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Broward County (FL) Recruiting Blitz

Today we’ll take a look at several prospects in the 954, Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) area.

— 2014 CB Juwan Dowels (5’10, 165, 4.49, pictured above) of American Heritage Plantation recently transferred from Western High and committed to Northern Illinois July 24th.

Dowels shared that his latest offer is from Utah. “I was pretty excited about getting offered by the Utes.”

The senior corner said even though he is committed to NIU, he plans on taking all five of his official visits. “You never know what might pop up late in the process.”

He committed to the Huskies because of his relationship with the coaches, but hasn’t visited yet. He plans to later this fall. “I’ll make the trip up to Illinois this season, but I’m keeping my options open.”

He’s in the process of setting up official visits to Utah and Northern Illinois.

This is a situation to keep an eye on. Dowels is an underrated corner, holding his own and excelling against top-rated receivers in the state at camps, combines, and 7-on-7 events. With the heavy exposure American Heritage Plantation receives, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him earn several more FBS offers, decommit from NIU, and pick a school in one of the larger conferences.

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photo: @MBVarsityPreps

— 2014 SS Andre Godfrey (5’11, 185, 4.5) of Miramar told Varsity Preps he has a current Top 5 of USF, NC St., Syracuse, Louisville, and Wisconsin. However, the door remains open to a trio of programs if they were to come into the picture late. “If Miami, Florida, or Florida St. started talking with me and were serious, they could make their way in,” he confessed.

Godfrey’s favorites list is fluid and will be influenced by a program’s success or struggles. “My Top 5 could change, based on how their seasons go, I might change it.”

Miramar’s senior strong safety talked about his favorites.

Wisconsin: “I like their tradition and program. They don’t have a ton of depth in the secondary right now, so I would be able to go there and compete for playing time right away.”

NC State: “The coaching staff was at NIU the previous season and had a lot of success. When we communicate, it’s not all football, all the time. We have some casual conversations and talk about other topics.”

Syracuse: “I think they’re a program on the rise, have had some success the last couple of seasons. They don’t have a lot of depth at safety and I like how the coaching staff makes me feel at home with them.”

USF: “It’s a state school and I wouldn’t have to travel far to come back to see my family and friends.”

Louisville: “I feel that the Cardinals have one of the top secondaries in the nation, they have a lot South Florida players on the roster, and I really like the coaching staff.”

Godfrey will visit Wisconsin October 12th.

photo: @MBVarsityPreps

photo: @MBVarsityPreps

— 2014 FS/RB Marquese Dudley-Gordon (6’0, 190, 4.5) of Cypress Bay released a Top 5 of Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, and Florida St. 

Kentucky is the new kid on the block, so Dudley-Gordon explained his new interest in the Wildcats. “Before, UK wasn’t up there for me, but things have changed and Kentucky has really made a jump for me,” he explained. “I talk to Alex Montgomery all the time, he tells me about UK and how much he likes it there. He feels I would have a great chance to play as a freshman, and the opportunity to compete right away for playing time interests me.”

Dudley-Gordon has an older brother at Pittsburgh, LB Shane Gordon, so the pull to Pitt is understandably strong. However, after speaking with him a few times about his favorites, I was never convinced that Pittsburgh was a slam dunk. The new interest in UK is serious and he expressed the desire to use one of his five official visits to check out Kentucky. Arkansas remains a player and is a darkhorse in this race, and at this point, FSU and Louisville have a lot of ground to make up to stay in contention.

— 2014 TE Ravian Pierce (6’4, 215, 4.58) of Plantation High has an impressive offer list: Miami, FSU, Florida, Ohio St., Wisconsin, Georgia, Arkansas, and Tennessee to name several.

The Razorbacks are recruiting the Plantation High tight end the hardest. “Arkansas has been showing me a lot of love, they call and text, send me a lot of mail, stuff like that.”

Pierce reported that his Top 3 is Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida. He talked about the favorites.

photo: @MBVarsityPreps

photo: @MBVarsityPreps

Florida: “I attended the Friday Night Lights camp at UF, did my thing, and head coach Will Muschamp told me I was the best looking tight end out there. He wanted to make sure I knew I had an offer from the Gators.”

Arkansas: “I really think they want me. I’d say they’re my slight leader.”

Alabama: “I visited, liked the facilities. I went to Tuscaloosa with Chris Lammons, it’s a nice little place.”

He delayed a planned announcement last week. Even though the Hogs hold a slight lead, they’ve already accepted a verbal commitment from Jack Kraus (6’5, 250) and will probably take just one more tight end. Also in the mix for that spot is Deandre Goolsby (6’4, 225, 4.7) from Kansas. Pierce is definitely faster and quicker than Goolsby, but the first player to pull the trigger for the Hogs will force the other to look elsewhere.

— Michael Bradley

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