With the start of football season less than a month away, Tampa Catholic is losing its starting quarterback but gaining a familiar face.
Rising junior Chivarsky Corbett, who had started since midway into his freshman year, is quitting football to focus on basketball.
“I’m all basketball now,” Corbett confirmed via text message.
At the same time, Kyle Ploucher, also a rising junior, is transferring back to Tampa Catholic after spending last year as Plant’s starting JV quarterback.
“Just a better chance for him to play right away,” Plant coach Bob Weiner said in a text message, adding that Ploucher left very amicably. “Much respect both ways.”
The 6-foot-5 Corbett holds a basketball offer from USF. Last season, he threw for 798 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. His backup, Mitchell Norden, who originally transferred from Chamberlain, went 5-for-6 in three appearances.
The quarterback shuffle is the latest in what has been a busy offseason for Tampa Catholic. Former Jefferson coach Mike Fenton, who led the Dragons to the 2010 Class 3A state championship, joined the staff in November, and the Crusaders' top running backs from 2011, Jordan Rich-Rogers and Trevor Register, transferred to Gaither and Jefferson, respectively, in January (Rich-Rogers has opted not to play football for Gaither). Tampa Catholic’s third leading rusher from last season, rising sophomore Corey Bennett, was ineligible this spring.
Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez, a former state Congressman who is also running for Hillsborough County property appraiser, will be in Indianapolis this weekend for the NFL High School Player Development National 7-on-7 Tournament. Henriquez, along with Fort Myers Evangelical Christian coach Brian Lynch (the father of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB Corey Lynch), is coaching a team of Tampa Catholic and Fort Myers area players in the competition.