Seminole County might want to go ahead and put in an early public-works requisition for resurfacing major roadways next year.
There is going to be quite a bit of extra traffic, especially in the next few months, on roads such as Ronald Reagan Boulevard, U.S. 17-92, State Road 434, Old Lake Mary Road and other streets.
College football coaches will be wearing down these streets as they start plugging high school names into their GPS units this spring, mapping out their routes to see Seminole County's top-notch football prospects.
Not that Seminole is ever lacking in football talent, it's just that this season there seems to be an abundance of upper-echelon athletes.
The top destination will be Lyman High in Longwood, where the college coaches are getting curious about what second-year Greyhounds head coach Jeff Gierke has brewing. He has a pair of bookend-like linebackers in 6-foot-2, 230-pounders Nico Firios and Greg Gooch, who have everyone drooling.
Firios, the No. 6 player in the Sentinel's 2014 Central Florida Super60, is a more prototypical linebacker in athleticism and talent. He roams the middle and has an eye like a hawk for the ball. He's strong, quick and adept at reacting to the football. He averaged 11 tackles last season.
Gooch, ranked No. 11 after a brief stint at No. 1, is certainly as capable, but his college future might be at defensive end. He's not quite as quick as Firios, but he's not slow and he packs a punch. He makes teams constantly have to adjust as Gierke moves him all over the line of scrimmage.
Gooch, incredibly enough, is still waiting on his first college scholarship offer, while Firios has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers and USF.
Other not-so-touted Lyman players who could begin to see some scouting action include speedy dual-threat quarterback Jared Reimel and athletic backs Tony Jones, who has transferred from Lake Howell, and Patrick Jackson as well as big offensive linemen Paul Collins and Brock Merritt. Expectations are high in Longwood.
Just up the road in Lake Mary, the Rams have another gifted athlete in 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive lineman Adam Torres. The No. 4 player in the Sentinel Super60 is a monster of an athletic specimen who can play about any position he wants. He's mostly played as a down defensive lineman for coach Scott Perry, but we'll see him this year at defensive end in Lake Mary's 3-4 set. End is likely the position he'll play in college. He'll also be lining up on offense as a tight end. Torres has offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, FIU, Rutgers, USF, NC State and Marshall.
Lake Mary also has other college prospects in DE Jake Collier, LB Trevor Mayberry, DB Trenton Lowery and OL Harrison Derner.
Back up State Road 434 at Oviedo is big, 6-foot-4, 256-pound defensive end Tyree Owens and quarterback/wide receiver Chris Davis Jr.
Owens received his first offers from West Virginia and Georgia Tech this past week. Davis is still looking for his first, but he'll be getting offers soon.
Schools don't realize what kind of wide receiver the 6-foot, 180-pound Davis can be. He's a skilled quarterback who has started since his freshman year for coach Wes Allen, but he's an even more skilled wide receiver. He was the junior class National Underclassmen Combine receivers MVP last spring in Orlando, outshining numerous players whose full-time job is to catch footballs.
Oh, and while scouts are on the Oviedo campus, they may want to get a look at the little “Ratt.” Junior-to-be running back Jurell Green, whose nickname is “Ratt,” is a star in his own right and has two more high school seasons remaining.
Those aren't the only Seminole stars, however. The best-kept secret in the county is running back Joseph Baker at Sanford Seminole High, who is sure to have a breakout season this year. As always, the 'Noles and coach Rob Vite have several other athletes capable of star quality like DBs Milton Williams, D'amonte Knight and Jerode Jackson, as well as sophomore LB Demetrius Artis.
Lake Brantley has some stars as well, with DE Noah Oliver and OL Gage Bostwick leading the way. DB Chase Haecker is another athletic type like his brother, but he roams the defense as a safety. Others are LBs Chris DeLaRosa and Isaiah Rios.
Hagerty has a stud offensive lineman in Breht Joly. The new coach in town, Phil Ziglar, is likely to have a few more prospects develop. We'll keep an eye on the rookie over there. Another quiet star for the Huskies is quarterback Jason Driskel, the brother of University of Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, is currently fully involved in baseball season, but he's another one to watch as his senior year nears.
Jason, ranked No. 29 in the Super60, is so quiet I inadvertently left him out of the print version of this column.
He is a different type of QB than his older brother was at this level, relying more on his arm than his feet. Jason is more developed at reading defenses and has a big arm, and it will be interesting to see how Coach Ziglar's offense utilizes Driskel's strengths.
Another QB we'll be watching closely is Garrett Kruczek at Lake Howell. Kruczek, the son of former UCF head coach and newly named Trinity Prep head coach Mike Kruczek, has juggled QB duties the past two seasons with Michael McCoy, who will graduate this year.
This season it's Kruczek's opportunity to take over and it will be interesting to see how he handles it. He says he's ready for the task and he's been champing at the bit to get the ball in his hands since he was a freshman.
There are far more talented prospects in Seminole than I mention here and it should be a very good season for Seminole County football. We won't have to wait much longer. Spring practice starts May 1.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun