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13 area transfers to watch in high-school football

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

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Old school:

Groveland South Lake

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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.

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RB Jacques Patrick

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RB-WR Javonte Seabury

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S Chris Board

Old school

: East River

New school

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: 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 Phillips

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QB 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.

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