Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors
Here we are almost a quarter of the way through the college football season and some big surprises! USC gets beat by Washington and Florida State goes to BYU (ranked #7 before the game) and wins by almost four touchdowns. Michigan is back…Notre Dame is well…Notre Dame and…let’s get down to business.
One last outburst. Is freshman cornerback / kick returner Greg Reid of Florida State a stud or what? I’m seeing the second coming of Terrell Buckley / Corey Sawyer in him. This article asks “Why we should know about Greg Reid?” Well I think most people do after the BYU game and if not they will soon.
Freshman of Influence Week 3:
Powerfully built true freshman back that’s rushed for 187 yards in only two games. He also ran track through his senior year at Beaumont Westbrook HS in Texas…running 11.02 / 100 (at over 200lbs) at District 21-5A Meet in 2009. He also ran a leg on the 4×100 relay team seeded as fast as (42.00) his junior year at the District 21 Meet. Qualified for Region 3-5A Meet as a sophomore on the 4×200 relay running (1:28.45).
Here’s a redshirt freshman, not real highly regarded out of high school (only 2-star by Scout), playing for a down UVA team but credited with 23 tackles through three games. Not bad for a freshman backer. Reminds me a little of former TCU tackling machine Jason Phillips, without some of the speed. Anyway Greer threw the shot put (50’06) at Solon HS in Ohio qualifying for the regionals in 2008. Wonder how he slipped out of Ohio?
Another Ohio high school player but this time for the Bearcats. Stewart is near the nation in sacks for a freshman with three through the first three games. He also participated a bit on the track at Teays Valley HS high jumping (6’01), running the 400 meter dash ( best 53.44), 4×200 and 4×400. He listed at 6’04…
I had heard of him before but more for his 400 meter performance in high school, but he’s making an impact at UCF. So far this season the true freshman has returned seven kickoffs for 200 yards and a touchdown. McDuffie was a state champion 400 meter dash sprinter at Edgewater HS in Florida. He ran as fast as (46.02) in the 400 and (20.98) at the Metro Conference Championships in 2009. Wind-aided or not those times are smokin’ for a high school athlete and obviously his transfers well to the field.
University of South Florida recruited several very fast players too this past year. 2009 Recruits: Lindsey Lamar, Kayvon Webster and Sterling Griffin all have top notch track speed. Even their linebacker recruit, Sam Barrington, ran hurdles and threw some discus in high school. Lamar is already producing some numbers for USF after three games.