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Check out Steinbrenner's Kendall Pearcey, who comes in at No. 64 in the HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 61-70 here):
2011 stats: 776 yards rushing, 142 yards receiving, 16 total touchdowns
The breakdown: Three years ago, Kendall Pearcey arrived at his sparkling new high school from Martinez Middle School planning to be a safety.
But coach Floyd Graham looked at him and saw the vision and cutting ability, and didn’t see a Pearcey.
He saw a Percy.
“Coach told me, 'You’re going to be my Percy Harvin,’ ” Pearcey said, referring to the former University of Florida and current Minnesota Viking multi-purpose athlete.
So started the prep football career of Kendall Pearcey, now one of Tampa Bay’s most dangerous and dazzling performers.
Boasting 4.49 speed and a sturdy build at 5-9, 190, the senior ran for 11 touchdowns, including ones from 73, 80 and 94 yards last season. He caught two touchdown passes. He scored six TDs in one game, two via punt return, and also returned a kick 85 yards for a score.
“I think my junior season was an eye-opener,’’ Pearcey said. “I think I have great things ahead, but that was a taste of what I can do.’’
Between almost 100 carries and his receptions and returns, Pearcey averaged better than 10 yards a touch.
“I like getting those carries, but I also like to freak that cornerback and take that kick back for a score too,’’ he said.
Pearcey has three offers from smaller schools, but that could change in 2012. The Warriors are loaded on offense, with power back Jake Carroll and wideout Jon Marc Carrier complementing him, and Pearcey plans on busting out this fall and taking his teammates with him.