The Prospector: With talent comes high expectations for Mount Dora

Mount Dora assistant coach Terrance Larmond, who has coached some of the best corners in the state, like current Florida State starting corner Nick Waisome, from South Lake, and soon-to-be Florida freshman Marcell Harris, from Dr. Phillips via South Lake. Both players were Under Armour All-Americans as seniors.

Larmond calls his cornerback tandem of Davis and senior-to-be Jefferson Vea, the best CB duo in the state. Vea (6-0, 175), the No. 38 player in the Super60, has offers from Bowling Green, Memphis, FIU and Georgia Southern.

“With the corners we have they are able to do a lot of things,” Grabowski said. “They can shut down virtually every receiver they go against.”

Vea is a third-year starter, as is leading tackler and middle linebacker Steven Gonzalez (6-0, 205), who averaged nine tackles last year and is No. 57 on the Super60. Another returning starter at linebacker is senior-to-be Billy Gagnon (5-10, 175), an undersized overachiever who averaged six tackles.

Scott Gallup (6-2, 225) leads the way up front. He's small for a defensive tackle — and is getting college looks as a linebacker — but size isn’t everything. He had 9.5 sacks last season.

Gallup will also be back on the offensive line, going both ways, and Mount Dora might have the most offensive linemen on the roster of any team in the state. The Hurricanes go three-deep at every spot, and then some, which is unheard of. Grabowski is high on young OT Cain Hammond (6-5, 300) and another Heggie, this one Brett Heggie (6-2, 250), lines up at center. He’s the brother of Notre Dame offensive lineman Bruce Heggie.

This kind of talent can put a little pressure on a head coach.

“It sure does,” Grabowski said. “I definitely feel a lot more pressure, but it’s not coming from other people. I’m hard on myself and I put pressure on myself to get these kids to perform at the highest level. They deserve that.

“This is a good community and they’ve all been behind me and have supported what we are doing here. The support from the community has been awesome.”


Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.

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