FORT PIERCE CENTRAL COBRAS
READY TO STRIKE
DON’T WORRY IF YOU’RE NOT FAMIL- iar with Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammed, Sam Vaughn and Rashawn Shaw. The Fort Pierce Central seniors are still
blossoming, so there’s plenty of time to become
familiar with their football exploits.
But LSU fans already know Rhaheed-Muhammed. The outside linebacker has been the
subject of message board chatter since committing to the Tigers in the early spring. If his recent
past is any indication, he’ll draw even more attention as he continues to improve in the fall. Last
season, he made 83 stops and nine sacks, following a sophomore season of six sacks.
“He’s just gotten better and better and grown
into his body,” said Cobras coach Josh Shaffer.
The 6-4, 210-pounder definitely has more growing to do. He also wants to work on his cover skills
and his footwork. Quickness, he has.
Rhaheed-Muhammed also has what his coach
described as “power-forward arms.” No surprise
there as he’s an All-Conference player for Central’s basketball team.
“It’s helped me with my vertical. Keeps me
in shape,” Rhaheed-Muhammed said about his
time on the hardwood. His goal is to hit the practice field at 230 when it comes time to report to
LSU. “There’s no rush. I just want to get strong.”
But is Rhaheed-Muhammed even the best defender on his team?
Teammate Shaw, a defensive end, also has several offers from major colleges, including Tennessee and LSU. Shaw is 6-2, 230 pounds and is a top
student. His stock has risen dramatically since last
season, and the presence of both he and Rhaheed-Muhammed give the Cobras a dangerous defense.
Not only does Shaw’s frame give him the potential to put on considerably more size, but he
already has a combination of strength and agility
that makes him a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. He’s a pass-rusher who can bull his way
into the backfield, but also cover plenty of ground
against the run. Shaw led the team with 14 sacks
last season and had 82 tackles in all.
Vaughn, who will be a second-year starter at quarterback, has potential for size at 6-3, but he played
last year at about 165 pounds. He saw his weight
increase before dropping a bit during track season.
Vaughn was a regional champion in the 400
meters, winning with a time of 51.27 seconds.
That ability to run adds a dimension to his game
that allowed him to rush for 438 yards last year.
He also passed for 1,955 yards and 21 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
“I’d like to improve my arm strength a little bit,”
he said. “Playing 7-on- 7 has helped with my touch.
My main goal is just not turn the ball over.”
– Brian McCallum
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