The quarterback competition has become quite crowded at Plant City.
On Thursday, King’s Carson Mohler announced on social media that he was becoming a Raider.
His arrival creates even more depth at one of the county’s most coveted positions.
Mohler, a junior, joins Nick Felice, a senior transfer who came over from Newsome, as the two newcomers. They will compete with the lone holdover, Clinton Danzey, a sophomore who served as the team’s backup last year.
All three are vying to replace Makenzie Kennedy, who graduated.
Evaluations will have to be made in practices the next three weeks considering there is no kickoff classic. Entering Monday’s first practice, Danzey and Felice have an edge because of their familiarity with the system and the team.
“I haven’t seen Carson yet,” Plant City coach James Booth said. “I’ve just heard that he’s enrolled. Obviously (Nick and Clinton) have more of an understanding with what we want to do, and, sure, they may have a head start on Carson, however those guys know we’re going to play the best person who gives us a chance to win.
“Everyday you’re going to have to be consistent and prove it. No spot on our roster is guaranteed, quarterback included.”
Whoever wins the job will be surrounded by elite talent, with Division I prospects Mario Williams and Aramoni Rhone and dependable Reagan Ealy all at receiver.
Williams, the nation’s top-rated receiver in the Class of 2021 according to ESPN, has already committed to Oklahoma. Rhone, a three-star prospect who transferred from Orlando Jones, has offers from 11 schools, including Arizona State, Cincinnati and Iowa State. Ealy caught a team-leading 32 passes last year.
Throwing to that trio is partly what prompted Mohler and Felice to make their moves.
“I think that the team this year is as talented as they’ve been in a long time,” Mohler said. “To have the weapons around me and the defense that they do, I think this team is gonna be extremely successful. And the guys seem great so I think I’ll fit right in.”
Mohler started at King that past two years. Last season, he threw for more than 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Despite those stats, Mohler knows he has to still work to become the starter.
“Of course, nothing is gonna be handed to me,” Mohler said. “I have so much respect (for the others) so I just have to do my job and we’ll see when the season starts who’s the commander of the offense.”
Felice became Newsome’s starter last year and threw for 844 yards and 10 touchdowns while helping the Wolves reach the Class 8A region quarterfinals.
“I wanted to get exposure, and I can better showcase my abilities through their offense,” Felice said of his reasons why he transferred to Plant City.
So what is it like to work with these receivers?
“Very different from previous experiences but they are definitely a fun group to play with,” Felice said.
Though only a sophomore, Danzey has the most experience in the offense. Last season, he completed all four of his passes for 41 yards and a touchdown.
“Any time you have competition it makes the players better and makes the team better,” Booth said. “So we’re excited for that, and we’re excited for the opportunity to play.”