Dwyer DE Malik Brown no longer certain to pick Syracuse as Tennessee enters picture
Monday, February 04, 2013
by Matt Porter
Malik Brown thought he was all set to go to Syracuse. Brown likes the coaches, and close friend and ex-Dwyer teammate Julian Whigham plays for the Orange as well.
He enjoyed his December visit to the school's campus so much he committed Syracuse 12 days later.
Then Brown visited Tennessee's campus the final weekend before Wednesday's national signing day.
"This is a very hard decision," said Brown, a 6-foot-3, 251-pound defensive end. "I'm so confused it's ridiculous."
Confused recruits abound late in the recruiting cycle, even when they originally felt comfortable making a non-binding verbal commitment to a college.
Once January hit, Tennessee came calling for Brown. New head coach Butch Jones and three assistants visited Brown last week. They convinced the Dwyer senior to visit their school's Knoxville campus. Official visits to SEC schools can be very persuasive.
Suddenly Brown's signing-day ceremony possesses some intrigue. He'll set Syracuse, Tennessee and USF hats on the table before picking one to wear while he signs his national letter of intent.
Thanks to Tennessee's persistence, Brown is no longer sure which hat he'll choose.
New SFC teams: The Southeastern Football Conference, the independent coalition of small, mostly private schools, added two new members Monday. Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian and Pompano Beach High will join this fall, which will be the league's second year of play.
SFC President Matt Dillon, Pope John Paul II's athletic director, said the league may balance itself by moving Fort Lauderdale-Westminster Academy from the North to South division. The two new programs would join defending champion Benjamin, John Carroll, Pope John Paul II and St. Andrew's in the North.
Football players commit: Pope John Paul II receivers Bobby Lentz (Bryant) and Brock Turner (Sacred Heart) committed to colleges last weekend. As did Boca Raton lineman Charles Strippoli, who will attend Johns Hopkins.
Preseason softball rankings out: American Heritage (Class 3A) and Grandview Prep (2A) are the top-ranked teams in the preseason Miracle Sports state softball rankings. Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens made the 8A poll, and West Boca Raton (7A) and King's Academy (3A) also were selected.
Monday's boys basketball
Port St. Lucie 46, South Fork 39: Domenico Santiago had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lift the fourth-seeded Jaguars (12-11) over the fifth-seeded Bulldogs in Stuart. The Jaguars will next face Martin County at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Stuart.
Fort Pierce Central 71, Okeechobee 48: Joshua Knight scored 10 points to lead the Cobras past the Brahmans in Stuart. Fort Pierce Central will next meet Sebastian River at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Glades Central 69, Inlet Grove 52: Jonathan Istache recorded 19 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals to lead the Raiders past the Hurricanes in Boca Raton. Glades Central's next game will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against St. Andrew's.
Glades Day 57, Donna Klein Academy 47: David Curkin had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Gators (11-5) topped the fifth-seeded Eagles. Glades Day will face Grandview Prep at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lake Worth.
Lake Worth Christian 60, Wellington Christian 22: Alex Urso scored 12 points to lead the Defenders (13-12) past the Eagles. Lake Worth Christian advances to play Boca Raton Christian at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Boca Raton Christian 55, FAU High 29: Heber Michel had 22 points and six rebounds to lead the Blazers (16-8) past the Owls in Boca Raton.