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Marcus Maye shows off at Under Armour combine with back-to-back interceptions

Originally Published: June 2, 2011
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting

TAMPA, Fla. -- Watch List defensive back Marcus Maye (Melbourne, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal) was up for the challenge in Sunday's Under Armour combine at Plant High School.

Facing off against teammates Bennie Coney and Lamarlin Wiggins (Plant City, Fla./Plant City), the 6-foot, 195-pounder picked off back-to-back passes during the one-on-ones.

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Davide De Pas/ESPN.comMarcus Maye is considering Florida, Florida State and Alabama. It looks like Florida is in front right now.

"Yeah he got me a couple of times," Coney said. "But that's not a bad thing, that's a good thing because he's an elite player and if you don't throw consistently against an elite player he's going to get you."

Maye excelled in nearly everything he did on Sunday and it's one of the reasons he's among the top prospects in the state. With offers from nearly every major program in the Southeast, Maye could continue to play out his recruitment for the next several months but has focused on a few top programs.

"Right now I would still say that Florida is my leader but it's very close between Florida and Florida State," Maye said. "I'm also still looking at Alabama because I love that program."

Maye will participate at camps at each program and that could turn out to be the deciding factor in his decision.

"I like the way the University of Florida plays football, I love the SEC and I could see myself playing there," said Maye. "But I also like what FSU has to offer, they are heading back to the top and they have a great coaching staff."

As for Coney, he was clearly laboring with an ankle injury he suffered over a week ago and his goal will be to get healthy before he begins a busy offseason.

"I only played about 10-15 snaps in the spring game, I wasn't really healthy," said Coney.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has had a strong spring and heads into his senior year with several options.

"We're looking at Clemson, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati," Coney said. "That's who I've pretty much narrowed it down to."

Coney says he plans on attending camps at Clemson, Miami, South Florida and Cincinnati.

Legree makes a splash

Wide receiver A.J. Legree (Fort White, Fla./Fort White) arrived in Tampa fresh off winning a state championship in the high jump event.

Now the 6-0, 180-pounder is ready to make an impact on the football field. The receiver has offers from Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Western Kentucky with more on the way.

"USF is talking to me about offering and I believe Maryland is close too," Legree said. "Some of the other big schools like Florida and Florida State have been out to see me and they want me at their summer camps."

Going into the offseason, Legree had to work around being a receiver in an offense that throws very little. However, he's learned to use that to his advantage and is also known as a powerful run blocker.

Still, Legree hopes to see the ball a little more this season and is ready to put in the time. His recruitment has been a cause for excitement in his community.

"It's hard because it's a small school and we run a lot but that just means I have to work harder and come to events like these to get my name out," Legree said. "More coaches are finding the school and stopping by and that's pretty exciting. The teachers are excited when they see a coach from their favorite school where we are. And it's good because they always put in a good word for me."

Legree says he's always been a fan of watching Florida, FSU and Miami battling it out on the field and is also a fan of Georgia.

Right now his summer plan includes camps at Florida, FSU and South Florida with more added in as the offseason moves along.

Terrell's reputation grows

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Davide De Pas/ESPN.comDevante Terrell can cause havoc on the line in a 3-4 or 4-3 front.

It was no surprise that defensive tackle Devante Terrell (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson) dominated the strength drills on Sunday.

The 6-0, 288-pounder threw up 24 reps on the bench press and had a 26-foot throw in the sitting medicine ball toss. After a slow start to his recruiting, Terrell is up to nearly a dozen offers from schools like Louisville, Iowa State, Washington State and Florida International.

"We had a good offseason conditioning program and I think I was able to become a better player and a better leader," Terrell said. "Also talking to the coaches and giving them a chance to see what I'm about made a big difference."

Terrell says he's planning on camping at USF and also wants to go to Iowa State for a camp and unofficial visit over the summer. He says his versatility has been a major strength as he can be a nose guard in a 3-4 or play one of the interior spots in a 4-3.

"I want to mix it up on the inside and try to cause havoc at the nose guard position," he said. "I think coaches see that I want to work hard and I'm not afraid to get a little dirty."

Powell switches things up

Rising junior Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) generally plays the defensive line for his school but at 6-1, 195 pounds he knows that his future position will probably be at outside linebacker.

So it was no surprise that Powell spent much of his time Sunday working with the linebackers and improving his skills at that position.

"I usually work with the linebackers at the camps so I can brush up on my coverage and techniques," Powell said. "I play on the defensive line for my school so I don't have a lot of film of me playing linebacker for coaches to see."

Powell has an offer from South Carolina already and expects more after his junior season begins.

"I'm hearing from Clemson, Florida and a few other schools," Powell said. "They are talking about having me come to camps and hopefully offering around mid-September."

Powell says he's a Miami fan and has major interest in the Hurricanes. He is planning on attending camps at North Carolina, UCF and Miami this summer.

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.

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