Friday Night Frenzy preview week 7: 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 7 preview

2022 commits

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

Matchup: Buford (5-1) has a bye week this week.

Yearly Stats: Bond has 14 catches for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns this year. Bond also returned a kick for a touchdown.

Notes: Buford has been dominant this year.


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

Matchup: Forest (1-4) plays host to Leesburg on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: Burt has a touchdown catch on the year.

Notes: Both teams have one win on the year.


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

Matchup: Deerfield Beach (4-2) has a bye week.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Deerfield Beach is coming off a big win last week.


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

Matchup: Flower Mound (2-3) travels to take on Lewisville on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Evers is 76-141 for 1053 yards passing this year with 8 touchdowns. Evers has also added 250 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Notes: Evers was injured two weeks ago and is questionable for this week.


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

Matchup: Eastside (3-3) host Loganville on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Matchup: Winter Park (5-1) host Edgewater on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Gibbs is not expected to play on Friday night.

Notes: Gibbs has not played this year.


Tight end CJ Hawkins (6-7, 220, Tampa, FL. Berkeley Prep)

Matchup: Berkeley Prep (5-0) will travel to take on Freedom on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Hawkins has 1 catch for eight yards and a touchdown.

Notes: Berkeley Prep is undefeated this year.


Defensive back Julian Humphrey (6-1, 185, Houston, TX. Clear Lake)

Matchup: Clear Lake (3-3) has a bye week this week.

Yearly Stats: Humphries has 14 tackles and a fumble recovery this year.

Notes: Clear Lake will use this week to prepare for their stretch run.


Linebacker Shemar James (6-2, 212, Mobile, AL. Faith Academy)

Matchup: Faith Academy (3-3) travels to take on Vigor on Thursday night.

Yearly Stats: James has 3 touchdowns on the year.

Notes: Faith Academy looks to rebound from last week’s loss.


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

Matchup: Fitzgerald (5-1) plays host to Early County on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: N/A


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

Matchup: King (1-4) will host Durant 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 (4-1) travels to take on Niceville on Friday.

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 (4-1) will travel to take on South River on Friday.

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

Notes: Severna Park lost for the first time on Friday.


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

Matchup: Bishop Moore (1-4) plays host to Pine Ridge 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 (2-3) will host Pensacola on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Cottrell has 36 catches for 519 yards and three touchdowns on the year. Cottrell also has two 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 (6-0) will host Whitefield Academy on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Gates has 18 catches for 240 yards and three 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 (5-1) travels to take on Lake Brantley on Thursday.

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 is undefeated on the year.


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

Matchup: DeSmet (4-2) will host Rockhurst on Friday.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Notes: Markway played his first game last week.



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.