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July 31, 2009

Stephen Morris is a Hurricane

He burst onto the scene in the spring of his junior year when at a University of Michigan camp, Stephen Morris was voted as the MVP.

Now, over a year later, the talented Miami Monsignor Pace product, will have the chance to stay home and play for the University of Miami.

On Friday, two days after a visit to Coral Gables with his parents, the talented Morris (6-2, 185), who was one of the top prospects in South Florida, told the Hurricanes that he was coming to “U”.

“Miami just felt like the perfect place for me,” Morris said. “It fit me both academically and athletically. I’m 100% committed. I’m sure I made the right decision.”

After a solid junior season for the Spartans, Morris was active in the off season with visits to the D1 Camp in Davie, the Elite Scouting Combine in Fort Lauderdale and several other stops along the way. But the opportunity to stay close to him and future playing time was a selling point.

Charles Fishbein of ESS, who has watched Morris since the first time he went under center for Pace, believes that this is a perfect fit for the Hurricanes, who were looking for a quarterback in this class.

“Stephen is the kind of young man who has the physical tools to be a very good quarterback,” Fishbein pointed out. “He is also a tremendous student in the classroom.”

Morris, who also played baseball for the Spartans, had narrowed down his choices to Miami, Purdue, Virginia and UCF, who is still going after Miami Central quarterback prospect Jeffrey Godfrey.

Have a commitment to announce. Just e-mail Larry Blustein with the information and a contact name and number and we will get something up on our statewide list. Whether it's D1 or junior college, we want to let everyone know about it. LBlustein@miamiherald.com.

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Taravella's Brandon Steg off to U-Conn

When you talk about overlooked athletes in the state of Florida, one of the players that comes to mind is Coral Springs Taravella standout linebacker/tight end Brandon Steg.

The 6-3, 220-pounder, who along with teammate Devon Wright, has helped to put the Trojans back in the spotlight, committed to attend the University of Connecticut.

"Great pick up for U-Conn," said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. "This is a young man we have watched the past two years, and while many have paid little attention, we have long said that this is going to be one of the top players in Broward County for 2009."

Steg was a catalyst on coach Dan Marguriet's squad last year, and is expected to play a major role again this year.

At the Elite Scouting Combine in April, Steg turned plenty of heads. His speed, strength and ability to play the game of football had many at the event at Cardinal Gibbons talking about his future.

"This was a kid that we put on our watch list as an athlete to put on the map," point out Corey Long of Friday Night Football Florida Magazine. "He was very impressive in the spring as well."

Have a commitment to announce. Just e-mail Larry Blustein with the information and a contact name and number and we will get something up on our statewide list. Whether it's D1 or junior college, we want to let everyone know about it. LBlustein@miamiherald.com.

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Byrd makes commitment to Tulane

One of the fastest-rising linebacker prospects in the state of Florida for the Class of 2010 has found a home for the future.

Kerchal Byrd Jr., a 6-1, 220-pounder from Palmetto High near Bradenton verbally committed to play college football at Tulane University.

Last season, Byrd helped anchor a strong Tigers defense, totaling 39 tackles, 14.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss.

He had the opportunity for colleges to keep an eye on his progress when they came to see defensive end Kedric Johnson, who will play for the University of Florida this fall.

"When I had the chance to watch Palmetto, Kerchal was one of the players I wrote down as an athlete for the watch list," said Corey Long of Friday Night Football Florida Magazine. "This is a program that had a number of talented football players for the present and the future who were flying way under the radar screen.

It was no surprise that Byrd chose an academic-oriented program like Tulane, which also received a verbal commitment from Miami Gulliver Prep quarterback Michael Strauss earlier in the summer. His 3.8 grade point average had schools such as Stanford, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky watching his progress as well.

Byrd told the Bradenton Herald that with his verbal commitment behind him, he can focus on the upcoming season and be fully committed to making a return to the state playoffs.

Have a commitment to announce. Just e-mail Larry Blustein with the information and a contact name and number and we will get something up on our statewide list. Whether it's D1 or junior college, we want to let everyone know about it. LBlustein@miamiherald.com.

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July 30, 2009

Locals standout at Mastrole Passing event

Mastrole Passing Academy held the first annual South Florida Summer Showcase at St. Andrew's Prep School in Boca Raton, last weekend. Mastrole Passing Academy brought in some of the states top talent and future stars at quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, and defensive back.

The camp was highlighted by fast pace and up tempo coaching by Ken Mastrole and his staff, which also included former Miami Dolphin Jim Jensen. Athletes were put through an advanced curriculum that featured some of the most advanced training techniques in todays game. Film study, offensive and defensive breakdowns, fundamentals, recruiting/exposure, and the Showcase Challenge all highlighted one of the top Florida football camps in 2009.


Sundays QB, WR, & DB challenge brought out the talent in some of the best athletes at their position. The Miami Herald, Scout.com and Elite Scouting Services were in attendence. All evaluated players, collected film, and answered questions from parents and players on college recruiting.


Saturday was filled with fundamental training, defensive recogniton, 1 on 1's, and 2 receivers vs. 3 defensive backs. St. Thomas Aquinas quarterbacks Jake Rudock (2011) and Max Lescano (2012) displayed quick releases and pin point accuracy hooking up with one of the top flight receivers in the state (Cardinal Gibbons) Shawn Corker (Texas Tech commit) multiple times.
Jupiter Christian's future 1-2 punch quarterback Kedric Bostic and receiver Austin Talbott showed why theses two will form a high powered ariel attack over the next three years.


Another tandem to look out for over the next three years will be quarterback Abe Coleman and Caylin McBeth from American Senior High School. Abe showed why he will be one of the top prospects in the state of Florida at the quarterback position with his size, speed, and arm strength. Caylin won the Best Hands receiver challange outlasting stiff competition from receivers Robbie Anderson and Arione Scott (Nova).

Alex Pratkas (West Boca), a 6-4, quarterback, also showed why he could potentially be one of Florida's top quarterbacks with his size and strong right arm. Senior quarterback Chris Rapka (Cardinal Gibbons) and junior quarterback C.J. Hart (Cardinal Gibbons), the brother of former Rutgers standout Ryan Hart, displayed strong arms and accurate throws throughout the drills and competitions.

