TALLAHASSEE - There are some high school football programs across the country who would give anything to have a Division 1A athlete to boast about.
You know, a football player who attracts attention to the program in a positive way and brings colleges on to campus to see what the team has produced.
At Godby High School, veteran head coach Shelton Crews and the Cougars head into spring with 10 D1A prospects. That's right! Ten players who have the chance to sign at D1A schools across the country.
While schools such Miami Northwestern and Miami Carol City have been able to boast as many as seven D1A prospects in a single season, the Godby Cougars are about to set standards as far as producing top-flight football players, and what more impressive, if you add in the Classes of 2007 and 2008, there is a chance this program could have as many as 16 potential stars of the gridiron on the roster for the 2005 season.
"We are very fortunate to have a group like this," Crews said. "But if people have followed us in the past, they would know that we have out share of quality football players each season."
DeAndre McDaniel (6-1, 180), a defensive back/receiver, is the top 'Cat this season. Last year, McDaniel caught 27 balls for 653 yards with 6 TD. On defense, the 4.5 (40) speedster had 8 interceptions and scored three times.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: "We have the best all-around player in the country."
As impressive as McDaniel is, offensive lineman (center) Kevin McCaskill is equally as athletic. The 6-3, 285-pounder has tremendous (5.2) speed, is strong, physical and will be a four year starter.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: "I cannot imagine that there is a better offensive line prospect - from top to bottom - in this state."
Last summer, at the prestigious Down 'N Dirty Linemen Camp at St. Leo University, there may not have been a more physical player than Kareem Crowell. The 6-4, 285-pound defensive lineman followed up that performance with 5 sacks and 57 tackles on defense, and a solid effort on the offensive side of the ball as well.
He runs a solid 5.1 (40) and lifts over 300 pounds.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: "Has the potential to be one of the best two-way linemen in Florida in 2005."
During the off season, Marcus Udell (6-1, 180) has received plenty of attention for the way he plays in the defensive secondary for the Cougars. After 51 tackles and 4 interceptions as well as being able to perform on special teams, colleges have been keeping a close eye Marcus.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: "Marcus is the best athlete on a team loaded with tremendous athletes."
When www.floridakids.us came out with the first list for the Class of 2006 as we do each and every year, the name Frank Grimes was nowhere to be found. Big mistake on our part.
Grimes is a tight end/defensive tackle prospect with tremendous size (6-1, 260) and exceptional speed (4.7), which gives him a chance to make an impact at any level he competes at. Last year, the strongest (375 bench) on the team had 60 tackles, 13 sacks and caught 4 passes, one going for a touchdown.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: This could very well be the most under publicized player in Florida. Just watch him and you tell me what you think!"
When you think about a team like Godby and then try and figure what kind of player would lead them on defense, it's yet another one of those unheralded players who has great size (6-1, 200) and runs well (4.7) enough to come up with 96 tackles and 5 sacks.
Rod Murray is one of those athletes who plays all over the field, and although he doesn't have that "blazing" speed, he does make plays - often!
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: Rod is one of those gifted football players who does anything it takes to make a difference."
In a state that loves to boast about its athletes, Emmanuel Francis (6-3, 180) is the kind of quarterback you need to see to appreciate.
As a junior, he passed for 1,393 yards and fired 13 TD. He completed 58 percent of his passes, and showed, by the end of the season, that he was a difference maker.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: "Emmanuel is a big, strong young man who has become the kind of leader that wins games."
If you trace back over the years, Godby has been known for the outstanding receivers they have been able to produce. From the shadows of all the talented players this season emerges Kendall Williams.
At 6-1, 185 pounds, here is a quick (4.5), sure-handed pass catcher who can break a game open at any time. Had 34 receptions for 372 yards.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: "Of all the great football players on our team, nobody has the hands this young man has."
Another two-way performer for the Cougars this coming season is 5-10, 170-pound Reggie Litman. Last season, the 4.5 speedster got it done on offense as a receiver (17 catches for 217 yards) and on the defensive side of the ball, where he came up with 4 picks.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: "Colleges will be very impressed at the way Reggie can make it happen on both sides of the ball. That is something that I believe will get him to the next level."
The final D1A prospect for the Cougars is 6-1, 200-pound Logan Pittman. While some see him at an outside linebacker, his strength just may be at the defensive end position, where he can use his 4.9 speed.
WHAT CREWS HAS TO SAY: "Great football players do special things to help a team win. This is someone who has the potential to make a lot of great things happen."
There you have a look at the elite rising senior class at Godby.
Now, we will take a peak into the future with some rising juniors in the Class of 2007:
* Keith McCaskill, TE/DE, 6-1, 210 (4.8).
* Clint Pleas, LB/SS, 5-9, 165 (4.6).
* Zach Jonas, OL, 6-1, 255 (5.4).
* Justin Footman, SS/OLB, 6-0, 175, 4.6.
* Xavier Lamb, RB/LB, 6-0, 195, 4.6.
* Bryan Gant, DE/TE, 6-3, 185, 4.55.
* George Henry, 6-2, 170, 4.57.
* Dionte Davis, OL/DL, 6-2, 195, 5.0.
The Class of 2008 at Godby:
* British Footman, RB/DB, 6-0, 175, 4.5.
* Damion McGriff, FB/DL, 5-8, 215, 4.5.
* Troy Curry, WR/DB, 5-9, 150, 4.7.
* Thad Green, WR/DB, 5-8, 150, 4.7.
* Jamal Thomas, WR/DB, 5-9, 160, 4.7.
* Santwan Moore, RB/LB, 5-8, 160, 4.6.
* Charles Wilson, WR/DB, 5-8, 155, 4.6.
* Steven James, OL/DL, 5-11, 200, 5.2.
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TALLAHASSEE GODBY: 10 D-1A Prospects!
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