After completing a perfect regular season, Miami (Fla.) Columbus saw their season ended abruptly in the opening round of the playoffs by Miami (Fla.) Northwestern. Following the 27-24 loss, Columbus junior running back Brandon Radcliff talked about coming up short.
"I feel heartbroken, but that is what builds a stronger man," Radcliff said. "We came out and played our heart out. It just didn't turn out to be for us. They played a good game and we played a good game, but they made one more play. We have to learn from this and get better."
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. He provided a highlight on the evening on a 16-yard touchdown run where he dragged, carried, and ran through numerous Northwestern defenders to power in for the final five yards.
"I just wanted to get my team on top," Radcliff said. "I wanted to do whatever I could to keep us on top, but that just didn't happen."
Early in his recruitment process, Radcliff has yet to hear from many schools.
"I am not hearing from many schools right now," Radcliff said. "Just Florida State and I am getting a lot of letters from a lot of schools."
One reason why the Seminoles are in contact is that they got to work out Radcliff this summer when he attended the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp. He is keeping tabs on the in-state program this season.
"I just went to FSU this summer," Radcliff said. "I like FSU. They are a good school. I watch them on television and I like how they run the ball."
While the Seminoles interest him, Radcliff is intrigued by one of the nation's best programs.
"My favorite school is Alabama because of their running back game," Radcliff said. "I love their use of multiple, big backs."
With his offseason officially underway, Radcliff is focused on developing as a player and coming back a bigger and better back in 2011.
"I just want to become more disciplined," Radcliff said. "I never want to go down. I plan to come back harder next year. I plan to work with my brother every day on getting bigger and stronger. I want to become a better player for next season."