Friday Night Lights preview for week one of the season

It’s that time of the year again where the Friday Night Lights are bright and prospects all 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 2020 to watch as well.

 

Week 1 preview

2020 commits

 

Defensive tackle Johnnie Brown (6-2, 250, Tampa, FL. Middleton)

Matchup: Middleton will travel to take on Alonso on Friday night.

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Defensive tackle Gervon Dexter (6-6, 286, Lake Wales, FL. High)

Matchup: Lake Wales will host Kathleen on Friday night to open the season.

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Receiver Jaquavion Fraziars (6-3, 194, Dunnellon, FL. High)

Matchup: Dunnellon will travel to take on Williston on Friday night.

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Defensive tackle Lamar Goods (6-4, 290, Oakdale, CT. St. Thomas More)

Matchup: St. Thomas More doesn’t start the season for three more weeks.

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Defensive back Fenley Graham (5-9, 171, Lakeland, FL. High)

Matchup: Lakeland will travel to take on Manatee on Friday night.

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Defensive back Avery Helm (6-2, 170, Missouri City, TX. Fort Bend Marshall)

Matchup: Fort Bend Marshall will travel to take on Eisenhower on Friday night.

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Offensive lineman Jovens Janvier (6-3, 350, Miami, Fl. Miami Christian)

Matchup: Miami Christian will travel to take on Calvary Christian Academy on Friday.

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Tight end Jeremiah Johnson (6-7, 215, Homerville, GA. Clinch County)

Matchup: Clinch County will host Hebron Christian Academy on Friday Night.

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Safety Tre’Vez Johnson (5-11, 175, Jacksonville, FL. Bartram Trail)

Matchup: Bartram Trail will host Lee on Friday night to start the season.

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Offensive lineman Richard Leonard (6-2, 320, Cocoa, FL. High)

Matchup: Cocoa will host Viera on Friday night to open the season.

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Receiver Leonard Manuel (6-4, 200, Ocala, FL. Vanguard)

Matchup: Vanguard will travel to take on Gainesville on Thursday night.

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Notes: Manuel didn’t play in the preseason game last week but is expected to play on Friday.

 

Offensive lineman Gerald Mincey (6-5, 324, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Cardinal Gibbons)

Matchup: Cardinal Gibbons will take on Northwestern on Friday night.

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Tight end Jonathan Odom (6-5, 250, Tampa, FL. Jesuit)

Matchup: Jesuit will host Plant City on Friday night to open the season.

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Notes: Odom and Jesuit will play host to a good Plant City team.

 

Defensive end Antwaun Powell (6-3, 234, Portsmouth, VA. IC Norcom)

Matchup: Norcom doesn’t start the season for two more weeks.

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Quarterback Anthony Richardson (6-4, 224, Gainesville, FL. Eastside)

Matchup: Eastside will travel to take on Buchholz on Friday night.

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Notes: Richardson and Eastside start the year with rivalry game.

 

Defensive back Jahari Rogers (6-0, 170, Arlington, TX. High)

Matchup: Arlington doesn’t start the season until next Friday.

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Safety Rashard Torrence II (6-0, 195, Marietta, GA. High)

Matchup: Marietta will travel to take on Rome on Thursday night.

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Notes: Torrence was forced to sit out last year so this will be his first game in over a year.

 

Linebacker Derek Wingo (6-2, 210, Fort Lauderdale, FL. St. Thomas Aquinas)

Matchup: St. Thomas will travel to take on De La Salle in California on Friday.

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Notes: St. Thomas starts the year ranked number 10 in the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 Rivals.com, 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.