Varsity Preps

2016 Oakleaf (FL) Duo Quickly Emerging on the Scene

2016 FB/LB Shaquille Quarterman (6’2, 240, 4.74) of Oakleaf High in Jacksonville, FL recorded 85 tackles, five tackles for loss, and one forced fumble as a freshman starter on the varsity squad. He was honored as a First Team Freshman All-American by MaxPreps. Blessed with elite size, he’s already commanding interest from college recruiters. “I’m getting letters from Florida St., Georgia, Indiana, and Boston College inviting me to their summer camps.”

Quarterman told Varsity Preps he’ll camp at FSU and Georgia, with Miami likely to get a visit as well.

The future blue-chipper talked about the programs he likes currently. “I’ve always liked Miami, I’m a fan and watch all their games. I’d also like to hear from Alabama and Ohio St.

The freshman standout compares his game to San Francisco MLB Patrick Willis. “The way he attacks the ball is vicious. He doesn’t stop until he accomplishes his task each and every play,” Quarterman said. “I feel like my aggression and physicality are my strengths, just like Willis’s. I like taking on fullbacks, getting down and dirty.”

His goals for the 2013 season are simple. “I want to continue to get better and hit some running backs. I feel like I’ve really improved my speed and quickness, and disengaging from blockers.”

Oakleaf is a program on the rise and the young linebacker thinks his team can turn the corner this year. “I think we’re going to be explosive on both sides of the ball. I expect our defense will swarm and be physical, and our offense will score lots of points.”

Quarterman already has an idea of what will be important in his recruitment. “My relationships with my coaches and being able to compete for playing time as a freshman will be big factors for me when I decide.”

Oakleaf will feature another talented freshman, 2016 CB/WR Chase Mitchell (5’11, 180, 4.63). He recently won the Co-MVP award for defensive backs at the National Underclassmen Combine in Jacksonville and it won’t be long before he starts hearing from college coaches.

This summer, he plans to camp at FSU, Florida, and hopefully Miami. He talked about his three favorite programs currently. “I think highly of FSU, it’s a great program. Florida also has a solid program, I think they’ll win a lot games this year,” Mitchell said. “Miami is another program I like. The Hurricanes have a lot of young, talented players and I think they can be pretty good this year.”

Mitchell feels that while there’s always room to improve, he already does a few things well. “I think my range, being able to make plays sideline-to-sideline, and being a student of the game are my strengths. I need to improve overall and I think I’m accomplishing that now.”

With spring drills beginning next week– with college coaches expected to drop by– the fabulous freshman said he believes Oakleaf can be dominant on defense. “I think we’ll have one of the top defenses in the nation. We have a lot of starters returning that have multiple offers, we’re working our tails off, and we’re getting better as a unit each and every day. I think we can make a serious bid for the state championship.”

Mitchell spoke about the factors that might determine his college choice. “I’m looking for an atmosphere that’s like my second home, a program that I can benefit from and get a good education.”

— Michael Bradley

 

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