KEYSHAWN YOUNG GOT HIS NICKNAME
when he was a toddler because his grand-
mother wanted him to be “perfect in every
way”… like a pie.
The name stuck and “Pie” Young has grown
into a standout wide receiver at 5-foot- 11, 180
pounds with numerous scholarship offers.
His coach, Ivan Rosales, thinks the recruit-
ing race for Young will come down to Alabama,
Miami and Florida State.
But Young, who was second in Miami-Dade
County last year with 20 touchdowns, including
four on punt returns, said all his options are
open when it comes to college.
“He should be among the top receivers in
Rosales said Young had his “Babe Ruth
the state,” Rosales said of Young. “He has a
nose for the end zone. In the open field, he’s
special. If he gets a little crease, he is elusive
and has the jets to take it all the way.”
Young comes from an athletic family. His
mother, Teisha Johnson, was a sprinter for an
elite track program at Miami Northwestern High.
His father, Terence Shelman, who is 6-foot- 7, is
still playing pro basketball in Uruguay.
moment” as a sophomore, calling his shot on a
punt return he ran back for a touchdown – as
Young should be even better this year
because Miami High has a 6-foot- 2 junior quar-
terback, Marcelo Rodriguez, who transferred in
from Hollywood Chaminade.
Last year, Miami High didn’t have a true
quarterback and Young often had to play in the
slot or run sweeps from behind center.
Young should now be able to split out wide
so he can terrorize cornerbacks.
“I go get the ball at its highest point,” said
Young, who plans on studying sports manage-
ment in college. “Whoever is in front of me, I
& Baveon Johnson
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FANS WHO WANT
to see an impressive display of power and
short-burst quickness should head to Lakeland
and watch a Lake Gibson practice when Keyshon Camp and Baveon Johnson are matched
in an Oklahoma drill.
Camp, a 6-foot- 4, 275-pound defensive
tackle with scholarship offers from Alabama,
Miami and Florida, missed the 2013 season
due to a knee injury but came back last year to
post 19 tackles for losses, including five sacks.
“He’s an animal,” Johnson said. “I’ve seen
him come out of nowhere and just rip a guy’s
Johnson is no slouch, either. He’s a 6-foot- 4,
330-pound center who has committed to
Lake Gibson coach Keith DeMyer said Camp
and Johnson each win about 50 percent of the
time they collide in the “Okie” drill, in which the
players go after each other until one of them
is either on the ground or pushed out of the
“It’s exciting to watch,” DeMyer said.
“They’re explosive and they both do a good bit
of [trash] talking.”
Johnson is highly effective and has also
played tackle and guard during his prep career,
giving him versatility as he prepares to play for
the Seminoles in 2016.
“Florida State is talking about using him at
Meanwhile, Camp uses his 4. 8 speed to
guard,” DeMyer said. “We moved him to center
last year because there aren’t too many nose
guards or defensive tackles he can’t move.
With him, we don’t have to double-team at the
point of attack.”
DeMyer said he would like to see Johnson
drop 20 pounds, but that, he believes, will
come in time.
disrupt offensive game plans.
“He’s pretty much relentless,” DeMyer said of
Camp. “He’s going to go until the whistle blows.”
And that’s true whether it’s a game or an
BY WALTER VILLA
WHEN ELI STOVE STARTED PLAYING
football in the second grade, he didn’t want to
be hit, and he didn’t want to hit anyone, either.
“He would turn every run into a sweep,” said
his father, Langston Stove, who is a retired
member of the Air Force. “On defense, he
played safety and would wait until the runner
got past him and then jump on his back.”
It’s safe to say Eli Stove no longer has a fear of
contact. A 6-foot, 180-pound senior for Niceville
High School, Stove is a highly ranked wide
receiver/cornerback and has scholarship offers
from numerous schools. He has narrowed his list
to Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Michigan.
Stove, who has 4. 4 speed, caught 54
passes for 719 yards last season and ran 30
times for 325 yards for a total of 1,044 yards
“He’s so dangerous after the catch,”
Niceville coach John Hicks said. “He makes
Because of his father’s military background,
Stove has moved around quite a bit. He was
born in Belgium and lived in Turkey before
moving to Alabama, Illinois and Kansas.
He arrived at Niceville as a freshman and
ran a 4. 5 time in the 40-yard dash.
“I thought, ‘Uh oh, this kid might be pretty
good,’” Hicks said.
Hicks was right, and the Stove family’s deci-
sion to move from Kansas to Florida proved wise.
Langston Stove said there is more speed in
Florida, and Eli said the overall talent in the
Sunshine State is more abundant.
Eli, who is interested in perhaps studying architecture or working in real estate after football,
had another reason why he prefers Florida.
“More people here love football,” he said. “In
Kansas, some coaches don’t put as much effort into helping guys get recruited. [In Florida,]
you have a better football environment.”