In this week's edition of All-State Stock Watch (aka the first edition of All-State Stock Watch), we're looking at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the summer. A player could have performed well at a camp, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, or broken a leg. Whatever the case, I chart all the data (in my head) and give you the biggest movers of the week.
UP — Bryan Castelot, Bunnell QB
Castelot, a 5-foot-10 passer, emerged as one of the top offensive threats in the state last year, tossing 30 touchdowns as a sophomore and leading Bunnell to a 7-3 record. Problem was, Castelot also threw 16 interceptions. But with another year of experience in the Bulldogs' pass-first system, expect Castelot to cut down on the turnovers and improve his efficiency. His value was reasonably high to begin with, but I think he'll be better this season.
DOWN — Dave Coggins, Sacred Heart WR
When a receiver catches 78 passes for 1,417 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, you'd expect his stock to be rising. But there's no guarantee Coggins will put up those kind of numbers as a junior this year. It's not even his fault — after the graduation of Rohan Ifill, a four-year starter at quarterback, Sacred Heart will likely turn to junior Javon Martin under center. Will he be able to get the ball to Coggins consistently? We won't know until the season starts, so we'll mark this stock as "Down" for now.
UP — Malik Golden, Cheshire Academy WR
Golden has been lighting up the summer circuit, showcasing the kind of speed and athleticism that gets Division I colleges to take notice. At 6-feet, 185 pounds, he's being recruited as a receiver and as a defensive back. Golden took trips to Boston College and Penn State over the weekend, and he plans to make his college decision on Wednesday night. He lists Penn State, BC, Iowa and UConn as his top four right now. No matter which school he chooses, that counts as a productive summer in my eyes.
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