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 continue to shine the spotlight on many athletes during the pre-spring, 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.
Don't forget that the exposure continues on FACEBOOK (Herald Recruiting) and via Twitter @ larryblustein.
PLAYER: Cole Champion
SCHOOL: St. Thomas Aquinas
CITY: Fort Lauderdale
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Rocco Casullo
PHOTO COURTESY OF ELITE SCOUTING SERVICES
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: If you go back and watch the 2010 5A state title game, there will be little doubt in your mind how impressive this football player is.
One of the most sure tacklers in the state of Florida, his ability to get to play-makers and stop them in their tracks is what has this exceptional talent on the radar screen nationally.
In the win over Tampa Plant, and throughout his entire junior season, the game-saving tackles he made certainly made it possible for the Raiders to bring home a second national title in three years.
Has quickness, knows how to read plays and can drop into pass coverage with some of the best in the state. Coaches who have played against the Raiders call him one of the best defensive players in the Class of 2012!
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