Scrimmage Features Top Prospects

Tallahassee (Fla.) Leon High School will host a four-team round-robin scrimmage on Saturday morning that will feature several of the top prospects in the state of Florida. The scrimmage is expected to attract coaches from several college football programs throughout the southeast.

Spring practice for high school football begins in full force today in the state of Florida. While the majority of high school programs will have their first practice this afternoon there are a handful of programs that began last week. Four of the programs who started last week; Leon High School, Wakulla High School, Rickards High School and Mosley High School, were given permission by the Florida High School Activities Association to start early because one of their practices days will used to train and develop high school officials from the state of Florida.

Those schools will participate in a four-team round-robin scrimmage that will feature some of the state of Florida and the nation's best prospect. The scrimmage will he held at Leon High School at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 3rd. The scrimmage is expected to be attended by college coaches representing several programs in the Southeast. According Leon offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Doug Waddell the list of colleges expected to attend include; Army, Louisville, Florida State, Georgia Southern, Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, South Florida, North Carolina State, Mercer and Charleston Southern among others.

Each of the four high schools features at least one player from the class of 2015 that holds at least one FBS offer. All four programs have underclassmen that have begun to receive attention from either FBS or FCS programs. Below is a list of the 2015 and 2016 prospects from each school and who they have received offers and interest from.

Tallahassee Leon High School

Leon's featured prospect is class of 2015 quarterback/athlete D'Anfernee McGriff who is committed to Auburn. The 6-foot-3 and 228-pound junior held offers from Florida, Alabama and Florida State among a host of others before committing to the Tigers last week. McGriff, who played quarterback last season, has taken most of his early reps at wide receiver this spring.

Cornerback/wide receiver Travis Amey has also been getting FBS attention. The 5-foot-9 and 165-pound junior has offers from Georgia Southern, Marshall and Troy. He is also receiving attention from Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Louisville, South Florida and Texas A&M.

Junior tight end/h-back prospect Mac Carey, 6-foot-3 and 235-pounds, is an impressive end of the line and lead blocker. While he doesn't have any offers yet, he is receiving interest from Army, Charleston Southern, Maryland and North Carolina.

Leon also has several other prospects awaiting their first offer including class of 2015 cornerback/wide receiver D'Eldrick Campbell who has been getting attention from Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Missouri and South Florida. Leon head coach Tim Cokely believes sophomore nose guard Gabe Beyer, 6-foot-0 and 265-pounds, has a chance to be one of the better players in the state at his position by the time he is a senior. Sophomore offensive guard William Waddell is also another young lineman to watch. The 6-foot-2 and 307-pound underclassman has drawn early interest from Cincinnati.

Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla High School

Wakulla features two sophomores who are among the most highly sought after prospects in the nation at their position for the class of 2016.

Quarterback Feleipe Franks, 6-foot-4 and 190-pounds, received his latest offer from Miami (Fla.) yesterday. The strong armed quarterback also has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Florida, Utah and Vanderbilt. While Franks has been mostly a pocket-passer to this point in his career, Wakulla head football coach Scott Klees plans to let his signal-caller run with the ball more this season.

Wide receiver/free safety prospect Keith Gavin, 6-foot-4 and 215-pounds, is already one of the most sought after athletes in the nation. He is long, athletic, fast and versatile having played both ways last season. Gavin has been offered by virtually every school in the country including; Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.) Notre Dame, North Carolina, Ohio State, South Carolina, UCF, USC and Vanderbilt.

Running back Monterious Loggins is also another Wakulla prospect to keep an eye on. The 6-foot-0 and 210-pound sophomore already has offers from Cincinnati and Tennessee State.

Panama City Mosley High School

Mosley's featured recruit is linebacker/safety prospect Reakwon Jones. The 6-foot-1 and 210-pound junior runs well and has good change of direction. Jones already has offers from South Alabama, Southern Mississippi and Toledo. He is also hearing from Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina State, South Florida and Toledo.

Tallahassee Rickards High School

Rickards head football coach Quintin Lewis has several prospects he believes will end up playing there way into scholarships this fall. He also has one underclassman that already holds an FBS offer.

Junior wide receiver/athlete Kalen Riles is a dynamic playmaker. The 6-foot-1 and 165-pound sophomore already has an offer from Akron and is receiving interest from Louisville. Coach Lewis believes Riles visibility will only continue to grow during his junior season.

The second-year Rickards head coach also thinks rising seniors Malcom Penny and Jordan Williams have a chance to play their way onto a college roster.

Penny is a 6-foot-2 and 210-pound linebacker/running back. According to Coach Lewis the junior had impressive showings while camping at Louisville and Kentucky last summer. The athletic rising senior saw most of his action on defense last season where he recorded 84 tackles including 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Williams is a 6-foot-4 and 282 offensive tackle who is projected has a guard or center in college. The list of schools that have expressed early interest in the lineman include; Troy, Middle Tennessee, Jacksonville, Stetson and Florida A&M.

One thing is for sure, there will be plenty of future college football players competing on Leon's practice fields this Saturday morning.


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