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April 3, 2006ORLANDO, Fla. - It may not have been as big as previous dates, but the Rivals.com Junior Day at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando certainly wasn't short on quality as more than 70 top players from the Sunshine State made their way to the event.
Veteran talent scout Randy Rogers, who held recruiting coordinator positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Texas, was the featured speaker at the event. Several top players such as Oakland Park Northeast's Bo Williams, Lynn Haven Mosley's Enrique Davis, and Orlando Evans' defensive end Jamaal Mills were just a few of the big names on hand this past Saturday.
Davis, who already holds offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, and UCF, says that what his coach has told him about the future was echoed by the presentation.
"Yeah, I know it's important for me to learn more positions," Davis said. "My coach talked about that and I know that showing my ability to do many things is important when I go to camps and combines. He doesn't want me to just learn one position and I heard the same sort of things here."
Oak Ridge athlete Keith Tinsley said that a lot was learned about what is to come in the coming months as he goes deeper into the recruiting process.
"I really learned a lot because I came to this really not knowing a whole lot about what to expect with coaches, visits and all that," Tinsley said. "Now I know what to look for and I feel better prepared."
Royal Palm Beach prospect Zacchaeus Brown, a 5-foot-10 running back, collected his first offer from West Virginia recently but is getting high interest from schools around the country.
Brown says attending the event was definitely well worth the drive.
"One of the things we found out about was just exposure and how to get your name out there," Brown said. "I kind of have a plan now for camps and what to do this summer to earn more offers."