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February 27, 2009

Apr. 25 football camp/combine is now set

It seems like it was just yesterday when we were watching the Class of 2009 football talent sign on the dotted line to attend colleges in the fall. Well, actually, it wasn't that long ago.



Here it is a month after National Signing Day, and football is once again grabbing the headlines. The Class of 2010 is now on the clock, and while in the past, it was spring and early summer before exposure events were being held, things are starting to get going a lot earlier this year.



So far, there have been a few 7-on-7 team tryouts and practices, and a couple of combines that have exposed a number of area players to fan websites. But the real measure of exposure for players will come at a unique Apr. 25 event at Cardinal Gibbons High School.



The Elite Scouting Services Camp/Combine will attract over 400 rising seniors, juniors and sophomores to a day-long event that will feature testing, instruction, football skills events as well as one-on-one drills and 7-on-7 team competition. Kickers, punters and long snappers will also have the chance to attract college scholarships as well. 



While many events expose the athletes via fan websites, the Elite Scouting Services competition will send test results, filming and personal information directly to colleges. That is something that nobody has ever claimed they can do for the kids, and with budgets tightening all over the country, this is sweet music to the ears of coaches, parents and the players. 



"The thing that really got us fired up to do this is the number of kids who did not sign scholarships to attend colleges this past February," said Charles Fishbein, President of the company. "What makes this very unique is that we are also inviting parents and family members to attend so they can see exactly what it is that their football player does."



Having parents and family members involved will also show them how they can be proactive in the recruiting process, helping those who are already laying the groundwork.

Fishbein points to the need to get everyone noticed. Not just the athletes who are gearing up for Division 1 programs, but all schools that are always searching for ways to get more information on athletes from this region.



"When we heard about what Elite Scouting Services are doing to help the kids, this was something we wanted to be a part of," said Cardinal Gibbons Offensive Coordinator Matt DuBuc, who attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock to play baseball and football for the Red Raiders. "To get information and send them directly to colleges across the country and not appear on some fan website is something that I have never heard about. This gives the athlete direct exposure to dozens and dozens of colleges."



While budgets have been cut across the board in recruiting, the need for colleges to find out as much about players as early as possible is a must. Smaller colleges who used to visit the area will no longer have the money to fly in, get a motel and stay around. For the most part, numbers, film and evaluation from this local event will be the lifeline for many youngsters trying to grab a piece of the spotlight.



With local high school coaches getting involved in the testing and drills, the opportunity to showcase our own coaches is another major selling point. It's also a way that many will be able to see other athletes they may not have the chance to watch during the course of a spring and a summer.



"I have been involved in camps and combines for years, and the one thing that has always bothered me is the way people who try and make a name for themselves report a poor time or sub-par performance on an athlete, which ends up hurting more than helping them," Fishbein pointed out.

Jack's Hamburgers, Tim Conrad Kicking & Long Snap Camp, Wings & Things of Pompano Beach, Ken Mastrole Passing Academy and Gunther Volkswagen are a few of the many sponsors aboard for this event, which promises to be the best camp/combine atmosphere to come along.



The event has already started to fill up, so get on board with this progressive idea that puts the entire family in the spotlight. To register, go to www.elitescoutingservices.com – or call 305-467-4386 for more information. E-mail cfishbein@aol.com or dubuc@cghsfl.org.

February 06, 2009

Broward Class of 2010 – Pre Spring Top 30

Here is the first look at the top 30 players, heading into spring in the Class of 2010. Keep in mind, the list will change after spring as we head toward summer, and then again before the start of the 2009 season. If there are any players that belong in this list, we will find them with the number of off season events that we cover live.

Remember, this is only the first list, and there will be changes along the way!

BROWARD
1. Lamarcus Joyner, DB, 5-8, 160, St. Thomas Aquinas:
What more can you say about one of the most dominating football players in the nation that has not already been said? He can do it all! This gifted athlete transfers to Broward County for his senior year.

2. Brandon Linder, OL, 6-4, 265, St. Thomas Aquinas: Easily one of the most athletic “big men” in the nation. Has the ability to play all three positions up front.

