This Friday night’s Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian at Tallahassee (Fla.) will feature two of the best high school football teams in the state. The game will also feature some of the most highly recruited football players in the state if not the nation, with some of college football most prestigious programs represented on the sideline.
Both schools have rosters loaded to the brim with BCS, FBS and FCS level talent. Each school has at least ten players who have received football scholarship offers. Godby comes into the game with a 5-1 record and is averaging 45.5 points per game behind senior quarterback J.T. Bradwell’s direction. The quarterback has multiple FBS offers. Defensively Godby is led by outside linebacker and Florida State commit Jacob Pugh. Godby is giving up just 12.5 points per game.
While Trinity Christian is not as explosive on offense it is still averaging 35.1 points per game. On defense Trinity is led by junior super-recruits outside linebacker Jeffrey Holland who has multiple BCS offers and Kevin Toliver who is committed to LSU is holding opposing offenses to 5.3 points per game. This game even features a specialist, Godby long-snapper Stephen Gabbard, with BCS offers and who is committed to Florida State. Let’s take a closer look at some of the prospects that will be on the field Friday Night in Tallahassee.
A Glimpse at some of Godby’s Prospects:
The most heralded player for Godby is outside linebacker Jacob Pugh, 6-foot-4 and 231-pounds, who committed to Florida State prior to the start of this season. The senior chose the Seminoles over Alabama and Florida. Gifted athletically and with great size and speed, Pugh is having a productive and disruptive season. For the season has 38 total stops including 26 solo tackles. He also has 6 tackles behind the line of scrimmage including four sacks.
Senior cornerback De’Eric Culver, 5-foot-11 and 183-pounds, is committed to Louisville and has been very active this season. Culver, who has 18 scholarship offers, has 24 tackles this season and two interceptions.
Senior running back Kenny Young, 5-9 and 175-pounds, has offers from Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Georgia State and South Alabama among his more than a half dozen. Young has rushed for 406 yards and six touchdowns on 44 carries. The dynamic playmaker has also caught seven balls for 169 yards.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back Javon O’Neal, 6-foot-1 and 187-pounds, as at least nine offers including Indiana, Memphis, Middle Tennessee and San Diego State. O’Neal has 121 yards receiving on the season and on defense has totaled four tackles.
Senior outside linebacker/running back Kris Harris, 5-foot-11 and 220-pounds, has over 20 offers included among them South Florida, Michigan State, Southern Miss and Texas Tech. The physical defender has 29 tackles on the season, one sack and one pass-defensed.
Junior offensive lineman Brendan Loftus, 6-foot-6 and 285-pounds, has missed some of the season due to injury but had offers from TCU and East Carolina prior to the start of the season.
Senior signal caller J.T. Bradwell, 6-foot-2 and 190-pounds, has a 20-2 record over the last 22 games and has thrown for 1,049 yards so far this season including 13 touchdowns against three interceptions. Bradwell , who has sevens offers including Liberty, FAU, Troy and Georgia State, has also run for 388 yards in 2013.
Junior wide receiver/running back/defensive back Jaylin Hayward, 5-foot-10 and 180-pounds, has rushed for 186 yards on 20 carries as well as caught five passes for 29 yards. He has also made six tackles on defense. Hayward has offers from Miami, Tennessee, and Kentucky to name a few.
A Closer Look at Some of Trinity’s Prospects:
Senior wide receiver Isaiah Ford, 6-foot-2 and 170-pounds, is already committed to Louisville to play both football and basketball. The talented playmaker has 18 receptions this season for 332 yards including seven touchdown grabs.
Senior offensive tackle Kavaris Harkless, 6-foot-5 and 285-pounds, is an athletic but raw prospect who has a lot of potential. Harkless, like Ford, has been committed to Louisville since before the start of this season.
Junior cornerback/quarterback/running back Kevin Toliver is one of the most gifted athletes in the 2015 recruiting class. Toliver has been committed to LSU since the end of his sophomore year. So far this season Toliver has continued to be impressive, throwing for 273 yards and four touchdowns while running for 221 yards and three more scores. On defense Toliver has 13 tackles including 11 solo stops.
Junior outside linebacker Jeffrey Holland, 6-foot-2 and 230-pounds, is one of the most sought after linebackers in the nation in the class of 2015. The disruptive defender’s offer list is impressive to say the least. The easiest way to put it, if they play football at the college level, they have offered. Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson as well as the schools in Florida have offered the hard-hitting Holland. The human wrecking ball has made 24 tackles including eight sacks and 20 solo stops. Holland has also caused five fumbles and recovered two more. At running back the junior has picked up 56 yards on 11 carries.
Junior offensive guard/defensive tackle Kendrick Norton, 6-foot-3 and 285-pounds, is a powerful but athletic lineman that plays with a mean streak. Norton has over 20 offers including both Florida and FSU as well as North Carolina, South Carolina, Penn State and Vanderbilt.
Junior safety Ben Edwards,6-foot-0 and 195-pounds, is a hard hitting safety who has over a dozen offers including Boston College, Maryland, Stanford, Missouri and North Carolina. This season Edwards has 16 total tackles including two tackles-for-a-loss and an interception.
Sophomore tailback Jalin Buie, 5-foot-9 and 185-pounds, is a game-changer with the ball in his hands. Buie has started on the varsity since he was in eighth grade. This season the dynamic back has rushed for 694 yards on 81 carries including three touchdowns. His list of eleven offers includes Auburn, Penn State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.