Rumblings from Around the State

Spring Games will be here before you know it and SunStateFootball.com will be at no fewer than 16 of them over the next two weeks. Here are some tidbits along the recruiting front from around the state.

Tony Grimes has impressed just about every team that has come through Hollywood Hills. The talented CB has a bevy of offers, but recently received one from the local Hurricanes. They look to be tough to beat for his signature.

Western OL Jon Feliciano committed to Miami, but another player has begun to attract attention from Western. LB Justin Wilson is a beast at 6'1, 220 and played both ways last year (RB/LB). He is projected to LB and has picked up offers from Michigan State and Maryland.

Word out of Miami Northwestern is that the team has looked fantastic thus far. 2011 prospects Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, Jermaine Reve, and Lyndon Edwards appear to be the next wave out of outstanding prospects for the Bulls.

Jose Jose committed to Tennessee and then transfered from Booker T. Washington to Miami Central. The Central Rockets are loaded and Jose is just another piece for them to try to wrestle the district away from Northwestern. It is safe to say that the Central vs. Northwestern game is the early candidate for 'Game of the Year' in Florida......and it might happen twice.

Desoto County's Marcus Shaw has attracted plenty of attention and after speaking with several coaches, he appears to one of the more coveted RB's in the state. UF has also shown plenty of interest.

The over/under on the number of college coaches at St. Thomas's Spring Game remains at 30.....and that is an intra-squad game. The talent they have assembled is astonishing.

Richard Ash from Pahokee has been one of the hot names from around the state, but don't sleep on Antonio Ford. The players are very similar in stature, and some believe Ford might have a higher ceiling. Fred Pickett committed to West Virginia.

Robert. E. Lee's Tramell Williams has been a name in the Jacksonville area that has had a lot of buzz. He holds offers from South Carolina and Vanderbilt and is closing in on a Miami offer.

Naples is very high on a trio of would be juniors: S Lukas Foreman, CB Emmanual Orange, and DT Nick Johns.

The Gators have always been high on Roy Finch, but he appears to now being getting a look at slot WR, not RB. It will be interesting to see how Alabama recruits him.

East Lee County's James Holland has had many schools leave campus impressed including Clemson. The 5'10, 185 pound RB is in great shape and has picked up a step of speed in the offseason. The Jaguars have a trio of talented runners(2010 Gabriel Cullen and 2011 Keandre Smith) and will look to use them together in a variety of packages.

The Boone-Edgewater game is not only an outstanding match-up of two of Orlando's top programs, but all proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Awareness. This is a game all should attend if they have a chance.

Gainesville High School will be a team to watch from the Northern part of the state. They have a slew of great looking prospects and seem intent on making a run in the playoffs. Kevin Nelson's recruitment has picked up significantly over the last two weeks.

Miami Central's Jeff Godfrey has dazzled onlookers this Spring and is in position to be the top QB prospect in the state. He lacks ideal size at a shade under 6'0, but his arm is one of the best in the country.

Darnell Kirkwood from Atlantic is starting to receive more attention. Team mates James Louis and to a lesser extent Mark Leal attracted early praise, but more than a few teams have left campus talking about Kirkwood's potential.

North Florida Christian in Tallahassee will not be at full strength in their Spring game due to some transfers not being allowed to play, but they have been blown away with this team and it's work ethic. While a small class team, they are one of the 20 best teams in the state.

Perhaps the first step to mending FSU's relations with former pipeline Lincoln (and the new staff) was the recent interest/offer to LB Mark Wilson.


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