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State schools load up on talent


UCF signees

Name, Position, Height, Weight, School

Tyler Harris, QB, 6-4, 220, Pierce County (Ga.)

Errol Clarke, LB, 6-3, 240, Miami Central (Garden City C.C.)

Joey Connors, DE, 6-4, 270, Harrison (Ga.) Powder Springs

Chris Davis Jr., WR, 6-1, 180, Oviedo

Chavis Dickey, OL, 6-4, 300, Byron (Ga.) Peach County

Jordan Franks, ATH, 6-4, 210, Crawfordville Wakulla

Kyle Gibson, DB, 6-0, 180, Tampa Armwood

C.J. Jones, RB, 5-10, 195, Daytona Beach Atlantic

Lance McDowdell, DL, 6-4, 310, Nassau Community College (N.Y.)

Wyatt Miller, OL, 6-6, 280, Douglas (Ga.) Coffee

Tre Neal, DB, 6-2, 185, Buford (Ga.)

Luke Palmer, OL, 6-4, 280, Wauchula Hardee

Jamiyus Pittman, DL, 6-2, 300, Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County

Mike Rogers, DB, 6-0, 180, Smyrna (Ga.) Campbell

Tre'Quan Smith, WR, 6-3, 180, Delray Beach Village Academy

Chris Williams, DB, 6-2, 180, St. Marys (Ga.) Camden County

A.J. Wooten, DL, 6-5, 240, Alapaha (Ga.) Berrien

USF signees

Name, Position, Height, Weight, School

Jimmy Bayes, LB, 6-3, 185, Immokalee

Stanley Clerveaux, WR, 6-3, 185, North Miami

Benjamin Knox OT 6-6, 260, DeLand

Nick Nataro, TE, 6-4, 240, Estero

Michael Smith, OG, 6-3, 294, Miami Central

Tajee Fullwood, CB, 6-2, 175, Tampa Bay Tech

D'Ernest Johnson, RB, 5-10, 180, Immokalee

Rohan Blackwood, DE, 6-5, 220, Brooksville Nature Coast

Ryeshene Bronson, WR, 6-3, 180, Fort Myers Dunbar

Marlon Mack, RB, 6-0, 195, Sarasota Booker

Kendall Sawyer, CB, 6-1, 180, Lehigh Acres East Lee County

Mazzi Wilkins, CB, 6-0, 160, Tampa Plant

LaGrande Harley, LB, 6-1, 230, Georgia Military College

Juwuan Brown, LB, 6-2, 210, Tampa Jefferson

Devin Abraham, CB, 5-9, 175, Tarpon Springs East Lake

Jamie Byrd, DB, 5-11, 190, Iowa Western Community College

Zach Hudson, OT, 6-5, 285, Tampa Sickles

Demetrius Hill, DE, 6-3, 255, Fort Scott Community College

Eric Mayes, DE, 6-5, 240, Milford Academy

Deatrick Nichols, CB, 5-10, 180, Miami Central

Marlon Pope, TE, 6-4, 265, Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College

Josh Black, LB, 6-2, 225, Tampa Sickles

Quinton Flowers, QB, 6-0, 210, Miami Jackson

Vincent Jackson, DE, 6-2, 235, Tampa Jesuit

Tyre McCants, WR, 5-11, 200, Niceville

Michael Galati, OG, 6-3, 283, Bradenton Manatee

Nick Holman, LB, 6-2, 230, Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones

Elkanah Dillon, TE, 6-5, 225, Ocala Vanguard

Bethune-Cookman signees

Name, Position, Height, Weight, School

Trenton Bridges, LB, 6-2, 220, DeLand

Tysheem Bryant, DL, 6-4, 245, Lake Worth

Khaleel Castillo, DE, 6-2, 275, Bellaire, Texas

Kendon Davis, WR, 6-3, 180, Lauderhill Plantation

Tyler Gildner, TE, 6-5, 265, Robbinsville (N.J.)

Barry Johnson, DL, 6-3, 265, Gainesville Eastside

Derrick Johnson, DL, 6-6, 310, Jacksonville First Coast

Antonio Joseph, DE/LB, 6-5, 195, Tampa Wharton

Deonte Mayo, SAF, 6-2, 207, Ocala Forest

Alexander Morales, OLB/SS, 5-11, 195, Hialeah

Gerald Nesbitt Jr., DE/OT, 6-3, 250, Fort Lauderdale

Cameron Rigby, RB, 5-9, 175, Miramar

Austin Walker, ATH, 6-3, 180, Sarasota Riverview

Broddrick Waters, DB, 5-11, 175, Miami Palmetto

Demetrius Weaver, OL, 6-3, 275, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely

Troy Wilkins II, DL/OL, 6-3, 310, Miami Northwestern

FAMU signees

Name, Position, Height, Weight, School

Joshua Addison, OL, 6-5, 305, Miami Central

Osman Aguilera, OL, 6-5, 300, North Miami Beach

Jaderius Baxter, LB, 6-2, 230, Haines City

Joshua Calabro, OL, 6-3, 280, Deltona

Marcellin Daruche, OL, 6-6, 300, Longwood Lyman

Daikwon Fuse, DE, 6-4, 285, West Palm beach Dwyer

Jeff Hall, OL, 6-4, 275, Lynn Haven Mosely

Gerald Harrison, OL, 6-6, 300, Florida High

Gerald Hearns, RB, 5-9, 205, West Palm Beach Dwyer

Fitzgerald Mofor, LB, 6-1, 235, Sherwood

Andrew Negron, OL, 6-5, 275, Jacksonville Christian

Elijah Price, DE/LB, 6-4, 230, Sandlewood

Ryan Rodgers, RB, 5-9, 175, Lynn Haven Mosley

Jestin Snow, OL, 6-4, 296, Miami Northwestern

FAU signees

Name, Position, Height, Weight, School

Henry Bussey, SR, 5-9, 180, Hialeah

Reginald Bain, OL, 6-4, 286, Miami Central

Jason Driskel, QB, 6-2, 210, Oviedo Hagerty

MarQuese Dudley-Gordon, S, 6-0, 188, Plantation Cypress Bay

Ray Ellis, DT, 6-1, 260, Egg Harbor Holy Spirit (N.J.)

