Saturday, March 24, 2012
Updated: March 26, 9:52 AM ET
IMG Madden 7-on-7 Day 1 notes
By Corey Long and Derek Tyson
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Winter Park (Fla.) High School quarterback Asiantii Woulard might be South Florida's top recruiter by the time signing day rolls around.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior committed to the Bulls earlier in the year and maintains a strong relationship with the coaching staff. And quite often the Bulls' staff takes recruiting advice from their future signal caller.
"They ask me about other players and stuff so I tell them the guys that I think are good," said Woulard, who was competing at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 Southeast Regional qualifying event. "The coaches know what they are doing but whenever they ask for my opinion I will throw it in."
Woulard is currently keeping his best recruiting efforts in house.
"I'm trying to get my teammate, Blake McClain, to USF with me," Woulard said. "I'd love for him to be part of the family."
Woulard will join his former top target at Winter Park, wide receiver D'Vario Montgomery, in Tampa at the end of the year. Woulard says he hasn't caught up with his former teammate but he expects to soon.
"Right now D'Vario is doing his thing so we haven't even talked about being teammates yet," Woulard said. "But I understand because I have to work with my current teammates and he's got to do what USF asks of him."
Not surprisingly, other programs continue to keep tabs on the talents dual-threat player.
"Syracuse is still talking to me and so is FIU, Florida State, Georgia Tech and a few other schools," Woulard added. "I still speak with other coaches, I'm going to take some visits.
"You don't want to limit your options."
Woulard was happy with his performance Saturday but upset he didn't get a chance to meet Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who made a quick appearance at the IMG 7-on-7 regional event.
"I wanted to meet him but he came up right after we starting playing," Woulard said. "He's my favorite quarterback and the player I model my game after.
"No one in the league can do what he does, especially at his size."
Ross talks Louisville offer
Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva safety Terrence Ross received his first scholarship offer from Louisville.
"It was an amazing feeling because I had just talked with Coach [Charlie] Strong," Ross said. "And I just think Louisville is a great program and a perfect fit for me because of the style of defense they play.
"I'm going to visit there over the summer and I can't wait to see what they are all about."
Ross, 6-2 and 190 pounds, says he's currently hearing from Florida, Temple and Ohio State the most and hopes to hear from his favorite program soon.
"I grew up a fan of Florida State and I went up there last year," Ross said. "It was amazing so I hope they invite me back to look around again."
Ross describes himself as an over-the-top safety but he "isn't afraid to take a lick."
"I do pretty much everything at Wekiva -- safety, cornerback, wide receiver, quarterback, everything," Ross added. "I had five touchdowns in the kick return game last season."
Ross said he's going to camp at Florida State over the summer and will try to get out to LSU and South Florida as well.
Leggett talks Clemson
There's little doubt that Navaree (Fla.) HS tight end Jordan Leggett is all about Clemson. After committing to the school, the 6-4, 245-pound junior admitted to going to a local sportswear store and buying up as much Clemson gear as possible to walk around the hallways of school.
"Everyone messes with me about it," Leggett said. "Some people probably think that's all the clothes I own now."
There's a downside to Leggett's unabashed support too.
"If the teachers get on me about something they say, 'You know you won't be able to get away with that at Clemson,'" Leggett said.
Still, he is unfazed by the jokes or the pressure he continues to receive from one in-state program.
"USF is talking to me hard still," Leggett said. "They send me mail and they hit me up on Facebook too."
"They want to get me down there again but I didn't have a real good time the first time I went. They didn't really focus on us too much and it was pretty impersonal. They didn't feed us or anything. It just didn't go well.
Leggett did say he does plan on taking some other trips as a senior and Louisville will definitely get an official visit.
Marvin wants more options
Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) HS cornerback John Marvin has offers from South Florida, Louisville, UCF, Florida International and Troy but still he feels like there are more opportunities out there.
"I definitely feel like I'm under the radar and I have to do more to get myself out there," Marvin said. "Being in the Panhandle is a little different than the rest of Florida because everyone looks to Miami and Orlando and the big cities first.
"So we have to get to the 7-on-7 events and as many camps and combines as possible."
