Aquinas vs. Booker T. prospect notebook

Aquinas vs. Booker T. prospect notebook

Nash Williams
Friday night was the highly anticipated matchup between the nationally ranked St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders and the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes. The game was televised on ESPN and another 6,500 in attendance watched the Raiders dominate the Tornadoes and win 35-3. With 30+ future Division I football players on the field, I take a look at some of the game' stop performers,

St. Thomas Aquinas:

WR Sam Bruce: Did you really expect this list to start with anyone else. The 2016 Miami commit dazzled as he had two touchdown receptions from 20 and 32-yards out respectively (32-yard TD link: https://twitter.com/nashsports/status/637450118413815808). Bruce showed once again why his speed, hands, and ability to get open are all among the best in the nation. Fans got to see more of his versatility as we saw him on a few occasions take direct snaps in the Wildcat formation. Expect Bruce to be used in many ways such as direct snaps and end-around runs when he heads to the next level.

Let the Santana Moss comparisons continue (Santana Moss Miami Hurricanes Highlights - YouTube)

DB Asante Samuel Jr.: The son of former NFL star Asante Samuel had two interceptions during the game. The 2018 6-foot-1 playmaker obviously has a lot to live up to, being that his father won two Super Bowl rings during his time in the NFL, however Samuel will definitely be making plays on Saturdays in a few years. Miami has a very good shot to get a commitment out of Samuel Jr.

LB Drew White: In his first regular season game as a St. Thomas Aquinas Raider, White made his presence known. Although only a junior, White was constantly around the ball Friday night causing havoc and making tackles sideline-to-sideline. He had multiple tackles for loss and I really think the 'Canes need to offer the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder who already holds an offer from Florida Atlantic. Drew is the younger brother of current Auburn quarterback, Sean White.

White's spring game and sophomore highlights here: (Drew White - Hudl)

Other St. Thomas Aquinas standouts: 2016 Cincinnati commit Dontye Carriere-Williams, 2017 LB Patrick Moody, 2018 OG Chad Keirnan, 2017 OT Cody Bowes, 2018 DE Nikolas Bonitto.


Booker T. Washington:

2018 DE JaQuan Beaver: Just a sophomore but Beaver was making as big an impact as he could but it was covered up due to his team's lackluster performance. He holds a few early offers including from Al Golden's staff in Coral Gables and the 'Canes have a good chance at him and his teammate Robert Hicks.

2018 DE Robert Hicks: Beaver's counterpart was just as productive Friday night. Hicks, who stands in at 6-foot, 195-pounds is still raw and growing but he is very quick off the line. A great burst for his age and holds offers from Florida Atlantic and Florida International. These two will be the bread and butter for the Tornadoes defense this season.

Other Booker T. standouts: 2017 OT Willa Pierre, 2018 LB Marlon Pelote, 2016 WR Raymond Flanders.
 

Comments (12)

Is Asante Samuel really 6'1? They listed him during the game as 5'10 and I thought that was being kind of generous. He has a lot of time to grow, but dude looked pretty diminutive to me.
 
What about Irvin Jr? Think he had about two or three grabs.
 
sam bruce reminds me of steve smith from his size and the aggressive style he plays
 
Samuel was much smaller than I thought

Why was Dunning #19 playing inside on the DL

Two white backers Moody and White are studs

Beaver has a motor on him just hopefully he gets bigger next couple of years
 
That kid would be lucky to be 5'9 don't know where the 6'1 is coming from his dad ain't nothing but 5'10 on a good day
 
Beaver impressed me...they need to play him at backer and let him loose.

Then you have sta with a 265pd bosa and yet their lining up our lb recruit tyler dunning at nose tackle?. I get it white and moody looked good but come on dude. There's no reason for him to be inside at all.

Sta is loaded on offense...they don't even know what to do.

Moody and white I think need offers...I know were stacked but those kids out legit.
 
Dunning is playing where they need him. Obviously it worked. They know he is a beast backer but he was best option for him because hes good enough to play anywhere on d in high school
 
They needed him at dt..when they have a 6'4265 man child lining up at end...and two other dl committed to div 1 schools already. Colin nave is pretty good and is likely a div 1-1aa player.

Dude is like 6'1-225(dunning)...just odd. But these are the u school coaches so I don't know...just want to see a kid get work at position he will play in college.
 
They needed him at dt..when they have a 6'4265 man child lining up at end...and two other dl committed to div 1 schools already. Colin nave is pretty good and is likely a div 1-1aa player.

Dude is like 6'1-225(dunning)...just odd. But these are the u school coaches so I don't know...just want to see a kid get work at position he will play in college.

Totally agree...
 
Beaver is someone we definitely need to land

And ASII definitely doesn't look 6'1
 

2021 Commits

S
6'5"
220
Fort Lauderdale, FL
DT
6'4"
265
Miami, FL
OG
6'2"
295
Miami, FL
WR
5'9"
190
Miami, FL
DE
6'5"
210
Miami, FL
WR
6'2"
180
Miami, FL
RB
6'0"
225
Hollywood, FL
TE
6'4"
210
Frisco, TX
STR
6'3"
190
Melbourne, FL
S
5'11"
200
Miami, FL

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