Posted: 11:03 pm Sunday, February 13th, 2011
Glades Central’s Jaime Wilson commits to Miami; Jatavis Brown, Crevon LeBlanc denies reports that they did
By Jeff Greer
UPDATED at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14
Rumors spread late Sunday night that three of Glades Central’s most touted juniors had committed to Miami after visiting the U for its Junior Day on Sunday.
Turns out only one of the three was true — for now.
Receiver Jaime Wilson and linebacker Jatavis Brown posted on their Facebook walls Sunday night that they committed to Miami, but Brown later said his post was simply to “mess with his friends.” Meanwhile Wilson, a talented receiver, called his commitment “solid as a rock,” although he still plans on visiting other schools over the next year before signing day in 2012.
Wilson said he received a verbal scholarship offer at junior day, which he attended with Brown, defensive back Crevon LeBlanc and athlete Dominique Gibson.
Ever the jokester, Brown said he did not receive a scholarship offer from Miami on junior day, but he added that if the Hurricanes do offer him, it’s a “99-percent chance I would go there.” Asked if he had committed, LeBlanc said, “not yet.”
Provided his early commitment stands until signing day, Wilson (6-0, 185) is a huge early pickup for Miami and new coach Al Golden, who has been trumpeting the importance of recruiting Palm Beach County since taking the Hurricanes job. Wilson had scholarship offers from Marshall and Florida, although the Gators’ offer came from Urban Meyer’s coaching staff and not the current one.
The Hurricanes would get an explosive athlete with some of the best hands in Florida. He proved himself as a slot receiver during his junior season, catching 38 passes for 590 yards and five touchdowns. He thrived on a big stage with six catches for 46 yards in the Class 2A state-championship game, including a spectacular diving grab on fourth down that saved a critical Glades Central drive. Wilson has played multiple roles for Glades Central, ranging from receiver and punter in 2010 to safety in 2009.
Jamarious Rowley, Glades Central’s quarterback in 2010, hailed Wilson as a superior talent during the season, saying “no matter where the ball is, he can go get it and make it look easy.” Fellow junior Dominique Gibson called Wilson “one of the best athletes I’ve ever met.”
One of Wilson’s mentors, Florida State-bound Kelvin Benjamin, said Wilson was “real smooth and a great possession receiver.”
“He’s going to be big,” Benjamin said.
Meanwhile Brown (6-1, 190) might be the hardest-hitting junior in Palm Beach County. The junior linebacker earned Palm Beach Post Small Schools Defensive Player of the Year honors after a standout 2010 campaign. He had 104 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks in the regular season.
Brown’s teammates know him as well for his big hits — “he hits like a freight train,” Gibson says — as they do for his studying.
“He watches film a lot,” sophomore cornerback Will Likley said of his teammate in December.
Brown said his No. 1 goal in the offseason before his senior year is gaining 20-30 pounds of muscle. He has the frame to become an imposing linebacker and is still growing. Like Wilson and LeBlanc, Brown has all kinds of potential. He currently has a scholarship offer from East Carolina.