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May 20, 2010

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Ricardo Louis


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Ricardo Louis
YEAR: 2012
SCHOOL: Miami Beach
CITY: Miami Beach
POSITION: QB
HEIGHT: 6-1
WEIGHT: 190
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Ralph Jimenez

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: One of the athletes we have been looking at for two years now at the high school level and have watched him mature from a player with promise to someone colleges regard as a top prospect for the Class of 2012.

While many view him as an athlete because of his ability to do so many things, he does impress at quarterback, which is a position he will stay at throughout his high school career.

His speed, athletic ability and competitive nature has schools from across the country heading to Miami Beach to check him out, and after talking with several colleges, they are all very impressed at what he is now, and will be down the line.

All eyes will directly on this quality football talent throughout the summer and into the 2010 season.
 
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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Samuel Turner


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Samuel Turner
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: American
CITY: Hialeah
POSITION: LB
HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 215
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Chance Benton

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: After losing a few players to other schools, this program needed some positive news, and with gifted football player, they may have received it.

No matter where he has gone in the off season, this is an athlete who has stood toe-to-toe against some of the elite players with his speed, athletic ability and knowledge of the position.

Has stepped up at the Nike and Elite Scouting Services events with excellent times and solid testing results. He has also turned heads during football drills as well.

Schools such as Indiana, USF, Marshall, Rutgers and Western Kentucky have taken notice during the spring as the summer fast approaches.

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May 18, 2010

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Ricardo Williams


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Ricardo Williams
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Homestead
CITY: Homestead
POSITION: DE
HEIGHT: 6-5
WEIGHT: 212
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Bobby McCray

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Was there a player who turned heads the past few months more than this gifted athlete who was first noticed as a sophomore, enhanced his overall standing last season with a huge year, and then showcased his many abilities at testing combines in the off season.

While colleges are keeping a close eye and projecting what this talented football player will be like when he fully matures and puts on weight, all have been very impressed with his quickness and overall athletic ability.

There is sense, after watching him play twice live a year ago, that this could be one of the real gems in this class. Is still learning and maturing.

Those who have competed against him believe that he is one of the up and coming stars in Miami-Dade County.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Bryant "B.J." Dubose


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Bryant "B.J." Dubose
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Northeast
CITY: Oakland Park
POSITION: DE
HEIGHT:6-4
WEIGHT: 240
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Donnell Bennett

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: After coming over from Fort Lauderdale after his freshman season, his stock began to rise to the point where this gifted football player is considered as one of the best in the country.

He size, quickness and ability to make plays is something that many began to notice when he was a sophomore, surrounded by some impressive playmakers the Hurricanes had on the roster.

There are several reasons why colleges over the nation covet this athletic football talent. While he doesn't have a lot of experience on the football field, he has utilized his ability to pick things up quickly with production.

This is the kind of defensive end who has the potential to register 15-20 sacks at the next level as he learned and picks up more technique.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Devonta Freeman


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Devonta Freeman
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Central
CITY: Miami
POSITION: RB
HEIGHT: 5-10
WEIGHT: 180
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Telly Lockette

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Here is one of the elite running backs in the state this year that saw limited, but productive playing time for the Rockets in 2009.

Playing behind standout Brandon Gainer, this gifted back who we saw two years ago as a freshman at Miami Edison, has everything you are looking for in a back. Easily one of the toughest line from scrimmage runners around.

Runs tackle-to-tackle as well as being able to use his impressive speed to get outside and make something happen.

Has the skill level to run for over 1,000 yards and carry the load when his team needs. In his role last year, there were games in which he really turned heads with his athletic ability.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Junior Sylvestri


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Junior Sylvestri
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: South Broward
CITY: Hollywood
POSITION: S
HEIGHT: 6-1
WEIGHT: 190
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Allen Held

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Having watched the maturity and progress of this talented football player, it comes as no surprise that he has emerged as a D1 prospect with his speed and athletic ability shining through.

Whether it's at testing events or on the field competing, here is an athlete who has parlayed his speed and talent into something that will result in a college scholarship.

Can play anywhere on the field from running back to receiver, safety and on special teams. Colleges we have talked to this spring believe he has probably jumped into the spotlight as quickly as anyone in the Class of 2011.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Lyndon Edwards


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Lyndon Edwards
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Northwestern
CITY: Miami
POSITION: LB
HEIGHT: 6-1
WEIGHT: 190
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Billy Rolle

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Yet another football talent who emerged as a sophomore, further showcased his abilities as a junior to put himself solidly on the map across the country.

Edwards has played inside, outside and was even positioned on the end as a pass rusher, which has shown colleges how versatile he is.

In a program that has more than put its linebackers in the spotlight, here is another one who has athletic ability, quickness and is a true play-maker.

In addition to getting it done on the football field, he has also made an impact at camps and other testing events.

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May 17, 2010

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Jorge Sanz


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Jorge Sanz
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Gulliver Prep
CITY: Miami
POSITION: LB
HEIGHT: 5-11
WEIGHT: 205
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Earl Sims

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Another player who will be a three-year starter for the Raiders after two impressive years in one of the state's top programs.

This is a quality football talent who not only gets it done on the field with his aggressive style of play, but has also been recognized for his quality work in the classroom, which is a major selling point to colleges.

Whether it's as a player during the regular season, or in the off season at camps, 7-on-7 events and combines, this is a football prospect who always seeks out the best competition possible. Has tremendous strength and quickness and a keen knowledge of the game.

This year will be a huge season for him as he gets the opportunity to become the defensive leader on a program that finished second in he state among 2A school two years ago.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Dan Epstein


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Dan Epstein
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Cypress Bay
CITY: Weston
POSITION: RB
HEIGHT: 5-10
WEIGHT: 200
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Mark Guandolo

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: One of the top players in South Florida that many have not had the chance to see.

After an impressive sophomore season, he came back last year and picked up right where he left off before an injury sidelined him for the rest of the season, cutting back on the exposure that many juniors receive.

While he is coming back at his own pace, not trying to push things too much, there is a reason to believe that he will have a huge year, creating a traffic jam of colleges pouring into a campus that has more than had its share of talented athletes over the past five years.

Comes from a football-oriented family where his father played and currently coaches at the youth level, and his younger brother is one of the up-and-coming stars.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Denzel Perryman


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Denzel Perryman
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Coral Gables
CITY: Coral Gables
POSITION: LB
HEIGHT: 5-11
WEIGHT: 210
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Joe Montoya

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Ever since he was in the ninth grade, all eyes were on this gifted football talent who not only played linebacker, but actually ran the ball some for the Cavaliers. He was a dominating player from the first time he stepped on the playing field.

Has drawn many comparisons to one time Coral Gables great linebacker Jon Vilma, who has certainly gone on and accomplished some great things at the collegiate and professional level.

Perryman is a quick, strong football talent who makes plays. Has attracted interest from colleges as far back as two years ago, but now, a number of those schools are making offers to get him on campus.

If he stays healthy, he will ned with more varsity starts than most of the other players in this class, and that has given him more time to showcase his talents.

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