Killian coach Cory Johnson optimistic football player Deandre Johnson, stabbed this morning, will recover

Killian football coach Cory Johnson said he's optimistic sophomore defensive end Deandre Johnson, who was stabbed Tuesday morning by a fellow female student during lunch on campus, will recover from his injuries.

"The school has asked us to just let people know he's in stable condition and in the process of recovering," the coach told The Miami Herald shortly after visiting the 15-year-old and his family in the hospital. "It's a critical injury, but he's stable."

Johnson, no relation to the coach, is one of the standout players in the Class of 2017 locally and a leader for the Cougars. The 6-3, 220-pound defensive end already has a scholarship offer from Temple. 

"Deandre missed most of the 2014 season for us with a fractured fibula, but he came back and played in the playoffs for us and played well," Johnson said. "He was just hitting 100 percent and feeling good. In January he was finally ready to go, no holds barred.

"He went out to Texas for the U.S. Army All-American combine and did really well. He's a bright kid, good kid, 3.3 GPA. The football team's prayers and faith are with Deandre. We'll be there for him throughout his recovery."

Johnson said a handful of players ran over to him to tell him what had happened to Johnson shortly before 11 a.m. today. He said he gathered the team together and they prayed and talked a little bit about what happened.

"I've had players from the past calling me all day trying to find out what happened, reaching out in support of Deandre," Johnson said. "We lost a lot of leaders [from an 11-1 team] to graduation. Deandre has been setting the tone for us in workouts. He's going to be one of the leaders the kids look up to the next two years."

-- MANNY NAVARRO

Here's a photo of Deandre Johnson visiting the University of Miami campus back in February.

February 22, 2015

State boys' basketball tournament schedule

STATE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

When: Tuesday through Saturday.

Where: The Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland.

Admission: $10 per session; Parking: $8.

Defending state champions – Class 8A: Winter Park; 7A: Oviedo; 6A: Miami Norland; 5A: Plantation American Heritage; 4A: Orlando Lake Highland Prep; 3A: Weston Sagemont; 2A: Orlando Christian Prep; 1A: Malone.

Tuesday’s schedule – Class 1A semifinals: Chipley vs. Malone, 10 a.m.; Hawthorne vs. Crescent City, 11:30 a.m.; Class 2A semifinals: Land O’Lakes Academy at the Lakes vs. Orlando Agape, 2:30; Miami Christian vs. Sarasota Christian, 4; Class 3A semifinals: Orlando First Academy vs. Jacksonville Providence, 7; Sagemont vs. Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 8:30.

Wednesday’s schedule – Class 4A semifinals: West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman vs. Fort Myers Dunbar, 9:30 a.m.; Tallahassee Godby vs. Melbourne Holy Trinity, 11 a.m.; Class 1A final: 5:05; Class 2A final: 8:35.

Thursday’s schedule – Class 3A final: 9:30 a.m.; Class 4A final: 1:05; Class 8A semifinals: Oviedo Hagerty vs. St. Petersburg, 7; Hollywood McArthur vs. Wellington, 8:30.

Friday’s schedule – Class 5A semifinals: Tallahassee Rickards vs. Tarpon Springs, 10 a.m.; Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons vs. St. Petersburg Gibbs, 11:30 a.m.; Class 6A semifinals: Gainesville vs. Orlando Edgewater, 2:30; Miami Norland vs. Tampa Jefferson, 4; Class 7A semifinals: Blanche Ely vs. North Port, 7; Kissimmee Osceola vs. Oviedo, 8:30.

Saturday’s schedule – Class 5A final: 10:05 a.m.; Class 6A final: 1:35; Class 7A final: 5:05; Class 8A final: 8:35.

February 17, 2015

Norland's Dewan Huell talks Tuesday's win over Mater Academy, recruiting

By MANNY NAVARRO
mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Dewan Huell scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half and Norland kept its hopes of winning a fourth consecutive Class 6A state title alive with a 52-39 come-from-behind win at Mater Academy Tuesday night.

The seventh-ranked Vikings (20-8) advance to host fourth-ranked Pembroke Pines Charter (18-8) Saturday night. It's the fourth year in a row the teams will meet in the regional final.

"We're going to beat them again," Huell said. "We don't lose at The Ship."

Trailing 18-15 at the half, Norland (20-8) opened the third quarter on a 10-4 run thanks to six quick points from Huell, a 6-10, 218-pound who went from being a rebounder and shot blocker in the first half to a more Chris Bosh-type role, hitting jumpers and runners around the key in the second.

The Lions (20-6) stayed within striking distance until Vikings guard Tyrik Waite was fouled while making a three-point shot with 4:25 remaining. The four-point play gave Norland a 41-34 lead; Mater didn't get closer than five points the rest of the way. 

"What happened in the second half was that Dewan and the two kids in our rotation from last year stepped up," said Vikings coach Lawton Williams, seeking his sixth state championship since 2006. "I told Dewan, 'You're an All-American -- play like it.' And he did."

