May 5, 2009

Spring Tour: Delray Beach Atlantic

On Monday afternoon we were able to stop in and get a look at a loaded Delray Beach Atlantic High School team. This may be the most talented team Atlantic has had since the 2005 season which featured former FSU standout Preston Parker, Miami's Orlando Franklin and Western Michigan's Jamelle Murray. We take a look at their top prospects in the 2010 and 2011 classes.

2010 Prospects:

James Louis is the headliner of the team. The 5 foot 11, 180-pound wide receiver attacks the ball in the air and posses game breaking speed. You can see why he is so heavily recruited and has been selected to play in the Under Armour All American game.

Eluzies Vil is the most underrated prospect on the team. The 5 foot 11, 220-pound linebacker makes a lot of plays and is the leader of their defense. He is very good against the run, but must continue to improve his pass coverage. Right now he is only hearing from Colorado State, but as colleges watch practice this spring look for more schools to become involved.

Dual threat quarterback Mark Leal is in charge of getting the ball to all the playmakers. At 6 foot, 183-pounds size is a concern for Leal, but he does have a long list of suitors. He is a nice fit for the spread offense and operating from the shot gun.

In the secondary they return one starting cornerback in Corey Denson. The 5 foot 7, 165-pound Denson may not have ideal size, but he showed excellent ball skills in the defensive back drills.

DJ McCellion anchors the defensive line at 6 foot, 270-pounds. Two new schools have been in contact with him Tennessee and Oklahoma State.

They have a bowling ball for a running back in Donnell Kirkwood. When he runs all you see in knees and shoulders. The 5 foot 8, 195-pound Kirkwood doesn't have break away speed, but he is a punishing runner.

A couple of outside linebackers flank Vil in Vincent Vasquez and Obed Jean. Neither is real tall, but they are both very stout.

The offensive line is led by a long armed Brandon Wilkens. Wilkens plays tackle at 6'3" 245-pounds. He will need to continue to add weight to play at the next level.

Atlantic has got a reputation over the years of producing top of the line defensive backs. From Kansas City Chief Brandon Flowers, to former University of Minnesota standout Brandon Owens, Karnell Hatcher of LSU and most recently Jayron Hosley signed with Virginia Tech. A pair of 2011 defensive backs look as if they will continue the tradition.

Here are some of the top 2011 prospects.

Kevie Defranc - 5 foot 10, 160-pounds - Cornerback

Defranc is a lock down corner with excellent feet and loose hips. His coach says he has one of the best verticals on the team. He saw a lot of time last fall in the secondary.

Patrick Jean - 6 foot 1, 185-pounds - Safety

Jean is a physically impressive looking prospect as he moves well for his size. He can play close to line of scrimmage or a deep center field covering the whole field.

J'Rod Beard - 5 foot 8, 165-pounds - Wide Receiver/Running Back

Beard will get a chance to make some plays from the slot with teams focusing on Louis. Beard is great after the catch and could also see some time in the backfield. He has ability to make people miss when he catches the ball in space.

Ezeikel Turner - 5 foot 11, 160-pounds - Wide Receiver

Turner is another wide receiver who will be looked up on to make plays.

Jephette Matilus - 6 foot, 210-pounds - Defensive End/Linebacker

Matilus played defensive end last year and will do the same this fall. He projects as a linebacker in college.

Kensel Kearsey - 6 foot 1, 215-pounds - Defensive Line

Kearsey will be expected to be a major force along the defensive line this fall.

Delray Beach Atlantic will take on Royal Palm Beach High School in their spring game on May 28th.

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