ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
School: Oxbridge Academy (Class of 2015)
Note: Headed up petition to create football program at Oxbridge Academy; No. 58 on ESPN 106.3 Top 63 Seniors list
Where He Excels:
Tre Gabriel is EXPLOSIVE. Incredible lateral movement. Above average vision allows Gabriel to set up defenders and find running lanes. Great stop and start speed. Ability to stop on a dime and change direction makes Gabriel elusive and almost impossible to tackle in the open field. Despite his smaller stature Gabriel is a very tough runner that will run through any attempt at an arm tackle. Speed to score from anywhere on the field. Nose for the end zone. Good pass catcher. Effective on the deep ball and dynamic in the screen game.
What To Work On:
Relies on the spin move too much. This usually will catch up to a ball carrier as it leaves them very vulnerable to a big hit. Would like to see Gabriel catch the ball off his body more. That can be worked on in pre and post-practice by running simple routes and catching the ball with only hands. Would like to see Gabriel show a great selection of complicated routes. While he has his niche as a returner, Gabriel needs to find a true role as either the fearless slot receiver who will go over the middle or by bulking up and learning to run between the tackles to become a third down back.
Kokell Film Analysis:
Inspired by watching Suncoast alum Devin Hester score his 20th touchdown return to become the NFL’s all-time return touchdown scorer, I went looking for the most electrifying returner in Palm Beach County. No matter how many tapes I scoured through, Tre Gabriel of Oxbridge Academy kept standing out. Talk about fun to watch. Gabriel can change the game at any given moment. What he brings to the return game adds a dimension to the Thunderwolves that all championship teams need. His dynamic plays can lift a team and swing momentum in a moment’s notice. To be successful at the next level Gabriel needs to excel in as many roles as possible on special teams and develop into an offensive weapon. After a year with college lifting program and training table, Tre Gabriel can become a dynamic player for an FCS program.
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.