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February 09, 2010

1A All-State Football Teams

WINTER HAVEN — Here is the Associated Press’ Class 1A All-State football team.

First Team

QB Clint Trickett, Tallahassee North Florida Christian, 6-1, 170, Sr.

RB Andrew Buie, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 5-11 190 Jr.

RB Scott Jones, St. Joseph, 5-10, 180, Sr.

RB John Perry, Branford, 6-2, 185, Sr.

WR Kyle Whitley, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, 5-9, 165, Sr.
WR Rashawn Scott, Melbourne Central Catholic, 6-3, 190, Jr.

ATH Mike Erdman, Melbourne Central Catholic, 5-9, 165, Sr.

ATH Calvin Pryor, Port St. Joe,  6-1, 190, Jr.

OL Perry Mieklejohn, Miami Westminster Christian, 6-3, 310, Sr.
OL Thomas Stone, Melbourne Central Catholic, 6-2 275, Sr.

OL Jared Corbin, Cross City Dixie County, 6-0, 260, Sr.

OL Drew Gentry, Tallahassee North Florida Christian, 6-6, 300, Sr.

OL John Sellers, Bratt Northview, 6-2, 263, Sr.

K Justin Haig, American Heritage, 5-8, 175, Sr.

First Team

DL Jimmy Office, Fort Meade, 5-10, 275, Sr.

DL Jonathan Wannamaker, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 6-0, 230, Sr.

DL Casey Shoemaker, Delray American Heritage, 6-3 185 Sr.

DL Thomas Ryan, Marathon, 6-4 245 Sr.

LB Dominick Pierre, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, Sr.
LB Darrell Smith, Port St. Joe, 6-2 190 Sr.

LB Stephen Godbolt, Cross City Dixie County, 6-0, 175, Jr.

LB Joe Grosso, Pope John Paul II, 6-1, 215, Sr.

DB Rashad Knight, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 5-10, 190, Sr.

DB Marcus Maye, DB, Holy Trinity, So.

DB Nelson Agholor, Tampa Berkeley Prep, 6-1, 175, So.

DB Isaiah Howard, American Heritage, 5-11, 180, Sr.

DB Darius Millines, American Heritage, 6-1, 178, Sr.

P Ryan Lankford, Jacksonville Paxon, 5-11 165 Sr.

Second Team

QB David Thompson, Miami Westminster, 6-1, 180, So.
RB Marcus Stone, Lakeland Christian, 5-9, 168, Sr.

RB Frantanzy Bryant, Jacksonville Eagle’s View, 5-9, 170, Sr.

WR Armani Martin, Miami Dade Christian, 6-1, 190, Sr.
WR Greg Mabin, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, 6-0, 185, So.

ATH Javan Shashaty, Calvary Christian, 6-0, 145, So.
ATH Jomar Concepcion, Holmes County, 5-10, 180, Sr.

ATH Nick Newton, Clearwater Central Catholic, 6-0, 190, Jr.

OL Zac Lashley, Cross City Dixie County, 6-0, 250, Sr.

OL Byron Bryan, Fort Meade, 5-9, 203, Sr.

OL Daniel Koch, Crescent City, 6-5, 300, Sr.

OL Eric Ross, West Palm Beach King’s Academy, 5-11, 190, Jr.

OL Billy Peck, Branford, 6-0, 190 Sr.

K Dylan D’Adesky, Miami Westminster, Jr.

Second Team

DL Brandon Fulse, Fort Meade, 6-5, 248, Jr.

DL Ric Whittington, Cross City Dixie County, 6-0, 245, Sr.

DL Joe Fradossio, Branford, 6-2, 200, Sr.

DL Quinston Morris, Santa Rosa South Walton, 6-4 225 Sr.

LB Mike McKendree, Hilliard, 5-11, 205, Sr.

LB Gideon Ajagbe, Ransom Everglades, 6-2, 197, Sr.
LB Josh Major, Tallahassee North Florida Christian, 6-1 235 Sr.

LB Maurice Russell, Fort Meade, 6-0, 210, So.

DB Ahmad Christian, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, Jr.

DB Matt Hardy, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, Sr.

DB Patrick O’Brien, Clearwater Central Catholic, 5-9, 170, Sr.

DB Ian Williams, West Palm Beach King’s Academy, 5-10, 165, Sr.

ATH Calvin Pryor, Port St. Joe, 6-1 202 Jr.

K Andrew Ortiz, West Palm Beach King’s Academy, Jr.


QB Hunter Tremaine, St. Petersburg Shorecrest, 5-11, 190, Sr.

QB Travis Register, Southport Bozeman, 6-2, 185, Sr.

QB Ronald Jones, Fort Meade, 5-7, 146, Jr.

ATH Terrance Evans, Liberty County, Sr.

RB Keith McCray, Liberty County, Sr.

RB James Potts, Delray American Heritage, 6-0 185 Sr.

