At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter has a lot going for him right now. He's led his team into the 2nd round of the state playoffs after winning 42-14 in round one (Everett had 160 yards, three touchdowns, and 11 tackles) and he's being recruited as heavily as any player in Florida.
But the best news came the other day when he was called into his coach's office.
"He said he received a couple of calls from college coaches that said the NCAA has approved a new sliding scale that goes into effect immediately," Everett said. "The coaches said I'm now a full qualifier. I was real happy and so was my coach."
Despite the good news, Everett said he's not satisfied yet with his scores.
"My core is between a 2.7 and a 3.0," he said. "I am trying to bring my test scores up. I took the SAT a few weeks ago and I'm still waiting on my scores and I'm going to take the ACT again. I'm qualified now, but I want to score higher."
Everett said not much has changed in regards to the recruiting process.
"I went to the Florida game yesterday," he said. "I got a chance to talk to the coaches and they were happy to see me. They said they'll be at my game on Friday. I think the linebackers coach is coming. The thing I like about Florida is the environment. I really think I can fit in well there and they need some linebackers."
Everett, who will make an official visit to Florida on Jan. 17, said he's still considering four other schools.
"I'm still looking at Florida, Miami, Nebraska, Tennessee, and South Florida," he said.
"Nebraska still calls every week and wants me to play quarterback but I think that might be a little too far from home. I'm going to try to make a visit there in late December. They told me their QB is a junior and they really don't have any backups."
The standout linebacker said he still is very high on Miami.
"I still like Miami a lot too," he said. "I haven't had a chance to watch their games lately but they're winning of course. Coach Soldinger and Coach Vernon [Hargreaves] still call each week and I enjoy talking to them. It's like we always find something to talk about. I really like their defense and I think I can fit in real well. I'm really looking forward to going down there for my visit [on Jan. 24]."
Everett, who said he plans on competing in the CaliFlorida All-Star game in January, said his main focus is on finishing his season.
"The recruiting stuff can be fun," he said, "but my main focus is on winning a state title. I saw two kids in Gainesville wearing state title rings from last year and I was thinking how nice it would be to have one of those."
Everett said the two in-state schools remain atop his current list.
"Florida and Miami are my two favorites," he said. "They're even right now. I'll take my visits in January and then make a decision around signing day.
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