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    Treon Harris flipped his commitment from Florida State to Florida on National Signing Day.

    Washington (Miami) dual-threat quarterback and playmaker Treon Harris, who led his team to a MaxPreps national championship, has flipped from Florida State to Florida.

    The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder had committed to the Seminoles way back in July, but according to several sources has committed to state rival Florida.

    Head to the MaxPreps Signing Day Home for the latest updates, highlights and interviews


    One of the biggest unspoken rules in recruiting is that quarterbacks don't flip. Especially at the last moment.

    Most programs recruit only one quarterback per season and if that one bails, a hole at that one key spot is made.

    There's plenty of chatter that Harris will not play quarterback because of his lack of height, but his wish is definitely to play the position. Thanks to Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, signal-callers south of 6-feet are no longer immediately ruled out.

    Harris is reportedly attracted to Florida changing its offense with new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. The offense supposedly is similar to one used at Washington.

    The tricky part here is that Florida already has landed Will Grier, a five-star quarterback from Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) already enrolled at the school.

    In his three-year varsity career, Harris passed for 5,894 yards and 75 touchdowns and rushed for 2,344 yards and 42 more scores.
  • Most high school football stars would not turn down an offer to play in college at the highest level.
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    Luke Del Rio at Valor Christian, CO


    For Luke Del Rio, son of Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, that was not the case.

    After starring at Episcopal (Jacksonville, Fla.) as a junior he moved out west to attend Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) for his senior campaign and wasted no time getting acclimated, leading his team to a state title in 2013.

    Following a state title and a very successful high school career, Luke fielded offers from Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Colorado State and UCLA, none of which he accepted. Instead, he took his talents to the south and walked on at the University of Alabama.

    Luke spent just one season under Nick Saban as a redshirt freshman, and has decided the Crimson Tide is not his final landing spot.According to CBSsports.com, reports have hinted at Luke heading back to the west coast, and possibly settling in Corvallis, Oregon under Coach Mike Riley and Beaver Nation.

    Check out a full recap of Luke's career here.


  • In a game believed to be the highest-scoring playoff matchup in state history, Clay (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) defeated Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, Fla.) 74-73, thanks to a late touchdown run from quarterback Wes Weeks.

    The Weeks score spoiled a heroic night by Bishop Kenny quarterback John Wolford, who accounted for 10 total touchdowns according to Clayton Freeman of the Florida Times-Union.

    With the victory, Clay advances to take on Pensacola Catholic in the regional finals of the Class 5A bracket.

    See all the MaxPreps Florida football playoff brackets

    The loss ends Wolford's storied career. He is the state's all-time leader in touchdown passes and is committed to play at East Carolina.


  • We've already seen some incredible trick plays this season, from the Sherwood Wrecking Ball to the El Camino Real Wrong Ball Trick.

    You can put the Hialeah Cougars' trick up there with the best of them.

    The Miami youth league football squad flawlessly executed one of the season's finest trick plays in a recent match-up against the Dania Beach Bears.

    With the score tied 12-12 in the fourth quarter, Hialeah's coaching staff made the call.

    In video taken by MaxPreps Qwixcorer Mike Raigoso, Hialeah quarterback Treyvon Fowler is seen quickly jogging toward the sideline, seemingly to have a quick chat with the coaching staff to confirm the play call.

    As Fowler nears the sideline, the ball is snapped directly to the running back as Fowler sprints toward the sideline and catches a deep pass for a touchdown.

    Mater Academy fans might have something to look forward to next year. According to Raigoso, Fowler is expected to enroll there as a freshman next fall.

    Perhaps he'll bring this play with him.
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    Angela Mastalski and husband Andy are diehard Lakeland fans who design intricate Lakeland hats.

    Andy and Angela Mastalski are no ordinary Lakeland (Fla.) fans.

    In fact, they are no ordinary superfans.

    The husband and wife pair, who are natives of Oxford, England, are among the most die-hard fans of any team, anywhere in the country.

