The 2009 high school football season is over, but but the football world keeps on turning. There are several student athletes from St. Edward’s and Sebstian River High School who are preparing to play football at the college level. Sebastian River
Coach Randy Bethel has been working with his players on getting the attention of potential suitors for his best players. Let’s take a look at where some Sharks may end up in the near future.
Cortez Ash, strong safety — FAU, FIU, FAMU, CSU, Grambling are all showing a lot of interest. His qualifying ACT score just came in the mail, and he’s preparing to start taking visits.
Calvin Christian, free safety — He’s waiting for the right offer, and things are starting to take shape with his recruiting.
John Carter, offensive tackle — The 6-4 290 pound mauler is drawing some interest, and is looking at playing for a junior college in the fall.
Fred Macon, running back — This standout running back is considering Bethune-Cookman, FAMU, Hampton, and Shippinburg. Bethel feels Macon’s height (5-10) has worked against him in getting offers from bigger schools.
Javon Jones, corner back — A standout in both football and track, Jones looks to play both in college. Jones is still looking for the right fit.
There are some junior Sharks that are looking to play in college as well.
Wesley Wilson, quarterback — He has the talent to play in college, but his height (5-8) may dictate his options. A lot of schools worry about a QB’s stature and not enough about skill.
Daniel Lee, middle linebacker — At 6-foot, 185 pounds, he needs to get bigger. Lee, the team’s leading tackler, is very talented and has a nose for the ball.
Stephon Clark, wide receiver — At 6-foot-3 185, this gifted athlete has all the tools, and great range. Clark is a tireless worker, but needs to have a complete season without being injured. Bethel wouldn’t name any schools yet, but said that the recruiting look very good for his star wide receiver.
Tevin Bess, defensive tackle — The Sharks are counting on a big senior year from their big man. At 6-foot, 300 pounds, Bethel says that colleges are always looking at guys with his size. He’ll have a good opportunity to get a scholarship next year.
A few Pirates are getting attention from smaller schools, and who better to direct their recruiting than Defensive Coordinator Bill Motta? Motta’s son Zeke was heavily recruited as a senior last year, and ended up selecting Notre Dame. Bill, currently in California spending Thanksgiving with Zeke (Notre Dame plays Stanford in a few days), took some time out of his schedule to talk about his kids.
Cameron Budde, fullback — He’s leaning towards Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C. He’s taken a visit up to Furman as well. Budde has drawn the most interest on the team.
Michael Lamos, outside linebacker — The leading tackler for the Pirates in 2009, Lamos has the type of body than can fill out in college (6-foot-2 195 pounds). Dickenson (Carlisle, Pa.) has shown the most interest.
Will Peckham, various — This young man was a triple threat for the Pirates this year. He had 100 yard games rushing and receiving this year, and a team-high 4 interceptions at defensive back. Williams Collage in Williamstown, Pa., looks to be his choice next year. Motta calls this school a “St. Ed’s type of environment.” Peckham’s 4.6 GPA will serve him well at this academic institution.
Jake Fojtik, offensive line — Jake is still looking at schools, and will probably try to stay in the South. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, he has the frame to put on another 25 pounds and still maintain his athletic ability.