RB Chris Culbreth, St. Petersburg Northside Chr., 5-7, 160, Sr.

RB Kelsheem White, Fort Meade, 5-11, 167, Sr.

RB Brandon Stone, Trenton, 5-9, 152, So.

RB Nathan Hendrickson, Freeport, 5-9, 180, Sr.

WR Seth Roberts, 6-2, 170, Maclay, Sr.

OL Bryce Knuth, Orlando First Academy, 6-0, 220, Sr.

OL Brandon Rogers, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 6-3, 295, Sr.

DL T.J. Kircher, Trenton, 6-2, 220, Sr.

DL Mason Tyler, Branford, 5-9, 160, Sr.

LB Keith Stewart, Santa Rosa South Walton, 6-0, 195, Jr.

LB Mike West, Cross City Dixie County, 6-0, 235, Jr.

LB Kevin McCray, Liberty County, Sr.

DB Tyler Blandin, Fort Meade, 5-10, 144, Sr.

DB Markell Harris, Cross City Dixie County, 6-2, 195, Sr.

RB Tyler Grier, Bozeman, 6-1, 190, Sr.

P Kyle Certain, Branford, 5-10, 160, Sr.

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February 08, 2010

1B All-State Football Teams

WINTER HAVEN — Here is the Associated Press’ Class 1B All-State football team.

First Team

QB Marshyl Rothman, Jupiter Christian, 5-10, 175, Sr.

RB Kelvin Taylor, Belle Glade Glades Day, 5-11, 208, Fr.

RB D.J. Lawrence, Hawthorne, 5-10, 175, Jr.

RB A.J. Strong, Sarasota Out of Door, 5-9 175 Sr.

WR Rashad Greene, South Daytona Warner Christian, 6-1, 175, Sr.

WR Weston Pedersen, Jupiter Christian, 6-2, 175, Sr.

ATH Colton Lynch, Fort Myers Evangelical Christian, 5-10, 180, Sr.

ATH Josh Burch, St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut, 6-0, 180, Sr.

OL David Delsoin, Hollywood Sheridan Hills Christian, 6-6, 275, Sr.
OL Ryan Girardin, Orlando Pine Castle Christian, 6-0, 265, Sr.

OL Tony Kibler, Belle Glades Day, 6-5, 320, Sr.

OL Ian Howard, Tallahassee FAMU, 6-2 280, Sr.

OL Robert Skinner, Melbourne Florida Air, 6-7, 320, Sr.

K David Rodriguez, Coral Springs Christian, Sr.

First Team

DL Josh Kerlin Orlando Pine Castle Christian, 6-3, 192, Sr.

DL Devin Miles Orlando Pine Castle Christian, 5-10, 177, Sr.

DL Jamie Onafrak, Sarasota Out of Door Academy, 6-5, 220, Sr.

DL Latroy Bell,  Melbourne Florida Air Academy,  6-2, 220, Jr.

LB Will Powers, Jupiter Christian, 5-8, 190, Sr.

LB Danny Gutierrez, Hawthorne, 5-11, 200, Sr.

LB Mario Garcia, South Daytona Warner Christian, 6-1, 215, Sr.

DB Breon Allen, South Daytona Warner Christian, 5-8, 165, Jr.

DB Ricky Christmas, Belle Glade Glades Day, 5-10, 165, Sr.

DB David Crumity, Monticello Jefferson County, 5-9 165 Sr.

ATH Antwan Brown, Mayo Lafayette, 6-2, 170 Jr.

ATH Fayshal Shafeet, Orlando Lutheran, 6-5, 220, Sr.

P Chris Crowe, Lakeland Victory Christian, 5-10, 157, Jr.

Second Team

QB Shelton Willis, South Daytona Warner Christian, 6-2, 185, So.

RB J.J. Keels, Melbourne Florida Air, 5-10, 180, Jr.

RB Darius Francis, Orlando Agape Christian, 5-11, 190, Sr.

RB Devondrick Nealy, Monticello Jefferson County, 5-10, 175, Jr.

ATH Steven Stanley, Lakeland Victory Christian, 5-9, 149. Sr.

ATH Dedric Dukes, MacArthur North, 6-1, 165, Sr.
OL Troy Folds, Mayo Lafayette, 6-0, 245, Sr.

OL James Carver, Lakeland Victory Christian, 6-2, 221, Sr.

OL Tyler Lecroy, Belle Glade Glades Day 6-3, 210, Jr.

OL Scott Oliver, St. Petersburg Keswick, 6-4, 285, Sr.

OL Jared Sampson, Mayo Lafayette, 5-11, 215, Sr.

WR Mitch Choquette, Lakeland Victory Christian, 6-1, 170, Sr.

WR Weston Pedersen, Jupiter Christian, 6-2, 175, Sr.

K Rigby Coleman, South Daytona Warner Christian, 5-9 170 Sr.

