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March 31, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Vernon Davis

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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 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: Vernon Davis
YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Coral Reef

CITY: Miami

POSITION: DB

HEIGHT: 5-10

WEIGHT: 170
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Chevas Clements

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: There have been some impressive football talent that has been able to turn it up a few notches in the off season, but few have made the overall impact that this quality talent has.

A spring that has included being a huge part of the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team, and turning plenty of heads along the way with his quickness, ability to read formations and come up with huge game-changing plays.

This is a talent who went from way off the recruiting radar when January began, and by the time March rolled around, he was already a player who many schools were taking a long look at.

With a few schools already offering, you can almost guarantee by the time spring has ended and the summer begins, there will be several more schools who will try and sway Davis.

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March 30, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Gavin Ricketts

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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 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: Gavin Ricketts

YEAR: 2012 

SCHOOL: Western

CITY: Davie

POSITION: DL

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 255
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Rashad West

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: One of the strongest and most athletic defensive linemen in the region. This is a player who has tremendous instincts and a knack of knowing where the flow of the play is headed.

Having watched him play last year, and perform in the off season, there was a sense that here was an athlete who would be noticed off his athletic ability alone.

Does not shy away from competition. He often goes against the best offensive linemen in drills, games and combine events.

Whether at the Elite Scouting Services South Florida stop - or any other place he shows up to, there is a sense to showcase his skills, getting him noticed - in a hurry!

Extremely strong with an impressive 31 reps of 185 pounds and very quick (4.94 - 40) for a player with this size. This is an athlete who will climb the ladder, quickly.

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March 29, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Ernest Freeman

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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 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: Ernest Freeman

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Carol City

CITY: Miami Gardens

POSITION: RB

HEIGHT: 6-1

WEIGHT: 195
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Harold Barnwell

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: From the time he stepped onto the field as a ninth grader in high school this was one of those players you watched and appreciated.

One of the top rated sophomores in the state two years ago, and then against, last year, during his junior season, this was a player that everyone watched - with a solid future in mind.

A big, physical back who combines power, speed and outstanding running instincts, most didn't get to see him do what he does best last year - carry the entire load.

There is little doubt that this BCS back will get more carries in 2011, and when that happens, everyone around the nation will see exactly what everyone has been talking about for the past three years.

Could emerge as one of the top all-around backs in the state. A must get for teams who are in need of a big back who can make plays!

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Brown, Guandolo and Zook on radio

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The Maroone High School Gridiron Report returns to Wednesday night this week with a huge show from 8-9 with another impressive guest list.

Larry Blustein will welcome in University of Miami linebacker commit Keith Brown from Norland, Cypress Bay head coach Mark Guandolo, and will continue to showcase colleges across the country with a visit to the University of Illinois and head coach Ron Zook.

The show can be heard on WQAM (560 AM) or archived on the impressive, new website South Florida High School Sports (www.sfhighschoolsports.com).

MVP LB HEADED TO THE "U"
One of the most impressive athletes in the nation, Brown, who committed to the University of Miami during his junior year - along with teammate Duke Johnson - has been impressive this off season.

Whether it's picking off balls or making key plays as a member of the South Florida Express - or as an MVP of the Nike Camp last weekend at the University of Miami, the 6-1, 220-pounder has lived up to all the hype that started as a sophomore at Miami Southridge and has continued with the Vikings.

A COACHING LEGEND
Name a school he has coached at over the past 30 years in South Florida, and it's a good bet that Guandolo has set standards.

From Hallandale to Chaminade-Madonna, Monsignor Pace, Miramar, Southridge and at his current position, Guandolo has won, turned out athletes and developed impressive student/athletes.

One of those most impressive teachers, there are very few head coaches who have been able to maintain and elevate teams and players the way Guandolo has during his impressive career.

With a young team that was supposed to be a year away from making a run at the state title, his Lightning stood toe-to-toe with nationally rated Miami Central before losing one of the toughest games last year.

This season, his team is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, looking to bring yet another team (Southridge and Chaminade) to state!

Jon Beason was one of many players who learned from Guandolo in high school.

STILL GOING STRONG
Ask any athlete who has played for him throughout his career and all will tell you what a positive influence Zook made on their lives.