3. Devon Wright, RB, 6-0, 180, Taravella: This two-time county rushing champion is still not getting that national attention he deserves. Quality football player who can get it done on both sides of the ball.

4. Cody Riggs, DB, 5-10, 165, St. Thomas Aquinas: Could emerge as one of the top cornerbacks in the country. Is one of the more physical players at the position.

5. Giovanni Bernard, RB, 5-9, 190, St. Thomas Aquinas: Give this gifted back 25 carries a game and he will run over 2,000 yards - against anyone! His best years are yet to come.

6. Ivan McCartney, WR, 6-2, 170, Miramar: Tremendous hands, superb route runner with big play capabilities. Will continue to improve as he gets into the weightroom.

7. Brian Robinson, S, 6-0, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas: Is there a safety in the state of Florida who hits any harder than this gifted player? Will be a major force at camps, combines and in games over the next year.

8. Shawn Corker, WR, 6-2, 180, Cardinal Gibbons: Easily the most overlooked player at any position in South Florida. There is no better blocker and overall receiver, but many colleges already know that.

9. James White, RB, 5-10, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas: More than proved what he brings to the table over the past two years. May turn out to be one of the state’s best runners in this class.

10. Brandon Doughty, QB, 6-3, 180, North Broward Prep: After sitting and watching as a freshman and as a sophomore at Chaminade-Madonna, he more than made up for it during a tremendous season last year and emerged as one of the best in Florida.

11. Cassius McDowell, RB, 5-9, 175, Deerfield Beach: One of the top threats in South Florida, this is a quick impact player who is also a special teams standout.

12. Vincent Mauro, LB, 6-2, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas: Over the past two years, all this quality football talent has done is make plays and dominate with his speed, strength and play-making ability.

13. Demar Dorsey, S, 6-0, 175, Boyd Anderson: Already an early commit to head to play for the defending national champion Florida Gators, this is a quality football talent.

14. Devin Drane, DB, 5-11, 175, Plantation: A two-year starter for the Colonels, here is a football talent who has had some great role models to learn from.

15. Desmond Bozeman, OLB, 6-4, 215, Dillard: Yet another player who has not received the attention he deserves, this quality athlete has made an impression over the past two seasons.

16. Michael Anderson, S, 6-0, 185, Pantation: After running for over 900 yards as a sophomore at Hallandale, he was moved to the defensive secondary last year and was one of the best in the county. Easily one of the prospects who will emerge as the best in the state!

17. Donte Dotson, DB, 5-9, 175, Deerfield Beach: Take your pick - defensive back, running back, receiver or quarterback, this may be the best football player that many continue to overlook.

18. Joe McNamara, OL, 6-2, 275, Cypress Bay: After making the move from Chaminade-Madonna after his freshman year, all this quality prospect did was lead one of the best lines in the state the past two years. Great feet and very smart. A tremendous wrestler as well.

19. Travis Holland, LB, 6-0, 200, Plantation: A big play athlete who has strength, speed and the knowledge of reading offenses. Will continue to get better during the off season.

20. Tony Grimes, DB, 6-0, 180, Hollywood Hills: Emerged as one of the top football players last year after a strong camp showing and a solid season for the Spartans. While many have talked about him, very few watched what he can do on the field.

21. Jamal Bass, LB, 5-11, 190, Miramar: Yet another quality football talent who has a nose for the ball. After an impressive sophomore season, he followed it up this past year with another very good campaign for the Patriots.

22. David Perry, DE, 6-6, 225, University School: Was one of several impressive football players the Suns brought to the table during an unbeaten regular season. Just watch him mature and get better.

23. Garrett Smith, DB, 5-8, 170, Cardinal Gibbons: Like several players in the county, has quietly been one of the best players around. Opponents felt that he was one of the best they faced, and colleges already know it.

24. Dante Chambers, WR, 5-9, 170, Miramar: Yet another big play receiver in a region that has more than its share of tremendous athletes. While he lacks size, he more than makes up for it with his overall play and big play capabilities.

25. Ethan Grant, RB, 5-10, 165, North Broward Prep: While he is best known for being one of the state’s fastest athletes, this is a youngster who has turned enough heads to make a statement on the football field. He is an early commitment to play for the Oregon Ducks.

