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Bob Payne, Jefferson – 1947
Bio not available at this time.
Pepe Millan, Plant – 1948
Bio not available at this time.
Rick Casares, Jefferson, RB – 1950
6’2″ 226 A High School All-American 1 of only 5 players in history recruiting analysts believe could have gone from HS to the Pro’s. Was 2nd team All American as a Jr at UF before being drafted in military. Was a 2nd rd pick by the Bears & was their career rushing leader till Walter Payton in the 80’s. 5x Pro Bowler.
Mark Whitehead, Plant – 1958
Bio not available at this time.
John Dent, Chamberlain – 1959
Bio not available at this time.
Forrest Blue, Chamberlain, OL – 1963
6’6″ 260 Was All City All Conference 2nd Team All State & All Southern one of the best O-linemen to come out of Hills. County. Was a 3yr starter at Auburn & a 1st rd pick (#15 overall) by the 49ers where he played in 4 Pro Bowls.
Larry Smith, Robinson, RB – 1964
Florida’s only Parade All-American in 1964. Scored 29 TDs in 10 games as a senior in an era when scoring was much lower than today. Finished HS career with 47 TDs. One of the most hotly recruited players out of Florida for decades. Was an All-American for the Florida Gators and a first-round draft pick for the Los Angeles Rams in 1969. Had over 3,000 yards of offense in 6 pro seasons. 6’1″ 215 2x All State 1st team selection… Drafted in the 1st Round of the 1969 NFL draft(#8 0verall) by the LA Rams.
Steve Kiner, Hillsborough, QB/LB – 1965
6’1″ 220 Was All Conference All State on both offense & Defense. . Signed a scholarship with the University of Tennessee in 1966. Was named sophomore of the year by the Southeastern Conference in 1967. Led the Volunteers in tackles and was selected a first-team All-American in his junior and senior years. Was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and played in one Super Bowl during his nine-year NFL career. Was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
John Reaves, Robinson, QB – 1967
6’3″ 210 Was state Player of the Year in 1967. High School All American, 3yr starter at U of FLA and 1st round NFL pick (#14 overall) of the Eagles played for the Eagles, Bengals, Bandits and the Buc’s. Selected state’s player of the year in 1967. Led Robinson to a state runner-up finish to national champion Coral Gables. Signed with University of Florida and started as a sophomore, leading Gators to 9-1-1 record and Gator Bowl victory. Set NCAA record for career TDs in final game. A 1st-round draft pick of Philadelphia Eagles. Eventually played for 5 teams in 9 seasons, throwing for over 3,600 career yards.
Leon McQuay, Blake, RB – 1968
Prep Career Stats unavailable. McQuay played college football with the now disbanded University of Tampa Spartans (from 1968 to 1970.) He was the first black athlete to receive a scholarship to UT. “All the Way” McQuay rushed for 3,039 yards, scored 37 touchdowns and was a two time small college All-American in three seasons at Tampa. He rushed for 1,362 yards and scored 22 TDs as a junior. He was inducted into the University of Tampa Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. McQuay skipped his senior season to sign with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1971. Though small, at 5’9″ and 200 pounds, he had lightning speed and was known as “X-ray”. He took the CFL by storm, rushing for 977 yards and a 7.1 yard per carry average. He was an all star and runner up for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award.
Gene Killian, Brandon, OL/DL – 1969
OL/LB Brandon 6’4″235 c/o70. 1st Team All-State,1st Team All-Regional, 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-Western Conference. Was the O-line leader of the 1969 State Runner-Ups. Led a Defense that only allowed 56 points in 13 games & had 8 shut outs. Set a District record throwing the shot put 57 Feet. Signed with Miami.
Steve Walker, Robinson, LB – 1970
LB Robinson 6’3″ 195 c/o 71 1st Team All-County. 1st Team All-Conference, 2nd Team All-State. Winner of the 1970 Tampa Tribune Unheralded Hero Award. Led team with 73 tackles 7 ints & 3 fumble recoverys. Led team to a 15-5-1 record as a Varsity Knight. Also lettered in Basketball. Signed with the University of Florida.
Alan Gray, Plant – 1976
Bio not available at this time.
George Peoples, King, RB – 1977
6’0″ 211 All Conference All Suncoast, All State…Led King to an 8-2 mark while leading the county in rushing with 1188 yards with 13 TD. Also led the county in rushing as a junior with a then school record 1359 yards in 1976.. Went on to Auburn where he was their offensive player of the year in 1981. Was drafted by the Cowboys & played 4 seasons in the League with Dallas, New England & Tampa Bay.
Carlton Gunn, Robinson, LB – 1977
1977 parade All American, All State, All Suncoast, All County. Robinson class of 1978 led Knights to class 4A final four. Went to U of Tennessee & played in the USFL. The RHS outstanding LB award is named in his honor.
John Douglas Shields, Plant – 1979
Guy Toph Winner
Pat O’Brien, Hillsborough – 1980
Guy Toph Winner
Al Lopez III, Jesuit – 1981
Guy Toph Winner
Terry Mallory, Chamberlain – 1982
Guy Toph Winner
Joseph Nicoletto, Chamberlain – 1983
Guy Toph Winner
Richard Renninger, Robinson – 1984
Guy Toph Winner
Kirk Kirpatrick, Brandon, TE – 1985
Bio not available at this time.
Sean Smith, TBT, RB – 1985
Bio not available at this time.
Ted Washington, TBT, DT – 1985
Bio not available at this time.
Arden Czyzewski, KHS, K – 1986
Bio not available at this time.
Charlie Kerr, Plant, DB – 1979
High School All American who went 6’5″ 210 & hit like a Mack Truck. Led Plant to State playoffs in ’78 & ’79. Went on to Letter at Florida.
Matt Voglar, Robinson, QB – 1986
Matt Vogler QB Robinson c/o 87 6’4″ 195 Was an All County All Suncoast selection as a senior. Year after moving to Robinson from Leto. Threw for a school record 2817 yards breaking the record of former Knight John Reaves c/o 68. Also broke Reaves school record for TDs in a season with 23 (since broken by Marcello Trigg in 2003).The Vogler led offence produced two 1,000 yard receivers (Adrian Ward 1027 & J.R.Reed 1120)For only the 2nd time in state history. His 281.7 yard per game average was 2nd best in the nation in 1986 and 4th best in state history at that time. Earned a Scholarship to Auburn but transferred to Texas Christian after a year. At TCU threw for a then NCAA D1 record 690 yards in a single game.