Whether at the University of Florida or Illinois, Zook has made impressive strides by coaching athletes and getting them to the next level as well as any coach in the country.

Named the 2007 National and Big Ten Coach of the Year, Zook begins his seventh season at the helm of the Illinois football program. Known as a tireless worker and recruiter, Zook led Illinois to the biggest turnaround in college football in 2007 and looks to reestablish the Illini among the elite in the nation.

In Zook's six years at the helm, the Illini offense has led the conference in rushing twice (2006, 2007) and passing in 2008. Additionally, the rushing offense has finished in the NCAA top-20 three times during his tenure. Zook also has produced two first-round NFL draft picks in the past two seasons -- RB Rashard Mendenhall in 2008 and current Miami Dolphins DB Vontae Davis in 2009.

In 2009, Illinois quarterback Juice Williams set numerous milestone records, including career total offense where he surpassed the 10,000-yard mark, becoming only the sixth player in Big Ten history to do so. The Illini finished second in the league in rushing and 17th in the nation.

March 28, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Nequan Phillips

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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 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: Nequan Phillips

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Southridge

CITY: Miami

POSITION: DB

HEIGHT: 5-10

WEIGHT: 175

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Patrick Burrows

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: There may not be a defensive back who has made more of an impact this spring with his aggressive style of play. This is a quality football talent who burst onto the scene last year as a member of one of Florida's most talented secondaries.

Followed up a sound junior season with a tremendous off season - with outstanding play at the Badger 7-on-7 event in Tampa and at every combine he has taken part in.

This native of Milwaukee arrived in south Florida and immediately fit in with his quickness, strength and superb ball skills. Most colleges who have watched him play love the way he hits and makes big plays.

If you watch him enough you will fully understand why college coaches simply love his style of play. He backs off from nobody!

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Girls' Flag Football State Top 25

Alonso, the top-ranked team in our preseason preview, validates our selection by beating three ranked teams en route to capturing the title of the Capital City Classic at Tallahassee. Defending state champion Seminole Ridge comes in a close second in our initial in-season rankings after opening with a 32-0 victory over usually-strong Palm Beach Central. Dr. Phillips starts the regular season ranked #3 after defeating five opponents by a combined score of 210-7.
 
The Florida Flag Football Power 25
1. Alonso (6-0) 78.6
2. Seminole Ridge (1-0) 78.1
3. Dr. Phillips (5-0) 77.6
4. Chamberlain (4-0) 76.5
5. Robinson (2-2) 74.5
6. Cypress Bay (1-0) 74.0
7. Miramar (3-0) 71.7
8. Jupiter (2-0) 70.0
9. Monarch (2-0) 69.7
10. Palm Beach Gardens (1-0) 69.2
11. Dixie Hollins (5-1) 69.1
12. Everglades (1-0) 69.0
13. Leon (3-1) 67.0
14. North Broward Prep (2-1) 66.5
15. Mandarin (6-1) 66.4
16. Monsignor Pace (3-0) 66.2
17. Chiles (2-0) 65.8
18. East Bay (5-1) 65.6
19. Western (2-0) 65.5
20. West Orange (3-0) 64.7
21. Lakewood (4-1) 63.8
22. Flagler Palm Coast (4-0) 63.5
23. Fort Lauderdale (3-0) 63.2
24. Douglas (1-1) 63.0
25. Freedom-Tampa (3-0) 62.7
 
About the rankings: Joe Pinkos’ Power Ratings are calculated using a formula based on strength of opposition and margin of victory. To determine the forecasted margin of victory between any two teams, simply figure the difference in the respective power ratings.
 
