Seabreeze Prospects Showcased in Jax
Jerome Swinton
Jerome Swinton
Posted Mar 19, 2007

Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, (Fla.) has the talent to make a run at the 4A state championship in 2007. They made a valiant effort in 2006 when they came up short in Ponte Vedra Beach home of coach Craig Howard’s ever powerful Nease Panthers. Four big components from Seabreeze were on display at the All-American Combine at the Jacksonville Jaguars' facilities.

The rising senior prospects at Seabreeze have big plans. All want to play Division 1A football, and all want to win a state championship.

"I know we can make it to the finals this year. We will have to win it, but I think we can do it," Leroy Houston said.

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Houston is Seabreeze's running back who can easily play other positions, wide receiver or cornerback with his speed and talent. Houston had to sit out much of the combine after aggravating a hamstring injury. He sat quietly icing the injury with obvious disappointment.

The 5-10, 170-pound speedster ran a 4.5-40 yard dash while pulling up towards the end of the task.

"He can run," Seabreeze coach Marc Beach said. "He probably would have run a low 4.4 if healthy."

"Leroy can come out of the backfield. He can make plays. His biggest strength is his versatility. He can play running back, and he can play wide receiver."

Leroy Houston

Houston rushed for over 800 yards in 2006 and caught passes for another 400 yards to help Seabreeze to their 10-3 record and a quarter-final appearance against Nease High School. The two teams were tied 14-14 in the fourth quarter, but ultimately Seabreeze lost the game to the Panthers 24-14.

Coach Beach talked more about Houston's potential for a scholarship, "Maybe because of Leroy's size schools are going to look at him at cornerback and wide receiver. This year he will have to work on his route running and just continuing to be very versatile."

Florida and UCF are recruiting Houston rather heavily, and a multitude of others are putting out feelers for the talented star.

One team came up quickly when asked where he would like to go, "Tennessee," Houston responded.

Quarterback Troy Dannehower comes into the season off a great junior campaign. He beat out senior Will Saffen for the quarterback duties. To show you how difficult that task actually was, Saffen went on to receive a football scholarship playing his senior year as Dannehower’s backup.

The 6-1, 210-pound athlete is a physical specimen. Dannehower's height is possibly a little concern for colleges at this point, but coach Beach thinks otherwise.

"He is an exceptional player," Beach said. "He led us to 10-3 in his first year as a starter. He had a good year, and I think he has a great upside. He is big, and he can run. He knows our offense in-and-out. His height is actually not bad. He's 6-1."

"I know Tim Tebow is listed as 6-3 or 6-4. I don't think he's that much bigger than Troy. One thing he has to improve on is his arm strength, but he throws a very catchable ball. I think when Troy gets into college camps this summer the offers will come."

Troy Dannehower

Beach is not the only coach impressed with the Sandcrab signal caller. Coach Chris Davis, receiver coach for Lakeland High School, was on hand at the Jacksonville combine.

"He’s a good player," Davis said. "He has a great release. The ball comes of his hand with a lot of rotation. In my opinion, technically, he was the best drop-back passing quarterback at the combine."

Dannehower missed two regular season games in 2006, but in the 11 other games he accounted for 1,602 yards passing and 18 touchdowns. He rushed for 844 yards and another nine touchdowns.

Louisville, USF, LSU, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Florida are all staying in contact.

Ricky Schwarz (6-0.5, 170 pounds) plays safety for Seabreeze, but coach Beach sees a possible change for him down the road.

"His dad is pretty big, and I could see him growing into an outside linebacker position," Beach said. "He led the team with 122 tackles last year. He is the hardest working kid on the team. He's fast too. He was a state qualifier in the 400."

Ricky Schwartz

Indeed, Schwartz put up a 4.66-40 yard dash time in Jacksonville.

"Schwarz is aggressive and is a very team-oriented player," Beach said.

Jerome Swinton is a four-year starter for the Sandcrabs. Swinton is a 5-9, 147-pound cornerback.

"He is an exceptional player for his height," Beach said. "He has no fear. He's got all the big hits on our team. He is great on special teams. He blocked eight or nine kicks last year. His height may hurt him, but if a team will take a chance on him they will find an exceptional player. He's a good tackler. He has speed and strength. He benches 270 pounds. He has good footwork and hips complete. He puts a lot of pressure on himself. I have to remind him to have fun."

Jerome Swinton

Swinton shared top honors with Madison County's Travis Arnold for the fastest 40-yard dash at the Jacksonville combine (4.31 seconds).

"Ricky, Troy and Jerome will all graduate in December," Beach said. "No one has offered them yet. Leroy is probably closest, and the summer camps will probably open up Troy's offers."

Stay with as we continue to track the prospects at Seabreeze High School.

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