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December 27, 2010

Private vs. Public All-Star Game

On Jan. 7, the face of post season all-star football games will change when Trainers R Us Inc. will host the second Public vs. Private All-Star High School Football Game.

The event, which will take place at McArthur High Stadium (6501 Hollywood Blvd.) in Hollywood, will not only include players from Miami-Dade and Broward, but have expanded the impressive game to include players and coaches from Connecticut and Georgia as well.

This is by far the best organized post season game, and with the addition of several top-fight local athletes along with out of state players, it's certainly going to attract plenty of interest from colleges and universities who will get the game tape and all information from the event.

Collin Alford, FB, 5-8, 208, Miami Columbus
Will Atkins, LB/FB, 6-0, 230, Coconut Creek N. Broward Prep
Michael Bailey, WR, 5-10, 180, Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran
Chris Barbosa, DL/OL, 6-0, 250, Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran
Ruben Berger, DB/WR, 5-9, 170, Sacred Heart, Conn.
Bryan Clark, DB/RB, 5-9, 175, Florida City Barrington Christian
Denareus Davis, DB, 6-1, 180, Hollywood Woods Haven Academy
Micheal De Santi, DE, 6-1, 210, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Cody Edwards, RB, 5-9, 175, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Curtiric Evans, WR/DB, 6-1, 185, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Andrew Flory, WR, 6-0, 170, Plantation American Heritage
Kevin Galvez, LB, 6-0, 220, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Patrick Gay, PK, 5-8, 160, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Jabari Gorman, DB/WR, 6-0, 175, Miami Monsignor Pace
Travis Greene, WR/DB, 5-11, 165, Miami Monsignor Pace
Rohan Ifill, QB/DB, 5-10, 179, Sacred Heart, Conn.
Dinsdale Jackson, DL, 6-2, 260, Plantation American Heritage
Elvis Jackson, DB, 5-11, 175, Naranja Princeton Christian
Khambrell Johnson, DB, 6-0, 180, Miami Monsignor Pace
Wes Keller, QB/K, 6-0, 180, Miami Columbus
Cavan Koebel, DE/DT, 5-11, 200, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Greg Lewis, OL, 6-5, 300, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Sherrick Lewis, WR, 6-0, 160, Miami Monsignor Pace
Daniel Melow, WR/DB, 6-1, 180, Miami Gulliver Prep
Marken Michel, WR, 5-10, 175, Plantation American Heritage
Hugh Miles, RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Miami-Dade Christian
Rafi Montalvo, QB, 6-0, 190, Miami LaSalle
Courtney Moshood, WR, 5-9, 165, Miami LaSalle
Dion Rivera, DB, 5-8, 180, Miami Columbus
Raheem Robinson, DB, 6-0, 180, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Anthon Samuel, RB/DB, 6-0, 175, Miami Monsignor Pace
Michael Sanabria, OL, 6-3, 285, Naranja Princenton Christian
Jorge Sanz, LB, 5-11, 212, Miami Gulliver Prep
Joseph Scileppi, OL, 6-5, 305, Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran
Catlen Tommie, LB, 5-10, 190, Hollywood Woods Haven Academy
Franco Viola, DT, 6-2, 220, Miami Gulliver Prep
Denzel Washington, LB, 5-11, 185, Sacred Heart, Conn.
Jalen Washington, DB, 6-0, 175, Miami Monsignor Pace
Brenden Wright, OL, 6-4, 355, Florida City Barrington Christian

Patrick Bailey, Jr., OL, 6-0, 280, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
Cedric Billings, OL, 6-2, 235, Hallandale
Jason Casimar, DB, 5-11, 190, Hialeah American
Clemente Cintron, OL, 6-4, 260, Miami Beach
Peter Daniel, LB, 6-1, 205, Homestead South Dade
Kwame Davenport, RB, 5-8, 165, Hallandale
William Dukes, WR, 6-3, 180, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
Antwan Eddie, DB, 5-9, 175, Homestead South Dade
Jean-Marc Etienne, LB/DE, 6-3, 200, North Miami
Robinson Eugene, DE, 6-5, 220, North Miami
Victor Goins, WR, 6-1, 185, Miami Carol City
David Gonzalez, PK, 5-7, 155, Pembroke Pines Flanagan
Andrew Gooding, LB, 5-11, 200, Sunrise Piper
Marcus Harris, OL, 6-2, 240, Miami Dr. Krop
Willy Herard, OL, 6-0, 270, Miami Edison
Jerome Howard, LB, 6-0, 205, Plantation
Yovaris Hudson, DL, 6-0, 220, Miami Dr. Krop
Travis Johnson, S, 5-11, 175, Waterbury JFK, Conn.
Shaquille Kearse, RB, 5-9, 175, Miramar
Daniel La Rosa, DE, 6-3, 245, Miami Palmetto
Kenyatta Marion, WR, 5-8, 160, Miami Carol City
Talmadge McCloud, FB, 6-2, 250, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
Jovani McCray, QB, 6-1, 185, Homestead South Dade
Steven Montgomery, DB, 6-0, 180, Miramar
Edwige Othelot, DL, 5-11, 220, Miami Braddock
Brian Overton, FB/LB, 6-0, 220, Waterbury JFK, Conn.
Jeffrey Perry, DB, 5-10, 180, Miramar
Devon Petty, LB, 5-11, 190, Waterbury JFK, Conn.
Rubans Pierre, DB, 6-1, 180, Miami Palmetto
Devonte Reddick, WR/DB, 6-2, 175, Waterbury JFK, Conn.
Jordan Singleton, FB/LB, 5-10, 190, Alpharetta, Ga.
Brent Smith, DL, 6-1, 235, Pompano Beach Ely
Dwayne Smith, Jr., DB/LB, 5-10, 185, Hialeah American
Wesley Toussaint, S, 6-3, 180, Sunrise Piper
Jordan Vance, RB, 5-8, 190, Miami Braddock
Robert Williams, QB/DB, 5-10, 175, Wilby, Conn.
Gary Wooten, LB, 6-3, 198, Hialeah
Brandon Wright, DL, 5-11, 250, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
Jesse York, WR, 6-0, 195, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson

Sumler, Lyons and Smith on radio

With the state championships in the books for the season, it's now time to check out the many all-star games that will take place, locally and nationally, and the Maroone High School Gridiron Report will be on top of it this Tuesday night.

From 9-10 p.m. on WQAM (560 AM), Larry Blustein and Mike Levine will host Columbus receiver Tacoi Sumler, Dillard safety Wayne Lyons and the Public vs. Private All-Star Game founder Mario Smith.

With his college decision already set, as he will head to the University of Oregon, Sumler will now enjoy the fruits of a tremendous career as he will take part in two post season national games.

The first will the Under Armour game that will take place on Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, where he will have the chance to compete against some of the best in the nation.

Sumler will also take part in the Feb. 2 Team USA vs. The World game in Austin, Texas.

The two post season games that Lyons will take part in will both be in Texas. In addition to joining Sumler and Columbus head coach Chris Merritt in Austin, he will also head to San Antonio for the prestigious Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Lyons remains one of the high profile players who has not made a college decision as of yet.

For Smith, a Monsignor Pace graduate and coach, the idea of getting the best Public vs. Private schools together for a game came about last year, and provided many athletes that additional forum top attract college scholarships.

This year, the game will be played at McArthur High Stadium in Hollywood at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7, and will not only feature athletes from Miami-Dade and Broward, but players from Georgia and Connecticut have been added to the rosters as well.

Miramar's Damon Cogdell will coach the Public squad, and Sacred Heart, Ct. coach Chris Ortiz will head up the Private squad.

You can also check out the show live as well as archived online at www.wqam.com.

December 25, 2010

Florida Post Season Top 100

Each year, Elite Scouting Services, the Miami Herald and WQAM Radio has the opportunity to watch thousands of players from camp and combine settings to practices, live games and film.

During that process, which has been applauded by coaches from Pensacola to Key West, we choose the athletes who have been graded and evaluated in a manner that college coaches have relied on the information for decades.

The state of Florida will produce nearly 400 Division 1 caliber athletes, so here is just a sampling - a top 100 of the athletes we have been extremely impressed with.

Remember, lists and rankings are all subjective, but instead of just reading about them and hearing what many have accomplished, we have been very fortunate to have watched them all - up close and personal.

1. Nick O’Leary, TE, 6-3, 230, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: We have O’Leary and Wilder ranked 1A and 1B. As long as O’Leary stays healthy, he is as much of a lock to make an impact as any prospect over the past 10 years. He has great hands, runs solid routes and is going to make life very difficult for the opposition in college.

