TAMPA, Fla. - Miami (Fla.) Columbus traveled to Tampa (Fla.) Plant on Friday evening with something to prove, and they did, dominating the Panthers 35-7. Columbus dominated with a powerful attack up-front on both sides of the ball.
The offensive line opened holes for a deep Columbus backfield, that includes senior running back Brandon Radcliff, who found the endzone on one occasion. For Radcliff, that touchdown capped an offseason filled with hard work and rehabilitation after a junior season plagued by injuries.
"I worked real hard and it helped me get back on the field faster," Radcliff said of recovering from a knee injury. "It felt good to get back out here and get an opportunity. I felt I did good when I got a chance."
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Chances are tough to come by in the Columbus backfield. In addition to the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Radcliff, Columbus can also hand it off to a pair of talented juniors in Division I prospects Lorenzo Woodley and Daryl Chestnut. Columbus also has a talented sophomore in Oshton Armstrong who steals a few carries from the three-man rotation. Radcliff has no complaints about the deep backfield.
"For me, it is amazing," Radcliff said. "Me, Zo, and Chestnut, we all push each other. I think it makes all of us play hard when we should and when we can. We always push each other. It just makes us a better team."
Radcliff says he has 'around' 10 offers at this time, but hasn't yet begun to narrow things down.
"I really don't have a top five right now, because I haven't taken any visits," Radcliff said. "Hopefully on our bye weeks and whenever my coach thinks that it would be a good time for me to leave, then I will take some visits and get some visits in."
The South Florida prospect said there are a few schools that are appealing to him at this juncture.
"Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Maryland, Georgia - those type of schools," Radcliff said. "I don't have a leader right now."
When it comes time to schedule visits, Radcliff knows of three destinations he hopes to see.
"I know I want to see Notre Dame, Georgia, and Michigan State," Radcliff said.
With a decision unlikely until after his senior season, the power back is hoping to find a school that fits his skillset.
"I want a place where they use a downhill runner and are always handing the running back the ball," Radcliff said. "I just want a power team that runs the ball."
As a junior, Radcliff averaged just shy of 10 yards per carry while racking up 473 rushing yards on 49 carries. He scored nine touchdowns on the season.