May 10, 2007

NOTES: Four top Fla. and S.C. schools to face off?

Sources say that it's a "95 percent done deal" that Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast and Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington will participate in a doubleheader against two teams from South Carolina, Moncks Corner Berkeley and Summerville, during the weekend of Aug. 24 in the Charleston, S.C., area.

First Coast is expected to play Berkeley while Summerville will take on Booker T. Washington. The games are expected to be televised by one of the ESPN channels.

Booker T. Washington annually is one of the top talent-producing programs in South Florida. Cornerback Brandon Harris is one of the top prospects at his position in the Miami area in this year's class.

Speedy wide receiver Davon Johnson and Auburn receiver commit Theron Collier catch passes from standout quarterback Sancho McDonald

The game will feature an interesting matchup between Harris and wide receiver A.J. Green, one of the top overall prospects in the country, leads the Summerville offense, along with quarterback Reid McCollum.

Green, who made an early verbal commitment to Georgia, has been regarded as one of the best players in the Palmetto State since his freshman season.

McCollum, who was named the quarterback MVP of the Athens NIKE Camp, is getting looks from a number of programs, including South Carolina and Wake Forest.

First Coast features multiple Division I-A prospects. Florida State linebacker commit Nigel Carr and running back commit Jermaine Thomas, South Carolina linebacker commit [db]Shaq Wilson, wide receiver Avis Commack (offers from Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and others), linebacker Leandre Lance (South Florida offer, among others), defensive back Trey Mallory (offers from Cincinnati and Memphis) and defensive end Gary Tinsley (offer from Arkansas) highlight the Bucs roster.

Berkeley annually is one of the top programs in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and features dynamic all-purpose running back Andre Ellington. Ellington holds offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Kentucky and Maryland and had more than 1,600 yards rushing last season.

Noles making a run at Sabino

Led by the efforts of new linebackers coach Chuck Amato, Florida State has started to turn the heat up on Miami Krop linebacker Etienne Sabino.

"They are pushing real hard right now," he said. "I am interested in hearing what they have to offer."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder continues to hear from most of the country. He is a pre-evaluation Rivals100 selection.

Wells to trim list next week

Gainesville (Ga.) defensive end prospect Keith Wells is expected to trim his list of schools to eight within the next 1-2 weeks. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder has seen his recruitment explode during the last month as multiple scholarship offers have rolled in, including Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee and others.

Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee, along with Notre Dame are projected to make the cut, but Wells remains wide open with regards to his college decision.

This, that and the other…

Boston College and South Carolina are the latest scholarship offers for pre-evaluation Rivals100 offensive tackle Greg Shaw of Miami Pace. "I am interested in both, really," Pace said. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder now has close to 25 offers to his credit. …UConn plans to check on Orlando (Fla.) Freedom linebacker Scott Crumbly this spring.

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