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.
Rising senior offensive lineman Steven Sain has North Carolina and West Florida on his radar, junior running back Raekwon Webb has been offered by Western Kentucky and senior running back Travion Turrell has committed to Alabama State.
Longerbeam said wide receiver/safety John Wallace will have an academic scholarship to Alabama State and is expected to play football there.
Bobby Johns at Vernon said that senior linebacker Austin Brown has had 12-15 offers from Division I schools. Johns said the 6-4, 190-pounder is being recruited as an athlete, but probably projects as an outside linebacker.
Junior middle linebacker Darrius Peterson, 6-1, 218, has been to camps in Kentucky and Georgia, and recently attended the USF camp. Johns expects quarterback Tristan Porter, 6-4½, 195 to get attention and a pair of beefy linemen, Malik Sheppard, 326, and Alex Rosa, 308, may need to go the junior college route to play at the next level.
Mosley coach Jeremy Brown said that Raekwon Jones, 6-2, 205, is getting a lot of attention as a hybrid linebacker or safety. His early list includes Florida Atlantic, Troy, South Alabama, Toledo and Buffalo.
Tight end Trey Trzaska and quarterback Dillon Brown, could wind up playing in the Ivy League. Trzaska, 6-3, 200, also is used as an H-back and been offered by FAMU. Brown has been getting some interest from Patriot League schools, and he could gain added attention if he adds a few inches on his 5-10 frame and has a solid senior season.
“He has the arm strength and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Coach Brown said. “He can make all of the throws.”
First-year Bozeman head coach Lyle Messer said that 6-3 quarterback David Elmore has been generating the most interest from colleges of Bucks’ players.
This isn’t intended as a complete list of local and area players gaining recruiting recognition, but merely reflective of the area head coaches who recently returned calls.
Vernon’s Rosa played at Bozeman the past few years, but originally transferred there from Vernon so in a sense is returning home. Bay has added a pair of former Rutherford Rams, but otherwise the “transfer season” hasn’t been especially busy thus far.
Justin Davis, the younger brother of Bay County Offensive Player of the Year Dallas Davis, could be the highest profile athlete moving to a new school. Expected by some to assume the No. 1 quarterback duties for Rutherford, Justin Davis now attends Bay and could battle for that role in the fall.
He has been joined at Bay by former Rams’ offensive lineman Kekoa Haiana-Scott.
Liberty County coach Grant Grantham said his program has lost four players from families moving out of the area. Among them was starting guard Maze Holmes, but the other athletes were younger players, Grantham said.
Longerbeam said that Javylon Wilson, who played mostly junior varsity football at Bay as a freshman, but was a key member of the Tornadoes’ basketball varsity as a ninth-grader, will attend Mosley in the fall.