2. James Wilder, Athlete, 6-2, 220, Tampa Plant - (Committed to Florida State): Wilder carried the Panthers on his back this season, leading them back to defend their 5A state title. As a runner, he is one of the best coming out, but he may end up as an All-American at linebacker. One of the best in the nation!

3. Tim Jernigan, DT, 6-2, 285, Lake City Columbia: For the past three years, this is an athlete we have written and talked about. A technically sound lineman who uses his hands and is able to get off blocks. He is just as stout against the run as he is rushing the passer.

4. Aaron Lynch, DE, 6-6, 265, Cape Coral Island Coast - (Committed to Florida State): Physically, there may not be a more imposing prospect in Florida this year. The former TE is now one of the elite defensive end prospects in the country. Move him to offensive tackle and Lynch could end up a top five pick one day. He is one of the most athletic big guys you will see in high school.

5. Tony Steward, LB, 6-1, 225, St. Augustine Menendez: This is another athlete we had the chance to see as a sophomore, producing his highlight film that went nationally - right away. Has the potential to be one of the top linebackers to come out of Florida in the past five years. He can go back into coverage and cover backs and receivers as well as play the run.

6. Hasean Clinton Dix, S, 76-2, 200, Orlando Dr. Phillips - (Committed to Alabama): When it comes to free safeties across the country, there are very few who can do the things this gifted athlete can do. Having watched him since his days at Edgewater, it is no surprise that he can play close to the line of scrimmage and play the run as well as come off the edge and rush the passer.

7. Sammy Watkins, WR, 6-2, 180, South Fort Myers - (Committed to Clemson): You can view all the film you want, but once you watch this gifted football player up close in person, you simply cannot grasp how talented he really is. Sammy is a big time player who has not come close to his potential.

8. Mike Bellamy, RB, 5-11, 190, Punta Gorda Charlotte - (Committed to Clemson): When they were recruiting this gifted athlete to Clemson, there were so many comparisons made with a former Tiger great - C.J. Spiller. There are not many other backs who can make the plays Bellamy can. He has been the “real deal” since his freshman season.

9. Karlos Williams, Athlete, 6-2, 215, Davenport Ridge Community - (Committed to Florida State): Made a lasting impression during the summer at the Gridiron Kings, and simply has not stopped turning heads since. Williams could end up at safety, linebacker or even receiver in college. He is a great athlete who can excel on either side of the football.

10. Tyler Moore, OL, 6-4, 300, Clearwater Countryside - (Committed to Nebraska): Before the 2010 season started , this was a player everyone across the country knew plenty about. We had the opportunity to watch him back during his sophomore year when he played tight end. He has good feet, is athletic for his size and plays with a mean streak. His father played at Nebraska and now Tyler will follow him to Lincoln.

11. Jeff Driskell, QB, 6-3, 230, Oviedo Hagerty - (Committed to Florida): Yet another top-flight prospects that we had the opportunity promote back during his sophomore season. He is a big time talent who can make all the throws. He is also quick and elusive as a runner. Will be very special one day.

12. Devonta Freeman, RB, 5-9, 195, Miami Central - (Committed to Florida State): Having watched this gifted football player since he was a freshman back at Miami Edison, it is no surprise that he blew up the way he did during his senior season. He is a powerful back who can break tackles and wear a defense out. Freeman runs with great vision, balance and quickness and also excels as a receiver out of the backfield.

13. A.C. Leonard, TE, 6-2, 230, Jacksonville University Christian - (Committed to Florida): When it comes to talented football players, there are simply not many who come close to what this gifted young man has to offer. He is big, fast, can run by defenders, and if the ball touches his hands, he will come up with the catch. This is can’t miss prospect if he can get it all together - on and off the field.

14. Rashad Greene, WR, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas - (Committed to Florida State): All this impressive talent has done since coming to Florida from Albany, Ga., is dominate and become one of the best in a talented state. His speed (4.4) and pass-catching ability helped the Raiders win a national title. This is a No. 1 receiver at any level.

15. Nick Waisome, DB, 5-10, 170, Groveland South Lake - (Committed to Florida State): When it comes to cover cornerbacks, there is no one better in the state of Florida. This one time University of Florida commit truly burst onto the scene as a sophomore. He is one of the few “lock-down” corners in the southeast. His skills are so advanced, he will make an immediate impact in Tallahassee

16. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, 6-6, 215, Belle Glade Glades Central: From the first time we had the pleasure of watching him as a sophomore, there was simply no doubting his athleticism, potential and game-changing ability. For someone with his size, he does some amazing things from the receiver position. Big time talent who could make an immediate impact.

17. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 6-3, 190, Miami Northwestern - (Committed to Louisville): While there may be better quarterbacks and more polished football players, you would have to go a long way to find someone who has the ability to play three different (QB, WR, S) positions at the BCS level! He will first have an opportunity to play quarterback for the Cardinals.

18. Marlin Lane, RB, 6-0, 190, Daytona Mainland - (Committed to Clemson): Before injuring his leg last year, here was one of the state’s top backs. While he sat out and his stock dropped, he has worked hard to get back and will once again show the Tigers why he was so coveted after his sophomore season.

19. Pop Saunders, Athlete, 5-11, 180 (Committed to Florida): It doesn’t really matter where you line this quality football talent up, he is going to excel. Reminds many of former Pahokee standout Janoris Jenkins because of the many things he does so well. Will most likely be a tremendous cornerback with the Gators, but he is as good as advertised.

20. Curt Maggitt, DE/OLB, 6-3, 210, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: The first time we had the opportunity to watch him live, there was little doubt about his future, which is going to be extremely bright. As a defensive end there may not be anyone quicker off the ball. He is a pass rusher off the edge who can be tough to stop. He also is a very good athlete and it would not surprise us to see him excel at linebacker in college.

21. Derrick Mitchell, DT, 6-5, 300, Jacksonville First Coast - (Committed to Florida State): With 20 quarterback sacks, this is a player who watched his stock continue to rise,. Every coach we talked to came to the conclusion that this was one of the top defensive players in the state, and they were right. Another prospect who needs to bring his best every down. When that happens, his talent level is unbelievable.

22. Gerrod Holliman, S, 6-0, 185, Miami Southridge: Was there any player in the state that did more with less fanfare? The answer has to be not even close. In addition to coming up with 10 interceptions, he also returned 5 kicks for touchdowns and scored 6 times on offense. A former Ole Miss commitment who is a big time prospect. A true throwback performer.

23. Denzel Perryman, LB, 5-11, 210, Coral Gables: Ever since his freshman season when he played running back and linebacker, this talented football player was on the radar screen. Talked about by former Coral Gables and current NFL star Job Vilma as the “next great Cavalier“, he is a talented linebacker that we would like to see run down hill more.

24. Brandon Fulse, TE/DE, 6-4, 250, Fort Meade: After watching him since his 10th grade season, and seeing his impressive strides on the football field, there may not be a more athletic and agile prospect. We could also see him excel at defensive end in college. He is a very good athlete who can make an impact on either side of the football.

25. Anthony Chickillo, DE, 6-3, 230, Tampa Alonso - (Committed to Miami): One of the most well-rounded football players in the state who competes with passion, energy and a love for the game. His father and grandfather were standouts at the University of Miami. We feel that Chickillo can be an All-Conference type defensive end.

26. Jordan Prestwood, TE/OL, 6-6, 280, Plant City - (Committed to Florida State): Watching this young man’s career over the past three years has been fun. A tight end his first two seasons, this one time Notre Dame commitment, has looked great at offensive tackle, where he will most likely play in college. He has the potential to end up as a big time player.

27. Mike Blakley, RB, 5-10, 195, Bradenton Manatee - (Committed to Florida): When you meet this gifted young man, he immediately becomes the type of kid everyone would cheer for. Not only is he a great football player, but his character is simply off the charts! While he has the speed to take it the distance, will he be able to be an every down back in the SEC?

28. Phillip Dorsett, WR, 5-10, 175, Fort Lauderdale At. Thomas Aquinas - Committed to Miami): Consistency, if he is able to put it all together Dorsett will become a star in college. He has the type of speed and quickness that opposing defenses must deal with. He also has a tendency to drop the ball. His lack of consistency keeps him from being an elite prospect at this time.

29. D.J. Pettway, DE, 6-3, 255, Pensacola Catholic - (Committed to Alabama): While the Panhandle often misses players like this, there was simply no way someone this gifted was going to get by any college. Just a tremendous football player who has gotten it done for the 3 years, and continues to turn heads.

30. Anthony Rabassa-, DE, 6-3, 220, Miami Columbus - (Committed to Notre Dame): It seems like only yesterday we were watching this quality football player line up as a sophomore with Caesar Rodriguez. What a tremendous career he has enjoyed in leading the Explorers to an elite level of play. Rabassa may end up playing out side linebacker in college because of his athletic ability.

