It’s here, ladies and gentlemen. Florida high school football has officially begun. Forget about those boring, sloppy kickoff classics. It’s time for the big boys to play big-time football, and tonight is set to be a doozy.
Hundreds of games will be played tonight, but there are two games that I’m especially geeked up about because of the recruiting value in both.
First, we have Glades Central at Dwyer. Money. Where do I begin with this one? Dwyer sports Gator commits Matt Elam and Gerald Christian. Elam could be the best safety prospect in the country, while Christian is a top-notch tight end and defensive end. The Panthers also have West Virginia wide receiver commit Robert Clark. A couple of Glades Central players to watch for are defensive back Travis Bell and athlete Greg Dent.
Last year, Glades Central got the better of Dwyer, winning in a 6-0 nail-biter.
The next game that’s got me wishing that Gainesville were much closer to south Florida is Atlantic at Pahokee. Pahokee is headlined by receiver Chris Dunkley (stop drooling Gator fans), defensive tackle Richard Ash (wasn’t he supposed to commit to Florida at some point?) and Florida State receiver commit De’Joshua Johnson (who hates Florida’s spread). Atlantic’s got Ohio State receiver commit James Louis. Gator fans will certainly not forget how Louis committed, then couldn’t commit, then gave Ohio State his verbal. There are a couple of other FBS commitments as well in running back Donnell Kirkwood (Minnesota) and quarterback Mark Leal (Virginia Tech). Whew, that’s a lot of talent on one field.
I’m curious to see how the Dunkley-Louis saga continues. Word is that Louis’ commitment was rejected by Florida because Dunk isn’t the best of friends with Louis. Man, I wish they played opposite each other.
If Florida is lucky, and I certainly think it is, three very talented future Gators will be showcasing their stuff tonight in two games that will no doubt be great to watch.