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May 8, 2014

Sunshine State Recruiting Notebook

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RIVALS250 CB LOOKING AROUND

Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida High School four-star defensive back Ronnie Harrison has a very extensive summer visit schedule at the beginning of June. He will visit Ohio State, Louisville, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech from June 8th to June 15th.

I'm just looking to see how the coaches are and how I can fit in with them," the Rivals250 prospect told CardinalSports.com. "I want to look at schemes at they run and how I'll fit in their program. Playing time - can I step in early, stuff like that. I'm going to look at everything - facilities, coaches, and see the campus."

Since committing to North Carolina last June, Harrison has kept his options open and has taken a few visits to schools like LSU, UGA, USF, and UNC - the school he's committed to.

The Bulls are giving Harrison an interesting option of playing quarterback in college. USF is the only school that has offered that would like him at quarterback, and Harrison already has a good relationship with Bulls' defensive backs coach Ron Cooper.

2016 SUPERSTAR TURNING HEADS

After Tampa (Fla.) Catholic athlete Nate Craig had a big spring last year as a freshman, his recruitment cooled off a bit during the fall. Now the rising junior is once again showing off his skills to college coaches across the country - and it's paying dividends.

Craig has landed recent offers from UCLA, Michigan State, Michigan, Georgia, and Alabama. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound prospect is positioning himself very well to land a spot in the 2016 Rivals100 rankings.

"I'm really looking at Auburn, Alabama, and Ohio State, right now," Craig told UGAsports.com. "(For me,) it's the relationship I have with the coaches and being close to the guys. I also look at the playing time and schemes that they have."

CUSE LAND CHAMPAGNAT CATHOLIC CORNERBACK

Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic cornerback Gerald Robinson Jr. made news in late April with a commitment to Syracuse. He chose the Orangemen over Cincinnati, Kentucky, UCF, and Utah.

The three-star cornerback was a key part to Champagnat Catholic's shut down defense in 2013 and more importantly - a 2A state title.

"He has everything you need to be a top cornerback in the ACC," Champagnat Catholic head coach Mike Tunsil told CuseConfidential.com. "I think they saw his great coverage ability and he is very physical not like most corners."

Robinson Jr. has not visited Syracuse yet, but will this summer.

STOVE MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF

Niceville (Fla.) athlete Elijah Stove turned heads in the 7A state playoffs last year. He had a strong showing against Dwyer in the 7A state finals with five catches for 49 yards and had 25 yards on the ground as well. At cornerback, Stove had four tackles and one pass break up.

All is well on the recruiting front for Stove as well. After landing his first few offers from FAMU, FAU, and USF, Stove landed an offer from Clemson. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound rising junior has added offers from Auburn, Georgia, Miami, and Tennessee. He has also visited Alabama multiple times and is close to receiving an offer from the Tide.

He attended the Alabama spring game and had this to say to TideSports.com about his visit: "I spoke with Coach Napier and Coach Thompson when I went to the spring game. I shook hands with Coach Saban. They were telling me they like me. They want me to come to camp and maybe offer me then."

WEST ORANGE ATHLETE COMMITS TO FLORIDA

Orlando (Fla.) West Orange three-star athlete Jalen Julius committed to the Florida Gators as a cornerback when most schools offered him as a running back.

"Florida has a great environment," Julius told InsideTheGators.com after he committed. "My aunt knows Coach T-Rob [Travaris Robinson] on the staff and my mom likes Florida and then I like Florida. I think the team has good chemistry and the coaches are easy going. It's a good place for me because my connections with them."

Julius had an interesting recruiting process. He didn't start adding the bulk of his offers until March, when schools like Auburn, Ole Miss, USF, Oregon State, Ohio State, Penn State, and others jumped on board his recruitment..

Juluis was very excited to commit to the Gators, and so was head coach Will Muschamp.

"He got really excited and he told me that Florida just got better," said Julius of his talk with Muschamp. "He said he wants to see me soon."

ARMWOOD LINEBACKER ADDING OFFERS

Seffner (Fla.) Armwood inside linebacker Jordan Griffin has been on the recruiting radar for much of his high school career playing for the state powerhouse Armwood Hawks.

After holding early offers from UCF and Cincinnati, his recruitment has picked up this spring with offers from Tulane, Georgia Southern, Wisconsin, and Purdue. Griffin now claims seventeen scholarship offers.

Griffin plans on waiting till after his senior season to make his college commitment, and by then - he might just have more options to choose from.

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