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June 9, 2012

Fla. players shine in Evans event

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- On Saturday, 16 teams from around the Sunshine State made their way to The King's Academy in West Palm Beach to compete in the annual Heath Evans Foundation 7-on-7 Championship. Here is a breakdown of some of the top performers.

Stacy Coley, WR, Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast: Coley is an extremely talented, well-rounded wide receiver. He isn't a thick receiver, but has a good bit of muscle on his wiry frame. He has quick feet, allowing him to make quick cuts on his routes. He showed the ability to stretch the field vertically and get behind defenders. He regularly caught the ball cleanly with his hands. He goes up to win the ball in the air, exhibiting a great vertical leap as well as timing. Teams would blanket him with coverage, but yet he made play after play.

Devontae Phillips, WR, Miami (Fla.) Central (2015): A youngster who stood out for Miami Central was this rising sophomore wide receiver. Phillips is a thick wide receiver at around 190 pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame. He gets off the line cleanly and quickly accelerates on his routes. He showed the ability to work along the sideline as a vertical threat or to cut his steps and work to the outside. He catches everything that comes his way.

Johnnie Dixon, WR, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer (2014): The talented rising junior wide receiver has a very physical, thick build and good height. He is quick off the line of scrimmage and showed good change of direction and burst on his routes. He is able to adjust his speed in routes to put himself in the best position to make the catch. He does a great job of catching it over his shoulder in stride. He is a very dangerous wide receiver after making the reception.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Miami(Fla.) Central (2014): Cook, who took home fastest-man honors at the event, flashed that speed in the game setting as well. The talented running back does a good job of sticking his foot into the ground and moving forward. Linebackers can't keep up with him and many defensive backs struggle not to lose a step when matched up with him. He did a very good job of catching it downfield. He has added some nice strength and thickness to his build.

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Tampa (Fla.) Wharton: The five-star cornerback worked at safety during the event and performed well. He does a very good job of reading the play and breaking on the ball when it is put into the air. He is quick to the spot and gets his hands between the ball and receiver. Even in mid-stride, Hargreaves seemingly springs off of the ground when he goes up to play the ball in the air. He continues to add good bulk to his frame while not losing any of his high-level athleticism.

Joseph Yearby, RB, Miami (Fla.) Central (2014): Yearby's future is at running back, but he did his work at safety on Saturday. Yearby has good size at 5-foot-9 and 190-plus pounds. Working at safety, he did an excellent job of showing range and lending support over the top for his cornerbacks. He uses his blazing speed to cut underneath on routes, which helped him grab an interception or two on the day. He has excellent body control.

Frank Brown, WR, Palm Beach Gardens(Fla.): Brown was a popular wide receiver for Palm Beach Gardens on the day. A nice combination of speed and size, Brown can do a lot of different things at the wide receiver spot. He does a good job of winning the 50-50 balls in the air. He will work across the middle and does a good job bringing the ball into his body. Best of all, he has a set of very reliable hands when his number is called.

Akeem Jones, QB, Miami Gardens (Fla.) Carol City: Jones had a good day for Carol City, helping to lead their charge to the final four. He was precise on his passes while spinning it well and with good velocity. His best throws were at the intermediate level and with his receivers bodies open to him. He also showed his athleticism doing some work at the wide receiver spot. His mechanics still need development, but he has some raw tools and athleticism. A position change is also a possibility.

Devante Peete, WR, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely (2015): Size is a commodity and Peete has a plenty of it. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound wide receiver has long arms, allowing him to tower over defensive backs. He does most of his work on jump balls, but he is also able to work toward the middle. He is a coordinated athlete, which is sometimes an issue for bigger receivers at this early stage of their high school career.

Treon Harris, QB/ATH, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington (2014): Harris threw the ball very well on the day, leading Booker T. Washington's offense. He does a good job reading the field and making smart decisions. He is also able to throw a nice deep ball over the top. Long term, his future may be at another position, but with some physical development, a stay at quarterback isn't out of the question.

Clint Stephens, WR, West Palm Beach(Fla.) Dwyer (2014): While his teammate Johnnie Dixon gets a lot of praise, Stephens is a very good wide receiver as well. He has grown a bit since last season concluded and continues to add some good weight to his frame. Stephens does a good job of getting off the line very quickly and runs crisp routes. He also showed the ability to find a soft spot in a zone and sit down in it. After the catch, he has a good burst.

Deatrick Nichols, CB, Miami (Fla.) Central (2014): Central has had a good run of defensive backs in recent years and Nichols will continue that in 2014. He is good cover corner who will mix it up with a receiver on routes. He showed the ability to turn and run with receivers down the field. He showed good instincts, very quick feet and quick hands when he broke on the ball. He recorded a number of pass breakups and interceptions on the day.

Rudolph St. Germain, WR, Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central (2014): A good-sized wide receiver at around 6-foot-2, St. Germain gave defensive backs a lot of issues. He possesses long arms and big hands that allow him to go after the ball in the air. He has good speed and understands how to use decisive movements to create separation from defenders in the 7-on-7 setting.

Trinton Hanson, CB, Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central (2014): The rising junior defensive back for Palm Beach Central made a number of big plays on the day. He showed good athleticism making plays in space. He does a good job of opening up and staying with receivers on their routes. He is aggressive at going after the ball in the air. He also did a good job of sticking with the play through the end, stripping a few near completions.

Shamari Jackson, CB, Wellington (Fla.) (2015): Jackson, a member of the Class of 2015, was a new face. He is a good athlete in the defensive secondary who uses his instincts and quickness to position himself to make a play on the ball. He is worth keeping an eye on as he develops. He will need to grow some as he is just a tad bit shy of 5-foot-8.



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