PLANT CITY, Fla. - The VTO Camp series made a stop in Florida on Sunday. Despite the fact that the majority of Florida high schools put on pads for the first time this spring on Saturday, nearly 100 prospects set the alarm early and made the most of a camp that features instruction from several former college and NFL players.
Montel McBride picked up a Big East offer last week.
Here is an update on some of the top prospects in attendance.
McBride adds Louisville
Class of 2014 offensive guard prospect Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla.) was one of the top prospects on hand Sunday, as expected. The 6-foot-4.5, 331-pound offensive guard impressed with his tenaciousness in one-on-ones and continues to add offers to his growing list.
On the recruiting front, the three-star prospect added offer No. 7 on Monday.
"A lot of schools have been by already. USF, Louisville, Ohio State, there are a lot," McBride said. "Since spring started, I actually have got an another offer. Louisville offered me on Monday,"
The offer from the Sugar Bowl champions surprised the physical lineman.
"I was actually surprised because they had just come by the school the Friday before. They saw me, went back and got with Coach (Charlie) Strong, and they offered me Monday. I was really happy and surprised. Louisville is definitely a school I will consider too. They are not too far away, they are a good school and they got a couple of rings last year; and I just know they are a good program," he said.
While McBride continues to add offers, he is going about the process in the same thorough manner.
"I have seven offers now. USF, UCF, FIU, Florida State, Kentucky, Ohio and now Louisville. I'm trying to keep being patient. I'm trying to not rush anything. I like the offers I'm getting. I like the attention. I love the opportunity to get to the next level, but I'm still not planning to commit early. I'm making sure I find that right fit for me," he said.
Jaboree Williams is leaning to an ACC team.
As the spring evaluation period continues this month, McBride is expecting more offers.
"Tennessee is showing me a lot of interest. The coach is coming down to see me Wednesday. Mississippi State and Iowa State are also showing interest, and I could see them offering." He said.
McBride currently has a 247Composite rating of .8656. While he worked out exclusively at offensive guard today, it's not out of the question he ends up on the other side of the ball at the next level.
King has a top three
Another Plant City High standout on hand Sunday for the "home game" was defensive end Sedrick King. The 6-foot-3.5, 209-pounder with long arms currently has eight verbal offers with more expected before the season.
"I have offers from Rutgers, UCF, Louisville, USF, FIU, Memphis, West Virginia and FAMU," King said. "Teams like Oklahoma, Miami and Kentucky are showing interest too."
Thus far, the Scarlet Knights have been the most aggressive in recruiting the edge prospect with the frame to carry more than 250 pounds.
"My top three are Rutgers, Louisville and USF. Rutgers is really showing a lot of interest in me. Their coaches are really trying to recruit me hard, and I feel like I fit in their system. Louisville is recruiting me really hard too. They like me in their system. USF is close to home and has been on me hard too. Rutgers is showing me the most love." He said.
King plans to camp at Florida, UCF, USF, and any others within a few hours driving distance.
Williams an ACC lean
The top linebacker prospect on hand Sunday was Jaboree Williams (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). The 6-foot-0, 205-pound fluid prospect has continued to pick offers this spring with two more BCS Conference programs jumping into the picture last week.
"My latest two offers are Pittsburgh and North Carolina," Williams said. "They both came by my school last week, talked to my coach and offered me. North Carolina was Wednesday and Pittsburgh Monday,"
Both offers have the full attention of the outside linebacker prospect that is natural and fluid in coverage.
"North Carolina is a great school. I've always thought about being a Tar Heel. They are a great school, and I think they can make a run. Same thing with Pitt. They are now in the ACC, so I can't wait to see what they do against the step up in competition," he said.
With UNC and Pitt now on board, Williams now has a dozen verbal offers.
"I have 12 offers now. Wake Forest, Appalachain State, Marshall, SMU, Memphis, Eastern Michigan, FAU, South Alabama, Tulane, East Carolina, North Carolina and Pittsburgh," he said.
While North Carolina and Pittsburgh are certainly in the picture, both programs are playing catch-up with another from the ACC.
"Right now Wake Forest is my favorite. They stay on me everyday. They are a great academic school, and they already treat me like I'm family and I'm not even on the team yet. They are also in the ACC and play a high level of competition. I talk to all the coaches, and you can tell they are a family school," he said.
Williams excelled in coverage throughout the five-hour camp. He was fluid in his drops, and showed quality ball skills, sure hands and timing. He plans to camp at North Carolina, Wake Forest and hopefully Pittsburgh.
Thomas picking up steam
One of the most impressive prospects walking in the door Sunday was defensive back JyQuis Thomas (Plant City). The 6-foot-0.5, 183-pounder with long arms and quickly developing frame also impressed on the field with his ability to run, and continues to catch the eye of college programs.
"Recruiting so far, Rutgers just came to see me and they seem very interested," Thomas said. "They are going to come back and see me again this week. I'm also receiving interest from Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan State, UCF and USF. And Florida too. I actually just visited Florida about a month ago. They wanted me to come up so they could see me,"
Needless to say, a visit from Florida this month has the full attention of the defensive back with the frame to carry 200 pounds or more.
"They wanted me to come up. I talked to Coach (Derek) Lewis. They said they want to come down and watch me in pads, so they should be here real soon and I can't wait until they come watch me." He said.
Thomas is being recruited at both corner and safety. Rutgers has specifically mentioned corner, while Florida and Kentucky have mentioned safety. On Sunday, Thomas showed his ability to eat up real estate at safety covering hash mark to boundary, as well as excelling in press coverage when lined up at corner.
- Kilton Anderson (Naples, Fla.) has an offer from South Alabama and is receiving interest from BYU, Washington and FAU. The class of 2014 signal caller plans to camp at Georgia Tech, South Alabama, Washington, BYU, Florida State and others this summer. Anderson has recently made news in Naples with the announcement that he is moving to Seattle at the end of May, and will play his senior season at Skyline High.
- Class of 2014 defensive end John Broome (Plant City, Fla.) has an offer from Florida A&M as well as interest from Memphis, FAU, FIU and UCF. He measured 6-foot-1.5 and 223 pounds Sunday, and took home defensive line MVP honors winning the majority of his one-on-one reps.
- Class of 2014 running back and safety Hassan Bailey (Plant City, Fla.) is receiving interest from Duke, Georgia Tech, Cornell, Ohio, Louisville and Kentucky. The 5-foot-9.5, 181-pounder believes Duke is the closest to offering. Should Louisville offer, they will be tough to beat.
- Class of 2015 linebacker and fullback Jimmy Martin (Maitland, Fla./Orangewood Christian) plans to camp at Michigan, Notre Dame and Miami this summer, among others. He checked in at 5-foot-11 and 201 pounds Sunday.
- Wide receiver Jawon Hargrove (Plant City, Fla.) could end up a senior riser. The 5-foot-11.5, 175-pounder has the frame, burst off the line and ability to get the ball with a developing frame that will likely catch FBS coaches’ attention during the 2013 season.
- Class of 2015 defensive back Terik Miller (Pensacola, Fla./Booker T. Washington) impressed Sunday with his frame, physicality and hands. The 5-foot-11, 189-pound safety prospect said he is receiving interest from LSU, Auburn, Florida and others. He plans to camp at Auburn, Florida, Florida State and hopefully LSU this summer.
- Class of 2015 outside linebacker Sawyer Dawson (Plant City, Fla.) said he plans to camp at Florida State, USF, Alabama and Florida this summer; among others. The 6-foot-0, 184-pounder that hit over .400 in baseball this spring is receiving interest from Kentucky and Georgia Tech.