RECRUITING: UF Recruiting Carlos Everett Hard

If you want to talk about frightening for the 2005 high school season, consider this: Bushnell (FL) South Sumter went on a scoring frenzy in their jamboree last week at the Citrus Bowl, scoring 73 points against St. Pete Catholic and Carlos Everett never made it to the end zone … not even once! That tells a lot about the talent and skill level on a South Sumter team that figures to make a run at a state championship.

For South Sumter to go deep in the playoffs, Everett, whose brother Earl is a two-year starter at linebacker for the Florida Gators, will have to come up big. Earl is considered one of the best players in the Southeastern Conference, an outstanding athlete with speed and skills. Carlos is a chip off the old block. He's tall, fast and explosive. Carlos is being heavily recruited by a number of schools as both a wide receiver and a defensive back. It is only a matter of time before he begins to generate some big time offers.

Although the Florida Gators haven't offered him yet, they are giving Carlos plenty of attention but so are several other top schools.

"I am starting to get a bunch of attention now," said Everett this week in a phone interview with Gator Country. "Iowa, West Virginia, Ole Miss . . . a bunch of schools came by in the spring. Iowa, Ole Miss, Akron, West Virginia, and Florida are showing me a lot of attention these days. Florida is showing the most attention so far. Coach Meyer came to the school on Monday. Coach Mullen has been to the school a few times."

Carlos and his South Sumter teammates went on a tear on offense in the spring jamboree although the box score doesn't tell the whole story.

"I did pretty well for it being spring," he said. "We racked up 73 points. I got in the end zone but stepped out of bounds. I caught five passes on the night and I'm not sure how many yards. I had one highlight play in the game."

He is enjoying the recruiting process so far and thinks the coaches from all the schools recruiting him have been on the up and up. He can see the competition between them, but they have been really good about not doing any negative recruiting.

"They are all pretty nice guys," he said. "They know they are all in competition, but they have been great about the situation. Earl said don't believe everything they tell you but most coaches can give you some information that will keep you informed on things in recruiting."

Everett scored 2 Bs and 2 C's in his core classes this past year and appears on track to qualify academically. He plans on camping this year, but only at the University of Florida from June 12-15. A lot of the schools recruiting him are saying he fits more of the defensive back mold but not the Gators.

"Most of the coaches are saying I look like a DB type of guy," he said. "They ask what position and I tell them I want to play receiver but I am willing to play where they want me. The Florida coaches are looking at me as a receiver."

Carlos Everett is certainly getting a long look from a Florida coaching staff. Everett has a mailbox filled with letters from top Division I schools each day so it's only a matter of time before the offers start pouring in.

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