Commentary

Better safe than sorry

Quinteze Williams is committed to Florida but he wants to be covered, just in case

Originally Published: September 29, 2011
By Dave Hooker | ESPN Recruiting

Although Florida hasn't undergone an NCAA investigation, like many other programs across the country (and there's nothing to lead us to believe it will happen), Quinteze Williams is always keeping tabs on Florida and stays in touch with other schools just in case.

Quinteze Williams
Corey LongQuinteze Williams is the No. 17 overall player from Georgia.

"That's something you always have to be aware of," the four-star defensive tackle from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek said on WNML radio in Knoxville, Tenn. "That's why I haven't really closed my options because anything like that could happen and I want to still be in the good graces of those coaches to where if something did happen to Florida they would still welcome me with open arms."

Short of a sudden NCAA inquiry, Florida shouldn't worry about Williams. He said he's 95 to 100 percent committed to Florida, even though he stays in contact with Clemson and Tennessee.

"I don't know what any other school can do to get me away from Florida, because Florida has some great coaches," the 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman said. "I love the atmosphere down there. I already have bonded with the players. They know me. I know them. I've been around the facilities so much. I love it.

"It's like my second home and I'd be glad to go there for the next four years." But, he said, "You really don't know what could happen. The coaches could be dismantled. An article could come out about Florida. You never know what could happen."

Early interest for Keihn

There's plenty of prospects to come from Gilman High School in Baltimore but sophomore defensive lineman Melvin Keihn has a chance to be one of the best.

That's strong praise but with two BCS scholarship offers already, it's within the realm of reason to think Keihn could get there.

"It feels good to get attention from colleges," the soft-spoken Keihn said. "For me, I try not to think about it."

He said he's focused on working hard and improving -- not recruiting -- even though Maryland and Rutgers have extended verbal offers and Keihn recently talked with Virginia coaches, while visiting with teammate and ESPNU 150 athlete Cyrus Jones.

Keihn said the experiences that Jones and the other Gilman upperclassmen have can help him as he moves forward in the recruiting process.

"They're seniors. They've had a lot of the same experiences, so if I have a question, I can go to them. They've been there," he said. "They know what they're doing. I just learn from them."

Although it's very early in Keihn's recruiting journey, he said Virginia certainly made an impression.

"I like their facilities for sure," the lanky 6-foot-3 athlete said with a smile. "We just talked to the coach about academics and their football team, how it's going to work up there. … It was a good experience. It was nice."

Keihn's first offer came from Maryland, a rarity for the Terrapins, who tend to be patient before making offers.

"I'm not sure right now," Keihn said when asked what he thought about the Terps. "I think they're a really good football team. Coach [Randy] Edsall is changing a lot of things up there."

Levenberry's a priority

ESPNU 150 Watch List linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr., from Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton, will take his third visit to Florida State on Oct. 22 when the Seminoles play Maryland. Obviously, his recent travels show a strong interest in Florida State, but according to his father, Eric Levenberry, Oklahoma is standing toe-to-toe with the Seminoles. Florida, Tennessee and Auburn round out the top five on Levenberry's list, while Penn State remains a dark horse.

Two schools have already pulled out the big guns for Levenberry, who many think will be one of the top prospects in the 2013 class. Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops are recruiting Levenberry personally, which his father said has made a positive impression.

Oddly, nearby Maryland has not offered Levenberry a scholarship. Eric Levenberry said that's not a concern as his son will likely head south to play college football anyway.

Downside of Pitt to ACC

Linebacker Devon Porchia (Baltimore/Gilman) had to think long and hard when asked if there was a downside for Pittsburgh's move to the ACC. Then, Porchia, who committed to Pitt in August, finally came up with a plausible disadvantage for the Panthers.

"It's definitely going to be harder to win a championship," Porchia said. "The Big East, for us, was for sure a win. But ACC, it will definitely be a whole different level to win a championship and get into a bowl game."

However, the upgrade in competition has overwhelmingly been considered a positive by Pitt and Syracuse commitments whom will soon be playing in the ACC. Porchia concurs.

"It's a move up," Porchia said. "They've got a lot of competition up there. It's definitely going to make them better. I just can't wait to get up there and play everybody in that conference."

Cincinnati is the one school that continues to aggressively recruit him, despite his commitment. Has he had any second thoughts?

"No, I'm committed to Pitt," Porchia said quickly. "When I did that, I just thought that was a very good fit. I felt very comfortable there. I felt like it was a place I could be the next four or five years and get my degree."

Goins on the move

Linebacker Kenneth Goins (Baltimore/Gilman) said he'll take official visits to the two schools he's still considering, Syracuse and Tulane, in November or December. Admittedly, Goins said he doesn't know much about either one.

He has always been fond of playing tailback, but both schools are recruiting him to play defense. That's fine. He's not complaining.

"I think I'll play outside linebacker," he said. "I want to play running back, but it really doesn't matter."

Dave Hooker covers Southeast and Atlantic Coast recruiting. He has covered recruiting and college football for more than a decade. Email him at davehookerespn@gmail.com.

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