|Player, pos.||School||Ht., Wt.|
|Pete DiNovo, QB||Tarpon Springs||6-2, 205|
|Justin Holman, QB||Snellville, Ga.||6-4, 205|
|D.J. Killings, DB||Jacksonville||5-11, 180|
|Mario Mathis, LB||Thomasville, Ga.||6-1, 240|
|Tate Hernly, OL||Fort Myers||6-4, 290|
|Justin McDonald, LB||Lauderhill||6-2, 200|
|William Stanback, ATH||Hempstead, N.Y.||6-0, 210|
|Deondre Barnett, LB||Cocoa||6-3, 220|
|Shaquem Griffin, DB||St. Petersburg||6-2, 195|
|Jake Berman, LB||Naples||6-1, 230|
|Blake Keller, DL||Bradenton||6-2, 225|
|Jordan Prestwood, OL||Plant City||6-6, 310|
|Dontravious Wilson, RB||Buford||5-11, 215|
|Shaquill Griffin, DB||St. Petersburg||6-2, 190|
|Aaron Evans, OL||Seffner||6-5, 280|
|Micah Reed, RB||Crestview||5-11, 210|
|Seyvon Lowry, DL||Jacksonville||6-3, 225|
|Tony Guerad, DL||Tampa||6-4, 280|
|Chequan Burkett, LB||Montgomery, Ala.||6-2, 220|
|Player, pos.||School||Ht., Wt|
|Zach Benjamin, WR||Tampa Catholic||6-4, 190|
|Derrick Calloway, DT||Bradenton Manatee||6-1, 300|
|Hassan Childs, DB||Kissimmee Osceola||6-1, 175|
|Nate Godwin, DB||Tampa Freedom||5-11, 185|
|Jeremi Hall, OT||Atlanta Tri-Cities||6-4, 330|
|Nigel Harris, LB||Tampa Hillsborough||6-2, 200|
|Bruce Hector, DT||Tampa Robinson||6-2, 270|
|Mike Love, DE||Clearwater Countryside||6-2, 210|
|Eric Mayes, DE||Sarasota Booker||6-4, 240|
|Sta’fon McCray, RB||Kissimmee Osceola||5-11, 205|
|Emilio Nadelman, PR||Central||5-6, 165|
|Lamar Robbins, DB||Southridge||6-3, 190|
|Cameron Ruff, OL||Tampa Jesuit||6-4, 277|
|Auggie Sanchez, FB||St. Pete. Northeast||6-2, 215|
|Torrel Saffold, DB||K.C. Sumner||5-11, 180|
|Deadrin Seat, DT||Immokalee||6-1, 310|
|Rahmon Swain, LB||Lithonia (Ga.) MLK||6-0, 216|
|Darius Tice, RB,||Miami Northwestern||6-0, 205|
|Dominique Threatt, OL||Tri-Cities||6-2, 295|
|Johnny Ward, DB||Colquitt County||6-0, 165|
|Mike White, QB||University||6-5, 195|
|Darius Whitty, DB||Jacksonville First Coast||6-0, 180|
|Mitchell Wright, LB||Tampa Plant||6-3, 200|
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|Name, Pos.||School||Ht., Wt.|
|Darian Baker, WR||Jacksonville Raines||5-10, 175|
|Larry Brihm, QB||Delray Village Academy||6-0, 210|
|Frank Brown, WR||P.B. Gardens||5-11, 175|
|Jonathan Cagle, P/K||Pensacola Pine Forest||6-3, 175|
|Jamal Cooper, DL||Memphis Kirby||6-4, 280|
|Jawill Davis, WR||Miami American||6-0, 170|
|Terique Debois, OL||Bensalem (Pa.)||6-3, 310|
|Jamal Dozier, WR||Jacksonville Raines||6-1, 160|
|Andrew Edouard, OL||Philadelphia Overbrook||6-0, 290|
|Atreyu Farrior, ATH||Lakeland Kathleen||6-1, 180|
|Anthony Green, DT||Lakeland Lake Gibson||6-1, 245|
|Uriah Horne, OG||Eagles Landing, Ga.||6-3, 260|
|William Koen III, OL||Mountain View, Ga.||6-4, 250|
|Dazzie Morrs, OG||Apopka||6-2, 260|
|Dre’Sean Nelson, RB||Dillard||5-8, 160|
|Phillip Norman, OG||Sebastian River||6-4, 280|
|Larry Overstreet, RB||Lehigh||6-0, 200|
|Nathaniel Pryor, RB||Sebastian River||5-9, 180|
|Dishawn Ray, DT||Wayne County, Ga.||6-4, 305|
|Bruce Seymore, WR||Jacksonville Raines||6-2, 170|
|Jamaruz Thompkins, RB||Tampa Tech||5-10, 185|
|Devonte Washington, WR||Jacksonville Raines||6-2, 180|
|Shelton Willis, QB||Daytona Beach Mainland||6-0, 165|
One of the best stories on National Signing Day 2013 took place in Orlando, where UCF announced the signing of safety Shaquem Griffin, who lost his left hand at age four due to a rare medical condition.
