Carnes Gets Visit from Coach Leavitt

Quarterback Brion Carnes had a phenomenal senior season leading Manatee to the state championship game. He committed early to the Bulls, and on Monday received an in-home visit from two USF coaches including Jim Leavitt.

Manatee quarterback Brion Carnes has had quite a season. The USF commit accounted for nearly 2,700 yards of offense, throwing for 2,245 yards and 24 TDs with only eight INTs on 160 of 268 pass attempts, and led the Hurricanes to a 13-2 record where they lost 28-21 to Plant in the state championship game.

Carnes then played in the annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic where Carnes scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard sneak on fourth down with 3:18 remaining.

"It was a lot of fun," said Carnes. "I just kept churning my legs. It was the same play as in the fourth down play in the championship game, the same exact way. I turned to the side and kept moving my legs, and luckily the referee gave me the touchdown instead of saying I didn't get in."

The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Carnes started practice on Monday for the PAL (Police Athletic League) All-Star game between Manatee County all-stars and Sarasota County all-stars. That game is set for Friday, January 8.

"I'm looking forward to playing. Me, Ace Sanders, Chauncey, Octavious Washington, we got a lot of people playing, said Brion. "I'm kind of sad playing in my last high school game, but I'm looking forward to bigger and better things in Tampa."

Both Brion and Ace will be practicing all week for the PAL Bowl, which will be their final high school game played together.

"We're both looking forward to it, and talk about playing in our last high school game, but we're preparing ourselves for the next level now."

Monday night Carnes was visited by USF coach Carl Franks and by Head coach Jim Leavitt.

"The visit went real good," said Brion. "We talked about academics and everything, and also about what they got in store for me at USF. We had a lot of laughs too." Carnes also added "They just left, and they're on their way to see Ace right now."

Carnes, a three-star prospect, plans on taking his official visit to Tampa the weekend of Jan 15th with teammate Ace Sanders.

"We're both real excited and looking forward to taking our visit."

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