Often times a coach that has been in the business for a long time will shy away from comparing a current player with a former great that he has coached. However, every once in a while a special player like Blountstown, Fla., running back/defensive back Chance Attaway comes along.
"He means so much to our team that we sort of created an award for him," Blountstown coach Bobby Johns said. "It was called the Mr. Daggerhead award. He was just the emotional leader of our team. He has a motor that never stops running and was really the heart and soul of our team."
The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Attaway runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, has a 330-pound bench press and 350-pound squat.
"I have been coaching for a long time and I have coached a lot of good players like Jerome Carter, Kendall Mitchell and Brian Allen and Chance is as good as any of them," Johns said. "He is getting a lot of attention right now, but he doesn't have any offers yet. I think Florida State may be close to doing something they though, they love him. They call me all the time about Chance."
As a junior Attaway carried the ball 170 times for 1,542 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also 211 yards receiving and five touchdowns. On defense he collected 130 tackles.
"Chance is a great kid too and he is a joy to be around," Johns said. "He is a hard-worker and all of his teammates really look up to him and respect him for the way he carries himself on and off the field."
Like many talented prospects Attaway could play more than one position on the college level, however, one may be a better fit than the other.
"I think he is going to end up playing rover or safety on the next level, I know that's what Florida State likes him as," Johns said. "I think he is good enough as a running back that he could play that on the college level, but I could also definitely see his best position being safety."