Second Team

DL Danny Meyer, Jupiter Christian, 6-2, 210, Sr.

DL Devonte King, St. Francis, 6-1, 245, Sr.

DL Jamari Daniels, South Daytona Warner Christian, 5-11 210 Jr.

DL Tanner Shields, Belle Glade Glades Day,  6-3, 210, Sr.

LB Tanner Bowling, Lakeland Victory Christian, 5-11, 175, Sr.

LB Aaron Goyette, Mayo Lafayette, 6-3, 230, Sr.

LB Conrad Walko, Orlando Pine Castle Christian, 6-2, 182, Sr.

LB Armand Pittman, Hawthorne, 5-10, 185, Jr.

DB Devonta Whittaker, Jacksonville Arlington Country Day, 5-9 155 Jr.

DB Eaton Spence, Belle Glade Glades Day, 6-0, 170, Jr.

DB J.T. Thornton, Belle Glade Glades Day, 6-0, 165, Jr.

DB Andrew McGuinness, Sarasota Out of Door,  5-11 175, Sr.

P Tyler Walko, Orlando Pine Castle Christian

Honorable Mention
QB Michael Slack, Orlando Pine Castle Christian, Sr. 5-10, 170

QB Luke Brigham, Orlando Central Florida Christian, Sr., 6-3, 175

QB Nick Bracewell, Lafayette. 6-3, 210, Sr.

QB Marquis Hayes/Hawthorne, 6-0, 190, Sr.

QB Lenorris Footman, Jefferson County, Fr.

RB Kenny Strong, Orlando Foundation Academy, 5-9, 175, Sr.

RB Fred Hall, Moore Haven, 5-8, 170, Sr.

RB B.J. Knauf, Santa Fe, 5-10, 155, So.

RB Leon Cummings, Oak Hall, 5-8, 155, So.

RB Jordan Stanley, Tallahassee FAMU, 5-10, 180, Sr.

WR Daniel Schultz, Oak Hall, 6-1, 165, Sr.

WR Brooks Lamainack, Lafayette, 5-10, 160, Sr.

ATH Trey Pendergrass, Jupiter Christian 5-6, 160, Jr.

ATH Jared Armstrong, Oak Hall, 5-11, 160, So.

ATH Serge Trezy, Agape Christian, 6-0,170, So.

ATH Joe Celestin, Agape Christian, 5-9,185, Sr.

WR Drico Johnson, Agape Christian, 6-2, 170, So.

DL Todd Jackowitz, Belle Glade Glades Day, 5-9, 185, Jr.

DL Derrick Holmes, Tallahassee FAMU, Sr.

LB Andy Niesen, St. Francis. 6-2, 185, Jr.

LB Rick Mitchell, Melbourne Florida Air, 6-1, 205, Sr.

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Roger Harriott has change of heart

It was a job that most football coaches dream about. But in the end, it wasn't the perfect fit for Roger Harriott.

In the last week of January, while Syracuse University was putting the final touches on its 2010 recruiting class, the Orange reached out to the University School head coach, and within 24 hours, the former St. Thomas Aquinas product was in New York as the running backs coach for a program that was just starting to turn the corner in the competitive Big East.

The job was one that Harriott was eager to accept, and one that he had been looking forward to.

As he moved his wife and four girls to upstate New York to begin the always busy and on the road life as a college coach, Harriott began to see a future that perhaps would put his family on the back burner. That was enough for him to reach a decision.

This past weekend, while the rest of the country got ready for the Super Bowl, Harriott decided to resign his brief, but very impressive career at Syracuse and head back to South Florida to take his job back with the Suns as head football coach and athletic director.

"It was a decision that came down to me wanting to put my family first," Harriott said. "I have children and a wife that need me to be there for them."

Indeed, the life of a college football coach is filled with long hours and being away from the family a good portion of the year. While he was more than qualified to coach at that level, Harriott was not ready to give up the role of being a father and husband.

"I cannot say enough about Coach (Doug) Marrone and the staff at Syracuse," Harriott pointed out. "That is a program that will definitely jump into the national picture very soon. It is a first class organization with tremendous coaches, administration and fans."

Harriott comes back to a program that he started at University School. The Suns sent a number of players to college this year, and will be expected to do the same again in 2011.

February 04, 2010

2011 Broward Pre-Spring Top 40


1. Wayne Lyons, S, 6-0, 190, Dillard:
Having watched this impressive athlete the past two years, you get a greater appreciation for the way he plays the game. He is quick, hard hitting and very smart. Has one of the highest grade point averages for any football player in Broward County.

2. Bryant “B.J.” Dubose, DE, 6-5, 220, Northeast: This former basketball player has now made the solid transition to the football field where his quickness and athletic ability began to take over for the Hurricanes. As he continues to learn, he will only get better.

3. Kent Turene, LB, 6-2, 225, Boyd Anderson: One of the top prospects a year ago, this is yet another tremendous football player that the Cobras seem to roll out each year. Tremendous run stopper who has the ability to drop into pass coverage as well.

