It’s time to start the breakdown following yesterday’s E7 event at Larry Sanders Park. Stay tuned for further names and video clips throughout the week!
- Tiger On The Prowl: First up to the breakdown is Jesuit’s Nick Spurlin. The 5-9/175 running back had a really good camp yesterday. The young man displayed really good and quick hands, showcased a style that was characterized as one-cut and decisive. He also showed some really nice pass-catching ability. The Tigers were 12-2 last season as 5A-Region 3 champs before bowing out to eventual champions Cardinal Gibbons. Spurlin finished the season with 691 yards rushing on 88 carries with four touchdowns. He also added 103 yards receiving on 7 receptions for the Tigers his junior season.
- Drive North, NOW: Located in the northern section of our coverage area up the Suncoast Parkway is Hernando High and they’ve got a gem waiting on college coaches to see. Isaiah Brown checked-in at 6-2/230 and can play the TE or WR position like slot burner in addition to that frame. Brown compares very similarly to Lakeland’s Keon Zipperer in his eye test and is extremely nimble as mentioned for 230 pounds. Brown caught 27 passes for 377 yards last season for the Leopards who finished 7-4 and were in the playoffs in Rob Kazmir’s first season at the helm.
- Hey Can Do It Day and Knight(en): Plant City’s undefeated season in 7A-9 was nothing short of impressive given the heavy-hitters they had to face. Of course it helps to have the Guy Toph winner (Braxton Plunk) on your squad, but having Zamir Knighten in the backfield was also a major reason. Knighten (5-9/170) had himself a day yesterday with great quickness and pass catching ability from all positions whether backfield or lined up wide. Knighten finished his junior season for the Raiders with 1,038 yards on 168 carries with nine touchdowns. He also added 164 yards on 11 receptions and a touchdown on the receiving end. Tack on the 18 yards in kickoff returns, and Knighten finished with 1,220 All-Purpose yards.
- The Lutz Mountain: Steinbrenner’s secretly stashing the heir apparent to Hafpor Julius Bjornsson from Game of Thrones, and he goes by the name of Matthew Adcock. The 6-4/300 tackle, who might even play guard at the next level, provided extreme physicality packing a huge punch, great weight distribution and balance, and was just an overall menace to opposing D-Linemen. Adcock was a 3rd-Team All BCP selection this past season as well for the Warriors.
- Time To Pounce: Durant suffered just their 3rd losing season in 12 years last year, but one thing we know for certain is that the losing won’t stick around for long with the way the Cougars always have bounced back before from a season like that. One of the guys that can play a major role in that turnaround in 2019 is a running back from the 2020 class, Mr. David Haynes. The 5-11/172 junior had a great camp yesterday. There were many positive comments about his speed, his hands, and the ability to make cuts up the field or on defenders without having to slow down. Haynes is a really good-looking open field runner as well.