Rivals.com Recruiting Update

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 11:06 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 11:06 a.m.
  • FLORIDA: City College of San Francisco linebacker Larry Grant will not be heading to Florida after all.
    Florida coaches told the junior college transfer to look at other schools after he did not have all the credits needed to qualify in the SEC.
    Grant earned his associate's degree but does not have the math credit he needs to go to Florida "I'm not going to be able to go to Florida," Grant said. "They needed me to pass that math test to be a Gator, and I wasn't able to make it."
    He could look at Ohio State and Texas A&M instead.
    Grant's situation is similar to linebacker Lance Mitchell, who also came from City College of San Francisco.
    When Mitchell signed with Florida in 2002, he did not have an English credit required by the Southeastern Conference. He transferred to Oklahoma and became an All-Big 12 first-team linebacker.
  • FLORIDA STATE: Alcoa, Tenn., defensive end/tight end Brandon Warren, one of Florida State's top recruits, will make sure the Seminoles coaches sweat a little before National Signing Day.
    Warren, a five-star Rivals100 member, will take a visit to Tennessee despite a commitment to Florida State.
    Warren was scheduled to visit the Seminoles on Jan. 27, the last weekend before signing day, but moved his visit to Tennessee to that date.
    The visit with the Seminoles, to whom he has been committed since July, was moved up to Jan. 20.
    "Tennessee has put a lot of pressure (on me) and my family has also," said Warren, the country's No. 20 recruit. "I'm going to have to take some time with it."
    Quarterback Drew Weatherford and running back Lorenzo Booker will be hosts to Warren during his visit.
    Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County defensive end Kevin McNeil committed to Florida State during the weekend and plans to cancel his upcoming official visit to Georgia.
    McNeil (6-3, 235) is a three-star recruit.
    "I was going to give some other schools a look but Florida State is closer to home," McNeil said. "I always wanted to play here since they were my favorite team growing up."
    Two sacks in the CaliFlorida Bowl turned out to be a good way for Sanford Seminole defensive lineman Doug Thacker to garner some in-state attention.
    He committed to Virginia Tech in November, but the three-star recruit received a scholarship offer from Florida State after the CaliFlorida Bowl.
    After an official visit to FSU last weekend, he's torn between the Seminoles and the Hokies.
    "I'm 50-50 right now," Thacker said. "It's pretty much going to come down to where I feel at home at." Thacker expects in-home visits from FSU coach Bobby Bowden and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer this week.
  • MIAMI: Miami might have a wild card in the pursuit of Rivals250 wide receiver Preston Parker.
    The Hurricanes have shown recent interest in Parker's godbrother and teammate at Delray Beach Atlantic, Jamelle Murray.
    If Miami offers Murray a scholarship, he said he would commit to the Hurricanes. If that happens, Parker could soon follow.
    "I would go there if he goes there," Parker said.
    Parker has official visits scheduled to Miami and Florida State during the next two weeks.
    Marrero (La.) John Ehret wide receiver Chris Mitchell is divided between the local favorite LSU and childhood favorite Miami.
    Mitchell, a four-star prospect, will visit both over the next two weeks.
    "I want early playing time, and I like that Miami has small classes," Mitchell said. "I always grew up around the Tigers, but Miami, that's where I always dreamed of going."
    For a high school outside linebacker, Craig Stevens has quite the frame at 6-3, 210 pounds.
    His speed and athleticism also make him a heavily recruited prospect and a deserving candidate for his four-star ranking. Stevens, a member of the Rivals250, is rated as the No. 16 outside linebacker in the country.
    He has hauled in scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland and UCLA. He finished his senior season with 113 tackles including 61 solo stops and five sacks. It's looking like a battle between rivals Alabama and Auburn for his services.
    - John Talman Craig Stevens, Tallahassee Lincoln At Sunrise Dillard, I was an all-state wide receiver in 2000 and led the basketball team to the 1999 state title. At Ohio State, I started at wide receiver and cornerback while returning kicks and punts. I was a member of the 2002 Buckeyes team that won the national championship. I was selected in the first round of the 2004 draft by Carolina ... Who am I?
    Last week's answer: Alex Brown.
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