It's never to early to begin keeping an eye open for top football recruits, especially if they're from the state of Florida. One such player that college programs are already aware of is John Lubischer of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons.
Lubischer is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound tight end/defensive end and is an excellent athlete. He started for the varsity football and basketball teams as a freshman for Coral Springs Christian Academy in before transferring to Cardinal Gibbons for his sophomore year.
"Cardinal Gibbons plays a really tough schedule all the time, schools like Miami Pace and St. Thomas Aquinas," said Lubischer. "We play against some of the best competition in the state and I was playing against D-I players all year."
Gibbons finished the season with 6-4 record and, although Lubischer only caught six passes this season, he played a vital role in the team's running game with his blocking. For his efforts he was awarded Honorable mention All-Broward County tight end. He also made 36 tackles playing on the defensive line.
"The recognition is really nice. Broward is a huge county and to make honorable mention as a sophomore is a real honor for me."
John is originally from New Jersey, but moved to Florida when he was nine. Now the 16-year-old is all business and continues to work out during the off-season, getting ready for Spring practice.
"I'd like to be around 245 pounds and running a 4.8-second 40-yard dash for Spring ball. A lot of colleges come watch our Spring practices so I want to be ready."
Last summer John attended the Rutgers camp and plans on going to a few others this upcoming summer.
"I'm going to the Boston College camp and maybe one of the Florida schools. I'll probably go back to Rutgers for a day or two as well."
Although he has a few years to go before thinking about making a college choice, Lubischer does have two early favorites.
"My two uncles both played at Boston College so I grew up following and rooting for BC since I was a little kid. I also like Rutgers because I'm originally from New Jersey and still have a lot of family and friends there. I really enjoyed their camp last summer and I really liked the coaches."