Chaminade-Madonna at Clearwater Academy International

Brian Smith

Here’s a look at some of the prospects that competed against each other Friday night when Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna traveled north to play Clearwater (Fla.) Clearwater Academy International.

As always, only able to watch some of the top players for enough to do a true evaluation. Several other Division I players took to the gridiron Friday night, but writing true evaluations is best. Thus, a handful of players from each team were watched. With that, it was an informative evening.


2021 Thad Franklin, RB, 6-1, 225

The Miami commitment did not look healthy. He was not trying to make defenders miss, and he did not seem to provide the same power after contact. He sustained an ankle injury earlier this year and it appears it’s still lingering.

Wel built and powerful, Chaminade-Madonna will need the Hurricanes commitment to be back in good health to make a playoff run.

2022 Kenyatta Jackson, DE, 6-4, 225

Extremely long arms, a quick first step, and excellent bend for rushing the passer. Jackson is built to be a weak side defensive end or stand up outside linebacker in a 3-4.

His best attribute would probably be his get off. For a player that’s probably just beginning to fill out, Jackson provides the explosiveness off the snap that allowed teams like LSU, Florida, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky to offer already.

Jackson still needs to learn tendencies of offensive linemen, like any other young defensive end, but he’s so athletic that it’s just a matter of reps. Once he begins to recognize what will likely happen next -- screen, drop back, draw -- Jackson will be even more effective. It will be interesting to see Jackson next spring after another off season of conditioning.

2024 Daveon Gause, RB, 5-11, 195

Looks like a grown man, and he plays like a grown man. First play of the game, Gause absolutely whalloped the opposing return man. It was an eye opener. Right there, it became evident that Gause was a physical player. He’s a freshman. That’s rare.

As a runner, Gause only carried a few times because of Franklin. He showed solid speed and good power. While only a small sample size, the young running back proved he can become a big-time player. Physical tools are there. Looking forward to seeing Gause at Under Armour next spring. He’s one to watch as he should become a power five prospect.

Clearwater Academy International

2022 Edwin Wilson Tara Kolenge, LB, 6-2, 230

The talented Canadian transplant showed he possesses the ability to play in the box and attack offensive linemen before making a tackle against a talented running back in Miami commitment Thad Franklin. More importantly, the college-sized linebacker destroyed a screen pass to Franklin and wrapped him up for a loss.

When a linebacker can be a three-down player, that’s when his value increases. Wilson Tara Kolenge plays very well in space. His lateral quickness and change of direction looks like that of a 210-pound linebacker. He’s very athletic. Look for this young man’s recruitment to start taking off.

2021 Brendon Barrow, RB, 5-9, 180

Despite being very banged up, Barrow was still explosive. His lateral quickness is as good as any player in the land. Just as important, Barrow plays well between the tackles. Churning, driving, gaining extra yards.

In space, he’s a nightmare. Barrow had a long touchdown reception on a wheel route. Linebackers just cannot keep up with him. Stanford landed a really good player that’s quite underrated by the recruiting services. Programs around the country are going to be disappointed when he’s making plays in Palo Alto. Why did we not offer this guy?

2021 Seydou Traore, WR, 6-3, 210

A transplant from England, Traore has only played in three games. He’s a freak athlete that’s naturally taken to football. Good open-field speed, toughness, and a big wingspan allow him to make plays underneath or over the top.

He’s not experienced, but Traore has the ability to blossom into an elite college wide receiver. Again, he’s played in three high school games. He arrived in America this past September 12th.

A quality guy that’s humble and wants to get better, he’s already receiving strong interest from Virginia. He has a GPA over 3.0. He could play for any team in the land. The sky is the limit. Here’s his Twitter for those that want to learn more about Traore: @seydouTraoreM15

2022 Dylan Djete, WR, 5-11, 170

Another Canadian transplant, Djete caught three touchdown passes against Chaminade-Madonna. He has eight touchdowns on the season. There are two primary areas to like about Djete’s game.

First, he simply catches the ball, regardless of circumstance. Low, high, tight coverage or wide open, Djete makes the catch. Dependability is a strength. That will help to allow him to be moved around to different wide receiver positions in college.

Second, Djete simply finds a way to Separate from a defensive back. He’s not a true blazer, but Djete is quick in and out of his breaks. This allows him to gain enough room to get open and make plays. Chaminade-Madonna has plenty of talent in the secondary, but Djete consistently found a way to get open and make plays.

He needs to continue to gain strength, but this is a power five prospect. Watch out for Djete.

2021 Albert Reese, OT, 6-7, 315

One of the most powerful offensive linemen in the country, Reese showed better mobility than many true power players. In fact, his ability to pass protect against two Division I defensive ends was very impressive.

Once Reese locks his arms out it’s over. Very strong and aggressive player. He will need to continue to learn the nuances of the screen game and the technical aspects of footwork for pulling, scooping, and other run game aspects, but the tools are there.

Reese is committed to Rutgers, but it’s inevitable that programs around the country will continue to come after him. Very high ceiling.

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