31. Javares McRoy, WR, 5-9, 170, Lakeland - (Committed to Florida): Talk about one of the best athletes in the state, and truly, the conversation has to start here. This tremendously quick playmaker has enjoyed an incredibly three seasons as a starter at the varsity level, keeping the Dreadnaughts very relevant.

32. Bryant Dubose, DE, 6-4, 240, Oakland Park Northeast: Having had the honor of watching first round NFL selection Jason Pierre Paul at this level, Dubose is a bigger and faster player who is more athletic. He gets off the ball quickly and can get into the backfield before getting blocked. He has the ability to be disruptive against both the run and pass.

33. Chevelle Buie, RB, 5-8, 165, Cocoa - (Committed to Rutgers): Has there ever been a more talented back who guided his team to 38 straight wins and three state titles and receive such little attention? This is pound-for-pound one of the best backs in the southeast. He has great burst through the line of scrimmage and no one is catching him in the open field.

34. Bobby Hart, OL, 6-5, 290, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas - (Committed to Florida State): One of the youngest (16) football seniors in the state, Hart was easily as impressive as any line prospect in the state after coming over from Cardinal Gibbons. Against Dallas Skyline, Hart showed the type of ability that college recruiters look for in an offensive line prospect. He had his best performance against Tampa Plant in the state finals.

35. Andre Davis, WR, 6-2, 185, Tampa Jefferson: Along with Rashad Greene, there may not be a receiver in Florida with better hands. If he gets his hands on the football, you can guarantee he will come down with it. He also runs very good routes. He also does a great job of adjusting to the football in the air. His only knock is the lack of deep speed.

36. Robenson Therezie, DB, 5-10, 185, Miami Jackson: When you break each player down that competes on both sides of the ball, you may not be able to find a better two-way athlete than someone who has been used at every position from running back to safety. While colleges love what he can do in the secondary, they may want to stick him at running back as well.

37. Jacoby Brissett, QB, 6-4, 225, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer: It doesn’t seem like it was four years since the first time we watched this incredible talent play for the Panthers. In that time, he has improved his accuracy and will not force the football down the field. While he can run, Brissett’s ability to stand in the pocket and fire it down the field is what has attracted college coaches.

38. Ryan Shazier, LB, 6-2, 210, Plantation - (Committed to Ohio State): from the first time we had the chance to watch him as a sophomore, it was evident that this impressive football player would be one of the top prospects in the Class of 2011. Shazier can get to the quarterback off the edge, but the question remains is can he make smooth transition to linebacker in college?

39. Keelin Smith, DB, 6-2, 200, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast - (Committed to Florida State): One of the first players in the state of Florida to verbally commit, this athletic cornerback could be switched to safety at the next level. Has not only displayed his skills as a pass defender, but will also lower his shoulder and make some pretty impressive hits as well.

40. Jabari Gorman, DB, 5-10, 180, Miami Monsignor Pace: When we first watched him play at the end of his sophomore year, it was evident that this was indeed a prospect that needed to be watched. He is quick, strong and has become a student of the game under head coach Alvin Slaughter. One of the real gems in the state.

41. Kevin Grooms, RB/DB, 5-10, 175, Hollywood South Broward: This is officially the least talked about player in the state. He has been one of the top running backs, defensive secondary performers and special teams players in Florida over a 2 year stretch. His speed and knack of making plays has set him apart from the rest.

42. Buck Allen, RB/LB, 6-2, 220, Tallahassee Lincoln: The reason he didn‘t blow up on the recruiting radar until the season had begun, many wanted to see how he would come back after an injury as a junior. Parlayed his big play ability in the state title game to give the Trojans a surprising 4A title. He is one of the more physically impressive looking prospects in Florida.

43. Marcus Jackson, OL, 6-2, 260, Vero Beach - (Committed to Miami): Yet another football player who made his collegiate decision early in his junior year. He is an undersized lineman who is very quick and athletic. He will fire off the ball and get to the 2nd level in a hurry.

44. Chris Moore, WR, 6-2, 175, Tampa Jefferson - (Committed to Cincinnati): Yet another prospect we have watched in several settings over the past two years, and while he didn‘t get the immediate attention last year, this past year has watched him improve by running tremendous routes with solid speed.

45. Wayne Lyons, S, 6-2, 200, Fort Lauderdale Dillard: Since showcasing his impressive skill level as a sophomore, the ride has been a magical one of this student/athlete, who not only making a lasting impression on the football field, but in the classroom as well. He got injured early in the year but that should not hurt his stock. He can come up and play the run or go back into coverage.

46. Zach Debell, OL, 6-6, 265, Tarpon Springs - (Committed to Georgia): Having watched this talented and agile big man move around over the past two years, there is little doubt his move to the next level won’t be successful. When he gets into a college weightroom, this is someone who could blow up - quickly!

47. Dallas Crawford, Athlete, 5-10, 185, South Fort Myers - (Committed to Michigan): Here is an athlete who was asked to do it all in high school, which worked out for a team that finished 12-1. Because of his versatility, he could play running back, receiver, quarterback or defensive back. He will most likely end up at cornerback or safety in college.

48. Arrington Jenkins, LB, 6-3, 220, Miami Coral Park: From the talent standpoint, this was someone people were looking at during the ninth grade when he played at Killian. He has as much ability as any linebacker in the nation. There are a number of things he needs to work on before he gets to that next level, but when he does, watch out!

49. Marcus Roberson, DB, 6-2, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: After watching this impressive football talent for a number of years, there is no doubt that while he did a good job at corner with the Raiders, his next move should be to safety, where he can showcase how physical his game is. That was the only thing that was missing this year.

50. Niles Lawrence-Sample, DT, 6-2, 300, Davie Nova - (Committed to Florida State): Since watching play as a junior linebacker, we were fortunate have helped in putting this defensive tackle on the map. In every game the Titans played this year, St. Thomas included, this was the player the opposition singled out. He has great quickness of the ball and is very disruptive.

51. Cortez Davis, DB, 6-3, 190, Daytona Mainland - (Committed to Clemson): Yet another versatile football player who can also play receiver. One of the most talented players who has been on the recruiting radar since his sophomore season. Davis needs to continue to make plays.

52. Tacoi Sumler, WR, 5-9, 180, Miami Columbus - (Committed to Oregon): Much in the mold of Roscoe Parrish and Santana Moss, here is the nation’s “fastest” football players, and this past season, Explorer fans had the pleasure of watching how quick he really is. Great fit for Oregon’s high-tempo offense.

53. Dee Hart, Athlete, 5-8, 190, Orlando Dr. Phillips - (Committed to Alabama): With over 50 touchdowns his senior year, there is no doubt that this gifted football players produces on a football field. He has both the speed and power to burst through the line and get into the open field. Hart is also a threat out of the backfield as a receiver.

54. Jajuan Story, WR, 6-4, 190, Brooksville Nature Coast - (Committed to Florida): The key word to remember when watching this impressive athlete is RAW. The tools are there for him to be a dominating receiver, but he needs to be more aggressive.

55. Charles Gaines, WR/DB, 5-11, 180, Miami Central - (Committed to Louisville): Ask any college coach that watched the Rockets play this year, and while Freeman was special, this is a player many predicted great things from. A strong receiver, look for colleges to embrace what he does on the defensive side of the ball as well.

56. Giorgio Newberry, DE, 6-6, 240, Fort Pierce Central ¬ (Committed to Florida State): One of the most imposing players in this class, his UPSIDE is something that coaches looked at when watching him play. When Newberry puts it all together, there is no telling how good Newberry can become.

57. Elkino Watson, DT, 6-2, 285, Miami Booker T. Washington: Here is the classic example of a player that many have boosted, but in a few years when they are calling his name on NFL Draft Day, suddenly they will recall who he is. This is a very athletic and extremely strong football player who will succeed at the next level.

58. Eli Rogers, WR, 5-10, 180, Miami Northwestern - (Committed to Louisville): After a positive Nike Camp showing as a freshman, this was a player everyone gravitated to over the past few years. One of the more reliable receivers for the Bulls, his hands, strength and knowledge of being a great runner has helped him improve.

59. Tre Mason, RB, 5-10, 190, Lake Worth Park Vista: One of the top backs in Palm Beach County for two years now, this is a prospect that every college wanted to get a look at. A solid receiver, he is also known for his blocking as well. A great pickup!

60. Kent Turene, LB, 6-2, 230, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson - (Committed to USC): When people watch this talented athlete perform, they go back and forth with the idea of a MIKE linebacker and a defensive lineman. He has the size and speed to do both right now, he is still getting bigger and learning how to get off blocks and put pressure on the opposing quarterback.