> Norland (20-8): Jean-Baptiste 12, Andre 5, Waite 4, Huell 20, Wough 4, T. Jones 5, Foster 2. 

> Mater Academy (20-6): Mejia 5, Adderley 2, Osorio 2, Kurnick 12, Frias 14, Nunez 4.

> Three-pointers: Baptiste 3, Waite 1, Mejia 1. Rebounds: Huell 11. Williams 4. Half: MA 18-15. 

February 16, 2015

Miracle Sports 2015 Florida state softball rankings

Here is the first Miracle Sports softball poll for the 2015 season.

CLASS 8A

1. Bloomingdale 4-0

2. Miami Coral Reef 4-0

3. Oviedo Hagerty 5-0

4. Palm Beach Gardens 4-0

5. Jupiter 4-0

6. Lake Worth Park Vista 3-0

7. West Orange 4-0

8. Orange City University 7-1

9. Boca Raton 3-1

10. Tampa Alonso 4-1

Honorable mention: Cooper City 1-1; Boone 4-1; Tampa Wharton 4-0; Wellington 2-1, Douglas 2-1.

 

CLASS 7A

1. Tate 4-0

2. Fleming Island 5-0

3. Viera 8-0

4. St. Thomas Aquinas 2-1

5. Fort Myers 4-0

6. Harmony 3-1

7. Hialeah American 3-0

8. Melbourne 5-1

9. Tampa Gaither 4-0

10. East Lake 6-1

Honorable mention: Coconut Creek Monarch 6-0; St. Cloud 4-0; Lakewood Ranch 4-0; Dwyer 2-2; Niceville 2-0; Winter Park Lake Howell 3-1; Clearwater Countryside 3-0

 

CLASS 6A

1. Pembroke Pines Charter 5-0

2. North Fort Myers 4-0

3. St. Johns Creekside 4-1

4. Ocala Forest 4-0

5. Gainesville 4-1

6. Lake City Columbia 5-1

7. Orange Park Oakleaf 4-1

8. Pace 5-1

9. Lake Minneola 5-0

10. St. Johns Bartram Trail 5-0

Honorable mention: Auburndale 4-1; Lake Region 3-2

 

CLASS 5A

1. Plantation American Heritage 2-0

2. Gulf Breeze 5-0

3. Baker County 6-0

4. Clay 3-1

5. Ponte Vedra 2-1

6. Suwannee 4-1

7. Bradenton Bayshore 4-0

8. Panama City Arnold 3-0

9. Rockledge 4-1

10. Nature Coast 4-0

Honorable mention: Eustis 3-1; Riviera Beach Suncoast 2-1

 

CLASS 4A

1. Gulliver Prep 0-0

2. Astronaut 5-0

3. Bradford 3-0

4. West Florida 3-1

5. Cocoa Beach 4-1

6. Jacksonville Bolles 1-0

7. Fort Myers Bishop Verot 4-1

8. Alachua Santa Fe 4-1

9. Tallahassee Florida High 4-1

10. Fort Pierce Lincoln Park 2-1

Honorable mention: Miami Monsignor Pace 5-0; South Sumter 4-1; Montverde Academy 3-2

 

CLASS 3A

1. Miami Westminster Christian 3-1

2. Melbourne Central Catholic 3-0

3. University Christian 4-0

4. Tampa Prep 4-0

5. Lake Worth Christian 3-0

6. Carrollwood 0-0

7. Rocky Bayou Christian 1-0

8. North Florida Christian 2-2

9. The First Academy 4-1

10. Moore Haven 3-1

Honorable mention: Northside Christian 2-1; Seffner Christian 3-1

 

CLASS 2A

1. Canterbury 2-0

2. Aucilla Christian 1-1

3. Grandview Prep 0-0

4. Seven Rivers Christian 2-0

5. Academy at the Lakes 2-1

6. Foundation Academy 2-0

7. Pine Castle Christian 0-0

8. Glades Day 1-0

9. Orlando Christian 0-0

10. Seacoast Christian Academy 1-0

 

CLASS 1A

1. Chiefland 0-0

2. Williston 4-1

3. Sneads 2-1

4. Lafayette 3-1

5. Dixie County 3-1

6. Wewahitchka 3-1

7. Union County 2-0

8. Port St. Joe 1-0

9. Jay 0-1

10. Holmes County 2-0

Honorable mention: Pierson Taylor 4-2; Trenton 3-2

February 15, 2015

State girls' basketball tournament schedule and info

When: Tuesday through Saturday.

Where: The LakelandCenter, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland.

Admission: $10 per session; Parking: $8.

Defending state champions – Class 8A: Miami High; 7A: Apopka Wekiva; 6A: Orlando Edgewater; 5A: Bradenton Southeast; 4A: Jacksonville Ribault; 3A: Miami Country Day; 2A: Boca Grandview Prep; 1A: Paxton.

