From the first time he stepped onto the playing field for the competitive North Dade Optimist program, Michaelee Harris had big dreams of one day becoming a star.
Whether it was as a freshman at Norland, or the past three seasons as a member of the Northwestern Bulls, Harris has never blended in with the rest of the players. This is a difference maker. Someone who has always stood out.
On Tuesday, the athlete that many had watched and admired the past few years, made his college decision. While schools such as Miami, West Virginia, Mississippi, UCF, Tennessee and Mississippi State had been in the mix, the decision came down to feeling comfortable and having the opportunity to play.
"The University of Louisville is a program on the way up with a coach (Charlie Strong) who knows what it's like to start a winning tradition," Harris said. "I'm very excited about the opportunity."
Harris (6-0, 180) joins teammate Corvin Lamb, who committed to Louisville last week. Both figure to make an impact as freshmen, which is certainly nothing new to Harris has learned plenty in his years at Northwestern.
From watching Aldarius Johnson break tackles and using his large frame to create positives, to see Tommy Streeter coming up with big catch after big catch, to see Kendal Thompkins jet into the end zone with a pass, Harris had a front row in a classroom filled with playmakers.
''It was exciting,'' Harris said. ``What it did was get me ready for last year when everyone left for college, and this year, when I am looked at as the player with the abilities to make things happen.''
Watching Johnson, Streeter and Thompkins, Harris picked up the essentials to be a great prospect. He watched them in practice, how they carried themselves in school and in games. He also followed the recruiting process, knowing full well that his time would come to be in that same situation.
''What I did during my sophomore year was to take a little something from all those guys,'' Harris said. ``I watched how tough Aldarius was, making himself nearly impossible to cover. I saw the way Tommy got up for the big games like in Dallas and in the state championship game against Orlando Boone. I also saw the way Kendal became a game breaker.''
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Tim Burton, Bobby Hart, Daniel Ring and Denzel Wimberly of Cardinal Gibbson High School; Pastel Francis and Jared Maldonado of Hollywood Hills High School; Brandon Fulse of Fort Meade High School (Fort Meade); Kyle Joyer and Conner Louis of Tampa Catholic High School (Tampa); Max Lang of Boone High School (Orlando); Sean McVay, Steven Montgomery and Nick North of McArthur High School; Marken Michel of American Heritage-Plantation High School; and Anthony Rabasa of Christopher Columbus High School have been selected to participate in the 2010 U.S. Army National Combine, joining an elite group of the nation’s best underclass student-athletes. The Combine will take place on January 7-9, 2010, during “Bowl Week”—the week-long festivities leading up to the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual classic East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 PM EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
The three-day event, held annually in association with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, is the first opportunity for the nation’s top underclassmen to demonstrate their physical talent and compete against one another amongst high school and college football’s top scouting organizations, as well as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which features Tom Lemming and Rivals.com.
Modeled after the NFL combine, all combine tests and competitive drills will take place in the Alamodome. Athletes will receive apparel and gear at the event. In addition, athletes will receive lunch, bus transportation, and a ticket to attend the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. U.S. Army National Combine alumni include: Ted Ginn Jr. (Miami Dolphins), Donte Whitner (Buffalo Bills), Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs), Tim Tebow (Florida), Colt McCoy (Texas), Matt Stafford (Detroit Lions), Tom Zbikowski (Baltimore Ravens), Myron Rolle (Florida State), Derrick Williams (Detroit Lions) and Armando Allen (Notre Dame)
For 10 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Terrelle Pryor all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. Last year the U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew more than 32,000 fans to the game at the Alamodome along with being the most watched sporting event on television over the weekend, besides the NFL Playoffs. Last spring, eight alumni of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, U.S. Army National Combine and their related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com & www.goarmy.com/events/aab. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned by SportsLink, a New Jersey-based sport marketing and event management company.
The rosters for this year’s Treasure Coast Outback Bowl All-Star event have been announced, and this year will prove to showcase more talent than ever before.
The game, which will once again take place at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres on Saturday night, Jan. 9 at 7:30, will feature players from Palm Beach County and throughout the Treasure Coast.
The top senior football players have annually met in this impressive event, and once again, expect a first class game.
Here is a look at the two squads:
HEAD COACH: Chris Hutchings, Fort Pierce Central
T.J. Allen, WR, Okeechobee
Richard Ash, OL, Pahokee
Luckson Cadet, DE, Fort Pierce Westwood
Jabari Cargill, FS, Fort Pierce Central
Ben Chapman, LB, Wellington
Antwon Chisholm, RB, Belle Glade Glades Central
Nick Cirocco. LB, Port St. Lucie West Centennial
Gregory Dent, WR, Belle Glade Glades Central
Evince Dossous, DL, Fort Pierce Westwood
Charles Dowdy, OL, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Craig Dowdy, OL, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Robinson Fatu OL, Palm Beach Central
Zach Fisher, RB, Stuart South Fork
Mike Fleurizard, DT, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Ed Foley, LB, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast
Zach Grant, OL, Stuart Martin County
Fred Hall, CB, Moore Haven
Layton Haynes, LB, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Corey Hill, LB, Pahokee
Willy Huggins, OL, Clewiston
Justin Hughes, CB, Port St. Lcuie Treasure Coast
Randy Hunter, RB, Port St. Lucie West Centennial
Vincent Jackson, LB, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast
Clint Johnson, DB, Belle Glade Glades Day
De’Joshua Johnson, Athlete, Pahokee
Tony Kibler, OL, Belle Glade Glades Day
John Larsh, LB, Palm Beach Central
Jason Leong, DB, Stuart Martin County
Dan Meyer, TE, Jupiter Christian
Blake Nehig, LB, Stuart South Fork
Merrill Noel, CB, Pahokee
Cody Parkey, K/P, Jupiter
Westin Pedersen, WR, Jupiter Christian
Garrett Pelton, OL, Stuart South Fork
Jaqay Perdue, CB, Pahokee
Fred Pickett, RB, Pahokee
Mitchell Pluvious, DE, Port St. Lucie West Centennial
Will Powers, RB, Jupiter Christian
Marshyl Rothman, QB, Jupiter Christian
Mike Ruiz, SS, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Nick Sardone, OL, Port St. Lucie West Centennial
Ken Shaw, DE, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Leon Shorter, WR, Fort Pierce Westwood
Samson Slaughter, OL, Belle Glade Glades Central
Michael Smith, DL, Belle Glade Glades Central
Tim Smith, QB, Fort Pierce Central
Brett Thiesen, WR, Jensen Beach
Leron Thomas, QB, Belle Glade Glades Central
Austin Tillman, DL, Stuart Martin County
Tim Upton, CB, Port St. Lucie
Doral Willis, DL, Pahokee
Albert Wilson, RB, Port St. Lucie
Jameson Wright, FS, Fort Pierce Westwood
HEAD COACH: Errick Lowe, Lake Worth
Marcus Bean, DE, Boynton Beach
Brian Blackwell, DT, Boca Raton Olympic Heights
Woodley Cadet, S, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge
Jeacky Charles, WR, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge
Charlie Cowley, TE, Boca Raton Christian
Jared Dangerfield, WR, Royal Palm Beach
Anthony Darrisaw, TE, Boca Raton
Craig Davis, WR, Boynton Beach
Trevor Davis, LB, Boynton Beach
Orlando De La Pena, OL, Lake Worth
George Demaria, LB, West Boca Raton
Ben Dexter, RB, North Palm Beach Benjamin
Efrain Escalante, PK, Greenacres John I. Leonard
Kevin Ferrell, OL, West Boca Raton
Edivaldo Fontes, OL, Boca Raton, Olympic Heights
Demarius Freeman, DB, Lake Worth Park Vista
Ryan Greenwald, TE, West Boca Raton
Joe Grosso, LB, Boca Raton Pope John Paul II
Chase Hadden, LB, Boca Raton Christian
William Hanford, WR, West Palm Beach Berean Christian
Michael Hoffman, DT, Royal Palm Beach
Andre Holzendorf, DB, Riviera Beach Suncoast
Henry Jartu, DT, Lake Worth Park Vista
Derrick Johnson, LB, Boynton Beach
Nartavious Johnson, DE, Greenacres John I. Leonard
Donnell Kirkwood, RB, Delray Atlantic
Mark Leal, QB, Delray Atlantic
Troy Lieb, QB, Boca Raton Pope John Paul II
Eddie Lovett, WR, Palm Beach Lakes
D.J. McCellion, DT, Delray Atlantic
Darius Millines, WR, Delray American Heritage
Morris Moore, DT, Palm Beach Lakes
Jose Moreno, OL, Delray Atlantic
William Munker, OL, Royal Palm Beach
Bobby Olsen, OL, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman
Josue Ordonez, OL, Boca Raton Spanish River
Irie Perry, RB, Greenacres John I. Leonard
Eric Rares, DE, Delray American Heritage
Denzel Reed, DE, Palm Beach Gardens
Aaron Rivers, LB, Riviera Beach Suncoast
Tannon Roberts, S, West Palm Beach Berean Christian
Josh Robles, P, Lake Worth
Casey Shoemaker, DE, Delray American Heritage
Johnny Simon, S, Palm Beach Lakes
Aspha Smart, RB, West Boca Raton
Eddie Sullivan, QB, Boca Raton
James Talerico, OL, Boca Raton Pope John Paul II
Elrado Telfer, LB, Riviera Beach Suncoast
Matt Thomas, DB, Palm Beach Lakes
Eluzeis Vil, LB, Delray Atlantic
William Waldon, WR, Palm Beach Lakes
Torrie Walker, LB, Palm Beach Lakes
Jammal Wallace, LB, West Palm Beach King’s Academy
Kyle Wallace, OL, Delray American Heritage
Zach Wilke, WR, Boca Raton St. Andrew’s
Ian Williams, DB, West Palm Beach King’s Academy
Terrell Williams, WR, Boca Raton
Brandon Wise, OL, Boca Raton
2010 Outback Steakhouse All-Star Game Cheerleaders
Coaches of the Cheerleading Squad:
Head Coach: Kayla Lundy (Suncoast Community HS)
Assistant Coach: Kavana Williams (Suncoast Community HS)
Berean Christian School:
Boca Raton Christian:
Boynton Beach HS:
Raven Symone Ellison
Forest Hill HS:
Fort Pierce Central HS:
Glades Central HS:
Glades Day School:
Jensen Beach HS:
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Lake Worth Community HS:
Moore Haven HS:
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Royal Palm Beach HS:
South Fork HS:
Summit Christian School:
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The King’s Academy:
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While Christmas gifts are being exchanged throughout the world this Friday, perhaps the biggest gift that the University of Maryland will receive is 6-8, 240 pounds.
The day before Christmas saw the Terrapins reel in American Heritage Plantation defensive end Jake Wheeler, who despite his impressive size, has been flying beneath the radar screen the past two years.
The younger brother of University of Miami freshman Jared Wheeler, Jake actually began playing varsity football under Chris Amos at Sheridan Hills Christian School as a seventh grader.
While basketball has occupied more of his time during the past five years, Wheeler has grown into the defensive end position as well as playing some tight end.
“Having coached Jake since he began, I can tell you that this is one impressive athlete who certainly will get better and better,” said Amos, who is now Biloxi, Ms. “He is quick, athletic and understands what it takes to succeed at the next level. This is a huge pickup for Maryland.”
Amos believes that many other schools who were hesitant to take a chance on Wheeler will be surprised at how impressive he can be on the football field.
Wheeler has also looked at schools such as Miami, Alabama, Syracuse and Duke.
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On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, history will be made during a day-long football fest at Monsignor Pace High School in Miami.
The day gets started with a combine for rising junior stars in South Florida. The event, run by TrainersRUs.net, will begin at 8 a.m. with a registration and continue with an 8:390 start.
Registration is just $25 and athletes will have an opportunity for colleges and universities across the country to get results from them for the first time.
Each athlete will have the opportunity to test for speed, strength and other events that will enhance their standing as they head toward the spring.
All results from the event will be distributed to colleges across the country and NOT be furnished to fan websites, which many parents have already expressed concern.
For information on the combine, call Mario Smith at 786-285-3699. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.TrainersRUs.net.
Monsignor Pace High School is located at 15600 N.W. 32nd Ave. in Miami Gardens.
FIRST EVER PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE
At 6:30 that evening, the very first ever Public vs. Private All-Star High School Football Game will take place with athletes representing Miami-Dade and Broward Counties vying for bragging rights.
The public team will be coached By Hialeah’s Mark Berman, and the private school team will be headed by Miami Gulliver Prep’s Earl Sims.
The game will be covered by Generation Next (www.gennexxt.com), which will provide interviews, streaming video and much more, as well as the Miami Herald, which will provide combine and game information throughout the day on BLOGS as well as TWITTER.
Here is a look at the current rosters for the game:
Neil Anton, QB, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Ayomide Awe, DB, Hollywood McArthur
Jerry Bellot, DB, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan
Menos Bouquette, WR, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan
Jermaine Brooks, DL, Miami Palmetto
Matthew Chance, DE, Hialeah American
Charles Chancellor, OL, Miami Edison
Juan Correa, LB, Hialeah
Steven Davis, DB, Hialeah
Manny Diaz, DE, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Randal Evans, DB, Miami Palmetto
Virgil Fripp, WR, Miami Jackson
Antwan Gay, RB, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Roy Gomes, WR, Doral Ronald Reagan
DeAndre Hall, WR, Miami Dr. Krop
Christian Henry, LB, Hollywood Hills
Raheem Jackson, RB, Hialeah
Darius Johnson, DB, Miami Edison
Paul Johnson, LB, Miami Edison
Ricky Joseph, DL, Miami Northwestern
David Larmon, OL, Miami Mater Academy
Michael Lee, WR, Hallandale
Eugene Lott, DL, Miami Northwestern
Daniel Lozandier, LB, North Miami
Valentin McKenzie, DL, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Matthew Myers, OL, Miami Palmetto
Michael Narino, OL, Southwest Miami
Ed Pache, OL, Miami Coral Park
Phillip Renard, P, Hollywood Hills
Marvin Rumulus, LB, Hollywood McArthur
Lorenzo Shinhoster, WR, Miami Northwestern
Fritz Simmeon, DL, Miami Central
Edward Smith, RB, Southwest Miami
Keanu Soto, LB, Coral Gables
Derrick Spence, WR, Hialeah
David Stocklin, OL, Miami Edison
Edward St. Vil, DB, Hollywood Hills
Quandre Walker, WR, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Phillip Warren, DB, Miami Southridge
Demetrius White, QB, Miami Jackson
Eddie Arenas, WR, Miami Monsignor Pace
Sandro Jean-Baptiste, LB, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Nathaniel Berry, DE, Miami Westminster Christian
Mark Cal, DL, Miami Christopher Columbus
Garrett Calao, QB, Miami Christopher Columbus
Remy Curschalles, DB, Miami Christopher Columbus
Courtney Farqhurason, WR, Homestead Barrington Christian
Freddie Fernandez, OL, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Max Fink, DE, Miami Gulliver Prep
Sam Gervais, Miami LaSalle
Sean Jenkins, DB, Miami Westminster Christian
Hans Louis, LB, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Jerry Martin, P/K, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Martin Maycock, LB, Miami Monsignor Pace
Quenton McCall, QB, Westwood Christian
Leonard Mike, DE, Miami Monsignor Pace
Sam Miller, DB, Miami LaSalle
Ruben Narcisse, LB, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Andre Jean-Pierre, DL, Miami Gulliver Prep
Nic, Platt, QB, Miami Belen Jesuit
Patrick Redding, OL, Miami Monsignor Pace
Bryan Santos, DB/WR, Miami Christopher Columbus
Jacob Sessions, OL, Davie Woods Haven Prep
Whitney Sherry, DB, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Colin Skaf, OL, Miami Ransom Everglades
Michael Strauss, QB, Miami Gulliver Prep
Charles Takeh, RB, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Keith Takeh, WR, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Michael Uribe, WR, Miami Gulliver Prep
Antonio Washington, DN, Miami Westminster Christian
Paul Webster, DB, Miami Monsignor Pace
Isaiah Williams, WR, Miami Monsignor Pace
Jamal Williams, DL, Miami Westminster Christian
Jeremy Williams, RB, Miami Westminster Christian
For information on the game, call Mario Smith at 786-285-3699. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.TrainersRUs.net.
Over the past two weeks, one of the hottest names in recruiting circles has been Miramar quarterback Ryan Williams.
The 6-5, 220-pound standout, who spent one season at the school after coming in from Plantation American Heritage, had been the talk of those who were trying to alert colleges from Miami to Minnesota that there was a strong-arm prospect who was being overlooked.
After his record-setting 18 of 21 performance in the 6A state title game, where the Patriots defeated DeLand, 42-20, to win the school's first ever state title, the spotlight was truly on Williams. It was thought that after his impressive showing, where he tossed 5 touchdown passes, Williams would be elevated to the elite across the country.
While there were a few schools that showed interest, the one that caught Williams' attention was Eastern Michigan. The Eagles, among other schools were in attendance for the game and were impressed at what they saw.
"I made my decision and will be leaving in early January for Eastern Michigan," said Williams. "I just have to take a few more tests and then I will be headed to college and will take part this spring."
The decision to attend Eastern Michigan, an improving Mid-America Conference team, came after Ohio University and FIU also showed interest in Williams.
Most who have followed his progress this year, believe Williams will turn out to be a real "steal" for Eastern Michigan. His improvement, maturity and leadership has given him an edge.
"I cannot say enough about what Ryan meant to this program this year," head coach Damon Cogdell pointed out. "Eastern Michigan is getting a player who has really made major strides the past year."
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FORT MYERS — The Dwyer Panthers, Class 4A champions – have been awarded the top spot in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Top 25 – Florida’s only all-classification poll.
Dwyer defeated previous #2 and unbeaten Niceville 42-14 to win the school’s first state championship in football. Tampa Plant finished second after downing Bradenton Manatee 21-14 in the 5A championship while the state’s only unbeaten team – Cocoa (2A champion) – finished third.
It was the third time in the 15-year history of the Top 25 that the #1 met the #2 in the state championship game. In 2003 Chaminade Madonna Prep, then ranked #2, defeated #1 Madison County 27-0. In 2006 #1 Lakeland defeated #2 St. Thomas Aquinas 45-42.
Miramar, the 6A champion, claimed the fourth place spot followed by Pensacola, which won the 3A title. Jacksonville Bolles (2B champion), which won the first Top 25 trophy in 1995, finished sixth followed by Manatee, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (5A), Miami Central (6A) and Niceville.
Cocoa and Bolles were the only two state champions to both repeat and play a state champion in the regular season. Cocoa defeated Bolles 44-37 in overtime and will face the Bulldogs again in 2010.
The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Trophy will be presented to Dwyer in January. The panel is made up of sportswriters and broadcasters who cover high school sports throughout Florida.
1995 - Jacksonville Bolles (14-0) - Class 4A Champs.
1996 - Lake Butler-Union County (14-0) -Class 3A champs.
1997 - Miami Carol City (14-1) - Class 6A Champs.
1998 - Miami Northwestern (15-0) - Class 6A Champs.
1999 - Lakeland (15-0) - Class 5A Champs.
2000 - Belle Glade Glades Central (15-0) -Class 3A Champs
2001 - Tallahassee Lincoln (14-0-1) - Class 4A champs.
2002 - Pompano Beach Ely (14-1) - Class 5A Champs.
2003 - Chaminade Prep Lions (13-1) - Class 2A Champs.
2004 - Armwood (Seffner) (14-0) - Class 4A Champs.
2005 - Lakeland (15-0) - Class 5A Champs.
2006 - Co-champions - Lakeland (15-0) - 5A champs; and Miami Northwestern (15-0) -6A champs.
2007 - Miami Northwestern (15-0) - 6A champs.
2008 - St. Thomas Aquinas (15-0) - 5A champs.
The following is the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s final Top 25 high school football poll of 2009. First place votes are in parentheses, followed by classification, record and points.
1. Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) (10) 4A 14-1 298
2. Plant (Tampa) (1) 5A 13-1 283
3. Cocoa (1) 2A 14-0 276
4. Miramar 6A 14-1 262
5. Pensacola 3A 14-1 241
6. Bolles (Jacksonville) 2B 12-1 238
7. Manatee (Bradenton) 5A 13-2 231
8. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) 5A 13-1 222
9. Miami Central 6A 12-2 187
10. Niceville 4A 14-1 179
11. Glades Central (Belle Glade) 2A 13-1 169
12. DeLand 6A 13-2 166
13. Lakeland 5A 13-1 162
14. Armwood (Seffner) 4A 12-2 154
15. Miami Northwestern 6A 10-2 124
16. Apopka 6A 12-2 119
17. St. Augustine 3A 12-1 89
18. Dr. Phillips (Orlando) 6A 11-1 78
19. Tampa Jefferson 3A 12-2 77
20. Belen Jesuit (Miami) 3A 11-4 74
21. Charlotte (Punta Gorda) 4A 11-2 61
22. Ely (Pompano Beach) 5A 11-2 57
23. Tampa Catholic 2B 11-2 41
24. Chaminade (Hollywood) 2B 12-1 27
25. American Heritage (Delray Beach) 1A 11-3 21
Others receiving votes
Lake Wales 3A 11-2 13
Jackson (Jacksonville) 3A 11-1 12
Countryside (Clearwater) 5A 11-2 9
Kathleen (Lakeland) 4A 3-7 9
South Dade (Homestead) 6A 10-2 7
Glades Day (Belle Glade) 1B 12-2 5
Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie) 6A 9-2 4
Washington (Miami) 3A 10-2 2
Venice 5A 9-2 2
Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) 1A 13-1 1
Here is a look at the best of the second week of the state Florida high school championships in Orlando.
The following are players in 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A who stood out during the four games played at the Citrus Bowl.
2. Tampa Plant
5. Bradenton Manatee
8. Miami Belen Jesuit
WR – Quenten Brundrage, 6-1, 176, Jr., Bradenton Manatee: Caught 6 balls for 79 yards amd 1 TD.
WR – Ivan McCartney, 6-3, 185, Sr., Miramar: After a quiet season, one of the state’s premier players stepped it up in the state final with 3 TD receptions and 86 yards.
TE – Nick O’Leary, 6-3, 225, Jr., Dwyer: One of the top Class of 2011 prospects in the country, who not only plays offense, but punts, holds on kicks and plays a key role on defense.
OL – Andre Mondor, 6-5, 330, Sr., Tampa Plant: As he did all season long, this talented prospect protected and opened holes all night.
OL – Leeward Brown, 6-4, 265, Sr., Miramar: In proving protection fpor one of the best passing performances of the 2009 state playoffs, this three-year starter showed how valuable he is.
OL – DeAndre Nelson, 6-0, 292, Sr., Pensacola: One of the reasons why the Tigers dominated in the 3A title game as well as throughout the season.
OL – Mike Fleurizard, 6-1, 285, Jr., Dwyer: You could have taken your pick which lineman opened the most holes, but after watching him throughout the game, this gifted athlete did the most!
OL – Elliott Lowery, 6-4, 305, Sr., Pensacola: One of many “big men” up front that controlled the line of scrimmage and provided plenty of push against the defense.
QB – Ryan Williams, 6-5, 220, Sr., Miramar: Before the 6A state title game, very few people had an opinion on this impressive athlete, but after his record-setting performance, many are talking about one of the most dominating performances ever in a title game!
RB – Mike Blakely, 5-9, 194, Jr, Bradenton Manatee: Accounted for 183 total yards and a TD in a 5A title game loss.
RB – Roy Finch, 5-8, 170, Sr., Niceville: This University of Oklahoma-bound standout lived up to his billing with 175 all purpose yards and a touchdown.
ATHLETE – Matt Elam, 6-0, 200, Sr., Dwyer: Not only did this University of Florida commitment account for 215 yards and score 3 touchdowns on offense, but also was a force on defense.
DL – Chris Pompey, 6-3, 190, Jr., Bradenton Manatee: Finished with 8 tackles, 1 sack and 2 for loss.
DL – David McCarthy, 6-4, 180, Sr., Tampa Plant: Registered 10 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss.
DL – Gerald Christian, 6-3, 230, Sr., Dwyer: Headed to the University of Florida, this impressive athlete had 10 tackles, 1 sack and a pass breakup.
DL - Jerome McClain, 6-1, 290, Sr., Pensacola: One of the most underpublicized defensive players in the state was impressive for a unit that was stingy in the 3A title game. While he only totaled 4 tackles, he was double teamed all game!
LB - Kemmrick Williams, 6-1, 190, Sr., Pensacola: Had a huge game with 12 tackles, 2 for loss in a 3A title game.
LB – Markies Hall, 6-0, 215, Jr., Miramar: After stepping in for the injured Jamaal Bass, this impressive athlete had 7 tackles, 2 for loss and put the pressure on all night.
LB - Alexander Black, 6-0, 210, Sr., Pensacola: While the stats only had him for 6 tackles, this is a player who flew around the entire field, making key plays.
DB – Clinton Heaven, 6-0, 176, So., Bradenton Manatee: Came up with 10 tackles, 1 for loss in the 5A state title game.
DB – Javonte Martin, 5-9, 155, Sr., Tampa Plant: Ended the 5A state title game with 9 tackles, 1 for loss and was a true force for the state champions.
DB – Robert Clark, 5-10, 170, Sr., Dwyer: Not only did this University of Florida-bound standout play a key role on defense, but also accounted for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns on the other side of the ball. He also ended the game with an 88-yard kick return.
DB - Vincente Fernandez, 5-11, 175, Sr., Miami Belen Jesuit: One of the defensive bright spots for the Wolverines, ending the season with 9 tackles.
ATHLETE - James Wilder, Jr, 6-3, 220, Jr, Tampa Plant: This impressive athlete not only ran for 142 yards and a score, but also caught one pass and had 4 tackles and 2 sacks.
P – Chris Finn, 5-11, 155, Sr., Tampa Plant: Averaged 42 yards on 5 punts.
Here is a look at the other players who impressed:
Eric Dungy, 6-1, 190, Sr., Tampa Plant
Jacoby Brissett, 6-4, 225, Jr., Dwyer
Brion Carnes, 6-2, 18, Sr., Bradenton Manatee
Nic Platt, 6-2, 185, Miami Belen Jesuit
Jalen Spencer, 6-0, 180, So., Pensacola
Prince Ashanti, 5-10, 175, Sr., Pensacola
Jeremiah Hicks, 5-10, 180, Sr., Miramar
Spencer Pullen, 5-11, 200, Jr., Niceville
Dante Chambers, 6-0, 165, Sr., Miramar
Denzell McCullum, 6-3, 175, Sr., Miramar
Ace Sanders, 5-8 168, Sr., Bradenton Manatee
Kody Williams, 6-3, 185, Sr., Niceville
Mark Brannan, 6-0, 240, Sr., Tampa Plant
Nick Busse, 6-0, 260, Jr., Miami Belen Jesuit
Clevon Davis, 6-3, 260, Sr., Miramar
Keir Dorney, 6-2, 200, Sr., Dwyer
Craig Dowdy, 6-0, 300, Sr., Dwyer
Michael Duff, 6-4, 232, Sr., Bradenton Manatee
Richard Giannotti, 6-2, 240, Jr., Pensacola
Glenn Jackon, 6-5, 270, Sr., Miramar
Brandon Persinger, 6-1, 230, Sr., Bradenton Manatee
Trey Pettis, 6-5, 285, Jr., DeLand
Tony Posada, 6-5, 295, Jr., Tampa Plant
Johnathan Smith, 6-3, 280, Pensacola
Jon Vega, 6-5, 290, Sr., Tampa Plant
Keith Bowers, 6-0, 240, Jr., Dwyer
Ken Shaw, 6-4, 220, Sr., Dwyer
Charles Snider, 6-0, 240, Jr., Pensacola
Gianni Blustein, 5-11 200, Jr., Miami Belen Jesuit
Layton Haynes, 6-1, 210, Sr., Dwyer
Francisco Hernandez, LB, 5-10, 175, Sr., Miami Belen Jesuit
Mike Mirabella, 6-0, 205, Sr., Tampa Plant
Matt Suarez, 5-10, 175, Jr., Tampa Plant
Trevon Griffin, 6-2, 190, Sr., Miramar
Deonte Huggins, 6-2, 165, Sr., Bradenton Manatee
Anthony Miles, 6-2, 2180, Sr., Niceville
Travon Montgomery, 6-1, 180, Sr., Bradenton Manatee
Mike Ruiz, 5-9, 165, Sr., Dwyer
For the past few years, we have been able to give you an early look at some of the top prospects to look for in the future.
Here is a look at some of the key players who will be returning on teams in 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A from the second weekend of the state championships in Orlando.
BRADENTON MANATEE HURRICANES
Will Beasley, OL, 6-1, 231
Mike Blakely, RB, 5-9, 194
Timmy Brown, DT, 6-3, 222
Quenton Bundrage, WR, 6-1, 176
Nick Galati, OL, 6-2, 205
Joshua Harvey, DB, 5-7, 140
Brandon Kull, TE, 6-0, 206
Prince Matt, TE, 6-3, 235
Chris Pompey, DE, 6-3, 190
Quinton Pompey, DT, 6-2, 253
Drakkar Wilson, DL, 5-11, 284
Herschel Caywood, LB, 5-10, 186
Clinton Heaven, S, 6-0, 176
Chase Sandberg, WR, 5-11, 173
Darius White, LB, 6-1, 191
Marquis Dawsey, DE, 5-10, 196
Blake Keller, DL, 5-11, 172
Anthony Lauro, RB, 5-7, 142
Cord Sandberg, QB, 6-0, 165
Stevmontay Broughton, OL, 6-0, 315
Aaron Comeens, OL/DL, 6-2, 240
Damian Davis, DE, 6-2, 225
Jessie Fox, FB, 5-9, 215
Achiem Johnson, RB, FB, 5-10, 225
Trey Pettis, OL, 6-5, 285
DeAnte Saunders, Athlete, 6-0, 180
Jeff Sennholtz, LB, 5-9, 180
Chadman Williams, OL, 5-10, 215
Shawn Willis, DB, 5-9, 145
Jimel Wright, WR, 5-9, 135
Sean Guy, OL, 6-3, 225
Hunter Haire, PK, 6-2, 180
Joey Herndon, LB, 5-9, 185
Raymond McCullough, LB, 6-0, 200
Ter Shaudney Phillips, S, 5-10, 165
Maxwell Robertson, OL, 6-3, 260
Ryan Rodwell, P, 6-2, 175
James Ward, S, 5-10, 165
Maroa White, DE, 5-10, 255
Patrick Ball, DT, 5-10, 205
Luke DeNoyer, DE, 5-10, 165
Lawrence Herbert, DT, 5-9, 170
Jo Jo Kemp, RB, 5-10, 175
Chauncey Kennedy, WR, 5-8, 130
Steve Ospina, LB, 5-10, 170
Deen Ric, LB, 5-10, 165
Colton Robinson, QB, 5-10, 150
LaQuan Robinson, RB/DL, 5-9, 150
Lincoln Stewart, LB, 5-9, 155
Austin Tyrrell, OL, 6-1, 165
Connor Williams, DT, 5-10, 180
MIAMI BELEN JESUIT WOLVERINES
Gianni Blustein, LB, 5-11, 205
Nick Busse, OL, 6-0, 160
Marley Case, NG, 5-11, 185
Carlos De Cardenas, OL, 5-7, 170
Fausto Diaz, S, 5-10, 160
Miguel Maseda, FB, 5-9, 175
Nick Menocal, LB, 6-3, 230
Manny Sicre, RB, 5-9, 170
Jose Smith, LB, 5-11, 180
Daniel St. Louis, DE, 6-0, 190
Nick White, LB, 6-2, 200
Marcos Zayas, OL, 6-0, 225
Danny Admire, QB, 5-11, 165
Imani Davis, RB, 5-10, 155
Frank Hernandez, LB, 5-10, 185
Alfonso Horner, OL, 6-2, 180
Frank Leyva, LB, 6-0, 190
Alec Macias, RB, 5-9, 160
Matthew Moro, DE, 5-8, 195
Kevin Viera, OL, 5-11, 220
Mateo Buraglia, PK, 5-10, 170
Andres Garcia, LB, 5-11, 180
Lorenzo Woodley, RB, 6-0, 185
Kevin Brown, DL, 6-2, 210
Markie Hall, LB, 6-0, 215
Sylval Taylor, DB, 5-9, 145
D’Vontis Arnold, RB, 5-10, 205
Mark Fluerinvil, LB, 6-1, 210
Kevin Gonzalez, OL, 6-2, 230
Tracey Howard, DB, 6-0, 170
Cameron Hudge, QB, 5-9, 150
Mark Rucker, RB/LB, 5-10, 205
Anton Whatley, DE, 6-0, 200
Quinn Bartee, OL, 6-2, 245
James Boren Chambers, LB, 5-10, 185
Trenton Kilbey, WR, 6-2, 215
Josh Gordon, OL, 6-2, 230
Kyle McDorman, QB, 6-5, 210
Hayden Meyer, S/P, 5-9, 170
Kevin O’Dowd, DB, 5-7, 160
Spencer Pullen, FB, 5-11, 200
Stephen Ritter, S, 6-0, 180
Steven Schoewe, OL, 6-3, 265
C.J. Scroggins, QB, 6-1, 180
Andrew Watson, LB, 5-11, 210
Kyle Witt, LB, 6-3, 230
