Miami-FSU still strong
Althought both Miami and FSU were eliminated from the national title race in September there's still a buzz when the two rivals meet.
“It's still Miami-FSU,” said Dante Fowler, an FSU commit. “There have been too many great players from both programs for this game not to mean anything.”
It will be a high recruiting weekend for the Seminols as they will have several official visitors including Miramar (Fla.) four-star cornerback Tracy Howard and Prattville (Ala.) defensive tackle Justin Shanks.
Shanks committed to FSU in the summer and will probably be helping the Seminoles coaching staff try to land Howard, the nation's top-rated defensive back.
Unofficial visitors include Under Armour All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who has FSU in his top five with Auburn, Florida, Alabama and USC.
FSU's coaching staff will be working on Class of 2013 prospects including 2013 Under Armour All-American wide receiver Jordan Cunningham (Davie, Fla./University School). He will be attending the game with teammate and recent FSU commit Maquedius Bain.
Other underclassmen expected to attend are 2013 Under Armour All-American defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton), Boone (Orlando) running back A.J. Turman and Class of 2014 super prospect Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage).
Bush sits out
One prospect that won't be in Tallahassee this weekend is ESPNU 150 defensive back Deon Bush. The 6-1, 185-pounder decided to trim his list to three schools – Miami, Alabama, Auburn – and canceled his official visit this week.
“I decided to focus my attention on my top three programs and getting my team through the playoffs,” Bush said. “I've seen Miami several times and I've taken officials and unofficials to Auburn and Alabama so I know both programs well.”
Bush, who also dropped LSU and Purdue, said a decision will be made after the new year. He doesn't have a leader in his final three.
“Each program provides a unique opportunity and I don't think I could make a wrong decision,” Bush said. “I just want to go to the place that I feel the most comfortable at.”
Garcia ready to travel
University School (Davie, Fla.) offensive lineman Abraham Garcia will take his first official visit this weekend.
“Abraham will be headed to Louisville,” said University School head coach Roger Harriot. “He's been sitting back for a few months and looking for the programs that he feels comfortable with.
“I think he likes what he's hearing from the coaches at Louisville.”
Garcia's top schools include Wisconsin, Miami and South Florida. According to Harriot he hasn't planned his next official yet.
“I think he wants to take things one step at a time and digest each visit,” Harriot said. “He said he just wants to check each situation out so I don't expect him to commit this weekend.”
Of course, when you are the target of 2010-11 ESPN Recruiter of the Year Clint Hurtt, anything can happen.
Young has Georgia on his mind
Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Avery Young (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) will not take an official visit this week for a very special reason.
“I'm going to celebrate my birthday Saturday,” Young said. “I just want to hang around my friends and family this weekend.”
The soon-to-be 19-year-old offensive lineman expects his next official will be to Georgia.
“This weekend would have been a great weekend to go because they are playing Auburn and it's going to be crazy,” Young said. “But I'll go next week when they play Kentucky.”
Young took his fiirst visit to Auburn two weeks ago and says he was blown away. Then he went to Alabama for the clash with LSU a week later and was blown away again.
“Two amazing programs with top-of-the-line facilties and great fans,” Young said. “The atmosphere was so incredible and the people were so nice it was hard not to get caught up and just commit on the spot.
“The fans know who you are and are calling your name, I couldn't believe it.”
Young says Florida will definitely receive an official visit and his fifth visit has yet to be determined. Oklahoma and Virginia Tech are among the final options for that visit.
UCF stung by Kelly departure
Although it will be rightfully buried behind the issues at Penn State, UCF wide receivers coach and top recruiter David Kelly stepped down recently amid an NCAA probe that also forced the resignation of athletic director Keith Tribble.
Kelly received much of the credit for expanding UCF's recruiting base. He broke into Miami-Dade County with the successful recruitment of quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey and signed over a dozen prospects from the talent-rich county in his last two classes.
UCF was in the main hunt for several top receiving prospects in the state including Orlando area talents Alton Howard (Edgewater) and D'Vario Montgomery (Winter Park). It will be tough to see either player going to UCF without Kelly there.