The Memphis area is often home to a number of players that fly under the national radar despite some elite national talent. In the class of 2009, Sheffield High School out of Memphis is home to three such players. Running back Demario Carter, linebacker Jermarceono Lamb and cornerback Tavoris Doss are all players that may emerge to take college football by storm.
Though Lamb and Doss may be relative unknowns, Carter is easy to find. All you have to do is look at the rushing leaders list in the Memphis area. The 5-foot-9 165-pounder has already rushed for 986 yards in five games and a big reason why is his speed.
"He's just explosive," said Sheffield head coach Jerome Griffin. "He runs a 10.5 100 in track. He's one of those guys that are very elusive and he runs downhill."
Carter holds offers from Texas Tech and Arkansas State and he is also hearing from programs such as Louisville, Marshall, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
On the defensive side of the ball, Lamb has been the bell cow for the Knights. He is a big linebacker that plays in the middle for Sheffield but perhaps his best asset is his speed.
"His strength is his size and his speed," said Coach Griffin. "He ran a 4.5 flat at the Memphis camp. With his size and speed, he's very athletic. He's a big hitter. He'll probably play defensive end on the next level. Even the coach from Tennessee was here a couple weeks ago and he said they would move him to defensive end."
Several programs including the Volunteers are waiting on new film to evaluate before offering the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder but Lamb does have offers already from Texas Tech and Southern Miss. Already with a qualifying test score, Lamb should see his interest continue to pick up as his GPA rises.
Also on the defensive side of the ball is another track standout, Tavoris Doss. Doss is a 5-foot-10, 165 pound athlete who was part of Sheffield's standout 4x100 meter relay team. An honor student, Doss will be a qualifier and is being recruited heavily by Louisville along with Marshall and others.
One name to watch in 2010 for Sheffield is Brian Leachman, a transfer from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station who projects as a wide receiver on the next level.