Look for quarterbacks Brock Bukowski (Royal Palm Beach) and Evan Hart (Fort Myers) to move up the charts in 2009. Sophomore quarterback Evan Lassiter (Coral Springs) could be one of the biggest suprises over the next two years. The 6-foot-4 sophomore southpaw showed good footwork and a strong arm.

Bostic and Lescano won the Quarterback Leadership Award for their work ethic while grading out with the highest written test scores. McBeth (American) and Dan Ring (Cardinal Gibbons) both won the receiver challenges. Defensive back Conor Armstrong (St. Thomas Aquinas) won the defensive back coverman challenge.

Results from the TOP GUN QB Challenge. 
Rudock stole the show. The 6-3, 180-pounder won the Jr/Sr Division, showing the strongest arm, quickest release, most accurate, and fastest time in the obstacle course. For the Fr/So Division, Gardner Knight won the TOP GUN challenge with consistency and accuracy.

Results for the Jr/Sr TOP GUN Challenge
Quick Release (3 step-5 step-release)

1. Jake Rudock (St. Thomas Aquinas): .88 sec 3 step 1.40 sec 5 step

2. Rafi Montalvo (Miami LaSalle): 1.09 sec 3 step 1.50 sec 5 step

3. Alex Pratkas (West Boca): 1.18 sec 3 step 1.97 sec 5 step

Longest Throw
1. Jake Rudock (St. Thomas Aquinas): 62 yards

2. C.J. Hart (Cardinal Gibbons): 52.5 yards

3. Rafi Montalvo (Miami LaSalle): 51.5 yards

Accuracy Drill

1. Jake Rudock (St. Thomas Aquinas): 28 total points

2. Alex Pratkas (West Boca): 22 total points

3. C.J. Hart (Cardinal Gibbons): 19 total points

QB Obstacle Course with Targets

1. Jake Rudock (St. Thomas Aquinas): 14.50 sec

2. Rafi Montalvo (Miami LaSalle): 16.25 sec

3. Alex Pratkas (West Boca): 16.68 sec

Results for the Fr/So TOP GUN Challenge
Quick Release (3 step-5 step-release)

1. Max Lescano (St. Thomas Aquinas): 1.07 sec 3 step 1.52 sec 5 step

2. Tyler Jones (Pompano): 1.08 sec 3 step 1.60 sec 5 step

3. Abe Coleman (American Senior) 1.14 sec 3 step 1.58 sec 5 step

Longest Throw
1. Gardner Knight (Palm Bay): 54 yards

2. Max Lescano (St. Thomas Aquinas): 52.5 yards

3. Evan Hart (Fort Myers) 52 yards

Accuracy Drill
1. Gardner Knight (Palm Bay): 24 total points

2. Kedric Bostic (Jupiter Christian): 19 total points

3. 6 players tied at: 18 total points

QB Obstacle Course with Targets
1. Kedric Bostic (Jupiter Christian): 15.50 sec

2. Gardner Knight (Palm Bay): 17.22 sec

3. Brock Bukowski (Royal Palm): 17.35 sec

For more information on future events and session times and dates, click on mastrolepassing.com.

Catch up on all our stories, rankings, commitments and all other archived information by clicking on Miami Herald Recruiting Information:

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Miami Herald 2010 Commitment List

Throughout the course of a year, the Miami Herald watches games all over the state of Florida. We also visit camps, combines, practices and other events that showcase football talent across the Sunshine State.

We continue to put out list of players from Key West to Pensacola and in every city in between. Our years of bringing you the top athletes continues 12 months a year.

Our commitment list is designed for the fans to track where your favorite players are headed. It is our objective to get it right and include every player who is going to attend college.

If you see a name that may be incorrect, a player that should be added at any level, please let us know. Accuracy is our aim.

Contact Larry Blustein (Lblustein@miamiherald.com)
with any additions or changes to this list, which will change in the first week of February to reflect binding letters of intent.

THIS LIST WAS LAST CHANGED: Feb. 2, 2010
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS

Chris DeArmas, OL, 6-4, 296, Southwest Miami - Torrance (Calif.) El Camino College

CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS
Jeffrey Godfrey, QB, 5-11, 170, Miami Central
Jose Jose, OL, 6-2, 335, Miami Central
Jammal McClain, DB, 5-10, 170, Miami Central
Jordan McCray, OL, 6-4, 295, Miami Southridge
Justin McCray, OL, 6-4, 290, Miami Southridge
Perry Meiklejohn, OL, 6-3/310, Miami Westminster Christian
Joshua Reese, WR, 6-1, 182, Miami Central
Lebranden Richardson, DE, 6-2, 215, Miami Central
Zachary Soto, OL, 6-6, 255, Miami Monsignor Pace

CINCINNATI BEARCATS
Roney Lozano, DL, 6-2, 260, Hialeah American

FLORIDA GATORS
Gideon Ajagbe, S, 6-2, 197, Coconut Grove Ransom Everglades
Quinton Dunbar, WR, 6-2, 175, Miami Booker T. Washington
Lynden Trail, DE, 6-7/210, Miami Booker T. Washington

FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS
Corey Henry, DL, 6-3, 229, Miami Carol City

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN PANTHERS
Wade Isaac, DL, 6-2, 245, Miami Norland
Richard Leonard, DB, 5-8, 160, Miami Killian
Khambrell McGee, DB, 5-9, 165, Miami Northwestern
Sam Miller, DB, 5-10, 172, Miami LaSalle
Stanley St. Jean, OL, 6-3, 275, Miami Central
Randy Williams, DB, 6-1, 192, Miami Springs

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
Mike Harris, DB, 5-11, 185, South Miami – Torrance (Cal.) El Camino JC

IOWA HAWKEYES
De'Andre Johnson, RB, 5-8, 215, Miami Monsignor Pace

IOWA STATE CYCLONES
Rony Nelson, DL, 6-2/255, Miami Jackson - Yuba (Az.) CC

KANSAS JAYHAWKS
Brian Maura, WR, 6-3, 190, Miami Felix Varela

LOUISIANA STATE TIGERS
Jakhari Gore, RB, 5-10, 170, Miami Christopher Columbus
Martavious Lee, WR, 6-2, 180, Coral Gables - San Marcos (Ca.) Palomar CC

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
Chris Acosta, OL, 6-4, 275, Hialeah
Jermaine Brooks, DT, 6-4, 285, Miami Palmetto
Michaelee Harris, WR, 6-0, 180, Miami Northwestern
Corvin Lamb, WR, 5-10, 180, Miami Northwestern
Torrian Wilson, OL, 6-4, 315, Miami Northwestern

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD
Jermaine Kelson, Athlete, 5-8, 175, Miami Southridge

MEMPHIS TIGERS
DeJarrius Adams, WR, 6-2, 205, Miami Killian - El Camino College (Ca.)
Alphonso Bruton, LB, 6-2, 225, Miami Killian - El Camino College (Ca.)

