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August 30, 2013
District, Class 4A, Region 4A South
"He's going to be a dual-threat guy because I think he can make plays with his feet and he has a very respectable arm," Potts went on to say. Senior tailback Antonio 'A.J.' Perry (5-9, 170) takes on the role of a utility player for the Cavs because his "strength, size and toughness will allow to play all over the field." Junior Jordan Stokley (5-6, 160) spells him on occasion in the backfield. Junior Gregory Stephen, the younger brother of ex-Maury standout and Denver Broncos draft choice Vinston Painter, will be a serviceable piece on the offensive line to anchor them with senior Tyler McCaw (5-10, 170).
Where they appear deepest and most talented is at the receiver position and they're especially high on freshman sensation Alajuwun Langston. "This guy is exceptionally good, has tremendous footwork and definitely is definitely going to be a varsity starter," remarked Potts. They're potentially five-deep at wideout with senior Markese Wright (5-7, 145), junior Tra Revell (6-0, 160), sophomore Deonte Diggs and senior Deonte Demiel all figuring into their plans there.
One of the real pluses is the return of sophomore linebacker Jaquan Yulee (6-2, 225), a Second Team All-Eastern Region selection as a freshman that is likely to be rated in the Top 100 nationally in the Class of 2016. Triple-digit tackles is not out of the question. "We're looking forward to him continuing his success and I think he's going to be a step better than he was last year," commented Potts.
Developing a couple playmakers around Yulee is going to be the goal. On the d-line, senior Marche Everette (6-3, 230) has experience won't be easy to block. Stephen, McCaw and senior Trevon Matthwws all will see time on the defensive line. Perry is able to play at linebacker or in the secondary, where they're counting on Wright and Langston to be mainstays.
Potts went on to play free safety at the collegiate level and has soaked up a wealth of knowledge about defense. Combine that with the fact he has a nationally recognizable recruit at the linebacker spot from the Class of 2016 and the Cavs ought to be sound on that side of the ball in time.
Yulee is the marquee player for Lakeland and many are wondering how the offense will do without QB Super, RB Johnson and WR Jefferson. Potts cautions some of the doubters to watch out because there are some underclassmen on that side of the ball who are fully capable of surprising people.
"They may not be on anybody else's radar, but they're definitely on my radar, my staff's radar and I think they are going to make a name for themselves by the time it's all said and done," he believes.
Matthew Hatfield has covered football and basketball since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and don't forget to listen to him on High School Sports Talk Saturdays at 10AM on ESPN Radio 94.1 plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.