Don't sleep on the smaller school. That's the case with St. Petersburg (Fla.) Admiral Farragut Academy, where they have as many as five Division 1 recruits on their roster.
Perhaps the top prospect on the team is junior running back/linebacker Cortavious Givens. He's coming off an ACL injury in week three of last season.
"He's totally healed and there's no stiffness but he's not quite 100%," said Chris Miller, Admiral Farragut's coach. "There's no question that the injury really derailed him quite a bit. He's getting there and getting better each day. Cortavious just needs to get his confidence in the knee. He's getting there."
Givens, 5-foot-11 and 220-pounds, will be held out of their Kickoff Classic on Friday. Miller and his staff are hopefully he'll be ready for their season opener the following week.
"That's the plan," Miller said. "We hope to get him 10 to 12 carries and get him in on defense and build it up. We are going to really need him. Cortavious is the kind of player that can just take over a game, whether it's at running back or linebacker."
A healthy Givens means he will be one of the most coveted recruits from the Sunshine State next season. Some schools will want him on offense while others will prefer him on defense.
"There's no doubt that this kid is a big time blue chipper," Miller said. "He's a physical, inside runner with breakaway speed. I mean he's elite and dominant. At middle linebacker, he can take over a game. He can diagnosis a player so quickly and he really flies to the ball. He can play in coverage. Cortavious is a huge hitter. This kid is a complete football player."
Miller said UMass offered Givens in the spring of '11. Then he tore up his knee last fall.
"Everyone wants to see how he and his knee respond this season," Miller said. "Everyone will be after him that's in the SEC, ACC and Big East. He can play for anyone."
According to Miller though, Givens has his sights set on one team in particular.
"He wants to play at Florida," Miller said. "He wants that offer. I have spoken with the coaches in Gainesville and they are monitoring him very closely. He was up there for Friday Night Lights. They like him on defense at middle linebacker.
"I am telling you, this kid is a monster. When he leaves this place he will be 6-foot-1 and 240-pounds."
Another bruising running back prospect in Farragut's arsenal is senior Todd Macon. He has one small school offer thus far.
Macon is a bigger back at 5-foot-10 and 200-pounds. And he's a guy that just keeps coming at you.
"This kid is a bowling ball," Miller said. "He is terrific between the tackles. Todd is the type of back that gets stronger and stronger as the game goes on. It's like he will get four yards a pop in the first half and then in the second half he will rip off 10-12 yards gains. I hate to give this analogy but he's a lot like Maurice Jones-Drew. Defenders just bounce off of him. He's not a burner but he gets it done."
Another 2014 recruit in the same class with Givens is athlete Napoleon Maxwell. Maxwell, 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds, plays running back, fullback, linebacker, safety and he returns kicks.
"He's the complete player," Miller said. "Napoleon is incredibly fast, strong and physical. This kid just keeps getting better and better."
Miller believes that Maxwell will outgrow the running position and eventually be a full time defensive guy.
"I don't see him stopping at 6-foot-1," Miller said. "I have a feeling he's just going to keep getting bigger and bigger. Remember, he's only a junior. I think he his growth will force him to the defensive side of the ball as a strong safety or outside linebacker."
At this time Maxwell a one scholarship offer from UMass, according to Givens.
"They are his only offer," Miller said. "They offered Napoleon and Cortavious [Givens] last spring (2011). But everyone in Florida is looking at him. FSU, Florida, USF, UCF, FIU and FAU. Napoleon really wants to go to Florida State. That's his team and they are recruiting him hard."
2013 defensive back Bradley Hyman-Muhammed is drawing some early attention. This cornerback is 5-foot-11 and 75-pounds.
"I don't understand why more teams are not after him," Miller said. "He's a shutdown corner, a lockdown guy. He can also tackle. Bradley might be actually better playing centerfield. But we typically put him on the No. 1 receiver and he's our shutdown guy.
Admiral Farragut is quarterbacked by Colby Robinson.
"He's 6-feet tall," Miller said. "If he's 6-foot-3 he would be a legit D1 kid. He has a good arm and is mobile. He's smart. At this point I think he's a D2, 1AA type of kid."