ORLANDO, Fla. -- The FHSAA class 6A state championship game between Seffner (Fla.) Armwood and Miami Central came down to the wire with Armwood pulling out the 40-31 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The game featured several top prospects, not only for 2012, but also for 2013 and even 2014. Here are the top performers in the game.
Matt Jones, RB, (6-3/215, Armwood) -- 2012 Florida commit
The Florida running back commit was held in check on the ground but had a big impact on the game through the air. Jones had 15 carries for only 42 yards but added three receptions for 119 yards and a receiving touchdown. With Armwood clinging to a 30-24 lead in the fourth quarter, Jones caught a wheel route and outran the Central secondary for an 80-yard touchdown.
Leon McQuay III, S, (6-2/185, Armwood)
The junior safety made his impact in the first quarter. With Armwood leading 10-0, McQuay stepped in front of a pass over the middle and returned the interception 32 yards for a touchdown. For Armwood, it was the second interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. Senior corner Jarvis McCall, a USF commit, picked off the first pass of the game and returned it 55 yards for the score. McQuay also added seven tackles on the night. McQuay holds offers from Florida, Oklahoma, USF, Michigan and Vanderbilt among others. He said after the game that Florida and Vanderbilt are the schools that are standing out the most for him.
Eric Striker, LB, (6-1/190, Armwood) -- 2012 Oklahoma commit
Striker was all over the field defensively for Armwood. He led the Hawks with 12 tackles, two sacks and two quarterback hurries in the game. Central quarterback Austin Stock had very little time to throw for a majority of the night, due in large part to the pressure brought by Striker.
Dalvin Cook, RB, (5-11/187, Central)
The sophomore running back from Central rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on only six carries. He also totaled 139 yards in kickoff returns including a 99-yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Armwood had a hard time containing the play-making back. Though only a sophomore, Cook is receiving attention from several colleges, the biggest being FSU. Cook has no offers at this time.
Joseph Yearby, RB, (5-9, 187, Central)
The sophomore running back was the workhorse for the Rockets. Yearby accounted for 101 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Like his teammate Cook, Yearby is hearing from Florida State, and as a sophomore, already holds a verbal offer from the Noles. Yearby should be a big-time prospect by his senior season.
Alvin Bailey, WR/QB, (5-11/180, Armwood)
With Armwood struggling on offense heading in to the half, head coach Sean Callahan pulled starting quarterback Darryl Richardson and replaced him with Bailey, a junior wide receiver. Bailey responded by throwing for 139 yards and two touchdown passes on 6-of-7 passing. Bailey also added two receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown. Bailey said after the game he is receiving a lot of interest from LSU and Florida but holds no offers.