Friday Night Frenzy Preview week 8: Florida Gators recruiting

It’s that time of the year again where the Friday Night Lights are bright and prospects all across the country are battling to finish off the year with a state championship ring.

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 2019 to watch as well.


Week 8 preview


2019 commits


Linebacker Diwun Black (6-3, 216, Kissimmee, FL. Osceola)

Matchup: Osceola (5-1) takes on Gateway on the road on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Black isn’t playing this year after transferring.

Key Players: N/A


Linebacker Mohamoud Diabate (6-3, 215, Auburn, AL. High)

Matchup: Auburn (6-0) has a home game against Smiths Station on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Diabate has a sack and fumble on the year.

Key Players: N/A


Offensive lineman William Harrod (6-5, 312, Fort Washington, MD. National Christian Academy)

Matchup: National Christian Academy (4-1) has a bye week this week.

Yearly Stats: Harrod and the offense scored 156 points so far this year.

Key Players: N/A


Defensive back Jaydon Hill (6-0, 174, Madison, AL. Bob Jones)

Matchup: Madison (4-3) takes on Sparkman on the road on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: Hill has five catches for 67 yards on offense and ten tackles with a tackle for loss on defense.

Key Players:


Linebacker Tyron Hopper (6-2, 205, Roswell, GA. High)

Matchup: Roswell (5-1) will take on Lassiter on Friday night at home.

Yearly Stats: Hooper has 45 tackles, three tackles for loss and three interceptions on the year. Hooper also returned an interception for a touchdown.

Key Players: N/A


Defensive tackle Jaelin Humphries (6-3, 303, Lawrenceville, GA. Mountain View)

Matchup: Mountain View (5-2) has a bye week.

Yearly Stats: Humphries has four tackles and one tackle for a loss this year.

Key Players: N/A


Quarterback Jalon Jones (6-3, 205, Richmond, VA. Henrico)

Matchup: Henrico (4-1) takes on Varina at home on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: Jones is 31-46 for 519yards with seven touchdowns and one interception. Jones also has seven carries for 282 yards and four touchdowns.

Key Players: N/A


Cornerback Chester Kimbrough (5-10, 167, New Orleans, LA. Warren Easton)

Matchup: Warren Easton (4-1) has an away game against Eleanor McMain on Friday.

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

Key Players: Warren Easton has 2020 OL Sedrick Van Pran and running back Ashaad Clayton.


Receiver Dionte Marks (5-11, 178, Deland, FL. High)

Matchup: Deland (5-1) has an away game against Lake Mary on Thursday.

Yearly Stats: Marks has 23 catches for 563 yards and seven touchdowns on the year.

Key Players: Deland has 2020 athlete Avantae Williams.


Linebacker Jesiah Pierre (6-2, 220, Mount Dora, FL. Christian Academy)

Matchup: Mount Dora Christian Academy (3-3) takes on Bishop McLaughlin Catholic on the road.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Key Players: N/A


Offensive lineman Riley Simonds (6-3, 324, Buford, GA. High)

Matchup: Buford (5-2) takes on Loganville on the road on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: Simonds and the Buford offense have scored 239 points in the first six games.

Key Players: N/A


Athlete Ja’Markis Weston (6-3, 205, Clewiston, FL. High)

Matchup: Clewiston (1-5) take on Immokalee at home on Friday night.

Yearly Stats: N/A

Key Players: N/A


Offensive lineman Ethan White (6-5, 315, Clearwater, FL. High)

Matchup: Clearwater (4-2) takes on Dixie Hollins at home on Friday.

Yearly Stats: White and Clearwater have scored 125 points since he has been back on the field.

Key Players: N/A


Safety Trent Whittemore (6-3, 190, Gainesville, FL. Buchholz)

Matchup: Buchholz (3-2) takes on Creekside on the road on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Whittemore has thrown a touchdown, has 10 rushes for 62 yards and 19 catches for 241 yards with three touchdowns on offense. On defense Whittemore has 25 tackles and an interception.

Key Players: N/A


Offensive lineman Wardrick Wilson (6-5, 305, Miami, FL. Carol City)

Matchup: Carol City (5-0) takes on Northwestern at home on Friday.

Yearly Stats: Wilson and the offensive line helped Carol City score 302 points this year.

Key Players: Carol City has RB Nay’Quan Wright and Miami DB commit Jarvis Brownlee.











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.