Vickers out with broken leg

2014 standout running back Johnathan Vickers will miss this season with a broken leg. Former Florida Gator commitment Rodney Adams is back practicing at Lakewood. Ex-FSU commit Sojourn Shelton will visit Wisconsin this weekend. All this and more in this week's Florida notebook.

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Johnathan Vickers (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian), one of the top 2014 prospects from the state of Florida, will miss the remainder of the season with a broken leg. According to his coach, Robert Clark, Vickers actually broke his leg in two places during their Kickoff Classic this past Friday and had surgery over the weekend.

"Johnathan is doing fine now," Clark said. "He had surgery on Saturday. He got hit in the second quarter and broke his left leg in two spots. He got home on Monday. The doctors believe Johnathan can come back stronger than ever. It sounds bad but it's less severe than an ACL injury."

Vickers, 5-foot-11 and 200-pounds, was coming into his junior campaign off an impressive 1,537 season as a sophomore. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss were some of his early verbal scholarship offers and at this time he favors the Crimson Tide.

"Johnathan was a little down," Craft said. "Then on Monday he talked with Alabama and that lifted his spirits."

The staff at NFC is hopeful that Vickers will be back and ready for the high school baseball season next spring. He starts the rehabilitation process immediately on his leg.

Adams back for Lakewood
Former Florida Gator wide receiver commitment Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic) is back on the practice field. Doctors have held him out of all the Spartans camp because of a feared heart condition.

"They said I had a hole in my heart but the heart specialist said nothing was wrong with me," said Adams via Facebook message. "I'm in the greatest of health. I am back on the practice field and I can't wait to get on the field Friday."

Adams, 6-foot-1 and 162-pounds, practiced for the first time this fall on Tuesday. While he may be excited to get back on the gridiron it may be a week or two before he sees playing time, according to Lakewood head coach Cory Moore.

"We are taking it day by day," Moore said."He's not playing [this Friday] against Seminole."

Adams, a three-star receiver, is one of the top players in all of Pinellas County. He gives Lakewood a great athlete on the perimeter and a threat to score any time he touches the football.

"Rodney looks like Rodney. He looks like he always does," Moore said. "He's looks good."

Shelton set to visit Badgers
Former Florida State commitment Sojourn Shelton (Plantation, Fla.) will make his first official visit of the season this weekend when he trips to Wisconsin.

"I am pretty excited to see everything," Shelton said. "Everyone always raves about their college football environment. Now I get to witness it for myself. I have talked with and met a few of the coaches but now I get to meet the entire staff. I will get a chance to sit down and talk with those guys and the players. I will tour and see everything. And I will get to see the environment."

Shelton, a 5-foot-9 and 165-pound three-star cornerback, says he hopes he doesn't make a commitment to Wisconsin this weekend. He loves the Badgers but he wants to visit another school or two.

"I really want to visit Cincinnati and Nebraska and I would love to get Wake Forest in there," Shelton said. I would love to make these visits before I make decision. My goal is not to commit this weekend but I wouldn't count it out."

Will Holtz vote republican?
If you are Skip Holtz and South Florida you can't be too happy this week with the Republican Party. Tampa is the host of the Republican National Convention (NRC) and because of the NRC all Hillsborough County High School football games were recently moved from Friday to Saturday for this weekend.

That means there won't be any unofficial visitors from Tampa high schools at USF for their home opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

That doesn't seem like a big deal but consider this – the Bulls next Saturday home game will be on September 29th when they host FSU. USF plays at Nevada next weekend and then has Rutgers at home the following Thursday for their Big East opener.

The point here is that you want to get the recruits to your games for unofficial visits, especially the local ones.

In realty this is just a minor speed bump for Holtz and company. Still, when it comes to recruiting, you want them on campus and in your stadium as much as possible.

But Woulard will be there
Elite 11 MVP and USF commitment Asiantti Woulard (Winter Park, Fla.) will visit the Bulls unofficial for their game against UTC. Another visitor will be wide receiver E.J. Burston (Palmetto, Fla.).

Gators to host UGA commit?
It appears that the University of Florida is scheduled to host Georgia commitment Trenton Brown (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military) this weekend for an official visit. Brown, 6-foot-7 and 345-pounds, is a massive offensive tackle that committed to the Dawgs earlier this month.

In other Gator news there was some thought that three-star receiver Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) could commit to the Gators this weekend when he came up to watch their home opener against Bowling Green. But because of the NRC his high school game against Brandon was moved from Friday to Saturday. So he will not be in Gainesville on Saturday.

Some ‘Nole commits coming in
This could be a huge season in Tallahassee for the Seminoles and this Saturday marks their home opener as FSU takes on Murray State. Florida State commitments Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans), Isaiah Jones (Milton, Fla.), Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison County) and Marquez White (Dothan, Ala./Northview) are all expected to be in attendance.

Future visits, news and notes
FSU commitment, linebacker Freddie Stevenson (Bartow, Fla.) said he will officially visit the Seminoles when they host Florida on November 24th. He is also planning on visiting FSU unofficially for the Clemson (9-22) game.

Gator commitments Joey Ivie (Dade City, Fla./Pasco) and Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) will both be in Gainesville for Florida's opener.

Duke commitment, wide receiver/cornerback Johnell Barnes (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar) will unofficially visit the Blue Devils this weekend.

Notre Dame linebacker commitment, Michael Deeb (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) said he will make his official visit to Notre Dame (9-22) when the Irish play Michigan.

Wide receiver Jordan Cunningham (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) has set up an official visit to Oklahoma State (9-29).

Cornerback Sean Green (Vero Beach, Fla.) will make an official visit to Wake Forest (9-8).

Offensive lineman Shawn Curtis (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) said he has set up official visits to Mississippi State and Syracuse but didn't know the dates.

Georgia Tech commitment John Marvin (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) said he will make his official visit to see the Yellow Jackets after the season.

Athlete John Franklin (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) said he will make an official visit to Temple in October.

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