MERCYHURST LAKERS
Marlon Pires, OL, 6-4, 245, Miami Varela

MIAMI HURRICANES
Eduardo Clements, RB, 5-11, 190, Miami Booker T. Washington
Allen Hurns, WR, 6-2, 180, Miami Carol City
Stephen Morris, QB, 6-2, 195, Miami Monsignor Pace
Delmar Taylor, OL/DL, 6-4, 265, Miami Beach

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
Jonathan Ragoo, OL, 6-7, 242, Miami Monsignor Pace

MISSISSIPPI REBELS
Artice Kellam, DB, 6-0, Miami Gulliver Prep - North Carolina Tech CC
Jeff Scott, RB, 5-8, 170, Miami Archbishop Carroll

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS
Lavonte David, S/LB, 6-1, 215, Miami Northwestern - Fort Scott (Kan.) CC

NEW MEXICO LOBOS
Ravonne Carter, DB, 6-0, 180, Hialeah

OREGON DUCKS
Issac Dixon, S, 6-0, 195, Miami Monsignor Pace

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
Dion Hanks, DB, 5-10, 170, Miami Edison

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Gareef Glashen, DB, 5-11, 185, Miami Carol City

SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS
Todd Chandler, DT, 6-0, 280, Miami Northwestern
Jose Jose, OL, 6-1, 355, Miami Booker T. Washington

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
Ted Meline, WR, 6-2, 175, North Miami
Kendrel Thompkins, WR, 6-1, 185, Miami Northwestern - El Camino (Cal.) CC
Ralph Williams, LB, 6-1, 210, Miami Southridge

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
Lavaughn Whigham, S/WR, 6-1, 190, Miami Southridge
Phillip Warren, DB, 5-10, 185, Miami Southridge

UTAH STATE AGGIES
Tavaris McMillan, LB, 6-2, 205, Miami Jackson

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
Pablo Alvarez, DB, 6-3, 190, Miami Belen Jesuit
Michael Strauss, QB, 6-3, 200, Miami Gulliver Prep

WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS
William Berner, OL, 6-3, 280, Miami Varela

WISCONSIN BADGERS
Isaiah Williams, WR, 6-2, 190, Miami Monsignor Pace

BROWARD COUNTY
BRYANT COLLEGE BULLDOGS

John Mahoney, S, 6-2, 215, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

BUFFALO BULLS
Dwellie Striggles, DB, 5-10, 175, Davie University School
Charles Takeh, RB, 5-9, 190, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Keith Takeh, DB, 5-10, 175, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE BLUE DEVILS
Justin Birkenholz, LB, 6-2, 217, Parkland Douglas

CINCINNATI BEARCATS
Dimetri Beal, DB, 5-11, 170, Hollywood Chaminade Madonna

COLGATE RED RAIDERS
Brandon Reaney-Graham, OL, 6-0, 245, Davie University School

COLORADO STATE RAMS
Alex Tucci, OL, 6-4, 310, Weston Cypress Bay

COLUMBIA LIONS
Chris Rapka, QB, 6-4, 200, Cardinal Gibbons

CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
Bryan Paull, OL, 6-4, 280, Parkland Douglas
Brandon Steg, DE/TE, 6-2, 225, Coral Spring Taravella
Gilbert St. Louis, DB, 5-11, 175, Plantation

DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN
Dominick Pierre, RB/LB, 6-0, 210, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian

EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS
Danny Adams, LS, 5-10, 190, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

FLORIDA GATORS
Cody Riggs, CB, 5-9, 156, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

FLORIDA A&M RATTLERS
Shawn Brown, OL, 6-3, 285, Miami Central

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN PANTHERS
David Delsoin, OL, 6-6, 277, Hollywood Sheridan Hills Christian
Caleb Vincent, LB, 6-2, 221, Hollywood Hills

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
Lamarcus Joyner, DB, 5-8, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

IDAHO VANDALS
Thaad Thompson, S, 6-3, 215, Coral Springs Charter - Ellsworth (Iowa) CC

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES
Thomas Pizzarro, OL, 6-3, 310, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas - Hargrave (Va.) Military Prep

LIBERTY FLAMES
Matt Stokes, DL, 6-3, 245, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD
Hans Louis, LB, 6-1, 210, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Brian Robinson, DB, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

MARYLAND TERRAPINS
Clarence Murphy, DE, 6-3, 230, Hollywood Hills
Jake Wheeler, DE, 6-7, 240, Plantation American Heritage

MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN
Ed Saint-Vil, DB, 6-1, 175, Hollywood Hills

MEMPHIS TIGERS
Ryan Williams, QB, 6-5, 220, Miramar

MIAMI HURRICANES
Jermaine Barton, OL, 6-6, 270, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Jonathan Feliciano, OL, 6-4, 285, Davie Western
Brandon Linder, OL, 6-6, 290, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Keion Payne, DB, 6-0, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
David Perry, DE, 6-6, 230, Davie University School

MIAMI (OHIO) REDHAWKS
Travis Williams, WR/DB, 5-9, 175, Cooper City

MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
Justin Wilson, LB, 6-0, 217, Western

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE BLUE RAIDERS
Khari Burke, DB, 5-8, 175, South Plantation
Christian Henry, OLB, 6-1, 215, Hollywood Hills

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
Devon Wright, RB, 6-0, 190, Coral Springs Taravella

MISSISSIPPI REBELS
Cliff Coleman, DB, 5-11, 175, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson
Tony Grimes, DB, 6-0, 175, Hollywood Hills

NAVAL ACADEMY MIDSHIPMEN
Travis Bridges, OL, 6-3, 280, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Vinnie Mauro, LB, 6-2, 215, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
Gio Bernard, RB, 5-9, 195, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Jabari Price, DB, 5-10, 175, Pompano Beach Ely

