Local athletes on recruiting radar

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 02:19 PM.

There hasn’t been a large number of high-profile transfers of student-athletes from school to school in Bay County that sometimes punctuates the summer months here with rumor and innuendo.

That’s not to say that everyone is staying put. But what has come under some scrutiny is a larger number than usual of local and area football talent showing up on major recruiters lists.

Among them, in particular, are some football players at Bay and Vernon.

Bay head football coach Jimmy Longerbeam said that five Tornadoes already have received offers and another expects to play on the next level via an academic scholarship.

A pair of rising juniors lead the way, with defensive end Janarius Robinson and offensive tackle Christion Gainer getting added attention off recent performances at summer camps.

Longerbeam said that Robinson, who currently is 6-foot-5 and weighs 231 pounds, has been offered by Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Michigan, Clemson, South Alabama and UAB.

Gainer, who is 6-5, 285 and expected to add a couple of inches and 20 pounds by the time he graduates in spring 2016, is being recruited heavily by North Carolina and Tennessee and has more offers pending, Longerbeam said.

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