Jefferson’s plentiful talent at the skill positions often steals the headlines, but if the Dragons are going to return to the county’s elite class, it’s going to be done on the offensive and defensive lines.
Given that fact, the play of big junior offensive guards Manny Cromuel and Kevin Reeves will play a big part in Jefferson’s success.
Cromuel, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, and Reeves (6-foot-2, 305) started all 11 games as sophomores, and with senior Garrett Wolfe, a tackle who already owns an offer from Syracuse, they make up a talented offensive line.
“Last year we went up against a bunch of Division I defensive linemen,” Cromuel said. “We played against Ryne Giddins, Demonte McAllister. We know what we need to do to play against those guys.”
Jefferson offensive coordinator Jeremy Earle applauded Cromuel and Reeves for their hard work in the offseason trying to get into better shape.
“It’s one thing to be big,” Earle said. “It’s another thing to be strong and have good hips. They are two of the first guys here every morning. A lot of times, they set the tempo in the weight room.”
Jefferson opens its regular season tonight at Hillsborough.
Photo: Jefferson offensive guards Manny Cromuel (bottom left) and Kevin Reeves (bottom right) will have to shoulder the weight of an offense led by quarterback Quentin Williams (top).