4. Kevin Grooms, RB/DB, 5-10, 170, South Broward: Ever since he was a youngster, competing for Dania and Northeast Hollywood Optimist, this is tremendous athlete who everyone kept an eye on. As great a runner as he is, this gifted football talent is equally as impressive on the defensive side of the ball.

5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, 5-10, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas: Another youth football star at Washington Park (Hollywood) and Lauderdale Lakes who has developed into one of the nation’s elite prospects. Not only does he have the speed and athletic ability, but his football skills are as good as you get at this level!

6. Jerrard Randall, QB, 6-1, 190, Chaminade-Madonna: Ever since watching him as a freshman and as a sophomore at Miami Norland High, this gifted athlete has gotten better, matured as a player and put himself into a position as being one of the best prospects in the state. While he gave baseball up last year, look for him to return to the diamond this spring with a tremendous amount of ability.

7. Nick North, S, 6-1, 190, McArthur: Easily one of Broward’s best secrets, here is a top prospect with speed, athletic ability and the knack of coming up with big hits as well as making a difference as a defender. This is one of the prospects who has a chance to leap into the national picture.

8. Rashard Green, WR, 6-0, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas: Since coming in from Georgia last year, there isn’t anything that this gifted football talent has impressed the coaching staff and opposition with. He is a quality receiver with great speed and game-breaking ability on special teams.

9. Robbie Anderson, WR, 6-2, 175, South Plantation: Another athlete who began to emerge as a 10th grader, but truly showcased his skills as a junior. The coaching staff had talked about his potential since the start of the 2009 season, and by the end of the year, he began to reach it.

10. Bobby Hart, OL/DL, 6-3, 265, St. Thomas Aquinas: After competing at Cardinal Gibbons the past few years, this impressive athlete makes a move down the road. A two-year varsity performer who has played basketball and wrestled, which has given him an opportunity to grow as an all-around athlete. Continues to get better, and colleges have been watching for over a year now!

11. Marcus Roberson, DB, 6-0, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas: Don’t look now, but there is yet another quality defensive back that the Raiders have on the roster. One that had a tremendous junior season with huge plays and being around the ball at all times. Big time potential.

12. Jeremy Cash, S, 6-2, 190, Plantation: Ever since his sophomore year at Miami’s Ransom Everglades, here is a quality football talent who will hit you all over the field. One of the most intense football players in the Class of 2011, and while he has done some great things, the best is yet to come.

13. Dwayne Montgomery, OL, 6-4, 255, Dillard: One of the most athletic “big men” in Broward County, this is a player who got it done all season for a team that was going through a transition. His quick feet and impressive strength has opened the doors for college coaches who have been looking his direction over the past year.

14. Ryan Shazier, DE, 6-1, 200, Plantation: When it comes to making plays and being around the football on every play, there may not be a player like him in South Florida. His first step overwhelms most offensive linemen, and his knack of playing the run as well as the pass gives him a major advantage.

15. Khambrel Garland, DB, 5-11, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas: The Raiders newest defensive secondary standout comes over from Deerfield Beach, where he was flat-out impressive. His speed and quick reaction are just part of what makes him special. His cover skills and run-stopping ability are also impressive.

16. Shawn Ward, DE, 6-1, 235, Boyd Anderson: Yet another top-flight football talent who has speed, strength and quickness, usually overmatching the competition. One of the most physical players on a team loaded with athletes. Has the opportunity to be among the most dominating players around.

17. Patrick Williams, DL, 6-1, 235, University School: Whether it was in Orlando or over the past year for the Suns, this is officially the best kept Division 1 secret in the state of Florida. A dominating football player who completely controls the line of scrimmage. His quickness and strength overwhelm any offensive lineman he goes against. Has also played on the offensive line and lined up at fullback.

18. Jake Rudock, QB, 6-3, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas: Quietly stepped in last season as a junior and gave the Raiders quite a ride. A tremendous athlete who grasped the offense and kept the team right in the national title hunt throughout the season. His leadership and overall athletic ability will give him a huge advantage. Also plays baseball.

19. Kenneth Hankerson, LB, 5-11, 205, St. Thomas Aquinas: This three-year varsity performer has played everything from defensive end to linebacker. If you are looking for someone who makes plays and gets results, you need look no further. This is a complete talent.

20. Cedric Thompson, RB, 6-0, 185, Everglades: Talk about a player who has flown under the radar screen, there may not be a better all-around back this coming season in Broward County. A fast, elusive runner who shows plenty of power. This is one of those players who colleges have already shown interest in. Follows in the footsteps of his brother who is at Kansas State.

21. Orville Reynolds, RB, 5-8, 175, Douglas: After coming over from Cardinal Gibbons last year, this elusive, quick runner left a mark on 6A football with the Eagles. His quickness and vision make him a back who continues to get better every time he touches the ball.