Trevor Weeks, Armwood, DB – 1986
5’11″195 All County, All Suncoast, Golden Helmet, Guy Toph. Had an amazing 22 INT’s in 30 games.Signed with the Miami Hurricanes.
Maurice Crum Sr., Hillsborough, LB – 1987
6’0″ 220 All Suncoast, All County, All State…3 year starter led team in tackles each year. Scored 12 defensive TDs (6 INTs,4 blocked punts, 2 fumble returns). Went to The U of Miami where he played on 2 National Championship teams. Was an NCAA AP All American senior year at the U.
Terry Jordan, Gaither, QB – 1988
6’1″ 185 1st Team All Western Conference, All SunCoast, 3rd Team All State. Led County in Passing & TDs as a senior With 1440 yards and 12 TDs. Finished with 3,035 Yards And 19 TDs in his Prep Career. Led Team to the District Title (1985)as a Soph. & the Meninak Bowl as a SR. Both firsts in school History. Signed with North Carolina State.
Charles Davis, Tampa Bay Tech., RB – 1990
Charlie Davis QB/DB TBT c/o 92 6’0″ 185 Was All Conference & All County,Times County Player of the Year. Played 5 Positions at Tech QB/RB/WR/DB/P Was all County as a DB. Led County in Completion Percentage as a JR. With 57.4%. Threw for 12 Tds as a junior. As a senior ran for 925 to finish 8th in county in rushing. Had 17 TDS as a senior. Team Finished 9-1. Played in the Shrine Bowl All Star Classic. Signed with University of Kansas.
Russell Evans, Plant City, QB – 1990
6’4″ 195 All Conference All County All State. Times County Player of the Year. 1st Player named to 1st team All state in both Basketball & Football since 1982. Led County in Passing as a junior and senior. As a senior. Had 1764 Passing yards with 14 TDs. Led the Raiders to a #4 Ranking in class 5A with a 9-1 regular season record. Was Elected for the Shrine Bowl All Star Game. Signed with N.E.Louisiana
Keno Hills, Tampa Bay Tech., OL – 1991
6’6″ 290 1st Team All Western Conference, All County, 4A All State. Led Team To Western Conference Title And a #8 State Ranking. Elected to play in the Florida Shrine Bowl All star Game. Signed With Kent State Before Transferring To Louisiana Lafayette. Was Drafted In the 6th RD by the N.O.Saints. Played in The League 4-Years.
Robby McQuay, GHS, RB – 1992
1st 2000 yd rusher in Hills. Co. history. All-state selection. Career high 352 yds against Leto
Brett Zinober, Berkeley Prep, QB/DB – 1992
5’10” 160 c/o 93 Honorable Mention All-State, Honorable Mention All-County. Threw for 1018 Yards & 12 TDs also ran for 3 TDs. An Honor Student He Led team to 15 wins in 19 Starts at QB. Also started as a DB.
Cliff Dell, King, WR – 1993
WR fo King High, c/o 94 5’11” 185 All Suncoast, All State,Guy Toph. Led State in receiving SR. Year with 70 catches for 1032 yards. Ended his senior year with a 3-7 record…Signed with FSU before transferring to USF. Played with The Orlando Predators Of the AFL.
Eugene McCaslin, Chamberlain, RB/LB – 1994
Considered one of the state of Florida’s most versatile players (played tailback, fullback, safety and outside linebacker during his prep career)…Selected one of the top 15 fullback prospects in the country by National Bluechip Recruiting Service… Prep All-America honors from that publication… Ranked among the state’s top six players on Tampa Tribune Bluechip List… Rushed for 1,086 yards on 193 carries (5.7 apc) with 10 TDs and also registered 21 catches for 210 yards and three TDs in 1994 at Tampa Chamberlain… Rushed for 953 yards and 10 TDs at Tampa Jesuit as a junior in 1993 despite missing five games… Had seven 200-yard rushing games in his final two prep seasons… Honorable mention All-State (6A) in 1994…High school coach was Billy Turner…Also visited Michigan and North Carolina during the recruiting process…Signed with the University of Florida. A four-time letterwinner…Played in 40 regular season games with 16 starts for 1,245 plays…Also played in 1997 Sugar Bowl, 1998 Citrus Bowl and 1999 Orange Bowl…A running back who made the move to linebacker in the spring prior to his senior season…UF’s second leading rusher for the 1998 season (321 yards)…704 career rushing yards on 134 carries (5.3 avg.), along with six rushing TDs…Also played on special teams, with seven career tackles…1999 – The starter at strongside linebacker in all 12 games for 700 plays and also sees duty on special teams…Drafted in the 7th round by the Packers.
Keith Newman, Jefferson, TE/LB – 1994
Newman’s three years at Jefferson, the Dragons went 25-9. As a sophomore tight end, he led Hillsborough County in average yards per reception with 31.4, then repeated as the leader in that category as a junior (23.5) and finished third last season (20.Cool. In three years, he caught 62 passes for 1,538 yards and 13 touchdowns. Newman attended the University of North Carolina and was a four-year letterman in football. In football, as a senior, he posted four sacks, 132 tackles, and an interception, and was a second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. He was drafted out of the University of North Carolina in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Joe Sipp, Hillsborough, OL – 1995
Bio not available at this time.
