According to the recruiting analysts who attended the Florida Gators' Friday Night Lights Camp last week, Countryside junior offensive tackle Tyler Moore was one of the stars.
And they weren't alone in thinking that.
According to Countryside coach John Davis, Florida offensive line coach Steve Addazio said Saturday that Moore could end up being the top offensive line prospect in the state for the Class of 2011 — perhaps even the best in the country.
"Coach Addazio told me (Saturday) that Tyler is probably the best 16-year-old offensive lineman he's ever seen," Davis said.
Davis said schools such as Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Nebraska have told the coach the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Moore, whose father, Brian, played at Nebraska, has a scholarship offer on the table.
"Everybody that came through here in the spring offered him," Davis said.
Addazio was instrumental in Florida's recruitment two seasons ago of heralded Armwood offensive tackle Matt Patchan, who is likely to start at left tackle for the Gators this fall as a true sophomore.
Largo's Holte, Douglas get offers: Recruiting is starting to heat up for Largo's Sean Holte and Mike Douglas with each getting an offer from Colorado State, according to Packers coach Rick Rodriguez.
This is the first offer for Holte, a fullback and linebacker who was a first-team selection on the Times' all-county team last year. Colleges have zeroed in more on Douglas, a tight end and defensive end who has offers from Cincinnati, Central Florida, Iowa, Indiana and Purdue, among others.
Colorado State has made a heavy push to recruit players in Pinellas County, thanks in large part to the efforts made by Pat Meyer, an assistant coach with the Rams who recruits the area. In February, St. Petersburg defensive end Te'Jay Brown and Countryside punter Pete Kontodiakos signed with Colorado State.
Besides Holte and Douglas, the Rams also have offered Lakewood's Bar'ee Boyd, Xavius Boyd and Bernard Reedy.
Tarpon graduate bound for MercyHurst: Drew Kier, who graduated from Tarpon Springs in June, will continue to play football at Division II Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania. Kier, a second-team selection on the Times' all-county list, had 649 yards receiving and four touchdowns last season.
Dunedin pitcher Swartout off to North Carolina Wesleyan: Dunedin's Jake Swartout has committed to play for North Carolina Wesleyan. Swartout, a right-hander, was 1-0 with a 2.99 ERA as a senior this past season with the Falcons.
"I want to play ball immediately," Swartout said. "I believe that I can help Wesleyan maintain its winning ways."
North Carolina Wesleyan is a Division III school in the USA South Conference. This past season, Wesleyan clinched its sixth straight regular-season title, ninth straight conference title and made its 21st consecutive D-III tournament appearance.
Clearwater's O'Brien invited to two baseball showcases: Clearwater shortstop/right-handed pitcher Sean O'Brien was invited to participate in the East Coast Pro Showcase in Lakeland (July 31-Aug. 4) and the Under Armour Showcase at Wrigley Field (Aug. 8).
O'Brien, an incoming senior, is one of 25 high school players to be selected for the showcase in Lakeland. Representatives from six major-league teams will be on hand for the event. He also is one of 36 players chosen for the Under Armour game, which will be televised by ESPNU.
Last season, O'Brien hit .347 for the Tornadoes and was an honorable mention selection on the Times' all-county team.