Two offers go out
The big news of the first few hours of the camp were the two offers that went out. Woodberry Forest (Va.) offensive lineman Clark Yarbrough received an offer. We noticed Yarbrough getting a congratulatory hand shake from Florida assistant Brian White and shortly afterward the big lineman tweeted that he was offered by the Gators.
The Class of 2016 Gator legacy has a long time until he has to make a decision, but the gators will be in the thick of things now that he does have that offer.
Miami Booker T. Washington is still loaded
I watched a lot of Booker T. Washington, last year's national champions, and they just have a crazy group of really talented prospects. When you think South Florida you think speed and swagger and that is exactly what you get at receiver and defensive back for the Tornadoes.
They are a little rough around the edges in the secondary right now, but they are really athletic and physical in the back end. Led by Davante Davis, who really does not want to talk recruiting, he is a real physical talent with the size that recruiters love for the position. Florida offered him at the conclusion of the camp on Friday.
A younger prospect to watch moving forward is 2016 cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams. The entire time I watched the field, he didn't have a pass completed on him. He is a super fluid corner that already has five offers after his sophomore season. Florida is all over this one and the kid is a Gator fan.
Of course they have receivers too. Florida is the leader for Antonio Callaway who has good size and strength, but is super athletic enough that he is a slot receiver. He really is an anomaly because he is so quick and elusive with his physique. It is my first time seeing him and I am sold that he is a big time player.
Another senior that is a little dynamo and has an offer from Marshall is 5-foot-7, 165 pound Shaquille Green. He is small, but he is nasty with the ball in his hands and guys running around trying to tackle him or touch him in the case of Friday night.
One younger receiver that lit up the night for Booker T, was Darius Scott. The 2016 receiver is almost completely unknown, but he caught double digit touchdowns on the night. He made some tough catches, but more so, he made people miss after he caught the ball.
Cain and the Titans
Look for Tampa Bay Tech to make some noise this year. Quarterback Deon Cain was on display Friday night and I must say I was impressed with his ability to throw the ball. He can throw pretty deep ball, but I watched a couple of times as he zipped it in tight spaces on mid range throws. They were really hard passes that he made look easy.
Florida assistants Joker Phillips and Derek Lewis took turns with the Cain family in attendance and made sure their presence was felt the whole time that the Clemson commitment was on the field. There was no denying that they are highly interested in turning that commitment around if at all possible.
The Tech Titans have some other weapons as well. 2017 receiver DaQuon Green is a real weapon and plays the game a few inches taller than he is. He says he is 6-foot-1, but he plays upright and can get in the air high very quickly. He is physical and had several touchdowns on long and short plays Friday, I watched him make three in one game and he missed two others in the same game. He's gpot three years until he graduates and he will be a great one before all is said and done.
On the sideline watching for Tech, was lineman Qu'Juan Spradley. Although he didn't do anything on Friday, I watched him in practice last month and he is a real horse. Standing 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, Spradley projects as an offensive guard or a defensive tackle. He was a mean offensive tackle that day in practice and the kid never came off the field, a real horse of a specimen.
Armwood was the champs…
Unfortunately, I didn't see one game of Seffner Armwood's play in the field, but they were the champs of the event. NCAA rules don't let them hold a tournament like the spring 7on7's we are used to, so the round-robin winner was Armwood after going undefeated on the evening.
It must be nice having a top 25 national player like Byron Cowart on the defensive line and he doesn't play and you win a pretty talented tournament of all skill guys. Armwood is always a talented team.
The Fletcher Senators…
Quarterback Augie DeBiase is a different kind of breed. Tebow part II, DeBiase grew up a Gator fan, he's about 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds and looks more like a middle linebacker than a quarterback.
Florida knows all about the 2016 signal caller and he has some tools. This kind of format doesn't let him really showcase his ability to run, but he is a decisive and formidable passer.
He told me that Alabama pulled him aside to throw for Nick Saban last week and they are very high on him without offering yet. Virginia Tech and Indiana are the two offers for him at the moment, two BCS conference offers to start isn't bad. Again, another one to watch.
He is able to throw to a gazelle of a receiver in Kalif Jackson. The 2015 star is so much taller than I thought he was. He is a legitimate 6-foot-4 plus and he can really run. He caught a short pass and turned into a long touchdown in the first few seconds I watched him play Friday. He told me he scored six touchdowns on the night and he is by far a marked man for the defenses trying to cover the Senators.
My Top 5 of the night
With the caveat that I couldn't watch all the teams and there were certainly some prospects I will miss that deserve it in this group, here are the top five prospects I saw Friday night and I would take any one of them right now.1 WR Antonio Callaway
2 WR Deon Cain
3 RB Mark Walton
4 WR Kalif Jackson
5 CB Davante Davis
5A CB Dontye Carriere-Williams
Look for interviews from almost all of the above when the clock allows.