    The Mastalskis have been showing up to Lakeland games with their impressive headgear, which depict the team's mascot, the dreadnaught ship, since 1985.

    Since their original hats, which were made of foam rubber, the Mastalkis have evolved into more intricate designs that include plastic canvas, balsa wood and battery-operated lights.

    The Mastalskis have had plenty to cheer about over the years, as head coach Bill Castle has guided the Dreadnaughts to six state titles during his tenure.

    The team is 9-1 this season heading into the class 7A playoff bracket that features familiar foe St. Thomas Aquinas.
    Photo by Del Mecum

    Lakeland has given Andy Mastalski plenty to cheer about this season.


    Lakeland Athletic Director Dan Talbot contributed to this story.
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    Apopka is the highest-scoring team in the regular season in FHSAA history.

    Apopka (Fla.) needed 45 points Friday to post the most team points in a regular season in Florida history.

    The Blue Darters scored 45.

    According to the Orlando Sentinel, Apopka registered a 45-17 victory over Olympia to break the record set by Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) in 1999. The win secured the District 8A-4 title as well for the Blue Darters (9-1), who at one time were in the Xcellent 25.

    They still have one more regular-season game left, according to the story.

    "This is a surprise for us since we have had some injuries on offense," Apopka coach Rick Darlington told the newspaper. "But we won the game and clinched the district. We have a home game to start the playoffs, so that is what was most important out of tonight."
  • John Wolford of Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, Fla.) set a pair of Florida state records in his team's 38-20 win over Baker County on Friday.

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    John Wolford, Bishop Kenny

    Wolford threw to Charles Wade Jr. for a touchdown in the first half to break the state mark of 112 career touchdown passes, which was held by Javan Shashaty of Calvary Christian. Wolford's scoring toss gave Bishop Kenny a 17-6 lead at halftime.

    Wolford, who is committed to East Carolina, also set the record for career completions with 645. Wolford reportedly finished with 18 completions in 28 attempts for 237 yards with two touchdown passes in the win.

    Bishop Kenny is 8-0 on the season with Wolford throwing for 2,258 yards and 25 touchdowns. Wolford has 9,562 yards passing in his career. He passes Will Indianos of Oak Hill (9,533 yards) for fourth place on the all-time state yardage list in Florida.
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  • Head coach Roger Harriott's University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) squad has consistently been ranked among the top teams in the state and the nation over the last few years, churning out Division I recruits along the way.

    This year's squad features a senior quarterback committed to Auburn (Sean White), a senior linebacker committed to Notre Dame (Richard Yeargin) — and an eighth-grader starting on the defensive line?

    Nikolas Bonitto is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound eighth-grader lining up at defensive end for the Suns.
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    Roger Harriott, University head coach


    According to Harriott, Bonitto has certainly held his own.

    "He's very competitive on varsity," Harriott said via text. "He's started a few games for us."

    The road block for Bonitto's potential football greatness?

    Basketball.

    Bonitto's height and athleticism lend itself to the hardwood, where he has been ranked among the nation's top recruits for the class of 2018.

    Harriott told MaxPreps he believed Bonitto "absolutely" could have a future playing football, and perhaps University's season could steer him in that direction.

    University is 7-0, ranked No. 14 in the Xcellent 25, and bracing for showdowns with Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) and Miami Central that could catapult the Suns even higher up the rankings.


  • Young players are often told to never give up on a play, and DeShawn Smith just showed why.

    The Nature Coast Tech (Brooksville, Fla.) sophomore running back appeared to be down after being tackled in last week's game against Pasco (Dade City, Fla.), but amazingly contorted his body, kept his balance without letting his knees hit the ground and spun away from the defense for a 50-yard touchdown run.

    The 5-foot-7, 170-pound Smith rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in the 29-28 win over Pasco. It was his highest rushing total on the season.

    We know it's still early, but this has to be a top contender for play of the year.