The Gainesville Sun's Super 11


Columbia senior strong safety Trey Marshall, who had 11 major college offers, committed to Florida State on July 3. The Tiger ranks No. 7 in the state in The Sun's Top 50 senior recruits.

Aundre Larrow/Correspondent
Published: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.

TREY MARSHALL

School: Columbia

Position/Year: Strong safety

Height/Weight: 6-foot, 185 pounds

Colleges of interest: Verbally committed to Florida State on July 3 over Ole Miss; also had offers from UF, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, USF, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. Will join fellow Columbia defensive standout Tim Jernigan in Tallahassee, where his coach Brian Allen also shined as a linebacker in 1999-2000.

Notable: A four-star prospect by Scout, No. 49 safety prospect nationally according to ESPN, No. 8 overall recruit in state by 247 Sports, No. 7 overall recruit in state by The Sun. Had an outstanding summer and stood out at Nike's The Opening in July, where he ran a blazing 4.34 40-yard dash in the SPARQ national championship. First team all area as a utility player during his junior season, totaling 60 tackles with three forced fumbles, six pass breakups and three interceptions. Offensively, he also ran for three touchdowns.

Quotable: “He's explosive. That's the thing about Brian Allen's teams, they are always going to be tough. That's what separates the Columbia and Gainesville's teams from the others.” — James Thomson, DeLand coach, former Gainesville High coach from 2011-12

— Larry Savage

TERRY CALLOWAY

School: Columbia

Position/Year: Linebacker, senior

Height/Weight:: 5-foot-10, 220 pounds

Colleges of interest: North Carolina, N.C. Central, Delaware, Florida A&M

Notable: Led the Tigers in tackles as a junior with 131, 12 for loss. Had two sacks, one interception and two passes defended.

Quotable: “Instincts and being physical are the two things you need to be a good linebacker. When you watch him on film you know the second you watch him that he has both. There are times it looks like he isn't getting blocked. He is actually running right through the blocks. He has the intangibles, has a nose for the football and makes plays.” — Suwannee coach Jamie Rodgers

— Keith Chartrand

DUKE DAWSON

School: Dixie County

Position/Year: Cornerback/wide receiver, senior

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 197 pounds

Colleges of interest: Committed to Florida

Notable: Rated a four-star prospect by both Rivals.com and 247Sports, Dawson led the Bears' defense with two interceptions, a forced fumble and two recoveries last season. While Dawson made 43 tackles, the first-team all-area performer also showed glimpses of his athleticism on offense with three rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.

Quotable: “He probably doesn't get a whole lot of looks or tests at our level in what he does as far as his secondary skills. It really doesn't show as much, because they're just running the ball. When you see him in 7-on-7 it kind of stands out, his cover skills.” — Trenton coach Andrew Thomas

— John Boothe

KENNY DINKINS

School: Bradford

Position/Year: Wide receiver, senior

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 174 pounds

Colleges of interest: UAB (verbally committed), USF

Notable: Scored eight touchdowns, made 40 catches for 862 yards in 2012, making him a Class 4A all-state honorable mention.

Quotable: “Electric player that is great in open space and a playmaker that catches the ball well. Very good speed. Quarterback's best friend by catching a 5-yard throw and taking 60 yards for a touchdown. It looked to me that he loved playing the game and seemed to be a student of the game.” – Weeki Wachee coach Mark Lee

— Keith Chartrand

TONY JAMES

School: Gainesville

Position/Year: Running back, senior

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Colleges of interest: Oregon, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State

Notable: A first-team all-area athlete, James rushed for 1,067 yards and eight touchdowns last season, highlighted by a 92-yard scoring run against Yulee. Listed as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, the area's fastest player also flashed his speed away from the football field this summer by winning an AAU Junior Olympic gold medal in the 4x100 relay with Gainesville's Pure Athletics Track Club.

Quotable: “He's an extremely fast kid, and he's able to do a lot of things for Gainesville with his speed. The motions that they do with him and getting the ball out of the backfield, he's able to stretch the defense. That's one of his strong points I've seen as an opponent that he's a kid that has the ability to expand your defense.” — Columbia coach Brian Allen

— John Boothe

JUAN JENKINS

School: Gainesville

Position/Year: Strong safety/linebacker/runing back, senior

Height/Weight: 6-foot, 210 pounds

Colleges of interest: UCF, Utah

Notable: Described by first-year GHS coach Mark Latsko as his team's leader, Jenkins paced the 14-1 Hurricanes' stingy defense last season with 102 total tackles and 12 pass breakups. He also forced three turnovers, including a trio of interceptions and a fumble, as Gainesville advanced to its first state title game in 32 years. The versatile defensive player is listed as a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports.

