3 FOR THURSDAY: Linemen Hollis, McCartney and Thibodeau Stepping Up

Larry Blustein
July 19, 2018 - 12:20 pm

Larry Blustein

One of the areas that has never received the attention it deserved here in south Florida are the offensive and defensive lines.

In a world where headlines are often made by speedy receivers, running backs, quarterbacks and defensive backs, rarely do the linemen get that spotlight other positions receive.

With the Elite Scouting Services Big Man Camp – at Keiser University in West Palm Beach - and at University School in Fort Lauderdale this past week, over 100 line prospects learned and competed – and in the process – were recognized for what they accomplished.

The days of the lack of line exposure is starting to end, and with marquee big men competing and showcasing their many skills, getting on the map is much easier.

Over two days, college coaches taught and motivated big men. Some who were on the map already – while others were trying to impress – using the video clips from the event – as a springboard to their future.

As we do each and every week, we highlight three prospects from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. This week, we will shine the spotlight on linemen who made an impact at the Elite Scouting Services camp, jumping into the spotlight.

2019 - Lance Hollis, OL/DL, 5-11, 260, Davie Nova. When the season begins in August, this quality football talent will begin his fourth year as a starter for the Titans. A one-time youth football standout, this is a student/athletes who has been able to do equally as good in the classroom. 

Solid strength quickness and overall athletic ability. Is a quick learner and very passionate about the game.

As one longtime scout said of this talent: “If he’s three inches taller, we are talking Power 5. He has that kind of ability.”

TAPE: http://www.hudl.com/profile/7639463/Lance-Hollis

2019 - Brandon McCartney, OL, 6-4, 290, Doral Academy. Another of the emerging standouts in south Florida, on a team that has a chance to make a huge impact once again. 

There is no doubting what this quality football talent brings to the table. Has learned so much over the past year, from coaches who have taught a lot of talented young men.

Has the chance to really watch his stock rise this coming season for the 7A Firebirds.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/9298143/Brandon-McCartney

2020 - Jack Thibodeau, OL, 6-4, 290, Davie Western. If you’ve watched this program over the past few years, you know that head coach Adam Ratkevich makes sure that both sides of the line of scrimmage are a priority.

Turning out some of the top line prospects over that period, the Wildcats once again have a junior that is truly on the radar – after a string spring and offseason.

One of the hardest workers on the line, Jack is turning heads and learning plenty and getting himself ready for his final season at the high school level. 

TAPE: https://www2.hudl.com/profile/8283107/Jack-Thibodeau

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