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4 area receivers look to get recognized

Ran routes, caught passes from Brion Carnes as part of showcase

LAKEWOOD RANCH

Four receivers from four different high schools took to the field Sunday morning to catch passes from a professional quarterback and hopefully enhance their recruiting process.

Cardinal Mooney Catholic senior Cameron Heald, Braden River High senior Carson Goda, Lakewood Ranch High junior Kaden Allen and Parrish Community High sophomore Kevin Everhart ran a variety of routes and caught passes from Brion Carnes, a former Manatee High and University of Nebraska and University of Northern Iowa quarterback now with the Tampa Bay Tornadoes Arena League team.

The four worked on their route running, footwork and catching balls from both sides of the field, all while being filmed.

A 6-foot-2, 205-pound tight end/wide receiver, Heald learned early this spring the recruiting process would be different this offseason with the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

“A lot tougher, everything is going online,” said Heald, who had a team-high 43 receptions for 385 yards and four touchdowns last year with the Cougars. “Now I’ve kind of adapted to it, but it was tough at first.”

His goal this senior season is to “find a school that I like and a school that I want to go to (and) get back to the playoffs.”

Video from 4 area receivers Cameron Heald of Cardinal Mooney, Carson Goda of Braden River, Kaden Allen of Lakewood Ranch and Kevin Everhart of Parrish Community catch passes from Brion Carnes during a Nextlevelz showcase Sunday. @htpreps
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— Dennis Maffezzoli (@maffsports) July 27, 2020

Heald will be operating under a new coach this season, as former Cardinal Mooney player Jared Clark took over for the recently retired Paul Maechtle.

Goda, a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver/tight end, is looking to make a name for himself.

“I want coaches to see me,” he said. “There were no camps this summer, so it’s tough, harder to get recognition. Hopefully this helps.”

Goda was on the receiving end of 38 passes for 537 yards and five touchdowns as a junior for the Pirates.

A 5-10, 140-pound slot receiver, Allen hopes to catch the attention of some Division II coaches. “I was supposed to do a lot of camps this summer and they all got canceled,” he said.

In one varsity game last year, Allen caught three passes for eight yards. This year his goal is at least 500 yards and five TDs.

The youngest of the foursome working out was the 5-8, 184-pound Everhart.

“I’m trying to get some colleges to look at me and put something on Twitter,” he said. “Usually coaches don’t start looking at freshmen, so I want this to start my sophomore year.”

Video from 4 area receivers Cameron Heald of Cardinal Mooney, Carson Goda of Braden River, Kaden Allen of Lakewood Ranch and Kevin Everhart of Parrish Community catch passes from Brion Carnes during a Nextlevelz showcase Sunday. @htpreps
@Next_level_z pic.twitter.com/ilRe9r0fjc

— Dennis Maffezzoli (@maffsports) July 27, 2020

A three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and baseball, he wants to make an impact for the fledgling Parrish Community program that is scheduled to play a varsity season this year.

“I’m trying to get my team better and make my family proud,” said Everhart, who played junior varsity football for the Bulls last season as a freshman.

“It was tough because there were a lot of kids who tried out who did not know how to play football. This year, I’m pretty sure everybody knows how to play football now.”

All four are disappointed the high school football season in Florida will not start on time, as the Florida High School Athletic Association has pushed back the official start date for fall practice until at least Aug. 27.

“I’d rather have it delayed than canceled completely,” Heald said.

And to make matters worse, there is no summer conditioning program in Manatee County this week.

“I hate it, I just want to play,” Goda said..



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