Apopka (Fla.) High School has some very talented rising seniors in Larvez Mars, Jeremy Gallon, Travelle Davis and Caleb Nelson. According to head coach Rick Darlington they all had a busy May with over 30 college coaches coming through Apopka.
The top rated prospect is Jeremy Gallon. Gallon, 5-9 and 165 pounds, projects as a slot receiver at the next level. So far he has scholarship offers from schools like Michigan, Central Florida, Iowa, State and Florida International. According to coach Darlington he's the team's strongest and faster player. That's a deadly combination.
"Jeremy runs 4.4 everyday and has run 4.38 for us. I mean he runs 4.4 every time. He's strong. Jeremy power cleans 210 pounds. He has great hands and is really a big time athlete."
Last season at quarterback Gallon rushed for over 1,700 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns. He also threw for 8 scores, completed 65% of his passes and had no interceptions.
Another big time recruit and someone vastly underrated is Larvez Mars. Mars, 5-10 and 205 pounds, plays linebacker. Kentucky, FIU, Michigan State and Cincinnati are some of the schools that have offered Mars.
"We call him Pooh Bear and he will be a four year starter," Darlington said. "He's all-state and plays in the middle. Pooh Bear also is our biggest linebacker and is as good a defensive player as we have ever had here. He's very, very quick and a good runner. He's a sideline to sideline guy and just never has a bad day. Larvez is very coachable, easy to be around and a very good athlete and person."
Two flying a little bit under the radar are Davis and Nelson. Davis, 5-10 and 180 pounds, plays running back and safety while Nelson, 6-1 and 175 pounds, plays safety, wide receiver and quarterback.
"Travelle is probably our best defensive back and he hasn't played in the secondary until this year. He's just a very smart player. He's a slashing type of runner with good vision. Travelle is also a tenacious blocker.
"Nelson does a little of everything for us. He is just a wonderful athlete."