By Chris Kokell | ESPNWestPalm.com
Olympic Heights coach and ESPN West Palm's contributor, Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
School: West Boca (Class of 2016)
While not a punishing runner, Keano Grice is a tough downhill runner that runs very hard. Love the leg drive. This eliminates arm tackles and makes defenders square up to tackle Grice. Plus vision. Finds the hole no matter where it is and hits it. Sees plays develop in slow motion which is a big time characteristic for a back. Grice plays much bigger than his 5’8 160-pound frame. Keeps ball high and tight which will help with ball security. Plus hands to catch the ball out of the backfield.
What To Work On:
My fear for Keano Grice is that he will be a tweener at the RB position. What this means is that he will be caught between being an every down back or a third down scat back. For as good of a running back as he is, Keano is not very shifty and lacks the forty time that shows top ends speed. Becoming more dynamic must be a priority. Needs to look for explosion and speed training this summer. With hard work in those areas he will be looked at as a top back in the area.
Kokell Film Analysis:
In a world where we always celebrate the projected college football prospects, the kids that are the top high school football players often get overlooked. Let’s not allow that to happen to Keano Grice. Grice is not 6’2 210, he does not run a 4.35 forty but damn it, the kid can play. Any coach in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast would want a player like Grice on their team. He is the constant for coach Moran that will keep the West Boca Bulls’ offense humming as they make a push to get back to the playoffs. Look for Grice to put in the work this summer and make a big name for himself in the fall.
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