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What I learned this weekend

11/21/2011

Leggett is legit

South Miami (Fla.) four-star defensive back Amos Leggett is often a forgotten name in Miami’s recruiting Class of 2012 but the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder showed exactly how good he is in Thursday’s 37-21 playoff victory over Dr. Krop (Miami, Fla.).

Leggett, playing quarterback and defensive back, threw a perfect touchdown pass in the first half and recorded two interceptions. He returned both picks for touchdowns but one was called back on a hold.

Still, Leggett’s efforts proved to be the difference in an entertaining, close game. It’s a talent he hopes he can bring to Miami next year.

“I think I can play early at Miami and provide a boost to their secondary,” Leggett said. “This is my home and the Hurricanes are my hometown school so I’m excited to be there.”

Leggett, who is on his second tour at South Miami, isn’t ready to talk about his college future yet, especially not with games left to play.

“I think we’ve got a team here that can turn some heads like we did tonight,” Leggett said. “The coaches are great and me and my teammates have bought in.”

Taylor breaks 9,000

Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) running back Kelvin Taylor eclipsed the 9,000-yard mark with a 210-yard performance in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs against Champagnat Catholic (Miami, Fla.).

The 6-0, 190-pound back was awarded a commemorative football from his father, former NFL All-Pro Fred Taylor, on behalf of Emmitt Smith. Two weeks ago Taylor broke Smith’s state career rushing record, which stood for 25 years.

Recently, Taylor said that he is looking at Alabama, Florida, LSU and South Carolina

“I definitely want to play in the SEC,” Taylor said. “It’s the only football I really like. It’s hard-nosed and they are committed to the running game there.”

Armwood leans on Bailey again

It’s hard to believe that a nationally-ranked team dominated by a core of seniors that includes a half dozen FBS prospects would need a junior to bail them out of a possible playoff shocker. However, Armwood (Seffner, Fla.) wide receiver Alvin Bailey is one of the top junior prospects in the state and has done a little bit of everything for the Hawks this season.

“He’s been one of our superstars for sure,” Armwood coach Sean Callahan said. “I don’t know where we’d be without him.”

Bailey, playing quarterback for Armwood, scored on a 65-yard touchdown to help the Hawks rally to a 35-31 victory over a Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.) team thought to be overmatched.

“I couldn’t let my team down here because we’ve been through too much,” Bailey said. “I knew I had to make a play.”

Bailey’s playmaking ability is the reason schools like Notre Dame, Florida and Vanderbilt have already offered scholarships with many more to come.

“I like Florida and I really like LSU,” Bailey said. “I know an LSU offer is coming soon and I really want to check them out.”

Henry is area's best

Yulee needed every bit of Derrick Henry’s 308 rushing yards to edge Taylor County (Perry, Fla.) in a 42-41 first-round playoff thriller.

And with Henry’s effort, the Watch list running back became Northeast Florida’s top career rusher with 7,646 yards passing Ciatrick Faison’s 7,479 number.

“He’s got to be considered one of the best backs in the history of this state,” said Yulee coach Bobby Ramsay. “He’s by far the best player I’ve coached.”

Henry joins Kelvin Taylor as two running backs who could break the 10,000-yard mark as seniors.

QB switch at USF?

With USF commit Tyler Cameron (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) taking an official visit to UCLA this past weekend, USF decided to bring in Marshall commit Trenton Norvell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze) on an official visit.

Norvell was part of a hugh recruiting weekend at USF that featured ESPNU 150 wide receiver Nelson Agholor (Tampa, Fla/Berkeley Prep) and official visits from four-star USF commits Christopher Bivins (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) and James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla./Olympia).

One of the most promising things for USF fans and coaches of the weekend was unofficial visits from some of the top underclassmen in the Tampa Bay, including Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) wide receiver Travis Johnson and Hillsborough (Tampa, Fla.) defensive lineman Jordan Sherit.