Well, this year Deerfield Beach has 3 potential steals in this class in DBs David Lewis and Jeremy Kellum and DE Jason Pierre Paul.
Lewis is probably the best known of the group.
The step-brother of former Deerfield Beach star and current Ole Miss QB Brent Schaeffer, Lewis was ranked as a top 5 rising senior in Broward County by the Miami Herald. The 5'10" 168 lb athlete ran a 4.5 forty yard dash and 4.12 shuttle time at the Notre Dame elite camp. Last year David was a playmaker tallying 6 interceptions, returning 3 for TDs, and returning 3 punts for scores. He is an aggressive CB with very fluid hips. According to head coach Art Taylor "what is so interesting about David is not only his defensive football skills, but that he is so dangerous on specials. He gives you that added dimension".
Currently, David has written offers from Ole Miss and NC State, as well as verbal offers from a slew of other schools including Rutgers.
Jeremy Kellum, a 5'11 180 lb DB, can play either the Safety or CB spot. He is the leader of this year's Deerfield defense. He is more of a hitter, with solid cover skills and is known for his character and work ethic.
"Jeremy is our captain. He is a quality, great kid. He is very talented and very easy to coach. He is also already fully qualified and a strong student in the classroom" stated Taylor. Kellum holds an offer from Western Michigan, and is getting interest from many other schools. He ran a 4.5 forty at the Rutgers camp and is a kid that will be on the RU radar this fall.
Lastly, the most intriguing prospect is DE Jason Pierre-Paul.
"Jason decided to come out for the football team last year having never played the game before. He ends up playing about a half year of football for us and was serviceable. But this year he has just hit the weight room really hard and is filling out so nicely. He was weighing about 195 pounds last year, but is around 230 right now. Plus he has this incredible wing span and his hands are huge on a 6'4" frame. What is scary is that his doctors told him he may continue growing. When coaches come to our school and see the kid, they all seem shocked by his body type. This kid is a legit Division 1 football player," stated Taylor.
And it is not simply size that Pierre Paul possesses. He turned in a great on the field performance in the spring game, turning heads while catching a 40 yard TD pass at the TE spot and racking up 2 sacks and an interception at the line of scrimmage from his DE position. According to Coach Taylor, Rutgers DL coach Cary Godette was impressed by Jason's frame and athletic ability at the Broward County RU camp.
"People don't know much about him yet, but this is a kid I think is going to have a monster season and pick up some serious interest. You take a kid like Jason and place him in a weight room and develop him, and he could be a big time defensive end".