When walking into the coach’s office at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., one immediately notices the pictures of former players on the wall. There are pictures of alumni that played at Florida State, Florida, Clemson and many others.
Outside linebacker Jeffery Holland is an elite pass rusher in the class of 2015.
The wall features players such as Gus Scott, Darlvon Bracy, Jamie Harper, Gerard Ross, Lamar Lewis, Andrew Buie, Levi Newton, Caron Bracy and Montel Harris, who have all worn the Trinity Christian Academy uniform over the years.
In future years, there will be many more pictures added to the wall with some of the nations top prospects in the class of 2015.
Holland and Toliver III lead the way in 2015
The 2015 class at the talented school is loaded, simply put. Leading the way is outside linebacker Jeffery Holland and defensive back Kevin Toliver II. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Holland is the No. 17-ranked prospect in the Top247, and has an offer list well over 20. The nephew of former Auburn basketball player Carey Holland has Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Notre Dame among the unofficial visit possibilities this summer. The natural pass-rusher lists Florida and Ohio State as the programs recruiting him the hardest.
The 6-foot-1.5, 180-pound Toliver II checks in at No. 33 in the Top247, and is the nation’s top-ranked cornerback prospect in the class. The LSU commitment continues to pick up verbal offers left and right, including Georgia, Auburn, Michigan, Missouri, Penn State, N.C. State, Maryland, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Indiana, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Duke, South Florida, Michigan State and Tennessee in May alone. The versatile and physical defensive back could play corner or safety at the next level, and will attend LSU camp in July after flashing his talent at the Tigers June camp in 2012.
Norton on the rise
Joining Holland and Toliver II in the initial 2015 Top247 is offensive guard prospect Kendrick Norton. The now 6-foot-2 and nearing 280-pound agile two-way lineman has been going through a growth spurt in the last year, having grown nearly three inches, and is quickly becoming one of the most coveted guard prospects in the Southeast Region.
Norton, who possesses long arms, quick feet and plus-agility for his size picked up offers from the likes of Georgia Tech, Auburn, Maryland, Indiana, East Carolina, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Wake Forest and North Carolina in May. Entering the summer, Auburn and Boston College were making the strongest push along with North Carolina.
Norton wasn’t the lone riser in the soon to be junior class during the spring evaluation period. Safety Ben Edwards also has more than ten offers with the majority coming during the spring evaluation period. Among the May offers for the 6-foot-0, 196-pounder were Vanderbilt, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Missouri, Maryland, Indiana, Penn State, Boston College and North Carolina. Auburn, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and South Carolina were making the strongest push headed into the summer.
All told, Trinity Christian may have as many as seven FBS prospects in the 2015 class. Cornerback Chris Barr (5-10, 165) and linebacker Victor Alexander (5-11, 210) also already have verbal offers with guard Deon Eakins (6-3, 285) another possibility.
Buie in 2016
Running back Jalin Buie is yet another young prospect at Trinity Christian that is already firmly on the radar of college coaches. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound playmaker enjoying a productive freshman campaign and saw his stock take off in May. Among his spring evaluation period offers were South Carolina, Auburn, Louisville, Penn State, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Boston College, Maryland and Indiana.
Ford tops 2014
Leading the way in the class of 2014 is wide receiver and two-sport prospect Isaiah Ford. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Louisville commitment is a high-ceiling prospect with excellent ball skills and hands. He entertained mid-major basketball offers along with a number of offers in football before deciding on Louisville, which will give him the opportunity to play both at the next level. Ford caught 42 passes for 602 yards and 13 scores in 2012 after amassing 800 yards receiving as a sophomore.
Joining Ford in the 2014 class, and as a Louisville commitment is offensive tackle Kavaris Harkless. The 6-foot-5, 273-pounder with a frame that is just beginning to fill out has remained solid in his verbal pledge despite a flurry of offers in May. The three-star prospect picked up offers from Missouri, Boston College, Georgia Tech, South Florida and others in May.
Safety Ernest Gordon (6-0, 194) is a third member of the soon to be senior class that is an FBS prospect.
Trinity Christian will kick-off the 2013-14 season August 23 at Columbia High. Contests against Tallahassee Godby (Oct. 11) and Providence School (Nov. 1) will feature some of the top prospects in the state and region.
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