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April 29, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Feddie Davey

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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: Feddie Davey 

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Norland

CITY: Miami Gardens

POSITION: LB

HEIGHT: 5-11

WEIGHT: 195
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Daryl Heidelburg

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: As we roam South Florida throughout the spring and summer, we will continue to find athletes - a lot luck this quality prospect - who for one reason or another - has not received the attention he deserves.

Considered to be undersized to play the linebacker position at the next level, Davey has everything you are looking for in a football player. He is athletic, has good speed and is a very hard worker. In addition, he knows enough about the position that he knows exactly where the flow of the play is going.

An instinctive playmaker who registered 135 tackles and 8 sacks for a Vikings team that made it to the 3A state title game.

Reminds many of Dr. Krop tackling machine Marvin Jean, who had tremendous instincts, a nose for the ball and was a good student in the classroom - much like Feddie (NOT FREDDIE)! Also, like Jean, there is a chance that colleges would want him to move to safety.

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April 28, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Sanyo Jean

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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: Sanyo Jean

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: South Dade

CITY: Homestead

POSITION: WR

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 185
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Greg Dentino

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: One of the real "sleepers" in this class, this sure-handed prospect has really turned some heads in the off season after a very impressive junior season for the district champions.

Even though he knows where the end zone is, and found his way there a few times a year ago, this is a true possession type of player with deceptive speed and a power running style. His blocking skills are also what colleges are keeping an eye on.

The thing that really makes him an effective prospect is he lines up as a receiver, in the slot or as a tight end, where he is able to get off the line of scrimmage and create separation against a linebacker.

This is a talent that plays on the offensive side of the ball, and makes an impact. It wouldn't surprise us to see him play on defense at the next level. Perhaps a linebacker or even a strong safety. He is a very versatile player.

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April 27, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Jeremy Glinton

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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: Jeremy Glinton
YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Northeast

CITY: Oakland Park

POSITION: WR

HEIGHT: 6-1

WEIGHT: 175

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Donnell Bennett

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Yet another top flight prospect who has been getting a lot of attention during the spring.

A talented pass catcher who has tremendous hands, runs very good routes and creates separation with 4.56 speed and a knack of knowing where to run.

Really benefited in a major way last season as sophomore Stacey Coley grabbed much of the attention, and in return, gave Glinton an opportunity to showcase his skills.

No matter where we watched him in the off season, coaches have made positive comments about his play as a receiver and the way he works in practice.

While many quality football players turned some heads in the winter and spring, here is someone who continues to make an impression.

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April 26, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Ereck Flowers

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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: Ereck Flowers

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Norland

CITY: Miami Gardens

POSITION: OL

HEIGHT: 6-6

WEIGHT: 290
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Daryl Heidelburg

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELITE SCOUTING SERVICES.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: This one time Dr. Krop young prospect has matured, grow some three inches and added muscle to his already imposing frame.

One of the things that got the Vikings to the 3A title game last season was the play up front, be able to block for a superior running game, and provide time for a growing passing game.

This is an athlete who fits the role of a quality prospect. His feet are quick, he has tremendous upper body strength and continues to improve in his battles up front with quality line prospects, which is something colleges will want to see.

Make no mistake, this is an athlete who will turn plenty of heads the rest of the off season and into his final year at the high school level because of the many positives he brings to the game.

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April 25, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Johnnie Durante

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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: Johnnie Durante

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Dr. Krop

CITY: Miami

POSITION: WR

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 180
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: David Hudson

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELITE SCOUTING SERVICES.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Another one of the outstanding South Florida athletes who has flown way beneath anyone's radar screen, but that changed this spring.

Watching him for the first time last summer, this is a talented football player who can play anywhere on the field, which makes him extremely versatile and athletic.

As a receiver, where many colleges have locked in, he has very good hands, improving route running abilities and does have the speed to separate.

Having watched him play on the defensive side of the ball as a safety, and on special teams, this is truly an athlete that you need on any team. He played competitive 7-on-7 this spring, which has provided and edge from a competition standpoint.

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Hernandez, Vogt and Jones on radio

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With the NFL Draft taking center stage this week, the Maroone High School Gridiron Report comes to Tuesday night from 8-9 on WQAM (560 AM) with a tremendous guest list.

