Posted: 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Palm Beach Gardens’ Tevon Coney tops Palm Beach Post Big Board


Palm Beach Gardens’ Tevon Coney tops Palm Beach Post Big Board photo
Palm Beach Central’s Kemar Downer primarily played quarterback for the Broncos last season, but can excel at other positions as well. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Gardens’ Tevon Coney tops Palm Beach Post Big Board photo
At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Palm Beach Gardens’ Tevon Coney combines strength and speed to top the Palm Beach Post Big Board. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

By Jodie Wagner

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Before the Palm Beach Gardens football team began its surprising playoff run to the Class 8A state semifinals last fall, Gators middle linebacker Tevon Coney still was trying to make a name for himself.

Five months later, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound force is Palm Beach County’s top Class of 2015 football prospect. Coney is a nightmare for opposing offenses, demanding two or three blockers on most plays.

Coney was a clear choice at No. 1 on PBgametime’s Class of 2015 Big Board after he used the momentum from his standout junior year to win the linebacker MVP award at the camp in Miami last month.

After an incredible junior season that included 172 tackles, Coney has received offers from schools like Florida, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State. More are likely to come his way before he makes his college decision.

Coney’s star will continue to rise, and he has the potential to become one of the best linebackers to ever come out of Palm Beach County.

Here’s a look at the next nine players on the Big Board:

No. 2, Lamar Jackson, QB, Boynton Beach: A dual threat at quarterback, Jackson has a strong arm and runs well. He’s learning to put more touch on his passes, and spent much of the offseason polishing his game by playing in 7-on-7 competition and participating in training camps. He threw for 1,740 yards and 25 touchdowns last season and also ran for 1,401 yards and scored 16 TDs. His offers include FSU, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Nebraska and others.

No. 3, Tavares Martin, WR: A lanky speedster with natural ability, he makes the toughest catches look easy. Martin is due for a standout senior year and should excel with Daniel Parr as his quarterback at Dwyer. However, Martin’s recent arrest could be a red flag for colleges. Martin holds offers from Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Louisville, West Virginia, Florida and others.

No. 4, Desmond Cain, WR/DB, American Heritage: A standout at multiple positions for the Stallions, Cain is fast, athletic and makes plays on the ball. He has good size at defensive back and has an unmatched work ethic, according to his coach, Stacy Sizemore. His offers include South Carolina, SMU, Cincinnati, Bowling Green and others.

No. 5, Charles Perry, LB, Royal Palm Beach: The most athletic linebacker in the county, Perry already has committed to Miami. A hard-hitter at linebacker, he also is a standout on offense who can take a handoff and run 70 yards for a touchdown. Perry’s combination of speed and strength makes him special.

No. 6, Kemar Downer, ATH, Palm Beach Central: One of the most versatile players in the county, Downer is smart, shifty and athletic. Though he can play multiple positions including running back, quarterback and wide receiver, his best position probably is defensive back. He’s expected to play a key role this season for the two-time defending district champion Broncos.

No. 7, Jake Bargas, TE, St. Andrew’s: At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Bargas has the size to play tight end at the next level. But his athleticism is what separates him from others at the position. His ability to run past defensive backs and make plays after the catch is rare for players of his size. His offers include Boston College, Duke, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Wake Forest and others.

No. 8, Jalen Young, DB, Seminole Ridge: A talented, hard-hitting defensive back with a tremendous work ethic, Young hopes to lead the Hawks back into the playoffs. As a junior last season he recorded 96 tackles, four sacks and five pass breakups. He also contributed on offense, carrying the ball 29 times for 188 yards and three scores. His offers include Bowling Green, Boston College, FIU, Marshall, Miami and others.

No. 9, Daniel Parr, QB, Dwyer: Parr enters his senior season with high expectations after an incredible junior year. His football IQ and pinpoint accuracy make him a tough quarterback to scheme against. Parr showed last year that he likes to spread the ball around, taking what opposing defenses give him. The question this season is whether Parr can post similar numbers after losing most of the offensive weapons he had last year. His offers include Marshall, Florida Atlantic, Akron and Yale.

No. 10, Andrew Owers, TE, Cardinal Newman: A pass-catching, playmaking tight end, Owers is exceptionally athletic for his size. At 6-2 1/2, 230 pounds, he’s a matchup nightmare for linebackers because of his speed and for defensive backs because of his size. He’s a difficult player to bring down. Last season, Owers caught 33 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns. He has offers from Bucknell, Temple and Holy Cross.


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