Creating buzz
Darnell Salomon
Darnell Salomon
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 19, 2013


New names emerge. Here’s part 10 of 10 thoughts from the state title games.

TEN thoughts from the state championships - Part 10
There were a handful of players that did well over the weekend and created a buzz for themselves.

Headliningg this list is Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer senior running back Alonzo Smith. He led Dwyer to a state title, rushing for over 200-yards and two scores. Smith, 5-foot-10, 210-pounds, is a powerful running back who can break tackles. He also showed good vision and some elusiveness. While he may not be a speed back he’s fast enough. He caught the attention of a lot of scouts and maybe he’s a kid that could pick up some more offers down the line. He currently holds a scholarship offers from FIU.

While all eyes were on Dwyer senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon against Niceville, it was another 2014 wideout that made plays early. Ezra Saffold, a future slot wide receiver on Saturdays, caught a pair of very nice 27-yard touchdown passes. The first was a catch and run. The second was a great grab running a corner route. He lacks size (only 5-7/160) but he has speed, quickness and great hands. Saffold recently visited Bowling Green and has trip set up to FIU in January.

Speaking of Dwyer, keep an eye on their junior quarterback Daniel Parr. He’s 6-foot-3, 175-pounds and possesses a very good and accurate arm. He’s the kind of quarterback that throws his wide receivers open. This kid can throw in tight windows and to spots. I saw him play the last two weeks and he’s the real deal and looks like a sure fire D1 guy.

Niceville has a young sophomore that is silky smooth named Elijah Stove. He already has good size (6-1/180) and runs well. Stove currently has early offers from teams like Clemson and USF.

Clearwater Central Catholic has a rising star in athlete Cameron (CJ) Cotman. Remember this name, as he’s only a freshman. Already 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Cotman does a little of everything for the Marauders, playing wide receiver, running back and cornerback.

Hialeah Champagnat is home to two very talented athletes Kato Nelson and Darnell Salomon. Nelson is the team’s quarterback but looks more like a future wide receiver or defensive back. He holds an early offer from LSU. Meanwhile, Salomon is a big time guy that stars on both sides of the ball at wide receiver and safety. He too has an impressive offer list already Miami, Georgia Tech, LSU, and Alabama.

Jacksonville Trinity Christian’s junior class is loaded but it’s a sophomore running back that makes their offense go. He’s name is Jalen Buie. Buie’s only 5-foot-6, 180-pounds, but he runs bigger than his size. This kid is very talented and don’t get hung up on his height, or lack of. He’s shifty and possesses good speed. Buie also has some power. He’s a young and versatile talent that’s already been offered by teams like Auburn, Duke, Louisville and others.

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.
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