Varsity Preps

The Sunshine State Report, Edition II

Varsity Preps presents the Sunshine State Report, a look deeper into the talent pool available in the state of Florida. In this report, we’ll cover players capable of playing major college football from Pensacola to Key West, from Ft. Myers to Jacksonville, the Sunshine State Report will be a weekly feature that highlights three prep players ready to make an impact on the Division I level.

Trumaine Washington, 2014 CB, Killian High

Kendall, FL

HT: 5’9 WT: 175 40-YD: 4.49

Trumaine Washington is a playmaking corner that intercepted five passes and recorded 250 return yards, scoring twice last season as a junior starter. He boasts verbal offers from Purdue, Duke, Florida Atlantic, and Western Kentucky. He says several more programs have reached out to him. “AkronIndiana, Michigan, Wake Forest, Miami, FIU, and UConn have all been in touch with me.”

Killian’s junior standout explained to Varsity Preps how a few programs are recruiting him. “I went to one of Al Golden’s camps last year and was named defensive back MVP. I’ve also attended a Junior Day and saw a spring practice,” he said. “I really like what I see at Miami.

Michigan sends me a lot of mail, they want me to camp. I’ve been to a Junior Day at FIU, they’ve visited me at practice and the staff wants me to camp.”

Washington says a local program is showing him the most attention. “I’d say FAU is on me the hardest. We speak often and they want me to camp. Things are going well with them.”

Favorites: “I’m completely wide open.”

Top factors when choosing a program: “I’m going to attend where I feel the most wanted. I’m also looking for coaches at a winning program that are open, honest, and good communicators.”

Strengths: “I’m fast and quick, always around the ball. I can jam or play off, and I’m a good tackler.”

Offseason workouts: “I’m always working to get faster, but I’ve concentrated on getting bigger and stronger.” Washington is also a sprinter, participating in track in the 100M, 200M, and 4×100 relay. His personal best time in the 100M is 11.2 seconds.

Coach Warren’s assessment: Washington has good ball skills. He covers well and has good speed. He’s also a really good tackler. What impressed me is that he’s football savvy and that makes up for being 5’9. There’s no denying that he’s a really good cover corner. If he was 6’0 or 6’1, everyone in the country would have offered by now. His instincts are tremendous, is always around the ball. He’s a really good player.

 Dreshown Dean, 2014 MLB, Miami Norland

Miami Gardens, FL

HT: 6’0 WT:  230 40-YD: 4.7

Dreshown Dean is a physical presence in the middle that sheds blockers well and diagnoses plays quickly. He claims verbal offers from FAU, Illinois, and BYU.

He explained how things are shaping up for him on the recruiting front. “Everything with FAU is going well and they do a good job of staying in touch. Illinois is after me hard and I have a good relationship with a couple of coaches there.”

Dean reports he’s also being recruited by Duke, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, and FSU. “The Seminoles came to one of our spring practices and they told me they like me a lot,” he said. “I attended the Commodores spring game. Coach George Barlow told me they like me, too.”

Norland’s top linebacker reports the Bearcats are showing him a ton of interest. “Cincinnati is recruiting me the hardest. They’re telling me they need linebackers and I could play right away.”

Favorites: “I’m wide open right now.”

Junior Days: “I attended FAU and FIU’s Junior Day.”

Camps: “I’m planning on camping at Miami, FAU, and FSU.”

#1 factor when choosing a program: “Early playing time will carry the most weight in my decision. I want to make an early impact. Location won’t be a factor, I’m willing to experience other places.”

Decision timeframe: “I’ll make a decision mid-year or after the season.”

Coach Warren’s assessment: He has nice size and plays the run really well. He’s physical and sheds blockers well. He’s a physical specimen that doesn’t give up on plays and projects as a D-I linebacker.

Nathaniel Nicholas, 2014 DL, Coral Gables High

Coral Gables, FL

HT: 6’1 WT: 242 40-YD: 4.7

Nathaniel Nicholas is an explosive, athletic lineman that registered 54 tackles and 16 total sacks last year. He reported to Varsity Preps that he’s been offered by four programs. “Yes sir, I have offers from Memphis, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky, and Marshall. FAU and FIU are showing a lot of interest, too.”

Camps: “I’m planning to attend camps at Memphis, FAU, FIU, and Miami.”

Favorites: “Memphis is my leader. The coaching staff is very interested and I really like what they’re doing with the program.”

Top factors when choosing a program: “I’d like to contribute early. I also wouldn’t mind playing out of state for an up and coming program.”

Strength: “I feel I have a high motor. I don’t ever stop on the field.”

Offseason workouts: “I’ve really been working on my speed and overall power.”

Decision timeframe: “I’m going to wait until after our season is over to choose.”

David Cooney, an asst. coach at CGHS says: “He’ll be a leader on defense for us. He’s a force at the line of scrimmage, is really good with his hands. Excellent work ethic. He’ll remain under-the-radar just because he’s 6’1.”

Coach Warren’s assessment: He does indeed possess a high motor. He has linebacker instincts as a lineman and has a nose for the ball. It’s going to be interesting to see to how he performs in 8A ball. His size might be a bit of an issue, but if he can pack on some size and still play like he does on film, he’ll be offered by BCS programs late in the process.

— Michael Bradley

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