Lakewood with many athletes

St. Petersburg Lakewood High School is home to many recruits this season and beyond. The Spartans are loaded at receiver and have one of the top 2014 offensive line prospects in the state.

St. Petersburg, Fla. is the home of Lakewood High School. This year's Spartans squad is talented as ever.

The headliner is current four-star wide receiver prospect Rodney Adams. However, the 6-foot-1 and 162-pounder has been missing in action for Lakewood. Adams played for Team USA in Austin, Texas in June. Since, Adams has missed all but one of Lakewood's summer workouts and has yet to show up for fall camp. In a text message to the Tampa Bay Times, Adams cited a recently discovered heart condition as to why he has missed the Spartans practice sessions.

"At this point everything is on Rodney," said Cory Moore, Lakewood's coach.

Meanwhile, Adams is no longer committed to the University of Florida and is currently looking for a future college home. He told recently that West Virginia may be one school that he will take a strong look at.

Don't feel sorry for Lakewood. They are loaded at this position. One player that has a chance to shine in Adams's absence is fellow senior Marquez Valdes. This is a legit 6-foot-3 and 201-pound wide receiver.

"He ran 4.47 (forty) at Florida State's camp this summer," Moore said. "This is a big receiver with big hands. He runs good routes and has a good knowledge of the game. I really believe he can become a very good player down the line if he remains humble and works hard."

According to Valdes, he has 15 scholarship offers. Toledo was his first offer while Louisville was his most recent. Ball State, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Marshall, Tulane and Western Michigan are some of his other offers.

"I know right now that I want to make official visits to West Virginia, Louisville, Houston and Toledo," Valdes said. "I think West Virginia and Houston are both very close to offering me. FSU is also started to recruit me a little harder. They are the only school I camped at this summer and I did well there."

Last season as a junior Valdes caught 28 passes for over 600 yards and six touchdown passes.

Lakewood's starting cornerback is Jocqoui Ellison. This 2014 junior though projects as a slot receiver in college.

"He will be our guy but he's a sure fire slot guy at the next level," Moore said. "He already has an offer from Toledo."

Lakewood is also home to a pair of twins. Juniors Adrian and Andrew Davis play receiver. Adrian is 6-foot-3 and 175-pounds while Andrew is 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds.

"If they keep doing what they are doing these two guys really have a chance to be something else," Moore said. "They are very talented."

Then you have Adrian Palmore, who has an offer from Florida Atlantic. Purdue is also recruiting Palmore.

And yet another wide receiver prospect is Darquez Watson. According to Moore, this '14 recruit is someone that Florida State is already looking into.

Perhaps the anchor of the Spartans offense is junior offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn. This 6-foot-3 and 270-pound offensive guard prospect says that Vanderbilt is his current leader.

"They offered in July, about a month ago," Wynn said. "I really like their academics. This is a very prestigious school. I also like the coaches a lot. Right now Vanderbilt is my leader."

According to Wynn, he has scholarship offers from Vandy, USF, Youngstown State and Ohio. Surprisingly, not too many other schools are showing interest. But, it's very early for this junior.

"Right now that's about it," Wynn said. "I really haven't heard from many others."

Wynn is someone that is a role model both on and off the field at Lakewood.

"First, he's great in the classroom," Moore said. "He's big, physical and has great feet."

Logan McNeil is an offensive line prospect with Ohio and Youngstown State offers. Then you have a massive sophomore named Niquel Alexander. He's 6-foot-5 and 386-pounds.

"That kid has a chance," Moore said. "He's brilliant in the classroom and is on track to graduate early. He's so big and moves well."

The other set of twins from Lakewood are UCF bound is safeties Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin. They recently committed to the Knights and are two of the most underrated players in the entire state of Florida.

"They both have this competitive spirit about them," Moore said. "It reflects in their game. And they play with athleticism."

Linebacker Austin Copeland is close to landing an offer from Florida International according to coach Moore.

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