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#FilmRoom1063: West Boca RB Keano Grice

Apr 22, 2015 -- 8:13pm

By Chris Kokell | ESPNWestPalm.com

 

Olympic Heights coach and ESPN West Palm's contributor, Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Keano Grice 

Position: RB

SchoolWest Boca (Class of 2016) 

Height: 5'8
 
Weight: 160
 
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
 

 
 
Where He Excels

While not a punishing runner, Keano Grice is a tough downhill runner that runs very hard. Love the leg drive. This eliminates arm tackles and makes defenders square up to tackle Grice. Plus vision. Finds the hole no matter where it is and hits it. Sees plays develop in slow motion which is a big time characteristic for a back. Grice plays much bigger than his 5’8 160-pound frame. Keeps ball high and tight which will help with ball security.  Plus hands to catch the ball out of the backfield.

What To Work On: 

My fear for Keano Grice is that he will be a tweener at the RB position. What this means is that he will be caught between being an every down back or a third down scat back. For as good of a running back as he is, Keano is not very shifty and lacks the forty time that shows top ends speed. Becoming more dynamic must be a priority. Needs to look for explosion and speed training this summer.  With hard work in those areas he will be looked at as a top back in the area.

Kokell Film Analysis:

In a world where we always celebrate the projected college football prospects, the kids that are the top high school football players often get overlooked. Let’s not allow that to happen to Keano Grice. Grice is not 6’2 210, he does not run a 4.35 forty but damn it, the kid can play. Any coach in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast would want a player like Grice on their team. He is the constant for coach Moran that will keep the West Boca Bulls’ offense humming as they make a push to get back to the playoffs. Look for Grice to put in the work this summer and make a big name for himself in the fall.

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To recommend an athlete for Chris Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail ckokell@espnwestpalm.com.

#FilmRoom1063: Oxbridge Academy RB Travis Homer

Apr 07, 2015 -- 11:33am

Olympic Heights coach and ESPN West Palm's contributor, Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Travis Homer

 

Position: RB

School: Oxbridge Academy (Class of 2016) 

Height: 5'11
 
Weight: 186
 
40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds
 
Offers: Florida Atlantic, FSU, Miami, Florida
 

 
Where He Excels

What jumps out to me the most is Travis Homer’s vision. Great lateral movement. He sets up defenders two moves ahead and finds new running lanes without stopping his feet. That skill is what separates the great ones. Many change of direction backs have to stop and find a new lane, Homer does it all in one motion. Has the breakaway speed to turn any play into a home run. Soft hands out of the backfield make him an every down back. Homer runs well both on the perimeter and in between the tackles. Keeps his legs moving. That leg drive makes Homer very tough to take down on first contact. 

What To Work On: 

Travis Homer appears to be a complete back. Would like to see Homer doing more pass blocking on his tape. Shows the aggressiveness to be very capable, but just didn’t see it enough.  Homer has 4.55 and 4.48 forty times listed. Both are great times for really good players. Homer is beyond the stage for good and has a chance to be great. Should work hard on lowering that time through intense, fast twitch speed training in the off season. The only other knock would be the level of competition Oxbridge faced in the Gold Coast Conference. We will find out more as the Thunderwolves move into FHSAA District play this year.

Kokell Film Analysis:

Travis Homer is special. Had a friend and former division one football player watch Travis Homer’s film and as he put it “I don’t even know how fast he is but this kid looks like he would be a at least decent in the NFL right now”. Not bad praise for a junior in high school. The sky is the limit for Homer as his natural instincts match his physical prowess. After seeing his film, I can confidently say that Travis Homer is my top ranked running back in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast’s class of 2016. If Homer stays health, stays humble and goes to the right program he could have a long career beyond even the collegiate level.

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Other #FilmRoom1063 entries:
To recommend an athlete for Chris Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail ckokell@espnwestpalm.com.

#FilmRoom1063: South Fork QB Stone Labanowitz

Mar 31, 2015 -- 8:37am

Olympic Heights coach and ESPN West Palm's contributor, Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Stone Labanowitz

Position:QB

School: South Fork (Class of 2017)

Height: 5'11
 
Weight: 186
 

 
 
Where He Excels

Stone moves around well inside the pocket and has a very good presence. Love the way that while moving around the pocket, Stone always resets his feet to throw and keeps eyes down field which helps his accuracy. Anticipates throws and throws in rhythm which allows him to hit the receiver in stride at the point in his route where the ball is supposed to be delivered to take advantage of defenses.  Great internal clock tells him when to throw the ball without taking any unnecessary hits. Stone also hurts you with his feet when he needs to. Not a blazer but moves well enough to moves the sticks. Great hair.

What To Work On: 

Primary attribute for Stone Labanowitz to work on is his arm strength. Long toss and band workouts can go a long ways without putting damage on his young shoulder.  Could use a little quicker release even though he knows when to get rid of the ball so it gets there on time.  Stone should also do a heavy dose of speed training to get his top end speed a little bit better so he can break out for long runs when he decides to leave the pocket.

Kokell Film Analysis:

Stone Labanowitz has been a starter since he walked on campus as a freshmen and with two solid years under his belt he has a great base to grow from. Many QBs don’t get their first start until their junior season the earliest and Stone has started over 20 varsity games already. What a huge advantage for him to put together a monster junior season. The system Stone has played in hasn’t depended on his arm to win games but I can see that changing more this year. I think Stone is ready to be the focal point for the Bulldogs.  

