Friday, November 24, 2017

HomeTeam 100: Players 41-50


Our sixth annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. Today: players 41-50.

41. Charles Harrison III, Zephyrhills

Position: Quarterback

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 5-11, 165

The quarterback position has become a Harrison family legacy.

Harrison III's grandfather, Charles "Bo" Harrison, scored 55 touchdowns for Mickens (the all-black school at the time in Dade City) from 1964-65. Harrison became a Pasco County Sheriff's lieutenant and was killed by a sniper's bullet while on duty in 2003.

His father, Charles Harrison Jr., was a quarterback for Pasco when the school won its first and only state title in 1992.

So it was only natural for Harrison III to become a signal caller.

"Quarterback is the only position I've ever played," he said. "I like it. You have the ball and the game in your hands."

The only difference is Harrison III is a quarterback 9 miles down the road from Pasco at bitter rival Zephyrhills.

Last year, Harrison III made a name for himself by throwing for 1,607 yards and 19 touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback also rushed for 433 yards and scored seven times on the ground. His performance helped the Bulldogs make the playoffs as a district runnerup.

Harrison III already has an offer from Warner and is hoping for more. His goals this season are lofty: 3,000 yards passing, 700 rushing and 45 touchdowns.

HIGHLIGHTS: Charles Harrison III.

Lance Rothstein | Special to the Times

QB Charles Harrison III

42. Mayan Ahanotu, Berkeley Prep

Position: Defensive lineman

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-4, 250

Ahanotu is a three-star recruit who has committed to Minnesota:

How much have you learned about football and playing defensive line from your father (former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive end Chidi Ahanotu)?

"I have learned a lot of great things from my father. He has taught me ever since I was a little kid. One of the most important aspects of the game that my dad taught me was my get off and being explosive with my first step."

What is something that people might not know about you?

"I used to play tuba throughout middle school. I just lost touch with it when I got to high school with school, football and basketball. I probably could still play, but I would be really rusty."

Is there a story behind your first name?

"I am the middle-born child in my family. My older brother's name (Ijechi) is Nigerian after my father's descent. My mom wanted the second born to have a Spanish name since she is Honduran."

HIGHLIGHTS: Mayan Ahanotu.

Andres Leiva | Times

DL Mayan Ahanotu

43. Khalan Tolson, Admiral Farragut

Position: Linebacker

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-0, 205

Tolson is one of those players that coaches can't keep off the field. On defense, where he has played for four years, he is a hard-hitting linebacker who can play on either side of the field and often does. Blue Jackets' coach Rick Kravitz likens it to a game of Where's Waldo.

"We try to hide him from offenses," Kravitz said. "It's 'Where's Tolson.' "

This season, defenses will also know where Tolson is. He will play running back after playing the position sporadically last year.

"I only did it last year when the team needed a first down or a touchdown," he said. "I'll do whatever I can to help the team."

After his sophomore year, offers from colleges started streaming in. He has more than 25 to date, including Michigan, USF and UCF. As a junior, he had 11 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He hopes to do even better this season.

"I really think we can have the best defense in Pinellas County," he said.

HIGHLIGHTS: Khalan Tolson.

Dirk Shadd | Times

LB Khalan Tolson

44. Fitzroy Gardner, Armwood

Position: Defensive lineman/linebacker

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-3, 205

Special to the Times

DL/LB Fitzroy Gardner

One of the most underrated defensive linemen in the area, Gardner put up solid numbers as the anchor of Lennard's line last season with 117 tackles — 22 for loss — and nine sacks, all while constantly battling through double teams. This offseason, Gardner transferred to Armwood, where he will join a star-studded defensive line that includes Malcolm Lamar. Gardner picked up tons of interest from colleges in the spring and has an offer from UCF.

HIGHLIGHTS: Fitzroy Gardner.

45. Lavel Dumont, Wharton

Position: Offensive lineman

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-4, 275

Dumont didn't seriously play football before last season because he had been more focused on basketball. Once he got on the field, however, he knew that football was his sport. "From the first practice I liked the contact," Dumont said. "I was eager to learn and I had a lot to learn." Quickly, he became a smarter and much stronger player, raising his max bench press in the last year from 135 pounds to 315. His progress and potential also raised the interest of many college programs, including Toledo, where he has verbally committed.

