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Players to watch in FHSAA finals

12/9/2011

Friday is the start of the Florida High School Athletic Association football finals in Orlando. This weekend, the small classifications will decide their winners while the larger classes invade The Citrus Bowl next weekend.

Here are some prospects who will be in the spotlight.

Rayshawn Jenkins, ATH, Admiral Farragut (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

The three-star prospect switched his commitment from South Florida to Miami last month and has been rolling through the playoffs ever since. For the season the 6-1, 185-pounder has 973 yards rushing and 540 yards receiving with 21 touchdowns. Jenkins missed four games during the middle of the season because of injury but now that he's back to 100 percent, expect a strong effort from him.

Travis Blanks, DB, North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.)

The ESPNU 150 athlete will be primarily at the free safety spot Friday but could play some wide receiver. Blanks doesn't get much action in his area but he will be asked to provide plenty of run support. And facing an Admiral Farragut team that is averaging a shade under 43 points per game in the postseason will be quite the challenge for the Clemson commit.

Greg Bryant, RB/DB, American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.)

The 2013 Watch List athlete has been a top performer this postseason. He had a 171-yard, two-touchdown performance against University School (Davie, Fla.) that included two interceptions and a defensive touchdown. Last week against Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.), Bryant carried Heritage to a 17-9 victory by running for 203 yards, mostly out of the single wing. Bryant will be one of the recruiting gems in the 2013 class with Florida, FSU, LSU, Georgia and Oklahoma all offering early.

Tommie Young/Deonshay Wells, RB, Madison County (Greenville, Fla.)

Young, a 5-11, 200-pound junior, and Wells, a 5-8, 170-pound sophomore, have combined for 2,100 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground. Both runners are incredibly physical and they will be facing the stout American Heritage defense. Young might be lost in the shuffle of a deep running backs class temporarily but a strong performance this weekend will increase his profile going into the offseason.

John Theus, OL, Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Theus is the highest-rated offensive lineman in the state but the Georgia commit has always dealt with questions about not facing the top competition. He will have an opportunity to answer those questions Saturday when a fast, talented defense from Booker T. Washington (Miami, Fla.) will line up on the other side. The 6-6, 300-pounder will have a clear size advantage over a defensive front that averages around 210 pounds but has recorded 32 sacks this season.

Notes

• It doesn't appear like Blanks is a fan of newly-announced Kansas coach Charlie Weis. On his Twitter account last night he said “Charlie Weis leaving was the first step to UF turning its program around. Sorry Kansas.”

• It's been a rough week for recruiting at UCF. The Knights lost out on Edgewater (Orlando) four-star wide receiver Alton Howard to Tennessee and then saw Northeast (Oakland Park, Fla.) wide receiver Kevis Jones switch his commitment to Wake Forest and Jupiter (Fla.) Christian quarterback Kedric Bostic switch his commitment to Princeton.

• Jones (Orlando) offensive lineman Duaron Williams is taking an official visit to Iowa State this weekend. He visited Temple last weekend and has also taken a trip to Kansas. With a January decision on tap, expect some cuts soon.

• Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Avery Young is taking an official visit to Georgia this weekend. The 6-6, 275-pounder has already visited Auburn, Alabama and Florida. His final visit will come down to Clemson, Virginia Tech or Oklahoma.

• Gainesville (Fla.) four-star cornerback will make his decision official Tuesday afternoon. Bivins is a “soft” commit to USF with Arkansas and Tennessee having the best chance to change his commitment.

• Former East Gadsden (Fla.) standout Lance Ray committed to East Carolina last week. The former four-star wide receiver prospect was at Northwest Mississippi College after leaving Arkansas after his freshman year.

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