- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Here is a recap of spring football action last week as Lakeland (Fla.) Christian defeated Auburndale (Fla.), 3-0, and Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson defeated Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola, 37-20.
Trey Congdon, 2014 QB-PP, Lake Gibson
Congdon was 17-of-26 for 281 yards and four touchdowns Thursday night. It was the sort of performance that should begin the ascension of the 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect. Congdon admitted there are things he needs to improve on and off the field but Thursday was a good start for a player who should see his stock rise over the next six months.
Derwin James, 2015 DB, Auburndale
James shocked many when he committed to Florida State back in late January but the 6-1, 195-pound athlete showed many of the skills that should make him a highly-rated recruit in a couple of seasons. James grabbed an interception late in the first quarter and physically controlled the early part of the game on both sides of the ball. Physically, James will remind many of current Alabama safety Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix.
Eric Carter, WR, Lake Gibson
Carter caught two second-half touchdowns, including a 74-yard bomb on a fade route which he showed better-than-average speed. Carter isn't going to blow you away with any one element of his game, but he has a tremendous work ethic. He received offers from Iowa State and Marshall after the game.
Dwight Fagan, 2014 ATH, Osceola
Fagan had a punt return for a touchdown and an 87-yard kickoff return that was called back on a penalty. Fagan is a well-built 5-7, 175-pound athlete who should have a banner year as a return specialist and all-purpose weapon on offense.
Christian Alexander, 2015 QB, Lakeland Christian
Alexander (6-3, 205 pounds) has all the tools for success but he needs to work on his accuracy. A few passes were wide and others were high. With three years left to play he should work out the kinks in plenty of time to be a player to watch.
Jordan Smith, WR, Lake Gibson
Smith had two first-half touchdowns, including a very impressive balancing act in the back of the end zone. Smith has good size (6-0, 180 pounds) and runs under a 4.6. in the 40-yard dash. Expect some movement on his recruitment in the fall.
Kennard Swanson, DT, Lake Gibson
Swanson was an active body in the middle once again. At 6-0, 242 pounds, he's not a typical interior lineman but he brings a lot of speed to the position. He has over a dozen offers and most schools think he could stay at defensive tackle and provide a major boost as an interior pass-rusher.
Daequan Harrison, 2014 ATH, Osceola
Harrison is probably a wide receiver or defensive back at the next level and he showed dynamic athleticism, while being chased around by Lake Gibson's athletic defensive line.
Kendall Gant, 2014 DB, Lake Gibson
Gant, son of former NFL player Kenny Gant, had an interception in the second half and did a strong job at patrolling the center of the field.
Houston May, OL, Lakeland Christian
May passes the eye test (6-3, 305 pounds) but has a long ways to go with his technique, footwork and initial punch. His size will draw plenty of looks but he is a work in progress.
Lake Gibson: Running back Tyler Brown had a strong first quarter before leaving the game with a high ankle sprain. Brown has an Iowa State offer. Defensive tackle Anthony Green did not play as he was a second-semester transfer from nearby Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen. Class of 2014 defensive back Jordan Ensslin is another potential FBS prospect in the Braves' backfield.
Osceola: Defensive back Hassan Childs had tough assignment with Carter but he played well enough to receiver an offer from Marshall after the game. Running back Stafon McCray has big-time potential but the 6-0, 200-pound prospect struggled to find running space. Defensive end/outside linebacker Peter Bailey (6-3, 215 pounds) did a good job of defending the perimeter and Class of 2015 defensive back Dominic Lee (6-0, 175 pounds) is someone to keep an eye on.
Lakeland Christian: Class of 2014 running back T.J. Simmons (5-10, 185 pounds) looks much bigger and faster than last season. Simmons could approach 1,500 or more yards the 2012 season. LCS has two nice-looking Class of 2014 linemen in Cody Averill (6-3, 265 pounds) and Javonte Williams (6-1, 300 pounds). Senior defensive back Livingston Boulerice had two sacks in the game, he needs to put on a little more size (5-11, 175 pounds) but he's has good tools as an FCS prospect.
Here is a recap of spring football action last week as Lakeland (Fla.) Christian defeated Auburndale (Fla.), 3-0, and Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson defeated Kissimmee (Fla.