Ty Law, Ellis Marder, Taylor Barton of Lake Highland Prep

Ty Law, Ellis Marder, Taylor Barton of Lake Highland Prep (PHOTOS BY CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL)

 

Lake Highland Prep's 2012 football team is going to be like a blur next season. Video tape is highly recommended.

Veteran Coach Tim Borcky, who has been at LHP for 14 seasons, said Thursday from Colorado, where he was visiting his two sons – Bobby and T.J. – who play at Colorado State, that this year’s group is the “fastest, by far, than any team we’ve had.”

“Oh yeah, you can believe that,” soon-to-be rising senior Ty Law said.  “We do a lot of speed drills and a lot of conditioning.”

“All last summer, coach (Marcus) O’Dell … every day,” said fellow senior-to-be Ellis Marder.

College recruiters are certainly taking notice. They have been flocking to LHP as part of their Central Florida stops this month.

“Oh yea, they’re all coming in. I let them do a ‘fly-by’ where I’ll be with a coach in the hallway and have the kids walk by, wave and keep going,” Borcky said, of this NCAA no-contact period. “We’ve had a lot of head coaches in … Purdue, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Florida State, Florida, South Florida, Florida Atlantic,  Kentucky … mainly the coaches just want to see their size.”

Lake Highland has more speed than size and it’ll be running on high octane next season. It’s a team full of burners:

     

  • WR-CB Hayden Jones ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at this past weekend’s Miami Under Armour combine. He also has a personal-best time in the 100 meters of 10.91 seconds on track team last year and has a 23.66 time in the 200. Jones had the seventh best 40 time at last month’s Orlando Under Armour Combine with a 4.47. Hayden’s father Darrell Jones played football at Florida. “I think I can get a lot lower with my 40 time,” Jones said. The only Central Florida player with a faster 40 time than Jones in the early portion of the 2011 combine season is Marvin Bracy of Orlando Boone. Bracy has a state best 4.32.

  • WR-SS Taylor Barton ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at the Scout.com Mike Bakas Combine and a 4.72 at the Orlando Under Armour and he also runs a 11.54 100 meters and a 24.39 200.

  • ATH Ty Law ran a 4.66 40 at the Orlando Under Armour event and hit 4.5 at the Bakas combine. Law also has an 11.55 PR in the 100 meters and 24.09 in the 200 meters. Borcky will use Law “everywhere.”

  • CB-RB Ellis Marder, 6-1, 185, dropped his 40-yard dash into the 4.5 category for the first time at the Bakas combine, and he also will be joining the track team this year after having played baseball in previous years. Marder will focus on cornerback for his senior season.

     

  • LB-WR David Jean ran a 56.51 400 meters last year and he was part of the 3:28.98 mile-relay team with Barton, and non-footballers Shelby Straight and Sam Houston.

    Barton was also on the 44.01-second 400-meter relay team with Law, Jones and Houston.

    But those are just the seniors. There are also some stars among the underclassmen.

     

  • ATH Mikey Dorcely, 2013, 5-9, 175. Borcky said about his best athlete, “We’ll use him all over the field, some running back, some slot and even snap to him out of the Wildcat.” As a freshman he ran a 12.19 100 meters and a 24.7 200. He figures to be faster this year.

    Dorcely was out for the season after the fourth game last year. He bumped his knee during that game but it swelled up as if he’d done far more damage. Upon examination it was learned Dorcely had no Anterior Cruciate Ligament, having torn it years before.

    “He hasn’t had an ACL for years. They could tell from the scar tissue that he originally tore it three or four years ago,” Borcky said. “They had to rebuild it and he’ll probably be faster and quicker than he already was.

    “He could go this spring probably if we let him, but we’re not going to. It’s not worth the risk.”

     

  • RB-OLB B.J. Simpson, 2013, ran an 11.50 100 meters a year ago, and a 21.45 200. He, along with Jean, Joel “J” Berry, a 2014 linebacker, and Landon Stokes, 2013 receiver, are all stellar basketball players, as well.

    Lake Highland plays in the regional semifinals Friday night against Melbourne Central Catholic at home, 7 p.m. Winner will play Tuesday against Orlando Jones-Melbourne Holy Trinity game

  • Evan Jager, 6-3, 180, 2014, not necessarily a speedster, will head into spring practice as the quarterback incumbent and Berry will challenge. Berry, whose father, Joel Sr.,  was a three-sport star at Oak Ridge and played football at UCF, is also a 4.5-second 40 runner.

  • Landon Stokes, 6-4, 210, 2013, has a brother, Lance, who also plays basketball  at LHP and father Fred played in the NFL. Landon is another speedy player, running 4.6 in a “worst-case scenario,” Borcky added. The Stokes family moved in from Virginia two years ago

     

    What’s has been most impressive about these players to Borcky, however, is the work they are putting in, and he’s been very pleased.

    “They’re really working hard, putting in the time on their own, working together … working alone at home on the weekend. They are all just really committed,” he said.

    “We’re working hard this year because it was kind of a letdown to lose in the second round last year,” Barton said.

    Simpson was the leading rusher a year ago with 690 regular-season yards and 8 touchdowns. Dorcely had 284 yards and five TDs before the Game-4 injury. Jones was the lead receiver with 24 catches for 407 yards and two touchdowns, while Barton was next with 15 catches for 241 yards and four touchdowns for a team that stays mostly on the ground.

    In the playoffs, Jones had four more catches, including 75- and 76-yard touchdowns passes from Jager. Law also had a 30-yard TD run in the playoffs and Simpson had a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown.

    Barton averaged seven tackles a game to lead all returning players. Jean and Stokes averaged about six tackles a game.

    “We all play both offense and defense and it helps that we have speed,” Jones said. “We also have everyone running track this year so with get a lot of speed work and agility work with Ricky Argro.

    And it’s not all about speed with the Highlanders. Big senior offensive lineman Blake Fromang (6-8, 280) will get major NCAA Division-I-A looks this year. Fromang, Law, Marder and Barton all took part in the Florida Junior Day this past weekend, while Jones was at USF’s Junior Day before heading to Miami for the UA combine. Jones had already been to UF a few times.

    With all this talent, the expectations for Lake Highland will be quite high this coming season.

    “Just play, that’s all we can do,” Law said. “We’re used to winning so we just gotta keep doing it. We’re gonna come back strong this year.”

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@orlandosentinel.com.