Three games into the season and there are some seniors stepping up who have either shown promise in the past or have come out of nowhere to begin making a statement for themselves.
A good example of those with promise is Sanford Seminole DT Kerry Wiggins, who is also another good example of a player who is too small to play his current role at the college level.
Hagerty offensive linemen might have a different opinion on that after Wiggins, 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, broke through the Huskies' front for three sacks of Hagerty quarterback Jeff Driskel in the Seminoles' 28-14 victory last Thursday.
Wiggins is a near clone of his linebacker buddy Serderius Bryant, only Bryant is even smaller than Wiggins at 5-foot-10, 202 pounds. There was some concern this past summer from Bryant that colleges were thinking he was too small to play linebacker, but Ole Miss thought differently and offered Bryant, to which he committed. Known for taking chances with smaller players, Ole Miss sent one overachiever into the NFL this year in Dexter McCluster, now a Kansas City wide receiver.
Bryant has 4.5 speed and a ball-hawking awareness that has earned him the nickname "Bird." Wiggins runs closer to a 5-flat 40-yard dash, although that time was registered at a combine this past summer when he was nursing a slight hamstring injury.
"I definitely know I can run below five," Wiggins said. "But linebacker is what I'm going to be looking at unless I go play at a smaller level."
And Wiggins is not opposed to that notion. He even made a recruiting trip this past weekend to Benedictine College, a small NAIA school in Atchison, Kan., just outside Kansas City. The undergrad enrollment is just more than 1,400. Seminole High has more students than that.
"It was nice, though," Wiggins said. "It's definitely an option."
Wiggins, who cracked the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60 this week, for which the three-game update will be released Friday online, isn't the only undersized player from Central Florida looking for big-time offers. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Trenier Orr of Ocoee and Ricky Harper of Orlando Oak Ridge are still anticipating more contacts. Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina coaches were at an Oak Ridge practice last week. Orr already has Colorado State, Illinois and Eastern Michigan offers. Harper did not have any before the start of the season, but he's gotten off to a great start his senior year.
One of the better cover corners in the state is Joe Martinson at Orlando Boone, but the 5-10, 165-pounder has only FIU and Illinois State offers. Talented Oviedo athlete Johnny Boston (5-10, 165) is still offerless. Several players in the 2011 Super60 will have size issues when it comes to landing a scholarship.
Wiggins will at least have the option to switch positions, which he said should not be a problem. Size doesn't always hold players back. Players like speedy Henry Eaddy, a 5-foot-7, 165-pounder from Orlando Olympia, is committed to Washington State, and 5-foot-10, 170-pound Lake Mary corner Chris Robinson is committed to Kansas. Jones speedster Clim Robbins (5-9, 165) has offers from Iowa State and Mississippi State. Even 5-7 Breon Allen, a running back at South Daytona Beach Warner Christian is committed to Pittsburgh already.
Find that film
Over the weekend, I was talking with Allen Farkas, father of Seminole High safety/kicker/punter Eric Farkas, a 6-1, 175-pounder who has an offer from Ole Miss. Size hasn't really been a problem for Eric, but getting attention has. With the season three games old, now is the time to get those highlight tapes together.
Different colleges have asked the Farkases to send game film from the first four games. This could be difficult, as at this point players might not have access to those game films. Companies such as Central Florida's Oak Hammock specialize in making recruiting highlight film.
When considering a company to make your video, make sure of four things: 1. No music blasting on the highlight DVD. Coaches hate that. 2. No long, annoying intro about yourself. Just get your name, height, weight, school and position(s) at the beginning and then go right to the action. 3. Keep your video less than three minutes long; two minutes would be better. 4. Send your video to every coach on each team who is relevant to you.The chance of one of several coaches actually seeing your film is better than sending one video per college. More expensive, sure, but it's your future. It's worth it.Chris Hays is the recruiting coverage coordinator for the Orlando Sentinel. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.