UM, FSU, UF on most recruits' short list
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DAVIE, Fla. -- Here's a look at some of the recruiting information picked up at the Under Armour combine at the Miami Dolphins training facility Sunday, including updates on the prospects at talent-laden Booker T. Washington High in Miami:
Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Jose Jose holds offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, Miami, Florida State and Georgia. Jose is also getting attention from Alabama, Florida and others. At this point, it looks like the Gators or Hurricanes for the athletic prospect. Miami is always tough to beat in its backyard, and Jose likes Florida's offensive system and offensive line coach/coordinator Steve Addazio.
Eduardo Clements has offers from Miami, Georgia, South Florida, Central Florida, Rutgers, West Virginia, Florida International and Oregon. The speedy running back, who has 4.37 speed in the 40-yard dash, would like an offer from Florida State, but the Seminoles have not yet made one. Should he get that offer, Florida State could be a factor here. Otherwise, Clements could end up a number of places.
Defensive end Lyndon Trail has offers from Florida, Georgia, South Florida, Florida International and Tennessee. Right now, the Gators currently are the team to beat for the 6-foot-7, 220-pounder.
Wide receiver Quinton Dunbar is just now starting to get noticed by colleges and pick up offers. At this point, if Miami pushes, he's most likely a Cane, but it's early.
Noles for Joyner?ESPNU150 Watch List cornerback Lamarcus Joyner has his eye on several traditional powers. Joyner does not claim a public favorite, but there is an early front-runner, Florida State.
"Florida State is my dream school," Joyner said. "I am not going to say that they are my leader right now, but they are a school that isn't going to ever fall out of my top five."
Southern California and Notre Dame are the two schools that Joyner plans to visit officially for sure. He added that he hopes to take an unofficial visit to Ohio State soon and that he will return to Tallahassee and also Florida in the near future for unofficials.
Should Canes be worried?Defensive tackle Todd Chandler (Miami, Fla./Northwestern) is committed to the hometown Hurricanes and said that commitment is solid, but there is another in-state school trying to work itself into the mix.
"Florida State is making a move right now," Chandler said. "But right now, Miami is sitting up front."
Chandler's teammate, offensive lineman Torrian Wilson, has not committed to the Hurricanes, but does have them at the top of his list, followed by Stanford.
"I know that if I go to [Stanford], my academics will be real high," Wilson. "I know if I go there, that after football, it will be good for me."
Wilson said UCLA, Clemson and Tennessee are also recruiting him.
Buckeyes make an impressionFlorida has company in the pursuit of ESPNU150 Watch List linebacker/safety Gideon Ajagbe (Miramar, Fla./Ransom Everglades), according to those at the event familiar with his recruitment.
The 6-2, 210-pounder likes the Gators, Ohio State and North Carolina. Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel came to Ransom Everglades High School to check on Ajagbe and, according to observers at the school, did an outstanding job at the school, raising the Buckeyes' chances. Tar Heels recruiter Charlie Williams has done a good job establishing a relationship with Ajagbe and UNC is right in the thick of it as well. Florida, though, is still the clear team to beat.
Not a surpriseWide receiver DeJoshua Johnson (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee) said he was not surprised that his teammate and Class of 2009 Under Armour All-American Nu'Keese Richardson ended up signing with Tennessee instead of Florida, where he had been committed for most of the process. Johnson said that Richardson had concerns about the Gators' depth chart at receiver and felt that he had not gotten all of the facts before he jumped in with Florida.
Speaking of Johnson, the crafty, quick receiver has quite the offer sheet: He claims offers from Miami, Florida State, West Virginia, Florida, South Florida, Rutgers, Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan and Florida International. Johnson said that he did not have a favorite at this point.
Ends gameDefensive end Delvin Jones (Miami, Fla./Palmetto) continues to attract the attention of the major programs. Tennessee made an offer to the 6-6, 220-pounder a couple of weeks ago. Now, Ole Miss has jumped in the mix for his services with an offer. Jones played at LaSalle a year ago before switching to Palmetto.
Another defensive end who is under the radar at this point is David Perry (Davie, Fla./Nova University School). He claims offers from Oregon and Florida State at this point, but says he's getting attention from plenty of other programs.
Two sides to every storySafety Jonathan Dowling (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast) told multiple reporters at the event that he was wide-open with regard to his college decision. That being said, most of the "off the record" rumblings have him as a lock for Florida. We will see what ultimately happens as a number of schools are aware of him and coming after him hard.
Quick hitsCornerback Tony Grimes (Hollywood, Fla./Hollywood Hills) holds offers from Oregon and Florida Atlantic early, but expect that number to increase. Grimes clearly would like to attend one of the Big Three in Florida (UF, FSU, Miami). ... Another cornerback who is likely to see his offer list increase is Gilbert St. Louis (Plantation, Fla./Plantation). One observer speculated that St. Louis could end up having 10-plus BCS conference offers before all is said and done.
JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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