Recruiting update


Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
  • FLORIDA: Jacksonville Jackson High School's D'Angelo McCray, a defensive end who is one of Rivals.com's top 100 prospects nationally, continues to confound the Gators and Seminoles.
    McCray (6 feet 4, 289 pounds) had committed to UF a while back before reopening his recruitment. Now he says he's down to three schools: Florida, FSU and Illinois.
    McCray, who is ranked fourth at his position and the No. 7 overall prospect in the Sunshine State by Rivals, was in Gainesville for the victory over Kentucky on Saturday and said he'll return this week for the Alabama game.
    He also has been to Tallahassee for a game this season.
    "I'm watching the game, watching it for fun and seeing what's going on with the players," McCray said. "Seeing if I fit in with what they're doing."
    The Illini would seem to be an odd fit, but McCray said he there's something about the coach at Illinois.
    "I like Ron Zook for some reason as a coach. He is high energy," McCray said of the former Gators coach. "That's the furthest one away, but I've got my visit coming up for them. That's going to be my first time (on an official visit). I'll see what they're about."
    McCray said the Gators have never dropped out of the mix for his services.
    "It seems like their program is moving along," McCray said. "All their guys seem athletic. I'm going to see how it plays out at the end of the season."
    McCray also said it's possible he could take visits to Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
    Garner (N.C.) safety Chris Culliver will visit Gainesville either this weekend or the weekend of the LSU game.
    The 6-foot, 188-pounder has the Gators in his top four, along with Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina State.
    Culliver is the nation's No. 6 safety prospect and is the No. 84 overall prospect. He originally committed to the Wolfpack.
    Defensive tackle Jarius Wynn of Georgia Military College, the nation's sixth-ranked junior college prospect, visited Gainesville unofficially during the weekend for the Gators' 26-7 victory against Kentucky. The 6-5, 275-pounder will visit Auburn next and also plans to set up a visit to South Carolina.
  • FLORIDA STATE: Washington (D.C.) Dunbar wide receiver Arrelious Benn has not decided if he will visit FSU.
    The 6-2, 210-pounder, the nation's No. 2 wide receiver prospect, visited Illinois this past weekend. Notre Dame and Maryland, along with the Seminoles and Fighting Illini, are among the serious contenders for Benn's services. Spartanburg (S.C.) Broome athlete Markish Jones says he will visit Florida State the weekend of Nov. 25.
    The 6-foot, 183-pounder says "it's 50-50" between the Seminoles and the in-state Clemson Tigers. He also visited East Carolina this past weekend and could set up visits to North Carolina and Tennessee.
    Jones is the nation's No. 48 athlete prospect and the No. 15 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina for this year's class.
  • MIAMI: Hurricanes defensive tackle commitment Chris Perry of Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge has set up official visits to Nebraska for the weekend of Nov. 4 and Oklahoma the weekend of Nov. 11.
    The 6-3, 319-pounder is the nation's No. 16 defensive tackle prospect and is the No. 22 prospect in the state of Texas.
    The Hurricanes are showing interest in Dodge City (Kan.) Community College wide receiver Kenard Burton.
    The 5-9, 175-pounder also is getting serious attention from Kansas State and has set an official visit with the Wildcats for the weekend of Dec. 1.
    Hurricanes running back commit Craig Cooper of New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy is rated as the nation's top overall prep school prospect. Cooper signed with the 'Canes out of Memphis Melrose High in last year's class.
    Player spotlight Deonte Thompson, Belle Glade Glades Central
    A speedy deep threat, Thompson's lofty ranking has a lot to do with his game-breaking ability. Though not the biggest receiver in the country, Thompson can turn a quick slant or a screen into a score in the blink of an eye.
    Scholarship offers have come in from all over the Southeast and the rest of the country. Schools such as Florida, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Southern Cal are hot on Thompson's trail. He caught 35 balls for 764 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and is off to a big start this year. Thompson is rated as the nation's No. 4 wide receiver prospect.
    - John Talman

    Who am I? I'm a Tampa native who lettered in football, basketball and track at Leto High School. ... I was a three-year starter at wide receiver at Ohio State, where I'm third on the all-time receptions list. ... I was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2004 and still play for them, catching passes from Mike Vick. ... Who am I?
    Last week's answer: Rashean Mathis.
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