61. Jerrard Randall, QB, 6-1, 190, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna - (Committed to Oregon): Since his freshman year at Miami Norland, this was a prospect we have been promoting and evaluating. Burst onto the scene as a junior, and despite losing several key players off that team, he managed to get the Lions back to the playoffs this season. Has one of the strongest throwing arms in the nation as well. He can also play receiver or cornerback at the next level as well.

62. Gionni Paul, LB, 6-0, 225, Lakeland Kathleen - (Committed to Arizona State): Even though he has been getting it done at a high level for over two years, he was somewhat under the recruiting radar this season. He does a good job of stopping the run, and in pass coverage, he needs to show the ability to stay with backs and receivers in college.

63. Lamarcus Brutus, DB, 6-0, 185, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast - (Committed to Florida State): Another early, early FSU commitment, who made his intention known before his junior season began. Most tend to overlook what Brutus can do on the football field. He can come up and play the run or go back into pass coverage and be effective.

64. Errin Joe, OL, 6-2, 285, Lakeland Lake Gibson: Here‘s someone who grades out on film as well as he does in person. He moves well, finishes off his blocks and also has longer arms, making up for his lack of height. He can play this game.

65. Deon Green, DT, 6-3, 270, Orlando Olympia - (Committed to South Carolina): On our trip to the Orlando area last season, this was a player we really liked a lot. While his team needed him as an end, he will move inside at the next level which will really showcase his strength, quickness and athletic ability. He is very effective against the run.

66. Jeff Heuerman, TE, 6-5, 225, Naples Barron Collier - (Committed to Ohio State): In a few years from now, when they took a look back at this class, this may be one of the best players produced. Heuerman does a great job of getting off the line quickly and down the field.

67. Juwan Caesar, WR, 6-5, 210, Miami Coral Park: So, midway through the season, with the Rams trying to stay in contention for a playoff spot, up pops this impressive football talent, who truly came out of nowhere, although we did like him two years ago at Killian. While he doesn’t have great speed, Caesar has great hands and if it is anywhere near his body, he will come down with it.

68. Alex Dixon, DB, 6-1, 190, Clearwater Countryside - (Committed to North Carolina): When you have a cornerback with this size, you will have dozens of colleges lined up at his door. At the next level, he will not only be asked to be that shut-down corner, but also come up and help play the run as well.

69. Tim Smith, RB, 5-11, 205, Apopka - (Committed to Tennessee): In a state just loaded with quality running backs, it’s easy to see why this quality runner gets overlooked. He is the real deal, and has a chance to be one of the more productive running backs.

70. Andrew Buie, RB, 5-8, 190, Jacksonville Trinity Christian: having watched his progress over the past three years, this is a quality football talent who saved one of his best performances in 2010 for the 1A state title game, running for over 200 yards in a win over Delray Beach Atlantic.

71. Marquise Lucas, OL, 6-5, 285, Miami Central - (Committed to Rutgers): This three year varsity standout has been one of the best in Miami-Dade County the past two years. Colleges loved the way he gets to that 2nd level and take out linebackers and defensive backs. He is also very good in pass protection.

72. Cordivido Grice, LB, 6-0, 205, Pensacola - Committed to South Alabama): Make no mistake, this is one of the top football players in the state of Florida. Has been for two years, and if there was ever a time that a team stole a player here it is. Grice is a big time linebacker who would star at the D1 level. Now at the FCS level, here is a name that you will hear plenty about.

73. Frankie Williams, Athlete, 5-10, 175, Tampa Robinson: having watched this quality athlete a number of times in 7-on-7 settings as well as game film, he has the chance to be very special in the secondary. Watching him as a returner, he reminds many of former Robinson and Alabama star Javier Arenas.

74. Chris Gallon, WR, 6-4.5, 195, Orlando Dr. Phillips: While he may lack the burst that many are looking for at the next level, his physical game is the one thing that makes him attractive to colleges. Had a tremendous 6A state title game. If he gets it all together, watch out!

75. Miles Pace, DT/MLB, 6-0, 230, Miami Central - (Committed to UCF): Since the day he put on a Central uniform at the end of his sophomore year, this was going to be a football talent that would demand the attention of every offensive player and coach. He plays with an intensity that very few other athletes play with.

76. Ritchy Desir, Athlete, 6-1, 185, North Miami Beach: It doesn’t seem like it was four years ago when he came up with 2 catches as a freshman in a 25-0 spring win over Northwestern, but this quality athlete, has all the tools to become a great football player at the next level. No matter where you put him (receiver, quarterback, defensive secondary), he will be a true difference maker.

77. Allen Ramsey, DB, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale Dillard - (Committed to Wake Forest): Having watched many of the top players compete across the state, this is a player who many have really paid little attention to. Keep an eye on him over the next few years to see how he makes a huge impact at the collegiate level. Teams who played against felt he was one of the best.

78. Devondrick Nealy, Athlete, 5-8, 175, Monticello Jefferson: No matter where he has played, against all types of competition, this is a player who truly made a lasting impression. He is so versatile and athletic, he could play as a running back, defensive back, slot receiver or in the defensive secondary.

79. Jeremy Cash, S/OLB, 6-2, 195, Plantation - (Committed to Ohio State): After starting his career in Miami at Ransom Everglades, his move to Plantation watched him become more of a physical football player. His best attribute will be his ability to cover backs and receivers in space. Now he just needs to put it all together.

80. Robert Way-Glades Central, DE, 6-2, 200 Belle Glade Glades Central: We have said it from the first time we watched this talented football player compete: This is a quality football player who will make a major impact at the next level. Even though his pass rushing skills are so impressive, there’s a great chance he will be moved to linebacker in college.

81. Andrew Johnson, DB, 5-9, 175, Miami Southridge: Over the past two years, he5re is a versatile football player who has proven that he can make a difference, While he doesn‘t have great size, he more than makes up for it with his ability to read and react to plays. One of the top cover-corners around.

82. Jake Rudock, QB, 6-3, 180, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas - (Committed to Iowa): One of the most complete quarterbacks in the state this season. His ability to read defenses and provide leadership was a huge reason the Raiders won the national title. While he doesn’t have the strongest throwing arm, his knack of getting the ball to the receiver is impressive. He will be embraced by Hawkeye fans all over.

83. Shaun Ward, DE, 6-2, 225, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson - (Committed to Texas A&M): Having watched him since his sophomore season, we have been able to see so much maturity and improvement. While he plays defensive end in high school, he could line up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense in college. He can rush up the field and get after a quarterback.

84. Phillip Ely, QB, 6-2, 190, Tampa Plant - (Committed to Alabama): Following in the footsteps of Robert Marve and Aaron Murray, this is a very accurate quarterback with outstanding leadership qualities. He has an above average arm but does have a quick release. He is more of a pro-style, play action pass type of quarterback than the spread offense which is all over college football now.

85. Mike Matulis, OL, 6-6, 270, Lake Worth Park Vista - (Committed to South Carolina): Because this quality line prospect committed early on, many forgot how impressive and talented his is. He has a large frame, but has great bend to his knees and his footwork is quite impressive. His pass blocking skills will need to improve in college to become a complete player.

86. Keith Lewis, LB, 6-2, 225, Tampa Freedom - (Committed to Mississippi): When you look at the talent that is coming out of this region in 2010, it seems like a talent like this has been overlooked. He is a linebacker that has solid instincts and can find the football.

87. Clay Burton, DE/LB, 6-3, 230, Venice - (Committed to Florida): Having watched him mature and grow along side of his brother, there was never any doubt that he was not going to be special as well. He is an ideal outside backer in a 3-4 defense. He does well going up the field and chasing the ball carrier.

88. Rueben Carter, OL, 6-5, 275, Miami Jackson - (Committed to Florida State): Carter is a talented two way star who will make a home at tackle or guard in college. He has a big frame and we expect him to get much bigger in college. With his size and athletic ability, he needs to make an impact at the next level. While he rarely comes off the field - playing both ways - he needs to concentrate on one position and go with it!

89. Terry Bell, DT, 6-4, 280, Lakeland Tenoroc: One of the late bloomers in this class who started to really make a mark during the late portion of the summer and into his senior season. He has good feet and moves well for a big guy. Bell also needs to get into better conditioning in college to become an elite player.

90. Serdarius Bryant, LB, 5-9, 210, Sanford Seminole - (Committed to Mississippi): If you start paying attention to his lack of size, you will completely miss the type of athlete you have, here. He is always around the football and when he hits a ball carrier, they go backwards. Bryant will struggle in pass coverage where he gives up a big size advantage to most receivers.

