It’s funny how things just work themselves out for some people.
Two months ago, there was chaos abound at East Ridge High in Clermont, when popular veteran head football coach Bud O’Hara was forced out. Many players, who will be headed into their senior seasons, were left with a big decision.
Many will stay at East Ridge and see how things work out with new head coach Ken Knapczyk.
Other players, like Korian Brady and Marcus Watson, have decided to transfer. Running back Watson has been at Montverde Academy for almost a month.
For Brady, he’s seen his life go from one extreme to another. In his very recent past is the chaos of the East Ridge situation, and in his future is the positive energy emanating from the football program at West Orange High.
Expectations are high at the Winter Garden school.
The Warriors have hired one of the best high school coaches around in former Olympia head coach Bob Head.
They have one of the most promising quarterbacks in the area in senior-to-be Hayden Griffitts.
He’ll be connecting with one of the top wide receivers in the state in Garrett Johnson. He’ll also have a nice outlet in talented twin brother Kyle Griffitts at tight end.
Also in the backfield will be one of the top running backs in the state in Jamarcus “Goat” Federick.
There are also some exciting underclassmen like Edward McDoom.
Add Brady to the list.
He has been at West Orange since Monday (March 11).
“I like it. It’s different but I like it so far,” Brady said Sunday. “Our house was up for sale anyway, and so we had to move. We found a house in Winter Garden. Everyone has been friendly and welcoming and it’s been a good transition.”
Brady will give Griffitts another option at wide receiver and he’ll also play cornerback for the Warriors. He’s a talented prospect who could play either side of the ball in college, but he’s not concerned about that aspect at this stage.
“I’ll do anything to win,” says Brady, whose recruiting profile will have him labeled in the versatile ATH category. He’s also hoping that perhaps the move from East Ridge to West Orange will help him receive more college attention.
“Oh yeah , it’s major difference from Lake County and Orange County, as far as recruiting.” said Brady, who is currently ranked as the No. 42 prospect in the Sentinel’s 2014 Central Florida Super60. That number will change.
“Everything’s coming together,” said Brady, who met Coach Head last week. “He’s great … I talked to him a little bit this past week and he’s pretty cool.
“He’s going to play me, most likely, at corner for sure, and maybe working some offense. I’m natural at receiver and I just started playing corner before last season. I love receiver and I like corner.”
The 6-foot, 179-pound athlete said he hasn’t had much recruiting interest so far, but that’s likely to change. Last season he had 23 catches for 630 yards and 10 TDs at East Ridge. In the past two seasons, he’s had six interceptions and 34 passes broken up.
“I’ve talked to UConn a little bit, but that’s about it,” Brady said. “I’m not really that worried about it right now. I’m the kind of person who just looks at the next game.
“I’m being patient. I know my time will come eventually. I’ll be an athlete until I get [to college]. The main thing is getting in school for free, no matter where that is. I’ll go there I’ll worry about position when I get there. The main thing is getting into college.”
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.