Quotable: “I know that coach (Willie) Danzy does a really good job with that defense over there and has for years. Not only is (Jenkins) a very, very talented athlete, but he has excellent coaches mentoring and teaching him the finer points of the game. You should expect this fall to see a kid who is a dynamic athlete, but also somebody who is really well prepared week in and week out and is technically sound in the way he plays football.” — Buchholz coach Mark Whittemore

— John Boothe

BARRY JOHNSON

School: Eastside

Position/Year: DL, senior

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 265 pounds

Colleges of interest: Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, The Citadel, Liberty

Notable: A first-team all-area selection as a junior after posting 109 tackles, 23 for loss with 10 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Quotable: “I really like Barry, I like the way he plays. I've talked to Jeff Parker about him, he has got a lot of really innate football qualities. His quickness, his agility, mix that he has a good motor and a great football savvy. I like the way he comes off the ball, like the way he engages his teammates. He is definitely deserving of a spot on the top 11.” — Buchholz coach Mark Whittemore

— Larry Savage

AUSTIN RITCHEY

School: Bell

Position/Year: Running back, senior

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 210 pounds

Colleges of interest: Middle Tennessee State, Ave Maria University

Notable: A first-team, all-area player in 2012 after rushing for 1,230 yards and 17 TDs in nine games for the Bulldogs. Ran for more than 150 yards in five of those games, with a season-high 228 points and three touchdowns against Bronson.

Quotable: “He was able to make one or two moves at full speed, which is kind of unusual for a big guy. He seems to get better as he runs. He started kind of slow against us, but once he got going and pounded us a little bit, he got in some big runs." — Bronson coach Cameron Porch

— Larry Savage

STEPHEN SMITH

School: Trenton

Position/Year: Quarterback, senior

Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 160 pounds

Colleges of interest: Comitted to VMI on a baseball scholarship

Notable: First-team all-area as a junior, passing for 879 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions, engineered the top rushing attack in the region, running for 1,165 yards and 14 TDs for the Class 1A state finalist Tigers. Also first-team all-area in baseball in 2012 as Trenton won its first state title, and was named The Sun's 2013 small school athlete of the year.

Quotable: “He is fast and never gets rattled, he never loses his sense on the field. He shows real poise under pressure, whether he is running or passing. You can stop him for three quarters, but in the fourth quarter he will break your heart. He is so savvy and puts tons of pressure on a defense.” — Lafayette coach Joey Pearson

— Larry Savage

KELLEN SNIDER

School: Fort White

Position/Year: Middle linebacker, senior

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 215 pounds

Colleges of interest: Committed to Miami (Ohio)

Notable: The hard-hitting linebacker led the area in tackles as a junior for the second straight season with 179 total takedowns. Highlighted by a 21-tackle effort against Hamilton County, Snider averaged 16.3 per game for the 6-5 Indians. A two-star Division-I pledge, Snider also forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass as Fort White advanced to the Class 3A playoffs.

Quotable: “He's a great football player. He's an old-school linebacker, and he gets to the ball and flows well. He doesn't get tied up in trash, and he'll hit you. He's by far their best defensive player. They coached him up very well.” — Union County coach Ronny Pruitt

— John Boothe

KENRIC YOUNG

School: Gainesville

Position/Year: Wide receiver, senior

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

Colleges of interest: Had a total of 28 schools on his list and narrowed it to 15: N.C. State, Indiana, Iowa St., Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maryland, Cincinnati, Western Michigan, UCF, Georgia Tech, Marshall, FAU, Western Kentucky, Ohio and USF

Notable: Caught 32 passes for 567 yards and seven touchdowns with a season-high grab of 52 yards as a junior for the Hurricanes. An elite sprinter, Young topped the area in the 400 and teamed with Tony James in the 4x100 relay that won a gold medal for Gainesville's Pure Athletics Track Club at the AAU Junior Olympics in Michigan.

Quotable: “They ran these go-routes against us and I remember him being able to cover a lot of ground. He had very good range and was extremely athletic. We are not looking forward to facing (Young and Gainesville) down here this year.” – Lake Weir coach Jason Robertson

— Keith Chartrand

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