Spring Preview: Polk

Spring football starts in the less than a week in Florida, we have broken down the state into 11 regions and continue our preview today with the Polk County Region.


Polk Region
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Area Facts: There are just under 1.3 million people that live in these five counties according to the latest census. In order of population: Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Highlands, Hardee. Cities include Lakeland, Lake Wales, Sebring, Dade City, Brooksville, and Bartow.

Schools play a wide range of levels of football with 5A being the biggest class in this Region(second highest in Florida).

There are no D-1 Universities in this area, however South Florida and Central Florida are both within an hour drive from most of the area and neither Miami, UF, or FSU is more than four hours.

Last State Title: 2006 Lakeland(5A)

Top 5 Teams

1. Lakeland

2. Kathleen

3. Lake Wales

4. Hardee

5. Fort Meade

Spring Games

May 21. Nature Coast at Tampa Catholic

May 28. Lake Wales at Hardee


Lake Gibson OL Errin Joe
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Top Prospects

Justin Shafer, QB, Lake Wales: Is he a baseball player? Is he going to try and play both at the collegiate level? No one knows right now, but what is known is that this is a plus athlete with a terrific arm.

Remi Watson, RB, Lake Gibson: Watson has very good size at the RB spot and that should attract schools looking for a back that can run inside.

Javares McRoy, WR, Lakeland: Whether it is as a pass catcher or runner, McRoy is simply electric with the ball in his hands. He is on the short side, but very strong, and he can flat fly. McRoy is committed to Texas Tech.

Javess Blue, WR, Lake Wales: Shafer's favorite target, Blue has terrific speed and solid size at 5'10, 180. He'll be looking for back to back 1,000 yard seasons.

Jacques Mackeroy, WR, Kathleen: Mackeroy separates himself from the pack with his strength, he is the 200 range already and is simply a physical mismatch for DBs. The more speed he shows, the more interest that will come his way.

Ja'Juan Story, WR, Nature Coast: Story is probably the most raw prospect on this list for his projected position, but he also might have one of the higher ceilings. At 6'3, 190 with speed, he needs to learn the position and start to fill out his frame.

Devin Clarke, WR, Sebring: Clarke is very productive player on both sides of the ball and special teams. At 5'11, 175 he could play WR or CB down the road. He should bring immediate help to the return game.

Errin Joe, OL, Lake Gibson: Terrific offensive line prospect that is dominating when he gets locked on. Plays with a mean streak and finishes blocks. Joe has the skill for tackle, but might be better long term inside.


Kathleen LB Gionni Paul
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Brandon Fulse, TE/DE, Fort Meade: The big question is where will he play TE or DL? If Fulse has a say in it that will be TE. He has the talent for either position.

Gionni Paul, LB, Kathleen: Just a great all around LB, one who excels in every aspect of his game. Paul's ability to get to the football and finish has attracted the interest of numerous BCS schools.

Karlos Williams, S, Ridge: The Florida State commit has been making plays since he stepped on the field as a freshmen.

Jamie Byrd, S, Pasco: Another hard hitting Safety from the area, Byrd has the athleticism to play Strong or Free at the next level.

Colton Davis, S, Lake Wales: Lynch plays both ways at WR/S, he has good size at 6'1+ and has shown to be a clutch performer.

Dwayne McCalebb, ATH, Fort Meade: MaCalebb could play offense or defense, he is 5'10, but powerfully built.

Four Sleepers

Alvin Delaine, RB, Hernando: Delaine had a big junior year putting up monster numbers. We have not seen him, but look forward to getting there in the Spring.

Oshey Washington, WR, Lake Wales: Washington is a 6'4 former basketball player that showed flashes as a junior. It will be interesting to see where he is at this Spring.

Ronald Jones, ATH, Fort Meade: Jones has terrific quickness and just a spectacular athlete. He is on the short side at 5'8, but he can flat make plays.

Terry Bell, OL, Tenorec: Bell is a player that we plan to check out in the Spring, he is listed with prototype size at 6'5, 260 and several area coaches have said he is a standout.


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