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.
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Dwyer (Class of 2015)
Top 5 Offers: Alabama, Michigan St., Auburn, Florida, Miami
Note: Transferred from John I. Leonard to Dwyer this offseason.
WHERE HE EXCELS:
Tavares Martin is what you look for when you want a deep threat for your offense. His Nike verified speed of 4.40 seconds at a height of 6'1" makes him a nightmare for opposing teams. Great hands, or hand, on some amazing plays on his film. Always catches the ball away from his body with full arm extension. Catches the ball at it's highest point which makes him a red zone jump ball threat. Not afraid to go over the middle. Does a great job with a lacrosse-style step back move both at the line of scrimmage to get free from pressing corners but while carrying the ball to create new running lanes. Not sure if Dwyer would ever take Parr off the field but Martin could also flourish in a Wildcat system running the read option. Great field vision and feel for the game.
WHAT TO WORK ON:
Getting stronger and more physical should be a priority for Martin. Needs to put on weight which will help him naturally become more physical. Will also keep defenders from being able to arm tackle him. As good as his juke moves are, I'd like to see Martin be more of a north-south runner. Going side-to-side wastes that world class speed Martin has. I think he has the ability but would like to see Martin show more of a variety in his route running. Need to see more precise routes. Not sure of his blocking ability or his desire to do such. Needs to be careful with ball security and keep the ball high and tight when extending plays. (SN: Should take out plays and cut his film in half. This would make Martin seem more dynamic while still showing all his skills.)
KOKELL FILM ANALYSIS:
When thinking about Martin going to Dwyer to play with FAU commit QB Daniel Parr all that comes mind is Randy Moss joining Tom Brady and the Patriots in 2007. It is going to be great to see Martin back out wide where he made a name for himself as a national player to watch during his sophomore year at John I. Leonard. Martin was somewhat of a forgotten man playing QB out of necessity for the Lancers last season but will be quickly thrust back into the limelight while stretching the field for the defending state champion Panthers. Expect Martin to put up huge numbers this season. I predict he will lead the county in both receiving touchdowns and receiving yards this season. This will also help coach Jack Daniels establish a strong run game by keeping safeties out of the box. If Martin does the right thing and takes care of everything off the field he should have his choice of colleges and be very successful at the next level.
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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.