Omaha Central is looking to return to the Class A playoffs for the first time since 2015. After a 3-6 record in 2018, the Eagles have a promising roster in 2019.
World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter attended Omaha Central's practice on Thursday. Here are his notes and observations.
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Abe Hoskins is one of the better athletes in Nebraska's 2020 class. He returns at quarterback for the Eagles, and along with being the primary signal caller, Hoskins will look to lock down one side of the field at cornerback this season.
On the defensive line, the Eagles have two players that could be stars in 2019. 6-foot-2, 285 pound senior Jake Frezell-McClinton can be a disrupter on the interior of the defensive line. Junior defensive end Kaedyn Reynolds has the power and speed to get to the quarterback and looks bigger than his listed 6-2, 225 pounds.
Central is known as I-back high, and Deanthony Bridgeford-Jackett looks to be the lead back this season. He combines power and speed. On Thursday, he had multiple runs of over 10 yards and managed to make defenders miss him.
The offensive line is young but has talent. The most talented is sophomore left tackle Deshawn Woods. Woods is a powerful run blocker and likely will have a bright future at 6-3, 250 pounds. As he matures and gains experience, he should improve as a pass blocker. Along with Woods, two more sophomores Quinton Butts and Trey Nelson-Beasley are projected starters at the guard positions. Playing three sophomores on the offensive line in Class A can be a difficult task, but if the trio can hold up, the Eagles offense has an opportunity to score a lot of points.
Central will likely always have athletes at the skill positions, and they added another one with the transfer of junior receiver Trevon Jones. Jones moved to Omaha from Florida this summer and is a speedster. On Wednesday, he showcased both his speed and sure hands in the team portion of practice. Jones is an unknown commodity at this point but could be in line to have a strong junior season.
Senior tight end Dylan Baker could have a breakout season. He will likely be featured in the offense in 2019 after catching two passes for 40 yards in 2018. Baker could be a nice security blanket for Hoskins in the passing game, and he could help the run game as a in-line blocker.