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Notes from Florida road trip: Part 3

11/4/2011

OCALA, Fla. -- When you ask St. John’s Lutheran (Ocala, Fla.) identical twins Damonte Jones and Jamonte Jones what the main difference is between them, you get one answer.

“About two minutes,” said the “older” brother Jamonte.

Damonte is a pound or two heavier. Both players were noticeable pieces of the 2010 Class 2B state championship team at Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Fla.). One of their former coaches, Riedel Anthony, who is now an assistant at Glades Central, says the players known as “Dam” and “Jam” are two of the most competitive he’s ever been around.

“They have the mentality I’m used to seeing from players down here in the Muck,” Anthony said. “They don’t care who you are, what your ranking is or none of that.

“They want to challenge you and they want to get right in your chest.”

Jamonte showed that competitive spirit at the Friday Night Lights showcase over the summer when he challenged ESPNU 150 wide receiver Stefon Diggs (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good counsel) and stayed right on his hip in repeated reps.

“I knew he was supposed to be the big dog there and I wanted to see how good he was,” Jamonte said. “I feel like I can cover anyone so it was a good challenge.”

While Jamonte is the cover corner, Damonte is the safety and the tackling specialist.

“I’m probably the better tackler, he’s a little faster than I am,” Damonte said. “So I like to let him do the covering and I do the hitting.”

Although Damonte has to play corner quite a bit at St. John Lutheran, he generally prefers the safety position and lining up on the same side of the field with his brother.

“We definitely have that connection on the field,” Damonte said. “I know what he’s doing and he knows what I’m doing and that allows us to make plays.”

The brothers are adamant about playing in college together and they’ve gotten interest from schools like Louisville, Duke, Tennessee and Purdue.

They are, however, big Gator fans.

“We grew up watching the Gators together so we like the school and the fact that they have developed a lot of great defensive backs,” Jamonte said. “Plus they are only 30 minutes away so it would be nice.”

Thompson is one to watch

You won’t see Orlando Edgewater defensive tackle Malik Thompson on any watch lists just yet.

But that’s only because this is the first year the 6-6, 275-pounder has put on the football pads.

The former basketball standout has made a switch in sports and nearly everyone that sees him does a double take.

“Every coach that sees him asks about him,” said Edgewater coach Zac Yarborough. “He figured out he wasn’t going to get to 6-10 so football might be a better bet.

The athletic Thompson plays defense for now but that could change.

“Malik has a lot of tools but right now he’s playing defense because that’s what we need and what he does best,” Yarborough said. “He might be on the offensive line soon.”

Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Clemson and Georgia are among the schools that have stopped by to inquire about Thompson this year.

Jackson drops WVU

First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) three-star defensive Joseph Jackson ended his commitment with West Virginia less than a week after taking a visit to North Carolina.

The 6-foot, 200-pound prospect said he isn’t sure if he’s going to reconsider the Mountaineers or not.

“I don’t know if I’m going to take a visit there or what,” Jackson said. “But I told them that I was going to decommit and we’ll go from there.”

Jackson, who has offers from South Carolina, Auburn, South Florida and several other programs, said he doesn’t have a top list or any other visits set up.

“Right now there’s nothing planned,” Jackson added. “I’m just going to take some time and figure everything out.”

Notes

Booker (Sarasota, Fla.) three-star prospect Ezra Robinson committed to Michigan State late Thursday night. The 5-11, 175-pounder took an official to the school two weeks ago. He had offers from South Florida, Purdue, NC State, Duke, Illinois, Iowa and several others.

Spanish River (Boca Raton, Fla.) wide receiver Reggie Love will take an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend.

Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) athlete Faton Bauta has an official visit to Georgia planned for Nov. 12

ESPNU 150 defensive back Tracy Howard is still set for an official to Florida State on Nov. 12 and is also expected to take an unofficial to Florida this month.

University School (Davie, Fla.) wide receiver Daniel Braverman committed to Western Michigan this week according to head coach Roger Harriott.