Outgoing seniors Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie were two big names on hand to watch the Plantation Anerican Heritage spring game on Thursday afternoon.
But the team's biggest name wasn't even on campus.
Dual-threat quarterback Torrance Gibson, rated the No. 1 player at the athlete position by both ESPN and 247Sports, missed the school's intrasquad scrimmage for disciplinary reasons.
Gibson — who tweeted Monday "Minor setback for a major comeback. Just wait on it" — did not give a reason himself via text message Thursday for his absence.
"I'm not playing," he said.
Gibson did acknowledge he is not injured.
"No," he said, "I can't play."
Heritage athletic director Karen Stearns did not want to comment on Gibson's situation to “respect his privacy,” but also acknowledged he is not injured.
As for the defending Class 5A champions' offense, it moved as well as it could behind freshman quarterback Jason Brown.
Brown — who held his head high and proceeded to keep working while struggling during the first half of play — had two interceptions and a fumble, but got on the scoreboard with a goal-line fade pass to junior receiver Brandon Johnson towards the end of the first half.
Senior linebacker Christain Irving (5-11, 205) caught both interceptions, and ecstatically said on the sidelines he had “magnets in his gloves.”
Junior linebacker Bradley Clement (5-10, 225) and junior weakside defensive end Brian Burns (6-5, 205) also were standout players on defense. Five-star cornerback Tarvarus McFadden (6-3, 195) had his fair share of frustration with the offense avoiding his side of the field.
When Gibson does return to the helm of the Patriots' offense, he'll have his share of weapons to compensate for the departures of Michel and McKenzie.
The Patriots have a trio of running backs at their disposal in senior speedster Travis Jackson (5-7, 180), junior Shaddrick Lowery and sophomore Kyshaun Bryan (5-10, 185). Gibson will also look to continue his chemistry with Johnson and fellow junior wide receiver Dredrick Snelson.
As for Michel and McKenzie, they will be roommates when they arrive at the University of Georgia on May 31.
And as for the current crop of Heritage players, coaches from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Jacksonville and Florida Tech were on hand for the game. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder — former Heritage coach from 1983-1987 — visited the school earlier Thursday.