We’re back with another edition of our weekly recruiting roundup, where every week 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.
Wauchula Hardee OT Evan Webster
Following a 25-13 loss to North Marion, Evan Webster and his Hardee Wildcats got back into the win column by thrashing Avon Park 54-0 last Friday to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Webster is helping block for a run-heavy offensive attack that so far is averaging 174.8 rushing yards per game on 5.1 yards per carry.
Hardee begins District 5A-10 play this Friday when hosting Lake Region.
Tampa Gaither LB Chance Coleman
The hometown product and his Gaither Cowboys are ranked No. 4 in Class 6A after a 4-0 start that includes victories over Jefferson, Plant, Plant City and East Bay.
Through four games, the three-star linebacker prospect has 24 tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks. He’s also been effective as the team’s primary running back in their pass-heavy offensive attack, leading with 165 yards on 4.9 yards per carry and two touchdowns.
Gaither goes for it on 4th and 10 inside the East Bay 25-yard line and Jayden Mendez and goes 24 yards on a catch and run. Then Chance Coleman punches it in for a 1-yard TD scamper.— ᴊᴀᴋᴇ ᴘᴇʀᴘᴇʀ (@JakePerper) September 14, 2019
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East Bay 0@GaitherFootball @TBHomeTeam pic.twitter.com/mP5Lbb4oio
After resting up last week, Gaither will return to action on Friday when opening District 6A-6 action at home against Fivay.
Sarasota RB Brian Battie
Battie and his teammates had their early-season undefeated streak snapped last Friday night in a 21-13 loss to Port Charlotte.
Before the setback, Sarasota had thoroughly dominated each of their opponents in all three phases of the game, outscoring their foes 217-9 through their first four games. They made a statement on Friday the 13th with a 75-0 bludgeoning of Titusville. The USF verbal commit found the endzone three times during the blowout win.
Brian Battie runs it up the middle for a Sailor TOUCHDOWN! pic.twitter.com/eVsdapwmGi— Sarasota High School (@SarasotaHS) September 20, 2019
Before the Port Charlotte loss, Battie was averaging a ridiculous 15 yards per carry on the ground, racking up 629 yards and 11 touchdowns through four games. He and the Sailors will look to start District 7A-10 play off on the right foot on Friday when hosting Venice.
Gainesville DT Gentle Hunt
It’s been a really rough start to the regular season for Hunt and his 0-4 Gainesville Hurricanes, dropping their last two road games at Oakleaf and North Marion by a combined score of 78-12.
The #352 product has been coming through individually for the Canes defense. Through three listed games on MaxPreps, he leads the team with 23 yackles, four tackles for loss, 10 QB hurries, two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked punt.
Hunt will go head-to-head with some of his fellow #20Strong companions on Friday when the No. 1 Lake City Columbia trio of QB Jordan Smith, WR Marquez Bell and LB Le’Vontae Camiel invade Gainesville this Friday to kick off District 6A-2 action.
Port Orange Atlantic LB Ty Berrong
Moving to the Space Coast, Port Orange Atlantic is still undefeated after a 44-14 victory at Matanzas last Friday bumped them up to 4-0.
In the center of this has been three-star linebacker Ty Berrong, who’s been dishing out big hits for the Sharks defense so far.
Atlantic will host Rockledge to open District 5A-10 play on Friday.
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