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December 21, 2011
FACA all-star game: Top storylines
The all-star tour in the state of Florida continues at 6:30 p.m. ET Wednesday with the 57th Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic. The game will be held at Fireman's Field in Sebring, Fla.
Here are five storylines to follow in the game:
Future Gator tops the roster
The top-ranked prospect on the roster for the FACA North-South All-Star Game is Boynton Beach four-star offensive tackle Jessamen Dunker. Dunker, who is ranked No. 103 in the Rivals250, is a solid commitment to the Florida Gators. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle will help to anchor the South's offensive line. He will be challenged by Winter Park defensive end James Washington, a three-star prospect committed to Syracuse, and under-the-radar defensive end Jamal Stadom from Melbourne.
Dunker isn't the only talented offensive lineman in the game. Joining him on the South squad is Venice two-star offensive tackle Forest Lamp, who holds offers from Eastern Illinois, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee, Navy, New Mexico, Ohio, Temple and Western Kentucky.
The North squad is led by Green Cove Springs Clay County three-star offensive tackle Will Holden, a Vanderbilt commitment. The North squad also has Pace three-star offensive tackle Mike Campbell, who has offers from UCF and South Alabama, Tallahassee Lincoln two-star offensive guard Trevin Huff, who has been offered by Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss, as well as Crestview two-star offensive guard Earl Reed, who has been offered by Memphis.
Story of the quarterbacks
The North squad is led by a pair of quarterbacks that have already drawn major Division I interest while the South squad features a pair looking to open some eyes from schools at that level. Glen St. Mary Baker County three-star quarterback Thomas Sirk, a Duke commitment, is joined by Tallahassee North Florida Christian three-star quarterback Matt Dobson, an uncommitted signal-caller weighing offers from Navy, Florida International, and Georgia Southern, on the North squad.
The South squad was supposed to have the services of Plant City three-star quarterback Bennie Coney, a Cincinnati commitment, but he dropped out of the game. He was replaced by Tarpon Springs (Fla.) signal-caller Louie Pappas, who holds no offers at this time. Joining Pappas is Palm Harbor Palm Harbor University quarterback Billy Pavlock. Pavlock has an offer from Georgia Southern.
Ground and pound for the North
Behind the North squad's talented offensive line, it should be able to make a mark on the ground. Toting the rock will be a trio of backs - Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley three-star running back Ti'on Green, Ocala Forest running back Mark Herndon and Navarre running back Dwayne Carter.
Green, a Cincinnati commitment, is a load to bring down at more than 200 pounds but also has the speed to break a big run. Herndon, an under-recruited back with good speed, is versatile in the running game and provides a solid receiver out of the backfield. Carter will be a nice complement to the other two backs and can make things happen when he finds a hole.
Air assault for the South
Presuming Pappas and/or Pavlock can get into a rhythm and get good blocking up-front, they should be able to stretch the field with the talent they have at their disposal. The South squad wide receivers include Cape Coral three-star prospect Tyreece Jiles, a North Carolina commitment, as well as Tampa King three-star wide receiver Chris Murray, who has pledged to Ohio. The duo of Sarasota Booker three-star wide receiver Ricky Jones and Sarasota Riverview two-star wide receiver Jeremy Jones - both of whom are weighing offers - are also capable wideouts.
Also, South Fort Myers three-star defensive back Nate Dortch, a Miami commitment, could also lend his hands to the wide receiver spot. The tight ends are also a threat, with Lakeland Kathleen three-star tight end Kerwin Harrison and Tarpon Springs East Lake's Stephen Buric. Harrison holds numerous offers and recently visited Cincinnati and Rutgers.