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Other #FilmRoom1063 entries:
To recommend an athlete for Chris Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail ckokell@espnwestpalm.com.

#FilmRoom1063: Taking a look at Gardens DB Devin Studstill

Feb 26, 2015 -- 9:45am

ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Devin Studstill
 
Position:DB/WR
School: Palm Beach Gardens (Class of 2016)
Height: 6'1
Weight: 185
Top Offers: Notre Dame, Penn State, Miami, FAU , Wisconsin 
 
 
Where He Excels:
I'm told from the editorial staff that typing EVERYWHERE was not sufficient no matter how accurate it is. Devin Studstill is a game changer from the safety position. He has great natural instincts that make it appear the ball is trying to find him.  Goes and get the ball at its highest point to keep it away from the receiver. Gets out of his break very fast and drives on the ball.  Big hitter. When not making a play on the ball, Studstill will play the man effectively and brings force to separate the ball from the receiver. Very effective against the run. Like most great strong safeties, Studstill has a knack for blitzing off the edge and making plays in the backfield.  
 
What To Work On:
Studstill is very solid in all phases of the game. In the off, season he should an emphasis on speed training to really show out in the forty to appease all the combine guys. I would love to see him in straight man coverage on his film because he will have to play some cover zero at the next level from either safety spot. As with all high school athletes, Devin needs to stay committed to working on technique and getting stronger to excel at the collegiate level.
 
Kokell Film Analysis:
I showed a friend in the coaching world this film and received an expletive filled response about how good Devin Studstill is and can be. When you throw on a film and a coach gets that jacked up, that's the true measure of a stud player. Devin is a top ten player in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast and should only get better as he continues to grow and mature. He has 14 offers already, by the end of his senior year, Studstill may have his choice of any school in the country.
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail ckokell@espnwestpalm.com.
 

#FilmRoom1063: Taking a look at American Heritage RB Devin Singletary

Dec 05, 2014 -- 2:19pm

ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

DEVIN SINGLETARY
 
(Source: 24/7 Sports)
 
Position:RB
School: American Heritage (Class of 2016)
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
NOTE: Has run for 1,385 yards and 15 touchdowns this year.
 
 
Where He Excels:
Devin Singletary is a strong physical runner that breaks a lot of tackles. Plays very tough. Opponents need to swarm to the ball and gang tackle or Singletary will find the end zone. Very elusive for a powerful runner. Plus cutting ability and change of direction. Good vision. Does a good job with ball security. Singletary uses his low center of gravity and runs with a low pad level. This compact running style lets him avoid the big hit and keeps him fresh to be an every down back when needed.
 
What To Work On:
Singletary finds a way to break off big runs but he does not have true breakaway speed. This would be the area of focus in the offseason. Dedicated speed training can make a world of difference. I would remove the defensive film off of the tape as it doesn’t add value. Should replace it with film of Singletary catching the ball (even if it is just a workout tape). Nitpicking but Singletary needs to finish his TD runs running hard. This will make him look faster on film.
 
Kokell Film Analysis:
I love Devin Singletary's physicality. It is a coach’s dream. On a stacked roster, the junior running back has become the brightest star. As dominant as Singletary has been this year, I think he can refine his skills and be even better as a senior. If he puts in the work needed, Singletary can be the top running back in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. With American Heritage losing so much talent to graduation, the Stallions will be relying on this elevation of Singletary’s game to make another run at a state championship.
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Other #FilmRoom1063 entries:
 
Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail ckokell@espnwestpalm.com.
 

#FilmRoom1063: Santaluces LB Zach McCloud

Nov 17, 2014 -- 10:09pm

ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Zach McCloud
 
Position:LB
School: Santaluces (Class of 2016)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
NOTE: McCloud verbally committed to the University of Miami
 
 
 
Where He Excels:
Zach McCloud is a vicious hitter! He rarely loses at the point of contact whether it’s a ball carrier or a lead blocker. Usually players are either sure tacklers or big hitters, McCloud is both. He has a lengthy frame and still has room to grow. Big wing span helps McCloud when he drops into underneath pass coverage. Good closing speed when rushing the passer. Long strider makes for deceptive speed. Has the ability to get sideline to sideline against the run game. Once McCloud reads run, he shoots the gap with ferocity.
 
What To Work On:
As a taller linebacker, McCloud needs to focus on playing with a lower pad level every snap. This is very common with high school kids; using chutes in practice every day will help this. Work on opening up his hips will help McCloud be able to play some man coverage on tight ends. At times, McCloud takes too long on his reads which his athleticism makes up for in high school, but won't be able to in college. With McCloud’s playing abilities, becoming a film junkie will help him with his reads and make him unstoppable.
 
Kokell Film Analysis:
For a player that is relatively new to the game, it is amazing how complete of a linebacker McCloud is. McCloud has that Mike Tyson effect; you can’t take your eyes off of him for a second out of fear of missing the next knockout blow. Watch the sideline after McCloud delivers one of his hits and you will see how he can change a game single handily. McCloud brings an intensity that can fire up an entire team. The thought of how good McCloud will be next year is both exciting and frightening at the same time.
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Other #FilmRoom1063 entries:
 
Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail ckokell@espnwestpalm.com.
 
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