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Armwood, Miami Central will have strongest USF-UCF representation

Friday's USF-UCF game will feature nearly 200 Florida players representing 129 state high schools.
USF running back D'Ernest Johnson (32) is one of four Bulls from Immokalee High. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
USF running back D'Ernest Johnson (32) is one of four Bulls from Immokalee High. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Nov. 22, 2017

Armwood and Miami Central will have the strongest roster representation of any state high school when No. 13 UCF hosts No. 22 USF on Friday.

The Hawks and Rockets both will boast five alumni (including walk-ons) among the two teams. Surprisingly, Sickles is close behind with four players, same as Fort Lauderdale private-school dynasty St. Thomas Aquinas. Immokalee and Bradenton Manatee also have four alums each in this game, but all play for USF.

In all, the game will feature 189 Florida players (91 for UCF, 98 for the Bulls) representing 129 high schools. Twenty-six of them are bay area schools.

Which makes the significance of this game from a recruiting perspective sort of…umm…obvious.

"Both of us kind of battle and kind of go after the same guys, so it's really big 'cause we're both recruiting the same guys right now," USF coach Charlie Strong said. "So they're gonna be at the game, and they'll see the game and some of them will make a decision off of that game."

Here are the contest's most well-represented schools, with the list of players from each school.

Armwood (5)
DB Kyle Gibson (UCF)
OL Aaron Evans (UCF)
DB Mekhi LaPointe (USF)
DE Jabreel Stephens (USF)
TE KJ Miles (USF)

Miami Central (5)
OLB Eric Mitchell (UCF)
DB Deatrick Nichols (USF)
WR Darnell Salomon (USF)
PK Emilio Nadelman (USF)
WR Jernard Phillips (USF)

Bradenton Manatee (4)
DE Greg Reaves (USF)
P Jonathan Hernandez (USF)
OL Michael Galati (USF)
OL Brooks Larkin (USF)

Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (4)
DB Rashard Causey (UCF)
PK Jack Vold (UCF)
K Marco Salani (USF)
DT Brandon Boyce (USF)

Immokalee (4)
RB D'Ernest Johnson (USF)
LB Jimmy Bayes (USF)
DT Deadrin Senat (USF)
S Jaymon Thomas (USF)

Sickles (4)
DL Anthony Montalvo (UCF)
QB Chris Oladokun (USF)
S Nate Ferguson (USF)
DE Josh Black (USF)

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