By: Wells Dusenbury
After committing to Cincinnati in July, Ft. Pierce Central running back Marcus Levy shut down his recruitment. Levy had no intention of going anywhere else and was excited to plain head coach Butch Jones' wide-open offense.
Then the college football coaching carousel ramped up into full gear. Tennessee decided to fire head coach Derek Dooley, and after long search, the Volunteers decided to swoop in and hire Jones as its head coach.
Shortly after, the Bearcats tabbed Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville as the new man to lead the program.
The problem for Levy? Tuberville runs a completely different offense. The main allure of going to Cincinnati for Levy was that they ran a wide-open offense similar to what he played in at Ft. Pierce Central. Tuberville, on the other hand, runs a more pro-style attack.
Levy ultimately decommitted from Cincinnati, but the Cobras' star back now finds himself in a tough bind. Over the summer, Levy had offers from SEC programs like South Carolina and Kentucky, but those schools moved on after Levy committed to Cincinnati.
Despite Tennessee being a step-up from Cincinnati, Knoxville would seem like a possible destination considering new head coach Butch Jones recruited him at Cincinnati. The problem for Levy though is the running backs coach and his main recruiter at Cincinnati didn't join Jones' staff at Tennessee. The running backs' coach is a holdover from Dooley's staff.
Levy will certainly still have his options, Middle Tennessee State, Marshall and Memphis all talked to him last week, but he may not have the choices he once had over the summer.
Five other thoughts
-D.J. Juste has been one of the area's most electric players over the past few years and could end up continuing his career right in our backyard. The Port St. Lucie dual-threat quarterback has FAU high on his list right now, according to head coach Hilary Poole.
In addition to FAU, Poole says Illinois, Buffalo and Georgia Southern are all near the top of his list. Juste, who's one of the area's most athletic players, is being recruited as a wide receiver by Illinois, but Poole says FAU plans to give him a shot at QB if he signs with the Owls.
Buffalo and Georgia Southern have both said they would use Juste as quarterback as well. Poole says that Juste will probably make up his mind close to National Signing Day.
-After spending the past year at Fork Union Military Academy, former Palm Beach Central wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis has finally found a new home. As first reported by the Palm Beach Post, Jean-Louis has committed to Marshall.
Last year on Signing Day, Jean-Louis signed with the University of Miami, but failed to qualify academically. The former Bronco went to Fork Union to get his grades up and go to UM, but told the Palm Beach Post today that he would head to Marshall after Miami admissions flagged his test scores.
-After a quiet year as a freshman at West Virginia, former Village Academy standout Devonte Robinson will the chance to shine in 2013. Today, junior wideout Stedman Bailey announced his intentions to declare for the NFL Draft after a monster season in which he had 106 receptions for 1,501 yards and 23 touchdowns.
In addition, the Mountaineers' second and third leading receivers (Tavon Austin and J.D Woods) will graduate after this year, leaving West Virginia with a big hole at the top of the depth chart.
Robinson didn't record a catch in his debut season in Morgantown, but with the Mountaineers crowded receiving corp suddenly becoming barren, he'll have plenty of opportunities next year.
-One local player who won't get the opportunity to shine this bowl season is former Pahokee standout Brandin Hawthorne. The Michigan linebacker, along with two other players, was suspended by head coach Brady Hoke for the Wolverines' bowl game against South Carolina.
With Hawthorne being a senior, his Maize and Blue career comes to an abrupt end. The former Blue Devil played in 11 games his final season, mostly on special teams.
-After being named the state's 2A Player of the Year last week, Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor came up just short this week in capturing the state's premier award. Taylor finished second in the voting for Florida's Mr. Football, given to the state's top player.
Yulee running back Derrick Henry, an Alabama commit, captured the prestigious honor. This marks the second time henry has topped Taylor head-to-head this season. Earlier this year, Henry's Yulee squad knocked off Taylor's Gators 42-6 in a game televised on ESPN.
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