Nine Instate Commits Named All-State

On Monday, nine South Florida commits from the Sunshine State were named all-state selections. Behind his 53 total touchdowns, Deiondre Porter leads the way for Willie Taggart's 2014 class.

There's one thing you can say about Willie Taggart. Taggart and the South Florida Bulls' coaching staff has taken full advantage of the pool of rich talent that surrounds them in the Sunshine State. Right now, the Bulls hold verbal commitments from 17 players from the state of Florida, 19, if you want to count Jamie Byrd and Eric Mayes, who are both Florida natives who spent time at the Prep and Junior- College ranks.

On Monday morning, nine of those commitments were named all-state for their strong and proficient play on the gridiron in 2013.

After racking up a state high 4,698 total yards and 53 touchdowns, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson athlete, Deiondre Porter, was named 1st-team 6A all-state. Porter, who's been committed to the Bulls since last July, has took an official visit to Rutgers and will visit the Bulls on Jan. 17, and Wisconsin on Jan. 24.

His teammate, Juwuan Brown, starred for the Dragons at outside linebacker in 2013. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound versatile linebacker recorded 77 tackles, including 30 solo, 31 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and a 70-yard interception for a touchdown to help lead Tampa Jefferson to a 10-2 record. Brown was a 2nd-team 6A all-state selection. In recruiting, Brown has a visit to USF set up for Jan. 17 and Michigan State for Jan. 24.

Deondre Farrier, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior wide receiver from Orlando (Fla.) Lake Nona High School, committed to the Bulls last month. As a junior, Farrier hauled in 55 catches for 909 yards and seven touchdowns. For his terrific play, Farrier was a 3rd-team 7A all-state selection in 2013. Over the past week, Farrier has picked up offers from Florida, Kentucky and Cincinnati.

Tyre McCants, a do-it-all athlete from Niceville (Fla.) High School, was a 2nd-team 7A All-State selection after finishing his senior campaign with a sensational 818 receiving yards, 560 rushing yards, 540 return yards, and 18 total touchdowns. The Bulls' coaching staff plans to use McCants' versatility to it's fullest once he arrives on campus. McCants will take his official visit to Tampa Bay on Jan. 17.

In my opinion, Devin Abraham was flat out dominant as ever in his senior season. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back was a nightmare for opposing offenses all season long. For the year, the early enrollee racked up 74 tackles, including 45 solo, six interceptions, five blocked field goals, two blocked punts, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for Tarpon Springs East Lake. Abraham was a 1st-team DB 7A All-State selection and is already enrolled at South Florida.

Michael Galati, an offensive lineman who was the leader of the Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee offensive line, paved the way up front for an offense that averaging 322 yards a game rushing. On the year, the Hurricanes rushed for 3,874 yards and 47 touchdowns. Galati was a 2nd-team 8A selection.

At 6-foot-3, 295-pounds, Miami (Fla.) Central offensive lineman and South Florida commit, Michael Smith, will add more beef and depth upfront for the Bulls. Smith helped Miami Central to a state championship win over Seffner Armwood in 2013 behind two All-American running backs. Smith was a 6A 2nd-team all-state selection.

After a strong showing in the Semper Fi All-American game last night out in California, Immokalee (Fla.) outside linebacker Jimmy Bayes was named a 5A 3rd-team all-state selection. Thought he might be suited in the secondary at one of the safety positions, Bayes recorded 78 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, a sack and a blocked field goal. Bayes will visit South Florida on Jan. 17, and visits to Missouri, Louisville and Georgia Tech are possibilities.

Tajee Fullwood, a versatile athlete who played several positions in 2013, was named a 7A all-state honorable mention selection. In 2013, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Fullwood hauled in 21 catches for 356 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, the USF commit had 23 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Fullwood also excelled on special teams as a return man. Fullwood will visit the Bulls on Jan. 17, Cincinnati on Jan. 24 and a visit to Florida State is a possibility.

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