Marvin says that he is talking to Minnesota and they are going to offer him soon. He is also hearing from Georgia Tech quite often.
Marvin will be heading to the Alabama spring game and will also participate in the summer camp at the school in hopes of drawing some attention from the Tide coaching staff.
"An offer from Alabama really changes everything," Marvin said. "Once you get that offer other schools can't ignore you because they are the champions."
Marvin has made the most of his trip to Bradenton this week by taking a closer look at two in-state programs.
"Yesterday I was at USF and we went to UCF this week as well," Marvin said. "I really like USF because of the coaching staff and how cool they are.
"UCF has a beautiful campus and, you know, a lot of real nice looking women. But that's at every Florida school."
McDonald wants to try safety
When Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic athlete Isaac McDonald committed to Clemson, he was recruited as a weakside linebacker with many feeling the 6-6, 190-pound junior could even grow into a defensive end.
But McDonald wants to stay in the backfield if that's possible.
"I could play anything on defense but I'm really a safety and I think the coaches at Clemson and around the nation will see that this year," McDonald said. "People look at me and say I'll be a defensive end but they've never seen me play so how would they know what I can do?
"With my height and length, I'm a different type of player at safety and I hope they give me the opportunity to show them that at Clemson."
McDonald said that his choice of Clemson, however, was not a football decision.
"It was an academic decision really," McDonald said. "It was a great academic fit for me. I try to tell everyone that football isn't forever and who knows when it will end so I am strictly thinking about academics first."
McQuay hearing from Notre Dame, Stanford
ESPNU Watch List safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) recently picked up an offer from Stanford and quickly moved the Cardinal near the top of his list of top schools.
"With the Stanford offer, they are definitely in my top ten," McQuay said. "I like their education plus they have an up-and-coming football team."
Florida has been McQuay's long-time leader, but he says there is another school that is trying to make a move.
"Notre Dame has been recruiting me the hardest," McQuay said. "I like Notre Dame. They have a lot of tradition and their coaching staff is pretty cool. At Florida, that was always my favorite team growing up. I like coach [Travaris] Robinson, he's young and energetic."
Benjamin close to committing to Gators?
Wide receiver Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Tech) visited Florida last weekend and enjoyed the visit so much he thought about committing to coach Will Muschamp. Benjamin decided to hold off on his pledge and instead he will take his time.
"I was thinking about committing," Benjamin said, "but I just felt like taking it easy and just wait. I just felt like it was way too early. I wanted to experience more before I made a commitment."
Thought he thought about committing to the Gators, Benjamin said he remains open and has no leader.
"I don't have really have any top schools," Benjamin said, "but I like Florida, Miami, USF, Vandy, and I like USC. Most likely I'll visit some other schools over the spring or summer, but I don't know where yet."
Scott garnering interest
Class of 2014 wide receiver Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) has started to see his recruitment pick up recently.
"I'm hearing from a lot of schools like LSU, Rutgers, Minnesota, Purdue and Ohio State, schools like that," Scott said. "I hear from them all the time. They talk to me all the time through my coach."
Scott, who tallied 1,154 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 54 receptions as a sophomore, said that he is planning to visit Miami, his child hood favorite team, as well as a few other in-state schools over the spring.
"I grew up a Miami fan," Scott said. "I'm going down to their spring game on April 14th. I'm going to see what's happening down there. I'll definitely visit FSU and then probably USF and FIU."
• Citra (Fla.) North Marion defensive backs Reggie Wilkerson was one of the more impressive performers on Day 1, grabbing three interceptions in one game and playing some tremendous man coverage. Wilkerson currently has offers from Clemson, Georgia, South Florida, South Carolina, Duke and several others.
• Miami Carol City quarterback Akeem Jones showed his acumen at quarterback for the South Florida Express for much of the day, but for a play the 6-3 junior decided to line up at wide receiver caught a 40-yard touchdown.
• Tampa Bay (Fla.) Tech wide receiver Richard Benjamin sat out the late games with a minor leg injury. Benjamin said he was sitting out for precautionary reasons and expects to be good for Sunday's elimination round.