Lakewood started their spring drill recently. According to the coaching staff, practice is going well. Numbers are down from last year as Lakewood made spring practice invitation only.
"We have a very solid core group of players who have had some of the college coaches really impressed with them. Cory Amos and Cedric Gipson have had a great spring so far. " according to Coach Crolley. Every coach that has come by so far has really been impressed with these two. "Everyone of them has said they would love to have these two right now."
There are many great running backs this year in South Carolina, but Cedric maybe as good a back as you will find. He has great feet and is really explosive. He is also a top cornerback. He is a great athlete and will be a force to be reckoned with this year. Cory is also a great athlete and he also has the size to go with it. He is playing def. back and wide receiver. These two will probably never come off the field. Parez Riley is also having a very good spring. He is firing off the ball and really being a leader. Everyone is impressed with his feet and quickness but his height is not quite what the big boys like. He was measured at 6'1' at the Coaches combine. He weighed 258 and ran a 5.1 in the forty. He ran a 5.2 at the Nike combine. He is a very good lineman. Following is a breakdown of the positions at this time and their grade next year.
Lakewood Excited about 2002 Season
QB - JC Neal Soph Good athlete and good feel for the game. JV last year. Started one varsity game.
FB - Kendrick Holland Jr. . He is 6'0" 205 hard runner and good blocker. 4.6 and loves the weightroom. Could be a Top prospect for the class of 2004
RB - Cedrick Gipson Possible Top 5 running back in the state.
Wr - Cory Amos Top player in the state.
FL - Brandon Glover 12th runs good routes and does a good job blocking.
TE - Marcus Robinson 11th 6'3" 225 Also plays DT. Top junior prospect for the class of 2004.
RT - Parez Riley - Top prospect
RG - George Shaw 12th George was a starter as a 10th grader. He hurt his knee in August last year and missed all of last year. Has the best technique of any lineman and benches 335. Knee is 98% on last strength and flexibility test. 5'11" 225
C - This is a battle between Eric Jeter 11th and Henry Richardson 10th. Both are doing a good job with one possibly moving to offensive guard.
LG - Rodrecus Atkinson 12th Stepped in last year when George Shaw went down and gained valuable experience.
LT - Joseph Morris 11th 6'3" 275 Joe started last year as a Soph. Has also played some TE.
DL - Marcus Robinson 11th 6'3" 225 Could be a great player. Must learn to stay low.
DL - Lamech Glisson 12th 5'11" 275 Moved over from offense last year and has been working extremely hard
DL - Derek Jordan 10th 5'10" 230 TOne of the best young players as a freshman last season. Came in 2nd at the state strength meet in the 235 pound class with a 505 squat. Also plays some fullback and is a powerfull runner. Very aggressive. Great first step.
OLB - Cory Amos see above Will also play some corner.
OLB - Cliff Workman 12th 5'7" 150 lbs. Probably the biggest hitter on the team. Has done an excellent job of stepping up and being a team leader.
ILB - Maurice Robinson 12th 6'1" 195 Came on at the end of the year. Played DT last year and has a knack for the ball.
ILB - John Gundy 11th 6'1" 175 Started 5 games last year and loves to hit. Could have a big year.
ILB - Steven Hodge 11th 5'10" 225 Ineligible last year. Very aggressive and reads keys well.
CB - Cedrick Gipson - see above. Cedrick is one of the best overall players in the state.
CB - Daipai Horace 11th 5'11" 165 Very explosive. Great leaping ability and will go get the ball.
FS - Leonard Smith 11th 5'10" 155 Great athlete. Has a feel for the game. Could be a very good player.
The Gators are looking for a strong season in 2002 and to improve on a 2-8. A new alignment places Lakewood against Camden, Darlington as well as a season opening game against Crestwood.
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