Tuesday’s schedule – Class 2A semifinals: Land O’Lakes Academy at the Lakes vs. Tallahassee FAMU, 10 a.m.; Boca Raton Grandview Prep vs. Sarasota Christian, 11:30 a.m.; Class 3A semifinals: Miami Country Day vs. Clearwater Calvary Christian, 2:30; Seffner Christian vs. Jacksonville University Christian, 4; Class 4A semifinals: Jacksonville Ribault vs. Orlando Lake Highland Prep, 7; West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman vs. Fort Myers Dunbar, 8:30.

Wednesday’s schedule – Class 1A semifinals: Hilliard vs. Wildwood, noon; Paxton vs. Freeport, 1:30; Class 3A final: 4:35; Class 4A final: 8:05.

Thursday’s schedule – Class 1A final: noon; Class 2A final: 3:35; Class 7A semifinals:HainesCity vs. Wekiva Apopka, 7; Fort Myers vs. Palm BeachLakes, 8:30.

Friday’s schedule – Class 8A semifinals: Orlando Colonial vs. Flagler Palm Coast, 10 a.m.; Miami High vs. Boca Raton, 11:30 a.m.; Class 6A semifinals: Winter Haven vs. Pensacola Pine Forest, 2:30; Miami Norland vs. Naples Barron Collier, 4; Class 5A semifinals: Land O’ Lakes vs. Jacksonville Paxon, 7; Fort Lauderdale Dillard vs. Bradenton Southeast, 8:30.

Saturday’s schedule – Class 7A final: 10:05 a.m.; Class 8A final: 1:35; Class 6A final: 5:05; Class 5A final: 8:35.

February 12, 2015

FABC/Source Hoops Boys' basketball state rankings - Final reg. season poll

Here's the final FABC/Source Hoops Boys' basketball rankings until after the playoffs
 
CLASS 8A                        
 
1. Evans  22-6
 
2. Wellington 24-3
 
3. McArthur  23-7
 
4. Dr. Phillips 19-8
 
5. Newsome  23-1
 
6. Winter Park  18-9
 
7. Oak Ridge  20-7
 
8. Park Vista 19-8
 
9. Ocoee  21-5
 
10. Wharton  23-4
 
10. Hagerty 20-8
 
 
 
CLASS 7A                        
 
1. Blanche Ely  23-0
 
2. Bartow  24-3
 
3. Dwyer  23-4
 
4. Lakeland 20-5
 
5. Osceola  19-4
 
6. Miami Central  22-4
 
7. Oviedo  22-5
 
8. Melbourne 20-5
 
9. Freedom 21-6
 
10. Lake Worth  18-9
 
 
 
CLASS 6A         
 
1. Lake Minneola  23-4
 
2. Gainesville  24-3
 
3. Deltona  23-4
 
4. Pines Charter  17-8
 
5. Wolfson  24-3
 
6. Ed White  17-6
 
7. Norland  18-8
 
8. Lehigh  24-1
 
9. Edgewater 22-5
 
10. South Fork  19-2
 
 
 
CLASS 5A
 
1. Cardinal Gibbons  28-1
 
2. Dillard  21-6
 
3. Tarpon Springs  27-1
 
4. St. Pete Gibbs  18-8
 
5. Rutherford  23-3
 
6. Mariner  21-6
 
7. Bishop Kenny 19-6
 
8. Jesuit 21-6
 
9. Atlantic 20-5
 
10. Lakewood 13-10
 
 
 
CLASS 4A
 
1. Godby  28-0
 
2. Cardinal Newman 22-1
 
3. Bolles 24-2
 
4. Jacksonville Jackson  24-3
 
5. Coral Springs Charter 17-6
 
6. Chaminade-Madonna  22-6
 
7. Berkeley Prep 21-6
 
8. Cocoa 23-4
 
9. Lake Highland Prep 19-9
 
10. Ocala Trinity 21-6
 
10. Holy Trinity 19-7
 
 
 
CLASS 3A
 
1.  Providence  28-1
 
2. Sagemont  25-3
 
3. First Academy  23-4
 
4. Tampa Prep  21-6
 
5. Florida Air Academy  19-4
 
6.  International School of Broward  13-4
 
7. Windermere Prep  18-9
 
8. Oxbridge Academy 23-3
 
9. Cardinal Mooney  16-2
 
10. Master’s Academy 22-4
 
 
 
CLASS 2A
 
1. Champagnat Catholic  24-1
 
2. Miami Christian  20-4
 
3. Grandview Prep  23-3
 
4. Zion Lutheran  19-6
 
5. Faith Christian  16-5
 
6. Orlando Christian Prep  16-11
 
7. Calusa Prep  14-6
 
8. Southwest Florida Christian  21-5
 
9. Sarasota Christian  17-8
 
10. Agape Christian 21-3
 
10. Atlantic Christian 17-4
 
 
 
CLASS 1A
 
1. Chipley  24-3
 
2. Hawthorne  25-2
 
3. West Gadsden  25-2
 
4. Paxton  23-2
 
5. Graceville  22-5
 
6. Malone  17-9
 
7. Hamilton County  20-7
 
8. Crescent City  18-4
 
9. Cottondale
 
10. Williston 16-11

Coaching Carousel: Smith goes from Coral Park to Hialeah; University School, Chaminade looking

Hialeah High has a new football coach -- it's former football coach.