SOUTH FLORIDA REGION RANKINGS 
(Includes Districts 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24)
1. Seminole Ridge (1-0) 78.1
2. Cypress Bay (1-0) 74.0
3. Miramar (3-0) 71.7

4. Jupiter (2-0) 70.0
5. Monarch (2-0) 69.7
6. Palm Beach Gardens (1-0) 69.2
7. Everglades (1-0) 69.0
8. North Broward Prep (2-1) 66.5
9. Monsignor Pace (3-0) 66.2
10. Western (2-0) 65.5
11. Fort Lauderdale (3-0) 63.2
12. Douglas (1-1) 63.0

13. Boynton Beach (2-0) 62.1
14. Lake Worth (1-0) 61.0
15. Plantation (1-1) 60.7
16. Hollywood Hills (3-0) 60.3
17. Pompano Beach (2-0) 60.0

18. West Boca Raton (2-0) 59.5
19. West Broward (1-0) 59.0
20. Taravella (2-0) 57.5
21. Dillard (1-1) 57.0

22. Palm Beach Central (1-1) 56.1
23. Suncoast (1-2) 56.0
24. William T. Dwyer (2-0) 55.9
25. Coral Springs Charter (1-1) 55.7
26. Forest Hill (1-1) 55.6
27. Stranahan (0-2) 55.5
28. Pembroke Pines Charter (3-0) 54.9
29. Royal Palm Beach (0-1) 52.0
30. Santaluces (2-1) 51.8
31. Coral Springs (1-1) 51.6
32. Cooper City (1-1) 51.5

33. Park Vista (1-1) 51.1
34. Boyd Anderson (1-1) 48.1
35. John I. Leonard (0-1) 48.0
36. Archbishop McCarthy (0-1) 47.5
37. Piper (1-1) 45.7
38. Ely (1-1) 45.3
39. McArthur (0-1) 45.0

40. Boca Raton (2-1) 44.3
41. Olympic Heights (1-0) 44.1
42. Wellington (1-2) 43.6
43. Coral Glades (0-2) 43.2
44. Coconut Creek (0-2) 40.8
45. Flanagan (0-1) 40.0

46. Atlantic-Delray Beach (0-3) 39.4
47. Mater Academy (0-2) 39.2
48. Okeechobee (2-0) 35.4
49. Nova (0-1) 35.0
50. Pahokee (1-1) 34.8
51. Deerfield Beach (0-3) 34.7
52. Glades Central (0-2) 34.3
53. Spanish River (0-2) 33.2
54. Hallandale (1-1) 32.1
55. Northeast-Oakland Park (0-3) 29.0
56. Hebrew Academy (1-2) 28.3

57. Palm Beach Lakes (0-2) 28.2
58. South Plantation (0-2) 26.5
59. Inlet Grove (0-2) 20.2
60. South Broward (0-3) 19.5
61. International Studies (0-3) 16.8

 
South Florida Region Scores
Monday, March 21

Park Vista 19, Wellington 0
Santaluces 18, Boca Raton 7
Suncoast 14, Atlantic-Delray Bch. 0
Taravella 15, Boyd Anderson 0
 
Tuesday, March 22
Boca Raton 7, Atlantic-Delray Bch. 2
Boynton Beach 14, Wellington 8
Coral Sprgs Charter 18, Deerfield Bch 0
Cypress Bay 39, Nova 0
Dillard 35, South Plantation 0
Douglas 6, Coral Springs 0
Ely 13, Coral Glades 6
Everglades 52, South Broward 0
Fort Lauderdale 19, Plantation 13
Hollywood Hills 21, Flanagan 0
Miramar 64, International Studies 0
Monarch 7, North Broward Prep 6 OT
Monsignor Pace 34, Hebrew Academy 0
Okeechobee 9, Glades Central 6
Pahokee 31, Inlet Grove 12
Palm Bch. Central 34, Palm Bch Lakes 0
Pembroke Pines 28, Hallandale 0
Piper 12, Coconut Creek 6
Pompano Beach 27, NE-Oakland Park 0
West Boca Raton 27, Spanish River 0
Western 12, Stranahan 0
William T. Dwyer 21, Santaluces 15
 
Wednesday, March 23
Boynton Beach 14, Forest Hill 0
Cooper City 6, Archbishop McCarthy 0
Hallandale 13, South Broward 0
Lake Worth 13, John I. Leonard 0
Mater East 26, Somerset Academy 7
Miramar d. Mater Academy
Monsignor Pace 34, Int’l Studies 0
North Broward Prep 33, Deerfield Bch. 0
Pembroke Pines 30, Hebrew Academy 0
Santaluces 12, Park Vista 7
West Boca Raton 7, Suncoast 6
 
