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Surveying the Field: Spotlight was on Florida

Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:38 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

The state of Florida was the center of the college football world and that was true as well about the recruiting sphere. From Tallahassee to Gainesville to Miami, there were big games all over and big recruits at each of them.

Though Florida State lost their game, the electric atmosphere at Doak Campbell was impressive to everybody standing on the sidelines. It looked like the late 90's when the Seminoles were rolling and they were ranked number one in the country, not playing the top ranked team. Jimbo Fisher already has things rolling on the recruiting trail and by proving that the team could hang with - and almost beat - Oklahoma went a long way with recruits despite the L on the scoreboard at the end of the night.

"The defense, the way the fans supported them even when it didn't look they were going to win," five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman told after the game. "Their defense was great, they couldn't stop them the last time but they staved them the rest of the game."

Goldman has FSU in his top seven and while he hasn't mentioned which of the seven schools are standing out, an official visit usually puts a school higher the list afterward so it's safe to say that the Seminoles are in strong contention for his services.

The big defensive tackle wasn't the only highly ranked player in attendance at the game, as top athlete Nelson Agholor and highly ranked tight end Kent Taylor were among the other notable uncommitted recruits in Tallahassee. Current commits Dante Fowler, James Hamilton and others also made the trip.

Further south in Gainesville, the list of visitors wasn't quite as stocked as it was to the north but Florida nevertheless had several big names in town for their rivalry game against Tennessee. Offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty out of Pittsburgh (Pa.) came down for the game on an official visit and top 20 defensive end Leonard Williams also stopped by. USF commit Chris Bivins was also in attendance but he does not hold a scholarship offer from the Gators.

Mike Davis, Latroy Pitman and Marcus Maye were some of the notable current UF commits to also see the win over the Vols. One of the better 2013 running backs in the state, Kelvin Taylor, was also reported to be at the game. Taylor is the son of former Gator back Fred Taylor.

I was down at Sun LIfe Stadium for the Ohio State-Miami game and actually showed up just as the entire group of recruits was walking through to the field. Among the notable names in attendance were defensive back Deon Bush, top 2014 recruit Sony Michell, 2013 cornerback Sojourn Shelton and Miami commits Duke Johnson, Gray Crow, Dwayne Hoilett, Angelo Jean-Louis, A.J. Leggett and others.

The Hurricanes are just about full for the class of 2012 but that is not taking into effect what will likely be several decommitments as the program deals with fallout from the NCAA investigation. More than anything, recruiting for Miami is about keeping their current players and building a strong 2013 class. Given the good atmosphere at the game and the fact that the team beat a big time program like Ohio State (not without their own issues, it should be noted), Saturday was a big positive for Al Golden and company.

All of that didn't even count top 25 high school teams in action either as Tampa Plant beat Bergen Catholic (N.J.) 12-7 and top-ranked Don Bosco survived a good challenge from Manatee (Fla.). All in all, the state of Florida was THE place to be from Friday to Sunday.

Kimbrow continues to shine

Vanderbilt commitment Brian Kimbrow has shown up in this column before and the Memphis East star did more than enough to earn another kudos after this weekend. Against Hamilton High on Friday, the talented running back rushed for 441 yards and three scores to lead the way to a 41-6 win. This performance is the third time this season he's rushed for more than 300 yards in a game and follows his 367 yard, five touchdown game the week before.

Through five games, Kimbrow has 1,494 yards and 15 scores and he's had runs of 90, 83 and 77 as well. No offense to one of the leading contenders for Player of the Year, Texas commit Johnathan Gray, but Kimbrow should be on everybody's radar given his start to the season. Vandy fans better hope that James Franklin can keep the top 100 recruit home because other programs are without a doubt starting to circle.

While Kimbrow put up impressive number on the ground, Folsom (Calif.) quarterback Tanner Trosin did the same through the air. The talented senior threw for 601 yards in a 49-46 win over Deer Valley on Friday. A full report on that performance can be found here.

Video of the week

This week's video comes from MaxPreps and is highlights of the De La Salle (Calif.) and St. Mary's game.

Recruiting Roundup

  Elite 11 quarterback Neal Burcham added offers from SMU and Cincinnati recently.

  Tennessee offered Georgia Tech's top recruit Francis Kallon.

  The Yellow Jackets extended an offer to offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow and Georgia may be next.

  Wide receiver Jeremy Glinton has set official visits to Vanderbilt and Illinois.

  BYU's television deal with ESPN is part of the Cougars' pitch to recruits.

  More on the commitment of Vontrell Williams to Illinois.

  Former Texas A&M commit Eric Davis says Oklahoma State's defensive system was a factor in him switching his commitment.

  Virginia coach Mike London weighed in on how ACC expansion affects recruiting.

  Nice Michigan recruiting update.

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