91. Jimmy Stewart, DE, 6-3, 230, Cape Coral Island Coast - (Committed to Maryland): Having watched him play twice this past season, this is certainly a player who has flown way beneath the radar screen. When ACC schools start looking in your direction, you have something special to offer. While he does well on defense, there is a chance he could move to tight end at the next level.

92. Sterling Lovelady, OL, 6-2, 280, Navarre - (Committed to Florida State): From the first time we watched this gifted athlete perform after his sophomore season at the Down ‘N Dirty Lineman Camp, we were sold with his great footwork and quickness. He has played tackle in high school, but we expect him to play guard or center in college.

93. J.J. Keels, Athlete, 5-10, 180, Melbourne Florida Air - (Committed to Vanderbilt): Having followed his impressive climb since his days in youth football, this four year starter has truly established himself as a football talent who will be able to get it done at the next level - at running back - or in the defensive secondary.

94. Cory Tindal, Athlete, 5-11, 170, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson: After coming over from nearby Stranahan for his senior year, many began to realize that this was a fast, talented football player who got it done against everyone. He has played everywhere from quarterback to running back, receiver and in the defensive secondary. His athletic ability is one of the main reasons why so many colleges like him.

95. Kaleb Johnson, OL, 6-4, 285, Jacksonville Ed White: This is yet another player we had the chance to watch as a sophomore and then chart his progress, and as he gets ready to move to the next level, this is a prospect who is ready to blow up! If he learns to become a dominant pass blocker, watch out for Johnson in a couple of years.

96. Trey Pettis, OL, 6-4, 310, Deland - (Committed to Florida State): We have been fortunate to have watched this impressive football talent since he was an 8th grader and headed to Orlando Dr. Phillips to play for his father. With Pettis, it all comes down to how badly he wants to be great. He needs to keep his playing weight around 300-310, and use his experience to make a difference.

97. Ricardo Williams, DE, 6-4, 215, Homestead: As far back as his sophomore year, you could see why this is a very talented football player. When he starts to gain weight and put 25-30 pounds on his frame, this is going to be a quick DE or an active outside linebacker. Just needs to get stronger to reach that potential.

98. Kevin Sousa, QB, 6-4, 215, Lake Nona - (Committed to Wake Forest): We had the pleasure of watching him when he was just a freshman at Orlando’s Cypress Creek High School, and could see plenty of potential back then. He is a very athletic quarterback who could end up as a tight end in college. As a quarterback, Sousa is raw. He has a big time arm and can make pretty much every throw.

99. John Miller, OL, 6-3, 280, Miami Central - (Committed to Louisville): Whether it was last season, during the spring, summer or this year, where he paved the way for one of the best offenses in Florida, this is a player we felt didn’t receive the attention he deserved. Great feet, tremendous explosion and loves the game of football

100. Steward Butler, RB, 5-9, 165, Lakeland - (Committed to Arizona State): Because he bounced around from Lakeland to Oviedo and back to Lakeland, many never got a real look at this impressive runner until this season when he smashed nearly every single season school record. This is a quick, elusive back who will make a name for himself in the Pac 12.

December 24, 2010

St. Thomas, Central - Finish 1, 2!

JACKSONVILLE – St. Thomas Aquinas finished what it started two years ago, by capturing the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Top 25 trophy for the second time in three years.

The Raiders were a unanimous #1, after sharing the first place vote distribution all season long with Manatee (a 31-7 semi-final victory for the Raiders) and Cocoa (the 2A champion). St. Thomas Aquinas started the pre-season Top 25 as the #8 ranked team and quickly moved to #1 after two weeks and stayed there the remainder of the season.

Miami Central, the pre-season #1 team, finished #2 by walloping previous #6 Dr. Phillips 42-27 in the class 6A finals. The Rockets edged out Cocoa (2A) by one point. The Tigers of Cocoa have the state’s longest winning streak at 38 straight after a come-from-behind victory over Glades Central, 14-13 in the 2A state championship game. Tampa Jefferson (3A champion) moved up four spots to #4 after beating #15 Miami Norland 44-34 in the 3A championship game.

Dr. Phillips and Armwood (4A, previously ranked #3) finished tied for fifth, with both teams losing in the state championship game.

Four top-10 ranked teams fell in the state semi-finals, including #10 Dwyer (ranked fifth) to #5 Armwood (ranked third) 22-20, #11 Manatee (ranked #2) to St. Thomas Aquinas, #12 St. Augustine (ranked ninth, to #4 Jefferson) and #13 Lakeland (ranked #9) to #7 Plant.
Tallahassee Lincoln jumped 13 spots to #9 after an upset win over Armwood. The Trojans were 3-4 at one point in the season before an eight game winning streak put them as the 4A champions. Ocala Trinity Catholic used its three-overtime victory over University School of Davie (ranked #16) to move up three spots to #8.

Cypress Bay entered the final poll after nearly beating Miami Central in the state semi-finals, before falling 30-27. The Lightning finished 11-3 and ranked #23.

RN School (FPV) Class W/L LW PTS
1 St. Thomas Aquinas(13) 5A 15-0 1 300
2 Miami Central 6A 14-1 7 280

3 Cocoa 2A 14-0 4 279
4 Jefferson 3A 15-0 8 260
5T Dr. Phillips 6A 14-1 6 226
5T Armwood 4A 14-1 3 226
7 Tampa Plant 5A 12-3 14 204
8 Ocala Trinity Catholic 2B 14-0 11 201
9 Tallahassee Lincoln 4A 11-4 24 198
10 Dwyer 4A 12-2 5 197
11 Manatee 5A 13-1 2 173
12 St. Augustine 3A 13-1 10 161
13 Lakeland 5A 13-1 9 155
14 Glades Central 2A 12-2 13 144
15 Miami Norland 3A 13-2 15 143
16 Davie University 2B 12-1 17 106

17 Pensacola 3A 12-1 16 97
18 South Fort Myers 3A 12-1 12 96
19 Jacksonville Trinity Christian 1A 12-2 21 88
20 Madison County 2A 12-1 19 84
21 Punta Gorda Charlotte 4A 12-1 20 43
22 Gainesville 4A 11-3 18 42
23 Weston Cypress Bay 6A 11-3 NR 38
24 Melbourne Palm Bay 4A 12-1 23 27
25 Fleming Island 5A 12-1 22 25
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: -- Miami Northwestern (6A, 9-3) 23; Glades Day (1B, 10-4) 19; Clearwater Countryside (5A, 12-1) 12; Cape Coral Island Coast (2B, 12-1), 11; Jacksonville Bolles (2B, 11-1), 9; Jacksonville First Coast (4A, 11-1), 8; Southeast (Bradenton) (3A, 10-3) 8; American Heritage – Delray (1A, 11-3), 6; Miami Columbus (6A, 10-1), 5; Naples (3A, 11-1), 3; Sanford Seminole (6A, 11-3), 2; Warner Christian (1B, 13-1), 1

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December 23, 2010

Sumler, Lyons on the 2011 USA Roster

Miami Columbus receiver Tacoi Sumler (Oregon) and Dillard safety Wayne Lyons have been honored with a place on the 2011 U.S. Under-19 National Team, which will compete Feb. 2 in Austin, Texas, against a team composed of 45 of the best players age 19 and under from outside of the United States spanning four continents in the second Team USA vs. The World game.

In addition to the pair of South Florida standouts, Columbus head coach Chris Merritt will serve as the Defensive Coordinator as Forty-five American high school seniors and 13 high school football coaches from across the country will represent the U.S. in the game to be held on National Signing Day. Team USA's roster presently stands at 42 athletes with the remaining three roster spots to be announced soon.

A national team exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school seniors to play for USA Football and not have their participation count as one of their two permitted all-star game appearances. Team USA vs. The World is recognized as a national team competition.

Team USA vs. The World is sanctioned by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), the Paris-based federation composed of 59 countries that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

USA Football is the sport's national governing body and the official football development partner of the NFL and NFL Players Association.

USA Football's 2011 Under-19 team is led by Darren Allman, head coach of Austin (Texas) Westlake High School. Allman led Westlake to the Texas Class 5-A (largest school division) state final in 2009. He is 57-19 (.750) overall in six seasons as a head coach.

"This roster holds tremendously talented players, but its blueprint is centered on the assemblage of a true team, a national team," Allman said. "Representing the United States in our country's favorite sport is a high honor - our coaches and players understand this. We'll be prepared to face a strong opponent on Feb. 2 and to celebrate football on an international scale."

GREG MARSHALL of Canada is the World team's head coach. His 12-member staff consists of assistant coaches from Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Mexico and Sweden and will announce the World Team roster in the New Year.

