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: Forest Hill (Class of 2015)
WHERE HE EXCELS:
Speed kills, kids, and they do not come much faster than Antonio Burns of Forest Hill. Get him the ball in space and he is gone. Long strider, north-south runner that does not waste energy running sideline to sideline. Good vision to find lanes both out of the backfield and catching screens. Does a great job of getting on top of the defensive back. Makes defenders miss with a simple one-cut-and-go move. Good hands. Has all the tools to be a great cover corner, or can dominate in cover two.
WHAT TO WORK ON:
Catches the ball way too close to the body. Needs to get a ton of reps of, first, standing with arms out-stretched and catching the ball all hands. Then progress it to quick routes and keep going until Burns uses his hands on all routes. Burns needs to excel in blocking. This would make him a real threat in a team's spread game. Needs to clean up routes and show more of a variety of routes. On defense, would like to see him be more physical stopping the run and also get more comfortable in his assignments when playing zone.
KOKELL FILM ANALYSIS:
Burns is one of the better athletes in the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast. Now its up to Forest Hill head coach Jude Blessington and his staff to mold this raw talent into something special. Opposing defenses need to be aware of where number 6 is at all times. He can score on any play from anywhere on the field. Used out of the backfield, out wide and in the slot, Burns will make life easier for first year QB Marcus Frazier. Those two and U.S. Army All-American nominee Calvary Pugh give the Falcons a dynamic big three on the offensive side of the ball. Burns will also make huge contributions for the Falcons playing corner and in the return game. It may take developing his talents at a junior college but Antonio Burns is definitely a special talent that has the raw athletic ability to play at a very high level in college.
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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 email@example.com.