Steve Smith, who spent two years coaching the T-Breds back in 2004 and 2005, has left Coral Park after one season to replace the coach who replaced him at Hialeah nine years ago, Marc Berman.

Smith, who has a career 31-38 record with a two-year pit-stop at Killian included, accepted the job last Thursday according to athletic director Len Sanders. Smith went 1-9 at Coral Park last year.

Berman, 52, went 46-34 during his nine years on the job at Hileah and led the T-Breds to the playoffs twice in 2011 and 2013. He's stepping aside from football for a year to deal with health issues.

"Overall for the kids it’s going to be better," Sanders said of bringing Smith back. "He’s a strict disciplinarian and I think that's what we need right now. The players have no idea what they are in for.

"[San Diego Chargers defensive lineman and former Hialeah High star] Corey Liuget is a big backer of Coach Smith. He played three years for him here. Once you go to the NFL you see how things are different, how you need that discipline. He really appreciates Coach Smith. Same with [Dolphins running back] Lamar Miller over at Killian, who played for Smith too."

Sanders said Liuget has pledged upwards of $30,000 to help renovate Hialeah's weight room. There's no timetable yet as to when the fixes will take place.

As for Berman, he remains a teacher at Hialeah. He said his plan is to get back to coaching in a year. He said he had a health scare during the middle of last season and that's when he decided he needed a break from coaching.

“Honestly, I’m going crazy right now," Berman said of being away from the game. "It’s something that for 31 years that’s all I’ve ever done. It’s something new. But I have four grandchildren and I spend a lot of time with them. So that's something I'm looking forward to.”

The T-Breds had 20 seniors sign with Football Bowl Subdivision programs during Berman's tenure including six in 2014.

"Coach Berman did a good job with that," Sanders said. "Whether we win games, I don’t really care. As long as the players learn to become young men and disciplined. Getting them in school and prepared for what's ahead, that's what's important."

U-SCHOOL, CHAMINADE LOOKING FOR COACHES

According to classifieds placed on the FHSAA's website earlier this week, former Broward County private school powers and state champions Chaminade-Madonna Prep and University School are looking for head coaches.

Marcelo Rodriguez, still listed as the athletic director at Chaminade, went 7-12 in two years as the head coach. His son Marcelo, who has quarterbacked the Lions each of the last two seasons and is a Class of 2017 prospect, has transferred to Miami High. 

University School, meanwhile, is looking for its second head coach in less than 12 months. The school hired Brandon Harris a year ago to replace Roger Harriott, who left to become an assistant coach at FAU after leading the Suns to the Class 3A state title in 2012. Harris went 3-7 this past season and the Suns missed the playoffs.

Phone calls to athletic directors and coaches at both schools were not immediately returned.

OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE

Mater Academy, Coral Park, Westland Hialeah and Hialeah Champagnat are among the schools still searching for head coaches in Miami-Dade County.

National powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas remains among a handful of schools in Broward still looking to fill vacancies.

Monarch coach Calvin Davis stepped down earlier this week. The Knights went 9-2 last season and won their district for their first time ever. Davis, 36, was 26-8 in four seasons at Monarch.

February 06, 2015

Jon Jay, Gio Gonzalez to attend charity game at Columbus Saturday

Gio Gonzalez and Jon Jay are taking a moment before the start of the Major League Baseball season to help kids in need.

The two famous Miami-Dade County baseball alums will be coaching when Columbus High hosts a Miracle League baseball game Saturday morning at its school's baseball field in support of children with special needs.

The game will be played at 11 a.m. and will be attended by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Marc Buoniconti, President of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, who will each throw out the game's first pitches along with Columbus School President Brother Kevin Handibode.

Each Miracle League player will be paired up with one of the Columbus varsity players who will be their "buddy" and who will assist the player throughout the game both on and off the field.

For more information about joining a team, volunteering during games or supporting the Miracle League of Miami Dade, please visit www.mlomd.org.

February 02, 2015

Dade-Broward Top 150 recruits in class of 2015

A look at where the Top 150 recruits in Dade and Broward stand. (Note: Rankings are based on 247Sports Composite rankings which take into account all major recruiting services).

Updated at noon Friday, Feb. 6. (Constantly updating with news)

