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Under Armour notebook: Banner week for Berkeley Prep's Nicholas Petit-Frere

ORLANDO — Berkeley Prep's Nicholas Petit-Frere capped an eventful week with a memorable game Thursday night at the Under Armour All-American Game at Camping World Stadium. Petit-Frere, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle, played most of the game and recorded two tackles on punt coverage and also recovered a fumbled punt for Team Spotlight.

At halftime, Petit-Frere was honored as one of five finalists for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award. The award is given to the top African-American high school football player in the country. Criteria considered include grade-point average, extracurricular activities and a personal statement. Former FSU and current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston was a finalist for the award in 2011.

Also, during Tuesday's skills challenge at Disney's Wide World of Sports, Petit-Frere won the lineman strength competition. Not a bad week.

"It's been amazing," Petit-Frere said. "I've been able to go against some of the best players in the nation. I'm very excited I got a chance to play in this game."

He still hasn't decided on a college and was not one of the players to make live commitments on ESPN2 Thursday night. He said he will take his time and continue to make visits.

One coach he has been in contact with him is former Michigan and current FSU offensive line coach Greg Frey. He said the coaching switch won't determine his decision.

"He's a very good coach but I'm going to still go through the process," Petit-Frere said.

Do-over in Orlando

Armwood running back Brian Snead, who played at Camping World Stadium a month ago in the Class 6A state championship, was on a winning team this time around. Snead, an Ohio State commit, got a bulk of his carries in the first quarter and ended with five rushes for 29 yards and a long run of 10 yards for Team Highlight.


• Defensive end Tyreke Smith (6-3, 260) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, committed to Ohio State. He chose the Buckeyes over Penn State, USC, Oregon and Alabama.

• Anthony Schwartz, a 6-foot, 172-pound speedster wide receiver from Plantation American Heritage, committed to Auburn. Schwartz, who caught 25 passes for 507 yards and seven touchdowns his senior year, chose the Tigers over Florida.

• OLB Nik Bonitto (6-2, 204) of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas committed to Oklahoma. His choices were down to the Sooners, Louisville and Texas.

• DE Jayson Oweh (6-5, 236) of Howell, N.J., committed to Penn State. He also was considering Ohio State.

Odds and ends

Prior to the game, Jordan Davis, a 6-foot-5, 238-pound defensive end from Memphis, got a nice surprise. He was greeted by his father, who had just returned from a tour with the Marines and hasn't seen his family since 2016. Davis is an Alabama commit. … Largo junior defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells participated in the Future 50 camp held Thursday morning. … RB Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, a rugby player from England and the first foreign player invited to the Under Armour game, played sparingly. He did not have a run or catch and played mostly in the second half. … Team Highlight quarterback Emory Jones, who signed with Florida during the early period in December, was 1-for-3 for 9 yards passing and had five carries for 8 yards.

Contact Rodney Page at Follow @RodneyHomeTeam.

Under Armour notebook: Banner week for Berkeley Prep's Nicholas Petit-Frere 01/04/18 [Last modified: Thursday, January 4, 2018 10:14pm]
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