We’re back with another edition of our weekly recruiting roundup, where we drop in on a handful of USF’s Class of 2020 prospects and see how they’re doing during their senior seasons in high school (or final year in JuCo).
ICYMI, USF picked up two verbals last week in three-star CB Christopher Townsel out of powerhouse Deerfield Beach and LB Frankie Burgess out of Pahokee.
Dodge City CC WR Da’Quan Bailey-Brown
Dodge City is struggling in the Jayhawk Conference this season, falling to 0-5 with a 37-7 loss to Iowa Western on Saturday. WR Da’Quan Bailey-Brown had himself a solid day however, hauling in three catches for 75 yards and the Conquistadors’ lone touchdown of the outing.
At the midway point of the campaign, the Broward product has 21 receptions for 351 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also been very effective on special teams, averaging 23.75 yards per kick return and has a punt return touchdown to his credit.
Bailey-Brown and the Conqs will look to break into the win this Saturday when heading to 1-5 Coffeyville.
Daytona Beach Mainland ATH Taron Keith
Coming off a 22-20 loss to Seminole the week prior, Taron Keith and his Mainland Buccaneers took their frustrations out in their District 6A-4 opener last Friday, destroying Deltona 49-0. The USF commit threw two touchdowns in the blowout victory.
Mainland’s next challenge will come on Friday when heading to Cocoa.
DeLand CB Ben Knox
Staying in the Daytona area, Keith’s cousin Ben Knox and his DeLand Bulldogs improved to 3-1 on the year with a 26-14 over Spruce Creek on Friday to open District 8A-2 play on Friday. Knox snagged an interception in the win.
Knox and company will try to keep the momentum rolling when visiting Viera on Friday.
The Villages Charter DB Mac Harris
Ocala Trinity Catholic OT Miller Merriweather-Lewis
Moving west into the Ocala area, two #20Strong prospects did battle on Friday as Mac Harris’ Villages Charter squad handed Miller Merriweather-Lewis’ Trinity Catholic ballclub their first loss of the season in a 17-6 slugfest.
Harris and the Buffaloes will head to Crystal River this Friday. Meanwhile, Lewis and the Celtics will try to get back into the win column when going on the road to Fort White.
Dunnellon DB AJ Hamilton
Staying in the area, AJ Hamilton and his Dunnellon Tigers are now 6-0 after bulldozing Belleview for a 58-7 beatdown on Friday. The Tiger defense accounted for five takeaways and three scores in the victory.
Dunnellon will have this Friday off, giving them both a breather and an extra week to prepare for 5-1 Madison County on Oct. 11.
Plantation American Heritage OG Khristopher Love
Khristopher Love and his American Heritage Patriots have rattled off three straight wins, the latest being a 31-8 thrashing of District 5A-15 foe North Miami Beach on Friday when the defense came away with six INT’s.
The OG is helping guide a balanced Pats offensive attack that is averaging 114.4 rushing yards a game on 5.4 yards per carry.
American Heritage will head to Ft. Lauderdale to play Cardinal Gibbons on Friday.
@khrislove1, O Lineman for @AHSPatriots_FB and @USFFootball commit, loosens up before his Patriots open Dist 15-5A play at home against @NMBHigh. Kickoff in 20 minutes. @SSHighSchools pic.twitter.com/pAndhn2Gdy— Tim Dwyer (@thetimdwyer) September 27, 2019
2020 Verbal Commits
- Tampa Gaither LB Chance Coleman
- Braden River RB Brian Battie
- Gainesville DT Gentle Hunt
- Lake City Columbia QB Jordan Smith
- OT Miller Merriweather-Lewis, WR Da’Quan Bailey-Brown, ATH Marquez Bell, LB Le’Vontae Camiel
- Daytona Beach Mainland RB Taron Keith and DeLand CB Ben Knox
- Valdosta High School QB Tate Rodemaker
- The Villages Charter School DB Mac Harris
- Dunnelon DB AJ Hamilton
- Ft. Lauderdale American Heritage OG Khristopher Love
- Port Orange Atlantic LB Ty Berrong
- Wauchula OT Evan Webster
- Deerfield Beach CB Christopher Townsel
- Pahokee LB Frankie Burgess