Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Recruiting: The waiting should end soon for these prospects

With spring football right around the corner, another strong class of recruits is likely to bring in a wave of interested colleges. • If you're Wharton's Vernon Hargreaves, St. Petersburg Catholic's Ryan Green or Jesuit's Travis Johnson, what's new? This trio, along with a few others, already has offers from many of the big schools. • But there are players out there with no offers. That won't last for some of them. • Here's just a few — we expect dozens more — of the players who don't yet have offers but we believe soon will:

1. Pete DiNovo, QB, East Lake: The Eagles signal caller competed in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp on Saturday, a day after stopping at Alabama and Auburn to try to wow coaches. East Lake will be a popular stop this spring, with UCF possibly leading the pack.

2. David Emmanuel, RB, Pasco: He has rushed for almost 2,500 yards and 35 touchdowns the past two seasons, and schools such as Miami, Minnesota and USF are just a few to have expressed interest in the Pirate.

3. A.J. Sattinger, TE, Countryside: Sattinger received an offer last year from Ohio but hasn't heard anything since. So we'll put him back at zero, but only for another week or so, as UCF, Miami, Florida International, Georgia, Duke, Temple and Indiana could be ready to offer.

4. Mike Stevenson, DB, CCC: A 6-1, 200-pound safety prospect, he heads up a group of Marauders expected to flourish in 2012. USF, FIU and Miami are interested. And teammate DB/WR Trey Larry is not far behind.

5. Robby Garcia, OL/DL, Jesuit: It's not that colleges such as USF and Furman aren't interested, it's that they can't decide where Garcia is best suited. The rising senior will get lots of playing time as a guard this spring to raise his profile.

6. Rohan Blackwood, WR/DE, Nature COast: At 6-5, 195 pounds, Blackwood is an intriguing prospect with outstanding raw athleticism. Florida's interest has been piqued, and the rising junior has lots of room to grow.

7. Zach Benjamin, WR, Tampa Catholic: He has been tearing up the combine circuit this spring, but the Crusaders leading receiver from a year ago still hasn't netted an offer. Real football might change that. He will get there, if 6-2, 300-pound teammate OL Christian Freeman doesn't get his first first.

8. Albert Laskett, DB, Gibbs: If scouts aren't too distracted by 6-foot-9, 375-pound lineman Davarus Clark or speedster RB Emmanuel Stewart (just about all recovered from last year's torn ACL), they should notice Laskett, who coach Antonio Knox likens to Oklahoma signee Gary Simon.

9. Carlos Duclos, DB, Robinson: A knee injury kept Duclos off the field last season, but this spring will be his chance to prove he is healed. Along with lineman Bruce Hector, the pair will help draw recruiters to Robinson in what could be a banner spring.

10. Kevin Faulkner, TE, Fivay: One of the most productive tight ends in Tampa Bay. At 6-4, 220 pounds, Faulkner's athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect. Someone will stop in Hudson and be impressed enough to produce an offer.

For more names submitted by our Facebook friends, go to tampabay.com/hometeam.

Just a matter of time?

We asked our fans on Facebook who they thought would pick up his first offer this spring, and here's several of the names they said to watch out for:

Jordan Algere, DB/WR, Middleton

Tramaine Batten, RB, Dunedin

Dominic Bourne, OL, TC

Nate Godwin, S, Freedom

Adam Harris, WR, Clearwater

Tyrail Hawkins, ATH, Hernando

Robert Leeks, DT, Lakewood

Tre Leonard, TE, Robinson

Jordan Leston, QB, Clearwater

Max Orr, LB, Freedom

Brandon Pertile, OL, Countryside

Austin Podurgiel, OL, Countryside

Adam Posateri, WR, Bloomingdale

Zachary Rosinski, OL, Countryside

Zack Romp, DB/WR, Freedom

Marrieo Taylor, ATH, Countryside

Isaac Tanner, LB, Freedom

Travion Wallace, OL/DL, Freedom

Ryan Yates, FB, Countryside

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