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What I learned in Florida this weekend

11/14/2011

Seminoles entertain prospects in win

It was a who’s who of prospects in Tallahassee this weekend to watch FSU upend its in-state rival Miami, 23-19.

Miramar (Fla.) ESPNU 150 defensive back Tracy Howard took his official and the crowd chanted his name at various points during the game.

Other FSU commits were there including Under Armour All-American Dante Fowler Jr.

“It was a good visit and I’m glad they got the victory,” Fowler said. “The defensive ends played well. I spent most of my time with Coach [D.J.] Eliot and he was coaching me up.”

Fowler said he had a chance to speak to Howard as well as other targets that were in town.

“I caught up with some of the other recruits as well as some guys on the team,” Fowler said. “It was just a great trip overall. I might not take any other officials. We’ll see.”

Fowler said he’ll take another unofficial to Florida when the Gators host FSU in two weeks.

Under Armour All-American Leonard Williams (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) planned to go to the game, but said he was unable to get a ride to the game. Hueytown (Ala.) four-star quarterback Jameis Winston, an FSU commit, was also unable to make the game.

Jenkins pulls the switch

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Admiral Farragut three-star athlete Rayshawn Jenkins had been committed to South Florida since March, but after many months of unofficial visits the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder switched committed to the Miami Hurricanes.

Jenkins said Miami will bring him in to play safety and special teams.

“In some ways USF was just a little too close to home for me,” Jenkins said. “Plus Miami is a private school and the education you can get there was a big deal for me.

“I think they need players in the secondary and I’ll be able to play early there.”

Jenkins said he visited Miami in July and immediately bonded with the coaching staff.

“The coaches were real excited to when I told them I was committing,” Jenkins said. “They believe I can help change the program.”

Jenkins said he has an official visit planned for mid-December and says he’s also looking at taking official visits to Wake Forest and Cincinnati.

“I don’t have all the dates set up yet,” Jenkins added.

He becomes the 27th commitment in Miami’s Class of 2012.

Fulwood loves Clemson

Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny ESPNU Watch List wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood watched Clemson clinch the ACC Atlantic division with a 31-28 victory over Wake Forest and came away impressed.

“It looks like a nice place to play football at,” Fulwood said. “It’s a small college town but a very chill place.

“The place was packed from beginning to end and they could’ve been Mississippi Valley State and the crowd would have still stormed the field.”

Fulwood, 6-3, 180 pounds, was also impressed with an explosive offense that has been led by young receivers like freshman Sammy Watkins.

“They like to dish the ball around a lot,” Fulwood said. “They threw to like seven different receivers which is pretty cool because that’s a lot like the offense is for my team.”

Fulwood says he will attend the Florida-FSU game on November 26. The Gators have offered already.

Taylor shatters record

Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day Watch List running back Kelvin Taylor didn’t want to wait until the playoffs as he shattered Emmitt Smith’s career state rushing record with a 388-yard effort in a 43-29 over Stuart (Fla.) South Fork.

Taylor set the mark on a 34-yard touchdown run in the first half, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Smith rushed for 8,804 yards at Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia from 1983-1986. Taylor has 8,975 yards and 141 touchdowns. He’s been playing for Glades Day since he was an eighth grader.

Taylor should break the 9,000-yard threshold on his first few carries in the playoffs and could break the 10,000-yard mark if Glades Day advances to the Class 2A state championship.

Norland invades Illinois

Miami Norland four-star linebacker Keith Brown made an official visit to Illinois and was joined by teammates Teko Powell and Lamar Atkins.

After the visit Brown said Illinois definitely caught his attention.

“I think they are in the mix,” Brown said. “I really like Coach [Ron] Zook. He’s a player’s coach and I love that.

“The linebackers are real physical here so I think I can fit in well.”

Brown, who has been committed to Miami for well over a year, is also looking at Clemson, South Florida, LSU and Georgia. He says he’ll make a final decision next month and plans to enroll in school January.