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Gulf's Malik Cobb, DeAndre Hopkins officially at Tarpon Springs

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Fri. June 19, 2015 | Bob Putnam | Email

Malik Cobb and DeAndre Hopkins, two of Gulf’s top playmakers, have officially enrolled at Tarpon Springs. Both arrived this week for conditioning with the Spongers.

“I don’t know much about them yet, but I’m sure they can help us out,” first-year Tarpon Springs coach Mike Lube said of Cobb and Hopkins.

Cobb, a running back, ran for 478 yards and scored six touchdowns last season. The senior recently picked up his first offer from Baldwin-Wallace. Hopkins, a receiver, had 31 catches for 631 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. Gulf’s Tank Peters, a receiver, also is expected to enroll at Tarpon Springs.

The arrival of several skill players gives the Spongers a boost after running back Michael Ford, receiver Daniel Davis and tight end Mitch Wilcox all graduated.

“I really have not been able to see anyone play, but having skill guys certainly is a bonus in building depth and running a spread offense,” Lube said.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers’ already thin roster is even more depleted. Gulf graduated 17 of 23 players from last year’s team that went 8-3 and nearly pulled off an upset of Lakewood in the Class 5A region quarterfinals. Numbers were so bad in the spring that Gulf had to back out of a game against Land O’Lakes.

The numbers are improving, though, with 25-30 expected to be on varsity in the fall. But coach Jason Messamore said the team will be young, especially at the skill positions.

“We’re working with what we’ve got,” Messamore said. “It’s tough because you would think winning would help turn things around.But we actually have less kids than we had before. As far as Malik and DeAndre, I didn’t have any warning on that. We’ll just keep plugging away.”

 

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