Varsity Preps

Gulliver Prep (FL) Recruiting Blitz

Varsity Preps takes a look at Gulliver Prep (FL), a program that will send several prospects to the next level.

2015 Watch List MLB Dominic Sheppard (6’2, 226, 4.6, pictured above) currently holds offers from Miami, Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, West Virginia, and Cincinnati. The Alabama Crimson Tide are also showing strong interest. “I camped at Bama and impressed the coaches. The defensive coordinator said he likes me and thinks I’ll be offered.”

Bama’s in-state rival, the Auburn Tigers, have already offered him. “Auburn wants me to play Star, which is a hybrid safety/outside linebacker position in their defense. They like me because of my speed and ability to make plays in space. I like how they want to move me around.”

Staying in the SEC, the Tennessee Volunteers have also taken notice of Sheppard. “After we finished camp, they offered.”

The Vols left an impression on the highly coveted linebacker. “I learned a lot of new techniques and fundamentals from the coaches. I like their new facilities and the thought of playing in front of 102,000 screaming fans. I might be a little nervous my first time, but I’m sure I’d get used to it.”

Sheppard holds a verbal offer from the hometown Hurricanes. “The University of Miami likes me. Linebacker coach Micheal Barrow wants to work with me,” he said. “I like the Hurricanes a lot, they were my first offer and I always dreamed of playing at Miami.”

A player that he watches on Saturdays is UM middle linebacker Denzel Perryman. “We play the same position, so I just try to copy some of the things he does on the field.”

Another ACC program has put Sheppard on their wish list. “Clemson has a great program. I really like it over there.”

Gulliver Prep’s talented junior recorded 90 total tackles and five sacks last season. He mentioned what he feels his strengths are. “I can run, get to the ball, and make the play.”

— 2015 FS/WR Antonyo Sotolongo (6’0, 180, 4.4) holds a verbal offer from Duke. Auburn, UCF, Miami, Appalachian St., Georgia St., Princeton, and Columbia have expressed interest.

photo: VP

photo: VP

He camped at Duke recently. “It was a great experience. We did one-on-one drills, all the combine type stuff,” he said. “I like their program and I’m comfortable with the coaching staff.”

Sotolongo spent time on Auburn’s campus this summer. “Auburn is a great program, I’ll definitely consider them. If I get the offer, they’ll be near the top of my list.”

The Hurricanes got a visit from him this summer. “I camped at Miami and coach Mark D’Onofrio said he really liked me.”

UCF has shown the 2015 safety prospect some interest. “The staff came to visit me and CB Cornelius Floyd,” he said. “The staff will be back to watch a game this fall.”

— 2014 CB/WR Cornelius Floyd (6’1, 170, 4.49) ranks as the #73 player in the state for 2014. He holds 14 verbal offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Pitt, Wake Forest, and West Virginia among others. Last week, he received written offers from ArkansasWake ForestTulane, and FIU.

He reports that he hears from the Razorbacks every week. “Coach Randy Shannon does a good job of staying in touch. I’ll most likely be taking an official visit to Fayetteville.”

Floyd recently caught Auburn’s attention. “They like my height and speed, my ability to explode and make tackles,” he said. “I think it’s serious interest. They’ve been talking to me a lot.”

Gulliver Prep’s talented two-way starter said that Wake Forest, Tulane, and UCF are recruiting him the hardest. “Tulane talks to me often and want me to take an official visit.”

He’ll make his college choice after the season.

— 2015 QB Juwan Watson (5’10, 195, 4.8) told Varsity Preps that FIU is taking a hard look at him and Auburn has expressed interest. “FIU said they’ll be by to scout me during the season,” he said. “Auburn told me that they liked my footwork and the leadership I displayed at camp.”

photo: VP

photo: VP

Watson took a trip to the Volunteer State to get a closer look at a pair of SEC programs. “I really like Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Both programs have a lot to offer.”

His individual goals for 2013 include guiding his team deeper into the state playoffs. “I’m focused on becoming a better leader and getting past the second round of the playoffs. We’ve been there three years in a row and we want to achieve more this season.”

Watson threw 20 TDs in six games and currently holds a 3.5 GPA.

— 2014 ATH Mitch Davis (5’7, 150, 4.38) holds an offer from Bucknell. Northern Illinois, UMassTulane, Appalachian St., and Holy Cross are also recruiting him.

The shifty athlete recently camped at Auburn. “I got a lot of good feedback from the coaches. I ran a 4.38/40, and the coaches said I’m smooth, run good routes, and have excellent hands. I enjoyed their camp and hope Auburn offers.”

photo: VP

photo: VP

Davis talked about the other programs recruiting him. “The coaches at Tulane said they’ll be coming by to see me and a few of my teammates this fall.

“The Northern Illinois WR coach likes me and he told me he’ll be down this fall to see a game.

“I met the Appalachian St. coaches at the Alabama camp and they are staying touch with me.

“The Florida Atlantic staff invited me to a practice, and they want to see me return kicks and punts.”

— 2014 DT Braynon Edwards (6’1, 340) is verbally committed to Tulane.

— 2016 ATH Dionte Mullins (6’0, 170, 4.48) created some national buzz with an incredible one-handed catch as seen below.

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Mullins wasn’t in attendance for the Dolphins Media Day, but he currently holds offers from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Pitt, among others. He’s making a strong case already to be the #1 player in Florida in the 2016 class.

— Michael Bradley

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