Florida is normally a busy state for high school football activity this time of year but this weekend is especially packed as four major camps will be in the state.
For the most part, all eyes will be on Tampa as 50 ESPNU 150 Watch List members are participating in the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament at USF. Pool play is Saturday with the championship rounds scheduled for Sunday.
While some of the full teams won't be known until game time there are strong groups coming from all areas of the state and a few matchups and players that will be worth looking at:
South Florida Express secondary vs.
South Florida Blur offense
Rather than just single out one particular matchup from the team expect fireworks when the Express secondary led by Tracy Howard (Miramar, Fla./Miramar), Deon Bush (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus), Amos Leggett (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep), Willie Bailey (Hallandale, Fla./Hallandale) and Sojourn Shelton (Plantation, Fla./Plantation) goes up against the Blur offense led by Watch List members Angelo Jean-Louis (West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central), Jaime Wilson (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central), Fred McRae (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna), Herb Waters (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and Class of 2013 prospect Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day).
Adding to the fun of this matchup is the fact that both teams are comprised of the top players from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties which brings the element of personal pride and bragging rights. Both teams have remained relatively quiet regarding each other thus far but once competition begins expect a lot fun battles to develop.
Mario Pender, RB (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast)
Pender is expected to be part of a strong contingent from Southwest Florida -- an area that includes Fort Myers and Naples. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back has been committed to Florida State for around five months and could really establish himself as a breakout star with a strong performance this weekend.
Sony Michel, RB (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage)
It's hard to find a prospect that has built up the legacy that Michel has, despite having three years left in high school. The 5-10, 180-pounder has the opportunity to be considered a legendary prospect in Florida high school history before his time is done.
Marvin Bracy, WR (Orlando, Fla./Boone)
Bracy's appearance isn't confirmed yet because it is track season, but the 5-9, 165-pounder is one of the fastest high school football players in the nation this year. Early offers for Bracy include Miami, Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Diquan Jefferson, WR (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic)
Although he needs to put on a little weight, Jefferson will remind people of his older cousin, Kadron Boone (LSU), the way he runs routes and uses his 6-1 frame to block off defenders. Jefferson has some speed as well.
Sean Price, TE (Citra, Fla./North Marion)
In a potentially-strong year for tight ends in Florida, Price could turn out to be the best of the bunch. The 6-3, 215-pounder has solid receiving skills and is a big target. Florida, Miami, South Florida, Louisville, Michigan and Alabama are among his 20 offers.
Derrick Henry, RB (Yulee, Fla./Yulee)
With most of the attention going to Michel and Taylor, it's easy to forget Henry despite accumulating over 5,000 yards and 65 touchdowns during his freshman and sophomore seasons. The 6-2, 220-pounder has early offers from Florida State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky.
Nelson Agholor, ATH (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep)
If Agholor stays to his schedule, this will be one of the few events he competes in during the offseason. The 6-1, 170-pounder will play on both sides of the field and showcase his talents for the dozens of schools interested and wondering exactly where the best fit is for him.
Leon McQuay, DB (Seffner, Fla./Armwood)
There are few Class of 2013 prospects that have risen quicker than the 6-2, 170-pounder. A natural athlete, McQuay is an excellent soccer player and has successfully translated his footwork to becoming a versatile defensive back that can run with anyone. Florida, Vanderbilt and USF are his early offers.
The camps don't stop in Tampa as Saturday there is also an Elite 11 regional quarterback camp in Orlando at UCF followed by a Nike SPARQ combine on Sunday at Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.). Sunday, the Under Armour combines will be in Jacksonville at Skinner Barco Stadium.
Goodman settles in
It's going to be a very busy recruiting season for offensive lineman Evan Goodman (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland), who has already taken visits to Miami, Florida and Florida State and plans more real soon.
"I have a bunch of schools that have offered and are talking to me," Goodman said. "I'll probably just stay in state for spring break and take a bunch of visits over the summer."
Among the 6-3, 270-pounder's out-of-state offers are Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Louisville and Arizona State.
Arizona State might seem out of place in a very Southeast/East Coast-dominated list of offers but the Sun Devils have a slight advantage. Evan's older brother, Devin, signed with ASU in February and will head west over the summer.
"He is real happy with his choice and loves ASU," Evan Goodman said. "I'm sure he's going to tell me about it all the time and they will be in the discussion."
First time is a charm for Albury
For defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami, Fla./Northwestern) it just took one offer as the 6-0, 275-pounder gave a commitment to West Virginia. Albury will visit the campus during the summer.
"It's just the best place for me and a place I've really been interested in," Albury said.
The Mountaineers offered Albury last week but he was recently informed of the offer and committed soon after.
"I like the scheme they run, it's different and it's good for the linemen," Albury added. "I like everything about the program."
• Continuing the 7-on-7 trend of this weekend there will be an open tryout next Saturday (March 19) for players in the Tallahassee area. The selected members will compete in the national Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament in Alabama from April 29 to May 1.
• Defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins (St. Petersburg, Fla./Admiral Farragut) decided to stay close to home when he committed to USF this week. The 6-1, 185-pounder plays quarterback for his high school but was recruited as a safety to USF.
• Talented athlete Adrian Burton (Pompano Beach, Fla./Blanche Ely) recently received his first offer -- Indiana -- and then Northern Illinois jumped into the mix for the 5-10, 170-pounder the next day.
• Running back Danny Dilliard (Venice, Fla./Venice) is planning a visit to Kentucky this month. The 6-1, 205-pounder has offers from Purdue and Western Kentucky and has already visited Florida for one of its junior day events.
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at email@example.com.