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#20Strong: Weekly Recruiting Roundup, Postseason Week 2

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The postseason rolls on in Florida/Georgia and several #20Strong prospects are trying to lead their respective high schools to state glory.

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The high school football playoffs continued across both the Sunshine and Peach states last Friday and some #20Strong prospects helped their respective schools get to the next round while others saw their prep careers come to an end. As always, we’re here to track how they did.

In case you missed it, Daytona Beach Mainland prospect Taron Keith decommitted from the 2020 class just 24 hours after his team was eliminated from the postseason.

FHSAA 1A

Pahokee LB Frankie Burgess

Burgess was a driving force behind a dominant defensive effort from the Blue Devils as Pahokee rolled to a 28-14 victory over Hawthorne.

The #20Strong linebacker has three sacks and two fumble recoveries on the night, one of which resulted in a touchdown.

Burgess and the Blue Devils have advanced to the Region 4 finals where they will host Chiefland on Friday. The winner will advance to the Class 1A state semis to face either Madison County or Union County.

FHSAA 3A

Ocala Trinity Catholic OT Miller Merriweather-Lewis

The four-star OT’s senior year came to an end as his team fell 28-14 on the road at Pensacola Catholic on Friday.

FHSAA 4A

The Villages Charter DB Mac Harris

In VC’s second-round matchup with South Sumter, Harris tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to put the Buffalo on the board before being knocked out of the game with a left ankle injury.

As a result, South Sumter pulled away late for a 21-7 victory to eliminate The Villages from the 4A bracket.

FHSAA 5A

Plantation American Heritage OG Khristopher Love

Khris Love and his Patriots had zero problem dispatching of North Miami Beach in a 44-0 second-round beatdown last Friday.

This sets up a huge Region 4 final showdown with Miami Nortwestern, who won the 6A state championship last season. The winner of the South Florida showdown will advance to face either Jesuit or Lake Wales in the state semifinals.

Port Orange Atlantic LB Ty Berrong

Speaking of Lake Wales, they advanced by eliminating Ty Berrong’s Port Orange Atlantic ballclub 36-21. The three-star linebacker didn’t go down without a fight.

A few days later, he was recognized locally by being named the Daytona Beach QB Club’s Defensive Player of the Year.

FHSAA 6A

Tampa Gaither LB Chance Coleman

Down 20-13 in the fourth, Gaither rallied late to pull ahead of Clearwater for a 27-20 playoff victory.

As a result, Coleman and the top-seeded Cowboys advanced to the Region 2 finals where they will host Lake Minneola this Friday night. The winner will face either Pensacola Escambia or Jacksonville Lee in the Final Four.

Lake City Columbia QB Jordan Smith

Lake City Columbia WR Marquez Bell

Lake City Columbia LB Le’Vontae Camiel

The trio of Smith, Bell and Camiel had their seasons end in an epic defensive struggle, one that saw Jacksonville Lee triumph 6-3 in double OT on a gutsy fourth down pass that resulted in a game-winning touchdown.

Smith, the Tigers’ all-time leading passer, finished his senior season with 2,571 yards passing, 297 yards rushing and 32 total touchdowns with eight interceptions thrown. Bell had 1,055 yards receiving on 52 catches and 12 touchdowns. Camiel finished with 61 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles.

FHSAA 8A

Deerfield Beach CB Christopher Townsel

Townsel and the Bucks walloped Palm Beach Central 53-9 last Friday to advance to the Region 2 finals where they will travel to Vero Beach. The winner of that matchup will face either Davie Western or Miami Columbus in the 8A state semis.

GHSA 6A

Valdosta QB Tate Rodemaker

Rodemaker and his Wildcats opened the Class AAAAAA state playoffs in Georgia by dicing up Lakeside-Evans for an easy 45-9 first-round victory. The senior QB went 20-for-26 on the evening for 215 yards and five touchdowns.

Like we mentioned last week, his recruitment is starting to pick up with P5 schools starting to swarm in. It appears that he’ll be taking an official visit to Pitt for their regular season finale against Boston College.

In the meantime, Valdosta will be focusing their attention on this Friday when they will travel up to the Atlanta suburbs to face Region 7 champion John’s Creek. The winner will face either Richmond Hill or Lanier in the state quarterfinals.