Semper Fi: East Offense Preview
J.J. Cosentino
J.J. Cosentino
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 31, 2013


Here's a preview of the East offense for the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. This unit is led by Florida State quarterback commitment J.J. Cosentino from Pittsburgh, Pa.

East Offensive Semper Fi
Quarterback
The East offense will be led by a trio of signal callers in J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh, Pa./ Central Catholic), Quentin Gibson (Marrero, La./Archbishop Shaw) and Clayton Thorson (Wheaton, Ill./North) . Cosentino, 6-foot-4, 209-pounds, has committed to Florida State. He has good size, a big arm and all the tools to succeed at the next level. Gibson is the best athlete of the three. He possesses good size and a nice arm. Gibson can make some dazzling plays and just needs to work on fundaments and consistency. Thorson, 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, has committed to Northwestern. This is a big signal caller who can move and make plays in the pocket. He's smart and plays with poise. Most importantly he has a strong and accurate arm.

Zack Darlington (Apopka, Fla.) was named to the East team but will not play due to a bad concussion sustained back in August. Darlington, 6-foot-1, 201-pounds, missed the season. He has committed to Nebraska and hopes to participate in spring practice in Lincoln.

Running Back
The East has a nice blend of running backs that each brings a little something different to the lineup. The speed guy is Tony James from Gainesville, Fla. James, 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, has committed to Oregon. He’s the guy you want out wide on the perimeter or get him the ball in space. Derrell Scott has big play capability like James. He’s 5-foot-11, 184-pounds. He's uncommitted with South Carolina and Tennessee leading for him at this time. He's so elusive and quick in the open field and runs with great vision. Madre London (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./ Saint Thomas Aquinas) is a versatile back that’s best between the tackles. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder is committed to Michigan State.

Another back headed to the Big 10 is Johnathan Thomas. In September, Thomas tore his ACL. When healthy, he's a big back who has power and is at his best between the tackles. Thomas hits the hole hard and is a north-south downhill runner. Thomas will not play.

Wide Receiver/Tight End
The East has four large wide receiver targets on their roster. Saeed Blacknall (Englishtown, N.J./Manalapan), 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, is one of the top commitments in the 2014 Rutgers class. Same goes for Ryeshene Bonson (Ft. Myers, Fla./Dunbar) and the Bulls. Bronson, 6-foot-3/183-pounds, has committed to South Florida. Adonis Jennings (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) was committed to Rutgers. Jennings, 6-foot-3/190-pounds, is open and looking at other schools like Pitt, Iowa and Arkansas. Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C.) Hillside) is also uncommitted. Thompson, 6-foot-2, 188-pounds, is visiting Clemson next month. He's already made official visits to N.C. State and Ohio State. This kid is so athletic and so quick. He has good size and separation skills to get open.

Lamar Parker (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington), will man the slot. He’s very fast and quick and can strike like lightning from anywhere on the field. Parker, 5-foot-8, 155-pounds, has committed to West Virginia.

There are two tight ends on the East roster in Xavier Burke (Lawrenceville, Va./Brunswick Academy) and Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./ Calvary Baptist Day School). Both of these guys are headed to the ACC, Burke to Virginia Tech and Richard to Clemson. They are both pretty athletic and can catch the football.

Offensive Linemen
The East offensive line is led by tackles Orlando Brown, Reilly Gibbons, and Benjamin Knox. Brown, 6-foot-8, 348-pounds, is from Suwannee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge and has committed to Tennessee. This is a massive tackle recruit that projects as a right tackle or offensive guard. Gibbons, 6-foot-5, 290-pounds, has committed to Miami. He could end up sliding inside and playing guard in for the ‘Canes. Knox, 6-foot-6, 260-pounds, was at one time committed to Florida. Now he’s open and looking at schools like USF and Louisville. He’s from DeLand, Fla. Alabama commitment Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla.) played right tackle in high school but projects as a guard for the Crimson Tide. He’s 6-foot-4, 349-pounds.

Nolan Kelleher (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) has committed to the Florida Gators. He’s 6-foot-5, 310-pounds, and is another tackle- guard combo guy. Speaking on prospects with versatility, that best describes Tampa (Fla.) Catholic star Corey Martinez. He’s 6-foot-4, 302-pounds, and can play all five positions on the offensive front. He projects as a guard for the Seminoles, as Martinez has committed to Florida State.

Steven Moss and George Panos round out the guard positions. Moss has committed to Virginia and Panos has pledged to Wisconsin .

Center Eric Gallo is headed to Virginia Tech.

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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