Darrell Jackson, Tampa Catholic, WR – 1996
Set then-national HS records for career receiving yards (4,594) and yards per catch (24.05) as a senior. Caught 191 passes in 3 seasons for Crusaders. Had 89 receptions for 2,087 yards and 28 TDs as a junior and 67 receptions a year later.Considered one of the nation’s elite prep receivers in 1996… A SuperPrep All-America selection who was ranked among the nation’s top 12 receivers by that publication… The National Recruiting Advisor ranked him among the nation’s top three wideouts… Prep Star All-America honors and was ranked among the top three wide receivers in the SEC region by that publication …Second-team All-America honors from USA Today… A two-time first-team All-State selection…Caught 191 career passes for 4,594 yards and 50 touchdowns in his prep career… Ranks first all-time in career receiving yards and also set a national record for all-time receiving yards per catch (24.05 avg.)… Over his final two prep seasons he caught 156 passes for 3,913 yards and 46 TDs…As a junior in 1995, set national record for receiving yards per game with 160.5 yards per game…For the year, caught 89 passes for 2,087 yards and 28 touchdowns… In 1996 had 67 catches for 1,826 yards (27.3 avg.) with 18 TDs… Yards per catch average of 27.3 last season set a national record… Named a McDonald’s honorable mention in basketball…Signed with the University of Florida. A three-time letterwinner who decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft…Played in 32 regular season games with 12 starts for 1,077 plays…Also played in 1998 Citrus Bowl and started both 1999 Orange Bowl and 2000 Citrus Bowl…97 career receptions for 1,501 yards (15.5 avg.) and 14 TDs…Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1998 and 1999…1999 – Played in all 12 games with 11 starts (all but SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama) for 676 plays…Also started Citrus Bowl…Third-Team All-America selection by Football News…One of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award…Semifinalist for Football News’ National Offensive Player of the Year Award…First-Team All-SEC…Named UF’s Outstanding Wide Receiver. NFL Drafted in 2000 3rd round, Pick: 80
Fred Pisano, Berkeley Prep, RB – 1996
Fred Pisano RB Berkeley Prep c/o 87 5’10 185 All Conference,3x Golden Helmet Winner. Had 4545 yards in his 4 year career. Total was at the time the 2nd highest small school total in state history & 4th most in any classification. Also caught 55 passes for 883 & threw for 329 yards. An All County performer in Wrestling,Baseball & Football He signed to play baseball with Hillsborough Community College.
Derrick Edmonds, Hillsborough, RB – 1996
Tabbed as the #5 defensive back in the Southeast Region by Blue Chip Illustrated…Rushed for 1579 yards on 177 carries and scored 23 TDs on a team that finished the regular season unbeaten at 10-0…Earned All-State, All-District, All-Conference and All-Sun Coast honors as a senior…Garnered team and District MVP honors…Gained over 100 yards rushing in all 10 games, including three games of over 200 yards…Scored a school-record six rushing touchdowns against Countryside HS…Set a school record with a 99-yard touchdown run against Bloomingdale HS…helped lead sophomore and junior squads to 9-1 records
Mike Pearson, Armwood, OL – 1996
Armwood (Seffner, Fla.), 6-8, 280: Blocked at 93 percent and had 36 pancakes in 10 games. Did not allow a sack in two years. He was a three-year letterman at the University of Florida, where he received school’s offensive leadership award in 2001 and was two-time Southeastern Conference All-Academic selection. Pearson played for the Gators in 33 games with 31 starts, including two bowl games. Guy Toph Winner.
Aleous Chambers, Hillsborough, LB/RB – 1996
Hillsborough County defensive player of the year in the 1995 season and helped lead Hillsborough High to the state final. Signed with South Florida.
Kenny Kelly, Tampa Catholic, QB – 1996
Kenny Kelly Tampa Catholic QB c/o 97. Parade All-American. Guy Toph & Golden Helmet Winner. 2x 1st team All-State HM All-State as a Soph. 3x All-County 1st team 2x All-Suncoast 1st team. Hm All-Suncoast as a Soph. Threw for 7,262 yards and 77 TDs in his TC career. Led Crusaders to 3 playoff trips. Also All-State in Basketball. Helped lead his basketball squad to the state title as a Soph. Was a Standout in Baseball and was drafted and played pro Baseball. He also was a standout in Track in the Long jump,triple jump & 4×100 relay. Earned a scholarship to play QB at the University of Miami.
Andrew Williams, Hillsborough, OLB/TE – 1997
Class 6A First-Team All-State in 1998 as a senior at Hillsborough High in Tampa… district MVP as a senior in 1998… Tampa Tribune Defensive Player of the Year for Hillsborough County in 1998…rated the top linebacker/defensive end prospect in Florida in 1998…an All-American by National Recruiting Advisor… member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100… member of the Blue Chip Illustrated National Top 100…rated among SuperPrep’s Top 24 in Florida…named to the All-Suncoast Team by the St. Petersburg Times…rated the no. 4 prospect in the Tampa Bay Area by the St. Petersburg Times…member of the Florida Times-Union Super 75…rated the no. 4 inside linebacker in Florida by the Florida Times-Union…a First-Team Class 6A All-State selection as a senior…played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game…earned numerous First-Team All-State, All-Area, All-District, All-County and All-Conference honors as a senior…dominated offenses in the Tampa area for two seasons…totaled 99 tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, caused five fumbles and recovered three fumbles as a senior…named Team Captain his senior year…also lettered in basketball…averaged double digits in scoring and rebounding (15.5 ppg and 11.2 rpg) in basketball as a senior. Signed with the University of Miami where he was one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the nation…exhibits startling speed and strength, giving him the ability to track down fleeing running backs. Drafted by the 49ers.
Mike Pucillo, Brandon, OL – 1997
Pucillo attended Auburn University and was a letterman in football. In football, he played offensive guard and center, started 25 games, and as a junior, he helped the team average 356.7 total yards per game. On February 27, 2007, Pucillo re-signed with the Redskins.
Zain Gilmore, Robinson, RB – 1997
Zain Gilmore RB Robinson c/o 98 6’0″ 215. Honorable Mention All County as a Soph. 2nd team All County as a Jr. 1st Team All County, All Suncoast, All State, County & Suncoast Offensive MVP, State Class 4A POY,Florida MR.Football as a SR. Led the Knights to the 4A State Quarter finals in 97. Led County in rushing with 2322 & 29 TDs. Had 4158 career rushing yards at Robinson. Led state in scoring with 196 points as a SR.. Played RB,DB & Kicker. Went on to Missouri Where he Lettered all 4 years. Had 1808 rushing yards and 195 receiving yards with 13 TDs at Missouri.
