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).
Dodge City CC WR Da’Quan Bailey-Brown
We begin this week in JuCo where despite Dodge City’s 0-2 record to start the season, receiver/return specialist Da’Quan Bailey-Brown has been impressive so far.
The Broward County product leads the Jayhawk Conference in receiving through two games with 13 receptions for 246 yards and two receiving touchdowns to go along with one rushing TD off a jet sweep.
Brown also had a ridiculous day on special teams in their season opener versus Independence on Aug. 24, combining for 193 total return yards and housing a punt. We’ve been told he reminds the staff of former Oklahoma all-everything standout Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, another Broward County native who just had a stellar debut for the Baltimore Ravens.
After a week off, Brown and the Conquistadors will return to action this Saturday when heading to Ellsworth CC.
Daytona Beach Mainland ATH Taron Keith
DeLand CB Ben Knox
USF verbal commits and cousins Taron Keith and Ben Knox opened the regular season against each other with Knox’s Bulldogs surviving a late rally from Keith’s Buccaneers for a 21-18 victory.
Down 21-3, Keith, who plays quarterback for the Bucs, brought his team back into the affair with a 59-yard touchdown pass and an eight-yard touchdown run that was followed by a successful two-point conversion attempt.
With time expiring, his final heave to the endzone was picked off by Mainland’s Alec Merchand, sealing the victory for DeLand.
After taking last Friday off (presumably cancellations from Hurricane Dorian), both teams will return to action with DeLand hosting Seminole and Mainland traveling to Pine Ridge.
The Villages Charter DB Mac Harris
Mac Harris’ Villages Charter Buffalos are 2-0 to start the season, stomping Lake Weir 42-19 in their opener on Aug. 23 before handling Tavares 38-18 on Aug. 29.
Mac Harris 45 yd TD run ... early 2nd, The Villages 10, Tavares 6— DCommercialSports (@DC__Sports) August 29, 2019
Also taking last week off, the three-star DB and his team will head south to battle Key West this Friday.
Dunnellon DB AJ Hamilton
Moving north from The Villages into Marion County, where AJ Hamilton and his Dunnellon Tigers are 3-0 to start the season.
After battering Williston and West Port for 38-8 and 37-10 wins, respectively, the central Florida product broke off a 45-yard touchdown reception on offense to help spark a 37-0 shutout of Crystal River last Saturday.
The week before, he and fellow Ocala-area verbal commit Miller Merriweather-Lewis were in attendance for the Wisconsin game.
Dunnellon will head to Vanguard in Ocala this Friday.
Plantation American Heritage OG Khristopher Love
Following a loss to nationally ranked Gonzaga College High School out of Washington D.C. the week prior, Love and his American Heritage Patriots bounced back with a 31-6 trucking of local rival Miramar.
Love and company will travel up I-95 to Jacksonville this Friday to take on powerhouse Trinity Christian Academy.
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