Wednesday Team Florida Practice Update

Some of the top talent in the country is assembled on the Florida All-Star team which squares of against team California on January 2nd in the Orange Bowl. Scout.com caught up with several players today along with Tallahassee Lincoln assistant Tony Collins.


"Antone Smith, Jeffery Owens, Kendrick Stewart and Neefy Moffett are all the real deal," assistant coach Tony Collins said. "What can you say about Antone. Moffett is playing defensive and he can really get after it."

The first player we talked with was Daytona Beach Mainland cornerback Avery Atkins.

"I'm playing cornerback in this game and that's where I'm being recruited in college," Atkins said. "Some of the guys that have caught my eye out here today were Fred Rouse and Jeff Owens of Plantation."

What the latest with his recruitment?

"I went to Miami last week and I got Florida State the first week of January," he said. "I'm probably going to stick with my Florida commitment. After Florida, I like Miami and Florida State in that order."

Not only did Lakeland (Fla.) defensive tackle Kendrick Stewart turn heads at the 4A State Championship game, he's been turning heads at Florida team practices.

"I'm doing pretty well," he said. "I would say the other tackle Jeff Owens has been impressive also."

What's the latest with his recruitment?

"I got a Florida State visit set up for (1/21) and I would say they are the team that stands out to me most now since they have offered," he said.

The Florida Gators have started to recruit him again. Will the Noles be in for a battle with new Florida head coach Urban Meyer?

"They are starting to call now he said and I had a lot of early interest in them," he said. "However, I really like Florida State and their coaching staff."

Another physically impressive player is Miami (Norland) tight end/defensive end Richard Gordon.

"I'm being recruited to play defensive end in college," Gordon said. "Right now Miami is way in front."

A name that was unheard of until late in the spring is Belle Glade (Fla.) safety Randy Phillips. The South Florida Standout has already verbally commitment to Miami but he has set up official visits to both Florida and Florida State. The Seminoles get last crack at him on (1/28).

"I ‘m playing strong-safety in this game," Phillips said. "I have been real impressed with wide receiver Fred Rouse and O.J. Murdock.

Tomorrow Scout.com will be at morning practice and we will share our observations on the top talent.

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