What I learned in Florida this weekend

Gators latest to target Green

Going into this weekend, Class of 2013 running Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic) already had offers from Florida State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Purdue.

After a trip to watch Florida hold off Vanderbilt, Green added the Gators to his fast-growing list.

“I like the Florida offense,” Green said. “I think it fits me perfectly.”

Florida worked in the pistol formation in its 26-21 to help get the running game going while starting quarterback John Brantley continues to struggle with an ankle injury.

“The pistol formation is great because it gives you more than one option on a play,” Green said. “If the hole isn’t in one spot it will be in another.”

Green, who says he grew up a fan of FSU, continues to look at the Seminoles as well as Florida, USC and several other top programs.

He has over 1,100 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns through eight games of his junior season.

Miles’ recruitment picking up steam

While much of the attention on Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep football is centered on ESPNU 150 athlete Nelson Agholor, there are other prospects emerging at the school.

Three-star linebacker Schyler Miles has been a fast-rising name in the Tampa Bay area. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati, Iowa State, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, Bowling Green and Ohio.

Recently he’s been feeling renewed interest from a team closer to home.

“Florida came to a game not too long ago and Coach [Charlie] Weis spoke to me,” Miles said. “They are looking at me as a linebacker.”

Miles traveled to Florida this weekend with Agholor.

“I wanted to go for the experience and really a chance to watch a game with Nelson,” Miles added.

Florida hasn’t offered but remains interested. Meanwhile Notre Dame hasn’t offered either but they have shown Miles serious interest as well.

“Notre Dame likes me as a fullback and a linebacker and I’m looking at going up there in December on an unofficial,” Miles said. “I’m not going to go on any officials until after the season.”

Miles is among the team’s leaders in tackles and sacks this season. He was a big part of Friday’s effort that helped Berkeley defeat Tampa Catholic and win its district title.

“It’s a great accomplishment to go undefeated with a district championship,” Miles said. “It’s a great moment for me and my teammates.”

Hurricanes land two

It was a fruitful weekend for the Miami Hurricanes as they received commitments from Venice running back Danny Dillard and Lakeland wide receiver Ricquan Southward.

Dillard, who received the offer over the weekend, chose Miami over NC State, Western Kentucky and Illinois. He has over 700 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, and as a junior Dillard rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and two scores.

Southward, a 6-1, 190-pounder, had a late start to his recruitment but recently Ole Miss offered and Ohio State had set up an official visit for Southward with anticipation of offering.

“A lot of things started coming through a few weeks ago,” Southward said. “I really like what Miami does on offense and I believe I can be successful there.”

Southward still says he would like to take a visit to Ohio State and is hoping to finalize a Nov. 19 date. He has nearly 700 yards receiving and six touchdowns this year.

Washington checks out Maryland

Winter Park outside linebacker/defensive end James Washington and teammate wide receiver D'Vario Montgomery both made an official visit to Maryland this past weekend.

Washington, a Syracuse commit, spoke highly of the visit to Maryland but remains committed to the Orange.

“I went to see the campus and check everything out,” Washington said. “I’m still good with Syracuse and I’m visiting there soon.”

Washington has an official to Syracuse planned for Dec. 9.

Montgomery has Maryland on a list of potential suitors that includes South Florida, UCF, West Virginia, Louisville and Arkansas. He is looking to visit Arkansas this weekend when the Razorbacks hosts Tennessee.

Taylor eyes record

Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day junior running back Kelvin Taylor notched another 200-yard rushing game this week and is now 218 yards away from breaking the state record that Emmitt Smith has held for 25 years.

Smith amassed 8,804 yards from 1983-1986 as Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.). Taylor is currently at 8,587 yards for his career.

This past weekend Taylor was in Tuscaloosa for the Alabama-LSU clash.