A few minutes with Berkeley Prep QB Destin Nichols and LB/FB Schyler Miles, whose team — led by nationally coveted recruit Nelson Agholor — appears poised to contend for the Class 2A state title:
So roughly how many college coaches have come out to watch you guys this spring?
Miles: Over 20.
Nichols: Twenty-five. The first day we had like five or six, and then it’s been consistent, at least three or four every day.
They’re all out to see you two, right?
Miles: I like to think that.
With all these coaches coming to see Agholor, does it benefit everyone else in turn? Face it, you guys get to play in front of scouts each day.
Miles: A lot of coaches have talked to me from coming out to (see) Nelson, and there are a lot of coaches that made contact with me telling me they’re interested in me, and they’re going to keep an eye on me, watch my highlight videos. And I think the college coaches there makes everyone want to work harder. We want to try to impress the scouts, so I think it helps a lot.
If you were a college coach and Agholor signed with your school, at which position would you play him?
Nichols: I personally would probably have him at wideout and returner. I guess coming from a quarterback, he’s obviously one of my favorite targets. I think he’s most effective at wide receiver, and he’s so elusive in the open field that, one on one, you really can’t stop him.
If there’s one concern for this team, what is it?
Nichols: Staying healthy. It’s the same thing it has been for the last three years. If we had stayed healthy all throughout (last) year, we would’ve gone deeper than we did.
Miles: I think this year we have less depth on every position. We don’t have as many kids as we did last year, but …if we stay healthy we’ll go far. But the injuries will take a toll if they happen.
Barrett’s new sweet spot: right tackle
After hitting seven home runs this past season for Berkeley Prep’s baseball team, imposing first baseman Kenny Barrett is making an altogether different type of contact.
After much prodding from football friends, Barrett (6-6, 290 pounds) has joined the Buccaneers, where he’s a massive, sublime sight to a team that essentially lost its entire offensive front from 2010. Currently Barrett, a rising senior, is starting at right tackle.
“He’s never played football before, and he’s going to do a great job,” said baseball coach Justin Houston, a football assistant and Berkeley’s middle school football head coach.
“The kid’s nasty when he wants to be, he’s a really good athlete. When he came here as a freshman, he played baseball and basketball, with really great feet.”
No way number of the day
2,000 Approximate attendance for Freedom’s intrasquad game Friday afternoon, which matches the approximate school population. The Patriots held the game in front of the student body, with an alumni flag football contest at halftime.
“The biggest misconception (about Leto)? That the administration’s not supportive. Since I’ve been here, Mr. (Victor) Fernandez (principal), Ms. (Lauren) Otero (athletic director) and the rest of the administration have been phenomenal. Not to take away anything from anybody else I’ve ever worked for or with, but they’ve gone out of their way to make sure that we are happy, and in turn the kids are happy.” — new Leto coach Matt Kitchie. For more on Kitchie and the Falcons, check out our story at tampabay.com/hometeam.