2023 Slot Asaad Waseem – West Orange HS
Following a breakout sophomore year at Wekiva, Central Florida’s top slot receiver made the move to West Orange during the off-season. Asaad Waseem terrorized opposing defenses in 2020. The major D1 target racked up 763 yards and 11 touchdowns on 42 receptions. His 18.2 yards per reception gives you an idea of his big play ability. The 5’11” 170 pound athlete also scored a touchdown with his lone carry of the season, which makes you want to see him run the ball out of the backfield more. He catches everything with his soft hands, and has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. With his quick feet, his route running is crisp and he does a good job creating space from defenders and allowing his QB to make easy throws. I hope to see him utilized in the return game in the future also. It is no secret that many view West Orange as Central Florida’s top contender for a state title in 2021. Waseem will add another dimension to an already stacked roster. The combination of Waseem and 2022 receiver Jayden Gibson (6’4” 185 lbs) will be absolutely lethal with 2022 QB Tyler Huff getting them the ball. The entire Warrior offense should put up some big numbers this season.
2023 ATH Vincent Ketchup – East Bay HS
Over in Gibsonton at East Bay High School, Vincent Ketchup has emerged as an intriguing prospect as well. Ketchup did a little bit of everything for his coaches. He caught 36 passes for 525 yards (14.6 yards per reception) and 3 touchdowns. In the run game, he added 107 yards and 1 touchdown on 17 carries (6.3 ypc). He also lined up in the Indians’ secondary and contributed nicely with 32 total tackles and 2 tackles for loss. He is currently listed at 5’10” 177 pounds. His hands are great, and he has the ability to adjust to the ball and make the tough catches. He has quick feet which allow him to run solid routes and come out of his breaks nicely to create separation from coverage. His defensive film does a nice job of showing his physicality and toughness. He tackles well coming down hill and in the open field. Ketchup will benefit from the return of his 2023 classmate Nathan Carter at quarterback and senior Armone Bostick at running back. The trio will be the focal point of the East Bay offense this season. They should be fun to watch.