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES
Jamaal Bass, LB, 5-11, 200, Miramar

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Djwany Mera, DE, 6-3, 220, Hollywood South Broward
Marcus Thompson, LB/RB, 6-2, 219, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GOLDEN EAGLES
Tim Burke, DB, 5-11, 175, Plantation

SYRACUSE ORANGE
Max Beaulieu, DE, 6-3, 240, Davie University School
Brice Hawkes, S, 6-3, 205, Davie University School
Keondrick Lyn, S, 6-2, 200, Miramar

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
Mike Palardy, PK, 6-1, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

TEXAS CHRISTIAN HORNED FROGS
Ethan Grant, WR/DB, 5-10/165, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
Shawn Corker, WR, 6-1, 182, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

TOLEDO ROCKETS
Cassius McDowell, RB, 5-8, 150, Deerfield Beach

TOWSON TIGERS
Derek Soven, PK, 5-8, 165, Weston Cypress Bay

TROY TROJANS
Chris Anderson, RB, 5-10, 190, Boyd Anderson – Hutchinson (Kan.) CC

UTAH STATE AGGIES
Nevin Lawson, DB, 5-11, 180, Sunrise Piper

VANDERBILT COMMODORES
Steven Clarke, DB, 5-10, 180, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Donte Chambers, WR, 5-11, 165, Miramar

WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS
Brandon Doughty, QB, 6-3, 200, North Broward Prep

WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
Desmond Bozeman, OLB, 6-0, 210, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
Dareyon Chance, RB, 5-6, 180, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
Garrett Smith, DB, 5-11, 175, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

WISCONSIN BADGERS
Joe McNamara, DT, 6-2, 280, Weston Cypress Bay
James White, RB, 5-10, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas

STATE OF FLORIDA
ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM BLAZERS

Brian O'Leary, OL, 6-2, 270, Venice
Darnell Williams, WR, 6-2, 200, Winter Park - Athens (Texas) Trinity JC

ALBANY GREAT DANES
Jameel Gay, WR, 6-0, 165, Tampa Alonso

APPALACHIAN STATE MOUNTAINEERS
Dylan Bostick, OL, 6-6, 280, Neptune Beach Fletcher

ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
Joseph Byrd, RB, 5-9, 170, Cape Coral Ida Baker
Montaque Mack, LB, 6-0, 200, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson
Darrell Smith, S, 6-1, 180, Port St. Joe
Marquel Wade, DB, 6-1, 180, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson

ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
Michael Lombardo, LB, 6-1, 230, Jupiter Christian - College of Sequoias, Ca.

ARMY
Scott Jones, RB, 5-10, 180, St. Augustine St. Joseph Academy

AUBURN TIGERS
Cody Parkey, PK, 6-0, 180, Jupiter
Ryan White, Athlete, 6-0, 185, Tallahassee Lincoln

BETHUNE COOKMAN WILDCATS
Angelo Cabrera, RB/DB, 5-8, 166, Belleview
Jabari Cargill, WR/DB, 6-3, 185, Fort Pierce Central
Pat Harris, WR/DB, 6-1, 170, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast
Tim Smith, QB, 6-2, 190, Fort Pierce Central


BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
Tahj Kimble, RB, 6-0, 203, Fernandina Beach

BROWN BRUINS
Clay Paino, OL/DL, 6-4, 275, Tarpon Springs

BUFFALO BULLS
James Potts, RB, 6-0, 180, Delray American Heritage

CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS
Blake Bortles, QB, 6-5, 235, Oviedo
Woodley Cadet, DB, 6-2, 190, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge
E.J. Dunston, DL, 6-2, 265, Orlando Edgewater
Jordan Ozerities, DB, 5-10, 185, Mount Dora
Andrew Rice, DL, 6-2, 270, Lake Mary
Cornelius Whitehead, WR, 6-1, 170, Mount Dora

CHARLESTON GOLDEN EAGLES
Charles Usina, LB, 6-1, 200, St. Augustine St. Joseph

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN BUCS
Pat Adams, DB, 6-0, 180, Jacksonville Ed White
Kenneth Bizier, OT, 6-4, 275, Jacksonville Ed White
Mose Countryman, DE, 6-3, 240, Jacksonville Mandarin

THE CITADEL BULLDOGS
Jamal Allen, DB, 6-1, 170, Tampa Gaither
Derrick Bavol, DE, 6-4, 220, Tampa Gaither

CLEMSON TIGERS
Tavaris Barnes, DB, 6-5, 255, Jacksonville First Coast

COLORADO BUFFALOES
Henley Griffon, TE, 6-4, 230, Apopka

COLORADO STATE RAMS
Shaq Bell, DB, 5-10, 175, Kissimmee Osceola
Bobby Borcky, QB, 6-2, 200, Orlando Lake Highland Prep
James Boone, DB, 6-1, 172, St. Cloud
Nordly Capi, DT, 6-3, 250, Ocoee
Charles Favors, LB, 6-0, 235, Orlando Dr. Phillips
Marvin Ford, RB, 5-10, 175, Orlando Dr. Phillips
Charles Green, DE, 6-3, 210, Sanford Seminole
Marquis Hood, LB, 6-0, 200, Orlando Dr. Phillips
Josh James, DE, 6-2, 220, Orlando Jones
Najee James, DB, 5-11, 170, Orlando Evans

COLUMBIA LIONS
Tyler Feely, 6-0, 155, PK, Tampa Jesuit

CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
Mark Hansson, OL, 6-6, 265, Palm Harbor University

CORNELL BIG RED
Marshyl Rothman, QB, 5-9, 180, Jupiter Christian

DELAWARE BLUE HENS
Jamaul Christopher, LB, 6-2, 240, Neptune Beach Fletcher
Jake Giusti, DB, 5-10, 175, Neptune Beach Fletcher

EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
Dominique Davis, QB, 6-3, 200, Lakeland Kathleen - Fort Scott (Kan.) CC
Drew Gentry, OL, 6-6, 300, Tallahassee North Florida Christian
Mack Helms, OL, 6-4, 275, Tallahassee Leon

EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS
Justin Grant, S/RB, 6-0, 205, Venice

EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES
Donald Scott, WR, 6-0, 175, Apopka

