Football: Recruiting update — June 17

The summer is a busy time for college recruiting with offers, visits and commitments. Check here for the latest on what is happening with local prospects.

A pair of Carrollwood Day offensive linemen make their college decisions

Carrollwood Day’s Clay Wedin and James Jenkins, two of the area’s top offensive linemen, announced their commitments this week. 

Wedin, rated as a four-star recruit in the 2023 class by 247 Sports, picked Michigan State. 

“They checked every single box that I had for schools recruiting me,” Wedin said of the Spartans. “Some of the bigger factors are the development from coach Kap (Chris Kapilovic) and coach (Jason) Novak, the culture, vision and mentality coach (Mel) Tucker has built into the program, as well as the coaching stability. 

“I was also trying to be very nit-picky about finding any negatives about both the football program or university, but I could not find anything whatsoever. I feel they have a great offensive line group that I would definitely fit into.”

Wedin chose Michigan State over Auburn, Miami, Penn State, Texas A&M and UCF. 

Jenkins, another senior who is rated as a three-star recruit, decided on Cincinnati over California, Mississippi, Purdue and USF.

For Jenkins, the biggest factors in picking the Bearcats were “their amazing coaching staff, and the outstanding culture that their program has.”  

CCC’s Nate Johnson picks Boston College

On Thursday, Clearwater Central Catholic’s Nate Johnson made his college plans known by announcing his commitment to Boston College. 

Johnson chose the Eagles over offers from 21 other schools, including Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. 

Last year, Johnson had 915 yards and eight touchdowns as a receiver and recorded 13 tackles and three interceptions on defense. 

Gaither’s Eugene Wilson III to make decision next week

Eugene Wilson III, one of the area’s most dynamic receivers, has narrowed his list of college landing spots to Florida and Texas A&M.

This weekend, Wilson III is on an official visit with the Gators. He said he will make his decision sometime next weekend. 

The four-star recruit, who is rated as the nation’s 10th-best athlete according to 247 Sports’ composite list, had a breakout season as a junior last year, finishing with 925 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver.  

Largo’s Adarius Hayes narrows college list

Adarius Hayes still has two years left in high school, but he has already gone through the process of whittling his extensive list of offers. Three schools – Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame — are near the top of a likely be a top 10 list that will be released soon.

But do not expect a decision anytime soon. Hayes said he will wait until after this season before announcing his commitment. 

Hayes is ranked as the 35th best prospect, the 13th-best player in the state and third-best linebacker in the country in the 2024 class according to 247 Sports’ composite list. 

As a sophomore last season, Hayes recorded 102 tackles and a sack. 

Two-minute drill

Wiregrass Ranch’s Bryson Rodgers, an Ohio State commit, had a combined eight touchdowns in last week’s OT7 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas that was sponsored by Overtime. Rodgers is taking his official visit to Columbus this weekend…. One of Rodgers’ receiving teammates, Izaiah Williams, is off to another school. Williams, a four-star recruit in the 2024 class, has transferred to Carrollwood Day…. Maryland extended plenty of offers to local prospects this week, including Clearwater Central Catholic’s Andy Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s Christian Bodnar and Armwood’s Jaylin Crumby.