Tampa Catholic, the Class 2A state football runnerup last fall, has picked up two key additions via transfer. After Monday's practice, Crusaders coach Bob Henriquez said lineman Chaz Green (6-foot-6, 268 pounds) and receiver Jordan Jones (6-4, 185), formerly of Palm Harbor University, have joined the team.
Green is a particularly big catch.
The Crusaders, who graduated four of five starters on the offensive line, can use the help up front. In Green, they've gotten a solid tackle who has big-time potential. After performing well at various camps this summer, he earned a scholarship offer from USF — though he's only a junior. Green also could see action at tight end and on the defensive line.
"He," Henriquez said, "has a huge upside. He's an outstanding athlete. He's raw. He hasn't played a lot."
Jones, also a junior, gives TC another solid skill player.
Countryside QB depth could be dwindling
The number of quarterbacks competing for Countryside's starting job could be down to two.
Cougars coach John Davis said Blake Robles has put in for transfers at a few programs in the county but declined to say which. To make sure he is not ineligible if he transfers, Davis said Robles will not practice until he figures out where he is going to school.
"We want to make sure he is in the right school for him," Davis said.
That leaves Jimbo Chmelik and Ryan Dailey battling for the job. Chmelik split time as the starter last season with Ryan Eppes, who is now at Largo. Dailey played on junior varsity last year.
"It's a friendly competition," Chmelik said. "We're always trying to help each other out."
Possible switch for Dunedin's Bellamy
In March, Dunedin running back Darius Bellamy became USF's recruit for 2009 when he orally committed to the Bulls.
That commitment now is a "soft verbal" according to Bellamy. And it could lead to a switch from USF to the University of Florida.
After Monday's practice, Bellamy said he would like to take trips to Iowa State, FSU and Florida. The Cyclones are the only one of the three schools that have offered, but Bellamy said "we're talking" when asked about Florida.
"The Gators were my favorite team growing up," he said.
Last year, Bellamy ran for 1,950 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also had offers Clemson and Ole Miss.