ELON PHOENIX
Danny Sellers, WR, 6-3, 175, St. Johns Bartram Trail

FLORIDA GATORS
Trey Burton, QB, 6-2, 204, Venice
Gerald Christian, DE/TE, 6-3, 225, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Robert Clark, Athlete, 5-9, 170, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Jonathan Dowling, DB, 6-4, 200, Bradenton Southeast
Chris Dunkley, WR, 5-11, 155, Pahokee
Matt Elam, S, 6-0, 205, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Mike McFarland, TE, 6-6, 230, Tampa Blake
Leon Orr, OL, 6-5, 295, New Port Richey Gulf
Ian Silberman, OL, 6-4, 267, Orange Park Fleming Island
Jaylen Watkins, DB, 6-0, 185, Cape Coral

FLORIDA A&M RATTLERS
Dontae Black, RB, 5-8, 170, Dunnellon
Brandon Green, DE, 6-3, 245, Tampa Catholic
Kevin House, OG, 6-3, 280, Jacksonville Ed White
Rodney Johnson, RB, 5-9, 180, Tampa Hillsborough
Jordan Stanley, RB, 5-11, 185, Tallahassee FAMU
Edward Warren, DL, 6-4, 260, Gainesville Eastside

FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS
Cortez Ash, S, 6-2, 180, Sebastian River
Nick Bracewell, QB, 6-3, 210, Mayo Lafayette
Marcus Cunningham, WR, 6-1, 180, Lakeland Kathleen
Alex DeLeon, WR/S, 6-4, 185, Belleview
Jerome McClain, DT, 6-1 290, Pensacola
Tony Moore, RB, 5-10, 210, Tallahassee Lincoln
Blake Parrish, OL, 6-4, 280, St. Johns Bartram Trail
Sean Watson, DT, 6-3, 275, Springfield Rutherford

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN PANTHERS
Mac Brown, DB, 6-0, 160, St. Petersburg Gibbs
Ceedrick Davis, OL, 6-3, 295, Jacksonville Forrest
Mark Grant, DL, 6-2, 260, Tampa Bay Tech
Greg Hickman, DL, 6-1, 255, Tampa Bay Tech
Justin Holley, DB, 6-2, 180, Boca Raton
Jericho Lee, DT, 5-11, 260, Tallahassee Godby
Jake Medlock, QB, 6-3, 205, Neptune Beach Fletcher
Kedrick Rhodes, RB, 5-11, 185, Ocala Trinity Catholic
Bryan Robinson, DE, 6-4, 220, Havana East Gadsden
Trey Schley, TE/DE, 6-3, 216, South Fort Myers
Jordan White, OL/DL, 6-3, 320, Williston

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
Chad Abrams, DB, 6-0, 188, Lakeland Kathleen
Terrence Brooks, DB, 5-10, 165, Dunnellon
Darious Cummings, DL, 6-2, 265, Titusville Astronaut
Greg Dent, WR/DB, 6-0, 175, Belle Glade Glades Central
Jarred Haggins, Athlete, 6-0, 175, Lakeland
DeJoshua Johnson, Athlete, 5-10, 162, Pahokee
Jeff Luc, LB, 6-0, 230, Port Lucie Treasure Coast
Kenny Shaw, WR, 5-11, 155, Orlando Dr. Phillips
Clint Trickett, QB, 6-2, 175, Tallahassee North Florida Christian

FURMAN PALDINS
Shawn Boone, DE, 6-3, 230, Tampa Newsome

GARDNER WEBB RUNNIN' BULLDOGS
Richard Jules, WR, 6-0, 168, Seffner Armwood

GEORGIA BULLDOGS
Demetre Baker, LB, 6-2, 217, Orange Park
Marc Deas, S, 6-1, 185, Kissimmee Osceola
Brent Benedict, OL, 6-5, 295, Jacksonville Bolles
Derek Owens, DB, 5-11, 185, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson
Nickell Robey, DB, 5-10, 160, Frostproof

GEORGIA STATE PANTHERS
Isaiah Howard, DB, 5-11, 165, American Heritage Delray
Albert Wilson, QB, 5-9, 175, Port St. Lucie

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS
Quayshawn Nealy, LB, 6-0, 220, Lakeland

HAMPTON PIRATES
Leron Thomas, QB, 6-0, 180, Belle Glade Glades Central

HAWAII RAINBOWS
Allen Sampson, WR, 5-8, 150, Tampa Plant

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS
Scott O'Donoghue, LB, 6-0, 198, Tampa Sickles

IDAHO VANDALS
Armani Johnson, WR, 6-4, 200, Jacksonville First Coast - West Los Angeles CC

ILLINOIS FIGHTINING ILLINI
Ryan Lankford, WR, 5-11, 160, Jacksonville Paxon
Mark Wilson, LB, 6-2, 225, Tallahassee Lincoln

IOWA STATE CYCLONES
Jeremiah George, LB, 5-10, 191, Clearwater
Shontrell Johnson, RB, 5-10, 180, DeLand
T.J. McCullough, WR/DB, 6-2, 180, Citra North Marion
Clifford Morgan, DB, 6-2, 195, Frostproof
Jarvis West, WR, 5-7, 165, St. Petersburg Gibbs

JACKSON STATE TIGERS
Thurman Byrd, DL, 6-2, 285, Sanford Seminole

JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS
Chelton Carter, WR, 6-3, 195, Jacksonville Mandarin
Charles Dowdy, OL, 6-2, 245, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Ed Foley, LB, 5-11, 185, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast

JACKSONVILLE STATE GAMECOCKS
Michael Lewis, DE, 6-3, 230, Ocoee

JOHNS HOPKINS BLUE JAYS
Dirk Frazel, OT, 6-5, 330, St. Augustine St. Joseph

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Javonta Boyd, DL, 6-3, 305, St. Petersburg Northeast - El Dorado (Kan.) Butler CC

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES
Cedric McCloud, QB, 6-2, 200, Jacksonville Raines - Greensboro (N.C.) Central Carolina Sports Academy

KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Joseph Byrd, RB, 5-9, 165, Cape Coral Ida Baker
Tim Douglas, DE/TE, 6-5, 225, Largo

