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What to watch in Florida this weekend

10/27/2011

Juniors visiting Tech

Two Orlando-area juniors will be taking in games at Georgia Tech this weekend as the Yellow Jackets look for an early recruiting edge.

Winter Gardens (Fla.) West Orange linebacker Corey Vereen already has a Minnesota offer to his name and he will be taking the six-hour drive to Atlanta to check out Georgia Tech on the field.

“I am curious to see what they are about and to check out the atmosphere and the city of Atlanta,” Vereen said. “I like the idea of playing college football in a city like that.”

Vereen has already gone to games at Florida and Florida State. He says a trip to Minnesota is on the horizon as well.

Orlando (Fla.) East River defensive end Devin Washington, a 6-2, 210-pounder, that has received heavy interest from South Carolina, Mississippi State and Miami, will also be heading to Tech this weekend.

“I know they have done a good job with defensive ends over the past few years and I like their style of football,” Washington said. “I want to check them out.”

Annual clash

With five state championships and seven finals appearances over eight years it’s easy to see why Hillsborough county rivals Seffner Armwood and Tampa Plant has become such a hotly contested game.

Both teams are undefeated going into Friday's matchup and this year it could be considered a battle of future Saturday stars. Armwood is loaded with prospects, including running back Matt Jones (Florida commit), offensive lineman Cody Waldrop (South Carolina commit) and defensive back Eric Stricker (Oklahoma commit).

Plant is no slouch in the prospects department either as two-way standout Antonio Crawford (Georgia Tech commit) and FBS wide receiver prospect Austin Aikens will lead a Panthers squad that might be without Stanford commit Drew Madhu.

“It's Plant-Armwood so there isn't much more to say,” said Armwood coach Sean Callahan. “There's going to be a lot of talent on the field and I expect a competitive ball game.”

With the programs in different classifications there are no playoff berths or district titles on the line. There's also no rematch in the postseason and with the series deadlocked at 2-2 over the last three seasons this one will be for bragging rights.

“A lot of our outgoing seniors want to have that final victory to talk about so it's still important,” Callahan added.

Young QB faces big test

Expect a high-scoring affair Friday when Class 3A powers Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade and Dave (Fla.) University School meet on the field.

Among the many FBS prospects that will be on the field one to watch will be Chaminade's class of 2014 quarterback Sean White. The 6-2, 190-pounder has thrown for 16 touchdowns and just one interception this year.

Many observers consider White the best sophomore quarterback in the state. The winner of this game will most likely win the district and host the rematch in the second round of the playoffs.

“You've got to think that University is going to focus on Chaminade's running back and force White to have a good game against them,” said Miami Herald writer Larry Blustein. “If he does we'll have a new star on our hands.”

Chaminade's running game features two more underclassmen, junior Miles Graham and sophomore Cameron Rigby. They have combined for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.

Taylor looks to bounce back

It's rare that a 130-yard rushing game is a disappointment but for Class of 2013 prospect Kelvin Taylor anything less than 200 yards is a shocking development.

Last week Taylor faced what was basically an 11-man front from Ocala Trinity Catholic in a 45-0 loss. This week expect that 5-11, 190-pounder to get back on track against Summit Christian.

Two weeks ago Taylor rushed for 426 yards in a 35-24 win over Boca Raton Village Academy. Expect somewhere around 300 this week.