College Football Recruiting 2013: 5 Players to Watch on National TV This Friday
This Friday will feature some big-time high school football on your television set, and there will be a few future college football stars in action that you won't want to miss.
ESPNU will feature a huge matchup between two top schools from the state of Florida in Yulee and Glade Day at 8 p.m. EST.
Meanwhile, starting at 8:30 p.m. EST, Loyola Academy and Mount Carmel, both from Illinois, will square off on ESPN3.
This is going to be an epic night for high school football on the national stage.
If you're a fan of college football recruiting, you're going to want to watch these five players Friday night:
5. Jose Penton, TE, Glades Day
Jose Penton is an unranked tight end, but he has a big opportunity ahead of him Friday night.
Playing great on a national stage can do wonders for a player, and if Penton can put together a good game against Yulee he just may be able to garner some interest.
Right now, Rivals has Florida International as the school he's interested in, but he has not received an offer yet.
We'll see how his play on Friday night impacts that.
4. Brycen Gagnon, OLB, Yulee
Via Beth Jones/News-Leader on fbnewsleader.com
Brycen Gagnon isn't ranked yet, but he's also only a Junior, so a big game here on national TV would really benifit the class of 2014 outside linebacker.
At 6'0'', 205 pounds he has good size for a Junior, so he should eventually attract some attention, especially his Senior year at Yule.
If he plays well against Glades Day and really makes a name for himself with the nation watching, I wouldn't be surprised to see offers start rolling in for the Junior.
3. Peter Pujals, QB, Loyola Academy
Via José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune
Peter Pujals is an unranked quarterback according to Rivals, but he's undoubtedly going to be a big part of his team's game against Mount Carmel as the signal-caller of his squad.
It is worth noting that Pujals has an offer from Eastern Illinois according to Rivals, so there is one school that will be intently watching the 6'1'', 190-pound quarterback.
If he puts up a big game with the nation watching, he just may be able to stir up some more interest in the college football recruiting world.
2. Kelvin Taylor, RB, Glades Day
Kelvin Taylor is a 5-star running back according to 247Sports with a verbal commitment to the Florida Gators.
Of course Gators fans are going to want to check this guy out, but so will all college football fans in general. He's an incredible runner and has already passed Emmitt Smith to be Florida's No. 1 all-time career rusher, and he now has a chance at the national record.
Taylor is almost guaranteed to put up huge numbers. Oh, and he's the son of former NFL star running back Fred Taylor, so there's another reason to tune in to watch him run.
1. Derrick Henry, RB, Yulee
Henry is the biggest recruiting name that will be featured Friday night. He's a 5-star running back according to 247Sports and is listed at an extremely impressive 6'3'', 240 pounds, while being able to run a 4.54 40-yard dash, also according to 247sports.
Come Friday night, one college school's fan base is going to be very excited to watch Henry, while another may feel a bit dejected.
Henry is going to announce his commitment Friday afternoon, before the game on ESPNU, and his decision has come down to Alabama or Tennessee.
It will be interesting to see how his decision impacts his play. I expect he'll have a big game for Yulee.