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Julian Pittman, Niceville HS, FL early 90's. Kid was a 6'5" 270 DE wrecking machine, USA Today Defensive Player of the Year his senior year and #1 recruit in the nation. There was not a team in the panhandle who could stop this kid. Went to FSU where they added 30lbs to him and moved him inside on the D-Line and he never was the same...I know he was drafted by the Saints but never made the team. During my 9+ yrs of officiating HS football in FL, he was the most talented I saw. That's saying a lot since I also had the opportunity to officiate games where Derrick Brooks, Danny Wuerffel, Tommy Johnson (Bama), Willie Gosha (Barn), and a number of other HS players who went on to greater things.
Kid would have been a beast as a Jack LB in a 3-4 defense
This goes back to 1980-81. Don Horstead, Elba AL. Best High School RB I ever saw. (And I played against Siran Stacey.)
Don went down with a nasty ankle injury his senior year. Never fully recovered. Went on to play at Bama and had flashes against Penn State in the 1983 game I believe?
But never could get back to where he was at the beginning of his sr year.
Guy had it all. Could run inside or outside. Reminded me of Ricky Williams.
Percy Harvin; Hershel Walker;
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