Saturday, December 16, 2017

HomeTeam 100: Players 91-100

Our sixth annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. First up: players 91 through 100.

91. Charlie Dean, Tampa Catholic

Position: Quarterback

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-1, 185

We haven't seen much of Dean so far since he's been backing up former Tampa Catholic quarterback Austin Sessums for the past two seasons, but even in the QB II role, Dean showed potential, especially last year when he completed 24 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. Dean, a third-year varsity Crusader, has two offers — from Northern Iowa and Toledo — but he's attended camps and played 7-on-7 with Team Tampa this offseason, so more could be on the horizon.

HIGHLIGHTS: Charlie Dean.

Scott Purks | Times

QB Charlie Dean

92. La'Darius Henry, Gibbs

Position: Strong safety

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-3, 175

Henry has been a starter on defense since his freshman year, but at Gibbs it's the offensive players who seem to get most of the attention. Here are five things to know about Henry:

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SS La'Darius Henry

1. He had 91 tackles and three interceptions last year as a free safety. He has been moved to strong safety this fall.

2 As an eighth-grader in Cook County, Ga., Henry was told by the high school coach that he wasn't good enough to play on his team. So he headed to St. Petersburg to live with his mother and play at Gibbs. "I'm here to prove everybody wrong. … I use that as motivation."

3. When he played in his first varsity game as a freshman against Seminole, he wasn't exactly comfortable. I was very scared. I didn't know if I was big enough for high school. But I had an interception so it turned out well."

4. Henry is not a two-way player, despite his height. "I like to hit. And I don't mind going one-on-one. If you get beat, just come back next time even harder."

5. Henry is starting to get looks from colleges. He has been offered by USF and South Alabama. He knows a big season will bring even more coaches to Gibbs. "At first I never thought about colleges, but then after my sophomore year it started to become a reality."

HIGHLIGHTS: La'Darius Henry.

93. Ygenio Booker, Hernando

Position: Wide receiver/defensive back

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 5-11, 185

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WR/DB Ygenio Booker

A sports-filled childhood seemed to be a given for Booker. After all, his father (same name) played baseball in the late in 1980s for the Leopards.

Sure enough, Booker was in involved in just about everything: basketball, track, football.

The one sport he did not stick with was baseball.

"I stopped playing baseball in the seventh grade," Booker said. "It just started getting boring to me."

Intent on stepping out of father's shadow, Booker has made a name for himself as a versatile playmaker in football. He played just about every position except offensive and defensive line in youth leagues. Now, he sticks to receiver and defensive back.

Booker also has non-athletic talents. He can sing, something he learned at church. His father is a co-pastor at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Brooksville.

Booker is as much a student as an athlete. He'd better be considering his mother, Leechele Booker, is the principal at Hernando. Booker has a 3.2 grade-point average. That has made him a commodity among college coaches. He has offers from Georgia Southern, Troy and Tulane.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ygenio Booker.

94. Matthew Wood, Gaither

Position: Linebacker

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 5-11, 216

3 Ivy League schools Wood visited during the summer (Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown)

3 Average hours spent on a weight-training workout

4.3 Weighted GPA

6 Days a week working out in the gym

11.2 Tackles Wood averaged per game as a junior (Individual district leader)

28 Score on the ACT

205 Maximum pounds bench pressed as a freshman

235 Maximum pounds squatted as a freshman

375 Maximum pounds bench pressed as a junior

505 Maximum pounds squatted as a junior

HIGHLIGHTS: Matthew Wood.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

LB Matthew Wood

95. Nick Terrana, Jesuit

Position: Linebacker

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-3, 205

Three things to know about Terrana:

1. He's a second generation Jesuit football player, as his father, Rick, is a former nose guard for the Tigers. In fact, the elder Terrana played football with current Jesuit wide receivers coach Bob Roddenberry.

2. Terrana started playing football at 5 years old and has always played defense. He tried his hand at baseball and wrestling, but stopped to focus on football when he got to Jesuit. When he's not on the field, Terrana can often be found fishing or hunting.