Joining Larry Blustein on the show are Miami Belen Jesuit safety/running back Frankie Hernandez, Scout.com FSU analyst Geoff Vogt and University of Cincinnati head football coach Butch Jones.

VERSATILE ATHLETE
How the experts can sift through some of the top prospects for the Class of 2012 and completely leave Hernandez off any lists is not only mind-boggling to fans who have watched this quality player perform over the past two years, but to his head coach Richard Stuart, who has watched this 5-11, 190-pounder develop.

No matter the competition, Hernandez has been able to rise to the occasion and get the job done for the Wolverines, who leave Norland behind to compete in a district at 6A that has Northwestern and Central among the schools.

This gifted football talent is more recognized for his hits on defense, but on offense, he runs the ball as well as anyone.

THE PULSE ON FLORIDA
Growing up in South Florida and attending Cardinal Gibbons High provided Vogt with plenty of football talent to keep an eye on.

As one of the top high school recruiting specialists in the state of Florida, he has been able to keep on top of some of the major prospects heading to the next level.

Running Scout.com’s website NoleDigest.com, he has been able to keep close to the Seminoles. Running the Florida High School recruiting website for Scout has given him a chance to follow the entire state.

WINNING IN CINCY
One of the top guests of the Maroone High School Gridiron report each year is Coach Jones. Whether it was at Central Michigan - or his current position with the Bearcats, he has always looked to Florida to keep his programs balanced.

Since arriving in Cincinnati, Jones has made an immediate impact, building a staff of championship-level coaches and teachers, as well as an atmosphere of competition and family, while also overseeing an academic program of great success. The team's GPA has stayed consistently at a 2.7 or above since Jones' arrival. In the winter 2010 quarter, 37 players achieved a GPA of 3.0 or above with 13 between a 3.5 and 4.0.



In 2010, the Bearcats led the BIG EAST in scoring offense (27.1 ppg), total offense (417.3 ypg), passing offense (260.7 ypg), first downs (21.9 pg), third-down conversions (45.6 pct.), and touchdown passes (27).

Wide receiver Armon Binns and quarterback Zach Collaros were both First-Team all-BIG EAST selections while five other teammates earned all-BIG EAST honors.

In four years as a collegiate head coach, Jones holds a 31-21 mark, a 22-8 record in conference play, three bowl appearances, and a pair of league championships.



Prior to leading the Bearcats, Jones spent three seasons at Central Michigan University, leading the Chippewas to a pair of Mid-American Conference Championships and three-straight bowl appearances from 2007-09.

At Central Michigan, Jones continued that program's renaissance, going 27-13 over the past three seasons, including a 22-3 mark in league games, winning a pair of MAC Championships (2007, 2009), playing in three-straight bowl games, and earning a postseason ranking of No. 23 in 2009. He is the only coach in CMU history to lead the team to consecutive bowl games and is the first in MAC history to do it in his first three seasons as head coach.



You can also listen live on www.wqam.com or archives at sfhighschoolsports.com.

Miramar moves up in flag football rankings

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The Sunshine State’s top three teams remain the same as last week.
 
#1 Seminole Ridge pulled a hat trick last week--- beating North Broward Prep 14-0, then #4 Palm Beach Gardens 13-0 and Lake Worth 20-0. #2 Chamberlain ended the regular season by downing Wharton 27-6. #3 Tampa Freedom blanked Riverview 26-0 before nipping Power 25 member East Bay 14-13.

After beating previously unbeaten Everglades, Miramar moved up along with Cypress Bay and 10-1 Fort Lauderdale.
 
District tournaments begin on today, leading to eight first-round, play-in games on Saturday.
 
