What I learned this weekend

Brown happy with Illinois

Immediately after Ron Zook was fired by Illinois there were questions about the commitment of Norland (Miami, Fla.) four-star linebacker Keith Brown. The 6-1, 235-pounder talked after Norland’s victory over Glades Central on Friday and said he’s happy where he is.

“I’m still absolutely committed to Illinois,” Brown said. “I was upset to hear what happened to Coach Zook but I have no plans to change my commitment right now.”

Brown says he was recently visited by some coaches from the school.

“They stopped by my school last week and told me some of the names that are up for the job,” Brown said. “The names they gave me sounded pretty good.”

Brown, who committed to the school with his stepbrother Lamar Atkins, said that the family connection will play a major factor but that Atkins has other schools looking at him.

Schools are also back to actively recruiting Brown as the linebacker said Louisville, Florida State, South Florida and Miami all met with him last week.

“I’m still listening and I have one more official to take,” Brown added.

Powell could see stock rise

Brown’s Norland teammate defensive tackle Teko Powell could see his stock rise after his four-sack performance Friday night.

It’s been a confusing recruitment process for the 6-3, 260-pounder as he’s had a commitment to Florida State turned back and went through about a week-long commitment to Louisville.

However, as film circulates from Friday’s game there’s a good chance he will get back on the radar of several BCS programs looking for defensive line help late in the process.

“There are some schools I’ve always wanted to go to but the reality is I’m going to keep an open mind and check everyone out,” Powell said. “Hopefully I can finish strong and help this team win a state championship, and then we’ll see what happens.”

FSU, USF go juco route

Florida State and South Florida both picked up commitments from junior college offensive linemen over the weekend.

The Seminoles received a commitment from 6-5, 300-pound Daniel Glauser, who played at New Mexico Military Institute. Glauser played his high school football in Basel, Switzerland and is projected to be a left tackle.

“FSU really zeroed in on Daniel because they have a lot of uncertainty on their line,” said Timmi Norling, a former junior college assistant coach that now scouts prospects at that level. “He has the desire to play left tackle in college and the NFL. He’s going to get that opportunity at Florida State.”

South Florida received a commitment from Chandlor Mathews, an offensive tackle at Pearl River Junior College. The 6-5, 285-pounder from St. Stanislaus Prep (Bay St. Louis, Ms.) could play either tackle position.

Jenkins outduels Taylor

Kelvin Taylor’s quest to reach 10,000 yards before he senior season ended Friday night when Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) was beaten 42-16 by Admiral Farragut (St. Petersburg, Fla.) in the Class 2A state semifinal Friday Night.

Taylor, who rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns, will have about 400 yards to go to reach the 10,000-yard mark next season.

The story of the game, however, was three-star athlete Rayshawn Jenkins. The Miami commit rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a touchdown reception in a game that was expected to be much closer.

“We just got the job done Friday,” said Jenkins. “Kelvin Taylor is a great player but we have some great players on this team too.”

Powell ready for next step

Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.) 2013 Watch List linebacker Quinton Powell has been battling injuries all season long and well into the postseason. But the 6-3, 215-pounder proved he is a dynamic player even at less than 100 percent.

Friday night, Powell forced and recovered a fumble and tipped a pass that led to a pick six in Mainland’s 27-16 victory over Naples (Fla.) in the Class 6A state quarterfinals.

Powell, who has offers from Clemson, Miami, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, is still hopeful that he can put these injuries behind him.

“It’s frustrating to not be able to everything you want to do because of injuries but I think it’s going to make me a smarter player in the long run,” Powell said. “I can’t just rely on my athleticism alone and now I know that.”

The challenge will only get tougher for Powell as they might travel to Miami Central on Friday and face the Rockets’ potent offense led by Class of 2014 super prospect Joseph Yearby.