- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Miami hosts Bush
It’s the biggest recruiting weekend of the season for the Miami Hurricanes as they will have several commits on campus for official visits. Their primary job will be to convince ESPNU 150 defensive back Deon Bush to join the fold.
“I’m going to be taking my official to Miami this weekend and I think I’m going to spend some time with Deon,” Miami Norland running back Duke Johnson said. “I’m not going to try to force him to make a decision or anything but I want to let him know that it would be cool to be on the same team next year.”
The Hurricanes are part of a three-team race for Bush, who also favors Auburn and Alabama. The 6-1, 190-pounder says he will make his final decision on January 7.
“It’s tough right now because I’m not sure where I want to go,” Bush said. “Maybe things will be clearer once I visit Miami but I’m not sure.”
Peterman faces biggest challenge
Bartram Trail’s (Jacksonville, Fla.) Nathan Peterman is one of the best quarterback prospects in the state. The Tennessee commit has over 2,300 yards and 32 touchdown passes this season but none of them have come against a team like Armwood.
The Hawks are equipped with a defense that includes defensive tackle Sheldon Lewinson (Wake Forest), linebacker Eric Striker (Oklahoma), cornerback Jarvis McCall (South Florida) and one of the top 2013 safety prospects in the nation, Leon McQuay.
“I have a lot of faith in our defense,” said Armwood head coach Sean Callahan. “But this is definitely the best quarterback I’ve seen this year. The best I’ve seen since Aaron Murray probably.”
As for Armwood, it hasn’t been able to get consistent production from its offense despite a healthy Matt Jones in the lineup. That makes containing Peterman even more important.
“We can’t get into a scoring battle with teams right now,” Callahan said. “We aren’t playing our best football.”
First coast gets closer
After several years of playoff disappointments First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) is one step always from the state championship game.
That final step is a state semifinal against the storied Lakeland program, which has six state championships to its name.
“We knew that we’d probably have to beat Lakeland in order to make it to Orlando,” Under Armour All-American wide receiver Chris Black said. “In order to reach the top you have to face good teams.”
First Coast has been carried at times by an opportunistic defense led by Reggie Northrup (Miami commit) and top junior Daniel McMillan. Class of 2015 quarterback De’Andre Johnson has also come up with big plays down the stretch.
Lakeland counters with a ball-control attack and a strong vertical passing game led by four-star wide receiver Ricquan Southward (Ohio State).
Dixon comes to Tallahassee
Former Miami Norland standout cornerback Travell Dixon has been a star at Eastern Arizona Junior College over the last couple of years but now the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is ready to move on and take his official visit to Florida State this weekened.
Dixon will take an official to Miami as well. He finished his season with four interceptions and had previously taken visits to Cal and Texas A&M.
“Travell is the complete package as a cornerback,” said former juco assistant coach and current scout Timmi Norling. “The Seminoles saw what Mike Harris did for them coming out of junior college and I think Travell is a very similar type of player.”
Culkin heads to Mizzou
One of the hottest names in the state right now is Indian Rocks Christian (Largo, Fla.) tight end Sean Culkin. He recently hosted some of the Missouri coaches at his school and will be official offered upon his arrival Saturday.
Missouri’s move to the SEC could help them gain an edge on the competition. With the Tigers in the SEC East, games against Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee would allow Culkin’s family to watch him play several times a year.
The Tigers have plenty of competition however. Culkin has already visited Iowa State and has in-state schools South Florida and UCF also pursuing him.