Earl Everett Talks Recruiting

Webster (Fla.) South Sumter standout Earl Everett said one thing is on the mind of he and his teammates when they travel to play at Crystal River on Friday night.

"Payback," Everett said on Wednesday night. "You know they say about it. Well, that's what we'll be doing on Friday. They beat us the last couple years so we're ready for them."

At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Everett said it's one game at a time this year.

"We have 26 seniors on our team this year and the goal is to win it all," he said. "We have to take it one week at a time and it all starts on Friday night."

In the meantime, Everett is still one of the nation's top college prospects, which means his phone has been ringing off the hook.

"I went to Gainesville with some teammates to the Florida game on Saturday then I spent Sunday at my mom's," he said. "I missed seven calls the first day but I've had a chance to talk to some coaches today and yesterday."

So who were some of those he talked to?

"Miami, Florida State, Florida, Nebraska, Auburn, there have been a lot of them," he said.

The talented athlete heard some interesting things in those conversations.

Nebraska - "They offered me as an option quarterback but we talked about playing running back last night since that's what I want to play on offense. Their starting tailback averages 22 carries per game so I'll have plenty of opportunities."

Auburn - "I talked to the assistant and the head coach and they said they finally got my tape. The head coach told me he saw 4 plays of my tape and told the other coach to turn off the VCR. He said he watched four plays before getting me on the phone. They like me on both sides of the football. They have offered."

Miami - "I talked awhile to Coach Soldinger and Coach Coker. Soldinger told me again that I remind him of Edgerrin James when he was my age. He said if it was up to him, I'd play running back. Coach Coker said he thinks outside linebacker but asked me where I wanted to play. It doesn't matter to me because I just want a chance to play. Miami's definitely going to be one of my visits. I'm also going down there to watch the Florida State game."

The standout RB/LB, who will try to raise his ACT two points to become a full qualifer on Sept 21, said he took a visit to the Swamp last Saturday.

"It went alright," he said. "The crowd was pretty wild and the game was a blowout. They actually had two delay of game penalties because of the noise. I can't wait to see it this weekend when Miami plays there."

Everett said he enjoyed meeting with the Florida coaches.

"They took about 50 of us into the Gator room to meet the coaches have have dinner," he said. "We then went onto the sidelines during pre-game and then into our seats for the start of the game. They had 50-some there last week and I think they expect over 500 this week."

Everett was asked what he'll be watching for the most in Saturday's showdown.

"Basically, I'm going to watch which team gives the best effort," he said. "I'm going to watch both defenses real closely and which one has more success."

The South Sumter standout had something interesting to say about his choice of clothing for Saturday.

"I have a Miami jersey that I want to wear," he said of a #11 jersey he owns. "But I figured that probably won't be the best idea since I'm going as a recruit for Florida. I'll wait to wear it."

Everett mentioned at the end of our conversation that his focus remains on Friday's season opener.

"I've never really gotten too involved in the recruiting stuff," he said. "A lot of coaches have been calling and all that but all I want is a state championship this season. I'll take my visits and make my decision and all that after the season."

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