South Florida '22- The OL


Oct 13, 2011
You will never build an OL with only South Florida kids. But that doesn't mean they can't help you. Over the last 20 years, UM's local linemen have significantly outperformed the national signees (most of whom are not the cream of the crop). Since 2004, Miami has sent ten local OL to the NFL compared to only three from out of state. This year's crop has a lot of raw material in terms of size, length and athleticism. There are six P5 signees and two more FBS kids, mostly based on developmental potential and tools. A few of these kids have the chance to hit big, and their development will depend on work ethic and coachability.

Julian Armella, 6’6, 295 (St. Thomas Aquinas)- NFL body type with mean streak. Emerged as HS freshman and has had a rollercoaster career since. Transferred briefly to Gulliver and then Columbus as a junior, only to come back to St. Thomas as a senior. Leaned out as a junior and carries ideal frame with wide anchor and long arms. More effective in run game than pass game at this stage. FSU signee.

David Conner, 6’6, 270 (Deerfield Beach)- Massive transfer from Atlanta area. Plays both LT and RT but projects more as RT or guard. SEC frame- 81-inch wing span and huge lower body. Raw technique, especially in pass pro. More of a DL early in his career. Basketball player with good coordination. Shows some finishing ability. Overwhelms in high school with size, but needs to generate more power from his body to displace college defenders. Florida signee.

Ja’Kavion Nonar, 6’7, 285 (Glades Central)- Recent basketball convert with real tools. Ran 4.9 shuttle at FIU camp. Flexible, gets out of his stance fast and can redirect. Great frame but needs to build power. Has room to add significant weight. Maryland signee.

Keon Kindred, 6’5, 290 (Glades Central)- Excels in space, especially for a longer prospect. Light on his feet and can square up with smaller targets. Smooth and natural when pulling. Basketball background. More finesse than power at this stage. Also plays DT. Maryland signee.

Daughtry Richardson, 6’4, 285 (Central)- Flexible, rangy tackle prospect with some athleticism. Originally from Tallahassee. Played at Edison as a junior before spending his senior year with state champion Rockets. Thin-lower body and will need to add power. Struggled with Nyjalik Kelly at Under Armour. FSU signee.

Dawson Alters (St. Thomas Aquinas)- Smart, undersized and technical center prospect. Transfer from U-School. 5.4 GPA and 34 ACT score. Wins with leverage. Made his name with performance against big St. Frances (MD) front. Vanderbilt signee.

Miguel Cedeno, 6’7, 295 (American Heritage)- Roadgrader with elite size. Slow-footed, but has decent coordination and did well with speed rushers like Dante Anderson on camp circuit. First-team All Dade. Rice signee.

John Bock, 6’3, 305 (Cardinal Gibbons)- Son of former Miami Dolphin John Bock. Short but stout with powerful lower-body. Phone-booth brawler. Nasty finisher who looks for work. FIU signee.

Jeffrey Bonica, 6’4, 360 (Edison)- Enormous widebody. Has exceptional raw strength. Moves slowly and lacks violence in his game. Flexibility is an issue. Decommitted from Georgia Tech and is currently unsigned.
Didn’t like this class and this is why we need a guy like Mario. We’ll never field a dominant line recruiting FL.
I truly have the utmost faith in a staff since Richt, who I didn’t know was cooked yet. Hindsight is 2020 but it all looked incredible, then went off a cliff with him. Bummer to not have any commits on OL yet but I’m sure they come up with something. Last year was a solid haul.
Armella has nfl talent.

I expect 1 or 2 of these to really pop though still. Ill watch the Glades Central group
Does he look to you like he might be a Guard? Watching him a bit last week, I compared him to Jon Colon, if you remember that dude from the early 00s.
There are some guys who were prospects a year ago whose recruitments went silent. Shomari Seymour, Jason Seraphin, Lanard Toney, maybe a couple others. Anyone know the deal with any of these guys?
Does he look to you like he might be a Guard? Watching him a bit last week, I compared him to Jon Colon, if you remember that dude from the early 00s.
guard. can kick to rt..but would be better inside.

similar to Marcus Tate from last year who likely even has better feet
He was, actually.

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