– 2014 DT Darrell Beard (6’2, 310) of Ft. Lauderdale HS is currently being recruited by the Florida Gators and plans to camp there this summer. “I received a camp invitation from Kansas St., so I’d like to attend camp there, also.”
Beard has an interesting “hobby.” Before playing football on the high school level, he was a Right Winger on local hockey teams for seven years and hockey scouts took notice. “I was skating in front of a coach one afternoon after school. We talked, he gave me some tips on my skating technique. At the end of my skating practice, the coach turned out to be an assistant of the Florida Panthers. I went to the game that night, got to meet the team after the game. Some of the players gave me some tips on making my skates better and making my hockey stick more durable. It was an incredible experience.”
Head Coach Richard Dunbar gave a few words on what type of player Beard is. “He’s a special athlete in a big body. We have him playing the three, one, and zero technique at tackle. If you want to beat Beard, you’ll have to double-team him, he can’t be blocked one-on-one.”
– 2015 WR James Gardner (6’3, 185, 4.65) of Ft. Lauderdale High is an undiscovered talent in South Florida. In addition to primarily playing wideout, he can play quarterback and safety.
Gardner told Deep South Recruiting he’s not receiving any college interest currently and is open to all opportunities. He said he’d like to hear from Florida Atlantic, Florida St., and Hawaii.
The big, athletic sophomore also starts for the basketball team at power forward. “I averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game.”
Gardner said the biggest factor for him will be finding the right fit. “I want to feel comfortable in the situation surrounding the program I choose,” he said. “The people in and around the program is a big factor for me. The coaching staff that’s in place will also be important in my decision.”
UCF, FAU, and Florida will receive camp visits from him this summer. Coach Dunbar told Deep South Recruiting Gardner will be his #1 WR next season and that he possesses “strong hands and good hand-eye coordination. He’s a physical receiver and a legitimate deep-threat.”
– 2014 RB Kenny Bryant (5’10, 195, 4.5) of Tampa Catholic says he’s hearing from James Madison, Boise St., and USC. “USC and BSU said they want to see more of me in the spring and Boise St. would like me to visit.”
Bryant will attend the Rivals Combine today in Orlando. He’ll camp at Florida Atlantic, Florida St., Boise St., and Georgia this summer.
His interest level in FAU is high. “I like their campus, the program, and how they run their offense.”
Early playing time might be the biggest factor in his decision. “I’m definitely going to be looking for where I can compete, maybe even possibly start as a freshman.”
Here’s his film: Kenny Bryant Jr. Highlights
– 2014 CB Mark Bruno (5’10, 165, 4.48) of Flanagan High recorded 52 tackles and one fumble recovery in 2012. He can also line up at safety and returns kicks and punts. He’s currently not hearing from any programs.
He’ll visit FIU and a few area camps this summer.
His plan is to keep working hard and stay focused until he earns a few offers. Here’s his junior highlights: Bruno film
– 2014 OLB Quentin Barfield (5’9, 215, 4.6) of Baldwin High in Georgia recorded 82 tackles, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and a pick last season.
He told Deep South Recruiting he intends to camp at Miami, Florida St., and Georgia this summer.
Barfield feels his speed and strength are the best parts of his game. “I’m a physical player that can play sideline-to-sideline.”
Here’s his film: Barfield Tape
– 2014 DT Mike Turner (5’11, 285) of Auburn High in Alabama recorded 51 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 10 hurries last season.
A few days ago, Turner picked up his first verbal offer from Jacksonville St. He’s also hearing from MTSU, Western Kentucky, Samford, Troy, and Tennessee.
Turner says MTSU is recruiting him the hardest. “They invited me to their spring game April 20th. They want me to meet everybody and become comfortable in the program.”
He’ll attend camp at Cincinnati, Tennessee, MTSU, Memphis, Georgia St., and maybe a few others.
Being 5’11 at defensive tackle is an obstacle for Turner that he’ll have to overcome time and time again, but feels schools should take a chance on him. “I’m a hard worker. I love to compete. I bench 380, squat 575, and I have a 4.6 shuttle. I think my film speaks for itself.”
Here’s the film: Turner Junior Highlights
– Michael Bradley