Who will be at Friday Night Lights?


The big day is finally here. The most exciting summer camp on a college campus has arrived as Florida’s Friday Night Lights will take place tonight insider The Swamp.

Top prospects from all over the country have been invited to showcase their skills and go head-to-head with each other. Every year seems to draw plenty of excitement from the big names wandering around The Swamp and the intense play on Florida Field.

There are usually a few surprises, and couple of commitments, which makes Friday Night Lights arguably the premier football camp each summer.

Some names will most likely disappear, while others will magically appear before FNL officially begins. Here is a list of prospects I expect to be on hand tonight. This is not an official list of any sort, just an idea of who I think will be there after a little research, some phone calls and a ton of screen mashing to send out as many text messages my Droid could muster.

Like every year, tonight should be fun for all the recruiting nerds out there.

Phillip Ely (6-1, 186) Tampa Plant
Kevin Sousa (6-4, 235) Orlando Lake Nona (Michigan)
Gray Crow (6-3, 220) Clearwater Countryside (2012)

Running backs
James Wilder (6-2, 219) Tampa Plant
Mike Blakely (5-9, 195) Bradenton Manatee
Jarius Pace (6-1, 200) Orlando Olympia
Jameel Poteat (5-11, 195) Harrisburg, Penn., Bishop McDevitt
Matt Jones (6-2, 200) Seffner Armwood (2012)

Wide receivers
Ja’Juan Story (6-3, 190) Brooksville Nature Coast (Florida)
Javares McRoy (5-9, 170) Lakeland (Florida)
Carlos Carvajal (6-7, 215) Hialeah
Damiere Byrd (5-9, 165) Erial, N.J., Timber Creek
Davonte Allen (6-0, 180) Belle Glade Glades Day
T.J. Worthy (6’2 180) Gadsden City, Ala.
Quenton Bundrage (6-2, 170) Bradenton Manatee
Devin Clarke (5-10, 165) Seabring
Latroy Pittman (6-1, 185) Citra North Marion (2012)
Patrick Harris (6-0, 160) Groveland Southlake (2012)

Tight ends
A.C. Leonard (6-2, 232) Jacksonville University Christian School (Florida)
Nick O’Leary (6-4, 215) West Palm Beach Dwyer
Brandon Fulse (6-5, 240) Fort Meade

Offensive linemen
Trip Thurman (6-6, 302) Dover, Del. (Florida)
Marcus Jackson (6-4, 318) Vero Beach (Miami)
Cameron Clear (6-7, 270) Memphis, Tenn.
Giorgio Newberry (6-6, 255) Fort Peirce Central

Defensive linemen
Jeoffrey Pagan (6-4, 250) Asheville, N.C. (Florida)
Curt Maggitt (6-3, 210) West Palm Beach Dwyer
Aaron Lynch (6-6, 250) Cape Coral
Anthony Rabasa (6-3, 235) Miami Columbus
Giovani Francois (6-2, 230) Bradenton Southeast

Ryan Shazier (6-3, 205) Plantation (Florida)
A.J. Johnson (6-3, 226) Gainesville, Ga.
Kent Turene (6-3, 230) Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson
Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 200) Groveland Southlake
Gionni Paul (6-1, 215) Lakeland Kathleen Senior

Defensive backs
De’Ante Saunders (6-0, 180) Deland (Florida)
Nick Waisome (5-10, 171) Groveland Southlake
Marcus Roberson (6-1, 170) Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Loucheiz Purifoy (6-0, 185) Pensacola Pine Forest
Chris Johnson (5-10, 203) Ocala Trinity Catholic
Ahmad Christian (5-10, 190) Jacksonville Trinity Christian
Jamie Byrd (6-0, 180) Dade City Pasco


  1. Thanks. I saw on another site yesterday that WR Benjamin from S. Florida said he would like to be at FNL, and favored UF, but he was playing in a 7on7 this weekend. Can you get us an update on how the players in attendance are leaning?

  2. Jernigan was at a 7on7 also, but from what I see on the St. Pete times site Wilder spent some extra time in Tallahassee…
    I was at the USF 7on7 this weekend where about 40 teams showed up, several with split squads. Abscent were some of the area’s top teams, Lakeland, Armwood, and Manatee. Present were local powers Jefferson and Plant, minus starters QB Ely and RB Wilder. The tournament was very well run by USF, but no team rosters were handed out so please excuse any name misspellings.
    Jefferson HS won the event, beating a surprisingly strong 1A Ft. Meade team in the finals. Ft Meade HS jumped out to a 12-0 lead, thanks to two early INTs, but Jefferson settled down and came back for a ten point win. Jefferson looked to have the best QB in the tournament in Quinton Williams as well as the best overall recieving corp. Ft. Meade earned their way into the top game with good athletes and strong defensive play.
    Plant HS, lead by backup QB Nick Sanders, a 6’1″ SR and Honor Student, made it to the semi-finals where they lost to Jefferson by a score. Sanders looked to be one of the top QBs in the tournament, making most of his throws and with good accuracy.
    Land O Lakes HS was the other semi-finalist, and was also missing their starting QB, Steve Weatherford. Backup QB Byrd, a 6′ JR showed well with touch and accuracy.
    Another team that showed well was Wharton HS, lead by 6’1″ lefty QB Brian Hatter. They also possesed the other standout reciever corp, and WR Williams was one of the stars of the tournament.
    Play took place on up to ten fields at once so it was impossible to see everyone, but Palm Harbor QB Wilke and Naples HS QB Carlyle had two of the better arms.