The U.S. Under-19 team defeated The World, 17-0, in January 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The U.S. also won the gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, during the summer of 2009.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. CT at Austin Westlake Stadium. Tickets are $8 and available at www.usafootball.com/app/webroot/teamusa. More details regarding the game's television partner and the teams' practice schedules will be announced in the weeks ahead.

U.S. Under-19 National Team roster:
1. Jabriel Washington, CB, 5-11, 165, Trinity Christian, Jackson, Tenn. (Alabama)
2. Ty Montgomery, WR, 6-0, 202, St. Mark's, Dallas, Texas (Stanford)
3. George Atkinson, WR, 6-1, 194, Granada-Livermore, Livermore, Calif. (Notre Dame)
4. Aaron Green, RB, 5-11, 191, James Madison, San Antonio, Texas (Nebraska)
5. Anthony Sarao, LB, 6-1, 215, Holy Spirit, Absecon, N.J. (Stanford)
6. Avery Walls, S, 5-11, 185, Eagle's Landing Christian, McDonough, Ga. (California)
7. Stephon Tuitt, DE, 6-5, 260, Monroe Area, Monroe, Ga. (Notre Dame)
8. Hakeem Flowers, WR, 6-2, 173, Wade Hampton, Taylors, S.C. (Uncommitted)
9. Tacoi Sumler, WR, 5-8, 170, Christopher Columbus, Miami, Fla. (Oregon)
10. Kevin Hogan, QB, 6-5, 195 Gonzaga, Washington, D.C. (Stanford)
11. Cortez Davis, S, 6-3, 200, Mainland, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Clemson)
12. Cody Keith, QB, 6-5, 195, Cheshire, Cheshire, Conn. (East Carolina)
13. Shannon Brown, LB, 6-2, 225, Cook, Adel, Ga. (Alabama)
15. Kiehl Frazier, QB, 6-3, 212, Shiloh Christian, Springdale, Ark. (Auburn)
17. Trey Metoyer, WR, 6-2, 198, Whitehouse, Whitehouse, Tex. (Oklahoma)
20. Josh Turner, CB, 6-1, 175, Millwood, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Texas)
21. Brent Calloway, LB, 6-1, 220, Russellville, Russellville, Ala. (Alabama)
22. Ronald Tanner, S, 6-1, 190, Eastmoor, Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State)
24. Wayne Lyons, DB, 6-0, 185, Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Uncommitted)
28. Savon Huggins, RB, 6-0, 190, St. Peter's, Jersey City, N.J. (Uncommitted)
32. Joe Bergeron, RB, 6-1, 215, North Mesquite, Mesquite, Texas (Texas)
34. Kenny Williams, RB, 5-10, 206, Hendrickson, Pfluggerville, Texas (Texas Tech)
36. Devon Cajuste, WR, 6-4, 225, Holy Cross, Flushing, N.Y. (Stanford)
40. Kevin McReynolds, DT, 6-2, 281, St. John's, Washington, D.C. (Uncommitted)
41. Jesse Hayes, DE, 6-4, 230, Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati, Ohio (Wisconsin)
43. Josh Atkinson, CB, 6-0, 185, Granada-Livermore, Livermore, Calif. (Notre Dame)
45. Nick Lifka, LB, 6-2, 240, Naperville North, Naperville, Ill. (Boston College)
55. Todd Peat, OG, 6-3, 300, Corona Del Sol, Tempe, Ariz. (Uncommitted)
63. Michael Bennett, OL-DL, 6-3, 275, Centerville, Centerville, Ohio (Ohio State)
65. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, 6-6, 322, DeMatha Catholic, Beltsville, Md. (Uncommitted)
70. La'el Collins, OT, 6-5, 285, Redemptorist, Baton Rouge, La. (LSU)
72. Tony Morales, OL, 6-4, 300, Sam Houston, Arlington, Texas (Texas Tech)
73. Kiaro Holts, OT, 6-5, 270, Warren Central, Indianapolis, Ind. (North Carolina)
74. Antonio Richardson, OL, 6-6, 310, Pearl-Cohn, Nashville, Tenn. (Uncommitted)
75. Matt Hegarty, OL, 6-5, 265, Aztec, Aztec, N.M. (Notre Dame)
80. Jarvis Landry, WR, 5-11, 178, Lutcher, Lutcher, La. (LSU)
88. Jack Konopka, TE, 6-5, 262, Fremd, Palestine, Ill. (Northwestern)
89. Will Monday, K-P, 6-3, 180, Flowery Branch, Flowery Branch, Ga. (Duke)
90. Taniela Topou, DE, 6-2, 260, Archbishop Murphy, Mill Creek, Wash. (Washington)
92. Kris Harley, DT, 6-2, 265, Warren Central, Indianapolis, Ind. (Virginia Tech)
95. Viliami Moala, DT, 6-2, 326, Grant, Sacramento, Calif. (Uncommitted)
98. Tim Jernigan, DT, 6-2, 275, Columbia, Lake City, Fla. (Uncommitted)

U.S. Under-19 National Team coaching staff:
Darren Allman, Head coach, Austin (Texas) Westlake
Chris Merritt, Defensive coordinator, Miami Christopher Columbus
Brandon Faircloth, Offensive coordinator, Port Neches-Groves (Texas)
Kevin Carty, Offensive assistant, Bound Brook (N.J.)
Glen Jones, Offensive assistant, Brady (Texas)
Scotty Pugh, Offensive assistant, Granbury (Texas)
Mike Muschamp, Offensive assistant, Atlanta Lovett
Jeff Rhoads, Offensive assistant, Austin (Texas) Westlake
Ted Willmann, Offensive assistant, Austin (Texas) Westlake
Aaron Brady, Defensive assistant, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga
Danny Servance, Defensive assistant, Lubbock (Texas) Estacado
Dave Peck, Defensive assistant, Bingham (Utah)
Matt Anastasio, Defensive assistant, Austin (Texas) Westlake

About IFAF
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites 59 countries on five continents through a burgeoning international sport. With national football federations in existence for more than 75 years, IFAF was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through international cooperation and global competition. The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.

About USA Football
USA Football, the sport's national governing body, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football's chairman.

December 20, 2010

Champion, Johnson and Freeman on radio

It's the biggest Maroone High School Gridiron Report of the year, and it's this Tuesday night from 9-10 on WQAM (560 AM).

Larry Blustein and Mike Levine will welcome in from the national champion St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders, junior linebacker Cole Champion, from the 3A runnerup Norland Vikings, running back/defensive back Duke Johnson, and from the 6A state champion, Miami Central Rockets, Mr. Offense - running back Devonta Freeman.

Make no mistake, when it comes to the No. 1 Raiders, it's all about fundamentals and playing the game the right way, and at the center of that is Champion - a 6-1, 190-pounder who was good enough, he was a member of the All-Tournament team at the this year's state finals.

One of the emerging stars on a team loaded with talent, Champion is a two-year standout with one season left. His 7 tackles and numerous key plays paved the way for the 5A state 29-7 state championship win over defending state champion Tampa Plant.

If there is a more versatile and dominating Class of 2012 player in South Florida, we need to see him. This gifted junior running back, who has already committed to the University of Miami, lifted the Vikings on his 5-9, 180-pound shoulders and guided them to the 3A title game, losing to unbeaten Tampa Jefferson.

Johnson is already considered as one of the top running backs in the state for the 2011 season, He is also viewed as a big time cornerback prospect as well.

In the title game against Jefferson, he still put on a show for those who had never watched him play before.

In the summer, Freeman committed to FSU, and many across the state had never heard about a running back who was second team as a junior.

That all changed over the past four weeks as this 5-9, 190-pounder, has turned it on with over 1,000 yards in the playoffs alone.

In the 6A state title game, Freeman followed up his 350-yard performance against Cypress Bay with another 300-yard outing as the Rockets won their first ever state crown, 42-27 over Orlando Dr. Phillips.

With running backs coach Eddie Gran, and head coach Jimbo Fisher in attendance at the Citrus Bowl, Freeman left no doubt who is one of the best in the nation!

If you miss the show - or would like to listen live via the internet, just click on www.wqam.com.

Raiders are national champs!

For the second time in three seasons, the final No. 1 ranking in the National Prep Poll belongs to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Raiders' average margin of victory was 37 points with wins over 12 playoff qualifiers from three different states. They have only two losses since the start of the 2007 season.

1. Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas 15-0 second Prep Poll title in three years 2 
2. Batesville, Miss., South Panola 15-0 six state titles in eight years 3 
3. Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edward 15-0 won first state championship 4 
4. Ramsey, N.J., Don Bosco Prep 12-0 five straight Non-Public crowns 5 
5. Concord, Calif., De La Salle 14-0 repeat Open Division state champ 8 
6. Pearland, Texas 16-0 beat then-No. 1 Trinity for 5A/I title before over 43,000 fans 13 
7. Denver, Colo., Mullen 14-0 5A champ outscored foes a combined 517-89 7 
8. Chandler, Ariz., Hamilton 15-0 three consecutive 5A titles 9 
9. Hampton, Va., Phoebus 15-0 third straight undefeated season 10 
10. South Jordan, Utah, Bingham 13-0 back-to-back 5A champ 11 

For the second time in three years, a loss by Trinity (Euless, Texas) has helped lift St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to the final No. 1 position in the POWERADE FAB 50 national football rankings.

The difference this year is the Raiders had to wait out a pulsating Texas Class 5A Division I state championship played Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

After winning its own Class 5A championship over Plant (Tampa, Fla.), 29-7, St. Thomas Aquinas ended its season at 15-0, but were not No. 1 yet.

Trinity entered its final game No. 1, but lost to Pearland (Pearland, Texas), 28-24, in a matchup of undefeated teams that drew more than 43,000 fans.

In the 2008 season, Trinity was No. 1 in the FAB 50 before losing in an earlier round of the Texas state playoffs to Allen (Allen, Texas). St. Thomas Aquinas then took over and finished by dominating Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.), 56-7, to win a Class 4A state crown.

1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)  15-0 250 (5) 2  
2 South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 15-0 243 3  
3 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 12-0 241 4  
4 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 14-0 235 5  
5 Pearland (Pearland, Texas)  16-0 227 12  
6 Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) 15-0 224 6  
7 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 15-0 220 7  
8 Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 16-0 215 9  
9 St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio) 15-0 207 10  
10 Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 13-0 201 11

December 19, 2010

All-Tournament Team - Large Schools

Once again, the Miami Herald, WQAM Radio and Elite Scouting Services spotlighted the best of the second week of the Florida High School Football state championships at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Like the first week of the championships, when four teams were crowned as state champions, the larger schools (6A, 5A, 4A and 3A) were on display this weekend, and nobody went home disappointed.

The Raiders of St. Thomas Aquinas stole the show on Friday with a convincing win over Tampa Plant. With the game still in doubt with less than a minute remaining, sophomore running back Fred Coppett took a hand off over 80 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders won the game, 29-7.

Not to be outdone by their fellow South Floridians, Miami Central made the most of a first ever state title appearance and overcame a 17-point deficit to come back against previously unbeaten Orlando Dr. Phillips – in front of the largest (10,090) crowd of the 2010 state tournament.

Senior running back Devonta Freeman, headed to FSU, ignited the Rockets in the second half as they cruised to a 42-27 win.

Another impressive performance came from Class 3A where Tampa Jefferson, used the arm and leadership of Florida’s Mr. Football, Quentin Williams to beat Miami Norland, and the shocker of the season came in the 4A title game where Seffner Armwood (14-1) was upset by a four-loss Tallahassee Lincoln team, 17-14.

Here are the team rankings after the 2nd Week:

1. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2. Miami Central
3. Tampa Jefferson
4. Tallahassee Lincoln
5. Orlando Dr. Phillips
6. Seffner Armwood
7. Tampa Plant
8. Miami Norland

There were some very impressive performers in Week 2. Here are a few who left a lasting impression:

QB - Quentin Williams, Tampa Jefferson:
The senior quarterback put on a show. He accounted for five offensive touchdowns (3 passing and 2 running). Williams also accounted for 106 rushing yards.

RB - Davonta Freeman, Miami Central: There have been some great single game performances from running backs in the past. Travis Henry (Frostproof) and Emmanuel Cook (Palm Beach Gardens), but the FSU-bound standout ranks right up there with them. He carried the ball 36 times for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Freeman was the reason Miami Central is leaving Orlando with a state title!

RB - Demetrious Russell, Tampa Jefferson: With Williams throwing the ball, the Dragons needed balance, and this gifted athlete gave it to them. He had over 20 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown.

RB - Fred Coppett, St. Thomas Aquinas: While he has been an asset for the Raiders all season, the talented sophomore came up nig on one of the largest stages he has ever played on. He rushed for over 170 yards and a touchdown.

WR -Rashad Greene, St. Thomas Aquinas: If there was a doubt which receiver is one of the best in the country, this FSU-bound standout answered all the questions as he came up with 6 catches for over 145 yards and two touchdowns. Greene showed great hands and ability to make something happen after the catch.

WR - Chris Gallon, Dr. Phillips: Before the state finals began, there were many who had never watched him play. This quality football player is no longer flying beneath the radar screen. With his 4 catch, 118 yards and 2 touchdowns, Gallon should get some recognition. He now has become one of the top receivers in Central Florida.

WR - Chris Moore, Tampa Jefferson: Before going out with an injury to his shoulder, this quality receiver who we first brought you last year, was having a phenomenal day. Moore posted 3 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Moore is one of the best receivers no one talks about.

OL - Austin Bland, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the elite players for the future who truly had a coming out party this season, during a sophomore year that watched him establish himself as a star of the future. Bland is quick on his feet and does not back down from anyone.

OL - Bobby Hart, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the youngest (16) members of this senior class, this FSU-bound prospect had a breakout performance against a talented Tampa Plant squad. His size and strength continue to give him a major advantage.

OL - Marquis Lucas, Miami Central: On the way to Rutgers in January, this amazingly gifted “big man” is quick on his feet and can get to the second level. He has a chance to compete for playing time as a freshman for the Scarlet Knights.

OL - John Miller, Miami Central: Another of the quality linemen who gave the Rockets one of the best offenses in the state this year. On his way to Louisville, this is a player who can take over a game at the guard spot.

OL - Kevin Petithomme, Miami Central: One of the few juniors this senior-oriented program has on the roster, he ended up as the main reason why Central took over the game in the 2nd half.

Devonta Freeman-Miami Central
Quentin Williams-Tampa Jefferson

Cameron Dees, OL, Armwood
Matt Jones, RB, Armwood
Cody Waldrop, OL, Armwood
Rakeem Cato, QB, Central
D’andre Randle, WR, Central
Demetrius Hart, Athlete, Dr. Phillips
Shawn Moffit, PK, Dr. Phillips
Nick Patti, QB, Dr. Phillips
Sam Raineri, OL, Dr. Phillips
Mark Bodkin, OL, Lincoln
Reggie Davis, Athlete, Lincoln
Carlos Gaston, PK, Lincoln
Duke Johnson, RB/DB, Norland
Pierre Maignan, OL, Norland
Benji Phillipe, QB, Norland
Brandon Snell, WR, Norland
Nolan Bieck, P, St. Thomas Aquinas
Phillip Dorsett, WR, St. Thomas Aquinas
Jake Rudock, QB, St. Thomas Aquinas
Domingo Cabrera, OL, Tampa Jefferson
Manny Cromuel, OL, Tampa Jefferson
James Wilder, RB, Tampa Plant
Austin Aikens, WR, Tampa Plant
Nathan Shienle, OL, Tampa Plant

DL- Miles Pace, Miami Central:
Here is one of the most dominating line prospects that appeared over the two weeks of championship games. This UCF commit dominated the middle of Dr. Phillips offensive line and turned out to be one of the main reasons why Dee Hart was unable to get going was they were unable to block Pace.

DL - Tyriq McCord, Tampa Jefferson: One of the names who will pop up often when the Class of 2010 discussion begins, he was up the field before anyone could get a hand on him. He is super quick off the football and knows how to get pressure on a quarterback. He had 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.

DE - James Hearns, Lincoln: Looking for a player who as a truly bright future, this sophomore has everything you are looking for in a total defensive player. He plays DE or OLB for the Trojans. Is yet another quality athlete statewide for 2013.

DL-Dwight Jackson, Jr., Miami Central: All season, this may be one of the most overlooked players on the field. This three year starter began his career as a linebacker, but has really looked great rushing the passer and stopping the run like he did against the Panthers in the 6A title game.

LB - Ramik Wilson, Tampa Jefferson: Was there a better defensive player in the 3A championship game? All this quality athlete did was come up with huge plays - like forcing a fumble and coming with 6 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss.

LB - Keith Brown, Miami Norland: This University of Miami commit is just a junior, and has a long way to go before he gets to college, but you can see what an impact he makes when he gets his athletic frame in motion. His 11 tackles was a game high for either team.

LB - Cole Champion, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the most sure tacklers on a unit that is loaded with athletes who continue to make plays. Just a junior, look for this impressive football player to get plenty of looks in 2011. Champion finished with 7 tackles and one for a loss.

DB - Quincy Casmir, Miami Norland: One of our favorite players all season long, this is a quality senior talent who has a knack of coming up with the big play. He finished the 3A state championship game with 8.5 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss.