Desmond Allison, Robinson, WR – 1997
Led Robinson to the 1998 Class 4A state semifinals, the school’s first state tournament appearance since 1980… Averaged 34.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg and 9.0 apg as a senior, just missing a triple-double… Finished his career with 2,280 points… Was named Hillsborough County High School Male Athlete of the Year by the St. Petersburg Times after earning all-state honors in basketball, football and track… On the gridiron, he averaged 22.9 yards per catch on 38 receptions. He caught 15 TD passes and scored 23 TDs during the season. Helped the Knights to a 4A state quarterfinal berth in the school’s first playoff appearance since 1977… In track, was region champ in the 400 meters and ran the anchor leg on Robinson’s 4 x 400 team, finishing fifth at the state meet… During his senior season, scored six TDs in back-to-back playoff football games and, in between, averaged 30.5 ppg in two hoops contests… He was an all-state selection as a junior after averaging 36.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 7.9 apg to lead the Knights to a 27-3 mark and a 4A regional berth… As a sophomore, he averaged a triple-double with 27.8 ppg, 12.8 rpg and 10.2 apg… Team completed 1996 with a 26-4 record and a 4A regional tournament finish. Signed with University of Kentuck (Basketball)
Mike Pearson, Armwood, OL – 1997
Considered one of the nation’s elite prep offensive linemen in 1997… A first-team USA Today All-America selection… Also named to prestigious Parade All-America Team… The Sporting News ranked him among the top 10 players in the nation and the top offensive lineman… Ranked among the nation’s top two offensive tackle prospects by National Recruiting Advisor and that publication also ranked him among the top 10 overall players in the nation… Named the top weakside offensive tackle prospect in the nation by National Bluechips Recruiting Service… Named to SuperPrep All-America Team and that publication also ranked him among the top two offensive linemen in the country and among the top 25 players overall… Named to PrepStar’s All-America Dream Team and that publication ranked him among the nation’s top four offensive line prospects… Named to Florida’s prestigious Super Seniors Team… A first-team (5A) all-state selection. Signed with the University of Florida. Games (Starts): 35 (33) Plays: 2,547…A redshirt junior…Has played in 33 regular season games with 31 starts for 2,547 plays and also started the 2000 Citrus Bowl and the 2001 Sugar Bowl…A first-team All-America selection in 2001 and a second-team selection in 2000…First-team All-SEC in 2000 and 2001…Two-time (2000-01) SEC Academic Honor Roll selection…First-team Freshman All-America selection in 1999 as chosen by The Sporting News. He was drafted 40th (second round) in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Reche’ Caldwell, Jefferson, QB – 1997
“One of state’s top players in 1997 who gained prep All-America honors… Named to PrepStar’s All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top five prep QB’s in the southeast… Ranked among the top 15 players in the country by National Bluechips Recruiting Service in its “”Quarterback/Athlete”” category… Was named the state’s 5A Player of the Year in 1996 as a junior and was first-team all-state in 1996 and second-team in 1997… The only junior who was a finalist for Florida’s Mr. Football Award in 1996… District MVP in 1996 and 1997… 6,936 career passing yards with 77 TDs… 2,445 passing yards as sophomore in ’95, 2,200 as a junior in ’96… 1,750 passing yards in ’97 with 12 TDs and 527 rushing yards with another 9 TDs… Signed with the University of Florida. Games (Starts): 35 (25) Plays: 1,460… A redshirt junior…Played in 33 regular season games with 24 starts for 1,460 plays and also played in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and started the 2001 Sugar Bowl…141 career receptions for 2,088 yards (14.8 avg.) and 18 touchdowns…141 career receptions ranks sixth best in school history and 2,088 receiving yards ranks ninth best…Streak of ten consecutive games with a TD (last regular season game of 2000 and first nine games of 2001) is second longest in the category in UF history…Eight career 100+ receiving yard games (tied for third in UF history). Caldwell was selected in the second round (48th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
KJ Harris, Tampa Bay Tech., RB – 1997
Played his final 2 collegiate seasons (2003-04) at West Virginia after starting at Garden City (Kan.) Community College…Played in 23 games with 6 starts for the Mountaineers and rushed for 1,483 yards and 14 touchdowns on 256 attempts…Also caught 25 passes 292 yards and 3 touchdowns…Second-team All-Big East selection as a senior in 2004, when he rushed for 959 yards and 10 touchdowns on 165 carries and caught 20 passes for 181 yards and 3 scores…Rushed for 134 yards and a TD on 25 carries in the Gator Bowl against Florida State.
Larrell Johnson, Robinson, LB/FB – 1997
Larrell Johnson LB/FB Robinson c/o 98 6’2″ 240 2nd team All-State, 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-Suncoast, Golden Helmet Award Winner. 4 Year starter at LB & FB for the Knights led team in tackles 3 times. As a SR. ran for 836 yards with 12 TDs & had 135 tackles with 5 INTS. Scored 3 defensive TDs as team went 11-2. Also Starred on the Knights Final 4 Basketball Team. Went on to South Carolina & started 4 games on the D-Line and 19 on the O-Line. Was the starting Center in 2 Outback Bowls And was a 2001 Team Captain for Lou Holtz. Went on to play in the Arena league for several years.
Antwan Flemming, Plant City, LB – 1998
6’2″ 245 2x 1st team All-State Selection, 2x All-Suncoast, 2x All-County. Golden Helmet winner as a SR. 4 year starter had 111 Tackles as a JR and 125 as a SR. Times Player of the Year, FACA Player of the Year, SunCoast POY SuperPrep All-American. Only County Player selected to play in the Florida Georgia All-Star game. Led team to its 1st undefeated regular season (9-0) & 1st Playoff win of the Raider era (prior to 73 The school was the Planters)& 1st District Title since 75. Lettered 2 yrs in Basketball. Was a 2x State Qualifier in The Shot Put. Signed with USF b
Gary Godsey, Jesuit, QB – 1998
USA Today honorable mention All-America pick, rated 55th on list of top 100 national prospects by The Sporting News rated 25th nationally on Chicago Sun-Times list of top 100 players, one of five tight ends on Atlanta Journal-institution Super Southern 100 team, rated one of top 25 Florida prospects by Palm Beach Post, had solid senior season at quarterback in 98, throwing for more than 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns, with only four interceptions at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla. won four letters while playing as quarterback, tight end, defensive end, center and long snapper, helped team to three straight league crowns. Team captain and MVP as senior. Two-time all-state and all-league pick. Threw for more than 400 yards against Miami Pace in one 98 state playoff contest and also set single-game record with 448-yard effort. Also set record for single game with five TD passes, won all-Hillsborough County honors as both junior and senior. Split time between quarterback and tight end as a junior in 97. had nine touchdown receptions as a junior to go with eight sacks while also playing defensive end. Won four letters in basketball, twice earning both all-state and all-conference recognition, averaged 22.1 points and 14.2 rebounds as junior, set single-game scoring record in basketball with 42 points, team captain as senior and two-time team MVP pick in basketball. signed with the University of Notre Dame. Irish starting tight end in 2002 eanring his third monogram as a member of the Irish pulled in 16 catches for 155 yards in 02, an average of 9.7 yards a catch.
