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Mon. May 20, 2013 | Joey Knight | Email

When Armwood’s first-team defense completed its goal-line stand with a fourth-and-2 stop to conclude Friday evening’s intrasquad scrimmage, rising junior defensive end Byron Cowart was lined up at nose guard.

Cowart (6-foot-5, 250 pounds), shaping up as the area’s top recruit from the Class of 2015, said he’s hopeful of sliding inside periodically during the season.

“I’m always there, right on the ball, and I’m only going left or right unless we do a little stunt,” said Cowart, who has seven SEC offers. “I like being physical. At linebacker, I’ve got to wait a little bit, but the D line is physical every play.”

Scrimmage standouts
Many county teams staged full-uniform intrasquad scrimmages — the practice games before the practice games — before modest audiences over the weekend. Here are some of the notable performances:

LB Jordan Guyton, Robinson: 10 tackles, one sack
WR Brandon Robinson, Alonso: three receptions 121 yards, one TD
PK Rhett Waldron, Jesuit: 50-yard field goal
RB Ish Witter, Alonso: 20 carries, 207 yards (rising sophomore RB Kelvin Clemmons had 76 yards on 10 carries)

Spring jamboree schedule
Thursday (at 6:30 unless noted)
• At Freedom (Freedom, King, Tampa Bay Tech, Wharton)
• At Middleton (Blake, Chamberlain, Hillsborough, Middleton)
• At Newsome (Bloomingdale, Brandon, Newsome, Tampa Catholic)
• At Armwood (Armwood, Durant, Plant City, Strawberry Crest)
• At Lennard (East Bay, Lennard, Riverview, Spoto)
• At Steinbrenner (Alonso, Gaither, Sickles, Steinbrenner)
• At Plant (Jefferson, Leto, Plant, Robinson)
• Also Thursday (non-jamboree): Seffner Christian at Santa Fe Catholic, 7

By the numbers
1 Brandon player — so far — to sign with a college in the Dean Eychner era. WR/DB Wil Plachta has committed to Division III Greenville (Ill.) College, Eychner said
3 Colleges — Stony Brook, Bowling Green and Miami — represented at East Bay’s Red-Grey game last week
6 Colleges represented at Strawberry Crest’s scrimmage Saturday morning. The half-dozen schools were the most to observe the Chargers at one practice, according to coach John Kelly
96 Ranking of Jesuit LB Vincent Jackson in national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming’s list of the top 100 prospects from the Class of 2014

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