We’re back with another edition of our weekly recruiting roundup, where we drop in a handful of USF’s Class of 2020 prospects and see how they’re doing during their senior seasons in high school.
Tampa Gaither LB Chance Coleman
We start this week in the 813 where Chance Coleman and his Gaither Cowboys improved to 7-0 on the season last Friday night with a 40-0 beatdown of Land O’Lakes.
The LB/RB Coleman made the most of his two carries on offense, breaking off respective touchdown runs of 20 and 84 yards in the blowout victory.
#USF commit Chance Coleman explodes for an 84 yard td run..xp Mintzer.. Gaither 33 Land O Lakes 0 ..8:02 2nd q @TBHomeTeam— Rick Cantor (@Rickcantor76) October 12, 2019
The victory clinched Gaither it’s first district championship since 2012 and they currently hold the top spot in this week’s FHSAA’s Region 2 rankings where they are projected to enter the Class 6A playoffs as a No. 1 seed. (Ed. note: I have no idea how these FHSAA power rankings work).
Individually, the USF commit is continuing to fill up the stat sheets on both sides of the football. On the ground, he leads the team in rushing with 389 yards on 49 carries (7.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns while on defense, he’s totaled 37 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and one forced fumble.
The Cowboys will head to Tampa Bay Tech this Friday.
Sarasota RB Brian Battie
Sarasota’s season has dipped since we last checked in with Brian Battie three weeks ago as the Sailors have dropped two of their last three ballgames.
The 941 product returned a touchdown for his team’s lone score in a 42-7 drubbing at the hands of Venice on Sep. 27 and they were most recently ripped for a 52-17 blowout loss at Manatee last Friday. Sandwiched in between the beatdowns was a 24-7 victory over Southeast in Bradenton.
The Sailors have this Friday off and will return to action next week when hosting Lakewood Ranch.
Port Orange Atlantic LB Ty Berrong
Berrong and his Atlantic Sharks have also hit a rough patch as of late, falling for the second time in three games last Friday with a 21-17 loss to Eau Gallie out of Melbourne.
The touted three-star linebacker still appears to be living in the backfield though...
Startin out right! @Berrong178 @berrong_ty pic.twitter.com/rsM2Cz1eRg— Shelly Linehan Berrong (@LinehanShelly) October 11, 2019
Atlantic will try to get back into the win column on Friday when hosting Merritt Island.
Wauchula Hardee OT Evan Webster
Webster and his Hardee Wildcats were up 17-14 at one point in the District 5A-10 home battle with Lake Wales last Friday but the Highlanders managed to rattle off 21 unanswered points to hand them a 35-17 loss.
The Wildcats have leaned heavily on the run this season with a committee of running backs combining for over 1,100 yards on 5.3 yards per carry.
At 3-4, Webster and his teammates will look to get back to .500 this Friday when heading to Mulberry.
Pahokee LB Frankie Burgess
Continuing the trend of struggles for this week’s batch of #20Strong prospects, things have not been going well for Burgess’ Pahokee Blue Devils as of late.
The famed Muck City program have been blown out in three straight contests, including a 43-7 thumping by south Florida power Chaminade-Madonna last Friday night.
Pahokee will try to pick up their second win of the season this Friday when hosting Seminole Ridge.
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