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August 23, 2010

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Snell


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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: Brandon Snell
YEAR: 2012
SCHOOL: Norland
CITY: Miami
POSITION: WR
HEIGHT: 5-11
WEIGHT: 170
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Daryl Heidelburg

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: If there was ever an off season that was kind to an athlete, it was this past spring and summer where this talented junior had the chance to pop up on the radar screen.

Whether it was with his Miami Norland team during the spring, at a number of 7-on-7 events, at Friday Night Lights in Gainesville or with the South Florida Express, where he had the chance to be a part of a team that captured a national title, this is definitely a player who made the most of his opportunity.

As a route runner, his patterns are crisp and often create mismatches. His athletic ability, quickness and knowledge of the game have certainly allowed him to jump to the head of the line when talking about future prospects.

Coaches who have watched him play believe he will be one of the top pass catchers in the class as the Vikings try to turn things around this season.

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August 20, 2010

Miami Herald 2013 Watch List

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Here is a look at the top 2013 prospects to keep an eye on as these sophomores have the opportunity to turn some heads this season in and around Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

The Miami Herald will continue to add to this quality list during the season.

If there are players to add or correct, just send all information on to Larry Blustein at LBlustein.com. You can also check out the Herald recruiting page on Facebook (Herald Recruiting) or follow recruiting on www.twitter.com/larryblustein.


LAST UPDATED: August 23, 2010

QUARTERBACKS
Kevin Bush, 6-4, 165, Deerfield Beach
Mike Butler, 5-11, 160, Coral Springs Charter
Wally Doerschuck, 5-8, 165, Westminster Christian
Akeem Jones, 6-2, 180, Carol City
Jarante Lewis, 5-10, 165, Cypress Bay

RUNNING BACKS
Alfred Battle III, 5-7, 155, North Broward Prep
Daryl Chestnutt, 5-8, 160, Gulliver Prep
Fred Coppett, Jr., 5-9, 155, St. Thomas Aquinas
Matthew Dayes, 5-9, 180, Cypress Bay
Kevin Fudge, 5-11, 175, Homestead
(FB) - Dante Johnson, 5-11, 215, Champagnat Catholic
Jeffrey Leavine, 5-10, 165, Hollywood Hills
Jeremiah Oyetunji, 5-10, 180, Hialeah American
Eldrick Rhodes, 5-11, 155, Dillard
Bramond Snell, 5-9, 175, Carol City
Detron Wallace, 5-9, 160, Northeast
Keith Wilson, 5-8 180, Homestead
Lorenzo Woodley, 6-0, 185, Christopher Columbus
Zachary Zerquera, 5=11, 190, Hialeah American

RECEIVERS
Dion Collier, 6-1, 160, St. Thomas Aquinas
Jordan Cunningham, 6-1, 160, University
Alex Montgomery, 6-0, 180, Cypress Bay
Adam M'Sahal, 5-11, 160, Monarch
Frankie Richardson, 6-0, 170, St.Thomas Aquinas
Jesus Wilson, 5-9. 150, Christopher Columbus

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Nathaniel Alzate, 6-2, 320, Hialeah
Delvin Arnold, 6-1, 270, Hialeah American
Austin Bland, 6-2, 255, St. Thomas Aquinas
Keonte Cash, 5-11, 260, Belen Jesuit
Kevin Delgado, 6-6, 315, Coral Park
Sandy Jean-Felix, 6-5, 240, Boyd Anderson
Kevin Jacques, 6-0, 220, South Broward
Eden Jilot, 5-11, 270, North Miami
Denver Kirkland, 6-4, 275, Booker T. Washington
Jerrol Mobley, 6-3, 330, Hialeah
Zach Provin, 6-3, 230, St. Thomas Aquinas
Amari Ragan, 6-1, 250, Monsignor Pace
Steve Rosinski, 6-1, 215, St. Thomas Aquinas
Eldrick Wilson, 6-0, 200, Homestead

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Telvin Arnold, 6-2, 290, Hialeah American
Maquadious Bain, 6-5, 265, Monsignor Pace
(DE) - Alvonte Bell, 6-5, 215, Everglades
Daerius Holiday, 6-4, 230, American Heritage Plantation
Joe Jones, Jr., 6-3, 240, Jackson
Monty Nelson, 6-2, 320, Northeast
Jason Rae, 5-11, 270, Cypress Bay
Jomel Ribalta, 6-3, 340, Hialeah
Rodrick Stephens, 6-0, 295, Miami Edison
Aaron Thomas, 5-10, 270, Hialeah-Miami Lakes
(DE) – William Townsend, 6-0, 205, Norland
(DE) – Nick Wethy, 6-2, 190, Christopher Columbus
(DE) - Brandon Wilson, 6-2, 205, Homestead
(DE) – Torrin Young, 6-2, 225, Dillard

