Happy Thursday everyone! The weekend is within sight, and even though E7 is in the rear-view mirror, we continue our highlights from the weekend that was. In Today’s edition, we’ve got three dudes from the island(s) along with a wide receiver and signal-caller that need some love. Coming up tomorrow and Saturday, we’ve got hoops coverage for the Wally Keller Classic in Punta Gorda, but first–here’s some more ballers YOU MUST hear about following their performances on Sunday. Have a blessed day, y’all!
- We’re Big-High on Biglow: It’s a name that’s all-too-familiar for Bulls Fans on the ranch in East Pasco, but if you didn’t know about this 2021 cornerback from Wiregrass, consider yourselves put on-notice. Noah Biglow (5′-11.5″/157lbs) put in work showcasing “blanket” coverage skills and really good ball skills. As a sophomore, he registered 23 tackles–22 of them solo–with four tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, 11 passes defensed, 2 fumble recoveries, and one caused. He returned one of those INT’s for a touchdown as well. Biglow also posted 328 all-purpose yards with 163 yards on 11 receptions and a touchdown on offense.
- This (Wild)Cat’s Got IT: Jon’Tavious Anderson (6′-0″/150lbs) from Wesley Chapel is another player that lives on the island AND from East Pasco that you need to see. Anderson was neck-and-neck with his rival school counterpart Biglow all day, showcasing a fantastic burst and with the ability to play great coverage. Anderson tallied 31 tackles as a sophomore–21 solo–with two sacks, five passes defensed, and a fumble recovery in 9 games for Chapel this season.
- That’s MY ball, bro!: Another surname that’s easily recognizable is the younger brother of a baller from the bay now on his way to Samford via transfer. Jordan Oladokun (5-10.5″/151lbs) from the Class of 2021 plays on the opposite of the ball as his QB big brother, and with good reason as he was the definition of a ball hawk/thief–more on that in a second. First, his day on Sunday was highlighted by his silky smooth hips in turns, his good speed and keen anticipation. One thing about Oladokun is that he plays really well and comfortable in loose coverage, which, requires a little more skill and thinking than just straight up bully-ball at the line of scrimmage. Why does that seem relevant? He posted SEVEN interceptions this season for the Cowboys totaling 149 yards in returns, bringing three of those for touchdowns while adding 16 tackles–all solo.
- Like a high-performance sports car: Dixie Hollins has a good one in south Pinellas at the wideout position. The Rebels may have only finished 4-6 this season, but it was their best season in a decade. One of those guys that played a hand in that was wide receiver Isaiah Faison, who checked-in at 5’9″/253lbs, showed quick feet and really crisp athleticism as a whole. He can be described as a “violent” route-runner meaning that when he bursts from the line of scrimmage, he goes from 0-to-60 like a Ferrari and then slams on the breaks and stops just as quick. Through 6 games of stats on MaxPreps this season, Faison had tallied 335 yards receiving on 10 receptions.
- The Big Bull: Bloomingdale QB Lance Alderson (6′-0.5″/190) helped his Bulls get to the second round of the playoffs during his junior season and even though he dealt with an injury that caused him to miss a couple games, he showed the part on Sunday and showed why he was the lead guy under center. Alderson’s day was full of good stuff with excellent mechanics, a quick release, and evidence that he has been well-coached and working on his craft constantly. Alderson threw for 1,485 yards for the 11-2 squad that made the postseason from one of the toughest districts in all of Class 7A.