22. Tevin Westbrook, DE, 6-5, 240, Pine Crest: One of the many quality players this program currently has on the roster. Having watched him last summer, we saw a raw player that used his overall athletic ability and tremendous footwork to attract attention. He is also one of the top basketball prospects in South Florida.

23. Harmon Brown, DB, 5-8, 165, Boyd Anderson: One of the top cover cornerbacks around, here is someone who uses his speed and ability to read offenses to play the game as well as anyone. He has a passion for the game and it shows on the field.

24. Tim Burton, DB, 5-8, 165, Cardinal Gibbons: Yet another football player who has gotten it done since his youth football days in Hallandale. Plenty of athletic ability and cover skills who changes the game with his impressive speed.

25. Wilkin Brutus, DL, 6-3, 220, Blanche Ely: If you watched the Tigers play last year, this is one of the athletes who stood out immediately. His size, quickness and ability to get into the offensive backfield are parts of his game that you simply cannot ignore. He is a player to keep an eye on.

26. Jesse York, WR, 5-11, 175, Boyd Anderson: One of the top pass catchers coming back, this is one of the players with as much potential as anyone who plays this position. Has speed, tremendous leaping ability and a knack of coming up with big catches. He will continue to improve as he gets stronger.

27. Jonathan Aiken, DB, 5-10, 175, Chaminade Madonna: Out of last year’s success for the Lions came this physical defensive secondary standout who not only can cover, but also impress you with his strength and ability to make plays. Will emerge as one of the best for the 2010 season.

28. Courtney Hall, DB, 5-11, 170, Blanche Ely: In an area loaded with players who have potential, here is one of the athletes we watched several times last year and came away impressed. A very impressive football player who has speed and a knack of being able to cover the best around.

29. Allen Ramsey, DB, 6-0, 155, Dillard: Following this quality athlete for the past two years, here is a player that coaches have singled out for his athletic ability in the secondary. Tremendous cover skills as well as playing the run. Is going to get bigger and more physical.

30. Curtric Evans, WR, 5-9, 175, Chaminade-Madonna: From his days as a running back in the Northeast Hollywood Optimist to South Broward to playing a key role for the Lions last year, here is a quick, athletic football player who is dangerous after catching the ball, showcasing his speed.

31. Otis Wright, RB, 5-11, 175, Dillard: One of the most elusive and bigger backs in the class. Another prospect who combines speed and football skills to make him a football talent worth keeping an eye on. Has the chance to make a major impact for the Panthers.

32. Scott Boyett, OL, 6-5, 280, South Broward: After playing his first full season in Florida after coming in from Montana, this impressive prospect continues to get stronger and learn technique. Has a great chance to climb the recruiting ladder with a solid off season.

33. Immoni Carswell, QB, 6-2, 170, Plantation: From the time he stepped onto the field as a youth football player in Hallandale, this impressive athlete was destined to become a star. After starting out at Hallandale High, he made the move to Plantation two years ago and continues to improve and watch his stock rise.

34. Rex Graham, DE, 6-1, 190, West Broward: After turning heads as one of the sack and tackle leaders in Miami-Dade County at Dr. Michael Krop High, he now changes schools with a chance to be one of the best in Broward County. This off season will tell a lot about a player who is strong and very quick.

35. A.J. Sebastiano, WR, 6-1, 185, North Broward Prep: While he may not be the fastest receivers around, there may not be a player who knows how to play the position, run routes and make himself a force in the game than this quality talent. May be the one of the best route runners in South Florida.

36. Kurt Joseph, LB, 5-11, 215, South Plantation: After watching him over the past two years, here is definitely a player who has flown way beneath the radar screen. A very strong, talented athlete who has plenty of athletic ability. Could end up being among the top prospects in Broward County by the start of the 2010 season!

37. Russell Haughton-James, OL, 6-5, 270, Western: After starting his career at North Broward Prep, this quality "big man" made the move last year and was one of the players who helped the Wildcats turn the corner. Great feet, tremendous size and has proven to be a very quick learner.

38. Lebert Barrett, OL, 6-3, 255, Plantation: Easily one of the most athletic line prospects in the class, here is a talented football player who continues to watch his stock rise. He has the chance to make a move upward with a solid off season.

39. Dinsdale Jackson, DT, 6-2, 250, Plantation American Heritage: After two consecutive years of turning out quality line prospects, the Patriots have yet another player who has proven that speed, athleticism and strength add up to something very positive.

40. Jared Maldanado, OL, 6-3, 300, Hollywood Hills: A two year starter for the Spartans, who was invited to the Army Junior Combine this winter. Tremendous strength, quickness and ability. Was one of the most well-rounded linemen on a team that showed tremendous improvement.

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2011 Miami-Dade Pre-Spring Top 40

1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 6-3, 180, Northwestern:
Whether it’s as a quarterback, receiver or in the defensive secondary, this is the athlete you want on your side. Hasn’t even come close to reaching his total potential.

