Friday Night Lights might be the event of the summer as far as recruiting is concerned, but it’s the Monday after when things start to really get figured out. It’s the day in which Florida coaches sit down and start to evaluate the second half of the recruiting season. Offers are given out. Some silents are given the green light, while some kids who were on the outside looking in are still on the outside.
One prospect who turned a few heads at Florida’s June camp and was supposedly one of the top quarterback prospects at FNL is Tallahassee, North Florida Christian’s Clint Trickett. Forget that he’s the son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, he’s looking to move up on Florida’s short list of quarterbacks for 2010.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound gunslinger displayed one of the strongest arms in June and The Scout Leader got word that he was equally as impressive Friday. No offer has been given, but with the Monday meeting, anything could happen and it’s something Clint said he’d love to see happen.
“Obviously, it’d be huge (if Florida offered),” he said. “They’re the No. 1 team in the country, (defending) national champions and (they’re) on the verge of being a dynasty. I’d take a serious look at them. Of course, I’d be stupid if I didn’t, no matter what my dad’s situation is.
“(Quarterbacks) coach (Scot) Loeffler always told me that they’ll probably make a decision based on who does well at Friday Night Lights.”
As far as Clint’s father’s concerned, Rick said he wouldn’t be opposed to seeing his son wear the orange-and-blue.
“This is my dad,” he said. “He’s one of those hard-nosed guys that says, ‘If you like it, go there. Screw everyone else and whatever they think. You’re going to the best place for you and when you get there, try and beat me.’
“I’m not going to lie, that would be awesome to play against my dad. That would give us something to talk about over Christmas break.”
See “U” Later
Most prospects come to football camps to show off their talents. But Tavadis Glenn had other things in mind. The Jacksonville, Terry Parker offensive lineman, who committed to Miami back in April was kicked out of FNL for throwing up the Hurricane’s “U” sign during workouts.
Glenn told Rivals.com that he was upset for a bit about the incident but then brushed it aside. However, he did have some choice words for the Gators: “If we play them I’m going to make them pay.”
News and Notes
With the big recruiting meeting set for Monday, the relationship between a few prospects and Florida are bound to change. Some for the good. Some not so good. Here’s some names to look out for:
* Dominique Easley (Staten Island (NY) Curtis, DL) — Rumors spread that he might commit after FNL. He said via text message that he might Monday night after the coaches meet.
* Neiron Ball (Jackson, Ga., DE) — He’s another guy linked to rumors of a commitment. Monday should clear things up.
* Ace Sanders (Bradenton, Manatee, WR) — Was one of the fastest prospects on the field back in June and reportedly tore it up at FNL. He has no offer, but things could change Monday.
* Markeith Ambles (McDonough, Ga., Henry County, WR) — Off-the-field issues have clouded his recruitment, but Urban Meyer has a reputation for changing lives. Could be a long discussion among the coaches.
* Chris Dunkley (Pahokee, WR) — Some said he would commit at FNL, but he never did. He did the Gator chomp in The Swamp, but nothing more happened. Give it time …
* Jeff Luc (Port St. Lucie, Treasure Coast, LB) — Silent as a mouse about recruiting, but said Friday that Florida “has nothing to worry about” when asked about recruiting. He’s an early enrollee, so a decision could come before his high school season.
* Ronald Powell (Moreno Valley, Cali., Rancho Verde, DE) — Shined again while in Gainesville. Threw a Gator chomp with Dunkley and Luc. Planning to make a third trip to Gainesville this fall.
* Justin McCay (Shawnee, Kan., Bishop Miege, ATH) — Worked out at FNL and has Florida at the top with Oklahoma. Said he will take an official back to Gainesville in the fall.