Prep Preview: Lincoln Trojans

Over the next few weeks will preview the high school teams led by prospects verbally committed to the Florida Gators football team.

First up is James Hearns and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High Trojans.

2011 record: 9-2 lost in the first round of the playoffs

Head coach: Yusuf Shakir

Other notes: Former Florida receiver Jacquez Green is the offensive coordinator at Lincoln.

Top returning players: Senior linebacker James Hearns (Florida verbal commitment), senior receiver Reggie Davis (Georgia commit) and Senior receiver Taj Williams.

Top underclassmen: Junior cornerback Kendall Randolph, junior linebacker Travis Hearns and junior linebacker Jeffrey Williams

James Hearns’ comments: “I’m a senior now so it’s my time to lead the team back to a championship. I have to come out and lead the team in a positive way everyday to reach our goal. We have the potential to get back to the state championship — we are close team. One of the reasons we are close is because this is coach Shakir’s fourth year here, so we have learned his way for four years. So, it’s time to see his finished product.”

Hearns’ goals: “I want to break the school record for tackles in a game, which is 25 tackles. It will be tough, but that’s my goal. My other is to stay healthy all year.”

Coach Shakir’s comments: “Last year was a disappointing year for Lincoln’s standard. Some teams would be happy with a 9-2 record, but we weren’t. Our goal is to win the state championship every year.

“In order to do that this year we need to stay healthy and also realize that you have to work and earn a state championship — it isn’t given to you. I think a lot of people thought they deserved a championship last year because of the year before the season.”

Shakir on Hearns: “He brings a physical presence to the field at the linebacker position. He has a rare combination of size, speed and agility while bringing a physical presence off the edge. Off the field, he has good leadership skills and knows what we expect from everyone. Following his knee injury he has responded with an appreciation of the game of football.”


August 30th vs. Pensacola High at Lincoln High

September 7th vs St. Paul at Louisiana Superdome

September 14th at Florida State University

September 21st vs. Chiles at Lincoln High

September 28th vs. Rickards at Lincoln High

October 5th at Buchholz

October 12th vs. Leon at Lincoln High

October 19th vs. West Port at Lincoln High

November 2nd at. Forest

November 8th at Godby

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.