Tally Notebook - Day One

Jerrell Reynolds

Here's a recruiting notebook of my first of two days in Tallahassee. I took in the Lincoln/Godby game and made stops to Madison County, East Gadsden, Florida A&M and Rickards.

In the good connotation Jerrell Reynolds is often referred to in the Havana (Fla.) East Gadsden locker room as the "Honey Badger". His head coach gives a simple explanation as to why this nickname.

"It's pretty simple," said Corey Fuller, East Gadsden's coach. "This kid is just a football player. And that's the best compliment you can give someone that plays this sport."

Fuller should know. He starred for Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles before spending 13 years in the National Football League.

"I have only been here for a short time, for five years," Fuller said. "But he's the best player I have seen. He plays everywhere for us except on the line of scrimmage. He plays the whole field. Jerrell is so tough. And he has this knack for always being around the ball, just like him [Tyrann Mathieu]. He's so smart and really knows the game. Let's put it this way, if he was 6-foot-0 or 6-foot-1, Nick Saban would be all over him."

Despite his 5-foot-8 and 180-pound frame, there are a handful of teams after Reynolds. Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Arizona have all offered him.

Now the question is where does he play and what position will he play? The first part is unknown to Reynolds but not the later.

"I know I can play on either side of the ball," Reynolds said. "But I really want a shot at running back. I just love the ball and love to score. But I like defense too. I love to hit people. I love to hit back."

Reynolds says he's open to the recruiting process and that he will set up his official visits after the season. East Gadsden begins starts their playoff run next Friday.

"I would like to make an official visit to all those schools that offered," Reynolds said. "I know I just want to see them. I can adapt anywhere. Distance is not an issue. I want to meet the staffs and see how hard they push their players. I want to be pushed."

Denson to visit
Four-star offensive guard prospect Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison County) says he will make his official visit to Florida State (11-24) when they host Florida at the end of this month. This Seminole commitment also plans to make a few other trips.

"I will also make official visits to South Carolina and Tennessee," Denson said. "I just want to get away and check out other programs. But I am firmly committed to Florida State."

Denson, now 6-foot-4 and 300-pounds, committed to FSU at the end of May. He's the nation's No. 5 rated guard.

Cards lead for CB
According to Madison County head coach Louisville leads for one of his star players, cornerback Shedrick Williams.

"Louisville is probably his leader right now," Coe said. "He fits their mold well and coach [Ron] Duggans has done a great job recruiting him."

Williams, 5-foot-11 and 180-pounds, also has offers from South Carolina, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and USF.

Hamilton out with injury
One of the top linebackers in the Class of 2014 is Brice Hamilton from Madison County. He's out for the year with a broken leg.

"He has a broken fibula," Mike Coe said. "It's a shame because he was just starting to come on. This kid has length and great closing speed. He was just starting to get it."

Hamilton is a cousin of former Madison County star Geno Hayes, who played at FSU and in the NFL with the Bucs and now the Bears.

Fat Daddy
Remember the name of Aukevieus Williams. He's a sophomore at Madison County. They call him ‘Fat Daddy."

"He's the next big thing here," Coe said. "This is a dynamic BCS athlete. He's freakish. He can play for anyone. He's a Florida State, Florida, Miami kid. He's that guy."

Williams, 6-foot-3 and 180-pounds, plays receiver, safety, quarterback and also long snaps.

Calling all juniors
East Gadsden High School in Havana is home to several Class of 2014 prospects that all have a chance to be major D1 prospects like defensive linemen Derrick Kelly and Fred Andrews and running back Trinity Charlton. Kelly is 6-foot-6 and 260-pounds while Andrews is 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds. Charlton is 5-foot-8 and 175-pounds.

"Kelly and Andrews are going to be big time players," Fuller said. "They will have a chance to be great. I think Charlton is another Warrick Dunn."

Tallahassee Rickards is loaded with some unheralded underclassmen like linebacker Malik Slater (6-0/190), defensive ends Markel Winters (6-4/210) and Steven Denmark (6-3/200), cornerback Tremaine Holmes (6-0/170), and safety Tuscon Young (6-1/180). One junior that is very known is Charlie Kelly.

"He's the best athlete on the team and the best player in this city," said Quintin Lewis, Rickards first year head coach. "Everyone in Tallahassee knows who Charlie Kelly is. You can't tackle this guy. You give him a crease and he's gone. He's our starting point guard. At 5-foot-8 (185-pounds) he can touch the rim. He runs a 3.9 shuttle and squats 485-pounds. I am telling you he's the best thing around."

Kelly starts as the teams quarterback. Through nine games he has throws for over 1,500 yards and rushed for over 600 yards.

Meanwhile, Florida A&M High School has two Class of 2014 recruits at this time in cornerbacks Carlton McWhite (5-11/190) and Dante Fields (6-1/160). McWhite has six interceptions already this season. As a freshman he had 14 touchdown receptions. Fields is coming of ACL surgery. He hopes to be back in the next week or so as they make their playoff run.

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