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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Mayes, Barnes perform well over weekend

By Corey Long

Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar’s 35-0 victory over Sarasota (Fla.) Booker on Friday night clinched a district title for Dunbar and put the Tigers in a position to compete for a state championship.

Despite the lopsided nature of the score both teams had players that will definitely need to be observed in the next few weeks, months and years.

Eric Mayes, DE, Booker -- Mayes was the highest-rated prospect on the field and at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds he looks great off the hoof. He didn’t play much in the first quarter but on his first play in the second quarter he recorded a sack and later added a couple of tackles for loss. However, his most impressive play came late in the fourth quarter when he chased down Dunbar running back Marquise Bryant from behind after 70 yards. With the game well out of reach Mayes showed terrific effort and is worthy of his ESPN 300 status.

Johnell Barnes, WR, Dunbar -- The three-star prospect caught a touchdown and did an excellent job blocking downfield for the running game. Barnes is committed to Duke and seems very solid.

Ryeshene Bronson, WR, Dunbar (2014) -- Bronson made his impact on the game as a downfield blocker. The junior had a shot at a late touchdown but the ball was out of reach. Nonetheless the Florida commit continues to improve.

Marlon Mack, RB/ATH, Booker (2014) -- Mack is a good-looking junior prospect (6-0, 195) that could really blow up with a strong offseason. He rushed for over 130 yards in the game but I think he might turn out to be better on the defensive side of the ball.

Ahmad Richards, DB, Dunbar -- Solid talent here and has the ability to play safety or cornerback. He has offers from UCF, Florida International and Western Kentucky.

Tajze Battle, DB, Dunbar (2014) -- If Battle stays committed to North Carolina, and he said that UNC is his ‘dream school’; the Tar Heels could have a future star in their defensive backfield. Battle has above-average ball skills and made a couple of impressive open-field tackles.

Daniel Cobb, QB/ATH, Dunbar (2015) -- Cobb plays QB but he’ll be a wide receiver or a cornerback at the next level. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound sophomore threw for a touchdown and rushed for two more. He already has a provisional offer from USC. If he continues to fill out and maintains his speed, Cobb could be Lee County’s best prospect since Sammy Watkins.