Jasper (Fla.) Hamilton County hasn't exactly been known as a prospect producing factory over the last few years, but that could be about to change. This year the school boasts two Division I prospects, the first of which could earn his way into a "big time" label.
Outside linebacker Dustin Doe is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound beast of a linebacker who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds and his coach Mike Pittman thinks he has the chance to do some special things.
"He is a really good athlete," coach Mike Pittman said. "He is a big hitter and he just loves the contact, he loves to hit people. He has that great linebacker mentality that every great linebacker seems to have. He's the real deal and as good as I have coached. The best thing about Dustin is that he is already qualified and that is not always the easiest thing to find."
According to Pittman, Doe already is generating a lot of interest.
"Florida State, Georgia and Auburn are all ready sending him a lot of stuff and keeping in close contact with me about him," Pittman said. "We sit out here in the middle of nowhere so I think that some schools may have be a little bit slow to find out about him and how good he is. He's just a great player and I think more and more people are starting to find out about him."
Doe has a 275-pound clean, a 485-pound squat and a 275-pound bench press. While he is just being introduced to the recruiting world, there are quite a few college coaches that already have an eye out for him.
While Doe may be the headline recruit for Hamilton County, he is not the only Division I prospect. Pittman says that he has a sleeper lineman that few know about at this time. When recruiters come to the school in May to see Doe, they will quickly find out about offensive tackle Leon Daniels.
"He is going to be a big-time sleeper recruit for somebody in my opinion," Pittman said. "He has the frame to get up to the 330-340-pound range and not be fat at all. He is real lean right now and that is just the way he is built. He has great feet and a tremendous work ethic. I think the best quality about Leon is that he is probably the most coachable kid I have ever had."
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Daniels has slowly began to pick up interest, but right now he is still under the "sleeper" status according to his coach.
"He is getting interest from Florida State and Auburn, as well as some other smaller schools," Pittman said. "I'm telling you though, this kid is a sleeper right now, but someone is going to pick up a good one in Leon. He just has such good feet and he runs so well we pull him all the time. He does so many things well and I think a lot of schools are going to want him before it's over."