When it comes to offers, Class 5A, District 8 is king
I think Class 5A, District 8 is the best district in Tampa Bay -- and I don't think it's even close, quite frankly -- I'd also argue that it's the best in the state.
And judging by the numbers of college scholarship offers from interested suitors, so do the folks at the next level.
We published a report on the growing number of college offers in Tampa Bay in Sunday's paper. You can read it here.
Of the nine schools competing in 5A-8, six have players with offers, and three of those schools have multiple players with offers. In all, 20 players in the district have a combined 194 offers.
While Gibbs (linebacker Maurice Hall has an Oklahoma offer), Dunedin (running back Tramaine Batten has five offers) and Spoto (running back Eric Moate has five offers) all sport one player, Robinson has two (USF offensive line commitments Bruce Hector and Conner Rafferty) and Jesuit (7) and Lakewood (8) lead the way.
The Tigers, the defending district champions, has 120 total offers, thanks to the hefty totals of Miami tight end commitment Travis Johnson (43) and 2014 linebacker/tight end Vincent Jackson, who has 28.
Jesuit linemen Robby Garcia, Cameron Ruff and Brad Smith all have multiple offers, as well as linebacker Parker Clonts and athlete Reggie Brown. Every Tiger that has offers have at least six.
Lakewood has the most players, with eight, totalling 56 offers: quarterback Tracy Johnson, wide receivers Rodney Adams and Marquez Valdes, offensive linemen Isaiah Wynn and Logan McNeil and secondary standouts Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin.
And another stat: five players in 5A-8 are already committed to BCS schools: two to USF, two to UCF and one to Miami.