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Nash’s Recruiting Notebook: Cypress Bay – ESPN Doubleheader

Today, on ESPNU and ESPN, four of south Florida’s best teams showcased their talents on a national level. The first game was University School vs. Homestead. There were many stars on tap today. Here is a breakdown of some of the best players on the field today.

University School vs. Homestead:


2016 University School WR Sam Bruce is one name you will want to get to know this season.
(Photo By Nash Williams)

2014 Homestead WR Ermon Lane: Obviously, Ermon Lane is a name we all know. The 6-foot-3 Florida Gator commit however only caught three passes. The Broncos had a tough time of having their quarterback off the grass as the University School pass rush was in Maurice Alexander’s face all day.

2014 University School WR Chris Taylor: In his first game as Sun Chris Taylor did not disappoint. As he had three touchdown receptions, all of which came in the first half. Taylor did a good job of getting on the inside of his routes and getting the ball up in the air. He was easily quarterback Sean White’s favorite target. Duke is getting a real steal.

2015 University School CB Rashard Causey: The more and more I watch this prospect the more I am intrigued. Causey had his number called on a lot today and came up big when his team needed it. He went up with 6-foot-4 Homestead wide receiver, and Georgia commit, Gilbert Johnson most of the day and had two very key pass breakups.

Names to Know: 2014 Homestead LB Frank Newman. 2014 Homestead ATH Keyshawn Davis. 2014 Homestead ATH Davante Davis. 2016 University School DE Brian Burns. 2018 University School DL Nikolas Bonitto. 2016 University School S Deontae Fair.

Recruiting tidbits:
*2015 University School RB Jordan Scarlett said “I am really looking hard at the Florida schools.”
*2016 University School WR Sam Bruce said “Florida is definitely leading right now.” Bruce got a Florida offer about a month ago at Florida’s annual Friday Night Lights camp.
*2014 University School QB Sean White said “Out of all the guys, I am trying to get Travis Rudolph to join me at Auburn the most.” Sean has been an Auburn commit for about two months now.

American Heritage-Plantation vs. Cypress Bay:

2014 American Heritage ATH Isaiah McKenzie: So which play of Isaiah Mckenzie’s will ESPN air on their ‘SportsCenter Top 10 tonight’? The “human highlight reel” was at again. Isaiah had two mind-boggling punt returns full of spins, cuts, and jukes that were both among the best I have ever seen. However, they were both called back by holding penalties. Isaiah even lit up the scoreboard with an early receiving touchdown. The uncommitted superstar gave fans across the country a glimpse into how special of a football player he is.


American Heritage-Plantation ATH/QB Torrance Gibson was one the big leaders today against Cypress Bay.
(Photo By Nash Williams)

2014 American Heritage RB Sony Michel: The guy who is rated the as the best player in the state according to the top 150 did not disappoint. Michel is just a bulldozer. On some rushes the whole Cypress Bay defensive unit could not bring him down. He just kept trucking. Although on a 69-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, Michel hurt his knee. He did return for a few more carries late in the fourth quarter however.

Names to Know: 2017 American Heritage-Plantation OL Tedarrell Slaton (Who was invited to the 2017 Army All-American game after the game today). 2014 American Heritage-Plantation OL Mack Veil. 2017 Cypress Bay RB Mikey Epstein.

Recruiting tidbits:
*2014 American Heritage-Plantation RB Sony Michel said “Since I committed schools have actually backed off. I honestly think that I will end up at Georgia.”
*2015 American Heritage-Plantation ATH/QB Torrance Gibson said “Recruiting has honestly been slow for me lately. I am really just trying to take it slow though. No one really stands out yet.” Gibson holds offers from Miami, Ohio State and Alabama among others.

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