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September 27, 2011

Around Florida: Focus on Fulwood

MORE NEE: Florida Whispers: Commits looking

Rivals.com Florida analyst Chris Nee goes around his region in the weekly Around Florida feature.

Remember these names

A breakdown of game tape on three impressive underclassmen prospects in Florida:

ATH D.J. Juste, Port St. Lucie (2013)

Juste is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete who lines up at quarterback for Port St. Lucie. He is capable of remaining at quarterback at the next level if he is part of the right kind of offensive system that utilizes both his arms and his legs. More than likely though, he is a prospect that gets looked at as a wide receiver or defensive back at the next level. Through four games this season, he has amassed 1,100 total offensive yards and 10 touchdowns, split pretty evenly through the air and on the ground. As a quarterback, he has a strong enough arm to make a defense respect him at the snap, but where he is incredibly dangerous is on the run especially in the open field. He does an effective job of attacking holes and gaps while weaving through a defense. He isn't a blazer who immediately creates separation from a defense but he is quick in tight spaces and a decisive runner. He is averaging more than seven yards per carry on the ground as a junior. As a freshman, he was also used as a wide receiver for Port St. Lucie. Georgia State has already offered and Georgia Tech has shown interest in the Treasure Coast-area prospect.

WR Ahmad Fulwood, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny (2013)

Fulwood is an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses as he is a legitimate 6-foot-4, nearly 200 pound, wide receiver with speed to stretch the field and big hands that he is effective with when it comes to making the reception. He is deadly on the jump-ball but isn't limited to simply utilizing his height, as he can go across the middle and use his long stride to create separation, or stick along the sideline and stretch a defense vertically eventually getting behind the defender. Despite coming into his junior season as a known target for opposing defenses, he already has at least nine touchdown receptions and 400 receiving yards on less than 20 receptions through four games. Fulwood shows his athleticism on defense though where he works in the secondary and causes issues with both his athleticism and height. He is already a major target for many colleges.

S Nick Washington, Jacksonville Trinity Christian (2013)

Washington likely ends up a safety in college but has the hips, athleticism, and know-how to play cornerback if necessary. He is an excellent athlete who can line up in press coverage and be very physical at the line of scrimmage. He is very good at getting his hands on the body of a wide receiver and directing them off the line to give himself an advantage in coverage. Then, he is capable of turning his hips and running step-for-step with a wideout down the field. When lined up as a safety, he is very good at playing against both the run and the pass. Against the run, he is quick downhill and physical with regards to taking down the ballcarrier. As a safety, he does a good job of following the receivers and breaking on the ball when it is over the top, regularly making a play on it in the air. If the receiver is underneath him on the pass, he will make sure they hear footsteps and then inflict punishment on them in an attempt to jar the ball loose.

Sleeper of the week

This week's under-the-radar prospect that won't be unknown for long:

RB Leon Allen, Bradenton Manatee

Allen kept himself off of the college radar as a junior by being shelved with academic issues. Now back on the field, he is part of a talented backfield at Manatee. He carries a lot of good weight, around 215 pounds, on a 5-foot-10 frame. First and foremost, he is a strong runner who can drop his shoulder and earn tough yards up the middle but he is also capable of digging his foot into the ground and making a defender miss with a quick cut or stretching the run to the edge and then quickly turning up the field and accelerating. Allen should be categorized as a big-back, but he has enough wiggle to make him appealing for more than simply being a north-south runner. In addition to being strong out of the backfield with the ball in his hands, he has also exhibited the ability to come out of the backfield on wheel routes, etc. and making a catch down the field. One area where the video fails to show his value is as a blocker in the backfield picking up the blitz.



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