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    Great to have high school football back in south Florida. This week features kickoff classic games, which do not count on the record. I was out at Dillard vs.St. Thomas Aquinas last night and *surprise*, STA dominated 51-0. I left after the third quarter when Aquinas was up 38-0 and most of the backups were in, but here is what I gathered.


    1) I can't even imagine what STA is about to do to the rest of the teams on their schedule. We know how talented they are, but wow. There are much less talented teams on their schedule than Dillard and they dropped half-a-hundred without breaking a sweat. This group will set some records.

    2) Miami DT commit Jon Ford from Dillard is not a finished product, but is a legitimate 6-4 and weighs every bit of his listed 275 pounds. It was nearly impossible for him to make an imprint on this game because his team was so overmatched, but I really like how well he carries his weight on his frame. Ford is an exceptional athlete who plays with good leverage and plays with power. Once he continues to refine his technique -- which he will at Miami under Craig Kuligowksi -- Ford will be a really good player. It is telling that Miami is so comfortable with him being the only defensive tackle in the class.

    3) DE Jordan Wright...Did not flash anything out of this world on Thursday night, but again it's tough to assess him on just one game of live action against the best team in the country. Wright's frame does not scream defensive end either, so I'm not sure where you would put him if you're Miami. Don't see him as a take right now, especially after Jonathan Garvin's commitment. Need to see more before I pass final judgement, but to me Wright just didn't appear as twitchy as I would have hoped with his basketball background.

    4) Dillard did have a young sophomore by the name of Braylen Ingraham (2019) who was playing with his hand on the ground on the opposite end from Wright. Ingraham is about 6-3, 215 but his burst stood out. You can tell he's a basketball player also who is raw on the field, but he flashed a few times.

    5) There are sooooo many kids on STA to choose from.

    Asante Samuel, Jr. had a pick-6. Small but can cover like no other down here.

    Michigan State DE commit Lashawn Pauldino-Bell really impressed me. He was in the backfield all night applying pressure. Listed at 6-4, 235 and appears to have a frame to add 25-30 pounds without a problem.

    Mike Harley scored from about 30 yards out. Looked like the corner misread the play and there was no safety help over the top. Regardless, he's so smooth. We will see if Miami offers after Devontae Smith makes his decision.

    Al Blades, Jr. is Al Blades, Jr. He almost had an interception on a lame duck but the Dillard receiver turned into a defensive back to swat it away. He will continue to make his case as the best cornerback in south Florida for his 2018 class.

    WR Elijah Moore (2018) has a Miami offer and Canes family ties. They like The U a lot. Really good looking prospect who might not put up huge numbers because of how they will spread it around, but he deserves a lot of attention.

    2019 ATH Daniel Carter is next to blow at Aquinas. I didn't know who the sophomore was until he took a screen pass 41 yards for a touchdown and had a couple other tough runs. Carter is about 185 pounds at stand at 5-11. He is supposed to play some linebacker for the Raiders this season, which will be interesting to watch.

    Put some respect on Mike Epstein's name. The Illinois running back commit is a baller. He will be a productive player at the next level and is in line for a big senior season.


    I know I'm missing something, but those were my biggest takeaways from watching the game.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: St. Thomas - Dillard observations started by Peter Ariz View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. jruiz's Avatar
      jruiz -
      Pete, correct me if I'm wrong but recently I believed you said that because of the insane talent at DB in 2018, the staff wouldn't pursue Samuel. Do you agree with that decision?
    1. Artist Formerly Known As's Avatar
      Artist Formerly ... -
      1. Pauldino-Bell sounds like an under the radar name that D'Antoni turns into a first round pick

