesn't have great speed but has the quickness to make plays in tight spaces.

Gibson is just an excellent defender who is always around the ball. He is a good tackler in space but will also come down inside the box and fill a gap, dropping his shoulder and taking on a back. He doesn't allow players to get by him as he exhibits very good tackling technique. Gibson has the athleticism to make plays away from the line of scrimmage but also does a good job of reading and reacting to a play quickly and flying downhill.

Clayton had six carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came on a one-yard rush where he dropped his shoulder and powered in between the tackles to put Dade on the board. His second came when he broke a run to the left and cut back across the field to the right to outrun the defense in pursuit. That run went for 60 yards. He is a very solidly built running back who can gain tough yards but he also has the speed to get down the field and separate from the defense.

Kinsey dominated the first defensive possession making a number of plays in the offensive backfield, and his good play continued throughout the evening. He is a bit of a tweener as he could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme or a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He isn't incredibly quick laterally but is good at making plays coming downhill and playing off the edge. He tends to bull-rush a good bit and just use his large upper-body and strength to go through blockers.

Both offensive lines struggled on the evening but Conyers was the top performer for the winning squad up-front. Conyers strength is going north-south and run-blocking. He comes off the snap very aggressively and gets a good punch into the body of defenders. He sustains his blocks well and does a good job driving from his legs. He has a good frame with plenty of room to add additional weight at the next level. He also exhibited good knee bend and agility.

McKinnon is a long athlete in the defensive secondary who exhibited the versatility and ability to play cornerback, but his position in college will likely be as a safety. He showed good quickness and range breaking quickly on the ball. He does a good job attacking the ball in the air, as exhibited when he punched a reception out of a receiver's hands in the air.

Other Division I prospects

Here is Nee's analysis of other Division I prospects, listed alphabetically, scouted in the game.

Jordan Armstrong, ATH, Miami (Fla.) Felix Varela: Armstrong's biggest contribution on the evening was a blocked punt where he shot through at the line of scrimmage and quickly got into the backfield. He is a small athlete who could end up a cornerback or slot receiver at the collegiate level.

Kedric Bostic, PQB, Jupiter (Fla.) Jupiter Christian: Bostic just missed the top performers list, mainly due to a bad decision made while scrambling where he threw a poor ball underneath that was intercepted. He also turned in multiple highlights including a nice touchdown pass, where he threw a crisp, accurate ball, as well as a seven-yard touchdown run.

Daniel Braverman, WR, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School: Braverman didn't get many touches in the game but did take a reverse for about a 30-yard gain. He is a quick wide receiver who is shifty in open spaces.

James Burgess Jr., OLB, Homestead (Fla.): Burgess is a bit of an undersized linebacker but he has good quicks whether it is coming off the edge and attacking the offensive backfield or playing in zone coverage. He does a good job of consistently being around the ball.

Kevon Caffey, S, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington: Caffey is an underrecruited hybrid safety-linebacker. He blocked a punt on the evening and recorded multiple tackles on defense. He does a very good job helping against the run in the box and is effective playing downhill and laterally in the flats.

Jean-Marc Charles, DT, Hollywood (Fla.) Hollywood Hills: A raw defensive lineman with a great frame to add weight and bulk. He has quick feet and long arms that make him a difficult match-up for most interior linemen.

Trevon Coley, WDE, Miramar (Fla.): Coley is a speed-rush end who has a quick first step but struggles to get off blocks. He does a good job of playing through the whistle.

Imani Davis, RB, Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit: Davis is a versatile running back who is best used in space. He has soft hands making him a receiving threat. He is quick to the hole but also does a good job of running to the outside and changing speeds while showing patience for a hole to open up.

Vernon Davis, CB, Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef: Davis is fluid at the defensive back position and quick to a spot. He exhibited good footwork on the evening and does a good job of breaking on the ball. He dropped a possible interception in the game.

Erick Hallmon, OLB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons: Hallmon is built like a safety, but his game is tailor-made to be an outside linebacker. He has good range and does a good job of pursuing plays laterally in the flats.

E.J. Hilliard, PQB, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern: Hilliard threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Jasper in the victory. The thin quarterback throws a nice, accurate ball with good touch. He is very effective underneath but has the arm strength to stretch the field. He also has a good feel for the pocket and does a good job of avoiding sacks.

Jordan Hinojosa, DT, Miami (Fla.) Central: Hinojosa has a motor that never slows down. He explodes well off the snap and is very aggressive with his hands against blockers. He does a good job of making plays when the ball comes his way.

Gunnar Holcombe, PQB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School: Holcombe was up-and-down on the evening with some nice throws and some poor throws. He is most effective on short and intermediate routes.

Macgarrett Kings Jr., WR, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School: Kings is a versatile wide receiver who can be used on reverses or in the backfield, but is also very good playing in the slot and down the field. He has good quickness, solid top-end speed, and does a good job of catching the ball with his hands.

Elston Lane, WR, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern: Lane recorded a nice reception but the play ended with a fumble which was recovered by the opposition. Lane has great size and arm length at the wide receiver position, but isn't very fluid on his routes.

Julian Leslie, WDE, Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef: Leslie is a tall, thin defensive end who has good athleticism. He was able to use his speed and quickness to get around an offensive tackle who was overmatched. He will need to add strength and bulk if he remains at defensive end in college.

Mike Minns, DT, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer: Minns is a bowling ball shaped defensive tackle who plays with leverage and does a good job of staying low off the snap and moving offensive linemen off the spot. His height will hurt his opportunities, but he is a good plug and effective run-stopper.

Fabian Moreau, RB, Davie (Fla.) Western: Moreau is a tall back who plays a bit high. He is a good runner who can attack inside or outside. He hits the hole quickly and exhibits good vision at finding holes and attacking them.

Brian Nicholson, OLB, Miami (Fla.) Central: Nicholson moves well in a lane and has great length allowing him to make plays away from his body. He may end up moving to defensive end if he is able to add the necessary bulk in college.

Josh Orsino, WR, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Westminster Academy: Orsino is a possession wide receiver who is effective underneath. He has very good hands that make him a consistent receiver. He also exhibited good body control along the sideline.

Willie Quinn, WR, Miami (Fla.) Jackson: Quinn is a very exciting prospect in space as he is both quick and fast. He has excellent wiggle and is elusive. His height, which is around 5-foot-6, will hurt his chances of landing a Division I offer down the stretch.

Devonte Robinson, WR, Delray Beach (Fla.) Village Academy: Robinson didn't get many opportunities to flash his wheels with the ball in his hands, but he can quickly stretch the field as he gets off the line of scrimmage extremely well. He has good height and long arms that make him a big threat over the top.

Justin Simmons, S, Stuart (Fla.) Martin County: Simmons has the athleticism to play wide receiver or safety at the collegiate level. He has good quickness, is a long strider, and does a good job of getting off the ground and making plays in the air.

Gabriel Terry, WDE, Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central: Terry plays very quickly off the edge. He lined up with his hand in the dirt throughout the evening and came off the edge as a speed rusher. He had mixed results as his speed allowed him to win the edge on a number of occasions but when the offensive tackle was able to stay in front of him he struggled to get off the block. He may end up standing up in college as an outside linebacker.

Dion Witty, CB, Sunshine (Fla.) Piper: Witty is more quick than fast in the defensive secondary but he knows how to play so that his speed isn't an issue. He could end up at safety in college as he has good coverage skills and does a good job reading the play and reacting accordingly.

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