It's another edition of our weekly recruiting roundup, where we check in with a handful of USF's Class of 2018 verbal commits (because it would take way too long to hit them all).
For some #Stampede18 prep stars, the season is over and the focus has turned finalizing their official visits before the December and February signing periods this winter. For others, the playoff grind begins as they try to help their respective teams reach their state championship game in Camping World Stadium in Orlando or Mercedes1Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Let's dive in:
-Three-star Atlanta Carver quarterback Octavious Battle and his Panthers closed the regular season with a 41-12 victory over Decatur last Friday, but that's not the story here. Look at this run and how he stiff arms this kid into oblivion at the end.
Somebody tell him Iiiiiiiii lift pic.twitter.com/PCfGzdRytj— R.I.P Grandma (@NSC_Qb1) November 5, 2017
Had to show him that we lift on Monday so he had to feel it on that friday night— R.I.P Grandma (@NSC_Qb1) November 5, 2017
The ATL product finished the regular season with just under 2,400 yards and 17 touchdowns passing, plus nearly 600 yards rushing. Carver will open up round one of the Class AAAAA state playoffs versus Columbia on Friday.
-We had a bit of future Bull on future Bull(s) crime in the Florida state capital last Friday.
Three-star Tallahassee Godby defensive end Trey Laing and his brother, 2019 verbal commit Kyler, had their perfect season ruined in a 20-19 loss to rival Lincoln courtest of a last-second Hail Mary: Who brought down the game-winning catch, you ask? Why none other than a 2019 USF verbal commit, tight end Kamari Morales.
The Laing brothers, who combined for 25.5 sacks throughout the regular season, will try to shake off the loss when they host Ponte Vedra this Friday for round one of the Class 5A state playoffs. Morales and Lincoln will travel to Lake City Columbia for the first round of the Class 7A playoffs.
-Moving further west on I-10, three-star Pensacola West Florida Tech safety Keyon Helton helped his team close the regular season with a 42-0 beating of Booker T. Washington High,
He finished the regular season leading the team defensively with 83 tackles and two interceptions. Offensively, he racked up 652 yards receiving, 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Helton and his Jaguars will open the Class 5A state playoffs versus Rickards on Saturday.
-Rough way to end the regular season for three-star Chiefland running back Brian Norris Jr. He and his Indians were dominated by Williston, 56-14.
Not to read too much into Twitter posts, but perhaps this indicates that he could possibly be an early signee come December:
-Three-star Okeechobee athlete Jajuan Cherry got to finish the year on a positive note as he and his Brahmans defeated Clewiston 20-16 least Friday.
The 863 product's prep career isn't totally over with. He was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Game in New Orleans on December 30.
-Last Friday, three-star Jacksonville Bartram Trail offensive guard Brad Cecil helped clear the paths for the Bears' 56-21 victory over Nease (where some minor league baseball player named Tim Tebow went to high school apparently).
BT will host East Ridge for round one of the Class 7A state playoffs on Friday.
-Two-star Tampa Sickles athlete Jontrey Hunter closed out the regular season a few weeks ago with a 28-7 loss to Berkeley Prep.
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