Yes, we know. It’s not prep football season but we are just about two months away from the start of spring football action on May 1. That means conditioning and workouts are in full swing throughout the state of Florida, including Pasco County.
There’s many top-flight prep football players in the Tampa Bay area and there’s plenty in Pasco. We take a closer look at each team’s top player heading into spring football.
Daryon James, JR., Anclote: The junior rushed for 525 yards and threw for 480. He should be even better this spring.
Adrian Miller III, JR., Bishop McLaughlin: Miller III did it all on offense for the Hurricanes as he piled up 1,771 yards of total offense in 2020.
Owen Walls, JR., Cypress Creek: A quarterback to really watch out for this upcoming spring is Walls. He threw for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2020.
Melvin Rivera, JR., Fivay: The sure-handed tackler made 79 tackles for the Falcons. Rivera will spearhead Brian Wachtel’s attacking defense.
AJ Blanton, JR., Gulf: The Hudson transfer comes to the Buccaneers bringing his 728 rushing yards with him. Sean Eperjesi has himself a bell cow at running back.
Hunter Young, JR., Hudson: Young made big plays through the air for the Cobras, as he racked up 754 passing yards as a junior.
Aidan Marsh, SO., Land O’ Lakes: The 6-foot-3, 230-pound bulldozer of a running back is a load to take down. Marsh rushed for 336 yards last season.
Andrew Treto, JR., Mitchell: The Mustangs might not be quite the powerhouse from last season, but Treto gives Mitchell a top of the line running back. Treto rushed for 875 yards in 2020 for the region finalists.
EJ Redfield, JR., Pasco: The Pirates are coming off a 5-6 season and playoff berth. Redfield was a big part of the success, rushing for 398 yards. Expect more touches for him this spring.
Julius Quinones, SO., River Ridge: The defensive back was solid in the back end last season he had four interceptions.
Mitch Hammond, JR., Sunlake: Hammond should be the county’s top tackler from a year ago as he made 97 tackles.
Ethan Harper, JR., Wesley Chapel: Harper was one of a few players that played quarterback for the Wildcats in 2020 but he stood out amongst the rest. The junior threw for 699 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Rocco Becht, JR., Wiregrass Ranch: Becht is the top blue-chip prospect on the list and for good reason. His father, Anthony, played tight end in the NFL and Becht has offers from Iowa State, Bowling Green, Columbia, Florida International, New Mexico and Harvard.
Hezekiah Langley, SO., Zephyrhills Christian: Langley really came on last season as a sophomore and he should get even better this spring. He racked up 525 yards receiving in 2020.
Jaylin Thomas, JR., Zephyrhills: Fellow backfield mate Zyree Roundtree may be gone, but that just means more carries for Thomas moving forward.
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