Here come the colleges. They covet the talent of Lakewood senior Tyrice Beverette, who will play quarterback and free safety for the Piners. The Piners have not had a winning season since 2001. With several other key skill position players returning from last year’s team, this could be the year Lakewood and head coach L.J. Clark enjoy a winning season.
Q: Which colleges covet Beverette?
A: You name it. He has been offered by Bucknell, Navy, James Madison, Monmouth, North Carolina State and Rutgers. Temple, Boise State, Yale, Dartmouth, West Virginia and Cornell are also looking at him. Navy and Temple want him to play quarterback. The other schools like him at free safety. He has beeen very humble, despite the attention. He treats everyone and every college with the same respect. He’s a better student than he is an athlete. He’s ranked first in his class with a 3.80 grade point average. His class has about 275 students. He will go where he can get the best academics and the best football. Tyrice weighed around 175 pounds last year. Now, he’s at 195. He grew an inch and has become a lot faster. He attended a lot of speed and conditioning camps during the offseason. He has grown into a man even though he just turned 17 years old.
Q: What role will wide receiver-running back-cornerback Tyrone Wimberly play?
A: Tyrone, who has been on the varsity for three seasons, has a nice work ethic. He’s a lot faster than he was last year. Pound-for-pound, he is probably one of the fastest kids in the Shore Conference. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5. Assumption and St. Francis (Pa.) are interested in him. He will get his share of carries and will also catch the ball out of the backfield.
Q: Where does Marquis Oliver, another three-year starter, fit into the Piners’ plans?
A: He is a team captain and he catches everything. He is in a lot better shape after losing about 20 pounds since last season. He’s a little lighter on his feet. He also plays basketball here. That helped him as he got into better shape. He hit the weights during the offseason and has bought into our program. He’s another honor roll student.
Q: How do the Piners shape up in the depth department?
A: We beat the streets. We will dress 55 players for varsity games. That would not be possible without the help of (boys basketball coach) Randy Holes and (baseball coach) Gene Drumright. Almost the whole basketball team is out for football. We will have only three or four two-way starters.