26. Max Beaulieu, DT, 6-2, 235, University School: Talk about difference makers, here is yet another athlete who emerged for coach Roger Harriott’s Suns with speed, strength and athletic ability.

27. Jermaine Barton, OL, 6-6, 270, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the more promising line prospects in South Florida who was instrumental in the success of the national champions this past season.

28. Daryeon Chance, RB, 5-7, 180, Cardinal Gibbons: He may be a smaller back, but for the past 10 years, this is someone who has been turning heads at every level. Pound-for-pound, he is the toughest player in the county!

29. Reynaldo Kirton, S, 6-2, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas: Yet another Raider who is a difference maker. Not only can he play the run, but watch him cover. Tremendous prospect!

30. Travion Bailey, DE, 6-2, 217, McArthur: Many who have watched this youngster play the past two seasons compare him to a former Mustang, Erasmus James, who has carved out quite a career in the NFL.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
LBlustein@miamiherald.com

Miami-Dade Class of 2010 – Pre Spring Top 30

Here is the first look at the top 30 players, heading into spring in the Class of 2010. Keep in mind, the list will change after spring as we head toward summer, and then again before the start of the 2009 season. If there are any players that belong in this list, we will find them with the number of off season events that we cover live.

Remember, this is only the first list, and there will be changes along the way!

MIAMI-DADE

1. Todd Chandler, DT, 6-0, 285, Northwestern: For the past two years, this University of Miami commitment has dominated the line of scrimmage, and he is only getting better.

2. Corey Lemonier, DE, 6-4, 240, Hialeah: Whether it’s been at a camp or during the game, this three-year starter has captured the attention of every player and coach he has competed against. Big time potential!

3. Torrian Wilson, OL, 6-3, 315, Northwestern: In a state loaded with quality big men, this could be one of the best as he dominates with his strength, quickness and ability to control the line of scrimmage.

4. Brandon Gainer, RB, 6-0, 190, Central: Emerged as one Florida’s elite backs who combines quickness, size and durability. He got it done against everyone the Rockets played.

5. Jeffrey Godfrey, QB, 5-11, 175, Central: Ever since he first put on a uniform as freshman at Edison, this was one of those quality football players who was destined to make an impact - and he has.

6. Michaelee Harris, WR, 6-1, 175, Northwestern: Emerged as one of the most complete receivers in an area that boasts some of the best in the state of Florida. Was compared to former Bulls standout Aldarius Johnson.

7. Eduardo Clements, RB, 5-11, 175, Booker T. Washington: Is there a more complete back than this gifted young man? Has the speed to break off long runs, is tough enough to get the short gains and has tremendous hands, creating mismatches against any defense.

**8. Willis Wright, WR, 6-2, 185, Miami Springs: Having followed this gifted athlete since his sophomore season, there is little doubt that he can impact a game with the best in the state. Can also play safety and on special teams.

9. Rashad Gaitor, LB, 6-2, 205, Northwestern: After two years at Hallandale in broward County, this gifted football player returns to where he started.

10. Joshua Reese, WR, 5-10, 170, Central: Made quite an impression in his first full varsity season as he became one of the top big play receivers who has speed, leaping ability and great hands.

11. Jakhari Gore, RB, 5-10, 165, Columbus: Bloodlines aside, this is one of the elite backs in South Florida. Has amazing speed and the ability to take the ball the distance at any time.

12. Richard Leonard, DB, 5-9, 170, Killian: Has emerged into one of the state’s top cover cornerbacks. Was one of the toughest players to catch a ball against.

13. Quinton Dunbar, WR, 6-3, 177, Booker T. Washington: From his play in the off season to a productive junior year in which head 700 yards and 7 touchdowns, this is a player who has made major strides.

14. Gideon Ajagbe, S, 6-2, 200, Ransom Everglades: While he was productive on the offensive side of the ball, it’s defense where this gifted talent continues to make an impression.

15. Ricky Joseph, DT, 6-2, 300, Northwestern: While he started slow in his junior year, it’s the playoffs where he turned heads with his speed and quickness to create positives.

16. Corvin Lamb, RB, 5-10, 180, Northwestern: Considered one of the fastest football players in the nation, there will be a need to use him more this coming season. Last year, he was a role player with very few touches, but that should all change this coming season.

