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Doing the Hokey Pahokee

PAHOKEE -- OK, fine, ignore the title of this post. The real headline is, with our expanded recruiting coverage (now including Palm Beach County), I caught Thursday night's spring game between Dwyer and Pahokee, featuring a number of potential college recruits.

Here are some observations from a game the Blue Devils won 18-7, with fans sporting brand new t-shirts commemorating last year's state championship (and, on the back in big, white lettering, their No. 6 USA Today ranking -- higher than 4A champion Booker T. Washington's No. 8):

  • Pahokee's Nu'Keese Richardson, one of the top recruits in the county (at receiver) played a lot at quarterback and showed some passing prowess, even threading the needle on a 5-yard touchdown toss in the third quarter. But his size (5-8) and athleticism seem like they will push him to that receiver slot.
  • On defense, another standout recruit -- linebacker Brandon Hawthorne -- had about a dozen solo tackles and picked up a half a sack late in the fourth quarter. He also punted, but spring games don't allow for any rushes or returns on those plays, so it was hard to tell how good he is there. (Not that his future as a punter outweighs his future on defense...)
  • For Dwyer, running back Donald Russell didn't get many carries, but broke a couple of big ones in the second half, showing off his size and power.
  • Bradley Wallace, a highly regarded safety prospect, split some snaps at quarterback with underclassman Jacoby Brissett in an attempt to ease Wallace's load.
  • Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said offensive line prospect John Bivins no longer is on the team.

--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)

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