A successful 7-on-7 summer has East Lake QB Pete DiNovo, No. 13 in our HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 11-20 here), primed for big things this fall.
2011 stats: 170-for-251, 2,426 yards, 19 TDs
The breakdown: Tampa Bay’s best quarterback not only spent the summer slinging 7-on-7 footballs to some of the best wide receivers in Tampa Bay — Alvin Bailey, Richard Benjamin, Zach Benjamin — but he also spent it being a good teammate.
Playing on Pete DiNovo’s national championship squad? Fellow Eagles receivers George Campbell and Artavis Scott.
“Oh, that’s going to be huge this season,’’ said DiNovo after his MVP performance. “To be able to be out here all summer throwing to Tay and George is going to make us that much better in the fall.”
With Campbell (No. 26 on our list) entering a season in which he’ll play a bigger role on offense, DiNovo’s ability to build chemistry with his new target means bigger things for 2012. He and Scott are already the best tandem in Tampa Bay, and having another target for the surgical UCF commitment only makes the Eagles offense that much trickier to defend.
And there’s this: with his oft-troubling recruitment now behind him, DiNovo (6-2, 208) comes into the new season happy and relaxed.
“I only have to think about football,’’ he said.
And a state championship. After nearly knocking off Plant in the region championship, DiNovo’s eyes, like all of the Eagles', are focused on a potential rematch.
This time, like he has done so many times to wide receivers in his high school career, he plans to deliver.