Bartram Trail High in St. John, Fla., a Jacksonville suburb, finds itself in a tough spot.
With a 4-2 record, it is fighting for its playoff life. On the plus side, the Bears are loaded with talent, led by two FBS-bound quarterbacks. At the heart of their potent offense, though, is unheralded senior center Brad Cecil.
Cecil (6 feet 4, 275 pounds) is a three-star prospect and a top-20 center nationally in the 2018 recruiting class. Although Cecil committed to USF in June, he’s beginning to draw attention from Power Five schools.
“I’ve had some bigger Power Fives start talking to me since they’ve seen my senior highlight tape,” Cecil told GN. “Right now, though, I’m still solid to USF.”
USF is popular with Jacksonville-area recruits. Cecil said USF felt like home to him when he visited, which prompted him to commit over some Power Five schools. “Kentucky, Pitt, NC State, Wake Forest, Purdue and some others,” Cecil said.
While Cecil was adamant that he was firm on his USF commit, he said he would be taking more visits. One school, in particular, has piqued his interest.
“Florida,” Cecil said. “They’ve reached out to me. They said that they like the way I play. They say that I’m nasty and that I’m physical, and that’s the type of player they want.”
Florida has yet to offer, but that could change soon. He visited Gainesville last weekend for the Gators’ homecoming game against LSU.
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Aside from the visit, Cecil has been active on Twitter responding to comments from Gators fans and fan pages.
The Bulls remain in the driver’s seat for now, but if Florida does offer, don’t be surprised to see him reconsider.
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