With the South Florida Express winning the national championship last year, beating some of the elite programs and players in the country, this season promises to be even better.
With every player on last year's team getting ready to sign on the dotted line and head off to college, the next wave of South Florida Express players will step up during a two day tryout that is coming up this Saturday and Sunday at Hallandale Senior High School (720 NW 9th Ave, Hallandale Beach 33009).
"This thing has gotten huge," said Goetz, who treated players to a special trip on the way to the national tournament in Alabama last season. "Every top player wants to be a part of this team because of the unreal exposure they receive."
Indeed, the South Florida Express is the team that has easily received the most exposure over the past two years from local media such as WQAM Radio and the Miami Herald - and from fan websites such as Scout.com, Rivals.com, ESPN and Sports Illustrated where veteran writer Andy Staples followed the team on the national championship trip and wrote a major piece.
"There are a lot of teams to play for in the region and in the state of Florida," Goetz pointed out. "But when you look at the exposure, coaching and big time atmosphere that surrounds this team, it's really the place to be."
If you are a player who believes you can add something to the South Florida Express, registration starts on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.. The camp will begin at 5:15 p.m.
The camp is open to all 2012, 2013 and 2014 high school football prospects. Registration fee is $20. Only 250 spots available, so be there early to register.
On Super Bowl Sunday, 40 players will be selected to return at 11A.M. to compete to make the 24 man South Florida Express Travel All Star Team.
"Even though there are so many talented football player who have already committed to play for us, you never know if we are missing a top-flight player who can help us repeat," Goetz said. "These players just love the elite competition, and that's why we did so well the past two years.
Interested in coming out to participate - or just want to see some of the elite players in the state in one setting, call 305 632 9895 for more information. No Pre Registration. Camp sponsored by Under Armour and Title Sport Drink.
For three hours (7-10 p.m.), Canesport.com will host one of the most impressive recruiting events so far this season - live from Miami Prime Grill in North Miami Beach. The show, which will take place on WQAM (560 AM) - and www.wqam.com, will feature Canesport Publisher Gary Ferman, Larry Blustein (WQAM/Miami Herald) and host Curtis Stevenson.
The show will not only take a look at UM recruiting as National Signing Day approaches, but also break down all the Florida schools.
In addition, there will be a number of guests from across the state and country who will talk about players and teams as well as taking phone calls from fans, who have been waiting patiently to talk about their schools.
If there was one recruiting show you want to listen to, this is it. Come on down and join in the fun, food and excitement at Miami Prime Grill, 16395 Biscayne Blvd.
Larry Blustein and Mike Levine have a tremendous show planned this week as they count the days down with three impressive guests on Thursday night's show on WQAM (560 AM).
Linda Doyle from the South Florida High School Football Show will take part in the 9-10 show along with University of Miami commitments Kevin Grooms of Hollywood South Broward and Tampa Alonso standout Anthony Chickillo.
ANOTHER GREAT SIGNING NIGHT SHOW
The past two years, Doyle and her staff have hosted the best signing night show anywhere.
On Wednesday night, Feb. 2, Dave & Busters in Hollywood will once again host the live TV Show on NBC-6 with Joe Rose and Adam Kuperstein along with the top prospects in South Florida who will be on hand for interviews as well as showing off their college choices.
The show will run live from 7:30-8.
In addition, WQAM (560 AM) will host a show with Josh Darrow, leading into the live TV event from 7-7:30.
GROOMS STAYING HOME
After a brilliant youth football and high school career, Grooms now sets his future goals on being a top-flight player for the Hurricanes. The 5-9, 175-pounder, who not only was one of the elite running backs in the state, but also played cornerback and returned kicks, chose to stay close to home and play for a program on the way back up.
The first South Broward football player to compete for the Hurricanes since Bill Hawkins back in the 1980s, Grooms brings plenty of excitement to Coral Gables.
LANDING ONE OF THE BEST
During the transition between coaches at Miami, there has always been a priority of keeping Chickillo committed.
One of the best defensive end prospects in the country, Chickillo becomes the third generation of his family to play for Miami. His father Tony (1979-82) and grandfather Nick (1950-52) were standouts for the 'Canes.
Chickillo said that he will be signing his National Letter in Miami.
You can listen to the show on Thursday night via Internet at www.wqam.com.
Another one of Miami-Dade County's top recruits is heading to Tallahassee.
Coral Park linebacker Arrington Jenkins announced Tuesday morning he is committing to Florida State. Jenkins, a 6-3, 220-pounder, who came to Coral Park as a senior after a couple of solid seasons at Killian, is rated the No. 8 overall prospect in Miami-Dade County by The Miami Herald, and No. 2 among linebackers.
Jenkins is also ranked No. 43 among linebackers nationally by Rivals.com.
Coral Park coach Tim Wood said Jenkins committed late Monday night, choosing the Noles over Illinois and Minnesota.
"He really enjoyed Minnesota and Illinois after the trips he took there recently," Wood said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. "But FSU won him over in the end since they had been after him since his sophomore year at Killian. He obviously wanted the opportunity to play for a major program and in front of big crowds. But in the offseason, he wanted to be somewhere comfortable. I know he has family up there so that played a part in his choice."
Jenkins is the second player from Coral Park to commit to a major school in the past week, joining wide receiver Juwan Caesar who committed to Michigan State.
Jenkins joins other notable South Florida players that have committed to FSU - Miami Central RB Devonta Freeman, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas WR Rashad Greene and OL Bobby Hart, Miami Jackson OL Ruben Carter, and Nova DL Nile Lawrence-Stample.
THE MIAMI HERALD'S BROWARD TOP 25 RECRUITS FOR CLASS OF 2011 1. Rashad Greene, WR, 6-0, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas -- FSU
THE MIAMI HERALD'S BROWARD TOP 25 RECRUITS FOR CLASS OF 2011
1. Rashad Greene, WR, 6-0, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas -- FSU
2. Ryan Shazier, LB, 6-2, 210, Plantation -- OHIO STATE
3. Bryant Dubose, DE, 6-4, 240, Northeast -- LOUISVILLE
4. Bobby Hart, OL, 6-5, 290, St. Thomas Aquinas -- FSU
5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, 5-10, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas -- MIAMI
6. Kevin Grooms, RB/DB, 5-10, 175, South Broward -- MIAMI
7. Wayne Lyons, S, 6-2, 200, Dillard -- STANFORD
8. Marcus Roberson, DB, 6-2, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas -- FLORIDA
9. Niles Lawrence-Sample, DT, 6-2, 300, Nova -- FSU
10. Kent Turene, LB, 6-2, 230, Boyd Anderson -- GEORGIA
11. Jerrard Randall, QB, 6-1, 190, Chaminade-Madonna -- OREGON
12. Allen Ramsey, DB, 6-0, 180, Dillard -- WAKE FOREST
13. Jeremy Cash, S/OLB, 6-2, 195, Plantation -- OHIO STATE
14. Jake Rudock, QB, 6-3, 180, Fort St. Thomas Aquinas -- IOWA
15. Shaun Ward, DE, 6-2, 225, Boyd Anderson -- TEXAS A&M
16. Devin Gaulden, DB, 5-10, 177, University School -- WISCONSIN
17. Curt Evans, WR, 5-11, 170, Chaminade-Madonna -- BOSTON COLLEGE
18. Cory Tindal, Athlete, 5-11, 170, Boyd Anderson -- FIU
19. Harmon Brown, DB, 5-9, 165, Boyd Anderson -- UNDECIDED
20. Steven Montgomery, DB, 5-11, 185, Miramar -- MINNESOTA
21. Jessie York, WR, 6-2, 180, Boyd Anderson -- UNDECIDED
22. Ken Hankerson, LB, 6-2, 205, St. Thomas Aquinas -- UNDECIDED
23. Justin Cooper, LB, 6-2, 205, University School -- TEXAS TECH
24. Orville Reynolds, RB, 5-7, 180, Douglas -- WAKE FOREST
25. Tim Burton, DB, 5-10, 170, Cardinal Gibbons -- DUKE
THE MIAMI HERALD'S MIAMI-DADE TOP 25 RECRUITS FOR CLASS OF 2011 1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 6-3, 190, Northwestern -- LOUISVILLE
THE MIAMI HERALD'S MIAMI-DADE TOP 25 RECRUITS FOR CLASS OF 2011
1. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 6-3, 190, Northwestern -- LOUISVILLE
2. Devonta Freeman, RB, 5-9, 195, Central -- FSU
3. Gerod Holliman, S, 6-0, 185, Southridge -- LOUISVILLE
4. Denzel Perryman, LB, 5-11, 210, Coral Gables -- MIAMI
5. Anthony Rabasa-, DE, 6-3, 220, Columbus -- NOTRE DAME
6. Robenson Therezie, DB, 5-10, 185, Jackson -- AUBURN
7. Jabari Gorman, DB, 5-10, 180, Monsignor Pace -- FLORIDA
8. Arrington Jenkins, LB, 6-3, 220, Coral Park -- FSU
9. Tacoi Sumler, WR, 5-9, 180, Columbus -- OREGON
10. Charles Gaines, WR/DB, 5-11, 180, Central -- LOUISVILLE
11. Elkino Watson, DT, 6-2, 285, Booker T. Washington -- SOUTH FLORIDA
12. Eli Rogers, WR, 5-10, 180, Northwestern -- LOUISVILLE
13. Miles Pace, LB, 6-1, 230, Central -- UCF
14. Ritchy Desir, Athlete, 6-1, 185, North Miami Beach -- SYRACUSE
15. Andrew Johnson, DB, 5-9, 175, Southridge -- LOUISVILLE
16. Rueben Carter, OL/DL, 6-5, 275, Jackson -- FSU
17. Ricardo Williams, DE, 6-4, 215, Homestead -- MIAMI
18. Keeon Virgile, LB, 6-1, 220, North Miami Beach -- NORTH CAROLINA
19. Rakeem Cato, QB, 6-0, 175, Central -- MARSHALL
20. Jerron Seymour, RB, 5-6, 185, Hialeah -- VANDERBILT
21. Juwan Caesar, WR, 6-5, 210, Coral Park -- MICHIGAN STATE
22. Nick Menocal, LB, 6-2, 225, Belen Jesuit -- GA. TECH
23. Marquis Lucas, OL, 6-4, 280, Central -- RUTGERS
24. Thomas Finnie, DB, 6-0, 180, Central -- MIAMI
25. Jovani McCray, QB, 6-0, 180, South Dade -- WESTERN ILLINOIS
Mark Guandolo has coached some great football players that have gone on to prominent careers in college and the NFL.
One of them has helped him in the running for a national honor.
Guandolo, Cypress Bay's football coach, is one of five finalists for the NFL's High School Football National Coach of the Year award. The award, which was created in 1995 honors coaches who had a profound impact on the athletic and personal development of NFL players.
Guandolo was one of 50 nominees chosen this season. He was nominated by Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, whom Guandolo coached while at Chaminade-Madonna.
As part of being chosen as a finalist, Guandolo received a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for his school's football program. The winner will be announced this week, and will receive $5,000 and a $10,000 grant for his team. The winner will also earn a trip to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu as a guest of the NFL. All grants are awarded by the NFL Youth Football Fund.
First Team Athletics will be holding its annual youth football camp Feb. 5 at Banyan Park located at Southwest 87th Avenue and 30th Street in South Miami. The camp is part of First Team’s off-season program and is free of charge, and will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., focusing on the fundamentals of football for experienced and non-experienced players alike. For more information on the camp or First Team Athletics’ program, contact Eddy Arza at 786-370-7066 or log on at www.firstteamathletics.com.
Coral Park wide receiver Juwan Caesar had a breakout senior season, and made several college programs take notice.
Caesar believes he's found the right school.
Caesar committed to Michigan State University Friday following a senior year in which he caught 43 passes for 754 yards and eight touchdowns in only seven games. His efforts helped the Rams, who had won only five games in the prior six seasons, to a 5-5 record.
"He's very excited about going to Michigan State," Coral Park coach Tim Wood said. "He had a few other offers, but that was the school he liked the most."
Caesar (6-5, 210 pounds) is rated the No. 21 overall prospect in Miami-Dade County by The Miami Herald and No. 4 among receivers. He also has offers from UCF, Minnesota, South Florida and West Virginia.
Caesar had also recently drawn interest from the University of Miami, but not an offer according to Wood.
Tim "Ice" Harris Sr., the father of former Hurricanes cornerback Brandon Harris and USA Today's High School Football Coach of the Year in 2007, is heading back to Booker T. Washington. He is expected to be named the school's football coach as early as Monday.
Harris spent the last three years as a special assistant to former Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon, but left the program earlier this week according to UM . Harris helped coordinate the football team's community relations projects and assisted in other day-to-day operations of the football program when he was at UM. He won state championships in football and track at Booker T. in 2007.
After his son declared he would enter the draft earlier this month, Harris Sr. said he would remain at UM but was looking to get back into coaching. His son Tim Jr. served has been an assistant at Booker T. Washington since Harris left.