Tampa (Fla.) Freedom is home to several potential Division I-A prospects for the Class of 2008, including one prospect who could possibly be one of the Sunshine State's top line prospects.
Matt Patchan is a 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive tackle/defensive end who already holds scholarship offers from Miami (where his father played football), Georgia, Florida and Ole Miss. He is big, lean, strong and physical and has good feet. He's also quick, posting a 4.44-second pro agility shuttle time at the Athens NIKE Camp in May.
While Patchen possibly could end up on defense, most feel that he has long-term pro potential at offensive tackle. Expect him to be on numerous early Florida "watch lists" and for him to have a good shot at making the Class of 2008 pre-evaluation Rivals100 when it is released close to Signing Day, 2007.
Linebacker Justin Raymond is a prospect to keep an eye on. Freedom head coach Leon Brockmeier believes that the 6-foot, 215-pounder is a lock to be one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Florida for next year's class.
Raymond boasts a 4.6-second 40-yard dash time and a 295-pound max on the bench press. He currently is interested in Alabama, Arizona State and East Carolina, among others.
Wide receiver Larry Thompson is part of a passing attack that is among the best in Hillsborough County, Fla. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder claims 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash and a bench press max of 225 pounds. Thompson currently likes Auburn, Connecticut and East Carolina.
Defensive back Scott Peek has excellent size at 6 feet 3, 210 pounds. He projects as a safety and currently likes Alabama, Florida and Arizona State, among others.
Brae Davis has Connecticut and East Carolina on his early list. The 5-foot-8, 200-pound running back has good strength (he has a 265 bench press max).
Two-way lineman Rolando Fines is a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder that has a good frame. He projects as either an offensive tackle or a defensive tackle and has Mississippi State, among others, on his early list of programs to consider.
Punter Cass Couey also could potentially be a Division I-A prospect.