3. Terrana is one member of a linebacking corps that will return all of its starters from last year, a fact that makes him excited about the defense's potential. Last season, Terrana had 95 tackles, 19 for loss — the third highest total on the team.

HIGHLIGHTS: Nick Terrana.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

LB Nick Terrana

96. Marcus Hooks, Northside Christian

Position: Running back/cornerback

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 5-11, 195

Hooks has taken the normal progression up the depth chart in his time at Northside Christian. He played sparingly as a freshman, gained almost 400 yards as a sophomore reserve, then took over as the starter last season. He carried 216 times in 13 games and gained 1,020 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Those numbers are likely to go even higher. The Mustangs will have to replace Griffin Alstott at quarterback and several offensive linemen, but Hooks provides stability at running back. His goal is to gain more than 1,200 yards — and knock a few defenders down on his way. "I'd say I'm a power runner. I like running downhill. I'm not very shifty, I can't lie. I like to run people over. That's the fun part."

Matias J. Ocner | Special to the Times

RB/CB Marcus Hooks

97. Tyler Thomas, Hillsborough

Position: Quarterback

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-1, 185

Charlie Kaijo | Times

QB Tyler Thomas

What's the biggest thing you learned from starting at quarterback last year?

"You've got to study a lot more. There's a lot more preparation needed for high school than little league."

Have you always played quarterback?

"Ever since I started playing football, really. Actually when I was little, I always wanted to be a receiver because that's what my dad played. I got out there and they saw I had an arm, so they tried me at quarterback and that was that."

With your dad being an athlete, what have you learned from him?

"In high school he played tennis, then walked on (the basketball team) at (Hillsborough Community College). Football he played semipro. (I learned) hard work. He used to be my coach, and he used to try and find ways to put me on the bench."

HIGHLIGHTS: Tyler Thomas.

98. Ethan Carde, Bloomingdale

Position: Left tackle

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-8, 323

Unlike many aspiring football players heading into their junior years of high school, Carde does NOT want to get much bigger or taller. "I think I'm plenty big enough already," a sentiment he has voiced many times throughout his life. Carde, in fact, was too big to play little league football because, as he said, "I was over the league size limits." Looking ahead, Carde's size appears to be a great selling point, a fact that has more and more universities gathering interest in his services.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ethan Carde.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

LT Ethan Carde

99. Corey Yawn, Northside Christian

Position: Wide receiver

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-2, 180

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WR Corey Yawn

Yawn is a baseball player first. Good enough, in fact, to play at Florida State after he graduates. Here's the proof:

• .458 batting average as a junior with eight doubles and five home runs, tops on the team

• .540 on-base percentage, also tops on the team

• 0.00 ERA in 11 innings as a relief pitcher

He is also a very good football player. Here's the proof:

• 30 catches for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior

Yawn said he was only playing football as a favor to his friend, quarterback Griffin Alstott. Alstott has graduated, but Yawn said he just couldn't hang up the pads.

"I wanted to play for Coach Mike (Alstott). And it's the last time I'll ever get to play football, so I decided to keep playing."


100. Kym-mani King, Mitchell

Position: Cornerback/wide receiver

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 5-10, 165

Three things to know about King:

1. King's family is from Jamaica. He was born in New York and lived there until 2007. His name is Jamaican and was given to him by his aunt. The name is similar to Ky-Mani Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, but King was unsure of the meaning behind his first name.

2. A three-sport athlete, King also plays basketball and runs track. He said he plans to do all three this school year. Last year, he led the Mustangs to district titles in football and basketball.

3. Normally a defensive back and receiver, King will show off his versatility this season as a kick returner, a dual-threat quarterback and outside linebacker. Last season, he had 11 catches for 183 yards, numbers that are expected to increase dramatically. He also led the team with three interceptions.

HIGHLIGHTS: Kym-mani King.

Brendan Fitterer | Special to the Times

CB/WR Kym-mani King

Compiled by staff writers Rodney Page and Bob Putnam, and correspondents Kelly Parsons and Scott Purks.

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