Saturday, July 2, 2011

2012 Recruiting Rundown: Quinteze Williams

Quinteze Williams

Defensive Tackle
Sandy Creek High School, Sandy Creek, Ga.
6’-4”, 295 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.3 seconds
Vertical Leap: 29.3 inches

Position Ranking
ESPN: #21
Rivals: #23 #29

The Skinny
Quinteze Williams has all the physical tools to become a dominant defense lineman for the Gators. He has good height and strength and would be able to defend the run and pass earning time as an every down defensive lineman. He has displayed good lateral movement in the trenches.
He needs improvement in his tackling. He has a tendency to fail to wrap up and finish and he will need to fix that at the next level.
His high school won the AAA state championship. He is the third player from Georgia that Muschamp has recruited.

Friday, July 1, 2011

2012 Recruiting Rundown: Jafar Mann

Jafar Mann
Defensive Tackle
Stephenson High School, Stephenson, Ga.
6’-3”, 275 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.3 seconds
Vertical Leap: 21 inches

Position Ranking
ESPN: #27
Rivals: #34 #27

The Skinny
Jafar Mann touts himself as a run-stopper. He has good technique coming out of his stance and has the ability to get low and stand up offensive lineman, which translates to good penetration and disruption along the line.
The downside is he can be inconsistent at times staying low and with his height it can be a problem. He lacks the explosive quickness needed to be a real disruptive force. Look for him to play more in obvious running situations like early in the set of downs and on goal-line stands.
Mann’s teammate, Mike Davis, has also committed to the Gators.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

2012 Recruiting Rundown: Jessamen Dunker

Jessamen Dunker
Offensive tackle
Boynton Beach High School, Boynton Beach, Fla.
6’-6”, 315 pounds
Position Rankings
ESPN: #2
Rivals: #11 #7

The Skinny

Dunker is exceptionally quick off the ball for a big man, which means he will be able to block in space and will be good at pulling and trapping. He is very athletic and plays with good balance. He displays an excellent motor. He has all of the tools to be an exceptional player at the collegiate level.

He will need to work on his technique, as most big and athletic high school players find out. He will need to shore up his hand and footwork while pass blocking. He will also need to get lower when firing out of the box.

There is not a lot of information on Dunker out there right now. I couldn't find any combine reports nor could I find a video of his work on the field. Here is a video of Dunker talking about his UF committment:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

2012 Recruiting Rundown: Mike Davis

Mike Davis
Stephenson High School, Stephenson, Ga.
Running Back
5’-10”, 190 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.73 seconds
Vertical Leap: 37.5”

Position Rankings
ESPN: #18
Rivals: #10 #23

The Skinny
Mike Davis is built solidly and has great balance. He is adept at running in traffic because he has great quickness, vision and cutting ability when running through holes. He breaks high tackles and with his low center of gravity can bounce off low tackles. He has good hands out of the backfield
Davis lacks breakaway speed and may only be a adequate pass blocker. Though his quickness will get him outside he won’t run away from a lot of people at the collegiate level.

Below is a tape of Davis junior season highlights.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

2012 Recruiting Rundown: Jeremi Powell

Jeremi Powell

Pinellas Park Senior High School, Pinellas Park, Fla.
Outside Linebacker
6’-2”, 200 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.41
Vertical Leap: 35”

Position Rankings
ESPN: 23
Rivals: 19 29

The Skinny
The upside on Jeremi Powell is his athletic abilities. He is fast enough to run track and competes at a state level in high jump and triple jump. He played running back and linebacker in high school. As a linebacker he is known for punishing hits. His tapes show a knack for taking proper angles to the football and plays downhill. He can play up or in the three-point stance.
The only real downside is his weight, which should not be a problem once Mickey Mariotti gets a hold of him.
Powell should contribute immediately on special teams and be a good fit in the Buck position or at the other OLB spot, especially rushing the passer. He had 15 sacks and two defensive touchdowns his junior year.

Monday, June 27, 2011

2012 Recruiting Rundown: Matt Jones

Matt Jones
Armwood High School, Seffner, Fla.
Running Back
6’-3”, 210 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.72
Vertical Leap: 24 inches

The Skinny
Matt Jones, the third player to verbally commit to the 2012 Gator recruiting class, has the frame and ability to be an every down back the Gators have been missing of late. Jones has the size of a linebacker but good speed and running back instincts. He can break tackles on first contact and has the power to move the pile. He has good hands catching passes out of the backfield and he has the size and strength to be a good pass blocker, both things that will be of value in the Charlie Weis pro style offense.
He will need to do a better job of pumping his knees higher if he wants to improve his yards after contact. He doesn’t have the blazing speed of a Demps or Rainey the gators are used to, but then his other traits might fit the new offense a little better. The word is he fell in love with the coaches and the new offense.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

2012 Recruiting Rundown: Omari Phillips

Omari Phillips
Venice High School (Venice, Fla.)
Offensive Tackle
6’-5”, 270 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.6
Vertical leap: 28.5

Position Rankings
ESPN: #16
Rivals: #18 (listed as Dante Phillips) #35

The Skinny:
Omari Phillips is the second player to commit to the 2012 Gator recruiting class. The upside to Phillips is his size, motor and footwork. He has good size and room to add more weight to his frame, which means he could top out around 310 or so. He is very active and has a good motor, which translates well to the offensive line. He is a good run blocker and has a knack to keeping his feet moving when driving people off the ball. His footwork should help him in the pass blocking schemes once he improves his technique.
The downside is he loses technique at times, overextending and losing balance because his feet stop moving. He also tends to lose technique when facing speedier rushers. He will need to clean up those technique flaws in the SEC.
Look for him to work in at right tackle, his skill set is not at the level to beat Xavier Nixon for the left tackle spot just yet.