COMMIT QUICK: Florida Gators – Issiah Walker Jr. 2020 OL – Norland HS, FL

The Florida Gators most recent commit comes from South Florida in the form of an offensive lineman.  Issiah Walker Jr. hails out of Norland High School in Miami.  He is the 158th ranked prospect in the country,  the 18th ranked lineman and 26th best prospect in the state of Florida.  He currently holds in the neighborhood of 17 offers with five of those teams currently being ranked in the AP Top 25.

The Gators secured Walker’s commitment on October 5th and it’s easy to see why he is highly pursued by college programs.  One of the first things that jump out about Walker on film is his movement.  Walker has feet and many coaches will tell you that for offensive linemen,  especially tackles,  feet are a premium.  Walker shows the athleticism for a big man that you like to see.  He’s quick off the snap to reach his intended target on the line of scrimmage on zone run plays and nimble enough to kick out and mirror a smaller and quicker defensive and trying to get to the quarterback on pass plays.

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Video of the Day: Branden Smith 2021 QB – Cimmaron HS, Nevada

We all love versatile prospects and Cimmaron High School in Las Vegas, Nevada certainly has one in Branden Smith.  Smith lists his position as quarterback and don’t get me wrong,  he is certainly a good one but he’s much more than that.

Smith’s first play on his highlight video features him at quarterback where he absolutely de-cleats a ball carrier in viral fashion.  From there we are treated to a variety of ways in which he can breakdown a defense from the quarterback position.  Smith has the speed to out run an entire defense with also the touch on his passes to throw over it.  He has the mobility to avoid a rush and find an open receiver while also making accurate throws on the run.  If you need him to stand in the pocket and allow a WR time to get into open space,  Smith can do that as well.

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COMMIT QUICK: Jaiden Francois 2020 CB Miami Commit

On February 3rd, the Miami Hurricanes received a commitment from what I believe to be one of the best cornerback / defensive back prospects in the country.  South Dade’s 2020 cornerback Jaiden Francois is ranked as the 24th cornerback in the class by 247 Sports and 25th by Rivals.  Both of those rankings are too low in my opinion.

Francois is a playmaker and that becomes obvious very early on his film.  The 6’1″ 184 lb. versatile DB finds the football and makes plays on it.  One thing he definitely added to his repertoire from his sophomore season to his junior season is his ability to be dangerous with the ball in his hands when he nabs the interception.  Throwing an interception to Francois is a death sentence for the opposing team because he’s likely going to take it back.  Francois also added more aggressive play to his arsenal as well.  The tackles seem to hit different on film than they did in the past.  Now,  Francois does not just bring a ball carrier down,  he runs through them in a most intimidating fashion.

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Target Snapshot: Henry Parrish ’20 RB Columbus HS, FL

On Thursday it was announced that 2020 Columbus High School running back Henry Parrish was offered by the Florida Gators.  This gave him the big three trifecta as he was already holding offers from Miami and Florida St.  Parrish has been on the scene for a while but he really came into common consciousness at the beginning of this season when he went crazy in his head to head battle with the six rated RB in the country Don Chaney Jr. from Belen Jesuit.

Parrish won’t wow you with measurables or dynamic runs.  That’s what you need at RB to be a heavyweight in recruiting cycles.  What Parrish does do on film is all the things you like to see out of a dependable running back.  While the fanbases love to see the explosive 80 yard runs,  the truth of the matter is that a guy that can move the sticks,  put you in manageable down and distance situations consistently plus catch the ball out of the backfield are as important.  This is exactly what Parrish brings to the table.  Playing in one of the toughest areas in the country in terms of high school football talent,  Parrish has managed to put together a pretty impressive highlight reel.

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Commit Quick: FSU Seminoles 2020 DB Isaiah Dunson

2020 cornerback prospect Isaiah Dunson from Tucker HS in Georgia committed to the Seminoles on August 23.  He is currently the 315th ranked prospect nationally,  26th ranked cornerback and 30th ranked player in the state of Georgia according to 247sports.  Tucker is a well known program in the state of Georgia that has a history of producing quality prospects.

Dunson has length at 6-2 and that shows up on film.  The first few clips on his junior highlight film feature him at wide receiver.  I have spoken on this in the past as it seems playing on the offensive side of the ball,  particularly at wide receiver,  can garner you a great deal of attention as a defensive back when it comes to getting ranked in high school.  One of the major reasons for that is because you will show up more on film at wide receiver.  It becomes easier to display your athletic skill when you have the ball in your hands.

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Commit Quick: Gators 2021 DB Clinton Burton Jr.

The Florida Gators recently picked up a commitment from St. Frances HS (Maryland) 2021 defensive back Clinton Burton Jr.  St. Frances gained attention down in the Sunshine State a couple of weeks ago when they handed perennial city of Miami power Central a 49-13 whipping in a nationally televised game.  St. Frances is the #1 ranked team in the country according to MaxPreps.

When you are a nationally ranked program like St. Frances,  it only stands to reason that many of the athletes on your team will get major attention and Burton has reaped the benefits of that.  Now firmly in his junior season,  Burton has collected 15 offers from some of the nations top programs like Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio St., Texas A&M and his choice,  Florida.  Here’s how I see this prospect.

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