Dade-Broward 2015 Recruiting Rankings      
Name Pos School HT WT College choice
1. Calvin Ridley WR Monarch 6'1 170 Alabama
2. Tarvarus McFadden CB Am. Heritage 6'2 198 FSU
3. Torrance Gibson QB Am. Heritage 6'4 204 Ohio State
4. Mark Walton RB Booker T. 5'10 179 Miami
5. Da'Vante Phillips WR Central 6'2 204 FSU (EE)
6. Jordan Scarlett RB Aquinas 5'11 222 Florida
7. Jovon Durante WR Miramar 6'0 162 West Virginia
8. Tyrek Cole CB Miramar 6'0 170 West Virginia
9. Shawn Burgess-Becker ATH Monarch 6'1 185 Alabama
10. Devonaire Clarington TE Booker T. 6'5 238 Texas
11. Jaquan Johnson S Killian 5'10 182 Miami (EE)
12. Jordan Cronkrite RB Westminster Chr. 5'11 198 Florida
13. Tim Irvin ATH Westminster Chr. 5'9 194 Auburn (EE)
14. Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane OLB Hallandale 6'1 209 FSU
15. Davante Davis CB Booker T. 6'3 200 Texas
16. Calvin Brewton S Central 6'0 172 FSU (EE)
17. Kendrell McFadden S Miramar 6'4 193 Undecided
18. Carlton Davis CB Norland 6'2 184 Auburn
19. Devante Peete WR Aquinas 6'6 195 Louisville
20. Antonio Callaway WR Booker T. 5'11 185 Florida
21. Jason Strowbridge DE Deerfield Beach 6'4 247 North Carollina
22. Rashard Causey CB Aquinas 6'0 185 UCF
23. Shaquery Wilson ATH Coral Gables 6'3 190 West Virginia
24. Steven Claude WR Champagnat 6'1 182 Wake Forest
25. Khalid McGee S Northwestern 5'10 185 USF
26. Emonee Spence WR Flanagan 6'2 181 Louisville
27. Damon Arnette CB Aquinas 6'2 185 Ohio State
28. Deandre Baker CB Northwestern 5'10 173 Georgia
29. Juwan Taylor LB Hallandale 6'2 200 Georgia
30. Dominic Sheppard OLB Gulliver Prep 6'2 225 Virginia
31. Chris Hart DE Aquinas 6'3 242 Utah
32. Sheldrick Redwine CB Killian 6'1 183 Miami
33. Richard McIntosh DE Gibbons 6'4 270 Miami
34. Trevon Sands ATH Southwest 5'11 181 USF
35. Leeward Brown G Miramar 6'3 338 Tulane
36. Kahlil Lewis WR Miramar 6'0 179 Cincinnati
37. Ronnie Hoggins CB Monarch 5'10 175 USF
38. Rashad Fenton CB Carol City 5'11 175 South Carolina
39. Andrew James WR Westminster Ac. 5'11 162 Wisconsin
40. Alex Anderson RB Miramar 6'0 184 Undecided
41. Wyatt Ray DE Aquinas 6'4 240 Boston College
42. Tyson Cisrow S Aquinas 5'11 185 Utah
43. Malik Henderson CB Hallandale 6'1 175 Pittsburgh (EE)
44. Therrell Gosier WR Blanche Ely 6'6 200 Kentucky
45. Adrienne Talan S Flanagan 6'1 195 Nebraska
46. Deundre Pickett-White WR Southwest 6'0 193 Alcorn State
47. Kevin Williams CB Blanche Ely 6'1 179 West Virginia
48. Brandon Boyce DT Aquinas 6'0 245 Duke
49. Deltron Sands RB Aquinas 5'9 180 Oregon State
50. Keivonnis Davis DE Central 6'4 227 Florida
51. Richerd Desir-Jones DT Aquinas 6'4 285 Florida
52. Marvin Robinson WR Stranahan 6'4 175 Undecided
53. Jalin LeAndre CB Hallandale 6'0 187 Valparaiso
54. Christian Strachan OG Champagnat 6'3 315 Undecided
55. Fermin Silva OLB Central 6'2 225 FIU (EE)
56. Rodrick Archer S South Plantation 6'0 184 FAU
57. Bruce Davis OLB Killian 6'1 200 Fort Scott (Kan.)
58. Taj McGowan RB Hallandale 6'1 192 UCF (EE)
59. Kadeem Goulbourne WR Cypress Bay 6'4 200 Western Michigan
60. James Gardner WR Fort Lauderdale 6'4 190 Miami of Ohio
61. Ryan Stanley QB Flanagan 6'2 186 Florida A&M
62. Gerald Robinson CB Champagnat 5'10 175 FAU
63. Robert Knowles S Miami Edison 6'1 185 Miami
64. Kirk Livingstone DE Stranahan 6'4 235 South Florida
65. Andrew Spence CB Coral Gables 6'2 180 Undecided
66. Anthony Jones WR Central 6'0 185 FIU (EE)
67. Samuel Clausman OG Aquinas 6'4 301 Syracuse
68. Ocie Rose S Booker T. 6'2 190 FAU
69. Antonio Howard CB HML 5'10 157 Marshall
70. Jeremiah Dinson CB American 6'0 180 Auburn
71. Antonyo Sotolongo S Gulliver Prep 6'0 197 Bowling Green
72. Dana Levine DE Hallandale 6'3 230 Temple
73. Tavaris Harrison WR North Miami 6'3 170 FAU
74. Jordan Herrera WR Miami Killian 5'10 160 West Hills College
75. Doyle Grimes OLB South Dade 6'2 200 Marshall