LIBERTY FLAMES
Andre Mondor, OL, 6-5, 330, Tampa Plant

LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE RAGIN CAJUNS
Kevis Streeter, RB, 5-8, 180, St. Augustine (Iowa Western CC)
Amari Williams, TE, 6-1, 237, Daytona Beach Mainland

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
B.J. Butler, DE/OLB, 6-2, 230, Kissimmee Osceola
Deon Rogers, LB, 6-3, 205, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD
Travis Bell, DB, 6-2, 187, Belle Glade Glades Central
Antwon Chisholm, RB, 5-9, 175, Belle Glade Glades Central
Michael Fleurizard, DT, 6-1, 285, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Justin Haig, PK, 5-10, 170, American Heritage Delray
Joe Johnson, S, 5-11, 175, New Smyrna Beach
Rashawde Meyers, DE, 6-2, 200, Cocoa
Jamie Onafrak, DE, 6-4, 225, Sarasota Out of Door Academy
Fred Pickett, WR, 5-9, 165, Pahokee
Darryl Roberts, DB, 5-10, 150, Lakeland
Eddie Sullivan, QB, 6-1, 195, Boca Raton

MARYLAND TERRAPINS
Desmond Kearse, LB, 6-2, 185, Fort Myers Dunbar

MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN
Antoine Tharpe, DB, 5-10, 165, Coral Springs Charter

MEMPHIS TIGERS
Damon Grady, WR, 6-6, 205, DeLand
Michael Lindsey, WR, 6-3, 200, Gulfport Boca Ciega - NW Mississippi CC
DeAngelo McCray, DL, 6-4/280, Jacksonville Sandalwood - Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
Andy Summerlin, QB, 6-5, 230, Apopka – Coffeyville (Kan.) CC

MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY MARINERS
Joey DeGaeta TE/Slot, 6-1, 195, Punta Gorda Charlotte

MIAMI HURRICANES
Raheam Buxton, DB, 6-0, 175, Pahokee
DeVont'a Davis, DB, 6-2, 180, Gainesville
Jeremy Davis, DB, 6-0, 175, Cape Coral
Tavadis Glenn, OL/DL, 6-5/260, Jacksonville Terry Parker
Maurice Hagens, FB, 5-11, 230, Tampa Bay Tech
Darion Hall, RB, 6-0, 205, Naples Lely
Kevin Nelson, LB, 6-1, 215, Gainesville
Shane McDermott, OL, 6-3, 250, Wellington Palm Beach Central
Clive Walford, DE/TE, 6-6, 225, Belle Glade Glades Central

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
Richard Ash, DL, 6-4, 255, Pahokee
Marvin Robinson, S, 6-1, 195, Eagle Lake Lake Region

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE BLUE RAIDERS
Morris Moore, DL, 6-4, 245, Palm Beach Lakes

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS
Tyrone Bouie, DB, 6-0, 175, Sanford Seminole
Donnell Kirkwood, RB, 5-9, 190, Delray Beach Atlantic
Doral Willis, DL, 6-1, 315, Pahokee

MISSISSIPPI REBELS
Quadarias Mireles, Athlete, 5-11, 175, Delray Beach Atlantic
Eric Mitchell, RB, 5-11, 170, Cape Coral Mariner

MISSOURI TIGERS
Darvin Ruise, DB/WR, 6-2, 215, Glen St. Mary Baker County

NAVAL ACADEMY MIDSHIPMEN
Adrian Barnaby, DL 6-2, 275, Deltona Trinity Christian
Josh Burch, QB, 6-1, 175, St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut
Jeremy Retzsh, WR/DB, 6-3, 185, Boca Raton
Thomas Stone, OL, 6-3, 285, Melbourne Central Catholic

NEW MEXICO LOBOS
Tarean Austin, QB, 6-3, 205, Tampa Hillsborough

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES
Randy Richards, OL, 6-4, 305, Royal Palm Beach – College of the Sequoias, Visalia, Ca.

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
Tre Boston, DB, 6-1, 175, North Fort Myers
Tim Jackson, DE, 6-4, 215, St. Petersburg Gibbs
Casey Turner, RB, 5-11, 190, Jacksonville Ed White

NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
Daniel Jones, DB, 5-11, 176, Tallahassee FSU High
Rashad Lawrence, WR, 6-2, 185, Orlando Olympia
Trevor Siemian, QB, 6-3, 185, Orlando Olympia

NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES
Akeem Daniels, DB, 5-10, 185, Kissimmee Osceola

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
Spencer Boyd, DB, 5-10, 170, Cape Coral
Bruce Heggie, DE, 6-4, 230, Mt. Dora
Louis Nix, DL, 6-2, 320, Jacksonville Raines
Lo Wood, DB, 5-11, 160, Apopka

OHIO UNIVERSITY BOBCATS
Mark Smith, OL, 6-3, 270, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Carlos Hyde, RB, 6-0, 230, Naples - Fork Union (Va.) Military Prep
James Louis, WR, 5-11, 178, Delray Beach Atlantic

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
Roy Finch, RB, 5-9, 185, Niceville

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
Dan Koenig, OL, 6-6, 260, Cape Coral

OREGON DUCKS
Eric Dungy, S, 6-1, 175, Tampa Plant

PENN QUAKERS
Joe Grosso, LB, 6-1, 215, Boca Raton Pope John Paul II

PRESBYTERIAN BLUE HOSE
Collin Cole, OL, 6-4, 285, Tarpon Springs East Lake
Ryan Singer, QB, 6-4, 180, Dunedin

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS
Ricardo Allen, DB, 5-9, 165, Daytona Beach Mainland
Chevin Davis, WR, 5-11, 175, Daytona Beach Mainland
E.J. Johnson, DB, 6-1, 185, Cocoa
Jonathan Linkenheimer, PK, 6-3, 215, Daytona Beach Mainland
Will Lucas, LB, 5-11, 205, Lakeland
O.J. Ross, WR, 5-10/170, Daytona Beach Mainland

RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Jawan Jamison, RB, 5-8, 195, Jacksonville Bolles
Fred Overstreet, TE, 6-2, 210, Tampa Jefferson

SACRED HEART PIONEERS
Mackenzie Mulligan, DE, 6-1, 223, Boca Raton Pope John Paul II