Joe Gold, OL, 6-3, 270, South Fort Myers

Kris Harris, LB, 6-0, 225, Tallahassee Godby

Byers Hickmon, OT, 6-5, 270, Gainesville

Greg “Buddy” Howell, RB, 6-0, 205, Miami Coral Gables

Joshua Kendall, DT, 6-2, 269, Lehigh

Bobby Mitchell, WR, 6-2, 175, St. Augustine

Siffo Pierre, OL, 6-4, 325, Coral Springs Taravella

Nick Richardson, DL, 6-4, 215, Miami Carol City

Trevaughn Rodriguez, RB/ATH, 5-10, 185, Daytona Beach Mainland

Devin Santana, DE, 6-3, 220, Tampa Sickles

Landon Scheer, K, 5-8, 180, Orlando First Academy

Hunter Snyder, DE, 6-7, 230, Palm Harbor Hudson

Kamrin Solomon, WR, 6-2, 193, Jacksonville Mandarin

Matt Solt, LB, 6-2, 210, Gainesville

Andrew Soroh, DB, 6-2, 190, Miami American

Jake Stoshak, DB, 6-0, 180, Jacksonville University Christian

Nathaniel Terry, TE, 6-6, 210, Homestead South Dade

Raekwon Williams CB, 5-11, 174, Jacksonville First Coast

Jacob Wilson, TE, 6-4, 230, Chipley

Special to the Miami Herald

Quarterback Tyler Harris of Georgia and running back C.J. Jones of Daytona Beach saw a major opportunity at UCF.

With two juniors at their positions — quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson — opting to skip their senior seasons at UCF to enter the NFL Draft, Harris and Jones will have chances to fill those voids.

Harris, a 6-4, 220-pounder, signed early and is already on campus. lists Harris and Jones as three-star recruits. Harris passed for nearly 2,800 yards, and Jones, a 5-10, 195-pounder ran for 1,250.

They are two of the 17 new recruits announced by UCF on Wednesday. The Knights (12-1) finished No. 10 in the final AP poll of the season after beating Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. It was the highest finish in school history.

UCF loaded up on defensive backs and defensive linemen, with four each. The Knights also signed three offensive linemen and two wide receivers. There are no tight ends in the class and just one linebacker.

But perhaps Jordan Franks, who is from the Florida Panhandle area and is listed as an “athlete,” could help at one of those positions. At 6-4 and 210 pounds, he played wide receiver as well as on defense last season, and much will likely depend on how his frame fills out.

South Florida

The Bulls signed 28 players, and perhaps the most exciting name is Miami Jackson’s Quinton Flowers, who in the preseason was ranked the No. 1 quarterback in the state by Friday Night Football magazine.

Flowers, who is listed at 6-0 and 210 pounds by USF, was ranked by FNF as the state’s 13th best prospect overall.

“He’s the most exciting and athletic quarterback to come through the state in several years,” FNF wrote in its preseason edition. “He’s not the biggest, but he’s one of the best.”

Flowers was the only quarterback signed by the Bulls, who stockpiled defensive backs (six), linebackers (five) and tight ends (three). They also got four linemen on each side of the ball, three receivers and two running backs.

The Bulls pulled other players from South Florida besides Flowers. They got cornerback Deatrick Nichols and offensive guard Michael Smith from Miami Central and wide receiver Stanley Clervaux from North Miami.


Coach Charlie Partridge’s first recruiting class at FAU is comprised of 24 players — 23 of them from Florida. Four of the recruits already are enrolled.

FAU signed one quarterback, Jason Driskel, a 6-2, 210-pounder from Oviedo. He is the younger brother of Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel.

The Owls also signed two running backs, including one from South Florida — Greg “Buddy” Howell, a 6-0, 205-pounder who had some impressive performances for Coral Gables.

FAU loaded up on linemen — five on defense and four on offense. They also got four defensive backs, three wide receivers and two tight ends.


The Wildcats bolstered their defensive line, signing eight. Some of those players, however, could end up as offensive linemen or linebackers.

Two of the defensive linemen who should provide immediate help are junior-college transfers Tysheem Bryant and Khaleel Castillo.

The other 17 recruits signed by coach Brian Jenkins are freshmen.

Of the 19 total recruits, 16 are from the state, including nine from South Florida.

Greg Taylor, a 6-3, 210-pounder from Atlanta, could be the quarterback of the future and is regarded as a drop-back passer.

Cameron Rigby of Miramar is the lone running back in the class. Kendon Davis of Plantation is the only receiver, and Tyler Gildner of New Jersey is the lone tight end.


Perhaps looking to find the next Ben Roethlisberger or Daunte Culpepper, FAMU coach Earl Holmes signed two huge quarterbacks — 6-4, 230-pound Shazzon Mumphrey from Dakota College and 6-6, 225-pound Brian Blackburn out of Detroit.

Another intriguing signing is 6-2, 205-pound safety James Sample from Sacramento.

He played one season at the University of Washington before transferring to a junior college.

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