SCOUTING: Florida 5A final

Posted Dec 18, 2011

The state finals for the big schools in the state of Florida took place over the weekend so lets take a closer look. This story focuses on the Class 5A final.

The Game: This game was the most lopsided of the entire weekend. Miami Norland came in as a big favorite over Wakulla High and it dominated from start to finish. The final score was 38-0 and it probably could have been even worse. Norland held Wakulla's offense to 71 total yards while gaining close to 400 of their own. The win gave Norland a perfect 15-0 season, while Wakulla dropped to 12-3. Norland won the title after losing to Tampa Jefferson in the state final one year ago.

Best Player: The best player on the field was Norland senior running back Duke Johnson, and it wasn't even close. Johnson finished the game with 130 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 54 yards, and had a 69-yard punt return for a score. It wasn't often over the last couple seasons that Johnson wasn't the best player on the field whenever Norland played and this one was no different. He capped off what was probably the best high school football season of any player in the entire state of Florida this year.

For Wakulla, their actually did a very good job against Johnson and Norland's offense. They did a good job of limiting the big play and that was one of the first things Johnson said after the game. The best player on the field for them was senior linebacker Tamrick Holmes. He was all over the field making plays, finishing with a team-high 14 tackles.

Top Prospect: Johnson. At 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Johnson is a five-star prospect on Scout and widely considered by people in this state to be the top overall prospect in the 2012 class. The University of Miami commitment is the total package. He's a great running back prospect who can also catch the ball, block, and be a difference maker in the return game. He's expected to go in and make an immediate impact at Miami, especially since Lamar Miller left early for the NFL. Johnson has a very bright future ahead of him.

Top Underclass Prospect: Norland junior defensive end Akeem Barton looks like a future Division 1 prospect. Norland doesn't have a real strong junior class -- especially compared to the seniors -- but Barton is very talented. At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he's a defensive end prospect who moves around pretty well. He only made a couple plays in this game but has a lot of the tools you look for in a young defensive end prospect.

Other BCS prospects: Norland LT Ereck Flowers; Norland LB Keith Brown; Norland DT Teko Powell

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