HIGHLIGHTS: Lavel Dumont.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Lavel Dumont

46. Kendrick Torain, Jesuit

Position: Defensive back

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-2, 195

Three things to know about Torain:

1. Torain is a lifelong Tampa resident, and he started playing football at 5 years old for the Nuccio Jaguars. Some of his first teammates? Former Jesuit and soon-to-be college football players Malik Davis (Florida) and Travell Harris (Washington State). "I've known them my whole life," Torain said. "They're like my brothers."

2. Math and science are some of Torain's favorite subjects, and he hopes to put them to good use in a career as a petroleum engineer some day.

3. Torain has played on the defensive side of the ball most of his life, and he looks up to Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson because of his talent and intelligence for the game. His favorite part about defense? "I like playing cornerback because you have 10 other players helping you make a play, instead of you being on the opposite side of the ball trying to get away from 11 players."

HIGHLIGHTS: Kendrick Torain.

Andres Leiva | Times

DB Kendrick Torain

47. Ahmarean Brown, Tampa Catholic

Position: Wide receiver

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 5-10, 165

Don't let Brown's size fool you. What he lacks in height, he makes up for with his speed and hands. As a freshman at Jefferson High, Brown competed in the state meet in the 100-meter dash, a skill that transfers to the football field. Last season, Brown, who has offers from Kentucky, Michigan State and Missouri, among others, was the Crusaders' second-leading receiver, recording 399 yards and three touchdowns on 34 receptions. But after Tampa Catholic graduated three of its top receivers from last season, look for Brown to be an even bigger part of the offense.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ahmarean Brown.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

WR Ahmarean Brown

48. Samuel Baker, Admiral Farragut

Position: Offensive lineman

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-3, 285

Dirk Shadd | Times

OL Samuel Baker

Three things to know about Baker:

1. He has been on the Admiral Farragut varsity roster since he was in eighth grade. He came to the school from Ocala, where former AFA coach Ryan Hearn coached his brother at West Port. He was a boarding-school student in his first few years. "It was a big difference coming from Ocala, where there were like 25-30 kids in a classroom. Here there are 12-15 kids. It's much more one-on-one and it's prepared me for college."

2. Baker made his college choice official over the weekend, committing to Toledo over schools like Iowa State, Wake Forest, Indiana, FAU and FIU. "It's a relief knowing I've made a decision."

3. He is one of seven AFA players who have Division I-A offers. That gives him hope for his final season. "This could probably be the best team we've had since I've been here, in my opinion. There's so much talent on this team and we have a tough schedule. I think we can do some big things."

HIGHLIGHTS: Samuel Baker.

49. Tre'Pavis Mobley, Zephyrhills

Position: Wide receiver

Year: Junior

Height/weight: 6-2, 185

Charlie Kaijo | Times

WR Tre'Pavis Mobley

During the final five games last season, Mobley posted numbers that were as impressive as any receiver in the bay area. He had more than 100 yards receiving in four of those games and had 25 receptions for 552 yards and six touchdowns. For the season, he had 802 yards on 39 receptions, an average of 20.6 yards per reception. Better still, he had 11 touchdown catches, which was the fourth-highest in the area last season and tops among returning receivers. He should be able to build upon last season's late surge and team with quarterback Charles Harrison III to post even numbers.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tre'Pavis Mobley.

50. Markeis Colvin, Armwood

Position: Wide receiver/defensive back

Year: Senior

Height/weight: 6-0, 195

Special to the Times

WR/DB Markeis Colvin

Three things to know about Colvin:

1. This is Colvin's second stint at Armwood. He played with the Hawks as a freshman before transferring to Carrollwood Day. Colvin led the Patriots in receiving each of the past two seasons.

2. Colvin's favorite position is receiver, due in large part to his idol, Odell Beckham Jr. He also is a solid defensive back and adept at returning kicks. In the past two seasons at Carrollwood Day, Colvin scored nearly every way imaginable — via interception, fumble and kick returns as well as runs and receptions.

3. A three-star recruit, Colvin has offers from FAU, Jacksonville State, Marshall, UMASS, USF and South Dakota.

HIGHLIGHTS: Markeis Colvin.

Compiled by staff writers Rodney Page and Bob Putnam, and correspondents Kelly Parsons and Scott Purks.


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