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Joyce headed to USF; Johnson to Purdue

During spring practice, the Miami Herald, Elite Scouting Services and Friday Night Football Magazine had the opportunity to check out coach Kevin Pettis and the Deland Bulldogs on the Florida Spring recruiting and evaluation tour.

As the players went through their workouts and schools such as the University of Miami, Tennessee and South Carolina were on hand, the one player they had all singled out was safety Mark Joyce.

On Tuesday, the 2009 All Daytona Beach region standout committed to join head coach Jim Leavitt and and the University of South Florida as the Bulls continue to add to and impressive group of players.

"Tremendous pickup for USF," said Josh Newberg of Elite Scouting Services. "Here's an athlete who turned heads last year as a junior and continued to do so during the spring. This is a major addition to the program."

Newberg, who had the chance to watch Joyce, felt the 6-1, 210-pounder, who many felt could play outside linebacker, would be a great addition to a program that had one of its best recruiting years in school history in 2009.

"We had the chance to watch him before his junior year," said Charles Fishbein of ESS. "This is no surprise that a program like USF would get a commitment from him. The Bulls have really worked this state, believing that they can recruit with the best in the country."

Joyce had been pursued by coach Lincoln Riley and Texas Tech as well.

COCOA’S JOHNSON TO PURDUE
While many want to focus on the state championship game last year against Tallahassee Godby, when Cocoa safety E.J. Johnson came up with three interceptions in the win, many are forgetting that this talented football player had a tremendous season as well, coming up with 8 interceptions and 56 tackles.

On Tuesday, the 6-1, 175-pounder announced that he would be attending Purdue University and will enter with other Boilermakers in the Class of 2010.

Johnson chose Purdue over Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State and East Carolina.

Purdue and head coach Danny Hope, a one-time Miami Killian High product, continues to recruit the state of Florida with former FAU assistant coach Gary Nord leading the charge in the Sunshine State.

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Steve

Has all the measurables. Can run. Can hit. Looks the part.

Appears like Tarzan in highlights. But plays like Jane with a lack of football instincts. Stiff as a football player.

The antithesis of Sean Spence from a true football perspective.

This coach is N-O-T-O-R-I-O-U-S for selling a bill of goods and he has really sold you Larry. He will never be a factor in Tampa.

Tony Shoes

Wow, if Mark Joyce ever needs motivation to prove the doubters wrong, all he has to do is copy and paste Steve's comment to his locker. Haha, best of luck to Mark Joyce at USF.

LT

"Pasting" Steve's breakdown will not change the kid into a better player if this coach has oversold him.

If this is the same x coach from DR. Phillips that had like so called 13 division 1 players 2 years ago and went 6-5 he'sprobably right. LOL.

jamal

isnt it the same dude that just got some years of probation credibility? wake up.

THUD

THINK DR PHILLIPS D1 PLAYERS TWO YEARS AGO! SUPPOSED TO BE MOST IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO COACH PETIS. NONE MADE IT A YEAR LATER BECAUSE IT WAS A HOAX.

DRINK HIS COOLAIDE AGAIN.

Mr. Lane

Steve is just mad cause the IRS is still after him for funneling all that money from his company.

Mr. Lane

Embry Peeples - Georgia Tech
Chris Wilkes turned down scholly to play baseball
Damian Allen had the talent but did not put forth the effort in the classroom.

Keep drinking that hater-aid losers.

Tampa1

Great pickup. This kid is a monster hitter. He will make an impact quickly.

Franky

Anyone who takes that coaches word on his player is off their rocker. A leopard can't change its spots.

Cat5

Franky,
I guess third string made you bitter? KP is the best coach I have known.- Rod Johnson - Go Reddys!

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