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October 5, 2005It can be said each and every recruiting season - watch out for the Florida State Seminoles. Although the nation's top player, Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown wide receiver Percy Harvin dropped his official visit to FSU tentatively scheduled for Nov. 5, that visit will most likely be back on very soon.
A few members of the FSU coaching staff, including recruiting coordinator John Lilly, attended one of Harvin's games a couple weeks back and inside word has it that Florida State will be back on his visit schedule in the near future.
Harvin had initially soured on FSU after watching their offense against Miami in the opener, but has since been more impressed.
Harvin, by the way, continues to cement his position as the nation's No. 1 prospect. This past weekend he hauled in 10 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
Another top player looking at FSU, and being recruited by Lilly, is Indian Head (Md.) Lackey offensive guard J.B. Walton. While most think Penn State has the edge for Walton, Florida State has actually moved to the top of the list according to sources.
Walton is the nation's top pulling guard and should be back in action next week after missing a few games with a hairline fracture of his ankle. The Nittany Lions, Ohio State, LSU and Florida seem to be the other players in his recruitment while Maryland surprisingly remains a bit passive in their efforts.
Miami has long been considered the leader for Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military wide receiver Vidal Hazelton, but watch out for Virginia Tech. Hazelton has said that "there's something about Tech, I have a thing about them" and will be taking an official visit to Blacksburg soon. So far he's sure of four visits - Miami, Southern Cal, Virginia Tech and Florida with Tennessee and Florida State (there they are again) battling for his last trip.
The Hokies are finalists for Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton offensive tackle Aaron Brown and Bealeton (Va.) Liberty offensive tackle Alex Stadler, both of whom will announce their decisions within the next six days. Brown is considered a Hokie lean, but Notre Dame has made a very strong push for his services and each school has their supporters within the family. Stadler is down to Virginia Tech and Alabama and his decision will be an interesting one. The Hokies are the home-state school, but Alabama blew him away on his official visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend.
No go for Logan-El
If there's on school that will steal Forestville, Md., offensive lineman Antonio Logan-El away from his soft commitment to Maryland, it's Penn State. However, the Nittany Lions will have to wait to get the big man on campus for an official visit. Logan-El, who has already taken an official visit to Oklahoma, was supposed to visit PSU this weekend for their game against Ohio State, but he has a game on Saturday. He thought about going on the visit after the weekend, but as team captain he felt leaving directly following a game would not be showing leadership of his young team. Logan-El will take an official to Penn State after the season and has been on a couple of unofficial visits already, but the Terps are still a strong favorite for his services according to sources.
The real McCoy
Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt running back LeSean McCoy might have had his season ended recently due to a grisly broken ankle, but it hasn't soured his spirits or desire to help his team. McCoy is acting as an assistant running backs coach for his team and has been the quiet inspiration for his teammates to continue their undefeated ways. McDevitt battles Berwick Friday in a nationally televised game and you can bet there will be plenty of McCoy talk. From day one, it has been a safe bet that Tennessee and Southern Cal are the teams to beat, but Virginia Tech has moved into that picture as well. McCoy hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but those three schools will certainly get a look.
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