8:17 PM EDT, August 24, 2010
You hate to see good talent go to waste, and it happens every year with decent prospects in the Central Florida area, and all over the country, for whatever the reason, fail to gain as much recruiting attention as they deserve.
It's August, school has started and they still have no NCAA Division I-A offers.
Maybe there are just far too many prospects from which to choose? I'm not buying that. Lazy scouting? I could believe that. Arrogant scouting? Indeed. Just plain old scouting mistakes, when players are incorrectly analyzed? Definitely.
This year's group of overlooked players is as talented as any you will find.
Eric Farkas (6-0, 175) at Sanford Seminole High is a big head-scratcher. He's a tough, hard-hitting, focused safety who gets to the ball and has the speed to converge. Farkas is ranked No. 24 in the Sentinel's 2011 Central Florida Super60, not that it matters much.
He's also one of the best kicker/punter combos in the area, a multi-position athlete, with good grades but yet Mississippi is the school to offer a scholarship. He has also been invited to the MaxxScout All-American game at Daytona Beach on Dec. 31.
Well there are some people who are jealous of Farkas. At least, he has an offer.
Matt McCrary at Orlando Timber Creek, a 6-1, 227-pound linebacker/safety/running back with 4.5 speed and strength to match. He'll see most of his time this season at linebacker, and will also need to help fill the running back void left by the transfer of Isiah Bolden. No offers.
Robenson Roche (5-11, 175) is an incredible athlete at Ocoee High. He plays mostly receiver and cornerback, and also runs back kicks. No offers.
Joe Voigt (6-2, 230) is your prototypical old-school rugged linebacker at Clermont East Ridge. He's built in the Dick Butkus frame, just maybe not as mean. But Voigt is a solid middle linebacker, great leader and a terrific football player. No offers.
Johnny Boston (5-10, 185) is a little thin, but he makes up for it in talent. The QB-WR-DB is one of the most explosive athletes in the area. No offers.
A few other players being overlooked are John Christopher (5-11, 170), the sure-handed Daytona Beach Seabreeze receiver; Joe Martinson (5-10, 165) solid cover corner at Orlando Boone High has an FIU offer; Tyler Chadouin (6-1, 240) hard-to-block defensive tackle at Oviedo; Michael Pata (6-2, 215) a ferocious defensive tackle with a lot of energy; and Tafari Huggins (6-2, 184) could use some more weight, but he gets around the field, is active and finds the ball out of his linebacker spot. Tons of others will likely not find their way to a Division I-A college, but they should have other options if they want to continue playing the game they love.
Chris Hays is the recruiting coverage coordinator for the Sentinel. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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