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What to watch in Florida this weekend

10/13/2011

Auburn's Sunshine State connection

With the Florida Gators rolling into Auburn this weekend, the Tigers are looking for victories on and off the field.

Two Auburn commits -- ESPNU 150 athlete Ricardo Louis (Miami Beach, Fla./Miami Beach) and four-star cornerback T.J. Davis (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) -- will be taking their official visits this weekend. Both commitments are solid and this could be the end of their respective recruitments.

However, a third visitor provides more intrigue. Under Armour All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has been high on Florida and Florida State in recent months, but he could be a player that Auburn could snatch away with a good weekend. Expect both Davis and Louis to spend plenty of time with the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder.

“I’m definitely going to be looking at the defense and to see if there is an opportunity for early playing time,” Williams said. “I already have a good relationship with the coaching staff so I really want to check out the environment on gameday.”

Auburn is no stranger to snatching defensive lineman from in-state programs. One of their most recent coups was Corey Lemonier, a Hialeah product that was leaning towards FSU just days before making a commitment and signing with the Tigers.

Avoiding the letdown

Last week Miramar shocked St. Thomas Aquinas and defeated the Raiders 27-20 on their home field.

This week the top-10 nationally ranked Patriots hope to avoid a letdown against county rival Boyd Anderson.

“They always play tough so I think we’ll be ready,” said ESPNU 150 wide receiver Malcolm Lewis. “Instead of relaxing I actually think we focused harder this week in practice.”

Lewis said the Aquinas victory is in the rear-view mirror.

“It was a great victory but that’s over now,” Lewis added. “We’re gunning for a state championship.”

True test

Led by West Virginia commit Devonte Robinson, Boca Raton (Fla.) Village Academy has rolled out to a 4-1 record and a 3-0 record in their district.

This week, however, the real test comes when Village Academy takes on Glades Day and 2013 ESPNU Watch List running back prospect Kelvin Taylor.

Taylor was sidelined earlier this season with migraine headaches but the 5-10, 185-pounder showed he was back to normal two weeks ago when he torched Jupiter Christian for 287 rushing yards and four touchdowns.