Posted: 3:12 pm Monday, January 31st, 2011
By Matt Porter
Signing Day is Wednesday. We’ll be out in full force, gathering news and stories and analyzing on the fly. So what might we see?
Before we break down where the top area recruits stand, remember to visit our Signing Day Central page for the latest Hurricanes, Gators, Seminoles, Owls and area updates. Also, be awesome and join our Signing Day chat, which runs all day Wednesday. Click here to get an email reminder. And be sure to follow Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer) and me (@mattyports) on Twitter for news and analysis.
Taking a spin around the area … remember, verbal commitments are nonbinding. Players can sign letters of intent beginning Wednesday, Feb. 2.
The big fish: Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett and defensive end Curt Maggitt (Nos. 4 and 5 on the PBGametime Big Board) have yet to decide. Each took his last official visit this weekend, and it looks like we know just as much as we did before.
Brissett, who visited Miami, has yet to give any clue as to where he’s going. “I honestly have no clue,” Dwyer head coach Jack Daniels told the Post Monday morning. “Wish I knew.” Reports said Brissett would commit Monday, but Daniels refuted that. It is not known if Brissett will sign on Wednesday or afterward.
Miami’s need for Brissett became even stronger this weekend when Orlando-Lake Nona’s Kevin Sousa, who visited Miami the weekend of Jan. 22, reaffirmed his commitment to Wake Forest. Washington and Wisconsin have pushed hard for Brissett in recent weeks.
The official prediction here is Brissett-to-Miami, but nothing would surprise.
As for Maggitt, Daniels said Maggitt told him he enjoyed this weekend’s visit to Florida, but Maggitt didn’t tip his hand. “No clue there either,” Daniels said. Maggitt told the Post’s Greg Stoda in a Friday interview (note: story on both coming in Wednesday’s Post) that he was excited about his visit to Gainesville, but that was it. Wisconsin and Tennessee are the other contenders.
Maggitt has delayed his decision several times. Citing sources from the Sportsman Channel, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that Maggitt’s Feb. 3 TV special will be delayed until 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. Maggitt was initially to announce Dec. 26.
My prediction is Maggitt ends up at Florida. Something to keep in mind: predictions and thirty-five dollars fill up my Honda Accord.
Who’s left: A few of the area’s top players have yet to decide on a school.
Glades Central’s Robert Way (No. 8 on the Big Board) is considering offers from Marshall and FAU. Expect Marshall to sign him on Wednesday. Raiders teammate Davonte Allen (No. 12) said over the weekend he was down to West Virginia and Marshall. He had interest from Miami, but an offer never came. Quarterback Jamarious Rowley is expected to sign with Hampton.
Virginia Tech could land several local prospects, including Atlantic DT Luther Maddy and DE Wedley Estime, and West Boca WR Robert Lockhart.
Fort Pierce Westwood linebacker Wonderful Monds had a preseason offer from Kansas, but TCPalm.com reported the Jayhawks pulled it after Monds waited to hear from other schools. He is now considering Buffalo, among others.
Summit Christian tight end Jean Prophete, also one of the area’s top basketball talents, has offers from Bethune-Cookman and Northern Illinois.
What we know: Florida State fans can take a look at our Big Board and smile. The top three area recruits – Dwyer tight end Nick O’Leary, Glades Central wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Fort Pierce Central defensive end Giorgio Newberry – are all Tallahassee-bound, as are a pair of Treasure Coast defensive backs, All-American Keelin Smith (No. 6) and Lamarcus Brutus (No. 9). Suffice to say, most colleges would be pleased to sign five of the top 10 Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast seniors.
In total, 20 of the top 25 players on the Big Board have given a verbal commitment.
Park Vista’s Tre Mason (No. 7) committed to Auburn last week. Also declaring their intentions last week: American Heritage WR Herve Coby (Bowling Green), Dwyer DT Keith Bowers (Maryland) and Seminole Ridge FB/LB Tyler Butler (Colgate).
Many of the top 25 committed before the season started. Fort Pierce Westwood defensive tackle Demetris Anderson (No. 10) committed to UCF in late August. Park Vista linemen Mike Matulis (South Carolina) and Cody Preble (Wake Forest), Santaluces DB Terrance Floyd (Wisconsin), Treasure Coast C Mike Romano (Louisville) and Glades Day DB J.T. Thornton (Illinois) committed before the first snap of their season seasons.
Midseason commits include Atlantic WR Ezekiel Turner (FIU), Boynton Beach DE Johnathan Harris (Mississippi State) and Atlantic LB Jephete Matilus (Minnesota), who decommitted from Marshall in June but reaffirmed his choice after the Gophers’ coaching change.
Dwyer CB Darrell Hunter (Bowling Green) committed shortly after the season ended, and Jupiter Christian RB Trey Pendergrass (Eastern Illinois) announced his intentions Jan. 16.
Visit the Big Board to check out the recruiting status of the area’s top 75 senior college football prospects.