Our sixth annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring and summer — and promise of big things to come are all taken into consideration. First up: players 91 through 100.
91. Charlie Dean, Tampa Catholic
Height/weight: 6-1, 185
We haven’t seen much of Dean so far since he’s been backing up former Tampa Catholic quarterback Austin Sessums for the past two seasons, but even in the QB II role, Dean showed potential, especially last year when he completed 24 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. Dean, a third-year varsity Crusader, has two offers — from Northern Iowa and Toledo — but he’s attended camps and played 7-on-7 with Team Tampa this offseason, so more could be on the horizon.
HIGHLIGHTS: Charlie Dean.
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92. La’Darius Henry, Gibbs
Position: Strong safety
Height/weight: 6-3, 175
Henry has been a starter on defense since his freshman year, but at Gibbs it’s the offensive players who seem to get most of the attention. Here are five things to know about Henry:
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1. He had 91 tackles and three interceptions last year as a free safety. He has been moved to strong safety this fall.
2 As an eighth-grader in Cook County, Ga., Henry was told by the high school coach that he wasn’t good enough to play on his team. So he headed to St. Petersburg to live with his mother and play at Gibbs. “I’m here to prove everybody wrong. … I use that as motivation.”
3. When he played in his first varsity game as a freshman against Seminole, he wasn’t exactly comfortable. I …read more