2. Denzel Perryman, LB, 5-11, 200, Coral Gables: A gifted playmaker who has been getting it done since his freshman season. Even former Cavalier Jon Vilma is impressed at what this gifted athlete can do to lift a team.

3. Tacoi Sumler, WR, 5-8, 170, Christopher Columbus: Having watched his progress over the past two years, this is a quick, athletic football player who can dictate the outcome of a game from both sides of the ball as well as special teams.

4. Miles Pace, LB, 6-1, 235, Central: Having watched this quality football player compete since his freshman year at American, there is little doubt that he will continue to make a solid contribution. Could end of on the defensive line at the next level.

5. Jerron Seymour, RB, 5-7, 190, Hialeah: Here is a gifted runner who has gotten it done at every little since his youth football days. Not only has the strength and power to run inside, but has the speed to bounce plays outside and take it the distance.

6. Jabari Gorman, S, 6-0, 180, Monsignor Pace: Was easily one of the best football players in Miami-Dade County a year ago. Another quick, athletic talent who can get it done in so many ways. He is not finished maturing as a football player, either!

7. Gerrod Holliman, S, 6-1, 175, Southridge: One of the most physical football players in this class. There is no doubt that here is a throwback to the way the Spartans used to churn out their prospects. Will be state rated and nationally recruited.

8. Charles Gaines Jr., WR, 5-9, 170, Central: Has been the radar screen for two years now. Tremendous route runner who has great hands and impressive speed. Will step into the No. 1 position for the talented Rockets next season.

9. Craig Wilkins, WR, 5-10, 170, Hialeah: Another of those impressive athletes who can get it done on both sides of the ball. Superb hands with great speed and game-breaking abilities. College coaches have been watching this quality player very closely.

10. Elkino Watson, DT, 6-2, 255, Booker T. Washington: Burst onto the scene early last year after a productive spring and summer. Was one of our players to watch before his junior season, and has only watched his stock rise. Big time potential as a run stopper and pass rusher.

11. Ricardo Williams, DE, 6-5, 210, Homestead: Another of the big time prospects the Broncos continue to churn out each season. A tremendous pass rusher who is just coming into his own as an every down player. His potential is simply unbelievable.

12. Keith Baxter, DB, 6-0, 175, Homestead: Whether he did it as a corner back or a physical safety, this is one of the most impressive players on a team loaded with talent. Great speed and excellent cover skills make him a player that everyone will continue to watch.

13. Robenson Therezie, Athlete, 5-11, 180, Jackson: Along with Tacoi Sumler, here is perhaps one of South Florida’s most complete athletes who has proven the past two seasons that he can make it happen on both sides of the ball as well as become a force as a return specialist.

14. Rakeem Cato, QB, 6-0, 175, Central: Miami-Dade County’s leading passer may have switched schools, but nothing has changed from the way he plays the game. A tremendous arm along with leadership skills to open up an offensive attack.

15. Anthony Rabasa, DE, 6-2, 210, Christopher Columbus: The only question remains about this gifted athlete is will he be a better outside linebacker than a defensive end? A player who has been making things happen for the Explorers the past two years, look for him to move around more this year.

16. Eli Rogers, WR, 5-11, 175, Northwestern: Make no mistake that when it comes to being the most technically sound pass catchers, there may not be anyone better. A great route runner who has tremendous hands and a very impressive burst of speed. Will certainly climb the ladder.

17. Andrew Johnson, DB, 5-10, 170, Southridge: Was one of the best defensive back prospects last year because of his athletic ability and knowledge of the game. Was a player who changed the outcome of games during an impressive year.

18. Jovani McCray, QB, 6-0, 175, South Dade: For those who watched all the junior quarterbacks perform last year, there was no way that this wasn’t one of the best technically, leadership wise and arm strength. He will emerge as one of the elite quarterbacks in the state. He is worth watching live to appreciate what he does for a team.

19. Ritchy Desir, Athlete, 5-10, 170, North Miami Beach: Ever since he was a freshman, head coach Jeff Bertani maintained that this may be one of the best all-around football players he has coached. Whether it was at quarterback, receiver or in the defensive secondary, this is an impact prospect with speed and enormous athletic ability.

20. Dwight Jackson, Jr., DE, 6-1, 200, Central: Yet another player we have had the pleasure of watching mature since he was in the 9th grade. Tremendous quickness and has impressive cover skills from starting out as a linebacker. If he continues to grow, he will play this position at the next level. If not, he could move back to linebacker.

21. Dontae West, DB, 5-9, 175, Hialeah: Here is the next great football talent that head coach Marc Berman has rolled out. After a solid junior season, this gifted defensive secondary standout has improved with a great weight room and conditioning routine.

