IMG Madden 7-on-7 Day 2 notes
BRADENTON, Fla. -- When Orlando (Fla.) Evans wide receiver Tony Stevens visited Florida State, he loved everything.
He loved the campus, enjoyed his time with the coaching staff and seeing Doak Campbell Stadium. He was also impressed with the training facilities and the practice fields.
"Oh did they feed us well, the food was so good," Stevens said. "They had everything on a buffet line like ribs, steak, chicken, vegetables, cakes, cookies ... it was incredible."
Sometimes the quickest way to a top recruit's heart is through his stomach. After seeing the spread, Stevens knew that this wasn't going to be any normal junior day.
"I thought it was going to just be a regular junior day and I was going to see the campus and think about what I liked about it," Stevens said. "But once I got there it was a great experience and I loved everything.
"I felt like it was the perfect fit and I really didn't need to see anything else."
Stevens said that talking with head coach Jimbo Fisher was very refreshing and made it easy to commit to the Seminoles.
"Coach Fisher is a very up front, he doesn't hide anything from you," Stevens said. "I generally talked with Coach [Rick] Trickett and Coach [Lawrence] Dawsey but all three coaches were in the room when I committed and they just started doing the chop."
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior averaged over 20 yards per catch as a junior and believes he can be a game changer in the Seminoles' offense.
"I like the offense, it's a pro-style offense and they spread the ball around," Stevens said. "The coaches know how to teach separation and design plays that get you open. It's a great scheme."
Stevens says that Ohio State, Florida and Alabama keep in touch with him but he is fully committed to the Seminoles and working to help recruit other players to be part of his class.
Although his recruiting profile was raised after his highlight tape was released in December, Stevens has tried to stay low key and keep true to the promises he made his coaches and teammates at Evans.
"The commitment to FSU wasn't going to change me," Stevens said. "I'm still the same Tony Stevens that goes to Evans High School and wants to work hard on the field and in the classroom."
Wikerson enjoys "quiet" dayAfter recording several interceptions during yesterday's positioning round, Citra (Fla.) North Marion defensive back Reggie Wilkerson didn't have as much activity today.
"Guys weren't throwing my way as much," Wilkerson said. "I'm not really sure why.
"Seriously it was a fun day yesterday and I'm just happy to be out here competing with a lot of these great players."
Wilkerson admits he's kept things pretty quiet on the recruiting front. He went to Florida's junior day to see his cousin and former teammate Latroy Pittman and plans to head back to Florida for their spring game.
The summer will get much busier for Wilkerson as he expects to travel to some out-of-state programs.
"I'm definitely going to Clemson and Georgia," Wilkerson said. "I want to see what those two programs are about and really hang with the coaches.
"I might do the camps as well. We'll see what happens."
2014 LB receiving interest from big-time programsTampa (Fla.) Jesuit sophomore linebacker Vincent Jackson has started to see his recruitment really heat up recently, highlighted by an offer from Miami.
"I'm hearing from schools like Michigan State and I was just offered by Miami like two weeks ago," Jackson said. "I have offers from Miami, UCF, Notre Dame, USF, Cincinnati, Purdue and Mississippi State."
In-state powers Florida and Florida State have expressed interest, but neither school has extended an offer so far.
"Florida is like one of my favorite schools, I always talk to them," Jackson said. "I hear from Florida State but not as much as everyone else."
Jackson said he talks to Florida tight ends coach Derek Lewis on a regular basis.
"They like me already, but I know I still need to work on some things still," Jackson said. "Coach Lewis and I have a good relationship already.
Jesuit coach James Harrell is a graduate of Florida and Jackson said his coach is not shy when talking about the Gators.
"He tries to persuade me to go to Florida," Jackson said, "he likes Florida a lot."
DE Sherit talks about who's standing outESPNU Watch List defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) said some schools are starting to stand out more than others.
"I like talking to Notre Dame, Stanford, Miami, Oklahoma, USF as well, because they are really making that extra effort to keep in touch with me," Sherit said.
Though Sherit singled out schools he is interested in the most, he also added that he will take some other visits over the spring and summer.
"I'm going to head to the Vanderbilt spring game," he said. "I wanted to go see Auburn and Georgia Tech but plans fell through, but I still want to go see them over the summer."
Sherit said he hasn't heard from in-state school Florida State, but Florida has shown him interest without extending an offer so far.
"Coach [Derek] Lewis says they like what they see out of me and an offer is forthcoming, but they want to see me at a camp and see what I can do."
Sherit said he has not timetable for his decision.
White finds success in changeGroveland (Fla.) South Lake wide receiver Kris White participated in many 7-on-7 events last year as a quarterback, but this year he returned with his Central Florida Top Recruits team as a wide receiver.
And already the move has paid off for the 6-2, 210-pound junior.
"I've already received an offer as a wide receiver from Kent State," White said. "And right now South Florida, Temple and Northwestern are very interested as well as several Ivy League programs."
White said the move was natural and he expects to excel at the position.
"I've always felt more comfortable at wide receiver because that's what I did when I was younger," White said. "I can help my team more at the position."
Michel close to returnClass of 2014 running back prospect Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) was in attendance to celebrate South Florida Express Elite's victory in the tournament.
However, the 5-10, 190-pound sophomore still hasn't returned to action and says he's about 85 percent recovered from a torn ACL.
"Every day things are getting better and getting easier," Michel said. "It's tough to not compete today but I'll try to be available for the national tournament."
Michel will be a conditional participant in American Heritage's spring practice.
"I will probably be on the sidelines working on agility training and cutting but not doing too much with the actual practices," Michel said. "Right now everything is on schedule to return to the field by the start of the season."
Quick hits• Miami Carol City quarterback Akeem Jones was named tournament MVP as South Florida Express Elite defeated Team Tampa, 25-8, in the tournament final. Jones, a 6-2, 180-pound junior, said that several programs are going to come in during the spring to get a closer look. "West Virginia has reached out along with Florida and Florida State," Jones said. "They are going to come here in the spring to watch me. FIU and Marshall have reached out as well."
• Seffner (Fla.) Armwood wide receiver Alvin Bailey returned to Team Tampa today after visiting Florida State for a track meet yesterday. "I really enjoyed my trip to FSU but I left my track uniform at home," Bailey said. "I didn't see as much as I would have liked but I'm going to try to get back there."
• Hialeah (Fla.) HS athlete George Williams had a solid two days playing for the South Florida Football Fire. The 6-foot, 220-pound junior has offers from Auburn, Miami, FIU, Ole Miss, West Virginia and several others. "I have no real leaders right now and I'll probably think about for a while," Williams said. "I'm not sure if I want to stay in state or see something different. It might be nice to get away from this area for a while."
• Florida linebacker commit Quinton Powell went down with a groin injury early in he day, but was able to come back and participate in later games.
• Watch List safety Vernon Hargreaves III might have been the player of he day on Sunday. Hargreaves picked off several passes and overall was dominant on the defensive side of the ball for the Tampa 7-on-7 team.