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What to watch this weekend in Florida

10/21/2011

Brown looking at Bulls

Originally, four-star linebacker Keith Brown was planning on heading to Tallahassee this weekend on an official visit to FSU. However the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder has called an audible and will be headed to South Florida instead as the Bulls host Cincinnati. It looks like Illinois might also get an official from Brown in the coming weeks. Although Brown has already taken officials to Clemson and Purdue, he is still a soft commitment to Miami.

“I’m still just trying to explore my options to make sure I make the correct decision,” Brown said. “There are other schools still in the mix like Georgia and Florida as well.”

Brown could be joined by several USF commits like four-star tight end Sean Price, who is expected to at least show up for the game. The Bulls have some work to do but Brown’s interest in the program appears to be legitimate.

Final push for Taylor

By this time next week ESPNU 150 tight end Kent Taylor (Land O’ Lakes, Fla./Land O’Lakes) will have made his verbal commitment to either Florida, FSU, Penn State or Georgia. This weekend he hopes to secure a playoff spot for his team as Land O’ Lakes faces Sunlake in a key district matchup.

The speculation for weeks is that the 6-4, 225-pounder will commit to Florida next Thursday but expect at least one of the other three schools to make a serious final push for Taylor in hopes of changing his mind.

Seminoles return home

After over a month of being on the road, Florida State’s football team returns to Doak Campbell Stadium to face Maryland.

While the season has been written off by some, there are plenty of games left for the Seminoles to climb back into respectability this year. After a 100-yard performance from running back Devonta Freeman and a touchdown catch by tight end Nick O’ Leary against Duke, FSU should ride out the rest of the season spotlighting its’ young talent.

Winning the next six games doesn’t seem like an impossible challenge as long as E.J. Manuel stays healthy and the offensive line can build on last week’s effort.

District showdown

Ocala Vanguard and Gainesville will meet Friday night in an important district match. The winner should roll to a district title while the loser will have an excellent chance to avenge the loss during the second round of the playoffs.

It should be a defensive battle as Under Armour All-American P.J. Williams and outside linebacker Najee Jamerson lead a suffocating Vanguard attack. Williams had a kickoff return for a touchdown in Vanguard’s 21-0 victory last week over Ocala Trinity Catholic. They will probably need a non-offensive touchdown to defeat the Purple Hurricanes, led by four-star defensive back Christopher Bivins.

The game could come down to the legs of Gainesville’s rising junior running back Raphael Webb, who had 128 yards and two touchdowns in a win over rival Gainesville Buchholz last week.

Miller getting looks

Training during the offseason with a former Heisman Trophy winner has done Palmetto (Fla.) quarterback Trenton Miller good. The 6-foot 1, 200-pound transfer from New York has been a big part of Palmetto’s 6-0 start.

He’s starting to get some serious looks from FBS programs and more eyes will be on him as Palmetto’s schedule gets considerably tougher. Palmetto will face an undefeated Wauchula Hardee team Friday and has games against Bradenton powers Manatee and Southeast in the near future.