22. Jonas Clark, DB, 6-1, 170, Booker T. Washington: Yet another player from a program that has had its share of defensive secondary standouts. His cover skills are impressive but the way he comes up to become a run stopper is something that colleges have been bowled over by. Great talent that is only getting better.

23. Lyndon Edwards, LB, 6-0, 195, Northwestern: Another two year prospect who has gotten better and better. A tremendous run stopper, who has the quickness to drop back in pass coverage. One of the best linebackers in a region filled with quality athletes.

24. Devonta Freeman, RB, 5-9, 185, Central: Having watched this talent play since his youth days, following him to Edison and then to play for the Rockets last year, there is no doubt that he has the athletic ability to emerge into one of the best backs in the state. His power, speed and knowledge of the position have elevated him in a hurry!

25. Marquis Lucas, OL, 6-2, 310, Central: Yet another line prospect that the Rockets have been grooming over the past two years. Quick feet, impressive strength and the ability to dominate up front are what colleges have been seeing over the past year.

26. Tommy Shuler, WR, 5-8, 165, Central: One of the fastest, most elusive and top game breakers in the class. Was singled out for his impressive play and ability to take over a game last while catching passes from Cato at Miami Springs.

27. Pierre Maignan, OL, 6-5, 245, Norland: An emerging prospect who maty be as athletic as any “big man” in the region this coming year. His quickness and ability to use his size to an advantage, look for this prospect to continue making major strides in the recruiting process.

28. Carlos Carvajal, TE, 6-6, 210, Hialeah: Having followed this quality prospect since the end of his 10th grade year, we have watched an athlete who started out as a receiver and moved to tight end. Has tremendous quickness and has a gift of knowing out to catch balls.

29. Cedric Walker, DB, 5-9, 175, Gulliver Prep: Three years at the varsity level, and this impressive two-way player continues to get better and proves that he belongs with the best around. His speed and experience has given him a huge edge.

30. Brandon Bradley, LB, 5-10, 185, Christopher Columbus: The legacy to the Gore family continues with this hard-hitting, impressive football talent who has speed, plenty of athletic ability and a knack of being around the ball. Has started at the varsity level for two straight years and now will take a leadership role.

31. Jimmy Jean, DB, 6-3, 220, South Dade: Another talent that many have overlooked, but if you talk to anyone who has lined up against him or had to coach against him, they will all agree that his quickness, long arm span and first step overwhelm just about anyone one the offensive line.

32. Jorge Sanz, LB, 5-11, 200, Gulliver Prep: One of the hardest workers who has developed leadership skills and a knowledge of how to read offenses. Has impressive foot speed and his strength is as good as you get. Having watched Frankie Telfort and Ralph Williams play, this is an athlete who has learned fast!

33. Ladell Pleasure, LB, 6-1, 210, Miami Springs: Yet another prospect we have watched for three years. While he does nothing flashy, the end result is his ability to read and anticipate as well as anyone. He makes plays from sideline to sideline and has been singled out by opponents as one of the toughest to play against.

34. Dedric Dukes, Athlete, 5-9, 165, MacArthur North: From Booker T. Washington to St. Thomas Aquinas, briefly, to where he is now, this is a speedy, athletic player who has been dominating and making plays since he began. His speed may be as impressive as any athlete in South Florida.

35. Mike Roland, OL, 6-4, 255, Coral Gables: A two-year performer who has proven to be a very athletic and quick player up front. Became a very good pass blocker after showing his agility, opening holes for a productive running game.

36. Nick Menocal, OLB, 6-3, 230, Belen Jesuit: Having watched him first on the baseball field, we saw someone with great power and physical ability. On the football field, his strength and athletic ability showcased a player who turned out to be quite a prospect. Will only get better on the football field, which has several colleges very excited.

37. Ruben Carter, DT, 6-4, 255, Jackson: One of the most imposing players on a team that certainly had enough of them. Watched him play four times and was impressed by his strength and overall football skill level. While he has things to work on, he is still a player that colleges are very interested in.

38. Jermaine Reve, S, 6-0, 185, Northwestern: Already a fixture for the Bulls the past two years, this hard-hitting athlete has impressed with his ability to make plays all over the field. Was talked about as far back as the ninth grade. Colleges are well aware of what he can do for a football program.

39. Demetrius Allen, LB, 5-11, 195, Northwestern: Another player that the Bulls have showcased the past two years, his speed, athletic ability and knowledge of the game have helped to elevate him into a position where everyone knows about this quality talent.

40. Chavis Atkins, DL, 6-3, 310, Homestead: One of the top prospects on the defensive line this coming season. A quality football talent with great feet and tremendous strength. Is one of those players who continues to emerge as one of the best around.

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February 03, 2010

National Signing Day Live Blog

Good morning, it's National Signing Day. Throughout the morning and afternoon, our Larry Blustein will be online answering questions and passing along recruiting news as it happens. Feel free to follow along and participate in our CoverItLive discussion below.

February 01, 2010

Nike Combine this Saturday

The Nike Football Combine is slated for this Saturday, Feb. 6 at North Miami Stadium from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Nike Football Combines are free and open to Class of 2011 and top underclassmen high school football players looking to showcase their skills. Alumni of the combines include NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Devin Hester (Chicago Bears) and Haloti Ngata (Baltimore Ravens) as well as thousands more who have gone on to play Division I college football.

Attending one of the Nike Football Combines gives each athlete the opportunity to get professionally SPARQ tested so they will have a starting base to improve upon. SPARQ stands for speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. The rating comes from a series of sport-specific tests and gives athletes a chance to see their strengths and weaknesses. They'll also have a chance to see other elite players in their class, which will give them an idea of where they stand.

2010 will mark the 14th year of the NIKE Football Training Camps. These camps have produced such alums as Carson Palmer, Matt Forte, Darnell Dockett and Clay Matthews.

The NIKE Football Training Camps are designed to help elite high school players with college potential advance their football and training knowledge in order to maximize their ability. Participants are taught position-specific and athletic performance drills designed by some of the top NFL football players and sports performance specialists in America, and it is all FREE for the athletes.

There is also an opportunity for great recruiting exposure and coverage. There will be stories, photos and videos posted on ESPN.com's recruiting page and Scouts Inc. will offer player analysis as well. College programs across the country also receive the testing results.

Registered athletes participating in the 2010 Nike Football Combines will:
• Receive free access and testing at either turf/indoor or grass/outdoor events.

• Be measured by height and weight, and photographed.
• Receive a proper, supervised dynamic warm-up.

• Be tested in: the 40-yard dash (twice, fastest time kept), vertical jump (highest jump kept), the 20-yard shuttle (twice, fastest time kept) and the power ball throw (twice, farthest throw kept). If players are not satisfied with their results, they may scratch them so they are not reported.
• Receive a SPARQ Rating based on a calculation of their testing scores.
• Attend an interactive Nike SPARQ seminar which will cover offseason training, the recruiting process and a short series of SPARQ drills.

If you haven't registered, you can do so at: www.nikefootballcombineregistration.com

Djwany Mera heading to Rutgers

When Djwany Mera was looking for a college to play football, the South Broward defensive lineman was searching for a school with a solid reputation and one that would afford him an opportunity to receive and education. Over the weekend he found that perfect fit.

The 6-3, 220-pounder found that Rutgers University offered everything he was looking for in a well-rounded program.

"I have had the chance over the past few months to see a lot of schools, but Rutgers had that something special," Mera said. "A growing tradition, a plan for the present and future and an opportunity to come in and learn and receive great coaching."

Affer making an impression the past two years for the Bulldogs, Mera's opportunity to impress came during his junior year when he started to grow, get stronger and learn about the sport.

"Djwany can be as dominating as anyone I have coached," said South Broward head coach Allen Held, who also coaches him on the wrestling mat. "He is big, strong and quick. His athletic ability is impressive as well."

Mera, who missed a number of post season all-star events to concentrate on wrestling, where he has a chance to place at the start tournament this year, had also visited Illinois. But the visit to Rutgers over the weekend sold him.

"I can see myself doing well at that school," he said. "I am excited and cannot wait to get up there and start doing what I can to help that program."

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Whigham, Warren to Texas Tech

It's not often that a Miami-Dade County athlete heads to Texas Tech to attend college and play football, but Southridge may just be the program to start a pipeline.

After visiting Lubbock over the weekend, Spartans' defensive backs LaVaughn Whigham and Phillip Warren made a decision that could change recruiting in South Florida.

When the talented duo attended Texas Tech, they were there to check out an area that Florida players rarely get the opportunity to play at. When they left for Miami on Sunday night, they were sold.

"Great school, tremendous city and an opportunity to play for a coaching staff and a program that has certainly turned the corner," said Whigham, who had been sought after by several schools. "This is a chance to go someplace nobody from our area has ever gone to. That's exciting to me."

Whigham was instrumental in leading the Spartans to the district championship. Considered one of the most versatile football players in South Florida, the decision was easy.

"Coach (Tommy) Tuberville is all business," Whigham said. "He knows how to build programs and we are ready to be a part of that."

For Warren, who has truly flown way beneath the radar screen most of the year, the chance to finally show that he belongs at a major Division 1 program was gratifying. His coach Pat Burrows has told people all season that Warren is the kind of player who will leave a mark at the next level and beyond.

"The opportunity to attend a school like Texas Tech is tremendous," said Warren. "I loved everything about the city, campus and the football team. This is a great way to end the year."

While Burrows has never established a relationship with Texas Tech, things could have changed on his recent trip to San Antonio, where he coached in the Army All-American Game. His ability to sell his standout players to coaches may have helped in the process.

"There is little doubt that LaVaughn and Phillip will be a success at Texas Tech," Burrows said. "There are so many things available to both of them – in the classroom and on the football field."

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