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What I learned from this weekend

12/19/2011

Bailey makes it happen

At various points during its 15-0 season, Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) had to turn to junior athlete Alvin Bailey to bail them out of trouble. Each time Bailey’s number was called, he delivered.

The 6-0, 175-pound athlete was at it again Saturday when he went 6-for-7 for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass. All three of his touchdowns came in the second half of Armwood’s 40-31 victory over Miami Central in the Class 6A state championship game.

Bailey’s final throw -- an 80-yard touchdown pass to Matt Jones -- clinched the Hawks’ third state championship and solidified Bailey’s status as one of the top Class of 2013 prospects in the state.

South Florida and Vanderbilt have offered Bailey and South Carolina is expected to offer soon. Bailey has his eyes on several other programs as well.

“I’ve already been to Florida, Tennessee and USF,” Bailey said. “I like LSU as well; they are just a wonderful program with a great fan base.

“I’m not sure where I’m going to go this offseason but I’m going be checking out a lot of programs.”

Manatee gets defensive

Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) secured its third state championship with a 40-0 victory over First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla). It was a dominating defensive effort led by senior linebacker Darius White, junior defensive tackle Derrick Callaway and sophomore defensive lineman Demarcus Christmas.

The trio was key to a unit that recorded five sacks on First Coast’s highly-touted freshman quarterback DeAndre Johnson.

White has offers from FAU, Florida International and Western Kentucky.

“I’m going to be taking a lot of officials in January,” White said.

Callaway, 6-1, 300, had a South Florida offer earlier in the season but has since seen interest in him, pick up heavily.

“Now I have offers from USF, West Virginia, UCF and Iowa State,” Calloway said. “I’m also talking to Florida, Georgia, Boston College and a few others.”

Christmas could be one of the state’s big catches in 2014. He is already 6-3, 285 pounds and might move to offensive line.

“Whenever you put Demarcus he’s going to be a great player,” Calloway said.

Brown likes Louisville

Four-star linebacker Keith Brown (Miami/Miami Norland took his fifth and final official visit to Louisville last week and followed his trip by winning the Class 5A state championship.

Brown, who committed to Illinois, has also taken visits to Clemson, South Florida and Purdue.

“Louisville was a great visit,” Brown said. “I got to know the coaches very well and hang out with my man Teddy [Bridgewater] and some former guys I played youth ball with.”

Brown also said that Ohio State has creeped into the picture recently and while he was done with his official visits he will try to take a trip to Columbus soon.

“I definitely want to check them out,” Brown said. “They started recruiting me when Urban Meyer took the job.”

Brown said he’ll make a final decision in January.

Lynch looks for a fit

Trinity Christian Academy (Deltona, Fla.) quarterback Paxton Lynch won the MVP for the Central Florida All-Star game Thursday.

Now he is just looking for some offers.

“I guess size is an issue for some of the coaches,” the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Lynch joked. “I’m just happy I had the opportunity to play in this game.”

Lynch threw two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead the East to a 48-38 victory. He says that he’ll listen to anyone that wants to talk to him.

“I just want to continue to play and I’ll talk to any school that is interested,” Lynch said. “I think there’s a place out there for me and I’m going to continue to look.”

FAU making local push

The Carl Pellini era of Florida Atlantic football will include a lot of familiar faces. Over the last week, Florida Atlantic has secured verbal commitments from two Palm Beach County prospects.

American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.) running back Jeremy Gaskins and Forest Hill (West Palm Beach, Fla.) wide receiver Mike Bullard both committed to the Owls.

Florida Atlantic also offered Royal Palm Beach (Wellington, Fla.) 1,800-yard rusher Tremane McCullough – his first FBS offer.

FAU received a commitment from Atlantic (Delray Beach, Fla.) wide receiver Chad Ward over the summer.