In Sean Holte's own words, the Largo linebacker was "playing lights out" before tearing both the anterior and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during the Packers' Week 3 win over Gibbs.
With his season over, he's praying his recruitment isn't.
"I live in the 'hood, man," Holte said. "That's my way out."
Holte, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior, suddenly finds himself in a predicament. With a scholarship offer in hand from Colorado State, which arrived this summer, he hoped to perform well enough this fall to earn more offers, and thus have more options.
Now, he hopes to hang onto the one he has.
"I haven't talked to (CSU) yet," Holte said.
There are more than a few reasons to believe Holte will be fine.
For starters, his long-term prognosis is excellent, he said. Holte had surgery Sept. 25 to repair the damage and might be off crutches this week.
"I should be better than before," he said. "A lot of people come back stronger. I'll be repaired and refreshed by next year."
Another plus: In the games he played this season, Holte dominated, according to his coaches, meaning his highlight video is loaded with the big hits for which the speedy player has been known. That footage will start going out to colleges soon.
"He was having a great year," Largo coach Rick Rodriguez said.
Lastly, Holte's grades are solid, which adds to his attractiveness as a potential recruit.
"I've got a 2.9 GPA, and it's getting better," he said.
For now, though, Holte is playing the wait-and-see game.
"I really thought I'd have at least 10 or 15 offers," he said. "I'm a hard worker, I go all-out, 100 percent every day, I show up to practice on time. You don't have to worry about me. I take care of myself."
Burr's options: Gulf QB/DB Madison Burr holds offers from Illinois State, South Alabama and Wofford, but Buccaneers coach Jay Fulmer said the 6-1, 195-pounder also is getting strong interest from Marshall and Wake Forest. Fulmer believes Burr would fit in nicely at quarterback for the latter because he plays a lot like current Demon Deacons signal caller Riley Skinner, a Jacksonville native.
"He tough, and he's smart," Fulmer said of Burr.
Visiting: After Tampa Catholic QB Christian Green's official visit to Georgia last weekend, the Bulldogs remain very much in the hunt, according to his father.
"It went well," said Hiram Green, who accompanied his son to Athens.
Green, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, is rated as the country's 59th-best senior prospect by Rivals.com and projects as a wide receiver in college. He still plans to visit Florida and Florida State, though as of Saturday no dates have been set. USF, where his father played basketball, also is in the picture.
"He's still trying to figure out what he wants to do," Hiram Green said.