Posted: 1:32 pm Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Scouting Skyline, Glades Central’s Dallas-based opponent on Saturday 

By Jeff Greer

On Saturday, Glades Central travels to Daytona Beach to play Skyline High School of Dallas,  a powerhouse that finished 12-1 last season but lost in the third round of the Texas state playoffs. Kickoff is set for noon at Daytona Beach’s Municipal Stadium, and I’ll be there providing regular updates and reports.

We already know that Glades Central coach Jessie Hester expects Skyline’s size to be an issue on Saturday, and rightfully so — Skyline’s offensive and defensive lines are massive. But here’s a little more in-depth info on the Raiders’ first opponent of the 2010 season (thanks to some help from our friends at the Dallas Morning News).

The DMN rates senior linebacker Anthony Wallace as the top recruit in the area. The 6-2, 220-pounder has drawn interest from almost every major program in the nation, including Miami. He runs a 4.55 40 and has a reputation as a big, hard hitter.

“He’s going to find the ball,” Skyline coach Reginald Samples told the DMN in February. “He’s going to make plays. He lets you know he’s on the field by what he does.”

Skyline defensive back Franklin Shannon also made the DMN’s list of top recruits in the Dallas area. Shannon is a 6-2, 210-pound senior who has committed to play for Oklahoma.

Other big prospects include OLB Mike Moore (Minnesota commit), DE Marquel Bryant (committed to Kansas State) and junior MLB Peter Jinkens. You can review Skyline’s prospects by class on Rivals: Class of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

But despite the big-name recruits, Skyline apparently struggled in its spring game, particularly on offense. The Raiders graduated 11 FBS-level players from last year’s team and return six starters.

I think it’s safe to say the best matchups will be when Kelvin Benjamin, Davonte Allen and Central’s other offensive stars take the field and face the stout Skyline D. Lots of eyes will be on Central’s new QB, Jamarious Rowley.

Other notes: Glades Central isn’t the only Florida powerhouse that Skyline plays this year. Skyline will play Fort Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas at Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 6.

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