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Down & Dirty: Linemen move into the spotlight

Heat, humidity and thunderstorms once again shared the spotlight with the “big guys” on the second day of the Down & Dirty Lineman Camp at Stetson University in Deland.

While the morning session went off without a hitch, the late afternoon and evening sessions watched the summer patterns last a little bit longer on Thursday. While no local players from South Florida are at the first session, some familiar coaching faces are dotting landscape.

Former Everglades coach Mike Palmieri, who also starred as an athlete at South Broward, brought some 15 of his players from the Charlotte area. Palmieri’s Mallard Creek program is one of the best young teams in North Carolina. There were some very impressive linemen in the first session.

Senior Wayne Harris (6-4, 315, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson) was perhaps the most impressive player on hand. Other seniors who caught the eye so far in this session are Corey Oberst (6-4, 280, Winter Springs), Mike Herrera (6-1, 276, Naples Barron Collier), Thomas Hooten (6-3, 305, Clearwater Calvary Chapel), Tavares hidden gem defensive end/tight end Colton Madill (6-4, 245) and Dillon Kay, a 7-foot-2, 415-pounder from White County High School in Sparta, Tn.

Junior Tony Kibler (6-5, 310, Okeechobee) is also one of the players every coach was impressed with. So was Live Oak Suwannee defensive tackle Joey Dukes (6-2, 250). I’ll have a few more players on Friday as the final day of the session brings the best competition.

LARRY BLUSTEIN lbustein@MiamiHerald.com

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