Feleipé Franks & Keith Gavin
WAKULLA COACH SCOTT KLEES USED TO
run a version of Georgia Tech’s run-heavy triple-
option offense, but that changed once Feleipé
Franks arrived on the Crawfordville campus.
Soon enough, Klees’ War Eagles were sling-
ing the ball all over the field. Wakulla went 8-3
last season, making the playoffs and averaging
40 points per game.
“You may only get a quarterback like
[Franks] once in your career,” Klees said.
Franks, a 6-foot- 5, 220-pound senior, has
committed to LSU and his main target is
6-foot- 3, 225-pound senior wide receiver Keith
Gavin, who is a Florida State recruit.
“They are both special,” Klees said.
Franks and Gavin met at age 5 when both
played football for the same rec-league team.
The two have remained friends ever since.
Franks is an admitted jokester and Gavin
delights in telling one particular story about his
“In middle school, Feleipé was the class
Franks, who is set to enroll at LSU in
clown, but his parents are strict,” Gavin said.
“One day, in the sixth grade, he must have
gotten in trouble because his mom came out
Thanks in part to the tough-love discipline he
learned at home, Franks has developed into a
football star, throwing for 2,449 yards and 28
touchdowns last season. He completed 61 per-
cent of his passes, was intercepted just eight
times and ran for 425 yards and four scores.
January, is so versatile that he also kicks field
goals – his career long is 51 yards – punts and
Gavin also plays multiple roles, including
safety ( 4 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery),
kick returner ( 3 TDs), punt returner ( 1 TD) and
running back ( 2 TDs).
But it was at receiver where he truly excelled
in 2014, catching 51 catches for 1,300 yards
and 16 TDs.
“Keith is a freakish athlete,” Klees said. “He
was second at state as a freshman in the high
NATE CRAIG-MYERS’ 2014 SEASON ENDED
the first time he touched the ball. The 6-foot- 2,
200-pound Tampa Catholic wide receiver suf-
fered an injury in that game against Madison
County – and it was gruesome.
“I was running a sweep, and I got around the
corner when a guy came from behind and fell
on my [left leg],” Craig-Myers recalled.
Craig-Myers said matters were made worse
when another Madison County player took
advantage of the situation, maliciously twisting
his already-injured leg.
“When the guy twisted it,” Craig-Myers said,
“I felt it pop.”
The result was a broken fibula and it was
six months before Craig-Myers could resume
Craig-Myers – perhaps surprisingly – is not
bitter. It helps that he had committed to Auburn
a couple of months before the injury and the
Tigers stood with him in his time of need.
“It felt good that they supported me 100
percent,” he said. “[Auburn’s coaches] told
me to keep my head up and come back even
Craig-Myers is prepared to do just that, and
he has shown – when healthy – to be a physi-
cal receiver who explodes out of his breaks.
As a freshman at Pasco High School, he
made an immediate impact, catching passes
for 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also
played defensive back, leading the team with
seven interceptions, including three that he
ran back for scores.
After that came his transfer to Tampa Catho-
lic and a 4-6 record. Besides Craig-Myers, the
Crusaders also lost starters at quarterback,
cornerback and another receiver.
All those players return, however, including
senior quarterback Tyler Sims, who hopes to
make numerous connections with Craig-Myers.
“My individual goal this season is to have
over 1,000 receiving yards,” Craig-Myers said.
“My team goal is to be a leader. I want to be
the first one there for practice and the last one
DEFENSIVE BACK CHAUNCEY GARDNER
has been a success ever since he arrived at
Cocoa High School, earning the distinction of
being the first freshman in a decade to start
for the Tigers.
“He wasn’t bashful,” Cocoa coach John
Wilkinson said. “He wasn’t scared of the
moment or intimidated by the older kids.”
Since his impressive debut, Gardner
has continued to improve. The 5-foot- 11,
190-pounder has committed to the University
of Florida and last year led Cocoa to an 11-2
The two losses were by a combined five
points, including a 14-12 defeat to Booker T.
Washington in the Class 4A state final.
Cocoa lost in the regular season, 35-32, to
Kentucky power Trinity.
“Our kicker tore his ACL making a tackle in
that game,” said Wilkinson, whose team then
missed three extra points, resulting in the loss.
The kicking issue came up again versus
BTW, and the Tigers went for two points to try
to force overtime on the final play of regulation,
coming up one foot short.
Gardner, despite the pain of defeat, keeps
things in perspective.
“Even when you lose,” Gardner said, “you
can still learn.”
Gardner doesn’t lose often.
In addition to his productivity in football – 45
tackles and four interceptions last season, including one returned for a touchdown – Gardner
is an All-American in track, ranking top-four in
the nation in the 100 and 200 meters.
The Tigers may use Gardner’s speed more
on offense this season – he totaled 800 yards
last season as a rusher and receiver.
But pure speed, Wilkinson says, is not
Gardner’s best asset.
“Chauncey’s competitiveness is unmatched,” Wilkinson noted. “He wants the ball
when the game’s on the line, and he has the
size and athleticism to back it up.
“He’s a fantastic young man who will be
successful as long as he remains humble.”