Senior year film is in, the playoffs are over, and there is a little over a month til signing day,…
QB Brion Carnes: Still committed to USF?
"I was in shock and I was hurt really bad when I first heard," said Carnes. "Coach Leavitt was at my house Monday and he was so excited to talk to me and my mom. Just to hear that he's not the coach at USF no more hurts. I was really close to him."
Carnes got the news early Friday morning from his brother Jerrell Young, a sophomore safety for the Bulls.
"I first got the news when Jerrell Text me. He was upset and told me I might as well keep my options open and everything," said Carnes. "Then news was all over the school that the whole staff was gone too. A lot of people started coming up to me and asking what I was going to do. It was crazy."
Carnes said he was shocked to hear the news, but had a feeling that something was up the night before.
"My mom told me the night before that he had a strange feeling that something was going to happen to coach Leavitt. I was like no I don't think so and we'll just wait and see. The next morning I was talking with Ace (Sanders) and asked if he thought anything was going to happen to Coach Leavitt and he was like I don't know, they say they're going through and investigation and everything. Then the next thing I know I got the news from Jerrell."
Carnes spoke to Coach Franks, who visited with Carnes with Coach Leavitt on Monday before he heard the news.
"It was crazy because early in the morning Friday I talked with coach Franks and told him I had a strange feeling and was going tom take some visits. He told me to sit back and wait a little bit and we talk later, and the next thing I know I got the text from Jerrell," said Carnes. "I didn't want to believe it at first, then my mom text me, and everybody else started to call and text me."
At lunch time Coach Franks, the newly named Bulls interim coach called Carnes and told him what was going on, that he was the interim coach and to just wait and see what happens.
Hours after the news Carnes got to take a break from all the craziness to play his last prep game when he played in the PAL Bowl All-Star game between Manatee and Sarasota County all-stars, leading Manatee to a 26-12 victory over Sarasota. His teammate Ace sanders took the opening kickoff and raced 99 yards untouched down the sideline for a touchdown. "Ace said he was going to do it before the game. He said if they kick it to me I'm going to take it to the house," said Carnes.
Manatee recovered a fumble by Sarasota, and on Manatee's first play from scrimmage, Brion Carnes hit Octavious Washington of Lakewood Ranch for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. "I think it was a 55-yarder I threw to Octavious, it felt real good, He's my cousin and we talked about it all week during practice."
Carnes completed 9 of 16 for 120 yards and two TD's and Ace who finished with four catches for 38 yards and the opening return for a TD was named the Manatee team MVP "It felt good, but we were just out there having fun," said Carnes.
Now that everything is out there does Carnes still consider himself committed to USF?
"I'm still committed," said Carnes. "But that all depends on who the head coach is. I spoke to coach Canales and Coach Franks, they told me to keep my head up and see what goes on. Right now I'm waiting to see."
Carnes Teammate Ace Sanders is also a top USF prospect who was heavily considering the Bulls.
"Ace was considering being a Bull and was going to go to USF. But when the news came down he had a change a mind. Now he's not sure what to think."
With the news of Leavitt being fired college coaches are calling Carnes with offers and trying to persuade Carnes to reconsider his options.
"Yeah I got a bunch of calls from a whole lot of schools. I got an offer from Cincinnati, and Clemson is coming back at me hard. Right now besides USF, Cincinnati, Clemson, Nebraska, and Western Kentucky are the main four."
"If South Florida is out of my mind then it probably is between Nebraska and Western Kentucky," said Carnes. "But this week I could get a whole bunch of schools calling."
Carnes now has a full slate of visits set up for the rest of the month and rumors were out that he wouldn't visit USF next weekend.
"I'm still going on my visit to USF this weekend, so we'll see how that goes. I'm not sure about Ace though," said Carnes. "I also have visits set to go to Nebraska on Jan 22, and then to WKU on the 29th. I'm close with Coach Willie Taggart and assistant Coach Woody who used to coach Palmetto."
For now Carnes is in limbo.
"I'll take my visits, see how they go, compare them and then I may just wait until signing day on February 3," said Carnes. "I'm just waiting to see who the next coach will be."
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