Considered a three-star recruit out of St. Petersburg Lakewood, Griffin also set a state record in the triple jump. His twin brother, Shaquill, is another Lakewood safety who signed with UCF.
Elsewhere around the state, two new coaches — Earl Holmes at Florida A&M and Willie Taggart at South Florida — made their first major steps in rebuilding their programs on Wednesday.
Both schools finished with losing records last season. FAMU finished 4-7 and tied for sixth in the MEAC at 4-4. USF went 5-7 and tied for last in the Big East at 1-6
Meanwhile, Bethune-Cookman coach Brian Jenkins and UCF coach George O’Leary just want to keep the momentum going.
Jenkins’ Wildcats have won two MEAC titles in three years. Last season, they went 8-0 in the conference for the first time in school history and have won 13 MEAC games in a row.
UCF (10-4) tied for the second-most wins in school history. The Knights won Conference USA’s East Division title in their final year in the league and also won the Beef ‘O’Brady bowl game.
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Jenkins signed 23 recruits, including 17 from Florida and three from Georgia. Four of the recruits are junior-college transfers.
The Wildcats graduated two tall and talented receivers in 6-4 Eddie Poole and 6-3 K.J. Stroud but responded by signing six wide receivers, including Jawill Davis of Miami American. However, none of the new targets are taller than 6-2.
Depth at running back, where backup Rodney Scott (675 yards) graduated, was another need. The Wildcats signed four running backs, including Dre’Sean Nelson of Fort Lauderdale Dillard.
Jenkins also loaded up at offensive line (six recruits) and quarterback (two).
Holmes, a FAMU graduate who played linebacker in the NFL for a decade, signed 20 recruits, including 15 from Florida. The only player signed from Miami-Dade or Broward is Belen fullback Keonte Cash.
Holmes inherits a Rattlers team which has major needs on offense, including running back and receiver. They finished eighth in the 12-team MEAC in scoring and rushing.
The Rattlers signed one running back — Lemond Buice from Alabama. They also got a pair of tall receivers in 6-5 Victor Love from Orlando and 6-3 Joseph Williams from West Palm Beach.
Taggart was an all-state quarterback at Bradenton Manatee and played for Super Bowl coach Jim Harbaugh at Western Kentucky. Harbaugh was also the best man at his wedding.
Taggart used his Manatee connections to sign defensive tackle Derrick Calloway. USF also got Miami Southridge defensive back Lamar Robbins. Calloway and Robbins are four-star recruits, which is impressive since in-state rival UCF did not sign any player rated as highly as those two.
Taggart’s other South Florida pickups include Fort Lauderdale University quarterback Mike White, Northwestern running back Darius Tice and Central punt returner Emilio Nadelman, rounding out his class to 23.
UCF signed 19 players, including 14 from Florida and three from Georgia. They loaded up on linebackers with five but did not sign a wide receiver or tight end.
One of those linebackers is Justin McDonald, who is from Boyd Anderson and represents the only South Floridian in this class.
One of the biggest areas of need for UCF is running back, where Latavius Murray graduated after he led the team in rushing (1,106 yards, 5.6 average). Former Hurricanes RB Storm Johnson will return after rushing for 507 yards (4.5 average), and UCF also added two recruits: Micah Reed and Dontravious Wilson and potentially a third in RB/LB William Stanback.