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Recruiting: Eight whose stocks are on the rise

Nature Coast’s Isaac Bailey has 300 yards and five scores in two games this season.


Nature Coast’s Isaac Bailey has 300 yards and five scores in two games this season.

Two weeks of the 2010 football season are in the books. A quick look at some players who are already raising their recruiting profiles:

1. Isaac Bailey, Nature Coast: The senior running back is 5-foot-9 but only 160 pounds, so he may not have a true position at the next level. Well, except for maybe playmaker. Yes, he's undersized, but Bailey has good speed and vision, and already has more than 300 yards rushing and five scores. He also had a huge spring game against Tampa Catholic. His coaches still can't believe some of the smaller Division I schools aren't knocking Bailey's door down.

2. Pete DiNovo, East Lake: Only a sophomore, Dinovo will be one of Tampa Bay's better quarterbacks by 2012. He already caught the eye of FSU coach Jimbo Fisher this summer, and has thrown for 327 yards in two games so far.

3. Greg Windham and Reese Sturgis, King: Windham is an athletic, 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior quarterback who can make big things happen, and when he does, it is often to Sturgis, who at 5-10, 175 pounds will end up somewhere after this, his senior season. They hooked up Friday with 1:45 left to give the Lions a second straight victory.

4. Javonte Sykes, Plant City: The 5-foot-9, 177-pound senior has drawn interest as a cornerback from Florida State, UCF and Miami, according to, but he is blossoming as Bennie Coney's top receiver. He had a touchdown catch in the preseason classic, two in the opening week and another Friday with more than 100 yards.

5. Jacob Guy, Pasco: The 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior quarterback had a nice summer at camps working to improve his reputation. He started 2010 with a 10-for-13 passing night for 130 yards. A versatile athlete, Guy can throw a football 70 yards or run with one that far for a score, and he could project as a safety down the road.

6. Ricky Trinidad, Mitchell: It's hard to gauge Trinidad, who continues to put up mind-boggling numbers against subpar competition. He has legitimate speed, has been a region contender in the 100 and 200 in track, and is tougher to drag down than his 165-pound frame might indicate. In two games this season, Trinidad has 18 carries for 398 yards, more than 20 yards a carry. Youngstown State has offered him a scholarship, and USF is said to be looking.

7. Billy Pavlock, Palm Harbor University: The junior is 6-foot, 170 pounds and has been accurate throwing the ball this season (11-for-17), but his strength may be his running ability. Pavlock already has 300 yards rushing and has enough speed to play other positions.

8. Jesse Hevia, Pinellas Park: The senior quarterback is undersized at 5-foot-11 and was mired in a nonpassing offense last year. But with the Patriots opening things up he is flourishing, thanks in part to the emergence of big WR Jeremi Powell, who could be on this list next week. Hevia has worked diligently on his throwing for years, and through two weeks he has thrown for 473 yards with no interceptions.

Recruiting: Eight whose stocks are on the rise 09/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 11, 2010 7:49pm]
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