William Glover, Jesuit, RB – 1998
Tabbed the No. 9 prep prospect in Florida by the Florida Times Union and the Tampa Tribune . . . Named the No. 34 prospect in Florida by SuperPrep . . . Named to the Tampa Tribune Top 100 National List and Top 50 in Florida . . . An all-America by Blue Chips Illustrated and the National Recruiting Advisor . . . NRA ranked him the No. 14 running back in the nation and the No. 45 prospect overall . . . Tabbed the No. 11 running back in the SEC Region by Prep Star . . . Earned second-team all-state honors as a senior, third-team accolades as a junior . . . As a senior, he totaled 1,585 yards rushing with 20 touchdowns . . . Also managed 38 receptions for 520 yards and seven more touchdowns while averaging 33 yards on kickoff returns and 16 yards on punt returns . . . As a junior, he rushed for 1,020 yards and 17 touchdowns in just five games . . . For his career, he totaled 3,865 yards and 51 touchdowns rushing with 70 receptions for 1,245 yards and 10 touchdowns . . . Had two kickoff returns for scores . . . Ran for 282 yards against Tampa Catholic in 1996 . . . Scored 63 career touchdowns . . . Lettered three times in football, twice in basketball and three times in track . . .Signed with Georgia Tech. AT TECH: The fourth-leading receiver in Georgia Tech history with 122 career receptions . . . Ranks 10th in Rambling Wreck annals in career receiving yards with 1,316 yards . . . Has nine touchdown catches, tied for 11th on the Tech career list.
Mike Jenkins, Leto, ATH – 1999
Prep Career stats unavailable. Jenkins became a three-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, starting 38 of his final 39 games, caught 165 passes for 2,898 yards with a 17.6 avg. and 16 touchdowns in his career. He finished career with at least one reception in 38 consecutive games and helped the Buckeyes the capture 2002 BCS National Championship at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. His 2,898 yards rank eighth on the Big Ten Conference career-record list, while also topping the previous school all-time record of 2,855 by David Boston. Jenkins earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention as a senior after leading the team with 55 receptions for 834 yards with a 15.2 avg and 7 touchdowns while adding 178 yards and a touchdown on 20 punt returns. He was also an All-Big Ten Conference second-team choice as a junior after leading the team with a career-high 61 receptions for 1,076 yards (17.6 avg.) and 6 touchdowns. Drafted first round by the Falcons.
Fred Reid, King, RB – 1999
Honorable mention all-America by USA Today in that newspaper’s postseason ranking of the country’s top prep stars…Ranked as the 10th-best combination running back/receiver in the South in Max Emfinger’s postseason Super Dixie Bluechips recruiting newsletter…Listed among the top prospects in the state of Florida by Pigskin Preps preseason recruiting magazine…Won the Guy Toph Award, indicative of the top football player in Hillsborough County.
Chad Scott, Plant City, RB -1999
Played football and ran track at Plant City High School •Earned all-county and all-state as a junior an a senior • Rushed for 823 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore, 1,012 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior and 685 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior • Limited as a senior because of a hamstring injury •Had three receiving TDs • Coached by Todd Long •Track MVP as a sophomore and junior • District champ in the 100m and 200m in 10th grade and repeated as 200 meter champion as a junior…Signed with the University of Kentucky. 2000-01: Freshman & Sophomore (Kentucky) Played in 10 games and started eight as a freshman in 2000, leading the Wildcats in rushing with 611 yards on 130 carries and four touchdowns • Also caught 34 passes for 261 yards • Was named first-team freshman All-SEC by the SEC Coaches and was a third-team freshman All-America by The Sporting News • Had more yards from scrimmage than any other freshman running back in the league. Running Back coach for the Troy Trojans.
Shannon Snell, Hillsborough, OL – 1999
Considered one of the nation’s elite prep offensive linemen in 1999…Named to USA Today’s first-team All-America Squad…A Parade All-America selection…Named to PrepStar’s All-America Dream Team and that publication ranked him among the nation’s top five offensive linemen…Named to SuperPrep’s All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the country’s top seven offensive linemen and top 30 players overall in the nation…Ranked among the nation’s top five offensive tackles by National Bluechips…Ranked among the nation’s top five offensive linemen by Prep Football Report…Ranked among the nation’s top dozen offensive linemen by Rivals.com network…A first-team all-state (6A) selection in both 1998 and 1999…A three-year starter at Hillsborough High School who allowed just one sack in four years…An honor roll student who served as a peer mediator…Selected to play in Florida-Georgia All-Star Game…Cancelled visits to Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA after visiting UF. A three-year started at left guard. Played in 46 games, with 36 starts, for 2,699 plays…Also started in the 2002 Orange Bowl… Named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 2003…Earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2002…Named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 2003East-West Shrine game participant… One of only two Gators on the offensive line to start every game at the same position, lining up at left guard in every contest…Saw the most action on the offensive line with 904 plays, ranking fifth on the team in snaps played. Signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
Elijah Dukes, Hillsborough, LB/RB -2000
Elijah David Dukes…graduated from Hillsborough (FL) High in Tampa, FL, the same school attended by major leaguers Carl Everett, Gary Sheffield, Mike Heath, Jason Romano, Vance Lovelace, Floyd Youmans, Dwight Gooden and Nationals prospect Michael Burgess…tossed a no-hitter while attending Jefferson (FL) High prior to transferring to Hillsborough…in 2002, was cited by USA Today as the nation’s best 2-sport athlete…offered a scholarship to play linebacker at North Carolina State University…also played basketball while in high school…is double-jointed. He was a letterman in football, baseball, basketball, and track lettering four years in the former two sports and two years in the latter two sports. In football, as a junior, he started at both tailback and middle linebacker, was named a Class 3A All-State selection as a linebacker, and rushed for over a thousand yards on offense. His Hillsborough Terriers made the state regional football semifinals during his junior year, and the quarterfinals his senior year. After finishing his high school career, he signed a national letter of intent to play football for North Carolina State University. Duke passed up on College football and entered the MLB draft. Dukes entered the Devil Rays farm system in 2003. He was highly regarded player. On April 2, 2007, in his first official at bat, Dukes got his first major league hit with a solo home run to center field in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees.
