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March 1, 2008
Top players come out in Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Doak Campbell Stadium was the setting where some of the future stars of college football met on Saturday afternoon. The Rivals.com Five-Star Academy in Tallahassee played host to some current Rivals100 members, possibly some future Rivals100 members and several players who will call Doak Cambell Stadium home next fall.
In a year in which the Tallahassee area is loaded with talent, the Academy was fortunate enough to host some of the best that the area has to offer, lead by Rivals100 member Willie Ferrell.
Ferrell, who boasts offers from LSU and Illinois, was one of the first in attendance at the event and measured in at 6 feet 1.5 and 222 pounds. The FAMU High School product is already close to his scheduled playing weight as he hopes to weigh in at 227 pounds before the season begins.
Also in attendance out of the Rivals100 was four-star defender Brandon Jenkins. Jenkins measured in at just over 6 feet 3 and 223 pounds. He arrived to the event uncommitted and he left the event uncommitted, but the walk around the Florida State campus must have reminded him that he had something to do.
Immediately following the event Jenkins became Florida State's sixth commitment for the class of 2009 when he called Jimbo Fisher to fill him in on the news.
Jenkins wasn't the only Seminole commit in attendance as JaJuan Harley also stopped by before an early departure for a track meet. The future safety in college was already speaking in glowing terms of his plans for his time at Florida State.
Joining the Florida State commits at the Academy was one Florida commit. Greg Reid out of Lowndes high school made the trek from South Georgia to Tallahassee and was joined by his teammate and defensive backfield mate, Gerald Demps. While Reid is a Gator all the way, Demps holds offers from Florida State and Auburn as a safety prospect.
Another South Georgia prospect that joined the Lowndes teammates on the visit was Michael Gilliard out of Valdosta High School. Gilliard tipped the scales at 200 pounds and just over 6 feet 1. The linebacker/safety claims offers from such programs as Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Miami.
Another very talented to group of South Georgia prospects came from Cairo High School, the Georgia 3A State runner-ups. An explosive and fast group of players included, running back Reginald Bryant (5-11, 209 pounds), running back Ronnie Wooten (5-9.5, 185 pounds), quarterback/athlete Angelo Pease (5-9.5, 189 pounds) and defensive tackle Montavious Williams (6-1, 269 pounds).
Another North Florida commodity who is yet to pick up an offer is North Florida Christian's Cody Ledford. Ledford was measured at just under 6 feet and just over 200 pounds but will likely have offers on the way as the recruiting process continues.
James Green, a wide receiver with several offers to his credit is a new addition to the North Florida scene after transferring to Tallahassee Leon in the middle of the year. At 6 feet 1.5 and 202 pounds, Green arrived with his uncle and former FSU standout Lamont Green.
There were a few players at the event that made the 'wow' list as far as their physical makeup and one of those players was one for the last to arrive. Running back Trent Richardson out of Escambia High School in Pensacola made the long drive following track practice and at just under 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, it is easy to see how he managed to pile up over 400 yards in one game alone and close to 300 yards in just a half of a different game.
Richardson will be a name to continue to keep an eye on as the recruiting process continues.