- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Back for another week of digital information. Unfortunately the season appears to be flying by once again. Why does football season move so quickly?
Moving onto Broward: Last week I took a closer look at Miami-Dade county, which is widely considered the birthplace of recruiting in Florida. These days some pundits believe Broward has taken over the mantle as the best recruiting region of the state. As areas of south Florida began to grow and expand, Broward county has been the beneficiary of a major population boom only rivaled by the ‘I-4 corridor’ between Tampa and Orlando. The success of private schools in Broward like St. Thomas Aquinas and Chaminade-Madonna Prep have even attracted some top players from Miami-Dade to cross county lines.
Broward prospects rated by ESPN scouts: 41
Broward prospects in ESPN 300: 7
Highest-rated Broward prospect: WR Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast)
Broward prospects have committed to several programs up and down the eastern seaboard and as far west as Houston, where quarterback John O’Korn (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) will play. Surprisingly of the 22 Broward commitments only one player is committed to one of the ‘Big 3’ in-state schools -- running back Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) -- who is heading to Miami.
Top 5 uncommitted:
Coley: It’s still hard to figure out where Coley is headed. A recent conversation with Northeast coach Donnell Bennett didn’t provide much other than Coley is trying to focus on the season, and his recruitment will come into light more near the end of the year.
Maquedius Bain, DT, University School: Bain was committed to Florida State but backed off late in the spring. He was thought to have Miami as his favorite, but recent reports have him saying he will likely leave the state for college. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior is visiting Oklahoma this weekend.
Jordan Cunningham, WR, University School: Cunningham and Bain are expected to make their announcements at the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game, so there’s plenty of time left. Cunningham is visiting Oklahoma State this weekend. The Cowboys will be battling Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Notre Dame and Stanford.
Jermaine Grace, LB, Miramar: Miami has been the favorite to land Grace, citing his close relationship with former Miramar teammates Tracy Howard and Malcolm Lewis, both at UM. However keep an eye on Tennessee, and when talking about a Miramar prospect, never count out West Virginia.
Lance Virgile, LB, St. Thomas Aquinas: Virgile says Houston, UCF, Wake Forest and West Virginia are recruiting him the hardest. There are other schools in play but the general belief is one of these four will land the 6-2, 222-pound linebacker.
THINGS YOU SHOULD READ: Enjoy some links from the last few days.