13 area transfers to watch in high-school football

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Transfers are more common than ever in high-school football, and they can make a big impact on his new team. With preseason Kickoff Classics beginning Thursday, here are 13 of the top players who will suit up for new schools this season.

S Marcell Harris
Old school: Groveland South Lake
New school: Dr. Phillips
The Buzz: One of the nation's top prospects, the senior recorded 92 tackles with four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions, five blocked kicks and two special-teams touchdowns.

RB Jacques PatrickRB-WR Javonte SeaburyS Chris Board
Old school: East River
New school: Timber Creek
The Buzz: Patrick, a sophomore who is one of the nation's top running-back prospects in his class, and Seabury, a junior, are half-brothers and should provide a huge boost to Timber Creek's running game. "We like to run the football," Wolves coach Jim Buckridge said. "Not only do we now have a big physical back in Patrick, but Seabury gives us speed at the position." Board (6 feet 1, 200 pounds) projects to start.

QB Alton Meeks
Old school: Boone
New school: Dr. Phillips
The Buzz: The Cincinnati commit will aim to replace Boise State signee Nick Patti, who led DP to 24 victories in two years. In two seasons as the Braves' starter, Meeks threw for 2,192 yards and 24 TDs.

RB Jeremiah Sams
Old school: Eustis
New school: Lake Mary Prep
The Buzz: Sams led Eustis with 1,061 yards and seven TDs last season. He will join Ray Lewis III (2,321 yards, 28 TDs) at Lake Mary Prep, giving the small-school Griffins one of the area's best backfields. Sams has an offer from Memphis.

LB Riley Nicholson
Old school: Harmony
New school: Kissimmee Osceola
The Buzz: Incredibly strong for his age, the sophomore projects to join a Kowboys starting lineup that returns 10 defensive starters.

ATH Newk Tillman
Old school: Winter Springs
New school: Seminole
The Buzz: At Winter Springs, Tillman was called up to varsity for the final two games of 2011 and rushed for 146 yards on 21 carries. He will play receiver, safety and quarterback at Seminole. "He has great athletic ability and is smooth in the open field," coach Robert Vite said. "He's always trying to learn and is a student of the game."

QB Bryce PhillipsQB Jared Reimel
Old schools: Master's Academy (Phillips), Lake Mary (Reimel)
New school: Lyman
The Buzz: The juniors will continue to battle to become the Greyhounds' starter in Friday's Kickoff Classic against West Orange. "It's been a great competition," coach Jeff Gierke said. "It seems like every day, they are the hardest-working kids in practice."

ATH Calvin Smith
Old school: Colonial
New school: Boone
The Buzz: The former Grenadier caught 22 passes for 200 yards and three scores last year and will play multiple positions for Boone. The Braves plans to use Smith at receiver, defensive back and even quarterback at times.

DB CJ Jennings
Old school: Timber Creek
New school: Jones
The Buzz: A starter in Timber Creek's secondary in the spring now joins Jones' talented defense. The junior is a physical defender who can play safety and cornerback. "He's a very coachable player,'' Timber Creek defensive coordinator Marc Jackson. "Jones is getting a great player and a great kid."

DB Arthur Brown
Old school: Olympia
New school: Edgewater
The Buzz: Olympia lost one of its best defensive players when the senior transferred this summer. The safety was among area leaders with 137 tackles and eight interceptions last season.

crking@tribune.com

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