TEN thoughts from the state championships - Part 4
About a year ago I wrote about how many of the elite prospects in this 2014 class, regardless of position, where mainly from South Florida. That translates to the teams as well and was proven over the two weekends of eight state championship games at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. When it was all said and done, six teams from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties left central Florida as state champions.
The No. 1 ranked team in the nation, Miami Booker T. Washington, easily beat Jacksonville The Bolles School to win the class 4A state title. The star for Booker T. Washington was once again quarterback Treon Harris. Harris has committed to Florida State.
Miami Central trounced Seffner Armwood to take the 6A state title. They didn’t have five-star running back Joseph Yearby (Miami commitment) because of injury so they rode four-star running back Dalvin Cook. He rushed for four touchdowns and 223-yards. Cook says he’s still committed to Florida but will announce his final decision at the Under Armour All-American Game in early January. He will decide between the Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes. Ironically, the only Central loss this season was to Booker T. Washington early on this fall.
South Dade beat Apopka to win the championship in Florida’s highest classification of 8A. They are a very speedy team with an array of skilled talent. They were paced by wide receiver Chris Worten. Worten scored three times. He has committed to Florida State.
Staying in that county, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic beat Lakeland Victory Christian to win the 2A state title. Champagnat was led by four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine. He has committed to Miami. They also have two outstanding sophomores in wide receiver/safety Darnell Salomon and quarterback/athlete Kato Nelson.
Broward got on the title scoreboard, as Plantation American Heritage whipped Green Cove Springs Clay 66-8. Their big three of quarterback Torrance Gibson, running back Sony Michel and athlete Isaiah McKenzie, all had huge days.
Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer pulled away from Niceville to capture the 7A title. They were led by a huge rushing attack from senior Alonzo Smith, who accounted for over 200-yards and a pair of scores. Ohio State bound Johnnie Dixon found the endzone once while the other wide receiver, Ezra Saffold, scored twice.
All told, these three counties went 6-0 in Orlando, showcasing south Florida domination once again.
TEN thoughts from the state championships
Part 1- Dalvin’s Cook’in!
Part 2 - Raging debate
Part 3- Impressive Ivey
Part 4- South Florida domination
Part 5- What a class
Part 6- Something special
Part 7- Lightning
Part 8- Darling’s golden
Part 9 -Missing in action
Part 10 –Creating buzz
Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSports.com. He’s currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.