MIAMI -- Droves of top college football prospects from south Florida and well beyond showcased their skills at the Under Armour All-America Game camp Miami stop at Ives Estate Park Sunday.
Before and after taking in the competition, SI All-American was able to connect with many of the event's best for an update on their individual recruiting processes.
Shemar Stewart - 2022 Edge Rusher - Opa Locka (Fla.) Monsignor Pace
Superstar defensive end Shemar Stewart, considered to be one of the hot commodities in the class of 2022, entered Under Armour Miami with all eyes on him. Those eyes were disappointed to see Stewart working off to the side on his pass-rushing moves for about the entirety of the camp, due to shoulder and knee injuries. He did partake in some defensive line individual drills, though.
Still, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end caught up with SI All-American to discuss where things currently stand in his recruitment after the defensive linemen exited the field. Taking it slow and claiming that there is "no need to rush," Stewart believes he will be making his college decision near the end of the recruiting cycle. However, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, Miami, Ohio State, and Tennessee currently stand out the most to Stewart.
Gabriel Dindy - 2022 Defensive Lineman - Lakeland (Fla.) High School
One of the camp’s headliners is keeping his favorites close to the vest beyond his public top 11, but he did shine a light on the timeline for a decision between them. At this time he envisions making the public call at the 2022 Under Armour All-America Game in January. Dindy will cut his list from 11 to less than half that group in the near future and he could be close to setting up visits to “USC, Clemson, Oklahoma,” among others, when the NCAA dead period concludes. A list trim, cutting down to four options, could come “pretty soon.”
Julian Armella - 2022 Offensive Tackle - Miami (Fla.) Columbus
Noticeably trim upon his arrival Sunday morning, dropping 40-plus pounds over the last year, Armella is still considering each program in his top group -- Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Clemson. The FSU legacy would like to visit out-of-state programs before making a decision, something not to be expected until the tail-end of the process. Armella says he may commit on National Signing Day down the line.
Daniel Lyons - 2022 Defensive Tackle - Homestead (Fla.) High School
Although he wouldn't describe himself as "Camp God," defensive tackle Daniel Lyons is confident that "nobody can stop" him in pads. His offer list, with Georgia and Oklahoma recently entering the mix, backs that idea up.
However, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle isn't quite ready to narrow his programs of choice down quite yet. Lyons was vocally fond of his relationship with Florida head coach Dan Mullen, defensive line coach David Turner, and tight ends coach Tim Brewster when asked about the Gators, but otherwise kept the post-camp conversation about his game.
"I'm taking my time, letting it fall in place," Lyons said of his recruitment. "The corona[virus] and the dead period set things back."
Jaziun Patterson - 2022 Running Back - Deerfield Beach (Fla.)
The Broward County star appears relatively far along in his recruiting process, naming Florida State, Auburn and Penn State as his top three programs. He has already visited FSU and AU, but mentioned rapport with the staff at PSU as a strong selling point. Patterson, who wants to get to Happy Valley before a commitment is to be made, wants to make a decision before the 2021 season begins.
Mario Eugenio - 2022 Defensive End - Tampa (Fla.) Gaither
After a successful run against Armella, the most coveted offensive lineman at the camp, Eugenio said he was taking his time with the recruiting process. Missouri, Mississippi State and Washington State have each offered over the last week or so, and he would like to make more visits if possible. The SEC is alluring to him in general, but he’s not narrowed the focus to the conference. The rising-senior recently took a road trip through the Midwest, getting campus impressions of Kentucky and Cincinnati. Eugenio wants to release his top schools in the spring and make a decision before the 2021 season begins. Penn State and Arizona State could be the next programs to offer, he says.
Mekhi Mason - 2022 Linebacker - Miami Gardens (Fla.) Monsignor Pace
A top seven will come “soon” for the lengthy linebacker prospect and he knows a few programs set to make that cut -- Ole Miss, Syracuse, West Virginia and Indiana. The move will come in April but a decision timetable has yet to materialize beyond it at this time. Mason says he's focused on his game, mainly pass coverage, in the short term.
Brandon Inniss - 2023 Wide Receiver - Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) TRU Prep
Just how national of a recruiting battle will this be? Alabama, Ohio State and USC are his latest offers to date, pushing his total well beyond the 30 offer-mark. Adamant about taking his time with creating a list of favorites, much less a decision, the wide receiver production and NFL talent the trio of programs have on their resume in recent years was reiterated while Inniss learned of his newest extensions.
Sharif Denson - 2023 Defensive Back - Jacksonville (Fla) Bartram Trail
Arriving as one of the camp’s most talented underclassmen, Denson is just getting underway in his recruitment process. Looking to take the slow approach in regards to his timeline for the foreseeable future, offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Penn State, amongst others, the interest for him continues to grow. While his intentions are to outlast the dead period to visit schools, he indicated a plan to make a decision at the conclusion of his junior season.
Pearce Spurlin - 2023 Tight End - Santa Rosa Beach (Fla.) South Walton
The Georgia native and Bulldog commitment was sporting the SEC East program’s gear immediately after the event wrapped up and that is where his focus remains from a recruiting standpoint. The future tight end says other programs are still courting him as a pass catcher and basketball player, including Florida State, Penn State, Stanford and Oregon.
Deandre Duffus - 2023 Offensive Lineman - Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna
One of the top trench performers has a national offer list to date, mentioning Oregon, Florida and Florida State among the programs in pursuit of his commitment. Duffus has no plans to make an early decision at this time, while anticipating more extensions to come in. Most of his offers have come early in 2021.
Santana Fleming - 2023 Wide Receiver - Opa Locka (Fla.) Carol City
The speedster, who specializes in the slot, says he’s keeping up communication with many of the 20 programs that have offered to date. “Florida State, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Ole Miss” and others are in touch. There is no early timetable for a decision but Fleming, whose father attended Florida State, is positioning his academics in order to graduate next December.
Raylen Wilson - 2023 Linebacker - Tallahassee (Fla) Lincoln
Attending the camp with aspirations to gain more exposure, Wilson raised eyebrows as one of the most proficient coverage linebackers on the day. Winning with physicality and anticipation, Wilson was responsible for three pass breakups on four routes ran against him. Holding notable offers from South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and Louisville, the Tallahassee native plans to continue drawing power five interest as his recruitment wears on. The timeline for his decision is uncertain at this time.
John Garcia, Jr. and Brandon Carroll contributed to this report
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