**I also wrote a story for the paper on both the St. Thomas Aquinas and Flanagan scrimmages. Click here.**
The Falcons hosted several coaches from the likes of UM, Virginia Tech, Georgia and Middle Tennessee and put their athletes on display for the coaches with various 11-on-11 scenarios and then split into one-on-one drills. Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was also present.
Four-star inside linebacker Devin Bush Jr. (pictured to the left doing the Dirty Bird) certainly has the ideal combination of size and athleticism to excel at the next level.
Another asset he possesses, but that you can’t see on film and need to catch him live to witness is his leadership. He’s the unquestioned quarterback of that defense, leads the stretches and you can just tell when he talks others listen.
Both linebacker/safety Devin Gil (hand) and cornerback Stanford Samuels (knee) were held out of the scrimmage, but when they return for the Falcons, the Dirty Birds defense is going to be something to watch.
Samuels, a 2017 four-star uncommitted recruit, currently lists a top five of Florida State, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Alabama.
Here’s everything Samuels, who is the son of the former FSU cornerback that went by the same name, told me in an exclusive interview with the Miami Herald:
Gil, a senior three-star UM commit, had Miami defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio and linebackers coach Hurlie Brown attend the scrimmage.
“It’s great. I like to see them around. I’ll be seeing them in the future, but it’s nice to see that they’re still interested, still coming down and showing love.”
Gil says his commitment to the Canes stands firm, and right now the other schools still pursuing him are Michigan, Louisville and UCF. He’ll visit the Wolverines in June.
Gil says he grew up a Hurricane fan, especially a fan of Ed Reed and Sean Taylor.
Bush Jr., although he’s heavily linked to FSU because father and Flanagan coach Devin Bush played for the Seminoles, he’s hearing it from Gil every day trying to get Bush Jr. on board with the Canes.
“That’s my brother, so wherever he goes, I’m going to be happy with it,” Gil says. “As long as he thinks it’s a great fit for him, I think it’s a great fit for him.”
If they end up at rival schools?
“I might have to hit him every play then.”
But they’ll both be playing defense…
“I’ll ask Coach to go on offense.”
--Quarterback transfer from Champagnat Kato Nelson did what we’re used to seeing out of him in big games with Champagnat, except in a different uniform. Nelson was poised in the pocket, delivered passes with precision and proved mobile when necessary.
--I came away impressed with 2017 wide receiver Clevan Thomas in one-on-one drills. He was professional in his route-running and cuts, exhibited a burst of acceleration to get open and displayed sure hands.
--2017 athlete Faion Hicks can develop into a really good cover corner. He was blanketing receivers in one-on-one coverage.
--Rising senior Tyler Goetz is listed as a linebacker on certain sites, but he played fullback and tight end in 11-on-11 and gave Nelson a big target with the ability to get open, especially over the middle and in the red zone.
--Lastly, 2017 offensive tackle Jamar Lambert is HUGE (6-3, 350). Interest and offers have to start coming in for this kid with ideal size once he hones in on his technique.