The Florida Flag Football Power 25
1. Seminole Ridge (12-0) 80.0
2. Chamberlain (9-0) 76.1
3. Freedom-Tampa (9-0) 75.9
4. Harmony (9-0) 75.7
5. Dr. Phillips (11-1) 75.1
6. Chiles (12-0) 75.0
7. Miramar (9-1) 72.9
8. Cypress Bay (9-3) 72.8
9. Fort Lauderdale (10-1) 72.2

10. Dixie Hollins (11-1) 72.1
11. Boynton Beach (11-1) 72.0
12. Palm Beach Gardens (11-1) 71.9
13. Alonso (11-1) 71.8
14. Mandarin (11-1) 71.2
15. East Bay (10-2) 71.1
16. Pompano Beach (8-2) 70.9
17. Everglades (10-1) 70.8

18. Leon (8-2) 70.7
19. Jupiter (7-2) 70.6
20. Robinson (7-2) 70.5
21. Plant (8-4) 69.9
22. Hollywood Hills (10-1) 65.7
23. Plant City (9-0) 65.1
24. Seabreeze (10-1) 63.5
25. West Boca Raton (7-2) 63.4
 
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- District Tournament Seedings (with team records and power ratings)
 
District 16
1S- Palm Beach Gardens (11-1) 71.9
2S- Jupiter (7-2) 70.6
3S- Suncoast (8-4) 60.0
4S- William T. Dwyer (8-4) 55.1
 
District 17
1S- Seminole Ridge (12-0) 80.0
2S- Palm Beach Central (7-1) 60.1
3S- Okeechobee (3-3) 43.9
4S- Royal Palm Beach (6-5) 55.2
 
District 18
1S- Boynton Beach (11-1) 72.0
2S- Santaluces (4-4) 51.6
3S- Lake Worth (6-6) 51.0
4S- John I. Leonard (3-6) 46.2
 
District 19
1S- Boca Raton (8-4) 54.1
2S- West Boca Raton (7-2) 63.4
3S- Olympic Heights (4-5) 47.1
4S- Spanish River (1-8) 39.1
 
District 20
1S- Monarch (7-3) 62.2
2S- Douglas (6-4) 58.9
3S- Coral Springs (5-3) 55.4
4S- Coral Glades (2-8) 47.9
 
District 21
1S- Pompano Beach (8-2) 70.9
2S- Taravella (8-3) 62.9
3S- Ely (6-5) 55.5
4S- Piper (5-4) 43.1
 
District 22
1S- Fort Lauderdale (10-1) 72.2
2S- Western (6-3) 63.3
3S- Plantation (6-4) 61.5
4S- Dillard (5-4) 60.8
 
District 23
1S- Cypress Bay (9-3) 72.8
2S- Hollywood Hills (10-1) 65.7
3S- West Broward (7-3) 54.5
4S- Cooper City (7-3) 63.1
 
District 24
1S- Everglades (10-1) 70.8
2S- Monsignor Pace (10-2) 61.1
3S- Miramar (9-1) 72.9
4S- Hallandale (3-5) 38.6
 
South Florida Scores
Monday, April 18

Cooper City 40, Coral Glades 0
Coral Springs 14, Taravella 12
Cypress Bay 26, South Plantation 0
Fort Lauderdale 12, Western 7
Hollywood Hills 18, West Broward 7
John I. Leonard 20, William T. Dwyer 6
Jupiter 42, Inlet Grove 0
Mater Academy 13, McArthur 7
Miramar 7, Everglades 0
Monarch 20, Coconut Creek 14
Monsignor Pace 13, Pembroke Pines Charter 12
Palm Beach Central 36, Spanish River 0
Piper 21, Northeast-Oakland Park 13
Pompano Beach 20, Deerfield Beach 7
Royal Palm Beach 33, Palm Beach Lakes 6
Seminole Ridge 14, North Broward Prep 0
 
Tuesday, April 19
Boynton Beach 19, Monarch 0
Cooper City 27, South Plantation 6
Cypress Bay 37, Northeast-Oakland Park 0
Dillard 12, Ely 6
Douglas 39, Piper 0
Jupiter 19, Monsignor Pace 0
North Broward Prep 12, Coral Springs Charter 0
Pembroke Pines Charter 33, Mater Academy 0
Plantation 26, Boyd Anderson 6
Royal Palm Beach 21, Boca Raton 14
Seminole Ridge 13, Palm Beach Gardens 0
Suncoast 33, Olympic Heights 7
Western 28, Flanagan 6
 