76. Jhavonte Dean CB South Dade 6'1 168 Cincinnati
77. Richie Kittles S Stranahan 5'10 173 FAU
78. Malik Wisdom CB McArthur 5'9 180 Undecided
79. Joe Riggins OLB Gibbons 6'2 205 Akron
80. Irick McDonald OLB Miami Springs 6'3 190 FIU
81. Michael Fredrick RB Champagnat 5'11 170 South Dakota
82. Christian Irving S Am. Heritage 5'11 195 Wyoming
83. Emmanuel Lubin CB North Miami Beach 6'1 170 FIU
84. Rayshad Jackson OLB Norland 6'2 215 Florida
85. Marquis Couch OLB Central 6'0 200 Marshall
86. Frank Battle WR Belen Jesuit 6'5 180 Connecticut
87. Cedric Wiggins S North Miami Beach 6'0 185 Undecided
88. Herbert Miller S Miramar 6'2 180 FAU
89. Korron Rozier WR Coconut Creek 5'11 182 Undecided
90. Shawn Curtis OLB Ronald Reagan 6'3 230 Mississippi
91. Colin Byrne OG Aquinas 6'5 300 Syracuse
92. C.J. Maybin S Gibbons 6'4 195 East Carolina
93. James King OLB Booker T. 6'1 200 Miami
94. Jawaun Harris WR Aquinas 5'10 185 Rutgers
95. Sage Lewis OLB Monsignor Pace 6'1 210 FIU
96. Richie Cooper WR Hallandale 5'11 178 Akron
97. Melliek Jackson S Champagnat 5'11 180 Georgia State
98. Cameron Campbell C Flanagan 6'3 270 USF
99. Maurice Alexander QB Booker T. 5'11 170 FIU
100. Jeffrey Hill CB Miramar 5'9 165 Northern Illinois
101. Sam Dervil OT Northwestern 6'5 278 S. Carolina State
102. Paris Manyou CB Champagnat 5'10 168 Undecided
103. Austin Maloney WR Columbus 5'11 174 FIU
104. Emilio Gibbs ILB Coral Gables 6'0 230 Florida A&M
105. Rodney Newkirk DT Blanche Ely 6'2 305 Undecided
106. D'Andre Smart CB Norland 5'11 180 Kent State
107. Montel Jordan OT Deerfield Beach 6'4 315 Akron
108. Deonta Fair S Am. Heritage 6'0 175 Monmouth
109. Richard Williams OG Everglades 6'3 275 FAU
110. Wade Collier RB Homestead 5'8 180 Undecided
111. Aaron Kinsey DE Northwestern 6'4 225 Massachusetts
112. Janarvis Pough ATH Am. Heritage 6'0 170 Bowling Green
113. Raymond Gage WR Keys Gate Charter 5'10 175 FIU
114. Olin Cushion CB Central 5'8 153 FIU
115. Micah Smith OT Westminster Ac. 6'6 260 Georgetown
116. Wayne Clarington DE Champagnat 6'4 230 Undecided
117. Jason Jean OG Central 6'2 275 Marshall
118. Cedric Miller RB Central 6'0 190 Jackonsville St.
119. Lesley Dalger WR Westminster Ac. 6'5 205 Air Force
120. James Oliphant CB Aquinas 5'9 155 Massachusetts
121. Lance Deveaux S Aquinas 6'0 185 Northern Illinois
122. James Bowe LB Miami Killian 6'2 195 Massachusetts
123. Travis Liburd RB Piper 5'6 170 Stony Brook
124. Keavon Mitchell WR Flanagan 5'11 175 FAMU
125. Jared McGahee DT Northwestern 6'1 250 Monmouth
126. Anthony Flory LB Am. Heritage 6'2 225 Appalachain St.
127. Jontavis Testa LB Coral Gables 5'11 190 Arkansas Pine-Bluff
128. Karon Jackson DB American 5'8 165 Eastern Illinois
129. Steve Durosier S American 5'11 195 SE Missouri St.
130. Tavares Moore Jr. DB Gibbons 5'10 165 Tennessee State
131. Jonathon Washington WR Gibbons 6'0 190 Northern Michigan
132. Walt Jackson WR Flanagan 6'0 185 Lindenwood
133. Demetrius Whitehead DB Hallandale 5'10 180 Alcorn State
134. Jamari Hester TE Central 6'6 210 Jacksonville State
135. Theodore Victorin OL Hallandale 6'0 260 Stillman College
136. Deondre Tyler OL Hallandale 6'4 320 Undecided
137. Roberto Montanez OL Monarch 6'3 270 West Florida
138. Darnell Brown DL Flanagan 5'9 250 Lindenwood
139. Jihad Muhammad WR Stranahan 6'2 170 West Florida
140. Robzel Sylvester OL Central 6'1 350 Arkansas Pine-Bluff
141. Roe Farris Jr. ATH C. Springs Charter 6'1 170 Wagner
142. Anthony Olivencia WR Killian 6'2 175 Marist
143. Vaquan Small WR Booker T. 6'3 170 Samford
144. Julian McCleod DT Aquinas 6'2 225 Undecided
145. Jason Collins QB Dillard 6'0 170 Howard
146. Dwayne Paddyfoot LB Mater Academy 6'3 215 Concord
147. George Grimwade OL Gulliver Prep 6'7 275 Samford
148. Robert Foy WR Flanagan 5'8 190 Florida Tech
149. Ellex Davis WR Monarch 5'7 154 Undecided
150. Nick Peart DB Am. Heritage 5'8 180 Dartmouth

