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van der Kuyp, Mastrole & Strong on radio

Different night, earlier time this week as the Maroone High School Gridiron Report returns to WQAM (560 AM) on Thursday night (8-9) with an impressive guest list.

Larry Blustein has been busy attending camps, combines and 7-on-7 events and has plenty of information to share with everyone this week as he is joined by Hialeah fast-rising athlete Gheirry van der Kuyp, quarterback guru Ken Mastrole and University of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong.

He may have started his career as an unknown, but this winter and spring has been extremely special for van der Kuyp, who led the South Florida Football Fire to the championship of the Badger 7-on-7 tournament.

Whether as a quarterback, where his pinpoint passes and leadership have attracted plenty of attention - or as a receiver, who simply overwhelms many defensive backs, van der Kuyp has elevated himself to a different level.

Offers are pouring in for this 6-2.5, 190-pounder. He will join the show at 8:15.

Running the highly successful Mastrole Passing Academy, this one time Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons and University of Maryland standout has spent the past few years developing some of the top young quarterback prospects.

His year-round passing camps and clinics has opened up an avenue in South and Southwest Florida that has never been there before.

From Iowa-bound Jake Rudock to some of the top rising players for the Classes of 2012, 2013 and even 2014, Mastrole, who worked the Elite 11 event in Orlando, has set standards in teaching and coaching.

Mastrole will join the show at 8:30.

The Big 3 in the state of Florida withstood one of the most impressive out-of-state recruiting jobs this past year when Strong and his Louisiville staff - spearheaded by former University of Miami coach Clint Hurtt - came south and landed some of the top-rated prospects in the state, including Miami-Dade's No. 1 player, Teddy Bridgewater and the No. 2 player, Gerod Holliman from Southridge.

After waiting 27 years for an opportunity to be a head coach, Strong made the most of his first season by leading the Cardinals to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons and becoming the first Louisville coach to earn BIG EAST Coach of the Year accolades.

Strong led the Cardinals to a 7-6 record, but had the Cardinals playing hard and consistent football all season. Louisville was in every football game it played, losing six games by a total of 49 points.

During his head tenure at Florida, he has coached 13 All-Americans, a National Defensive Player of the Year, a Jack Tatum Award winner, two SEC Defensive Freshmen of the Year, two Thorpe Award finalists, two Nagurski Trophy finalists and the 2008 Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year. He has developed seven first-round NFL Draft picks and 18 players that were selected in the third round or higher. This year, cornerback Joe Haden was the seventh pick in the NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns, while Carlos Dunlap, Brandon Spikes, Jermaine Cunningham and Major Wright were all selected in the first three rounds.

Strong will join the Maroone Gridiron Report at 8:45.

You can listen to the show on www.wqam.com as well as checking out archived information and more high school sports at www.sfhighschoolsports.com.