Lydell Ross, GHS, RB – 2000
Ross broke Fred Reid’s regular-season rushing record of 2,083 yards and Zain Gilmore’s single-season mark of 2,322. His 5,120 career yards surpassed the record of 4,591 set by Tampa Catholic’s Earl Reeves. Along the way, Ross led a Gaither team that had won just eight games in four seasons prior to his junior year to a 17-3 record. That season, the Cowboys advanced to the Class 6A quarterfinals before falling to Melbourne Palm Bay. An All-State player as a junior. He was a first-team All-Florida and a Super Prep All-American his senior season. Signed with Ohio State. He rushed for 2,426 yards and 26 touchdowns during his career with Ohio State. In 2004, he rushed for 475 yards (4.1 avg.) and four touchdowns while playing in nine games for the Buckeyes. Ross signed a free agent deal with the Chargers.
Brodrick Bunckley, Chamberlain, DL – 2001
No. 2 rated defensive tackle according to Florida Times-Union…named to the Times-Union Super 75…selected to play in the 2002 Georgia-Florida All-Star game…was No. 14 overall on the Florida Kids top 100 list…rated as the No. 2 defensive lineman by Florida Kids…also named to the 2001 Florida Kids All-Gridiron Football Dream Team…had 18 1/2 sacks as a senior…led team to the state finals as a senior…selected Florida State over Florida and Miami. Signed with Florida State University. As a senior (2005): Noseguard who rewrote the FSU record books for a defensive lineman thas season…started a career-high 13 games this season…recorded a school record 25 tackles for loss, giving him 37 for his career which ranks fourth in FSU history…second nationally in tackles for loss by any defender…ranked first among interior defensive linemen…ranked first in the ACC in tackles for loss…sixth on the team in tackles with 66…tied for third on the team with 39 solo tackles…led the team and was fifth in the conference in sacks with nine (also a career-high)…second on the team in quarterback hurries with 15…led the team in fumble recoveries with two…named a FWAA team first team All-American and a CNNSI.com first team All-American…voted second team All-ACC…listed 19th overall in draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.’s Top 25 for the 2006 NFL draft…was named to ESPN.com first team All-Film team where they rank players based on game film and production. Drafted by the Eagles, 14th pick overall.
Avious Steadman, Riverview, RB – 2001
Hillsborough County’s all-time leading rusher, Avious Steadman lead the the Sharks to an 8-2 season, Steadman gained 1,516 yards to finish with 5,320 for his career. He passed former Gaither running back Lydell Ross held the record of 5,120 yards. As a senior, he bacame the third rusher in as many years to break the mark, following in the footsteps of King’s Fred Reid in 1999 and Ross in 2000.
Tyrone Timmons, Tampa Bay Tech, QB – 2001
As a junior he lead his team to the school’s first ever District Championship in 2000. He was selected 2nd team All Western Conference and HM All County. As a senior he led his team to the Western Conference Championship and made a return trip to the playoffs. He was selected 2nd team All Western Conference, 2nd team All County, a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete and was selected to the Hillsborough County East All Star Team. Signed with Mississippi Valley State… 2006 Preseason NCAA I-AA All-America team, 2006 First Team Black College All-American, Preseason First Team All-SWAC, Second Team All-SWAC his senior season… Junior season First Team All-SWAC, Second Team Football Gazette NCAA I-AA Southwest All-Regional Team… Finished his career with 148 receptions for 2,285 yards and 17 touchdowns. Signed to Tampa Bay Storm practice squad on June 5, 2007… Second all-time in MVS history in receptions (148) and receiving yards (2,285) trailing only Jerry Rice.
Andre Caldwell, Jefferson, QB -2002 Named to the prestigious Parade All-America team…Moved from receiver to quarterback entering his senior season…Ranked By Rivals.com as the No. 1 receiver in the country and considered the No. 1 offensive prospect in the Southeast… Rated five stars by BorderWars.com and the No. 3 WR in the nation…A SuperPrep All-American who was listed as the nation’s No. 3 receiver and the No. 4 prospect in Florida by the publication…Named to the USA Today All-America second team…First-Team All-State (4A)…Named to Sunshine Network’s All-Gridiron Team…2001 Tampa Tribune Hillsborough County Player of the Year…Passed and rushed for over a combined 2,200 yards, scoring 38 touchdowns, as he led his team to a 13-2 record and the state championship game (4A) as a senior…Also scored on four punt returns in 2002…A standout in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…Caught 52 passes for 1,162 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. Guy Toph Winner. Signed with the University of Florida.
Gregg Lee, Chamberlain, WR – 2002
All-Florida 5A selection (second team), All-Tampa Tribune Hillsborough County, first team All-Western Conference and All-Western Conference American Division, 44 receptions for 658 yards (14.9 avg.) and 12 touchdowns as a senior three-year starter selected to play in the Hillsborough County All-Star Game. Signed with University of Pittsburgh. He played college football for two years at the University of Pittsburgh, during which time he amassed 117 receptions, 2259 receiving yards, and 17 touchdowns. He was not selected during the 2006 NFL Draft, but signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 with the Arizona Cardinals.
Larry Edwards, Wharton, FB/LB – 2002
Four-year starter at linebacker * Ranked No. 22 in the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 players in Florida * Named first-team 5-A all-state at linebacker * Also ranked among the top 75 players in Florida by SuperPrep * Began his high school career as a defensive tackle, but moved to running back and linebacker as a junior * Rushed for 1,400 yards and was the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior when Wharton was 13-2 and played in the 5-A state championship game * Scored 27 touchdowns as a senior, including 12 rushing and 15 receiving * Posted 18 tackles for losses, nine sacks and forced three fumbles at linebacker * Named the league’s MVP as a running back his junior season. Signed with University of North Carolina.