Two of Broward's smallest stars -- Piper's Liburd, Dillard's Bouie -- taking own route to the next level

By MANNY NAVARRO
mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Broward County leading rusher Travis Liburd never had any illusions about himself as a football recruit entering his senior season.

At 5-6, 170 pounds, he knew it was going to take more than a great senior season at Piper to get one of the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country to take a chance on him. Akron and Ohio University showed interest, but in the end neither was willing to dish out a concrete scholarship offer.

So on Wednesday, when dozens of three, four and five-star recruits in South Florida who played alongside Liburd in the Miami Dolphins All-Star Game sign with big name schools in front of throngs of media, the two-star recruit and All-Broward First Team selection will quietly do his own thing in front of a much smaller audience at school.

He’s signing with Stony Brook, a Football Championship Subdivision program in Long Island, N.Y., where it was snowing so hard this past weekend during Liburd’s official visit he said he “barely saw the ground.” Being relegated to college football’s second tier might feel like an underachievement to some, but not Liburd. To him it’s just another avenue to success.

“It’s a great team for me because they run the ball a lot,” said Liburd, who ran for over 4,100 yards and 36 touchdowns in three years for Piper despite being the only weapon on a losing team and seeing many eight and nine man fronts. “I’ve already got my major – electrical engineering – and everything. And there’s opportunity to get on the field as a freshman, especially on kickoffs.”

Special teams is usually where the smallest guys in college and pro football make their money. Liburd, clocked at 4.35 in the 40-yard dash according to his coach, ran back eight kickoffs for touchdowns as a junior. “He didn’t have any as a senior because no one would kick him the ball,” his coach Roger Mitchell said.

Said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services: “Liburd’s a little pocket rocket. He’s not elite, but he’s in that second or third group locally if you’re talking about production and what he does. You’re telling me there’s 120-something D-1 schools and none can use a kid like that?”

Size is ultimately what scared BCS programs off, Mitchell said. The numbers certainly support the claim.

According to Rivals.com’s recruiting database, a total of 221 players listed as being 5-feet, 7-inches or shorter have signed with Football Bowl Subdivision (126) or Football Championship Subdivision schools (95) since 2002. That averages out to a little less than 16 scholarships a year across Division 1 football being given nationwide to players of that height (nine to FBS programs and a little less than seven to FCS schools). Of that group, 60 scholarships have been awarded to players listed 5-6 or shorter including only eight listed at 5-5 or shorter.

Most are running backs (122) or listed as athletes (42) or receivers (27). Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, listed at 5-6, 180 pounds coming out of high school in Louisiana, is among that group. He was a two-star recruit who signed with Central Arkansas.

His success story – like that of Eagles Pro Bowl running back Darren Sproles (5-6, 190) – give Liburd and other small guys like Dillard linebacker/safety Christian Bouie hope.

Bouie (5-7, 160) led Dillard in tackles two years in a row and was “blowing receivers up in the secondary at the Dolphins All-Star Game,” Mitchell said. But he also couldn’t get any FBS schools to bite and offer him a scholarship.

Dillard coach Lorenzo Davis said he expects Bouie to sign with Division II Stillman College (Ala.) on Wednesday. According to Rivals, only 25 defensive backs and one linebacker listed at 5-7 or shorter have signed with Division 1 schools since 2002.

“Three inches taller and everybody in the country is after him,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, when you’re making $200,000 to $300,000 a year as a college assistant and your job is on the line every year you can’t take that chance because if the guy doesn’t pan out the boss will be looking at you and saying ‘Well, you knew he was too small.’ I was really trying to get FIU and FAU to look at him. I just couldn’t get him a shot.”

Bouie, who has a 3.4 GPA, says he’ll take the shot wherever he gets it. Stillman, by the way, had eight players on its roster last season listed at 5-7 or shorter.

“You can measure my height, but you can’t measure my heart,” Bouie said.

Said Mitchell: “Like I told Travis, put that chip on your shoulder and just turn and look at it every time before you get the ball. Show them what they missed every day.”