Thursday, March 24
Boca Raton 13, Spanish River 0
Boyd Anderson 29, NE-Oakland Park 0
Coral Springs 7, Coral Glades 6
Forest Hill 6, Royal Palm Beach 0
Fort Lauderdale 22, Dillard 20
Hebrew Academy 8, South Broward 0
Hollywood Hills 13, Cooper City 0
Jupiter 20, Suncoast 6
Monarch 6, Douglas 0
N. Broward Prep 6, Coral Spg. Charter 0
Okeechobee 21, Pahokee 18
Olympic Hts. 6, Atlantic-Delray Bch. 0
Palm Beach Gardens 47, Inlet Grove 0
Plantation 13, Stranahan 6
Pompano Beach 27, Coconut Creek 7
Seminole Ridge 32, Palm Bch. Central 0
Taravella 19, Ely 6
Wellington 6, Glades Central 0
West Broward 20, Piper 6
Western 33, South Plantation 0
William T. Dwyer 32, Palm Bch Lakes 6
 
Friday, March 25
Fort Lauderdale 33, Deerfield Beach 0
Hollywood Hills 26, NE-Oakland Park 0
Jupiter 42, Village Academy 0
Miramar 26, McArthur 0
Monsignor Pace 44, Mater Academy 0
Pembroke Pines 33, Int’l Studies 0

March 27, 2011

Gibbons' Hallmon commits to Texas Tech

There were so many reasons for Cardinal Gibbons linebacker Erick Hallmon to commit to Texas Tech on Sunday.

The three year starter for the Chiefs loved the school, head coach Tommy Tuberville coached his father at Miami and his one time teammate, Sean Corker, is a freshman for the Red Raiders.

Cardinal Gibbons Offensive Coordinator Matt Dubuc, a Texas Tech alum, knew he would love the school, but is honest that he was surprised that he decided so early.

“I was really caught off guard,” Dubuc said. “This is a quality football player who is going to a place where I can tell you - firsthand - it’s a great fit for both, Erick and the school.”

Hallmon, a 6-0, 195-pounder, who has played a key role in the success of the Chiefs the past two seasons, could play either linebacker or safety, which is also a position he could be considered at over the next year.

Texas Tech defensive back coach Otis Mounds is also someone the family is familiar with.

March 26, 2011

RecruitingDoctor.com Combine a success

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NORTH MIAMI - They came from southwest Miami, Broward County and even Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach to gain exposure in one of the most unique football combine settings you will see.

A quarter of a mile north of heavily traveled US 1 was an event that was important enough to attract longtime University of Miami and Southridge coach Don Soldinger. He brought a number of his friends from his “neighborhood” along to teach and bring back the old days of coaching and teaching.

The RecruitingDoctor.com combine at North Miami Stadium was a very impressive football event that tested athletes and put them through much of the same things that countless events of that nature often do. But this one was a lot different, as education was the order of the day.

RecruitingDoctor.com founder and innovator, Todd Meiklejohn, who experienced the recruiting process as a player, at Southridge, and as a father, who watched his son Perry (UCF) go through the rigors of recruiting, has really stepped it up several notches with his book “Moving The Chains - A Parent’s Guide To High School Football Recruiting” that includes EVERYTHING needed to chart the choppy waters of the recruiting process.

“What we want to do is educate the parents, who in turn will have the knowledge to help their kids,” Meiklejohn said, after a two-hour seminar at nearby Alonzo and Tracey Mourning High School. “There are so many things that need to be explained - from how they can assist in the process - to knowing exactly who they are talking to - and from where!”

While football was indeed the order of the day, with athletes getting the opportunity to learn about themselves, there was a golden opportunity to have the same coaches work with them as dozens of other athletes who have played in the NFL had.

“These kids out here have no clue how fortunate they were today,” said Soldinger. “You had some of the best football minds over the past 25 plus years out here teaching, preaching and sharing what it takes to succeed.”

The event also set many firsts - including the seminar, which every parents was impressed with, and the live streaming video of the combine on La Ley Sports, which enabled hundreds of college coaches from across the country to check out some Florida-bred football players.