      2. Illinois has had a sneaky good history with college RBs for 6-8 years now, so Epstein has a chance to be real good
    1. Shinyheadman's Avatar
      Shinyheadman -
      Bell's film and dimensions always stood out to me at coconut creek. Wish the staff was more serious about him, always seemed like a great end. Might not need him anymore though.
    1. davion_mori's Avatar
      davion_mori -
      Pete, what do you think is the probability that Al Blades jr. doesn't come to Miami?
    1. KANE's Avatar
      KANE -
      davion_mori said: View Post
      Pete, what do you think is the probability that Al Blades jr. doesn't come to Miami?
      0%
    1. Cognizantphotos's Avatar
      Cognizantphotos -
      KANE said: View Post
      davion_mori said: View Post
      Pete, what do you think is the probability that Al Blades jr. doesn't come to Miami?
      0%
      Double 0%
    1. Peter Ariz's Avatar
      Peter Ariz -
      Cognizantphotos said: View Post
      KANE said: View Post
      davion_mori said: View Post
      Pete, what do you think is the probability that Al Blades jr. doesn't come to Miami?
      0%
      Double 0%
      Yeah he's coming
    1. suzy7389's Avatar
      suzy7389 -
      Peter Ariz said: View Post
      Cognizantphotos said: View Post
      KANE said: View Post
      davion_mori said: View Post
      Pete, what do you think is the probability that Al Blades jr. doesn't come to Miami?
      0%
      Double 0%
      Yeah he's coming
      Do you expect something soon or not for a while
    1. Canes2082's Avatar
      Canes2082 -
      STA should be forced to play D3 schools
    1. ssvir's Avatar
      ssvir -
      Peter Ariz said: View Post
      Cognizantphotos said: View Post
      KANE said: View Post
      davion_mori said: View Post
      Pete, what do you think is the probability that Al Blades jr. doesn't come to Miami?
      0%
      Double 0%
      Yeah he's coming
      He's going to hit, stick, bust dick, and talk ****.
    1. kutz's Avatar
      kutz -
      STA would still probably destroy D3 schools, we need to get an STA pipeline started with Harley. The best corner in Dade and one of the best athletes in Georgia vouge for him as the hadest receiver they have had to cover. So just off that he's a take in my opinion.
    1. SpikeUM's Avatar
      SpikeUM -
      Canes2082 said: View Post
      STA should be forced to play D2 schools
      Fixed it for you!
    1. Morey161's Avatar
      Morey161 -
      How about the Dwyer vs MNW game? How good is MNW?

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    1. Gator Hatar's Avatar
      Gator Hatar -
      Sounds like Wright played himself, like Garvin far better. Buyer beware, some STA kids look a lot better than they are because they on an out of the ordinary HS football team. What would Jon Ford look like on that squad? After hearing Bandy and DJ talk about Harley, I wish we go ahead and offer- Speed Kills. Would love if Samuel Jr. would see his talents our way. Seems like The U already at the point where this staff has serious decisions on priority of offers.
    1. Jassid82's Avatar
      Jassid82 -
      Morey161 said: View Post
      How about the Dwyer vs MNW game? How good is MNW?

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      Larry Blustein this morning said that MNWs defense should finally be elite again as that is something they have been working toward. Now whether thats enough to make any waves, doubt it.

      He said the teams to watch for are STA, Deerfield, AH, Southridge, Central, and Flanagan in regards to being legit state title contenders.
    1. Gator Hatar's Avatar
      Gator Hatar -
      Sounds like Wright played himself, like Garvin far better. Buyer beware, some STA kids look a lot better than they are because they on an out of the ordinary HS football team. What would Jon Ford look like on that squad? After hearing Bandy and DJ talk about Harley, I wish we go ahead and offer- Speed Kills. Would love if Surtain Jr. would see his talents our way. Seems like The U already at the point where this staff has serious decisions on priority of offers.
    1. Jassid82's Avatar
      Jassid82 -
      Gator Hatar said: View Post
      Sounds like Wright played himself, like Garvin far better. Buyer beware, some STA kids look a lot better than they are because they on an out of the ordinary HS football team. What would Jon Ford look like on that squad? After hearing Bandy and DJ talk about Harley, I wish we go ahead and offer- Speed Kills. Would love if Samuel Jr. would see his talents our way. Seems like The U already at the point where this staff has serious decisions on priority of offers.
      Ford should have left for STA along with Wright. I think Geo said Ford was all but gone in a summer report of his. But yeah, he might stay a 3* on that trash team he is on. Wont get any exposure unless he is just stupid dominate this year. And Wright def played himself.
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      d--1 -
    1. INCaneFan's Avatar
      INCaneFan -
      If Ford with Wright didn't do anything that made them stand out, consider me unimpressed then. Yes, their team may have been overmatched, but they should've still flashed something.
    1. Morey161's Avatar
      Morey161 -
      Jassid82 said: View Post
      Morey161 said: View Post
      How about the Dwyer vs MNW game? How good is MNW?

      Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk
      Larry Blustein this morning said that MNWs defense should finally be elite again as that is something they have been working toward. Now whether thats enough to make any waves, doubt it.

      He said the teams to watch for are STA, Deerfield, AH, Southridge, Central, and Flanagan in regards to being legit state title contenders.
      Nice thanks.

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