Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central is one of the most recognized programs in the entire state. In fact, this past weekend, their annual game with Pahokee was featured on the A&E television show, The Glades.
When observers watch the Raiders' defense, they might be surprised to see a player lining up at two very different positions at various times throughout the game. Robert Way has a unique skill set that allows him to take on offensive tackles as well as cover the opponents' top receivers.
"I'm going to be playing defensive end and safety this year for Central," the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Way said. "I might play a little receiver. Everybody is always surprised when they see a defensive end lining up in the secondary. They see that I can do it, though. In 7-on-7, I was leading in interceptions and was going against some top receivers.
"I play safety for us in 7-on-7. I can play pretty much anything on defense. Some schools are looking at me at defensive end, some are looking at me at linebacker and some are looking at me as a safety."
It is no wonder that several colleges have already taken notice of the athletic Way. He holds a quintet of offers with others possibly on the way.
"I have offers from Buffalo, Syracuse, Hampton, Marshall and FAU. I've also talked to Florida State. They're considering offering me too."
This summer, Way made it to several college campuses for camps and tournaments.
"I went to the Jimbo Fisher Camp (at Florida State) and I went to (Kansas City Chiefs cornerback) Brandon Flowers' camp in Delray," he said. "I went to Miami for a 7-on-7 tournament. We actually went all over the place for 7-on-7. Florida State, they say they need linebackers. I was playing linebacker there because of that."
Two other in-state programs have taken notice of the talented defender as well.
"I've been getting letters from South Florida and Florida," Way said. "They wanted me to come to their camps and see how I did. They said they were looking at me pretty close."
As for favorites, Way says all of the schools to have offered so far are even in his mind. However, three programs could easily take the lead should they decide to extend offers as well.
"I'm hoping that Miami or South Florida offer me," he said. "I like Miami, South Florida and Florida State. Those three stick out because they're close to home and they have good football programs.
"Those are the three I'm looking for. Whichever one comes first, that's where I might jump to."