Deondre Fair, one of the top returning junior running backs in Central Florida for next year, will begin classes at Wekiva High on Tuesday, transferring from Lake Brantley.
Fair said it wasn't exactly the way he saw his senior year playing out, but that the move made for a more financially sound situation for his family. His family has moved back into the South Apopka area that is zoned for Wekiva High, where Fair would have originally attended school had his family not purchased a home in the Altamonte Springs area.
"I really didn’t want to go but most of the reasons I left was because of the money situation," Fair said.
Fair rushed for 803 yards and 12 touchdowns in Lake Brantley's triple option offense and he was not always the featured back for the Patriots, who also had big rushing numbers from fullback Zach Krider and quarterback Damon Haecker. Both Haecker and Krider will graduate, however, and Fair, could have been the go-to guy behind a stellar group of returning offensive linemen at Brantley.
As it is, however, Fair said he will look on the bright side and try to make the best of his move to Wekiva. He is anxious to start working with new Mustangs coach Kenard Lang, who came over from Orlando Jones.
"I'm looking forward to the new offense," Fair said of the change from the triple option. "I think [Wekiva] will have multiple options like the I-formation and the wing-T and multiple formations.
He said he had not talked to Coach Lang, but was looking forward to the meeting.
"I haven’t met him yet but I'm pretty excited to try something new," Fair said.
Fair will certainly be a welcome addition at Wekiva, which loses a good group of talented seniors not limited to S Terrence Ross, ATH Reggie Brown, DB Sam Jallah, and ATH Damoun Patterson.
Wekiva, however, will have a solid nucleus of experienced youngsters returning led by a trio of sophomores in quarterback Bart Bell and linebackers James Zachery and Teddy Adkins. Also back as key returning contributors will be junior ATH Yawn Coleman and several offensive linemen who could provide good size up front.
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