Rohnnie McCullah, Hillsborough, RB/LB – 2003
Ronnie McCullough was ranked 22nd in the state by the Florida Times-Union and 30th in the state by the Orlando Sentinel • 34th by Larry Bluestein of FloridaKids.net • Class 5-A (AAAAA) All-State Third Team as a running back, despite playing in just six games • Ranked eighth best player in Tampa Bay by St. Petersburg Times • First Team All-County in Tampa Tribune • Posted 714 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns in just six games • Also had 54 tackles and four fumble recoveries in the six games • Registered 3,041 career rushing yards at Hillsborough High School with 40 touchdowns • Rushed for more than 900 yards and had 15 touchdowns as a junior • Also as a junior, he had a 28-tackle game against Chamberlain High School and he finished that season with 94 tackles, including 13 for losses • First Team All-County as a junior. Signed with South Florida…Played in all 11 games, starting two at middle linebacker in 2005 for the USF Bulls program • Finished sixth on the team with 40 tackles, including 28 solo stops • Had six stops for losses, including one sack, that coming at Louisville (Oct. 22) • Had season-high 10 tackles at Cincinnati (Nov. 20)
Trae Williams, Durant, RB/DB – 2003
Class 5A all-state second team … First team all-county in Tampa Tribune …Ranked 15th in Tampa Bay by St. Petersburg Times … Also named first team all-Suncoast and all-county by St. Petersburg Times … Scored a school-record 22 touchdowns in 2002, including six on punt returns …Rushed for 1,355 yards with 10-plus yards per carry … Against traditional Polk County and state power Lakeland High, he carried 12 times for 178 yards and all four of his team’s touchdowns in a Durant win …MVP in Hillsborough County All-Star Game … As a junior, he rushed for 550 yards and six TDs … Also had 55 tackles that year. Singed with South Florida All-BIG EAST Second Team selection … Led all NCAA FBS players with 13 interceptions over the last two seasons … Picked off six passesin 2007 and took the last three interceptions back for touchdowns … His TD scores were from 73 yards against Cincinnati, 64 yards vs. Syracuse and 21 yards vs. Pittsburgh … One of only two players with three INT returned for a TD in 2007… Both Williams and the other player, Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest, have returned three straight INT for touchdowns … Ranked 15th nationally with 17 passes defended (six interceptions and 11 pass breakups) … Single game tackle high of eight against Auburn … 50 tackles – 41 solo – on the year … Five or more tackles in seven games … Single game high of four pass breakups against North Carolina … Thorpe Award quarterfinalist.
Maurice Crum Jr., Tampa Bay Tech, LB – 2003
a first-team linebacker on the Florida class 3A all-state team selected by the Florida Sports Writers Association … an all-Hillsborough County first-team pick at linebacker as a senior, selected by the Tampa Tribune … made 68 tackles as a senior in 2003 … had 103 tackles (60 solos) as a junior in 2002, adding three interceptions and two sacks … served as team captain as a junior and was named all-county and all-conference … named defensive MVP of the 2003 Hillsborough County All-Star game . became the 17th player in the program’s history to be named a two-time captain of the football team … fifth-year senior who has won three monograms … approved by Notre Dame’s Faculty Board of Athletics to utilize a fifth year of eligibility … enters the 2008 season with 241 career tackles, needing 54 stops to enter Notre Dame’s top-ten list for career tackles … on pace to pass to former teammate Tom Zbikowski who sits eighth all-time for the Irish with 300 tackles … totaled 114 solo tackles, five sacks, 17 tackles for loss, three interceptions, eight passes broken up, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … has started every contest over the last three seasons and holds Notre Dame’s longest active streak for both most consecutive games played and started (37) … started at outside linebacker as a sophomore, middle linebacker as a junior (both in a 4-3 scheme) and inside linebacker as a senior (in a 3-4 scheme) … named an honorable mention `08 preseason All-American by The Sporting News … selected to the `08 Nagurski Trophy Watch List (defensive player of the year) and Lott Award Watch List … rated the No. 11 inside linebacker by Phil Steele for `08 and the 11th-best outside linebacker by Lindy’s … named to `08 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List.
Kalvin Bailey, Armwood, QB – 2004
Earned all-America recognition as a prep senior . . . first team all-state as a senior and junior . . . first team all-conference selection as a senior and junior after earning second team honors as a sophomore . . . served as team captain as a junior and senior. Career – – Helped prep team win state titles as a junior and senior . . . career totals include 675 rushing attempts for 4,841 yards and 67 touchdowns, along with seven pass receptions for 175 yards and two scores . . . rushed for 1,576 yards and 27 touchdowns on 225 attempts as a senior . . . rushed 253 times for 1,733 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior . . . gained 1,192 yards on 157 attempts as a sophomore, with 17 scores . . . four-year letterman in football who also earned three letters while tossing the shot put in track and field.
Demetrius McCray, Armwood, RB – 2004
Rated among the top-50 players in the state and among the top-50 high school running backs in the nation as a senior at Armwood High School … rushed for 1,642 yards on 142 carries and 29 touchdowns en route to Hillsborough County Player of the Year and first team all-state honors his senior year. Signed with Indiana University. 2006 (Freshman): Played in 10 games, racking up 320 yards rushing and four total touchdowns … rushed for 39 yards and one score and had a career-best 53 receiving yards and his first career touchdown reception at Minnesota … became the first player since Levron Williams and Jeremi Johnson to rush for a score and catch a TD strike in the same game.
Alex Suber, Jefferson, RB – 2004
Rushed for 1,592 yards and 16 touchdowns for Thomas Jefferson High School despite missing three games due to back spasms … Rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the 3A championship loss to Jacksonville Bolles … As a junior, Suber rushed for 1,947 yards and 19 touchdowns to go with 500 yards receiving … Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Had offers from Indiana, South Florida, San Diego State, Rutgers, and Ole Miss. Signed with Middle Tenn.
Jariett Buie, Armwood, DE – 2004
Ranked 22nd best defensive end by Rivals.com … Ranked as 25th-best player in the state by Tampa Tribune and 39th by Orlando Sentinel … Ranked No. 2 overall player in Tampa Bay area by St. Petersburg Times and also a member of that paper’s all-Suncoast team … First team Class 4A all-state for state champion Armwood High … Hilllsborough County Defensive Player of the Year by Tampa Tribune … 44 tackles prior to state playoffs, including nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss … Also had two caused fumbles … Had a combined five sacks, seven tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hurries in back-to-back games against Middleton and Plant. Signed with South Florida…2008: Started and played in all 13 games … Came on during second half of the season … Finished year with five sacks for minus 32 yards … All five sacks came in the final eight games of the season … Also tallied eight tackles for loss that amassed 38 yards … Also had 31 tackles, three quarterback hurries and two pass breakups … Recorded a sack in three straight games – Pitt (Oct. 2), Syracuse (Oct. 18) and Louisville (Oct. 25) … Season-high six tackles against West Virginia. 2007: A regular starter at defensive end in 2007 … Started nine games … Third on the defensive line with 26 tackles, including six tackles for loss, one sack, two fumble recoveries and 13 quarterback hurries … Fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries against Elon … Two tackles for loss (-20 yards) in defeat of No. 5 West Virginia … Five quarterback hurries against the Mountaineers … Also recorded a TFL against UCF, Rutgers and Oregon … Lone sack came at Syracuse. 2006: Started four games among his 12 appearances … Had 17 tackles, with one sack … Had season-best five tackles vs. Rutgers (9/29) … Single sack came in win at UCF (9/16).