DB - Charles Gaines, Miami Central: For the past three years, everything this impressive athlete has done came from his wide receiver position, but that all changed this season, and in the state title game where he made an impact for the Rockets. Very talented football player!

DB - Rashard Dunnigan, Tampa Jefferson: Easily one of the best defensive backs who competed in the second weekend of state title games. He came up with several pass breakups as well as making several tackles.

DB - Roderick Ryles, Dr. Phillips: One of the reasons the Panthers stayed in the game for as long as they did was this quality senior playmaker who finished with 7.5 tackles. He is someone that should draw some attention in the final months before National Signing Day.

DB - Jermaine McKinney, Seffner Armwood: One of the more dominating performances, this senior standout was everywhere on the field in the 4A title game, making plays and doing what he could to elevate the Hawks.

Ramik Wilson, Tampa Jefferson

D.J. Hitchman, LB, Armwood
Eric Striker, DT, Armwood
Jacon Zilbar, LB, Armwood
Prince Dejesus, LB, Central
Carroll Phillips, DE, Central
Ladell Pleasure, DT, Central
Phillip Amone, LB, Dr. Phillips
Hasean Clinton Dix, S, Dr. Phillips
Ryan Luckett, DB, Dr. Phillips
Daryl Monroe, LB, Dr. Phillips
Javorius Allen, Athlete, Lincoln
Eric Childs, LB, Lincoln
Chris Colston, DB, Lincoln
Eugene Mills, LB, Lincoln
Teko Powell, DT, Norland
Curtis Wade, DB, Norland
Jelani Hamilton, DL, St. Thomas Aquinas
Michael Paen, LB, St. Thomas Aquinas
Marcus Roberson, DB, St. Thomas Aquinas
Taleeki Beard, DL, Tampa Jefferson
Christian Calle, LB, Tampa Jefferson
Bobby Richardson, DT, Tampa Plant
Eric Patterson, DB, Tampa Plant
Mike Tate, LB, Tampa Plant

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VIDEO: Rockets celebrate 6A state title

ORLANDO -- Here are a couple of video interviews with Central's Telly Lockette and star running back Devonta Freeman after the Rockets' 42-27 win over Orlando Dr. Phillips in the Class 6A state championship game.

December 18, 2010

6A FINAL: Central 42, Dr. Phillips 27

ORLANDO -It took over five decades to get to the state football championship game. On Saturday night, Miami Central made the most of a first ever state appearance.

Behind the running of senior Devonta Freeman, who ran for 308 yards, the Rockets (14-1) beat previously unbeaten Orlando Dr. Phillips, 42-27 in the 6A title game at the Citrus Bowl.

The Dr. Phillips Panthers got on the board first in the opening period when Nick Patti found Chris Gallon from 29 yards out for a 7-0 lead with 9:31 left.

When Ryan Luckett stepped in front of a Rakeem Cato pass and returned 61 yards for a score, the Dr. Phillips led, 14-0, with 7:30 left in the first quarter.

Kicker Shawn Moffitt extended the Panthers lead to 17-0 when he hit a field goal from 22 yards out at the 11:49 mark of the second quarter.

The Rockets finally got on the board with 10:36 left in the first half when D'andre Randle caught a 31-yard pass from Rakeem Cato.

Central made it 17-14 with 7:59 left in the first half when Charles Gaines, Jr., returned an interception 18 yards.

Dr. Phillips moved out to 24-14 with 2:32 left in the first half when Gallon caught a 50-yard pass from Patti.

The Rockets cut the lead to 24-21 with :18 left in the first half when Cato found Devonta Freeman from 18 yards out.

Central takes its first lead (28-24) of the game when Thomas Shuler took a 13 pass from Rakeem Cato at the the 4:06 mark of the third quarter.

With the clock running down in the third quarter, Dr. Phillips cut the lead to 28-27 when Moffitt connected from 26 yards.

Freeman gave the Rockets a 35-27 cushion when he took it in from the 3 with 6:04 left in the fourth quarter.

* The future for the Rockets, freshman RB Joe Yearby returns opening kickoff.

* Dr. Phillips comes up with a big stop on the opening drive as Darryl Monroe comes up with the play.

* Dr. Phillips gets the ball at its own 39 and runs with Dee Hart, who has scored 50 times this year.

* Miami Central makes a lot of penalty. Already on the first drive by the Panthers - 3 for 35 yards.

* Record-setting kicker Shawn Moffitt boots the kickoff through the endzone.

* Junior LB Phillip Amone stops FSU bound RB Devonta Freeman.

* Senior QB Rahkeem Cato is starting to find his targets for the Rockets with passes to Thomas Shuler and Brian Deveaux.

* Central is a team that can afford to be down. The ability to quick score has been a trademark all season.

* All-Everything safety Hasean Clinton-Dix makes two big plays.

* Senior Laquentin Smith is yet another big play athlete for the Panthers.

* Dr. Phillips gets the back wih 4:15 left in the first quarter - up 14-0!

* So far, both marquee backs Dee Hart (Dr. Phillips) and Devonta Freeman have been held in check.

* Central senior LB Carroll Phillips has been in the backfield the entire first quarter. He is the Rockets' leading tackler.

* Clinton-Dix is now getting it done on the offensive side of the ball.

* Senior Joe Scott comes in at quarterback as the Panthers are driving again.

* Central finally puts pressure on and forces a field goal attempt.

* Thomas Shuler returns kick 54 yards.

* Freeman's longest gain of the night inside Dr. Phillips' territory.

* After the TD, the Rockets are inspired as senior Dwight Jackson, Jr. comes up with a big play.

* The tide us turning!

* Dr. Phillips has watched the Rockets score 14 unanswered points to cut the lead to 17-14.

* Prince DeJesus, Oliver Vigile (Syracuse) and Ladell Pleasure have stepped up the defense for the Rockets who have turned game around.

* The Panthers will once again punt to Miami Central with 6:44 left in the half.

* Senior Chris Curtis trying to create pressure, but the Rockets have awaken and are starting to do what they want.

* Andreis Norris comes up momentum switching hit, forcing a third and long.

* Nadelman missed a 42 yard field goal.

* Penalties once again are starting to creep up on the Rockets, who had 6 in the opening quarter.

* Senior Zach Durham catches the ball in Central territory.

* Freeman and the Rockets need to get things going, down 24-14.

*Central defense is trying to set the tempo as the second half is uner way.

* Prine DeJesus is really coming up huge for the Rockets.

* Darryl Monroe makes a huge stop for the Panthers, putting the Rockets in a tough position.

* Both teams go through a feeling out period in the opening moments of the second half.

* DeJesus is making a name for himself as he continues to put pressure on for the Rockets.

* Freeman runs for a key first down to keep the Central drive going with 7:09 left in the third quarter.

* Key defensive play for Dr. Phillips and senior DE Anthony Hendley.

* A thick fog starts to roll into the Citrus Bowl, which reminds many of the 2001 state title game between Northwestern and Apopka.

* Freeman starts the fourth quarter with a huge run. He has 179 yards on the ground.

* Cato now has Dr. Phillips back on heir heels with running and passing. First down at the 10.

* Freeman currently has 208 yards on 29 carries.

* The fog is really terrible, but on the field, the players can see - I would imagine.

* The Panthers are taking advantage of 17 Central penalties.

* Durrell Eskridge comes up with a HUGE intercpetion.

* Freeman takes it 80 yards and now has 294 yards on 33 carries.

* Freshman Jonathan Harris recovers a fumble for the Rockets.

CENTRAL 0 21 7 14 - 42
DR. PHILLIPS 14 10 3 0 - 27

DP - Chris Gallon 29 pass from Nick Patti (Shawn Moffitt kick), 9:31 (1), 7-0
DP - Ryan Luckett 61 pass interception (Shawn Moffitt kick), 7:30 (2), 14-0
DP - Shawn Moffitt 22 fg, 11:49 (2), 14-0
MC - D'andre Randle 31 pass from Rakeem Cato (Emilio Nadelman kick), 10:36 (2), 17-7.
MC - Charles Gaines Jr., 18 interception return (Emilio Nadelman kick), 7:59 (2), 17-14
DP - Chris Gallon 50 pass from Nick Patti (Shawn Moffitt kick), 2:32 (2), 24-14
MC - Devonta Freeman 18 pass from Rakeem Cato, :18 (2), 24-21
MC - Thomas Shuler 13 pass from Rakeem Cato (Emilio Nadelman kick), 4:06 (3), 28-24
DP - Shawn Moffitt 26 fg, :31 (3), 28-27
MC - Devonta Freeman 3 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 6:04 (4), 35-27
MC - Devonta Freeman 4 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), :38 (4), 42-27


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