Florida Gators: joey bosa

South Florida is arguably the most fertile area in the country for recruiting, and college football coaches annually flock to the talent-rich area to try to land a small piece of a very large pie. The large area located south of Lake Okeechobee that includes the football hotbeds of Broward, Palm Beach and Dade counties has produced 45 ESPN 300 members in the last two recruiting cycles and almost half (22) signed with out-of-state schools.

Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

January, 3, 2013

Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

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Recruiting capsule: St. Thomas Aquinas 

August, 22, 2012
Program: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Head coach: Rocco Casullo
2011 record: 10-3 (lost to Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer in Class 7A quarterfinals)

ESPN 150 prospect: Joey Bosa (No. 7 DT, No. 45 overall).

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ESPN 150 DE Bosa picks Ohio State 

April, 23, 2012
Ohio State received a commitment from ESPN 150 defensive lineman Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) this morning after the 6-foot-4, 255-pound junior attended the school’s spring game over the weekend.

Bosa, a participant in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game, announced the news on his Twitter account and his father said it came down to a decision with Wisconsin, Florida, FSU, Alabama and Michigan also in the mix.

“We took a trip to visit Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio State during Joey’s spring break,” said John Bosa. “And this time he and his mother went back for the spring game and everything just clicked for Joey.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPNU 150 Watch List offensive linemen Cameron Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton) admittedly grew up a fan of the Florida Gators. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound guard prospect will make the trip to Gainesville this Saturday to watch the annual spring game.

Cameron Dillard
Chantel Jennings/ESPN.comCameron Dillard, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound guard prospect, grew up a Gator fan.
Dillard says he is most excited about walking on to Florida Field for the first time.

"Probably what I am looking forward to the most is simply being at The Swamp," Dillard said. "I have watched a number of games on television over the years as I was growing up in North Carolina before moving to Michigan, so it will be like a dream come true to step on the same field as many great Florida players did before me.

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What to watch in Florida this weekend 

November, 17, 2011
Playoff primer, part I: St. Thomas Aquinas stumbles in
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas is used to being at the top of the national rankings but this year they will enter the playoffs as a district runner-up after a shocking loss to Cooper City (Fla.) two weeks ago. Aquinas also lost to Miramar (Fla.) last month giving the Raiders a two-loss season for the first time since 2006.

Miami commitment Jelani Hamilton is finished for the season with a knee injury and Bryan Cox Jr. is still dealing with a hand injury that might force him to miss one or more weeks of the postseason. Junior Joey Bosa should be ready to go but the team's strength has been diminished.

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McElwain discusses new Florida football
SEC Network's Greg McElory and Booger McFarland sit down to discuss the future of Florida football with head coach Jim McElwain.