SOUTH ALABAMA JAGUARS
C.J. Bennett, QB, 6-0, 185, Tampa Alonso

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
Matt Coffee, LB, 5-11, 217, Fort Walton Beach (re-sign from Class of 2009)
Cody Gibson, OL, 6-6, 265, Tallahassee Lincoln
Ronald Patrick, OL, 6-2, 265, Cocoa
Ace Sanders, WR, 5-7, 160, Bradenton Manatee
Sean Tapley, WR, 6-0, 170, Jacksonville Raines
Tramell Williams, OL/DL, 6-1, 260, Jacksonville Lee

SOUTH DAKOTA COYOTES
Mike Ruiz, DB/WR, 5-9, 160, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer

SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS
Adarius Bellamy, RB, 5-9, 214, Dunedin - Fork Union (Va.) Military Prep
Josh Bellamy, Athlete, 6-0, 210, St. Petersburg Boca Ciega
Claude Davis, DE, 6-4, 235, Lakeland Lake Gibson - Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi CC
Justin Green, OL, 6-4/310, Palm Beach Gardens - Poplarville (Miss.) Pearl River CC
Mark Joyce, S, 6-0, 204, DeLand
Tony Kibler, OL, 6-5, 325, Belle Glade Glades Day
Terrence Mitchell, DB, 5-10, 165, Tampa Hillsborough
Jamaal Montague, WR, 6-1, 185, Lake City Columbia
Tiger Powell, RB, 6-1, 215, Lake City Columbia
Austin Reiter, OL, 6-4, 245, Bradenton Lakewood Ranch
Daron Rose, 6-4, 305, Tampa Jefferson - Brooklyn (N.Y.) ASA Institute
Marcus Shaw, RB, 5-10, 185, Arcadia DeSoto
Chris Veron, PK, 6-3, 210, Ocala Forest
Deonte Welch, Athlete, 5-11, 181, Williston
Brandon Wilkinson, DE, 6-5, 230, Venice

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GOLDEN EAGLES
Jeremy Hester, RB, 5-9, 170, Panama City Arnold

SYRACUSE ORANGE
Beckett Wales, TE, 6-4, 215, Venice
Jeremi Wilkes, DB, 5-9, 165, Tampa Catholic

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
John Brown, DL, 6-2, 280, Lakeland - Northeast Mississippi CC
Glenn Stanley, LB, 6-2, 245, Ocala Vanguard - Eastern Arizona CC

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
Kadron Boone, WR, 6-1, 190, Ocala Trinity Catholic
Ben McRoy, RB, 5-10, 160, Lakeland

TOLEDO ROCKETS
Gerard Atkins, TE, 6-5, 225, St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins
Bernard Reedy, DB, 5-8, 155, St. Petersburg Lakewood
James Green, WR, 6-2, 180, Tallahassee Leon

TOWSON STATE TIGERS
Justen Davis, WR, 6-1, 180, Tampa Alonso

TROY TROJANS
Luke Barnes, QB, 6-2, 190, Fort Walton Beach
Dalton Bennett, DL, 6-4, 265, Marianna
Brach Bessent, LB, 6-1, 235, Lake City Columbia; Marianna
Talris Brown, LB, 6-2, 235, Milton - Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
Camren Hudson, Athlete, 5-10, 193, Tallahassee Rickards
Greg Jenkins, QB, 6-2, 205, Wesley Chapel - Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Joe Lofton, DB, 6-2, 180, Fort Walton Beach
Fidel Montgomery, DB, 5-11, 172, Marianna
Chris Pickett, DB, 5-10, 185, Crestview
Tommy Stephens, TE/DL, 6-4, 240, Marianna

TULANE GREEN WAVE
Kerchal Byrd, LB, 6-1, 220, Palmetto
Steven Funderburk, DB, 6-3, 190, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast
Andre Robinson, LB, 6-3, 210, Longwood Lyman
Cairo Santos, PK, 5-8, 160, St. Augustine St. Joseph Academy

VALDOSTA STATE BLAZERS
Keenan Kelly, OC, 6-2, 250, Ocala Trinity Catholic

VANDERBILT COMMODORES
Thomas Ryan, DE, 6-4, 240, Marathon

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
Mark Leal, QB, 6-0, 183, Delray Beach Atlantic

WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS
Zach Allen, LB, 6-2, 210, Pahokee
Neil Basford, TE, 6-5, 235, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny
Desmond Cooper, S, 6-2, 195, Jacksonville Bolles
Antonio Ford, DT, 6-3, 271, Pahokee
Jonathan Garcia, TE, 6-3, 220, Cape Coral Ida Baker
Merrill Noel, DB, 5-11, 180, Pahokee

WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPER
Bar'ee Boyd, LB, 6-1, 200, St. Petersburg Lakewood
Xavius Boyd, S, 6-2, 200, St. Petersburg Lakewood
Brion Carnes, QB, 6-1, 185, Bradenton Manatee
Joel German, WR, 5-11, 165, Fort Myers Dunbar
Andrew Jackson, LB, 6-1, 215, Lakeland Kathleen
Dominique Roberts, WR/S, 6-2, 200, Daytona Beach Seabreeze
Tyree Robinson, WR, 5-11, 185, Haines City
Ty Scott, DB, 6-1, 195, Palmetto
Jerome Speights, S, 6-0, 180, Tampa Bay Tech

WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
Travonte Boles, DL, 6-0, 310, Vero Beach
Maurice Roberts, DB, 6-0, 178, Immokalee
Johnnie Simon, DB, 6-0, 180, Palm Beach Lakes
Zack Wynn, QB, 6-2, 190, Hudson
Peter Terrana, TE, 6-5, 210, St. Petersburg Northeast

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Darius Millines, WR, 6-1, 180, Delray American Heritage

WINGATE BULLDOGS
Trace Williams, DE, 6-4, 205, Tampa Jesuit
Javian Wrisper, RB, 5-9, 175, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge

WISCONSIN BADGERS
Jameson Wright, DB, 6-2, 180, Fort Pierce Westwood
Peniel Jean, DB, 5-10, 180, Wellington Palm Beach Central

WOFFORD TERRIERS
Madison Burr, QB, 6-1, 195, New Port Richey Gulf

YOUNGSTOWN STATE PENGUINS
Ali Cheaib, LB, 6-1, 215, Dunedin

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July 29, 2009

Heart problem sidelines Frankie Telfort

University of Southern California freshman Frankie Telfort from Gulliver Prep, has been diagnosed with serious genetic heart condition that will prevent him from playing football.

