Posted: 7:57 pm Friday, January 21st, 2011
By Matt Porter
Updated 10:06 p.m. | Your Friday night Dwyer recruiting updates . . .
Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said Nick O’Leary is very close to making up his mind. It’s no secret O’Leary, the No. 1 prospect on the PBGametime Big Board, is leaning toward Florida State. FSU offensive coordinator James Coley and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops met with O’Leary yesterday.
Update: As of 10 p.m. Friday, Florida State coaches recruiting Nick O’Leary have not heard from O’Leary about a possible commitment to the Noles.
Curt Maggitt was visited at his house by Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley Thursday evening. Dooley also met with Maggitt yesterday at school, and Daniels said Dooley left a stellar impression. “Curt had a real good visit to Tennessee,” Daniels said. “They have a very young football team … It was an impressive visit.”
Maggitt has narrowed his choices to Florida, Tennessee and Wisconsin. He will visit Florida next weekend. That will be his fifth and final official visit.
Maggitt may take an unofficial visit to Miami, which has come on strong since Al Golden’s hire as head coach. “I think [Maggitt’s] intrigued,” Daniels said. “I think it’s hard to come in and get a kid who they weren’t recruiting, who’s 60 miles up the road. Their staff has busted their butts to get him.”
That goes for Jacoby Brissett, too. ‘Canes coaches have been working overtime to land him. “I’m not exaggerating, their coach was at Dwyer [one day this week] from 7:30 to 7:30. They were there the entire day.” New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch also went to Brissett’s home.
“They hammered him and sold him on a few things. It piqued his interest. To me, it seems like Jacoby’s the No. 1 player they target.”
Daniels said Brissett will likely take his final official visit to Coral Gables
Brissett isn’t taking calls from Florida State, so don’t expect him to go there. He’s also ruled out South Carolina because “he thought the other guys were doing a better job of recruiting him,” Daniels said.
Those other guys include Miami, Florida and in a late surprise, Washington, which is making a very strong push. Brissett will visit Washington this Sunday.
Why? Tradition, said Daniels. Fifteen of the Huskies’ last 16 quarterbacks (not including 2011 NFL Draft prospect Jake Locker) have gone to the NFL. “The coach came down, and they have such a good rep for quarterbacks,” Daniels said, citing alums Warren Moon and Mark Brunell.
But he doesn’t think Washington is a serious player for Brissett. “This is strictly a guess, but if I had to say the schools Jacoby was going to choose between, I would say Florida, Miami and Wisconsin,” he said.
A report this week quoted Daniels as saying Brissett “holds a grudge” against the Gators, but the coach downplayed that. “He doesn’t hold a grudge because it’s a new coaching staff. He’s just proud, and he wants to show everyone who didn’t offer him early. … It wasn’t against UF, it was against the staff that was there before.” Urban Meyer offered Brissett a (lesser) greyshirt deal to come to Florida, which the QB spurned.
In other news, Pittsburgh is going hard after cornerback Darrell Hunter, a Bowling Green commit.
“They called late [Thursday] night,” Daniels said. “They had a coaching staff change and [the new staff]
saw his tape. They said they need to get him up there.”
Daniels said Hunter is still a Bowling Green commit, and turned down official visits to FAU and a couple MAC schools, but that Pitt was difficult to ignore.
“The guy from Bowling Green recruited him so hard,” Daniels said, but that Hunter was happy to listen to “a BCS school that has a history at cornerback with guys like Darrelle Revis.”
Updates on the big men: lineman Shubert Bastien is visiting Middle Tennessee State this weekend … tackle Keith Bowers has narrowed his choices to Maryland and Northern Illinois … and lineman Daevonte Barnett is down to Tennessee State and Alabama A&M.
Other: speedy back Shawn McClaine has Division 1 interest, but needs to produce higher test scores … linebacker Leroy Kelson has interest from Jacksonville … tight end Ben Hall, who has family in Ohio, has interest from Division 2 and 3 schools there.
Finally, Daniels had this to say about wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, about whom I wrote yesterday:
“He got to Dwyer, and his grades were ****, and I think he missed a lot of school at [Palm Beach] Lakes. I was like, Tommy. I’ve seen a lot of kids come through this school. You can play in college, but you’re never gonna get a chance to if you don’t get your ass to school. He started coming to school. When he got on the football field, his practice habits were crappy. He’d practice hard and take a day off. That’s not gonna get it done at Dwyer, that’s not gonna get it done in college. He got a little selfish about not getting his touches [note: as Lewis admitted in an interview]. He’d drop a deep ball and get upset. I’d text him after every practice and say you’re doing all right, keep going hard … as the season progresses you’ll become the best receiver in the county. He just needed a little encouragement after a rough start. By the end of the year he was one of our best receivers. … He might be the fastest kid that’s ever run at Dwyer.
“I love that little guy.”