Another day, another 5 names from Sunday’s E7 event! Who’s on the list for this fine Tuesday? And while we’re at it, we would like to apologize for misspelling Hernando HC Rob Kazmier’s name in yesterday’s edition of The 5 Things…
- Find One That Can Do Both: Coaches–we told you yesterday that the Suncoast Parkway can lead you to some very valuable pieces to your puzzle at the next level, and today we are headed right back to Brooksville and Hernando High. Two-sport athletes are a valuable commodity, and Jacob Batten is one who can do both. He broke his collarbone in the 5th game of the season for football, but rebounded nicely to lead all of Hernando County in scoring (18ppg) in hoops. Batten plays TE for the Leopards and checked in at 6-4/190, but lost some weight during the injury and plans to get to 210 during the summer. His camp started slow with a few drops and some self-admonishing, but then he lit the field on fire. His hoops knowledge is glaring when you see him high-point the ball against DB’s and he knows precisely how to use his frame.
- Isaiah Know(le)s Offense: Seffner Christian QB Isaiah Knowles has lit up scoreboards his three seasons as a starter to the tune of 4,952 yards with 67 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions. Knowles is coming off a 2,100+ yard junior season with 34TD’s and 5INT’s and is poised for more huge numbers this season. Knowles (6-0/190) worked against a pretty stiff headwind on Sunday and still threw lasers that cut through the elements. He did a fantastic job working with the eclectic group of receivers that in most cases he had never played with before. During QB/WR reps, we noticed he was paying attention on which routes worked the best for the guys he was going to have to throw to and then gave them the best possible stuff to work with every time, which is something rarely seen in the camp setting to be quite honest. You cannot teach that kind of instinct or leadership, you either have that in your genetic code or not.
- Bully Ball: Tampa Catholic’s Jayden Bethea was nothing short of a bully from the DT position on Sunday. The 2020 stud checks in at 6-1/256 and was quicker than even expected at that frame. Bethea was noticed for his good use of hands, and his sheer domination of 1v1’s. In 8 games this season, Bethea finished with 56 tackles–39 of them solo–with 14 tackles for loss. He also added 6 sacks for 54 yards lost, 5 QB hurries, and a caused fumble.
- We Need A Moment: Tampa Bay Tech’s Michael Moment is a name worth paying attention for the 2020 season. The rising senior stands at a gargantuan 6-3/320 and looks like he’s going to be a guard at the next level, but for now, he looks like an immovable force no matter where he’s at. Moment displayed great feet and flexibility and we liked his punch and hand placement.
- Like Father, Like Son: Bucs fans will certainly know the last name Mayberry, and as it stands, they will remember both generations if all things hold. Jesuit’s Trevor Mayberry, son of 3x Pro Bowl Center Tony Mayberry, checks in at 6-3/220 and one word can surmise his performance with the OL group on Sunday: violence. Mayberry was extremely physical, showed downright nastiness, good lateral slide, and was able to mirror defenders very well. Mayberry understands what leverage is all about, and the film showcases that he explicitly understands what maintaining pad level is all about as well.