Over the last several years Seffner (Fla.) Armwood has produced some of the top defensive players in the state, including defensive end Ryne Giddins (South Florida), linebacker Eric Striker (Oklahoma) and ESPN 150 defensive back Leon McQuay III.
But the next generation of Armwood defenders looks just as strong with class of 2014 defensive back Kyle Gibson and class of 2015 defensive lineman Byron Cowart.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound sophomore moved to Seffner from Snellville, Ga. when he was in eighth grade and played in limited minutes as a freshman. Now he is expected to be a massive part of Armwood's defense over the next three seasons.
"We have a lot of big plans for Bryon because, as you can tell, he looks like he's going to be a special player," said Armwood head coach Sean Callahan. "I've been blessed to have some very good defensive line here from Torrey Davis on through the years."
Cowart hasn't hit the camp circuit hard yet. He's participate in team events with Armwood, including this weekend's USF Sling & Shoot 7-on-7 tournament, which he admits is a little out of his comfort zone.
"I'm just doing this event to try to be a more versatile player and I know that having some ability to defend the pass is important for every player on the defense, even the linemen," Cowart said.
Cowart said he dreams of playing for one of the major programs in the Southeast.
"I love SEC football, programs like LSU and Alabama, Florida and Georgia," Cowart said. "Also FSU, Miami and even Southern Cal is a place with great defenses and coaching. Really any of the big-time programs that play great defense."
Cowart says he'll likely hit the summer camp circuit hard next season and try to take unofficial visits to most of the major programs in the Southeast.