Friday Night Frenzy Preview Week 11: Florida Gators recruiting

It’s that time of the year again where the Friday Night Lights are bright and prospects across the country are starting the high school football season.

Like the past years Gator Country is going to do a preview every Thursday for all of the Florida Gators commits and on Monday we will do a full recap including stats and notes from the past weeks’ games.

This year we are going to also highlight the key players to watch in the game that aren’t Florida Gators commits but rather targets or just big names in the game.

Also, we will give you a few games that involve Florida Gators targets from the Class of 2022 to watch as well.

Week 11 preview

2022 commits

Receiver Isaiah Bond (5-10, 175, Buford, GA. Buford)

Matchup: Buford (8-1) has a bye week

Yearly Stats: Bond has 18 catches for 536 yards and 4 touchdowns this year. Bond also returned a kick for a touchdown.

Notes: Buford starts the playoffs this week.


Athlete Jamarrien Burt (6-1, 175, Ocala, FL. Forest)

Matchup: Forest (3-6) travels to take on Vanguard on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: Burt has two touchdowns on the year.

Notes: Forest travels to take on the 9-0 Vanguard team.


Offensive lineman David Conner (6-6, 270, Deerfield Beach, FL. High)

Matchup: Deerfield Beach (7-2) has a bye week.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Deerfield Beach starts the playoffs next week.


Quarterback Nick Evers (6-3, 188, Flower Mound, TX. High)

Matchup: Flower Mound (4-5) plays host to Coppell on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Evers is 141 of 260 for 1972 yards passing this year with 16 touchdowns. Evers has also added 489 yards rushing and ten touchdowns.

Notes: Evers and Flower Mound are looking to make a run to get into the playoffs.


Offensive lineman Jalen Farmer (6-5, 325, Covington, GA. Eastside)

Matchup: Eastside (6-3) plays host to Greenbrier on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Eastside starts the playoffs next week.


Running back Terrance Gibbs (6-0, 190, Winter Park, FL. High)

Matchup: Winter Park (6-3) travels to take on Lake Brantley on Friday.

Yearly Stats: N/A.

Notes: Gibbs has played in the last two games.

Receiver Jayden Gibson (6-5, 185, Winter Garden, FL. West Orange)

Matchup: West Orange (9-1) has a bye week.

Yearly Stats: Gibson has 41 catches for 698 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Notes: West Orange starts the playoffs next week.


Linebacker EJ Lightsey (6-2, 210, Fitzgerald, GA. High)

Matchup: Fitzgerald (8-2) has a bye week.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Fitzgerald starts the playoffs next week.


Defensive lineman Jamari Lyons (6-4, 295, Melbourne, FL. Viera)

Matchup: Viera (5-3) will play travel to take on Merritt Island on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: Lyons has 79 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss and 9 sacks on the year.

Notes: Lyons has had a good year so far this year.

Offensive lineman Tony Livingston (6-4, 260, Tampa, FL. King)

Matchup: King (1-8) will travel to take on Spoto on Friday.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Livingston is not expected to play on Friday.


Defensive lineman Francois Nolton (6-4, 225, Miami, FL. Edison)

Matchup: Edison (6-3) travels to take Palmetto on Saturday.

Yearly Stats: Nolton has 10 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles this year.

Notes: N/A


Kicker Trey Smack (6-2, 200, Severna Park, MD. High)

Matchup: Severna Park (6-2) has a bye week.

Yearly Stats: Smack is perfect this year on PAT’s as he’s 12-12 on the year.

Notes: Severna Park starts the playoffs next week.


Receiver Chandler Smith (6-1, 180, Orlando, FL. Bishop Moore)

Matchup: Bishop Moore (4-5) plays host to Gulliver Prep on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Smith has 11 catches for 157 yards, he also added 13 yards rushing on the year.

Notes: Smith will not play the rest of the season.


2023 commits

Receiver Raymond Cottrell (6-2, 203, Milton, FL. High)

Matchup: Milton (4-5) will travel to take on Fort Walton Beach on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Cottrell has 52 catches for 835 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. Cottrell also has six rushing touchdowns on the year.

Notes: Cottrell has two touchdowns that went for over 70 yards.


Defensive back Aaron Gates (6-0, 180, Sharsburg, GA. Trinity)

Matchup: Trinity Christian (9-0) plays host to St. Anne-Pacelli on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Gates has 30 catches for 470 yards and six touchdowns on the year. Gates also has seven tackles this season.

Notes: Trinity Christian continues to roll this year.


Receiver Darren Lawrence (62, 190, Seminole, FL. Sanford)

Matchup: Sanford (9-1) has a bye week.

Yearly Stats: Lawrence has 8 carries for 20 yards and three touchdowns, 11 catches for 196 yards and two touchdown catches this year.

Notes: Sanford starts the playoffs next week.


Tight end Mac Markway (6-4, 250, St. Louis, MO. DeSmet)

Matchup: DeSmet (8-2) host Christian Brothers in the second round of the playoffs on Friday.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A



Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.