The NFL recent released the hometowns of all of the players on active opening day rosters and the results are in. We are sure that the map will spark many debates as state residents bicker over which state has the best football, produces the most NFL talent and has the best athletes.
In terms of pure numbers, the state of Florida takes the crown for 2016 as 239 NFL players come from the Sunshine State. Coming in second was California with 220 and Texas is third at 214. Florida, California and Texas benefit from size and excellent year round weather to help bolster their numbers. In terms of smaller states that pack a punch, states like Louisiana (62), North Carolina (60), South Carolina (57) and Ohio (94) have some impressive numbers as well.
In a much anticipated decision, 4-star cornerback Marco Wilson from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida committed to the Florida Gators on his father’s radio show (Gridiron Studs Show) on Monday.
Wilson’s final five schools were Georgia, Miami, Ohio St., USC and Florida. Wilson is currently in the top rankings at all the major recruiting companies despite missing his entire junior season recovering from a torn ACL. Wilson’s brother Quincy Wilson is currently a starting cornerback for the Gators having signed with Florida out of high school in 2014.
You’ve heard all of the stereotypes on football players. Get a guy in a big body and the automatic thinking is that all that time getting big left him little time to be smart. It takes a small mind to think that way but let’s be honest, there have been some who have made that type of thinking worthwhile. That’s not the case with this up and coming prospect out of Gulf Coast HS in Naples, FL.
Often times in the wonderful world of recruiting, the emphasis is on comparing a current player to one who had success in the past. Many times, those comparisons can be forced as “analysts”, reporters and bloggers feel it is absolutely necessary to engage in this practice to validate a recruit’s existence. However, coaches can be found doing this as well. A successful player can become an instrument of security as the blanket is to Lionus on the famed cartoon Peanuts.
You will often hear the term “broke his ankles” when hearing about a play that happened in the open field. There are some athletes on the gridiron that are uniquely talented in the area of juking defenders out of their socks and figuratively breaking their ankles. 2017 American Heritage Plantation, FL WR Laress Nelson is one of those athletes.
Change of direction is Nelson’s thing. Any defensive back looking to stay in front of him has their work cut out for them. Failing to stay in front of him likely means you are giving up a catch to the shifty prospect and then that’s where the fun really starts. Once Nelson has the ball in his hands, he is as hard as anyone to get a hand on. Forget about making the tackle, pulling his flag would be a tough task if that was the game being played.
Offense usually takes the stage during 7-on-7 games and tournaments as the rules are set up to highlight that part of the game of football. However, anyone who has coached 7-on-7 football knows that a strong defense will land you the trophy at any tournament.
This year’s version of the South Florida Express defense features a roster jam packed with very talented, well coached prospects that are eager to make a name for themselves amongst the large group of high skilled defenders on the 7-on-7 circuit. The physical gifts and football IQ will be on display by this version of South Florida Express stars as they are ready to dump ice water on the plans of overheated offenses.