LINEBACKERS
Robert Alexander, 5-11, 200, Hallandale
Marquise Blanchard, 6-2, 190, Jackson
Tremaine Brock, 6-0, 210, South Dade
Jake Canterberry, 5-11, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas
Griffin Goins, 6-1, 205, Hollywood Hills
Oakley Malcolm, 5-11, 175, Dr. Krop
Jason Smith, 5-11, 185, Hialeah American
George Williams, 5-11, 210, Hialeah
Josh Williams, 6-1, 210, Dillard
Joel Wimberly, 6-1, 210, Flanagan

DEFENSIVE BACKS
Isaac Brutton, 5-9, 160, St. Thomas Aquinas
(S) – Jamal Carter, 6-1, 175, Southridge
Donald Clark, 5-9, 160, Hialeah American
(S) – Damonte Dent, 5-11, 175, Killian
Alex Diblasi, 5-10, 170, Belen Jesuit
(S) - Wendell Dunn, 6-0, 180, Palmetto
Terry Gaitor, 5-8, 150, Southridge
(S) - Xavier Hines, 6-0, 180, Belen Jesuit
Kenja James, 5-9, 150, Fort Lauderdale
Marky Joyner, 5-9, 155, Edison
Kenyatta Marion, 5-9, 165, Carol City
Cody Ray, 5-8, 165, North Miami Beach
Jeremy Strainge, 6-0, 175, North Broward Prep
(S) – Nate Taylor, 6-1, 175, Jackson
Anthony Walker, 6-0, 180, Monsignor Pace

August 19, 2010

PLAYER: Dinero Moss


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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: Dinero Moss
YEAR: 2012
SCHOOL: Piper
CITY: Sunrise
POSITION: DB
HEIGHT: 5-11
WEIGHT: 175
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Jim Kademoff

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: All it took was to watch this young man play in a game as a sophomore and we were all sold. This is truly a rising prospect in the impressive Class of 2012.

His ability to stop the run as well as get in the pocket of elite receivers is something that keeps you peeled to his every move. His strength and quickness make him a quick, physical player!

At a time when his coaches were raving about his potential, having a chance to see him and then watch him compete in the off season, has kept Moss in the spotlight.

Last year, the Bengals had Nevin Lawson, who was easily one of the top defensive secondary prospects around, receiving little exposure and ending up at Utah State. This year, Moss will turn more heads and set the table for a senior year where colleges will check out his every move.

PHOTO IS COURTESY OF ELIETSCOUTINGSERVICES.COM

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Nikorey Benyard


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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: Nikorey Benyard
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Miami Springs
CITY: Miami Springs
POSITION: LB
HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 210
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Alex Pacheco

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: After watching this talented prospect three times last season – in two games and at a combine, this is a player who has certainly made some major strides on the football field from the first time we watched him as a sophomore.

From the first time we watched him play, it was evident that if you want to find this aggressive player is to locate the ball. On six of eight plays made in one of the games we watched, he was in on the tackle or right there to close the play almost every time.

While he doesn't have blazing speed, his knowledge of football certainly goes a long way in helping him react to plays with an amazing success rate.

He is a physical football player who colleges will need to continue to watch throughout the season to appreciate the things he does to help his teams succeed!

PHOTO IS COURTESY OF ELIETSCOUTINGSERVICES.COM

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August 17, 2010

Shazier, Held and Voss on radio


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Two weeks until the regular season starts, and the High School Gridiron Report moves on this Wednesday night on WQAM (560 AM).

Joining Larry Blustein and Kevin Rogers on the show from 9-10 are Plantation linebacker Ryan Shazier, South Broward head coach Allen Held and Barrow (Alaska) High head coach Mark Voss.

RYAN SHAZIER IS UF BOUND
Shazier, who was to join the show last week, will be the first on this week at 9:15 as the University of Florida commitment talks about the summer, the recruiting process and this fall, where his Colonels are picked as one of the teams to watch.

He was a member of the national championship 7-on-7 South Florida Express team that captured the title in July at the University of Alabama.

HELD IN CHARGE
Heading into his third decade as a coach in Broward County, the former Hallandale High coach gives it another shot as his Bulldogs fell short last season, losing to district foe St. Thomas Aquinas twice in a 10-2 season.

The Bulldogs return one of the most exciting players in the state in running back/defensive back/return specialist Kevin Grooms, who enters his senior year as one of the players to keep an eye on.

LET'S GO WHALERS!
Located on the Arctic Ocean, where summer temperatures rise to mid 30s is the northernmost city in the USA – Barrow, Alaska.

The last sport that most would think about is high school football, but Coach Voss and the Barrow Whalers have plenty to be proud about with a new playing surface and a 1-1 record, heading into this week's game.

