There is nothing typical about Cocoa Beach's dynamic quarterback/receiver duo David Dessent and Boone Lewis.
Dessent, at 6-foot-4, 255-pounds, looks more like a defensive tackle than a quarterback.
Lewis seems like a 'tweener at this point in his career. The former kicker is not quite big enough (6-3, 210) to be defined as a tight end and a tad too slow to be a collegiate wide receiver.
They have each scored higher than 30 on their ACTs and hold GPAs higher than 3.5
In their world of high school football, they are indeed oddities.
It is hard to gauge whether that has hurt them from a national perspective up until this point.
But despite their unorthodox nature, both players have tons of talent, a unique skillset and are just now beginning to receive overdue attention from college coaches.
Roughly 30 schools stopped by Cocoa Beach this spring to check out the big signal caller and his favorite target.
"It was pretty exciting, all the exposure and everything," Dessent said. "Recruiting is a fun time."
Fittingly, the visiting coaches were a hodgepodge of sorts. In-state teams like
That is what happens when your stats (Lewis had 63 catches for 848 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior and Dessent had 1,462 passing yards and 16 touchdowns in five games) are as bloated as your GPA.
The duo will have to eventually choose between an Ivy League education or a football scholarship to a Division I program.
Dessent said his lifelong dream has been to play DI football and go to college for free, while Lewis is a little more mixed on the matter.
“Well I think it’ll be a combination between a little bit of both, probably academics weighing a little more heavily because 99 percent of the time, you’re going to have to find a different job not in the
Neither player has an official scholarship offer, but that likely won't last for long.
Ivy League schools especially are clamoring over Lewis and Dessent, who are standing out during the 7-on-7 circuit this offseason. That should come as no surprise because the Minutemen are made for passing tournaments with players like Dessent and Lewis.
Dessent — who missed five games last year with a broken thumb on his throwing hand — has a live arm, a high football IQ and excellent upper-body mechanics. He must improve his footwork, but Dessent might arguably be Florida's best quarterback without an offer.
His stature is somewhat shocking at first because he looks like he should be stuffing gaps, not taking snaps.
"Our coaches tease [Dessent], they say if he ever gets hurt, he's going to the defensive line," Lewis said.
Dessent hears that joke "all the time" and is working to lose weight.
"I don't know ... if I can play, I can play," said Dessent, who is ranked No. 16 in the Sentinel's 2013 MidEaast Florida Super60. "[College coaches] make jokes, but as long as I can play."
Lewis will have to deal with perceptions of his own physical limitations.
"[Lewis] just helps me out because I know I can throw it up there and he'll go get it, even though he doesn't have the best vertical," Dessent said.
Lewis responded: "He made fun of me for my vertical, but I say it increases on the field. I say [vertical] stats lie, hopefully."
One thing that doesn't lie is game film.
Chekc out both Lewis' and Dessent's highlight tapes and you will see two college-caliber players feeding off of each other in a symbiotic relationship that has been years in the making.
Teammates since middle school, Lewis' uncanny ability to get open and Dessent's knack for finding him is what makes the Minutemen offense so potent.
"Our biggest strength is that if it isn't there, we read each other the same and I find the open zones," said Lewis, who is ranked No. 35 in the Sentinel's 2013 MidEaast Florida Super60.. "We're really good at connecting that way."
Dessent, who averaged nearly 300 yards passing per game in 2011, said that relationship with Lewis makes him confident, enabling him to get rid of the ball quickly and put up big numbers.
"It's good when you have receivers that you trust and can go to," Dessent said.