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2011 stats:90 tackles, 5 INTs, 5 passes defended.
The breakdown:The 5-foot-8, 175-pound East Lake junior, already boasting an offer from USF, is one of the area’s best cover guys and in on seemingly every play. His dad, former Buc Donnie Abraham, taught him well.
2011 stats:86 tackles, two sacks, one INT, seven passes defended.
The breakdown:Overshadowed by blue-chip Armwood teammate Leon McQuay III, you will see this safety emerge this season as a BCS prospect. At 5-11, 165, the junior has the speed and long frame to be a Grade A playmaker in 2012.
2011 stats:21 catches, 449 yards, four TDs
The breakdown:The Alonso junior is sometimes played wide by the Ravens to take advantage of his hands and 6-4, 200-pound frame. He averaged 77 yards a game over the last three in 2011. We expect he’ll be the most productive tight end in Tampa Bay.
2011 stats:200 yards rushing, three TDs before injury
The breakdown:Stewart, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound junior, tore his ACL after two games last season. The speedster will be used all over the field this fall. Gibbs coach Antonio Knox says the Gladiators "want to get the ball in his hands at all times."
2011 stats:225 yards passing, three TDs before injury
The breakdown:The Northeast sophomore (5-10, 170) broke his wrist last year and missed most of his freshman season, but he has freakish potential. With some weapons around him, the QB will burst onto the scene in 2012.
The breakdown:One of many talented Blue Jackets, the 5-11, 175-pound senior opened some eyes this summer playing for 7-on-7 national champion Team Tampa. Fast with very good instincts, the DB could fill the secondary void left by Rayshawn Jenkins.
2011 stats:1,117 yards rushing, nine TDs
The breakdown:The Durant senior (5-10, 195) is looking to go over 3,000 yards for his career. Stand in his way at your own peril. “I like making somebody look like a complete fool, put them on the ground. That’s what I love to do."
2011 stats:37 tackles, five sacks; three catches, 82 yards
The breakdown:The 6-5, 200-pound Nature Coast junior is still learning the game. But the DE's size, speed and quickness make him a quarterback’s worst nightmare.
The breakdown:Even at 6-4, 275 pounds, Rafferty has managed to sail under the radar, though USF offered him and he committed there earlier this summer. But he’s a key cog on a Robinson offensive line likely to produce a 1,000-yard rusher …or two.
2011 stats:102-for-167, 1,890 yards, 17 TDs
The breakdown:The QB (5-11, 170) took his lumps during his sophomore season, but closed strong. In Jefferson’s season-ending five-game win streak, he was 49-for-67 (73 percent) and averaged more than 200 yards a game with 12 TDs.