The 2010-11 football Gatorade Players of the Year have been announced and a couple of Florida commitments and targets made the cut.
Oviedo Hagerty quarterback commit Jeff Driskel was announced as the player of the year in the state of Florida, and Madison Heights, Mich., Madison defensive back commit Valdez Showers was the player of the year in Michigan.
As for targets, the only guys Florida is actively pursuing that were honored are Danville, Kent., Boyle County linebacker Lamar Dawson and Wadesboro, N.C., Anson linebacker Stephone Anthony. Both are uncommitted and both are near the top of Florida’s recruiting board.
There were a couple of other names that were linked to Florida at one point that I thought I’d point out as well. Here is how each did this season …
QB Jeff Driskel — Driskel completed 138-of-235 attempts for 1,783 yards and 16 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also also rushed for 1,296 yards and 20 touchdowns on 151 carries caught two passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Driskel led Hagerty (7-3) to its first-ever Class 6A state playoff berth in 2010. An Under Armour All-American, he ended his high school career as Hagerty’s leader in every passing and rushing statistical category.
DB Valdez Showers — Spending time at running back, Showers rushed for 2,024 yards and 29 touchdowns on 235 carries during his senior year. He helped the Eagles (9-3) to the Division 5 state quarterfinals and was a MetroPCS Mr. Football Award candidate. Showers also had 18 receptions for 257 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 19 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Stephone Anthony — Anthony registered 123 tackles, including 16 for loss, and four sacks, during the Bearcats’ 3-8 season. He was also credited with six pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Playing running back, Anthony rushed for 302 yards and seven touchdowns on 50 carries. On special teams, he returned 14 kickoffs for 498 yards.
Lamar Dawson — The linebacker/tight end/fullback helped lead the Rebels to a 14-0 record and a state title this year. Before last week’s win, Dawson had recorded 158 tackles and four interceptions, two returned for touchdowns. He also rushed for 676 yards and 14 touchdowns on 78 carries, and caught 18 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown.
Former Gator targets
WR Kasen Williams (Sammamish, Wash., Skyline) — Williams had 83 receptions for 1,538 yards and 21 touchdowns. A 2011 U.S. Army All-American and the 2010 Seattle Times Athlete of the Year, Williams also totaled 74 tackles with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries on defense. Williams has maintained a 3.07 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a peer tutor, youth basketball referee and football camp counselor.
DE Ishaq Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y., Abraham Lincoln): Williams and the Railsplitters are 11-0 entering the Public School Athletic League championship game against Forth Hamilton, today at Yankee Stadium. At the time of his selection, Williams recorded 39 tackles, seven sacks, 30 quarterback hurries, and forced five fumbles. At tight end, he caught 15 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns. Williams is also the only New York player selected to participate in the 2011 U.S. Army All- American Bowl.
RB Savon Huggins (Jersey City, N.J., St. Peter’s Prep) — Once Florida’s top target at running back, Huggins rushed for 1,891 yards and 35 touchdowns on 173 carries this past season, leading the Marauders (9-2) to the Group IV non-public state semifinals. Huggins also caught 11 passes for 164 yards.