Darion Hall burst onto the scene last year at running back for Lely. The 6'0-6'1, 190 pound running back opened the season at Barron Collier with 12 carries for 261 yards and never looked back amassing 1791 yards on the year. Hall's 10.6 yards per carry ranks up there with the best in the state and he consistently showed game-breaking ability with long runs. He also averaged over 18 yards per reception. He was held under 100 yards only once and that was a 10 carry, 98 yard effort in a 47-20 win over Golden Gate. Hall looks to be one of the elite backs out of the Sunshine state in 2010 with a bevy of schools already in contact. Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Florida are just a few who have inquired about him.
Lely has a slew of great looking 2010 prospects. Next on the list is pure corner Jhony Faustin. The 5'10, 170 pounder is a tremendous athlete who plays physical. His brother, Fortin, was the area's top running back two years ago and Jhony appears to be a better all-around athlete. Faustin can mirror anyone and has a great feel for the game. He had 51 tackles and a pick as a junior. He is the starting point guard and also a member of the track and field team where he shows his great wheels. Some feel he is ahead of where Wondy Pierre-Louis was at the same stage of his career.
Romanthi Mathurin is a big, physical wide receiver who is just starting to come into his own. The 6'1, 190 pounder came on late in the year when Jeff Charelus went down with injury. His hands are outstanding and Mathurin shows rare ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Mathurin has shown new found commitment to football and it is starting to show on the field. He should be a big part of keeping defenses honest in Lely's spread based attack.
Heading into the season the running back job was up for grabs between Hall and Frankie Pugh. Hall's huge game against Barron Collier thrust him into the limelight, but Pugh also showed some 'game' as well. He is the better between the tackles runner, where his hard charging, lower the shoulder game is most effective. He flat produced when his number was called amassing 416 yards and seven touchdowns. He has enough speed for the big play and he showed that out of backfield with 8 catches for 140 yards(17.5). Pugh should generate plenty of interest.
Matt Costello is yet another offensive weapon. Coaches rave about his blocking ability and hands. He has a knack for finding open areas of the field. He is a possession type with solid size(5'11, 175) who projects to the slot at the next level. He is very experienced and is the type of player that shines early in college because of his high game IQ.
Lely runs a spread based attack and they got a stellar year from QB Dennis Marcellin in 2008. The senior really showed something with his athleticism and played great for a first year starter. Next year look for Sean O'Regan to take the reins. The 6'3, 185 pounder has all the tools including a strong arm and sub 4.8 speed. His brother was the starter two years ago and Sean is going to look to shine this summer at various camps. He is a student of the game which is a great place to start in looking for a QB.
Every defense needs an enforcer and Lely has that as well. Donald Reseau is a physical specimen at 6'1, 195 and sub 4.5 speed. He is a player who should see his recruitment heat up from this point on. Reseau flies to the ball carrier and delivers punishing hits when he gets there. He has ideal size for a safety. Rangy and strong, Reseau is in position to put himself on the map with a strong summer.
Mike Snyder put together quite a junior season. The defensive end had 78 tackles and 9 sacks. Non stop motor, relentless, gamer, and aggressive are the adjectives to describe Snyder. Undersized at 6'1, 190 he is called the best pure athlete on the team and coaches feel he could play S if he wanted to. There was a need at DE and Snyder stepped up and produced. Another elite intangible is how well he uses his hands at the point of attack. Snyder has some physical upside left and he should continue to improve.