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June 18, 2013
JACKSONVILLE -- For 230+ high school students that gathered at Atlantic Coast High School on Jacksonville's southside, the chance to both show off and learn from the USF staff of coaches was not missed.
There were several high profile recruits present, as well as some that were flying under the radar.
Saints DB goes marching in
"It's a great offer to get," Jones said. "I'm looking for a good academic fit."
"I'm looking forward to getting down there Saturday night," Jones added. "Getting to match up against tough competition and see where you stand is how you get better."
Jones' high school coach, Adam Geis, called him a 'field general'.
"He's a leader on the field and in the classroom," Geis said. "He gets it done and makes sure his priorities are straight."
"They (the coaches) seem to really know what it takes to get to that next level," Jones said. "They were intense, but instructive today and I really liked that."
Jones said he will "definitely" take an unofficial visit to USF 'soon'.
Legacy gets noticed
Lonnie Marts III is the son of former NFL linebacker Lonnie Marts Jr., who starred with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Marts III won the Nike Football Training Combine MVP in March and has been steadily rising on the radar. Thus far, he's only got an offer from Hawaii, but the Rivals two-star caught the eye of the USF coaches and will be in Tampa for the 'Saturday Night Live' camp.
Marts III - who measures 6-foot-2, 215 lbs, worked out as a defensive end, but could see some action at linebacker.
"I'm looking forward to getting down there," Marts III said after the camp. "I want to get a chance to show what I can do."
Marts III stars for Jacksonville private school Harvest Community, a small 2A school - and plays both ways.
If they offer - will he flip?
Jacksonville First Coast DB Kamren Lott has made no secret of his affection for USF - showing up wearing a USF dry-fit shirt underneath his camp shirt - even though the Rivals three-star is a verbal to Rutgers.
At 5-foot-10, 185 pds, Lott has speed and quickness at the safety spot - and sources tell Runninghtebulls.com - that if the Bulls offer, Lott would give very 'strong consideration' to flipping his commitment to the Bulls.
Lott played with class of 2013 DB Darius Whitty - who signed with USF in February.
We'll have to see if the offer comes.
One of Lott's teammates that won't be 'flipping' any time soon - Florida State commit De'Andre Johnson was there to support his Buccaneer teammates - and get a glimpse of what might be a future opponent.
"I'm still 100 percent committed to FSU," Johnson said, wearing FSU shoes, shorts, shirt and a lanyard. "I'm here to support my teammates and see some of the talent from Duval."
Johnson did not register, nor participate in the camp.
Big Guy rumbles
John Biscardi is no stranger to USF - he came to the spring game. But Biscardi took this opportunity to show off his skills - and speed.
Biscardi, a 6-foot-3, 270 lb offensive guard from Orange Park (Fla.) Fleming Island, won the lineman challenge sprint race.
Biscardi matched up with Marts III in the one-on-one foot race, but didn't fare as well against the lighter, more swift Marts III.
Biscardi has an offer form Presbyterian.
Biscardi wasn't the only 'big guy' there - as assistant coaches Walt Wells (offensive line), defensive coaches Raymond Woodie and Eric Mathies were busy working with several linemen, linebackers and defensive ends.
Each unit worked separately before coming together for some skills challenges.
Jacksonville Raines QB Marvin Zanders showed up and threw some of the tightest spirals of the camp, showing that he's more than just a run first, run often QB. Zanders, a 6-foot-1, 175 pound ATH with a Rivals three-star rating, worked mostly at QB and was 'on the money' as far as when we were watching.
His brother, Micah Zanders also worked at QB. Micah is a class of 2015 prospect.
Other QB's that were in attendance included Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Nease's Chris Riddle, who just transferred to Nease from Sandalwood; Atlantic Coast QB Ryan McFarlin, Orange Park's Jacob Mezera just to name a few.
Keep an eye out
Ronald Gardner (2015) from Atlantic Coast made a really good impression as a defensive back, showing the ability to turn on the ball and recover - as well as use his very long arms to knock the ball away... Georgia Tech verbal Step Durham (also from Atlantic Coast) will make a nice tandem with Gardner in the secondary for the Stingrays... Orange Park Ridgeview DB Stanley Dye can flat-out fly - and uses his speed to play very strong in the secondary... Neptune Beach Fletcher DB Malik Reaves is also one to keep an eye on - but Sean Smith was quite an eye-full. Smith used his size and strength very well in the one-on-one drills.
The final satellite camp will be Thursday in the panhandle, at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach.