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.
RAIDERS ARE CHAMPIONS
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.
DUKE IS ROYALTY
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.
FSU BOUND STAR
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!
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