In recent weeks, a few Internet reports have said Plant City linebacker/running back Duran Lowe has given Wake Forest a "soft verbal" commitment.
Lowe, who has offers from Wake, USF, FAU and Central Michigan, said he has told the Demon Deacons they are his current favorite. He plans to make Wake his first official visit.
But he would also like to stay close to home and lists Florida and Florida State among his top schools. Both have shown interest and if an offer arrives, he might stay in state. Also, Lowe wants to see Wake before he gives his absolute word.
"I've never been to North Carolina," said Lowe, who is being recruited by Wake to play strong safety. "It looks nice on the computer, but I really don't know what it's like."
USA Today puts Armwood at No. 8
Another day, another national ranking for the Armwood football team.
USA Today placed the Hawks No. 8 in its preseason ratings. Of Armwood, the paper says: "State 4A runnerup has nine players who have been offered Division I or I-AA scholarships, including DL Ryne Giddins, who had 21 sacks last season, LB Petey Smith and DB Angelo Hadley. Will face early test on Sept. 5 at Plant."
Armwood is the second-highest state team ranked. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, the defending 5A champ, came in at No. 6. Madison County, which beat Tampa Catholic for the 2007 2A title, is 14th. Byrnes High of Duncan, S.C., is No. 1.
In the regional rankings, Armwood is fourth in the South.
Holt transfers to Berkeley Prep
Jake Holt, the last in a long line of brothers who played football in Pinellas County, is transferring from Clearwater to Berkeley Prep, according to his father, Joe Holt Sr.
"We felt this move would give (Jake) more of an academic edge," Holt Sr. said.
Jake will play tight end, defensive end and punter for the Buccaneers.
It's a big change for the Holt family, which has been a fixture with Clearwater High football. Jake's brothers — Joe Jr., Jon and Jarrod — were all-conference players who went on to Division I programs. Joe Sr. was a longtime assistant and his wife, Abby, was a star athlete who graduated from the school.
Staff writer Bob Putnam contributed to this report.