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December 12, 2013

Porter wins BCP Award for best player

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USF commit and Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson quarterback Deiondre Porter won the prestigious Big County Preps player of the year award on Thursday at Jefferson High School.

Big County Preps provides several opportunities for athletes to gain media and recruiting exposure via a variety of athletic opportunities. BCP organizes and directs individual player showcases, combines and team events which allow players to be seen on a major stage in an effort to open eyes of BCP evaluators and college recruiters (for more on BCP, click here).

BCP covers four counties - Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk.

The five finalists for player of the year were Plant quarterback Colby Brown, Armwood quarterback Noah Johnson, Pinellas Park running back Pierre Johnson, Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud, and Jefferson quarterback Deiondre Porter.

Preston Jackson, the director and founder of Big County Preps, spoke about his decision making in naming Porter as the player of the year to FlaVarsity.com.

"When it came down to what Deiondre was able to do in the big game was impressive. The numbers he was able to produce was just basically unstoppable. It wasn't an easy decision, but I was confident in the decision that was made."

"I really thought Noah Johnson at Armwood was his true competitor, because he's still playing (in the state title game) and he's playing the quarterback position as a first year started. I thought Ray Ray McCloud was a stud and couldn't be stopped, but we're talking about the guy [Porter] who has about almost as much rushing yards as Ray Ray, and he has 1,000 more passing yards than Noah Johnson. He as a complete player just got it done over and over again. When his team was down, he'd bring them back."

Porter had an amazing career as a Jefferson Dragon as a three year starter. His senior season, he threw for 3199 yards and 33 touchdowns. On the ground, he ran for 1499 yards and 20 touchdowns.

His 53 total touchdowns this season were the highest are incredible, and he accounted for 95% of Jefferson's offense this season. Porter threw for 7,365 yards and ran for 2035 yards in his career and scored 104 total touchdowns.

"The easy thing to see in Deiondre is his confidence level," said Jackson. "When he takes the snap, he always has a plan in mind. When things break down he's able to improvise. That's the biggest thing with Deiondre, he's not just an athlete throwing the football - he's actually a quarterback with the ability to run."

"When you see him in between plays, you can see his leadership. You can see how he corresponds with the coach. You can see how he corresponds with his teammates, and everybody follows him. That wasn't always the case. He had to grow into that role, and he embraced it."

Porter is the leader of a great 2014 class for Jefferson which includes Juwuan Brown, Chavez Pownell, Ventell Bryant, and Derrick Ingram.

"I'm just proud that I had the opportunity to lead my team the way I did," Porter said. "I know my sophomore year the stuff I did then, I wouldn't do now because I didn't have the line I have now. These boys fought in and out since my sophomore year with me. We all just went through the bumps and the bruises, and it all came together at the right time."

Porter will definitely go down one of the best in Jefferson history, but what does Porter think about the legacy he left on the school and football program?

"Just a team first type of guy. I think every quarterback that's played here has been team first. My team means everything to me, because who you do everything with - that's your family. I leave my legacy as a great team player, and when in doubt -they can come to me for anything."

Previous winners of the BCP player of the year award are: Dontae Aycock, James Wilder Jr, Quentin Williams, Alvin Bailey, and Will Worth.


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