With just a few weeks left in the Florida high school football season and less than four months before national signing day, several prospects hoping to rise from under the radar.
Cocoa (Fla.) running back Antwan Lee has played a pivotal role for the Tigers for three seasons. He and ESPN 150 athlete Tarean Folston helped Cocoa win a state championship in 2010 and Lee rushed for nearly 1,000 yards in 2011 as Cocoa reached the Class 4A state semifinals.
At the beginning of the season, both Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State were on the verge of offering Lee, but both schools have since backed off and the 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete is hoping a final stretch of games and a strong playoff run will give him another shot with some FBS programs.
Friday night’s 196-yard rushing effort against Orlando (Fla.) Jones was a good start. Lee added two touchdowns and an interception while playing cornerback.
“There’s no doubt Antwan has the talent to play major college football,” said Cocoa coach John Wilkinson. “We had some schools that were high on him early and some are waiting for film right now, but you saw what he can do tonight.
“He goes out there and he makes plays. He’s been doing it for three seasons.”
Lee hopes his versatility will give him an advantage over other players with similar size. Lee can play running back, wide receiver or cornerback. He can also return kicks and punts.
“I just want to continue working hard and doing what my coaches ask me to do,” Lee said. “You can’t really stress out over this right now because it’s just October and things will change in December and January.
“Any team out there that’s looking for a player can get in touch with coach Wilkinson. Running back, cornerback, slot receiver … it doesn’t matter to me. I just want to go somewhere that I can compete and help the team win.”