Wiregrass Ranch is one of the North Suncoast programs using spring practice to figure out who will be the quarterback this fall.
One of the leading candidates is last year’s JV quarterback, freshman Shane Bucenell, whom Bulls coach Jeremy Shobe calls one of the team’s fiercest competitors.
“He’s a big, physical kid,” Shobe said. “He plays very aggressive. He’s got a great arm. He’s physically and mentally tough.”
He’ll have to beat out Jake Day, the Week 1 starter against Wesley Chapel. Day has potential, but injuries limited him to only two touchdown passes during his junior season. The speedy 5-foot-11 athlete could contribute at another position if he’s not quarterback.
“Jake looks better,” Shobe said. “I’m pleased where he’s at right now, too.”
Sophomore Zack Drury could also vie for the starting job after adjusting from baseball. He hit .406 with 25 RBIs this spring at outfielder/pitcher.
Pieces moving at Springstead
Division I prospect Will Allen will stay at tackle. Just about everything else on Springstead’s offensive line could move as coaches figure out their personnel.
“Right now we’re at the stage where we’re seeing what puzzle pieces we have and how they best fit together,” coach Bill Vonada said. “At this early stage, it’s tough to say for sure this guy will be here, this guy will be there.”
Expect Allen, one of the North Suncoast’s top linemen, to stay at tackle. The 6-foot-7, 277-pound junior has an offer from Georgia Southern and is being recruited by Vanderbilt, USF, Duke and others.
Other positions are shifting. Junior Michael Miara’s development and strength have convinced coaches to move him from center to tackle, where he can seal defenders. Vonada also likes the move because it lets coaches place Miara on the defensive line, too, without worrying about messing up their center’s hands.
Junior Jameson Peppe slides from guard to center, and other pieces are still floating around.
By the numbers
Featuring Sunlake ATH Eddie Burgos
290 Pounds lifted in the clean and jerk for Burgos, the county weightlifting champion in the 183-pound class
20 Feet (plus 4.5 inches) traveled in the long jump for a second-place finish at district
10.93 Seconds needed in the 100 meters in a second-place finish at district
10 Passes defended last year at defensive back
5 Touchdowns caught as a receiver
27 Yards covered on the game-changing touchdown catch in the school’s first win over Land O’Lakes
Another day, another offer (or two) for Pasco defensive lineman Joey Ivie. UF offered the 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior Monday, three days after the Gators attended his first full-pads practice of the spring, Pirates coach Tom McHugh said.
Ivie also landed an offer from West Virginia. The rising star now boasts offers from UF, FSU, USF and Miami, plus nine other programs.
Tweet of the day
Unsigned Preps founder Ricky Sailor was pleased at the Pirate star’s latest recruiting news:
@unsignedpreps: “So happy for pasco hs joey ivie. he (was) just offered by UF!”