While watching the Orlando Agape Christian-Lake Mary Prep game Friday night, I couldn't help but imagine Agape's RB Serge Trezy or WR Drico Johnson wearing Dr. Phillips blue. Or maybe LMP's DE-WR Asa Powell or LB-RB Ray Lewis III in Edgewater red.
It's not really just a daydream. These star Class 1B players, the lowest classification in the Florida State High School Activities Association, could truly start for any team in Central Florida and maybe even the state.
And it's not limited to those 1B schools. Guys like OL-LS Kyle Crofoot at Orlando First Academy, and his teammate RB Albert Settles and DE-TE Michael Kalaman or DE-OL Reid Moore over at Winter Park Trinity Prep. Certainly Breon Allen at South Daytona Beach Warner Christian could play anywhere. He'll play at Pitt next year.
These players aren't going to come right out and say they, too, have dreamed the dream; entertained the thought of playing at a 6A power.
Drico Johnson, however, was at least considering a transfer earlier this year when Agape was going through some issues with the FHSAA and wound up being suspended from this year's postseason play. He went to the first Dr. Phillips practice to check it out.
Johnson wouldn't say if he was considering a transfer at the time. All he did was grin real big.
"We didn't know what was going to happen," Trezy said. "I didn't know until like a week before school so I wasn't even thinking of going nowhere.
"It was too late then anyway. It would have cost us a year," Trezy said.
Their talent has still gotten them noticed.
"I think it still feels like being in a regular public school," says Trezy, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound tailback who has 540 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns in six games. He's getting contact from Nebraska, Georgia Tech and Florida State. "As long as you do what you are supposed to do, you'll get seen. You just gotta keep your grades up, and that's the most important thing. As long as you show out on the field and play hard, you can go where you want to go."
Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 194 pound receiver who has 24 catches for 544 yards and six TDs, is getting looks from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Minnesota.
These players have respect for the bigger schools, yet are just fine with their decisions to play at Agape.
"The way technology is today, with guys making film and things like MaxPreps and Rivals, I don't think it's as tough to get noticed as it was when I was coming through," Agape coach Victor Floyd said. "With kids putting themselves on YouTube and things like that, it exposes them to all of the schools and coaches. It takes a little bit from us, as coaches, to get stuff out too, but it's not as hard as it was before."
Another one of the Saints' stars is senior defensive end Claude Pelon, with whom Bethune-Cookman is very impressed. Pelon is a massive specimen at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds. He said he has 25 tackles, 15 sacks and five forced fumbles in five games. He is also planning trips to Tennessee State and Marshall.
Pelon came to Agape for his sophomore year to get his head straight. He could have left and transferred elsewhere. So could have the others. But they have stayed, which is a testament to Floyd's program, which is in it's second year with the coach.
"I think they like it here. I don't know what it was before I got here and I heard all the negative things," said Floyd. "I think what we, my coaching staff, brought to the table is that we're gonna teach them. When they line up, they know what it is, they know the mistakes they're making and how to correct it. They're learning and I think that's the biggest thing."
There are more than just those three players at Agape. Quarterback Dean Moseley (6-4, 180) is as athletic as the rest of them and has good size. He could easily play wideout or quarterback at the next level, which would probably be NCAA Division-IAA as a QB.
LB-FB Trey Scott (5-10, 195) and DT-FB Demetrius Turner (5-9, 190) play defense, but as fullbacks are two of the toughest runners you will find. Sophomores Jeremiah Ferguson (5-9, 160) and Myrtle Wilkerson (6-0, 175) can play about anywhere on the field, and linemen Darren King (5-9, 314) and Alonzo Brown (6-0, 340) fill some gaps up front.
Agape is more of a community school. Most of the students live within the community, which is located near the intersection of Silver Star Road and Hiawassee Boulevard in Orlando. All three of the players above, like most of the Agape kids, would have gone to Evans.
It's a little different at Lake Mary Prep, where players like Powell and quarterback Mitch Lane (DeLand) were at bigger schools and decided to transfer. Lewis III, the son of NFL Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis Jr., is the most versatile player on the Saints' squad. He can play LB-DB-WR-TB-QB.
Other possible prospects at LMP are LB Raymond McCullough (2012, 5-10, 170), SS-FB Andrew Michaels (2013, 5-8, 170) and FB-LB Arthur Buller (5-9, 190).
Powell was at Lake Brantley before transferring for his junior season. He's a senior now and barely getting a recruiting sniff despite big numbers as a defensive end. He's averaging 10 tackles a game and has five sacks.
"I think the numbers talk for themselves," Powell said. "I'm not really concerned about where I am as long as I put up those numbers. Competition-wise, a lot of people might say that being at Brantley is more competition than 1B, but with the people we have and the people we play against it's evenly matched, so the intensity is there and the numbers are numbers."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun