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Standouts, extra notes from Heath Evans

6/12/2012

With the 7th annual Heath Evans tournament in the rear view mirror, it's time to see who stood out and clear out the notebook.

Stacy Coley, WR (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast): The 2013 Under Armour All-American was clearly the best player in the event. Whenever Coley wants to make the big play there's no defensive back in the state that can stop him. He is still working on his consistently but he has a ton of ability and a high ceiling.

Vernon Hargreaves III, DB (Tampa, Fla./Wharton): Hargreaves played safety Saturday and for good reason -- he wanted to be involved in the action. On the down side he didn't have the one-on-one battles I hoped to see but he did force teams to throw in his general direction and manned the defensive backfield beautifully.

Devontae Phillips, WR, 2015 (Miami/Miami Central): While Coley appears to be Florida's best receiver in the Class of 2013, it's very likely Phillips will hold that honor in the Class of 2015. Phillips (6-foot, 185 pounds) is a smart player that knows how to work the sidelines to his advantage and has the sort of hands and burst that is expected from top prospects.

Treon Harris, QB, 2014 (Miami/Booker T. Washington): Harris isn't going to blow you away with his size (5-11, 175) and he may be best suited as an athlete at the next level, but he makes good decisions with the football and does have really good range on his deep throws. His athleticism makes him a dangerous player once the pads come on.

Dalvin Cook, RB, 2014 (Miami/Miami Central): Cook has game-breaking speed and showed it many times during the tournament. When Cook gets on his route no one can keep up with him. He is a natural running back but his ability to catch out of the backfield is something every top program will love.

OTHER NOTES

One player that should have made the top five is wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) but I didn't see enough of his games. Dixon has got considerably thicker in the last six months...Cook's teammate, Joseph Yearby, spent his day playing safety and did extremely well...Miami Central linebacker Marquez Holmes is committed to Syracuse but don't be surprised if he receives more offers around the southeast during the summer and fall....Class of 2015 wide receiver Devante Peete (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely) made one of the great plays of the tournament -- catching a jump ball over three Booker T. Washington defenders. The 6-4, 165-pound freshman needs to put on size but he knows how to use his height...Booker T. Washington junior Jimmy Walker made the other great play in the same game when he did a full layout to grab a deep ball but the play was call back because Harris took too much time to make the throw....Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central pulled an upset on Miramar in the elimination round thanks to some serious lock-down coverage by 2014 defensive back Trinton Hanson...Miami Carol City 2014 wide receiver Theo Hammonds is worth keeping an eye on...FSU commit Michael Johnson (Miami/Booker T. Washington) didn't do much to stand out Saturday but 2014 defensive back Nigel Patten played extremely well.