Some can make dynamic plays. Others can deliver jarring tackles or stand out in the trenches.
What they cannot do is attract the attention of numerous college coaches.
As seniors, they lived in maddening limbo, wondering whether a college would take a chance on them.
Some have scholarships from a handful of small schools. Others do not.
This is their moment.
The Hillsborough County All-Star Game, held tonight at Chamberlain, gives plenty of seniors who hardly had a taste of fame a chance to eat up the accolades in the final game of their high school careers.
And one last opportunity – at least on the field – to get noticed by colleges.
Here are some players worth keeping an eye on tonight.
DL Baraka Andrews, Tampa Catholic: Helped fortify the Crusaders line by finishing with 39 tackles and a sack.
WR Jimmy Carson, Freedom: Though the Patriots struggled, Carson still shined with 41 catches for 476 yards and four touchdowns, including catching seven passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns against Robinson.
ATH Devin Collado, Robinson: Did a little bit of everything for the Knights, finishing with 384 yards of offense (207 rushing, 177 receiving) and had 113 tackles, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks on defense.
LB Gavin Hughes, Alonso: The defensive playmaker recorded 70 tackles, 6 ½ sacks and two blocked punts to help the Ravens go 6-4.
ATH Vincent Ketchup, East Bay: This week, Vincent picked up offers from Texas Wesleyan and John Melvin. His versatility (756 rushing yards, 273 receiving, 11 touchdowns) helped the Indians win a district title and advance to the region semifinals.
RB Nashaun Pryor, Jefferson: Ranked among the top 25 in the state in rushing yards with 1,601 and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground.
DT Greg Smith, Durant: Finished with 31 tackles and 2½ sacks as one of the anchors up front for the district champion Cougars.
ATH Marcus Springfield, Strawberry Crest: Made an impact on both sides of the ball for the Chargers, finishing with 408 yards (293 receiving, 115 rushing) and six touchdowns on offense and recording 34 tackles and four interceptions on defense.
Hillsborough County All-Star Football Game
When: Tonight, 6