Monday, December 17, 2012
Florida title games boost stock of seniors
By Corey Long
With the two weeks of the Florida state finals in the bank, there were several seniors who might have boosted their stock in the final weeks of the recruiting season.
Matt Dayes, RB, Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay: The three-star prospect took a major leap forward in Saturday’s loss to Apopka (Fla.). Dayes is a little bigger than the 5-foot-8, 193 pounds he is listed at and little faster than the 4.71 speed he was clocked at. Now that he has decommitted from N.C. State, he is on the radar at Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Miami, Kentucky and South Florida.
Luke Helms, LB, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby: Helms isn’t going to blow anyone away with his athleticism, but he’s smart, productive and always around the football as his nine tackles, two tackles for loss and fumble recovery in Friday’s win over Immokalee (Fla.) proved. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he’s got good size and there are a few FBS schools that could use his leadership and tenacity.
John O’Korn, QB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas: O’Korn has plenty of offers and is committed to Houston, but he admittedly wants more. In Friday’s 41-25 win over Tallahassee Lincoln, he made his case well with 339 passing yards and two touchdowns. His accuracy is still a question mark (he was 11 of 26 on Friday) but his 95 total rushing yards with a 51-yard rushing touchdown adds an appealing dimension.
Cedric Stokes, RB, Trenton (Fla.): Stokes rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Bratt (Fla.) Northview last Friday and it is a little surprising the 5-9, 175-pound Class 1A Player of the Year has no recruiting action. There are a lot of non-BCS programs that should give Stokes a serious look as a slot receiver or defensive back.
Rapheal Webb, RB, Gainesville (Fla.): Webb showed impressive speed on an 80-yard touchdown run in a loss to Miami Central. Webb has around a dozen offers but Utah and Florida Atlantic are the only two programs still showing interest. However the 5-9, 190-pound prospect could be in line for some late offers.