Curt Casteel ready to take on Aquinas starting QB job; Media Day recruiting notes

The three-time defending state champions are certain of who their next starting quarterback will be.

St. Thomas Aquinas junior quarterback Curt Casteel is officially the starter for the Raiders, who look to extend their Broward County-best streak of three consecutive titles to four this fall.

“I’m excited,” Casteel said at High School Football Media Day presented by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. “We have a lot of talent at receiver.”

Senior Beau Fillichio, who was competing for the starting job with Casteel, sustained an injury to his throwing arm within the past week. It is unknown how long he will be out. Casteel has been taking all the starter reps in practice.

Casteel appeared to be in the lead at the culmination of spring drills, starting the Raiders’ spring scrimmage. The competition continued into the start of fall practice on Monday and Aquinas coach Roger Harriott was looking to name a starter by the coming week.

“I like competition personally, so I enjoyed going out there and getting better every day,” Casteel said.

He currently holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati and Syracuse. His mind is away from his recruitment as the season picks up and he takes on the task of leading the Raiders back to state, but Casteel will dive into looking at colleges in the offseason leading up to his senior season.

Recruiting notes

-A pair of elite University School junior prospects plan on being a “package deal” in the class of 2019, at least according to four-star Sharks running back Kenny McIntosh, who wants to play with five-star safety Josh Sanguinetti.

“I think we’re going to play together,” McIntosh said. “Most definitely.”

Miami, Stanford, Ohio State and LSU were schools both mentioned on Saturday as potential destinations in the coming year and a half. McIntosh’s older brother, RJ McIntosh, currently plays for the Hurricanes.

-A pair of standout senior Broward prospects have commitment dates approaching.

North Broward Prep four-star receiver Kevin Austin will choose between Miami, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Duke on Friday. Deerfield Beach linebacker Rosendo Louis is committing on Aug. 16. South Carolina, UM, FSU, Oklahoma and Arkansas are competing for him right now.

-After initially committing to the University of Florida, CJ Smith has a new pair of favorites . The Oxbridge Academy safety, who decommitted on July 5, says Oklahoma and Ole Miss are now his two leaders.

Smith plans on taking official visits to both schools during the season. The four-star safety will visit Oklahoma on Oct. 7 and Ole Miss on Oct. 21. He also plans on taking officials to Louisville on Sep. 15 and South Carolina on Sep. 23.

-Smith’s teammate, Keidron Smith, has a similar list of top schools. The cornerback’s top five features Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Louisville, Duke and Georgia Tech. Smith, who also stars on the basketball team, hasn’t set up any officials yet, but says Oklahoma and Ole Miss will be the first ones.

With both having similar lists, could both Smiths end up at the same school?

“We laugh and joke about it, but we’ll see,” said Keidron.

-American Heritage standout defensive tackle Nesta Silvera has his official visits lined up for the season. The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Miami commit, who helped lead the Patriots to a state title last season, has three trips on the docket.

Silvera will visit Ohio State on Oct. 28 for the Penn State game and Florida on Nov. 25 for the Florida State showdown. The four-star recruit says he plans on visiting Miami in December.

-Palm Beach Gardens four-star safety Gurvan Hall is committed to Miami, but with the Coral Gables campus close to home, he will take five official visits to other potential suitors — Oregon, Alabama, UF, Ohio State and Clemson.

Gators defensive end Jarrett Jackson has three ACC schools at the top of his list. Louisville, Florida State and North Carolina state are currently atop the leaderboard for the 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior. Jackson says he doesn’t have any official visits set up yet.; On Twitter @dusereport

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