LOCAL PLAYERS 5-7 OR SHORTER TO SIGN WITH D-1 (FBS/FCS) SCHOOLS SINCE 2002
RB Dareyon Chance, Cardinal Gibbons, 5-5, 175, 3-star (Western Michigan, 2010)
WR Derrick Hopkins, Monsignor Pace, 5-6, 160, 2-star (USF, 2009)
RB Krondis Larry, Booker T. Washington, 5-6, 160, 2-star (FCS Samford, 2014)
DB Terry Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, 5-7, 170, 2-stars (FCS Monmouth, 2014)
WR Jarius Brown, University School, 5-7, 172, 2-stars (FCS Dartmouth, 2014)
ATH Franklin Labady, Champagnat, 5-7, 180, 3-stars (Cincinnati, 2014)
DB Nico Marley, Cypress Bay, 5-7, 182, 2-stars (Tulane, 2013)
RB Darius Hoggins, Monarch, 5-7, 156, 2-stars (Louisiana-Lafayette, 2013)
RB Jared Sanders, Hallandale, 5-7, 165, 2-stars (Eastern Kentucky, 2012)
RB Orville Reynolds, Douglas, 5-7, 175, 3-stars (Wake Forest, 2011)
ATH Ronnie Kennedy, Plantation, 5-7, 147, 3-stars (Central Michigan, 2009)
WR Brandon Drayton, Northwestern, 5-7, 156, 0-stars (FCS Howard, 2008)
WR Tim Brown, Northwestern, 5-7, 146, 3-stars (Rutgers, 2006)
RB Jovens Degage, North Miami, 5-7, 180, 2-stars (Ball State, 2004)
RB Jerry Seymour, Monsignor Pace, 5-7, 183, 2-stars (Central Michigan, 2003)

January 29, 2015

January 27, 2015

Miramar looking forward to Signing Day event after rough end to season

After a scandalous and frustrating finish to the 2014 season, things are finally looking up for the Miramar Patriots.

Tuesday, the program hired a new coach in longtime Booker T. Washington assistant Pierre Senatus. And now, in a little over a week, a large group of seniors who didn't get a chance to participate in the playoffs in the wake of allegations of academic fraud, impermissible benefits and illegal participation of ineligible players, will get a chance to live out a lifetime dream when they sign with their respective colleges.

“It's definitely going to be a big day for us," Miramar defensive line and strength coach Josh Taylor said Tuesday. "I’m happy for these guys. We have a lot of great kids who are looking forward to opening up the next chapter in their careers and play on the next level. All these guys have been talking about lately is figuring out what they’re going to wear to Signing Day. They're hilarious.”

Taylor said school officials are planning to host the Patriots' Signing Day event at 1 p.m.

Receivers Kahlil Lewis, Jovon Durante and cornerback Tyrek Cole are all a done deal to West Virginia, where they've been committed for some time, Taylor said.

Two players who figure to keep folks guessing up until the last minute: four-star safety Kendrell McFadden and three-star offensive guard Leeward Brown, former West Virginia commitments now looking elsewhere.

"Kendrell's recruiting is wide open right now," Taylor said.

Notre Dame and Kentucky are in the mix for McFadden, Taylor said. "FIU came in recently," Taylor said of Brown. "Tulane came in as well. FAU is also in the mix."

Safety Herbert Miller (FAU) and cornerback Jeff Hill (Northern Illinois) are expected to stick with their respective commitments. Taylor said running back Alex Anderson "will have a couple hats to choose from on the table."

-- MANNY NAVARRO

Auburn, Muschamp giving Norland All-American cornerback Carlton Davis something to consider

Norland All-American cornerback Carlton Davis (6-2, 184) has been an Ohio State commitment since August. But with a week to go before National Signing Day on Feb. 4 his coach Daryle Heidelburg said Tuesday Davis' final decision is now "kind of up in the air" with Auburn making a strong push.

"I don't know if he's going to decommit, but he could be leaning that way," Heidelburg said. "[Auburn defensive coordinator Will] Muschamp came to visit and I guess the safe way to say it is he's considering Auburn."

Davis, an All-Dade First Team selection and Semper Fi All-American, is rated the 32nd best cornerback in the country by 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Heidelburg said Norland will have nine players sign with colleges a week from Wednesday including outside linebacker Rayshad Jackson (6-2, 205), who committed to Florida recently. Norland's Signing Day event is expected to begin after 8:30 a.m. Heidelburg said.

"[Florida co-defensive coordinator] Randy Shannon was always on him when he was at Arkansas," Heidelburg said. "It was Arkansas and FIU really. I think Florida gave him the best of both worlds. His parents are involved and would have loved for him to go to FIU, but when Randy went to Florida they took the visit with him and they saw it’s close enough for him to home and to get big-time football. That was the best of both worlds for him."

Other Norland players who will sign on Wednesday: cornerback D'Andre Smart (Kent State), defensive back Elliott Miller (Bethune-Cookman), offensive lineman William Gordon (Alcorn State), offensive lineman Lowell Richardson (Tuskegee), receiver Steven McIntosh (Mississippi Valley State), offensive lineman Swayne Spencer (Warner) and defensive back Cameron Cooper (Warner).

Heidelburg said he has five juniors receiving a lot of college interest: defensive end/outside linebacker Emmett Rice (Kentucky, N.C. State, USF offers), outside linebacker Vosean Joseph (Oregon State is close to offering), safety Val Mayes (FAU offer), quarterback Rodrick Robinson (USF interest) and receiver Jordan Robinson.

The 2017 class features two big offensive linemen receiving heavy SEC interest -- Kadeem Telfort (6-5, 310) and Cedrick Johnson (6-3, 290).

-- MANNY NAVARRO

January 26, 2015