Posted: 6:38 pm Friday, October 22nd, 2010
By Matt Porter
Hours before Dwyer departed for an away game at Okeechobee Friday afternoon, head coach Jack Daniels hosted two of the state’s big three football programs.
Gators coach Urban Meyer and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni spent an hour and a half touring campus, watching the freshman squad practice, and most importantly, showing their faces to three Dwyer players: senior tight end Nick O’Leary and defensive end Curt Maggitt, and junior defensive lineman Patrick Miller, expected to be among the top recruits in next year’s recruiting class.
The Gators did not chat with Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett, considered the area’s top quarterback. Brissett has offers from Florida State and Alabama, among many other BCS schools.
“They were [interested] at the beginning, but no longer. Oh well,” Brissett said.
Earlier in the day, Florida State offensive coordinator and tight ends coach James Coley, who handles the Seminoles’ South Florida recruiting, was in Daniels’ office at the school. FSU has extended scholarship offers to O’Leary and Brissett.
Both Florida and Florida state are on a bye week. Per NCAA rules, Sept. 1-Nov. 27 is an evaluation period, where college recruiters may visit a student-athlete’s school one day each month. College coaches may not have contact — more than saying hello — with prospective student-athletes until Nov. 28.
After departing from Dwyer, Meyer and Azzanni were to attend the Manatee–Riverview game in Sarasota.
On Wednesday, Wake Forest recruiting coordinator Ray McCartney watched Dwyer practice. A source said McCartney was interested in defensive tackles Keith Bowers and Daevonte Barnett, and cornerback Darrell Hunter.
Earlier Wednesday, McCartney was at Glades Central to see wide receiver Davonte Allen.