The Sunshine State will be well represented across the nation this week. While the LSU-Florida game in Gainesville will take a huge share of prospects, there will be several in Columbia, S.C., for the top-10 matchup between Georgia and South Carolina.
Among those present at Williams-Brice Stadium will be four-star prospects Devin Washington (Orlando, Fla./Jones) and Jasper Sasser (Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson) – both verbal commitments. Another commit, three-star athlete Jamari Smith (Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher), will also be in attendance.
There are another dozen Florida prospects invited to attend with the biggest name being ESPN 150 defensive lineman Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic). The 6-foot-1, 295-pound Bryant has been committed to Miami since January but has repeatedly said he will take all five official visits and several unofficial visits. Saturday’s visit to South Carolina is an unofficial.
In Raleigh, N.C., there will be a couple of state prospects watching their future program, NC State, take on No. 3 Florida State. Three-star running back Matthew Dayes (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay) and three-star linebacker Jerod Fernandez (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary) will be taking their official visits.
It was be Dayes’ second time seeing the Wolfpack in as many weeks. The 5-8, 193-pound senior has been impressed with their output on offense.
“I liked what I saw from them offensively last week,” Dayes said. “They run the ball a lot but they also open it up when the play is there. Obviously the defense struggled a little but I expect things to be a lot better as the season moves along.”
Dayes says he’s solid to NC State and doesn’t hear from other programs much anymore. He expects a good visit.
“I’m already in love with the program and I have a great relationship with the coaching staff so I just want to take everything in this weekend,” Dayes said. “Just taking another tour around the place where I’m going to play college football.
Three-star defensive back Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge) will be taking an official to Purdue this weekend when the Boilermakers host Michigan. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior says the Boilermakers have been recruiting him hard.
“The Purdue staff has definitely been the most aggressive with me right now,” Robbins said. “They are looking at me as a cornerback and there’s a big opportunity for an incoming freshman to get on the field there.”