PLANT CITY – Rising sophomore Demarcus Governor is a speedy wide receiver that will make his name known this upcoming season.
At 6’0″, 165 lbs, Governor has some serious wheels. After transferring from Durant to Plant City in February following his family’s move, he is ready to breakout for the Raiders. Governor started out on the varsity team at Durant before suffering an ankle injury playing basketball. The JV team captain had four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) in one game before breaking his leg.
Despite all that, Governor is simply trying to become one more piece to the puzzle for the Raiders. Plant City reached its first ever Class 7A-Region 3 final last season falling to Braden River 17-7 at home after winning 11 in a row. The Raiders finished 11-2 under first-year head coach Greg Meyer, the team’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons.
Meyer is a successful coach who helped turned the tide as Plant City outscored its opponents 334-204 last season. He previously served as the head coach at Jacksonville Wolfson and as an assistant to Robert Weiner at Plant before arriving in Plant City.
“Playing for Coach Meyer is a blessing. If you stay true to the grind and put forth everything you have, it will always pay off,” Governor said about Meyer. “He is about his business but keeps it fun. We work but we enjoy it all.”
Across from rising senior, Antoine Thompson, Governor says he is looking to start opposite him at wide receiver. Thompson is a versatile wideout, who has received 10 offers highlighted by Louisville, Wisconsin, Miami, Mississippi State, UCF and USF.
Governor is focused on the task ahead and thinks about making every rep count when he steps out on the field. He started playing football when he was six years old and says he gained the confidence he has today once he realized how good he could possibly become.
Ever since then he’s been striving to the best. That’s the right attitude to have for the up-and-comer. Right now this is what he is focused on heading into his debut season at Plant City.
“The biggest aspect of my game I am working on is the speed in and out of my breaks when it comes to my routes. I also want to make sure that all of my routes are crisp and precise.”
Governor say his biggest strength right now is his ability to track the ball to go up and get it. Also, his high-motor and instinctive competitiveness are two things he prides himself on.
On the flip side of things, he wants to work on what he calls his biggest weakness, leaving a previous play in the past and not holding it over his head.
Outside of his legitimate speed, Governor relies on these two things that should carry him a long way this season and beyond.
“I like to rely on my technique and physicality. Whether it’s me running a route, lowering my shoulder, blocking , or even catching the ball.”
Role models are something that Governor takes very seriously and he has plenty of them. He says his parents are his top two role models while his cousin, Eastern Kentucky quarterback Bennie Coney and good friend and Clemson commit Tavares Chase are his other big influences in his life.
“My first role model is my mother because of her mental and emotional strength and persistence. Then it would be my father for his mindset and determination…
Next would be my cousin Bennie Coney for his ability to overcome any type of adversity and his work ethic. Last but not least my close friend Tavares Chase because of his passion and dedication for the game.”
Governor’s ultimate goal is to receive an offer from the Clemson Tigers. He calls Clemson his dream school.
“Clemson doesn’t want average or lazy players they want top of the line scholars who are also impeccable athletes.”
When he is not in the classroom or on the practice field, Governor is still taking time to perfect his craft.
“In my free time, I’ll go to the gym and workout for an hour before school and then work the speed ladder afterwards.”
Plant City is going to be among the area’s best teams once again. Alongside his teammates and coaches, Governor doesn’t have to do much to get people into the stadium seats because they are that good. The Raiders went a perfect 7-0 record on their home field.
“Someone should come to a Plant City game because they will witness a special showcase in talent where size does not matter. We are just rare and we have what you can’t coach, a ‘dog’ mentality.”
Governor earned a small taste of varsity football last year at Durant, but in a larger role at Plant City expect big things from the quick, intelligent and determined wideout. The Raiders have themselves a real playmaker.
Remember the name Demarcus Governor. Referred to simply as ‘D’ by his teammates, Governor is going to be a known commodity sooner rather than later.
Favorite football players? – Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Clemson wide receiver Artavis Scott.
Favorite TV Shows? – Friday Night Tykes, Hard Knocks and NFL Network.
Playlist before games – YFN Lucci, Future and Montana of 300.
Fun Fact – “I’m a clown I love to make people laugh. You’ll see me often being silly or attempting to sing (humorously).”
Game film: Governer’s Hudl tape
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