In keeping with today’s theme, here are five new things to expect this season in Hillsborough County:
The county has eight new coaches to start the season, and the one best positioned for success might be Steinbrenner’s Andres Perez. The former Warrior offensive coordinator has experience at most of the key positions, and some explosive parts on offense with quarterback Curtis Fitch, running back Jake Carroll, wide receiver Jon Marc Carrier and do-it-all Kendall Pearcey. Despite the toughness of their district, the Warriors are contenders.
Brad Mayes, Bubba Olivera and Chris Williams
Remember Nelson Agholor? Well, it could take three guys to replace him, but Berkeley Prep might have the guys for the job. Williams is an explosive back who has patiently waited his turn and has 1,000-yard potential, Mayes is a young sophomore quarterback with a high ceiling and Olivera is back on the football team after a few years off and scored a couple touchdowns last week, immediately establishing chemistry with his quarterback and baseball teammate.
The Tampa Bay Bucs’ gain was, well, Plant’s gain, too. When Ron Cooper took a job on the staff of the new Bucs regime, he brought son Tristan with him, a speedy, skillful receiver who enrolled at Plant. Cooper already has 12 scholarship offers. An all-district performer at University Lab School in Baton Rouge last year, and the 6-foot, 180-pound junior joins unsung receivers like Dereck Mann and K.J. Walker to form a collection of pass catchers with all-star potential.
You haven’t heard his name yet, but he’s young (sophomore), big (6-2, 195) and a wide receiver on a team (Wharton) that features arguably the best quarterback in the 2014 class, Chase Litton. Tate is a move-in from South Carolina, where he was a track and field standout, but he could emerge as a valuable weapon for the Wildcats this season.
King. It was time for a change, and we think the new Lion jerseys are pretty hot. We’d buy one.