1. Archive


Hate to admit that recruiting and the business of covering it is consuming my thoughts these days, but on Saturday morning I told one of the dads of one of the kids on my YMCA basketball team that his boy had great upside, loose hips, needs to work on his upper-body strength but will probably get a bunch of Division I-A offers soon.

He's 7.

"I was just asking you if I needed to work with him at home on his dribbling," he told me.

Someone. Help. Me.

In a few days, high school players will pick their colleges, others will sign with colleges already chosen and some may change their mind.

Flip. Flop.

Wednesday is national signing day, which used to be the end of recruiting season, at least for a little bit.

But in case you haven't noticed, the 2013 class is already in full swing, the 2014 class isn't far behind, and some folks are a little too eager to get those 2015 rankings in order.

Let's tuck in 2012 first.

Let's find out where Nelson Agholor is going.

The Berkeley Prep star, and our No. 1-rated Blue Chipper for this class, is debating among Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Southern Cal.

Remarkably, he is doing this very quietly, very discreetly and with quite a bit of class.

His last visit was this weekend, to Los Angeles, and chances are he knows by now where he wants to go.

But he's not telling.

I'm thinking Southern Cal. Others say Florida, where his buddy and teammate Schyler Miles could end up.

Let's find out where Dante Fowler Jr. is going.

Oh sure, he has been orally committed to FSU for more than a year. But the five-star defensive end from Lakewood High has been nothing less than flirtatious with a handful of other schools.

Thursday, a picture floated around on Twitter of Fowler and his brothers. In it Dante was wearing a Florida football jersey and everyone was doing the Gator chomp.

What does it all mean?

Nothing, probably.

But I think he makes the switch and in the fall he's a Gator. I wouldn't bet my mortgage on it, but I would bet my electric bill from August. Man, it was hot that month.

Let's find out who blinks first: Plant's Antonio Crawford or Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.

Crawford, who committed to Georgia Tech last summer, is visiting Miami this weekend, and Johnson isn't happy. He says he will give Crawford's spot to someone else.

If Miami offers Crawford a scholarship, then it won't matter.

If the Hurricanes don't, Crawford has other options.

Just not Georgia Tech.

Let's find out where Armwood's Kevin McCoy, a Tampa Bay Times All-Suncoast pick at offensive tackle, is going. It's down to Vanderbilt or death.

Oh, wait. That's just what Josh Grady, a former Armwood player hosting McCoy this weekend, says. Grady takes his recruiting very seriously.

Let's find out where Gibbs' Gary Simon is going. Arkansas, his favorite, or late-arriving Oklahoma?

Simon, by the way, is the biggest steal in Tampa Bay. He's better than his too-short list of suitors, just like Bernard Reedy, Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster were. You may know the latter two; they play on Sundays now.

Let's find out if Jesuit quarterback Tommy Eveld gets a 12th-hour offer. Right now the 6-foot-4 passer has nothing but the chance to walk on at USF, which worked out pretty good for big brother Bobby.

Let's find out if Florida, Florida State or Miami wins the battle for the bay area's best.

If Fowler flips to Florida and Agholor follows him there, the Gators will have landed five of the top six players on our Top 25 list. That would be impressive.

But assuming Fowler stays put and Agholor heads west, you might want to look at the job Miami did, picking up Jefferson's Tyriq McCord (No. 3 on our list), Admiral Farragut's Rayshawn Jenkins (7), possibly Crawford (13) and Hillsborough's Earl Moore (18).

Let's find out exactly how many players Armwood has sign with BCS schools. The over-under is 56.

Then, after we find all that out, we can all take a deep breath and get a good night's sleep before starting on those 2013 and 2014 classes.

Thanks to the kid on my basketball team, I've already got a head start on the 2024 class.

Just don't tell his dad.

* * *

Weigh in on recruiting talent

We're talking about this year's class and beyond in a live chat at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Join us Don't forget to email us commitment news or photos from signing day ceremonies at