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Taking a look around Florida

More thoughts from the weekend and looking ahead:

Walters shows out: With Miami Central's highly-touted 2014 running back prospects Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cooke expected to be the toughest test to date for Manatee's defensive line, it was the Hurricanes' 2014 prospect at running back that gave Central all it could handle. Trevon Walters showed that he is going to be a name to watch for the rest of this season. He had 107 yards rushing and 120 yards receiving on just 18 touches in Friday's 44-34 victory over Central. He scored on a shovel pass from 54 yards out and had a game-clinching 85-yard run late in the fourth quarter. "I feel like Trevon is going to be a major prospect and we're starting to expect games like he had (Friday)," said Manatee coach Joe Kinnan.

Central has a quarterback: After experimenting with junior Brandon Diaz, who has since moved to linebacker, and Yearby, who keyed a comeback victory over Booker T. Washington last Saturday, Miami Central seems to have found a guy who can hold down the spot for the rest of the season in 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior Keith Reed. He took over the reins from Yearby in the second quarter and threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns.

Phillips is ahead of the game: Reed's favorite target Friday was 6-2, 180-pound sophomore Devontae Phillips, who finished Friday's game with nine receptions for 113 yards. The sophomore already reports offers from Florida State, Miami, Alabama and Clemson. "It was important for us to get the ball in Devontae's hands (Friday) and in the weeks to come," said Miami Central coach Telly Lockette. "He is a dynamic young player with unlimited potential."

Speaking of sophomores: Running back Jordan Scarlett (Davie, Fla./University School) has started the season on an incredible pace. The 5-10, 190-pound sophomore rushed for three touchdowns in University School's shocking 49-3 victory over Cocoa. Scarlett has brought plenty of balance to an offense that has been known for airing the ball out. He and Jacques Patrick are widely considered the top sophomore running back prospects in the state. Scarlett already holds verbal offers from Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee, UCF, Alabama, Louisville and LSU.

Adams ready to reset: Four-star wide receiver Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) is back on the recruiting trail a couple of months after splitting from Florida. The 6-1, 170-pound senior went to the South Florida-Rutgers game with teammates Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin on Thursday. The Bulls could emerge as a player for Adams. "I checked them out and it was cool," Adams said. "I'm looking at a few out-of-state programs right now -- Houston and West Virginia, along with UCF."

Expect tug-o-war: With Florida returning to the Swamp for the first time in three weeks and FSU hosting Clemson in a primetime battle of two top-10 programs, expect a major tug-o-war for unofficial visitors. Of course with UF-Kentucky kicking off at 12:21 p.m. and FSU-Clemson starting at 8 p.m., it will be interesting to see which prospects try to pull the daily double.