Sebastian Schutte, LB, 5-11, 187
Malik Williams, LB, 5-10, 180
Andrew Mitchell, PK, 6-4, 195
PALM BEACH GARDENS DWYER PANTHERS
Daevonte Barnett, OL, 6-4, 230
Shubert Bastien, OL, 6-4, 215
Keith Bowers, OL/DL, 6-1, 240
Jacoby Brissett, QB, 6-4, 225
Chris Davis, DB, 5-10, 160
Ben Hall, TE, 6-3, 210
Darrell Hunter, DB, 5-10, 170
Robert Machuda, OL, 5-11, 218
Curtis Maggitt, DE, 6-4, 215
Shawn McClaine, LB, 5-8, 170
Nick O’Leary, TE/P, 6-4, 220
Corey Smith, LB, 5-11, 190
Bobby Puyol, QB/PK, 5-10, 170
Heath Walker, OL, 6-0, 220
Julian Whigham, S, 6-2, 175
Jarred Brown, LB/RB, 5-10, 185
Cortney Lowery, WR/DB, 5-9, 160
Sterling Stanley, OL/DL, 5-10, 155
Anthony Williams, RB/S, 5-10, 155
Jaquize Baldwin, OL, 6-0, 240
James Bryant, OL, 6-3, 210
Deonta Clark, DB, 5-10, 170
Billy Crenshaw, WR, 6-0, 170
Larry Davis, QB, 5-10, 180
Dakota Freed, WR, 6-2, 175
Richard Gianotti, OL, 6-2, 240
Kenyon Green, WR, 6-0, 210
Cordivido Grice, DE, 6-2, 220
Joseph Hunter, DB, 6-2, 180
Quan Johnson, RB, 5-9, 160
Ben Sellers, DE, 6-4, 210
Charles Snider, DT, 6-0, 20
Nathaniel Wade, DE, 6-2, 190
Laderick Black, 5-10, 155
Kendrel Jenkins, DT, 5-11, 225
Coleman Johnson, DT, 6-2, 230
Brian Randolph, LB, 5-9, 185
Dak Sims, OL, 6-1, 315
Jalen Spencer, QB, 6-0, 180
Johnathan Bennett, RB, 5-10, 190
Blake Norwood, QB, 6-1, 175
Preston Sellers, LB, 6-0, 175
TAMPA PLANT PANTHERS
Phillip Ely, QB, 6-0, 175
Trevor Fowlow, OL, 5-6, 175
Steven Galloway, OL, 5-10, 235
Eric Patterson, DB, 5-10, 185
Tony Posada, OL, 6-5, 295
Nick Sanders, 6-0, 175
Nathan Schnitzlein, DT, 6-2, 210
Matt Suarez, LB, 5-10, 175
James Wilder, FB/DE, 6-3, 220
Antonio Crawford, WR, 5-11, 170
Andrew Madhu, S, 6-1, 180
Nathan Shienle, OL, 6-4, 285
Patrick Wright, DE, 6-0, 180
ORLANDO -- We're at the Citrus Bowl where at 7 p.m. Miramar (13-1) will take on DeLand (13-1) for the Class 6A state championship. The Patriots and Bulldogs have never played each other before or played for a state title.
DeLand enters the game with one of the top defenses in the state with seven shutouts on the season. Star linbeacker Mark Joyce (USF commitment) leads that defense. Offesnively, the Bulldogs run the Single Wing attack with University of Florida commitment DeAnte 'Pop' Saunders (1,685 yards, 22 TDs) behind center. Senior running back Shontrell Johnson (1,950 yards, 19 TDs) is the other workhorse. Miramar's defense is no pushover either. The Patriots led by linebackers Jamaal Bass and Dominick Bryan haven't allowed an opponent to score more than seven points in 12 of their 14 games. Offensively, quarterback Ryan Williams heads up a spread offensive attack. He has several talented weapons to get the ball to including star receivers Dante Chambers, Ivan McCartney and running back Jeremiah Hicks.
Miami Herald Sports Writers Manny Navarro, Andre Fernandez and Larry Blustein will be at the game providing live updates on the blog and on Twitter. The game is being televised by FSN. But you can also follow along here and participate in the blog discussion below.