By: Wells Dusenbury
We're now just nine days away from National Signing Day and once again Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast is set to send a multitude of players to BCS programs. As of now, 15 area players are committed to BCS schools.
While most of the top prospects are committed at this point, two of the area's biggest recruits, both figuratively and literally, are undecided.
Atlantic's Keith Bryant appears to be down to three schools now with Miami, Florida state and South Carolina all vying for the services of the 6'2'' 300 punned defensive tackle.
With Bryant's visit to South Carolina this weekend, Bryant has now seen all three schools in person. Bryant said on twitter that he also planned on visiting FAU next weekend.
Bryant will announce his decision on National Signing Day, in a ceremony that will be televised live by ESPN.
The area's other top uncommitted player is another defensive tackle in Centennial's Jaynard Bostwick. Florida, Alabama and Miami are the front-runners for the 6'4'' 290 pounder. Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Florida head man were both in Port St. Lucie last week to meet with the star defensive player.
Much like Bryant, Bostwick plans on making his decision on National Signing Day.
Five other notes
-Since accepting the head coaching job at Arkansas, Brett Bielema has been tirelessly recruiting South Florida. His persistence paid off as Suncoast defensive tackle Ke'Tyrus Marks committed to the Razorbacks on Sunday. Marks did so while on an official visit in Fayetteville.
-While Arkansas was able to nab Marks, American Heritage's Marcus Davis will be the one that got away. Despite going hard after the Stallions QB, Davis committed this weekend to fellow SEC West foe Auburn.
The Tigers entered into the picture late, with the program offering him a scholarship this past Wednesday. Davis took a visit to Auburn this weekend and was impressed enough to commit on the spot.
-One of the county's most physical backs found a home this weekend. Atlantic running back Tevin Spells committed to Tennessee State this weekend while on an official visit at the school.
-During his tenure at FIU, Mario Cristobal made it a point to heavily target Palm Beach County. Despite Cristobal no longer being with the Panthers, nothing seems to have changed for FIU.
On Sunday, Palm Beach Gardens offensive tackle James Cruise committed to the Panthers after receiving an offer from new head coach Ron Turner. Cruise is now the third area to commit to FIU, along with Benjamin tight end Jonathan Pavlov and Vero Beach offensive lineman Chris Flaig.
-Tennessee and new head coach Butch Jones looking to be making a late push at Dwyer defensive end and Syracuse commit Malik Brown. Last week, the Volunteers offered the Panther star, and on Friday, Jones dropped by for an in-home visit along with three Tennessee assistants. Brown remains committed to Syracuse, but this storyline will be one to watch as we rapidly approach Signing Day.
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