Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL, had a pair of Division I running backs on their roster last season.
But according to Dr. Phillips Athletic Director John Magrino, it was Quarterback Chris Wilkes who made things go.
"Chris is one of the hardest workers we have had here. We called him our warrior," said Magrino. "We were in a lot of difficult games with him at the helm and we always had faith because he is the ultimate competitor.
"When things got the toughest, Chris got better because he's one of the toughest kids we ever had here."
As a two-year starter, Wilkes set the all-time record for passing touchdowns at Dr. Phillips - 31.
"That doesn't sound like much, but you have to understand we had two D1 running backs and were a running offense," Magrino continued, "but when we needed something in the air, Chris delivered time after time."
Wilkes' arm strength is legend in the Orlando area.
"Chris can easily throw a football 75 yards. He has a cannon for an arm. He throws bullets," Magrino stated. "In fact, his arm was so strong we only had one receiver who could really handle his passes and he signed with Auburn.
"He's also a pitcher on our baseball team and throws 90-91 miles per hour."
Magrino, who we interviewed because Coach Kevin Pettis, who mentored Wilkes, is no longer at Dr. Phillips, said Wilkes' size and toughness are keys to his future.
"Chris is a big kid - 6-4, 220 - and he's naturally strong, but what separates him is that he will hang in the pocket to the last instant to get a throw off even though he knows he is going to take a big hit," Magrino added. "He's not a great runner, but he has an awareness about him in the pocket - he feels pressure and will step to one side or the other buying a little time, but he never takes his eyes off his receivers."
In short, Magrino feels the rebels signed a winner.
"Chris didn't get the kind of attention we felt he should have because of our running backs, but we know how good he will be," Magrino ended.
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