Free agency season is officially upon us.
Tampa Catholic has lost its top two running backs from last season, head coach Bob Henriquez confirmed. Trevor Register, who rushed for 592 yards and four touchdowns on 96 carries, is now at Jefferson. Jordan Rich-Rogers, who led the Crusaders with 689 yards and 10 touchdowns on 97 carries, is now at Gaither.
"They're both good kids, and we'll miss them," Henriquez said. "In terms of production, we will be fine."
Freshman RB Corey Bennett ran for 257 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries and played his best in some of Tampa Catholics' biggest games, Henriquez said. In the Crusaders final game against rival Jesuit, it was Bennett and sophomore Dakarai Highsmith who ran the ball down the field on the Crusaders' only touchdown drive. Highsmith, who spent most of the season in the slot receiver position, will return to the backfield next year, which is his natural position, Henriquez said.
And both will run behind a large offensive line, anchored by 6-foot-3, 305-pound junior Christian Freeman and 6-foot-4, 305-pound sophomore Corey Martinez, both Times' all-county selections. Martinez was also named to the Maxpreps sophomore All-American team.
Gaither head coach Jason Stokes said that he has not yet seen Rich-Rogers on campus.
"If he comes in, I'll be really happy," Stokes said.