UPDATE: Marvin Bracy commits to FSU, citing his relationship with coaches and the school’s highly regarded football and track teams.
The top wide receiver in the state of Florida, Chris Black of Jacksonville, Fla., First Coast, has set Aug. 24 as the date of his verbal commitment, just before his season begins. Florida coaches worked extremely hard in the spring to get into contention for Black (5-11, 165), who is electric with the ball in his hands. The Gators reportedly made up a lot of ground in getting into Black’s top three teams, but the word is that Florida State and Alabama coaches are very confident he will end up in their class. Those close to Black feel strongly he will stay closer to home and not leave the state, but UF ultimately may not be able to break the First Coast pipeline to FSU. Stay tuned, as this one likely will twist and turn down to signing day.
Marvin Bracy (5-9, 166, Orlando, Fla., Boone) will announce his verbal today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. He is down to Florida, FSU, LSU and Texas A&M. Several observers are thinking the Seminoles will win a pledge from one of the fastest prospects in the entire country. Bracy is the national 19-and-under 100-meter dash champion, having run a 10.o5, which is the second-fastest time in high school history (behind Jeff Demps’ 10.01). Whichever school Bracy picks will still have to wait for him to take officials to all four schools this fall, so this recruiting battle is likely not over.
After participating in The Opening, four-star Derrick Woods (5-11, 180, Englewood, Calif.) listed his top teams as Alabama, USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington.