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Florida notes: Atlantic trio enjoys Purdue

10/17/2012

A roundup of notes collected over the last couple of days.

ATLANTIC TRIO HEADS TO PURDUE

Although Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic head coach Chris Bean hadn’t gotten a full report, he did hear from about the official visit to Purdue taken by three of his players -- ESPN 150 DT Keith Bryant, CB Brisly Estime and RB Tevin Spells.

“Tevin said they all had a real good time,” Bean said. “Brisly had a great time from what Tevin said, but I hear he’s been downplaying it a little bit. I’ll speak to all of them pretty soon.”

Bean said he’s unsure of the trio’s plans for this weekend but said Bryant might be taking another official. Bryant has been committed to Miami since January but has been looking hard at other programs with South Carolina and FSU near the top of the list.

2014 S GANT HAS INTEREST FROM FSU

Class of 2014 defensive back Kendall Gant (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson) has been on Florida State’s radar since the summer, and the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete said he’s working on taking a trip to Tallahassee to see a game.

“I’m really not sure of the offer situation yet because my coach is handling a lot of that,” Gant said. “I know that coach [Odell] Haggins has reached out and he wants me to come to a game. I’m trying to get back in touch with him.”

Gant, who had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in last Friday night’s victory against Davenport (Fla.) Ridge Community, has also heard from several other programs.

“I know South Florida, Tennessee, Iowa State and a couple others,” Gant adds. “But the coaches are sorting through a lot of that stuff.”

2015 RB PATRICK ENJOYS UCF

It was a short trip this weekend for class of 2015 running back prospect Jacques Patrick (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek), as he watched UCF defeat Southern Miss in double overtime.

Patrick, who has been on UCF’s campus several times before, enjoyed the game atmosphere.

“It was a good time,” Patrick said. “I hung around for a few minutes to catch up with some players but I couldn’t stay as long as I wanted.”

Patrick is not sure where he will go this weekend, but Florida-South Carolina or FSU-Miami appear to be good bets.

LESTER THOMAS LANDS AT FAU

Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby cornerback Lester Thomas committed to Florida Atlantic last week. The 5-10, 165-pound senior is excited to stay in Florida to play college football.

“I wanted to take advantage of FAU’s offer because it was a great opportunity to stay close to my family,” Thomas said. “I’ve heard a lot of nice things about the program and the new stadium and the facilities, so it’s a good move for me.”