"This is obviously very difficult news for Frankie, his family and all of us in the football program," USC head coach Pete Carroll said in a statement. "But we're very thankful doctors discovered the issue before it led to anything worse."

Discovering the problem at this stage most likely saved Telfort's life. According to a release from USC:

Telfort was examined by several of L.A.'s top heart specialists before flying to the Minneapolis Heart Institute last week for a final opinion. Cardiologists determined the 17-year-old had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that affects 1 in 500 Americans and is the most common cardiovascular cause of sudden death in the world.

USC said it would still honor Telfort's scholarship through 2013.

"Everybody's football career unfortunately ends at some point and no one's ever ready for it," Carroll said in the statement. "For some guys, it comes sooner than expected. But you're a football player and a Trojan for life, and Frankie is definitely both."

Telfort was the first Miami-Dade County player ever to attend USC to play football.

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Louis heading to Ohio State

More and more, Ohio State is making a solid impact in the state of Florida, and on Wednesday, the Buckeyes came in and took one of the Sunshine State’s best players.

James Louis (6-0, 185), who was rumored to have committed to Florida as reported by a number of sources, made it official that he will head to Columbus for the 2010 season.

The Talented Louis, who is No. 34 on the Miami Herald, Elite Scouting Services and Friday Night Football Florida Magazine Pre Summer Top 100, played on both sides of the ball for Delray Beach Atlantic.

Earlier this summer, Josh Newberg of ESS caught up with Louis at the UCF team camp after his Eagles went head-to-head with Seffner Armwood.

“When I commit, it will be to a school that will fit my style,” Louis said. “I am in no rush, but when I feel comfortable, I will decide.”

Many of the teams on hand for the event were very impressed with Louis, especially Armwood assistant coach Chris Taylor, who watched him play for two straight days.

“He was a tremendous receiver who had great moves and plenty of speed,” Taylor pointed out. “You could tell he was one of those elite players.”

Louis chose Ohio State over Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, South Carolina, USF, Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Georgia, West Virginia, FSU and Alabama.

“We watched him a number of times during the summer,” said Newberg. “He was indeed a very special football player.”

Last year, Louis caught 56 passes for 1,128 yards.

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Robert Clark is a Mountaineer

At the end of his sophomore season, when head coach Jack Daniels was promoting some of his future standouts at Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer High, he spoke about a talented, quick athlete who could get it done on both sides of the ball, as a receiver and as a defensive back.

On Monday, Robert Clark, a 5-10, 170-pounder, who electrified fans the past two seasons, announced that he would be attending West Virginia University.

Having watched him seven times over the past two years, Charles Fishbein of EliteScoutingServices.com, was instrumental in getting the impressive athlete's name out to schools as early as the start of his junior season after watching him at a 7-on-7 event at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

"This was a young man who broke on the ball, had tremendous anticipation and was extremely quick," said Fishbein. "As soon as we saw him for the first time two years ago, I passed his name, film and my evaluation onto dozens of colleges."

Clark, who also played receiver, chose West Virginia over Kentucky, Wisconsin, Louisville, Purdue and Vanderbilt.

"We saw him three times this summer and after speaking with Coach Daniels, we agreed that he was indeed a BCS type of player who would make a solid impact," Fishbein explained. "Dwyer is loaded with athletes, and with Matt Elam and Gerald Christian going to Florida, and Clark on the way to WVU, it shows how impressive this program is."

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Pablo Alvarez commits to Virginia

While Belen Jesuit's football team has earned a reputation for being the pipeline to Ivy League schools, senior defensive back Pablo Alvarez broke that tradition – temporarily last week – when the 6-3, 190-pound speedster announced that he would be attending the University of Virginia.

The first team All-Dade selection, and 2009 pre-season All-Dade County defensive back in Friday Night Football Florida Magazine, who was also one of the top rack performers in the state the past two years, has been impressive on the football field.

"Pablo is one of those young men who started to showcase his football skills as a sophomore, made major strides last year and is well on his way to having a great senior season," said longtime Wolverines head coach Richard Stuart. "He is such an impressive athlete and has turned into a real team leader for us."

Alvarez, who chose Virginia over Tulane, Marshall, Northwestern, Iowa, Colorado State, Kansas State and Duke, also gets it done in the classroom as well.

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July 28, 2009

Joyce headed to USF; Johnson to Purdue

During spring practice, the Miami Herald, Elite Scouting Services and Friday Night Football Magazine had the opportunity to check out coach Kevin Pettis and the Deland Bulldogs on the Florida Spring recruiting and evaluation tour.

As the players went through their workouts and schools such as the University of Miami, Tennessee and South Carolina were on hand, the one player they had all singled out was safety Mark Joyce.

On Tuesday, the 2009 All Daytona Beach region standout committed to join head coach Jim Leavitt and and the University of South Florida as the Bulls continue to add to and impressive group of players.

"Tremendous pickup for USF," said Josh Newberg of Elite Scouting Services. "Here's an athlete who turned heads last year as a junior and continued to do so during the spring. This is a major addition to the program."

Newberg, who had the chance to watch Joyce, felt the 6-1, 210-pounder, who many felt could play outside linebacker, would be a great addition to a program that had one of its best recruiting years in school history in 2009.

"We had the chance to watch him before his junior year," said Charles Fishbein of ESS. "This is no surprise that a program like USF would get a commitment from him. The Bulls have really worked this state, believing that they can recruit with the best in the country."

Joyce had been pursued by coach Lincoln Riley and Texas Tech as well.

COCOA’S JOHNSON TO PURDUE
While many want to focus on the state championship game last year against Tallahassee Godby, when Cocoa safety E.J. Johnson came up with three interceptions in the win, many are forgetting that this talented football player had a tremendous season as well, coming up with 8 interceptions and 56 tackles.

On Tuesday, the 6-1, 175-pounder announced that he would be attending Purdue University and will enter with other Boilermakers in the Class of 2010.

Johnson chose Purdue over Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State and East Carolina.

Purdue and head coach Danny Hope, a one-time Miami Killian High product, continues to recruit the state of Florida with former FAU assistant coach Gary Nord leading the charge in the Sunshine State.

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