At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter standout Earl Everett was moved to outside linebacker last Friday and he thought it was a good move.
"I'd been playing safety but this gave me a a chance to be closer to the line and be able to make more plays," he said after his team extended its record to 5-1 by defeating Pasco Co. by the score of 41-21 last Friday. "I had 10 or 11 tackles and I thought I played well. On offense, I had 141 yards rushing and two touchdowns."
Everett, who is busy preparing to take the ACT next Saturday, needs just two more points to become a full academic qualifier. "I've been studying some for it so I think I can get a 17 or higher."
The talented running back had the chance to watch a game in the Orange Bowl for the first time, but it didn't exactly go as planned. He went to the game with teammate Eric English and Eric's father.
"We got to the stadium about 30 minutes before the game and they told us they had already had their recruiting thing. So we had to sit in the stands and I wasn't able to meet the coaches like I wanted to."
Everett did, however, watch an awesome game.
"Oh man, it was amazing," he said. "They may be the two best teams in the country. FSU wasn't fakin it on Saturday. Greg Jones is the truth. But Miami kept fighting and pulled it out in the end. That place was really loud. I went to Gainesville for the Miami game and the Orange Bowl may have [the noise advantage]."
Everett said the stadium was rocking late in the game.
"That was great," he said. "The team was feeding off the crowd. The whole game people were screaming and jumping around. Then we saw three fans get yoked when they tried running onto the field."
Everett then talked about the recruiting process.
"I have my visit with Florida for January 17 and I just talked to the Tennessee coach last week and I think I'm going up there the weekend after that," he said. "And I'm going to definitely visit Miami and Nebraska. I haven't decided who or if I'll even use my fifth visit."
Everett said he continues to talk to Nebraska coaches about playing quarterback for the Huskers.
"They keep telling me I'll get a chance to play quarterback," he said. "I'm looking forward to going there. The furthest I've ever been is Alabama and I've never flown before. It should be fun."
Everett was asked about his current favorite.
"I probably couldn't say right now but I'm starting to look real hard at Florida because they really need some players," he said. "Did you see that game against LSU? They got waxed. They really need some players bad and I think I could help."
So does that put the Gators ahead of the Hurricanes?
"Not really," he said. "There are just some things you notice and that was one of them. I had a great time in Miami and I can't wait till my visit there."
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