Jalen Spencer picks South Florida 

April, 13, 2011
04/13/11
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South Florida received a verbal commitment from athlete Jalen Spencer (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola) Monday night according to Spencer's football trainer Dont'e Sheppard.

Spencer, who plays quarterback at Pensacola, will be moved to the secondary where he will be used as a safety. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder amassed nearly 2,000 yards and over 20 touchdowns in his junior season at Pensacola.

As a sophomore Spencer led Pensacola to the Class 3A state championship and has won 26 of his 28 games as a starting quarterback.

Willis in search of big things

Even though defensive back/linebacker Jamie Willis (Fort Meade, Fla./Fort Meade) has been floating under the radar, Indiana and Florida International have already reached out with offers.

"My film is starting to get around more, but I'm out here in the country, in Polk County," Willis joked. "But we have a reputation at this school of producing good players so good things are coming."

Willis said that Miami has reached out and wants him to take a visit. He also attended USF's junior day and keeps in regular contact with the coaches there.

Jones picks up camp honors

Defensive back LaDarion Young (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic) was named top defensive back at the National Underclassman Combine this past weekend in Mobile, Ala.

Young, who transferred from Tate High (Cantonment, Fla.) during the offseason, has been to junior day events at Alabama, Florida, South Florida and Miami this spring and will be back in Mobile at the end of the month for the Badger Sports 7-on-7 Showcase.

Links from around the state

Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is trying to make waves and appeal to coaches in Palm Beach County.

Jeremi Powell highlights the top recruiting movers and shakers in the Tampa Bay area.

A few schools have offered defensive lineman Marcus Gilchrist (Port Charlotte, Fla./Port Charlotte).

Defensive lineman Isaac Edwards (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) gets his first scholarship offer.

FSU signee Nick O'Leary (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) caddied for his grandfather, Jack Nicklaus, at last week's Masters Par 3 tournament.

After months of frustration, Class of 2011 quarterback prospect Richard Burrows (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) has found a home at Florida International.

Corey Long

Reporter, RecruitingNation

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