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Wed. May 11, 2011 | John C. Cotey | Email

TARPON SPRINGS — Not a day goes by, say Keaton Cole and Mason Cole, that the East Lake duo isn’t asked if they are brothers.   ¶   And for good reason.   ¶   They have the same last name. They are both 6-foot-4 offensive linemen. They bear a resemblance to each other.   ¶   But the Eagles are merely brothers in arms.

Big, beefy arms responsible for protecting quarterback Pete DiNovo and making East Lake’s running game as punishing as possible.

“There’s a lot of potential there,” East Lake assistant coach A.J. Trump said Wednesday afternoon at practice. “They still have some work to do, but athletically, I think we have the two best tackles in the county.”

Trump, a former all-county lineman who started at center for the Miami Hurricanes and spent some time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, knows of which he speaks. He says Mason, the 6-4, 255-pound rising sophomore right tackle, and Keaton, the 6-4, 310-pound senior, are future Division I players.

For now, the two are merely content opening holes for running back Tyler Lane and giving DiNovo enough time to find his targets with the hopes of improving on last year’s 8-3 season.

“We’re shooting for a greater season,” said Keaton. “There’s a group of us that have been together a long time, and we’d like to go out with a bang.”

And a boom, bam and a pow.

“I think we can be pretty good,” Mason said.

Last year, it was the Tylers (Moore and Pierson) at Countryside setting the pace and earning the publicity rare for offensive linemen.

This year, it will be the Coles.

Mason Cole

Size: 6-4, 255

Favorite meal: A nice pizza with a Greek salad

Favorite TV show: Jersey Shore

Dream prom date: Kim Kardashian

Most hated rival: PHU and Tarpon Springs

Best player you’ve faced: The Tampa Bay Tech defensive line

Favorite restaurant: Vetture’s Pizzeria

Best-looking Cole: “Me, of course.”

Keaton Cole

Size: 6-4, 310

Favorite meal: Meatloaf and potatoes

Favorite TV show: Jersey Shore

Dream prom date: Jessica Alba

Most hated rival: PHU

Best player you’ve faced: Logan Williamson, former teammate

Favorite restaurant: Rusty Bellies

Best-looking Cole: “Me, of course.”

Bogie’s Brinson making right moves

First-year Boca Ciega coach Antez Brinson has already made one coaching move this spring that is reaping rewards — he moved defensive end Denzel Conyers to safety, and the rising senior has picked up a scholarship offer at his new position from Florida International.

Conyers was an undersized defensive end in 2010 at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, but the same speed that made him valuable rushing off the end is perfect for the safety spot, Brinson said.

Another converted Pirate, Elijah McClendon, is close to getting an offer at his old position. The linebacker is also moving to safety, but Ball State was at practice Wednesday and liked what it saw in McClendon at his old position, as did FIU.

And another Pirate defensive back, Gibbs transfer Di'quez Henderson, is drawing interest from Ball State, Marshall and Stony Brook.

“I think our defensive backs (with Caleb McCullough included) is one of the best sets around,” Brinson said.

Patriots’ Smith adds to offers

Pinellas Park’s Iman Smith picked up his fourth offer Wednesday morning from Ball State.

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker and wide receiver who reminds some people of teammate and Florida commitment Jeremi Powell, has also picked up offers this week from Bowling Green and Florida A&M, to go with his first offer last month from Western Michigan.

Tarpon hosting free camp for kids

Tarpon Springs will be hosting its second annual Kickoff Kids Camp on March 21 for boys and girls in grades 3-8. The free camp will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:45 a.m. The camp is followed by the team’s Maroon and White intrasquad scrimmage at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Marty Lontakos at (727) 934-3176.

What they’re saying

Every day, we pose a question to our readers on our Facebook page. They’re keen to offer their two cents … and we’re printing the best response.

Tuesday’s question: What football team that was down on its luck in 2010 will bounce back with a winning record this season? Extra points if you tell us how.

• Boca Ciega Pirates. With the addition of a kicker we could have easily been 7-3 or 8-2 (in 2010) with those extra points. The new coaching staff is amazing, plus an addition of a talented defense with two-star safety Denzel Conyers …and Elijah McClendon. So, I say, you look out. The Pirates are on their way up. — Elijah “Fearless” McClendon

Next up: Hillsborough’s spring games/jamborees are May 20, while the North Suncoast and Pinellas play most of their games the following week. Which game are you most looking forward to?

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