17. Ralph Williams, LB, 6-1, 215, Gulliver Prep: Another under publicized football player who continued to impress with his athletic ability, strength and a nose for the football.

18. Lynden Trail, DE, 6-7, 205, Booker T. Washington: This one-time basketball only prospect turned his attention to the football field last spring and made a lasting impression with 14 sacks. While he is thin, colleges love his athletic ability.

19. Perry Meiklejohn, 6-3, 320, Westminster Christian: Yet another player many have overlooked, this one time Coral Reef standout follows in the footsteps of his father who was a top-flight prospect at Southridge.

20. Ted Meline, WR, 6-2, 170, Booker T. Washington: While injury cut into his junior season at Davie’s Westlake Prep, there is every indication that the newest Tornado will be a smash hit with his speed and pass catching ability.

21. Calvin Smith, DT, 6-3, 260, Hialeah: Another physical, quick line prospect who has been able to get it done on both sides of the ball. Should emerge as one of South Florida’s top prospects by the end of the 2009 season. Great camp season as well.

22. Isaac Dixon, LB, 5-11, 190, Monsignor Pace: When you watch the ground that this young man covered and his ability play the run as well as the pass, it’s no wonder why colleges have been on his every move.

23. Jeff Scott, RB, 5-7, 170, Archbishop Carroll: Say what you want about the lack of size, but just try and stop this quick, strong athlete from getting into the end zone. Had 1,400 yards against top-flight competition.

24. Jose Jose, OL, 6-0, 340, Booker T. Washington: A three-year starter who has played at the varsity level since his freshman season, many are projecting him on the defensive side of the ball at the next level.

25. John Ragoo, OL, 6-6, 340, Monsignor Pace: On size alone, colleges have been impressed by what this gifted football player brings to field. Will only get better in the off season.

26. Khalid Marshall, DB, 5-9, 170, Northwestern: A three-year starter who has been exposed to some of the best talent in the nation during his career, and will only get better over the next year.

27. Allen Hurns, WR, 6-2, 170, Carol City: One of the reasons the Chiefs started to turn the corner with his speed, crisp patterns and overall athletic ability. College coaches love his size and knowledge of the game.

28. Delvin Jones, DE, 6-6, 235, Palmetto: Coming over from a smaller program (LaSalle), here is a prospect who has the chance to become one of the top defensive end prospects in the state. Tremendous quickness and strength.

29. Derrick Dansby, LB, 5-11, 185, Central: If an injury didn’t cut his season short, this would have been the most dominating linebackers in South Florida. Fast, strong and athletic describe this tremendous talent, who colleges are very impressed with. Could play safety at the next level.

30. Demetrius Pettway, DB, 5-11, 175, Homestead: Playing a role for the Broncos in the secondary since his ninth grade season, this is a physical, quick football player who has a chance to be one of the best in Florida by the end of his senior year.

30. Dion Hanks, DB, 5-10, 175, Edison: Overlooked during the season by some who follow the game, but not by college coaches who love his play making ability, speed and knowledge of reading offenses.

**NOTE: When this list was first made, Willis Wright of Miami Springs was on it. With many changes that were done to the list, his name was mistakenly left off. We added him back at No. 8 and shifted all other names down one notch. Rashad Gaitor, who moved over from Hallandale, was slotted in at No. 9, giving the Miami-Dade "Pre-Spring" list 31 players.


LARRY BLUSTEIN
Lblustein@miamiherald.com

February 04, 2009

Herald Signing Day Blog

National Signing Day is here and we invite you to add comments about your schools and players. We will start it off with 4 UCF locals who committed this morning:

Corey Ammons, DB, 6-0, 175, Miami, Fla. / Archbishop Carroll
Nico Flores, QB, 6-2, 199, Miami, Fla. / North Miami Beach
Dontravius Floyd, WR, 6-2, 205, Homestead, Fla. / South Dade
Kemal Ishmael, DB, 5-11, 192, Miami, Fla. / North Miami Beach

February 02, 2009

The Recruiting Report debuts

Our first installment of The Recruiting Report is online. Be sure to check it out. It should get you ready for National Signing Day.