Ocean Lakes came up just short of a state championship last season.
Now, due to a large number of key returners and newcomers like Levonta Taylor, the Dolphins are one of the preseason favorites to win it all in 2013.
Last weekend, Taylor took full advantage of the Peanut City Shootout.
“I got a lot of good work in from the event,” said the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Taylor. “I felt good about how I played, knowing I’m only going to be in the 10th grade. But there’s still a lot of work for me to do.”
He is already attracting interest from several schools.
“I've been getting mail from Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Florida, LSU, UVA, Wisconsin and East Carolina,” he said. “I’m still waiting on my first offer. I'm wide open, but Florida is a school that has impressed me early, though” .
He recently visited one of those schools.
“I went to N.C. State’s 7-on-7 camp,” he said. “It went well. They told me that they wanted to offer me, but they want to see how I look in pads first.”
As for the rest of the summer, Taylor is focused on preparing for his sophomore season.
“I just want to keep improving on my technique because I’m used to playing slot receiver,” he said. “So being on the opposite side of the ball, I just need to keep working on my technique – getting in and out of my breaks and my hips. Team-wise, our goal is always a state championship.”
The Dolphins open their season on August 29 against Tallwood.