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: Royal Palm Beach (Class of 2017)
Top 4 Offers: Cincinnati, Nebraska, Temple, Western Kentucky
Note: Threw for nearly 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, won Mastrole Passing Academy Combine MVP.
Where He Excels:
Toddy Centeio has that "gamer" mentality that every coach looks for. Centeio doesn’t panic and stays poised when he gets a bad snap or a teammate misses an assignment. He uses good decision-making when things break down and has the ability to tuck and run. Any running back that has ever played for me is probably so sick of hearing the words “one cut and go”. Centeio exemplifies that saying by not dancing with defenders and getting north and south right away. Has plus speed. This will make him a pain for opposing defensive coordinators to prep for as he gets faster and stronger with age. Great vision and nose for the end zone and will pick up a vital first down. When he catches the snap clean he has a very quick release. Centeio seems to have a good concept of his routes and where he wants to go with the ball. He is strongest in the passing game when the coaches move the pocket as he throws a great ball on the run. Centeio does a very good job of getting his legs underneath him, squaring his shoulders and putting the ball in the optimum place for the receiver to make a play.
What To Work On:
Most of Centeio’s flaws are caused by the fact that he is in 9th grade. Yes, the kid on that film is only in 9th grade! He is a little undersized for a prototypical QB but one can only assume he is still growing. While Centeio gets the ball delivered to his receivers on all throws he pushes the ball a little when in a straight drop back. This lack of arm strength is also shown in the trajectory of his deep ball. This is normal with a lot of young QB’s and should solve itself naturally with age. Would like to see him get the ball into his hands a little cleaner. At times he appears to fumble around with it when receiving snaps. It’s unclear if he is given predetermined reads by the coaching staff pre-snap but at times Centeio will stare down his receivers. Will find himself in trouble doing this at the next level. When he decides to take off and run he needs to tuck the ball away. It is often low and out wide when it needs to be HIGH and TIGHT!
Kokell's Film Analysis:
Having the Toddy Touchdown moniker makes sense for Toddy Centeio since he plays with a Johnny Football-like moxie. I love the way he approaches the game. In short, the kid just makes plays. We have seen the QB position morph over the years into where it has become the norm for quarterbacks to be athletic. At times, it still seemed like coaches were taking an athlete and teaching him to be a quarterback. Toddy Centeio appears to be an example of a kid that learned the game playing the quarterback position as a dual threat. The read game appears to come to him just as naturally as his pocket presence does. It is exciting to think that Centeio has all this talent already, not to mention some early experience after his freshman year. The thought of watching him develop over the next few years has to get any football fan jacked up and break the hearts of opposing coaches. Centeio will bring college coaches from all across the country in to see him play. The legend of Toddy Touchdown begins…
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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.