ST. PETERSBURG — Admiral Farragut has been a busy place this spring. According to new coach Rick Kravitz, who had been the defensive coordinator the past two seasons, college coaches have flocked to practices nearly every day to take a look at the Blue Jackets' handful of Division I-A prospects.
"We've had coaches lined up on the sidelines," Kravitz said. "N.C. State and Oregon … (Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg) … We're getting mail every day."
There are six rising seniors Kravitz believes will play Division I-A football. Leading the list is 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker Khalan Tolson. He has more than 25 offers, which include Michigan, Pittsburgh, UCF and USF. Last season, Kravitz gave Tolson free range to follow the ball carrier or the quarterback.
"Most teams ran away from him," Kravitz said. "Where's Tolson? Okay, let's run to the other side."
Offensive lineman Sam Baker has jumped onto coaches' radars after last season. At 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, he is an athletic guard. Wake Forest, Indiana, Iowa State, Toledo, Florida Atlantic and Florida International have taken notice.
"I'm going to just keep working hard," Baker said. "I don't plan on making a decision until the time is right."
Wide receiver/defensive back Zion Roland (6-1, 185) is getting interest from Louisville, USF, Marshall, UCF, FIU and FAU. He is the kind of receiver who can get jump balls and has the speed to break away from tacklers.
Defensive/offensive lineman John Waller (6-4, 315), athlete Marquis Lambert (5-11, 165) and athlete Keondrae Miller (6-2, 185) are getting the same kind of offers.
Miller was the starting quarterback last year but will move to running back or receiver this spring. Rising junior Kashish Cordova will take over under center. And Kravitz said junior linebacker/running back Lorenzo Valencia (6-0, 195) has much potential.
Admiral Farragut was 3-5 last season despite having some college-level players. Kravitz said the problem was depth, which he hopes will be addressed this spring and fall.
"We would wear out in the second half of games," he said. "Now, we have about 25 (players) for the spring and then you never really know who is going to come in by the fall. But we should have more depth to where we don't have to play guys the entire game."