Two years ago, invited to the Jacksonville area by the mother of then Bartram Trail quarterback Kyle Parker, who starts for Clemson, a new chapter in Barrow High football was written.

Check out the archives as well as the HIGH SCHOOL BLOG at www.wqam.com.

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Jovani McCray


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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: Jovani McCray
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: South Dade
CITY: Homestead
POSITION: QB
HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 195
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Greg Dentino

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Here is a quarterback prospect who we watched for the first time during his junior season and have been impressed ever since.

In a region that has more than its share of top-rate quarterback prospects, this is a player who flown way beneath the radar screen over the past year after leading his team to an appearance in the 6A regional semifinals.

He has a strong and accurate arm, has enough foot speed to buy plenty of time to find receivers and makes great use of a running game that has added balance the past two seasons.

While many colleges have not had the chance to watch McCray play during a game, there is a sense that this season will watch this quality football talent rise to the occasion and start to really matter to colleges looking for a true leader at the position.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELITE SCOUTING SERVICES.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Greg Lewis


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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: Greg Lewis
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Chaminade-Madonna
CITY: Hollywood
POSITION: OL
HEIGHT: 6-5
WEIGHT: 300
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Tim Tyrell

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Well, we will get this over right away by letting you know that this is a player who has a chance to be something special as he will play for the Lions for the first time this year after coming over during the spring from Parkway Academy in Miramar, where he didn't yield a sack all season!.

This one time basketball standout has already turned heads at the school as well as college coaches who have started to hear about this quality football player who has quickness, strength and a work ethic that is tough to find.

On a team like Chaminade that was reaching out for offensive linemen, here is a player who fell right into their laps as he brings plenty to the table.

The Miami Herald continues to discover athletes such as Lewis, who has everything you are looking for at the position – and more!

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August 16, 2010

Perryman, Turene, Shazier named to Butkus HS Award watch list

Three of the top linebackers in the country reside in South Florida.

Coral Gables' Denzel Perryman, Boyd Anderson's Kent Turene and Plantation's Ryan Shazier were each named to the Dick Butkus High School Award national watch list.

The award is given to the nation's top linebacker and is chosen from a group of 51 candidates from around the country just like its college counterpart.

The semifinalists will be announced October 21 at a Butkus Charity Fight Night at Soldier Field in Chicago. The finalists will be announced November 23 and the winner will be annuounced by December 8.

Perryman was The Miami Herald's Defensive Player of the Year last season with 126 tackles for Coral Gables. Turene recently committed to USC after a summer of excellence at several camps. Shazier was one of Broward's best defensive players last year, leading the Colonels to the playoffs. 

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Marvin Jean


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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: Marvin Jean
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Dr. Krop
CITY: Miami
POSITION: LB
HEIGHT: 5-11
WEIGHT: 190
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: David Hudson

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Over the past two years, there may not have been a more impressive defensive play maker than this quality athlete who has registered over 200 tackles and shown leadership at a young age.

While his size doesn't dictate that he will play linebacker at the next level, his play on the field, where he has dominated from his linebacker spot, says that the position certainly suits his talents and his all-out play on every down.

One of the true leaders on the football field, there is no denying that when the Lightning needed a big play last year during an impressive run in the playoffs, this was the athlete who came up with the stop. he has quickness and is one of the strongest players on the team.

While linebacker does look like the position he will spend the rest of his high school career at, many colleges we spoke to agreed that he will play safety at the next level, and with his ability to drop back in pass coverage and make key plays against the run, he is really on the way to playing the position into the future.

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August 14, 2010

North Miami Beach alum E.J. Biggers shines for Tampa Bay Bucs

Former North Miami Beach star E.J. Biggers had an impressive performance for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday in their preseason opener against the Dolphins.

Following a shoulder injury last season that ended his rookie season after only one game, Biggers is hoping to have an impact this season.

"I just wanted to come in and make plays, do what the coaches ask me to do every day," Biggers said after the game. "I just try to be a part of this team."

Biggers, a Western Michigan grad, finished with a team-high four solo tackles, and recovered a fumble on a bad snap by the Dolphins in the second quarter that ended a Miami push into the Bucs' red zone. 

"This is the first game back for me from a whole year off," Biggers said. "I felt pretty good out there. I felt comfortable but I haven't met my expectations."

Biggers also ended an earlier Dolphins drive when he brought down Ricky Williams in the backfield for a sox-yard loss on a third down screen pass.

Biggers was The Miami Herald's Offensive Player of the Year in 2004 while at NMB.

"I just want to get better every day," Biggers said. "I know I had some mistakes out there, I just got to grow from it. Go in there and correct them with my coaches. Accept the criticism and, like I said, learn from it every day."