Jumbo athlete Earl Okine of Gainesville (Fla.) High could be a prospect to watch for the Class of 2008 in the Sunshine State.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder projects as a pass-rushing defensive end or a tight end at the collegiate level and has drawn loads of early interest, according to Gainesville head coach Eddy Moore.
"He went to the Gainesville NIKE Camp last year and was impressive, so he's been getting a lot of attention from a number of schools," Moore said. "South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Indiana, N.C. State and Ole Miss are some of the schools that have been in contact with him."
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According to Moore, Okine has tons of upside.
"He's still growing," Moore said. "He's a real serious pass rusher, he has lots of range and runs well. I see him as a tight end prospect as well because he can catch the ball."
Okine was impressive in at the Gainesville NIKE Camp in May. He posted a 4.88-second pro agility shuttle and had a 29-inch vertical leap.
Okine had more than 15 total tackles and multiple sacks during his sophomore year, his first on varsity.
This season, Okine had 86 total tackles (50 solo) and six sacks. He also forced and recovered a fumble.