“We had over 300 college coaches from across the country sign up to watch this event,” Meiklejohn said. “It is a huge tool for those D2, D3, NAIA and junior college programs that cannot afford to send coaches down here too many times.”

The event also opened the doors to the academic side of the recruiting, teaching the athletes that no matter how fast they are, or if they can throw the ball 70 yards, if they don’t have grades, they will have to fight harder for everything.”

HALL OF FAME CONNECTION
There were a number of athletes who truly turned some heads. But few had the look of Jensen Beach lineman Curtis Csonka, who just happens to be the nephew of Dolphin great and NFL Hall of Famer, Larry Csonka.

This is an athlete that looked good. He has tremendous size and moves real well. He is scheduled to be at the Nike Camp on Sunday. Speaking of making an impression, Delray Beach Atlantic 2013 defensive back Brisley Estime and 2014 athlete Adly Enoicy are impressive.

Nearby North Miami and Miami High had the most players at the event, but that didn’t stop other programs from having the opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches South Florida has ever had.

Among some of the other players who turned some heads included Tad Cato (Miami High), Official Coffey (North Miami), Jean Edward-Berry (North Miami), Elvis Trujillo (Miami High), Gian Colombo (Alonzo & Tracey Mourning), Nicholas Jeanty (Archbishop McCarthy), Paul Royal (Carol City), Elston Lane (Miami Northwestern), Jacob McCrary (Miami Coral Reef), Ernest Felton (Miami Jackson), Tyler Vickers (Miami Southridge), Trenton Perriman (Miami Northwestern) and Shaquille Green (Miami Doral Academy) to name a few.

The event being in its first year, there is feeling - with Trainers R Us getting involved as well, things can really take off with La Ley Sports (laleysports.com) at the center of the programming.

For those of you wanting to know which players matched up with the numbers on their shirts or shorts during the streaming feed, here is a list with names, school and number:

1. Ali Abughanieh, North Miami
2. Kenny Ade, North Miami
3. Andres Olarte, Miami Ferguson
4. Jude Alexis, North Miami
5. Rurel Allen, Delray Beach Atlantic
6. Miguel Andrillan, Miami Killian
7. Parsa Aref, Miami Ferguson
8. Sidney August, North Miami
11. Alec Bernace, Davie Western
12. Jean Edward-Berry, North Miami
13. Reyly Bonilla, Miami High
14. Marcelis Branch, Miami Southridge
15. Tad Cato, Miami High
16. Alix Cesar, North Miami
18. Official Coffey, North Miami
19. Curtis Csonka, Jensen Beach
20. Jordany Deus, North Miami
21. Luis Diaz, Miami Ferguson
23. Albert Domond, Miami Monsignor Pace
24. Amir El-Hilon, North Miami
26. William Ellison, Davie Western
27. Adly Enoicy, Delray Beach Atlantic
28. Brisley Estime, Delray Beach Atlantic
29. Javier Flores
30. Andrew Francis
31. Frederic Miron, Miami High
33. Marcus Gaskin, Delray Beach Atlantic
35. Alberto Gonzalez, Miami High
36. Franklin Guijano, Miami High
37. Terrance Wright, Miami High
38. Darnell Hill
39. Jackson Imbert, North Miami
40. Carlos Insignares, Miami Archbishop Carroll
41. Thoby Jean-Bart, North Miami
42. Eden Jilot, North Miami
43. Manuel Kashem, Miami Ferguson
44. Gabriel Lopez, Miami Ferguson
45. Miguel Lopez, Miami Monsignor Pace
46. Kevin Loudier, North Miami
47. Maxime Louis, North Miami
48. Elysee Marcelin, Davie Western
49. Jose Marenco, Miami High
53. Alexander Morales, North Miami
54. Emmanuel Moreira, Miami High
55. Christian Moreno, Miami Ferguson
56. Jonathan McKinney, North Miami
57. Kenly Napoleon, North Miami
58. Alexander Pace, Miami Ferguson
59. David Phanor, North Miami
60. Derek Polydor, North Miami
61. Sebastian Ponce, Miami Ferguson
62. Jeff Porcena, North Miami
63. Antonio Puente, Delray Beach Atlantic
64. Brandon Ramirez, Miami Ferguson
65. Kelvin Reyes, Miami High
66. Durvan Rios, Miami Ferguson
67. Jessi Rios, Miami High
68. Ismael Rivera, Hialeah
69. Shelby Seraphin, Hollywood McArthur
70. Daniel Shevlin, Davie Western
72. Dashaun Smith, North Miami
73. Patrick Smith, North Miami
74. Nicholas Stricker, North Miami
75. Jermine St. Louis, North Miami
76. Djibral Sow, Flanagan
77. Trenaris Timmons, North Miami
78. Elvis Trujillo, Miami High
79. Anthony Valdes, Palm Beach Central
80. Luis Villa, Miami Ferguson
81. Christopher Walkins
82. Chad Ward, Delray Beach Atlantic
83. Harry Davis, Miami Southridge
84. Yavin Perry, North Miami
85. Victor Perez, South Dade
86. Dario Marquez, Miami Killian
87. Alex Pierre-Louis, Alonzo & Tracey Mourning
88. Andrew Gray, Miami High
89. Kevin Carabeo, Miami High
90. Jesus Charles, Miami High
91. Gian Colombo, Alonzo & Tracey Mourning
92. Nicholas Jeanty, Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy
93. Kevin Allen, Miami Palmetto
94. Will McVeigh, Jensen Beach
95. Addison Sagastune, South Dade
96. Kevin Sagastune, South Dade
97. Paul Royal, Carol City
98. Felix Cedeno, Miami Killian
99. Richard Griffin-Harris
100. Jonathan Schultz, Miami Belen Jesuit
101. Jerry Anselme, North Miami
102. Mijuan Frederick, Miami High
103. Elston Lane, Miami Northwestern
104. Jacob McCrary, Miami Coral Reef
105. Ernest Felton, Miami Jackson
106. James Atkins, Miami Southridge
107. Demarcus White, Miami LaSalle
108. Marquese Brown, Westland Hialeah
109. Tyler Vickers, Miami Southridge
110. Trenton Perriman, Miami Northwestern
111. Robert Orban, Miami Columbus
112. Akil Walker-Terry, Miami Southridge
113. Jakeem Stevens, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic
114. Tafari Myrthil, Hialeah
115. Peter Olibrice, North Miami
116. Brandin Williamson, Miami Varela
117. Donly Theagene, Alonzo & Tracey Mourning
118. Brian King, Pompano Beach Ely
119. Guilermo Perez, Alonzo & Tracey Mourning
121. Shaquille Green, Miami Doral Academy
122. Juan Estinar, North Miami


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March 25, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Kolby Gray

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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 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: Kolby Gray 

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Fort Lauderdale

CITY: Fort Lauderdale

POSITION: WR

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 180

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Richard Dunbar

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Here is one of those emerging players who we watched last season and started to notice how impressive he truly is over the past two months.

An impressive route runner who also can jump and create separation with his quickness and knowledge of the position.

Because he is still learning, many of his catches get too far into his body, but as he learns to use his hands more in the entire process, he has a chance to be very special.

While he still needs to learn to block more up field, his coaches love that he can make adjustments to catching the ball, and are excited that he is starting to become more of a compete receiver.

He is already being looked at by a number of BCS schools, which will continue attract more in the spring - and into the summer.

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March 24, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Fabian Moreau

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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 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: Fabian Moreau

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Western

CITY: Davie

POSITION: RB

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 170
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Rashad West

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: In a region that has more than its share of quality backs, here is yet another to add to that growing list of D1 prospects who have only scratched the surface when it comes to talent.

A very good line from scrimmage runner who has quickness, tremendous vision and a knack of knowing where the hole is - and getting through it - quickly.

The potential of this outstanding prospect goes further than most backs. Being 6-foot is a tremendous advantage when it comes to vision. It also helps when you can catch the ball the way he does, which gives college recruiters and those who evaluate talent another avenue.

His size and athletic ability puts him a tremendous situation. Receiver would be an idea position, and with his natural running instincts, this could be a player who continues to grab the spotlight with so many positives working in his favor.

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