Jameel Williams, AHS, QB – 2004
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AJ Jones, Middleton, LB – 2005
Finished his senior season with 116 tackles and six sacks after leading Hillsborough County in 2004 in tackles (170)… Listed at No. 27 on the 2006 Rivals.com Florida Top 100 list and No. 13 outside linebacker prospect nationally by Rivals.com… Forced an early fumble and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown in Middleton’s 31-29 win over Freedom during his senior season… Had 16 sacks as junior… Named first-team All-Hillsborough County at linebacker by The Tampa Tribune as a senior… Named first-team All-Suncoast linebacker by St. Petersburg Times as a senior… The Tampa Tribune Defensive Player of the Year as a junior… Also played running back… Had offers from a number of schools, including Florida, USC and Ohio State…Signed with the University of Florida.
Jarred Fayson, Hillsborough, QB – 2005
Rated as the No. 3 wide receiver prospect in the country according to Scout.com…Selected to participate in the 2005 U.S. Army All-Star game…Also competed in the CaliFlorida Bowl…Was a team captain and helped lead Hillsborough to an undefeated regular season and a regional semifinal appearance….Passed for 883 yards and ran for 936 yards and 22 touchdowns…A three-year starter…Led Hillsborough to a 21-20 win over Armwood High School as a senior to end the Hawks’ 29-game win streak…Threw for 900 yards with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a junior…Scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a quarterback roll-out draw in the Terriers’ 29-28 win over Jefferson to cap an undefeated regular season…Also rushed for 800 yards with 24 touchdowns, giving him 35 total touchdowns as a junior…Chose Florida over Alabama, Georgia, Miami (Fla.) and West Virginia.
Marcello Trigg, Robinson, QB – 2005
Class 3A State Player of the Year and first team all-state quarterback … four-year starter … broke the county record for career TD passes (82) … passed for over 7,000 yards … earned the Guy Toph Award as Hillsborough County’s player of the year in 2005, when he threw for 1,845 yards and 26 touchdown passes.
Delbert Alvarado, Robinson, K – 2005
Delbert Alvarado K/P Robinson c/o 05 6’0″ 200 All County Kicker 3rd team All State Punter. Led County with 58 extra points SR. year. Had school record 47 yard Field Goal in state playoffs vs Hardee. Kicked last second 40 yarder @ Palmetto to send Knights to the playoffs. Signed with USF and set the Big East record with a 56 yard Field Goal as a true Freshman. Is currently the starting Punter at USF.
Robert Marve, Plnat, QB – 2006
Florida’s Mr. Football in 2006 and a member of the Parade All-America team…Pro-style quarterback who also can run…Set Florida state single-season records in 2006, breaking Tim Tebow’s marks for passing yards (4,380) and touchdowns (48), and broke a 31-year year old state record for completions (280)…Son of Eugene Marve, who was a linebacker for 12 years with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers…As a senior, completed 280 of 421 passes (66.5 percent), with just 13 interceptions…In the Class 4A state championship game, helped his team to victory with 30 completions in 46 attempts for 305 yard and three TDs…As a junior in 2005, passed for 1,813 yards and 14 touchdowns on 103 of 187 passing…He also rushed for 393 yards and three scores…Started for the first time as a sophomore, when he threw for 903 yards and seven TDs…Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds…Rated the No. 8 quarterback in the nation and No. 20 on the Florida Top 100 by Rivals.com…Scout.com rated him the No. 14 quarterback, the No. 77 player in the nation and the No. 5 player on the Florida Hot 100…Rated the No. 11 quarterback by SuperPrep…Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100…Ranked the No. 5 player in the state by the Orlando Sentinel, the No. 6 player by the St. Petersburg Times and the No. 14 player on the Tampa Tribune “Best of the South”
Stephan Garcia, Jefferson, QB – 2006
Completed 506-of-821 passes for 8,081 yards and 83 touchdowns as a prep signal-caller while leading his team to the playoffs each season, including a spot in the championship game as a sophomore… also rushed 263 times for 1,345 yards and 17 scores… graduated as the all-time county leader in passing yards, completions and touchdowns and third in the state for career passing yards and sixth in TD passes… earned all-state honors as a senior after passing for over 2,500 yards and 29 touchdowns and leading his team to a 9-3 record… played in the Offense-Defense All-Star Game held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., following his senior season… as a junior he passed for 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 700 yards and eight touchdowns… as a sophomore, threw for just under 2,800 yards with 27 scores… coached by Mike Simmons and Mike Fenton… ranked by Rivals.com as the nation’s fourth-best dual-threat quarterback, the 12th-best player in the state of Florida and a member of the Rivals100… was a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com… was the 18th-best quarterback prospect in the nation by Scout.com… ranked as the eighth-best quarterback in the nation by PrepStar… was regarded as the third-best quarterback at the Elite 11 camp in the summer prior to his senior season… two-year starter in basketball… was an honor roll student. Signed with the University of South Carolina.
Derek Winter, Plant, WR – 2006
Winter holds the county record for most catches in a season (90) and boasts career statistics of 192 overall receptions for 3,717 yards. Winter caught 192 passes during his four year career with Tampa-Plant for over 4,000 yards scoring 44 touchdowns. He caught 75 passes for 1,668 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior season (2007). Winter was selected FSWA All-State First Team WR also. One of the state’s most productive wide receivers in 2006, Winter was Mr. Football Robert Marve’s favorite target en route to the Class 4A state championship. Winter finished the season with 90 catches for over 1700 yards and 20 touchdowns. He set a state record by catching 13 passes in the state game alone.
Carlton Jones, Middleton, RB – 2007
Received interest from Florida, Tennessee and Maryland…rushed for 1,200 yards in back-to-back seasons…scored 16 touchdowns as a senior…started out his junior season playing quarterback before moving to running back half way through the year… an Old Spice Red Zone High School Football Player of the Year…all-county and all-state honorable mention as a senior…chose FSU over Toledo.