At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter standout linebacker Earl Everett saw his senior season come to an end two weeks ago.
"Bolles came in here and beat us," Everett said. "We got off to a 14-7 halftime lead but wasn't able to hold it. They kicked the winning field goal with under a minute left."
Everett said despite losing in the state semifinals for the third year in a row, he's still hoping for a ring.
"I didn't get the ring in high school but hopefully I'll get one in college," he said.
Everett, who is fully qualified, said he's ready for his first official visit.
"I'm going to Nebraska this weekend," he said. "They want me to play quarterback. I'm looking forward to it because I've never seen snow before and one of my teachers looked up the weather report on the computer today and I think it's going to be 19 degrees on Saturday."
Everett said he was scheduled to take his first visit last weekend.
"I was supposed to go to LSU last weekend," he said, "but the head coach wasn't going to be there that weekend so I had to reschedule it. They want me to come in when he's available."
The talented linebacker will take four visits in January.
"I have Florida for the 17th, Miami on the 24th, and Florida State on the 31st," he said. "I guess LSU will probably be on the 10th then."
Everett finished his senior season with 1,640 total yards and 16 touchdowns as a quarterback. On defense, he had 85 tackles, six sacks, six interceptions, and four caused fumbles. He's now playing basketball.
"I'm trying to stay in shape," he said. "I've already lost about five pounds running and stuff. I'll probably gain it back on my visits though."
Everett had in-home visits with coaches from all three Florida schools last week.
"Miami, Florida, Florida State, and LSU all came by," he said. "I really liked all of them because I learned a lot, especially the one with Coach Hargreaves and Miami. As far as playing time and academic help, I really liked what he had to say. Then Coach Soldinger stopped by my school."
Everett said he plans on taking two of his five visits with his mother and father.
"They're going with me up to Florida and to Miami," he said. "I guess they want to see what's going on during my visit too."
Everett was asked if his list of favorites has changed at all.
"Not really," he said. "It's still 50/50 between Miami and Florida."
Super LB Ready for 1st Visit
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