December 20, 2006

Florida North-South: Wednesday notes

LAKELAND, Fla.- Wednesday's practice session for the FACA North-South All-Star Game was a light workout in helmets, shorts and shoulder pads. But that didn't stop several prospects on each team from impressing.


It all starts with the North defensive line duo of Longwood Lyman defensive tackle Ian Williams and Alachua Santa Fe defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

Williams, a Notre Dame commit, isn't the tallest defensive tackle in the world, but gets good enough leverage against offensive linemen that he's quite the disruptive force for a defensive backfield. He projects best as a true nose or a "two" technique, but is agile enough to play a little "three" technique if needed.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Joseph, who currently is committed to Florida, has been just as effective. He moves well for a prospect his size and is very active in pursuing the ball. His biggest strength may be his straight line speed, which is excellent for a player his size.

Florida State commit Bernard Brinson is playing cornerback this week for the North squad. He was impressive on Wednesday morning, showing better than expected recovery speed (he's faster than the listed 4.61 40-yard dash time). He also has good hips and closing speed, good football instincts and has the makings of a big hitter.

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