- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
All the notes from the past week in Florida high school football and recruiting:
NOTRE DAME MOVE PLEASES COMMIT: Don't expect ESPN 300 tight end Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) to scream too loudly about Notre Dame's new agreement with the ACC. It's not because the 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior isn't happy, it's just because he's been suffering from a case of tonsillitis and has a very sore throat.
However, through text Heuerman explained his thoughts on the move that will see the Irish play five ACC schools a season starting at a date to be determined.
"The move really excites me for a couple of reasons," he wrote. "One because it means we will end up traveling to Miami and Tallahassee where my family can make more games. Secondly, the ACC is a great conference and if we go through and steamroll the five teams we play on our schedule from the ACC and then the remaining games as well, we will not be questioned when placed as one of the four national championship teams. All in all I believe we'll stay independent but having this new agreement with the ACC will be a great benefit to our university and our football program."
MORE ON VOLS-GATORS: Three-star linebacker and Tennessee commit Dominic Zanca-McDonald (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Lake Brantley) wholeheartedly agrees with future teammate Corey Vereen (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) on the importance of Saturday's game.
"If you look at how Tennessee is putting this together with the night game, sold out crowd and all these recruits coming in, they are expecting big things," Zanca-McDonald said. "They want to show the nation that Tennessee is back to where it was in the late 90s and early 2000s."
OFFENSE NO SHOW IN MUCK: Despite having talented prospects like ESPN 300 athlete William Likely III and Class of 2014 wide receiver Ronquavion Tarver, it's been a struggle to put points on the board at Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central.
The traditional Florida powerhouse is 0-3 after Thursday's 14-0 loss to Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage. Offensive coordinator Reidel Anthony was part of the Glades Central offensive machine in the mid-90s, now he's just at a loss for words.
"Turnovers are killing us," Anthony said. "Guys need to step up and finish these drives. We've ruined some good defensive performances but not putting points on the board."
Anthony is hoping his top players, Likely, Tarver and senior Aaron Baker step up to make things happen.
"It's their team and it's their time, so they need to accept the challenge," Anthony said. "I know things can be better than this. It will get better. There's plenty of season left."
NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic debuts their new uniforms tonight. The new uniforms actually made it to the twitter account of ESPN's resident uniform watcher Paul Lukas, and the reaction so far has been mixed. The comments in the above linked Palm Beach Post story are pretty good.
GAME OF THE WEEK PART 1: Davie (Fla.) University School vs. Cocoa (Fla.)
In the opening week of the season, Cocoa and University School enjoyed winning performances in games televised on ESPN. And while the cameras won't be there Friday, it should be a great matchup, as ESPN 150 athlete Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) will lead the Tigers against the loaded Suns, who feature two ESPN 150 prospects -- wide receiver Jordan Cunningham and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain -- and top class of 2014 defensive back Quincy Wilson.
GAME OF THE WEEK PARK 2: Miami (Fla.) Central vs. Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee
Central is in the game of the week again?? Well credit head coach Telly Lockette for playing arguably the toughest schedule in the nation. Class of 2014 super prospect Joseph Yearby moved from running back to quarterback for Central last week when the Rockets rallied from a 19-3 deficit against Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington to pull out a 37-26 victory. The move allowed Yearby and his junior teammate Dalvin Cooke to be on the field at the same time. Such a move is necessary against Manatee, which features the best defensive front in the state with UCF commit Jake Keller, three-star prospect Derrick Calloway and class of 2014 prospect Demarcus Christmas. Another thing to watch is how four-star quarterback Cord Sandberg fares against an athletic Miami Central unit.
HOW TEAMWORK HELPS EVERYONE: Tonight's games of the week might not be possible without some matchmaking from Cocoa head coach John Wilkinson. Last year, Miami Central defeated Cocoa 20-0 in the first of a two-game contract -- both to be played at Cocoa.
However, Wilkinson was also trying to work out a game with University School, but head coach Roger Harriott only had this week open on the schedule, and it looked like things wouldn't be worked out until next season.
Manatee, which had schedule two out-of-state games this year, saw both fall through with two openings on the schedule as a result. Miramar quickly filled one slot, and the two teams played on Sept. 1. With the Sept. 15 slot still open, Wilkinson presented Lockette with the opportunity to play Manatee instead, so Cocoa could play University.
And just like magic, it all worked out.
"We really wanted to play University and I think Manatee-Miami Central is as big a game as you can get in the nation," Wilkinson said. "It's four great programs that will play anyone anywhere, and I'm glad it worked out for everyone."
All the notes from the past week in Florida high school football and recruiting:NOTRE DAME MOVE PLEASES COMMIT: Don't expect ESPN 300 tight end Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla.