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Leto: Big things might be in store for McPherson

ksmith@tampatrib.com
Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 08:40 PM
TAMPA -

Kellen Winslow wanted to see David McPherson's stance.

McPherson obliged, and in a small room at One Buc Place, Leto High's senior tight end got coached up by the tight end of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

"It was really good because he's been an idol of mine for a long time," McPherson said. "The University of Miami, that's my favorite college. Being there with him, that was a great experience.

"He's one of the best tight ends in the whole league and just being with him was a great learning experience."

And what did McPherson do with the valuable information Winslow imparted? He immediately put it to use.

"As soon as I got home, I was working on my stance," he said.

With Jeremy Deering graduated and playing at Rutgers and new coach Mike Jalazo implementing an offensive scheme that worked well for him at Clearwater Central Catholic and Admiral Farragut, McPherson's natural abilities as a tight end could lead to big things.

"We use the tight end pretty prominently in our offense," Jalazo said. "He's definitely a prospect and he's going to excel in our offense because he's going to get the ball a lot. It's going to be neat to see how he develops."

Having done his homework on Jalazo and his scheme, McPherson is excited about his senior season.

"I think about it every single night before I go to sleep," McPherson said. "I think about helping my team getting to a playoffs and personal goals of getting touchdowns, a lot of receiving yards and signing with a Division I school."

McPherson certainly dreams big, especially when it comes to Leto's potential to reach the postseason, something that hasn't happened since 1999. He admits there is still work to be done, but that hasn't stopped him from imagining his reaction.

"I would cry," he said. "That would be one of the biggest moments in Leto history if we can make it to the playoffs. I'm hoping for a district championship, but if we could make it to the playoffs, that would be something else.

"If we have a winning season, for my senior year, that would be great. This place would go nuts."

STADIUM: Mahin-Hoffman Stadium, 4409 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa
CLASS-DISTRICT: 4A-10 (with Boca Ciega, Largo and Sickles)
COACH: Mike Jalazo (79-47, 12th season overall; first season at Leto)
LAST SEASON: 2-7

Sept. 3: Robinson
Sept. 10: at Lennard
Sept. 16: at Bloomingdale
Sept. 24: Boca Ciega
Oct. 1: at King
Oct. 8: Largo
Oct. 15: Newsome
Oct. 22: at Sickles
Oct. 29: Freedom
Nov. 5: at Middleton

No.NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.Harold Angulo-SantosOL-DLJr.Orlando NunezOL-DLJr.Giovanni PalenciaK-PSo.1Francisco SalcedoWR-DB6-0170Jr.2Jaylon DavisATH5-10166Jr.3Steve SingletonWR-DB6-0150Sr.4Nick DavisRB-LB5-9180Sr.5David McPherson Jr.TE-DE6-6220Sr.6Shaine MathisRB-DB5-9180Sr.7Vincent FrascelloDB-RB5-6160Sr.8Andrew RuizTE-DE6-1210Jr.9Alex PoblateWR-DB5-8140Jr.10Jahmeire CaldwellLB-TE6-0225Sr.12Wilfredo PizarroRB-LB5-7165Sr.13Colby RobinsonQB-DB5-11187So.15DeAndre MathisWR-DB6-0150Jr.16Marcus RobinsonWR-DB5-9145Jr.18Giovani GustaveWR-DB5-11150Sr.20Tyrone HarrisWR-DB5-7140Jr.21Jiovanny FigueroaRB-DE5-10180Sr.22Stefan ThorneWR-DB6-0152Sr.23Alex SmithWR-DB5-11177Jr.24Darius WilliamsRB-LB5-10195Jr.25Fernando AvilaLB-RB5-7160Jr.26James WilsonRB-DE5-10153So.28Andre SimpsonWR-DB5-11159So.30Johnnie BoganWR-DB5-8140So.32Jonathan DublinDB-K5-11140So.44Michael SerraRB-DE5-11165Jr.50Saul MondragonOL-DL5-8185Jr.52Mikal CollierOL-DL5-11240Sr.53Garrick Pimienta Jr.LB-RB5-10175Jr.54Luis GonzalezLB-TE5-9185So.55Kenny TruongOL-DL6-1210Jr.56Kevin MorejonOL-DL5-10215So.57Andy PerezDE-RB5-7160So.58Rafelin TorresOL-DL5-11190Jr.59Torrean WallaceOL-DL5-10210So.65Carlos Arrindell Jr.OL-DL5-8258Fr.67Rogue MaldanadoOL-DL5-11245Jr.68Arieon CaldwellOL-DL5-10288So.71Ellis SecolaOL-DL5-7275Jr.75Robert AsphallOL-DL5-9273Sr.76Adalberto RodriguezOL-DL5-8330Jr.77Cody SharpOL-DL6-7350Jr.78Brentton McnuttOL-DL6-0275Jr.81David LopezWR-DB5-11157So.85Marquise SilverWR-DB6-1180Jr.

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