Organized is the best way to describe Tampa Catholic’s spring practice. The Crusaders’ coaching staff features a high tempo organized practice that keeps everyone involved. College recruiters have frequented the spring practices, and for good reason. The Crusaders boast a high powered offense that features an offensive line averaging around 280 pounds a 6-foot 5-inch quarterback and wide receiver.
Zach Benjamin, 2013, WR
The “Big Bird’s” stock continues to rise. He wows college recruiters daily with his ability to control his long frame, run great routes and extend to catch the ball with his hands at its highest point. He holds offers from UMASS, Toledo and Air Force, but continues to see interest grow
Chivarsky Corbett, 2014, QB
A basketball star, Corbett has the ability to also flourish on the football field. He holds an early basketball offer from USF and he catches the eye of recruiters daily at football practice. Corbett throws the ball well in the pocket and on the run. His size alone makes him a legitimate prospect, but throw in his ability to throw the short and long pass and he sets up to be scary good.
Corey Martinez, 2014, OL
In short, Martinez will be one of the heaviest recruited players, of all positions, in his class. He’ll play left tackle for the Crusaders but has the agility, mobility and flexibility to play any of the OL positions. His future could very well be at center. By looking at his overall size, initially, recruiters want him to play tackle, but his intelligence, along with his flexibility, make him a legitmate college center as well. He holds an early offer from USF and has interest from a number of major BCS schools including Alabama, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Mississippi St., and others.
Christian Freeman, 2013, OL
Freeman has burst on the scene relatively as of late. He is a big bodied tackle who is working on his athleticism and flexibility. He is seeing a lot of interest from Western Michigan, Toledo, USF, FAU, UMASS, FAMU and should get his first offer this spring or summer. Freeman projects best as a guard at the next level because of his ability to pull and plus-inside run blocking skills, but he could play tackle in college as well.
Dominic Bourne, 2013 OL/DL
The rising senior is a physical run blocker receiving interest from FAMU, FAU, and Furman. Bourne, moves well and projects to be an interior lineman. Something should happen for him this spring. Bourne has an extremely high ceiling on either side of the ball. He loves playing defense, but says he would play either, or both, in college. He has a great frame and will easily put on 20-plus pounds with a college weight program.
Justin Vertino, 2014, FB/LB
The Ohio transfer, Vertino will be a nice compliment to the Crusaders backfield. He is much thicker than the rest of the Tampa Catholic backfield and will be key in getting those tough yards. He is still young, but may project best as linebacker at the next level. He has good feet and hands.
TJ Harrell, 2014, LB/RB
He sat out of practice due to a minor fever, but Harrell looks the part of a college prospect. He has a great frame and will continue building muscle. Keep an eye out for Harrell in the next couple years.