Wednesday, April 20
Flanagan 18, Pembroke Pines Charter 12 OT
Fort Lauderdale 35, Coral Springs 6
Hollywood Hills 25, McArthur 0
Mater Academy 13, Mater East 0
Park Vista 9, Atlantic-Delray Beach 0
Pompano Beach 19, Monarch 13
South Plantation 14, Nova 12
Stranahan 26, Northeast-Oakland Park 6
Suncoast 19, Wellington 0
Taravella 12, Douglas 0
Western 32, West Broward 7
William T. Dwyer 19, Lake Worth 18 3OT
 
Thursday, April 21
Boynton Beach 25, Palm Beach Lakes 0
Cooper City 36, South Broward 6
Cypress Bay 27, Western 22
Dillard 28, Boyd Anderson 8
Ely 33, Deerfield Beach 7
Everglades 38, West Broward 0
Fort Lauderdale 20, Coconut Creek 0
Hollywood Hills 13, Plantation 0
Mater Academy 32, Hialeah Educational 0
Monsignor Pace 19, Archbishop McCarthy 7
Olympic Heights 20, Santaluces 0
Pahokee 27, Okeechobee 13
Palm Beach Gardens 27, Royal Palm Beach 6
Park Vista 13, Spanish River 0
Pompano Beach 25, Douglas 7
Seminole Ridge 20, Lake Worth 0
Stranahan 20, Nova 0
Taravella 24, Coral Glades 0
William T. Dwyer 6, Boca Raton 0 OT
 
Friday, April 22
Palm Beach Gardens 61, John I. Leonard 0

April 22, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Sean Walters

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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: Sean Walters

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Hallandale

CITY: Hallandale

POSITION: S

HEIGHT: 6-1

WEIGHT: 190
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Dameon Jones

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELITE SCOUTING SERVICES

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Has emerged in the off season as an athlete to keep a close eye on - through the spring and summer as he learns more and more about the sport.

Because of injury, this one time Boyd Anderson basketball prospect, didn't play last year, but he did compete with the team all last spring and summer.

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, who played for Hallandale, this could definitely turn out to be one of those prospects who learns quickly and impresses in his final season.

In off season drills, camps, combines and 7-on-7s, he has dominated, and coaches who have watched him over the past two years, believe that this is one athlete who will catch everyone by surprise!

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April 21, 2011

Brodsky Award Dinner spotlights locals

With the 6th Annual Joe Brodsky Awards Banquet on the horizon next week, the South Florida Touchdown Club has released its winners Small_td
of Outstanding High School Football Athletes and Coach of the Year for the 2010 season.

Leading the list is Miami Central running back Devonta Freeman who is the Class 4A-Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year while Coral Gables linebacker Denzel Perryman will take home 4A-6A Defensive Player of the Year honors. Miami Norland defensive lineman Omar McFarlane was named the 1A-3A Defensive Player of the Year while Nicholas Busse, a center from Belen Jesuit was named 1A-3A Offensive Player of the Year. All four players were named to the Miami Herald’s First Team All-County squad.

After leading his team to its first-ever state championship last December, Miami Central’s Telly Lockette was named the Coach of the Year.

All will be on hand next Wednesday night, April 27 when the Touchdown Club holds its annual banquet. Brodsky was a legendary coach in Miami-Dade County in the 60s and 70s and led the Hialeah-Miami Lakes Trojans, when the school had only been opened two years, to the 1975 state football championship.

In honor of him, this year’s Awards Banquet will be held at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails followed by the dinner/awards ceremony at 7:15 p.m.

Former University of Miami standout and current radio analyst for the Canes, Don Bailey Jr. will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Freeman ran through, around and over opponents all last season finishing with 2,208 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns in leading the Rockets past Orlando Dr. Phillips in the Class 6A state championship game on Dec. 18 and has taken his talents to Florida State University, where he had an outs6tanding spring for the Seminoles.

Even though Gables failed to make the postseason, Perryman still had a huge year as he recorded an eye-popping 134 tackles and had seven sacks as well. He won’t have to go very far to play his college football as Perryman will attend the University of Miami right down the road next fall and play for new head coach Al Golden.

McFarlane was a near immovable object on the defensive front line as he helped lead the Vikings to the Class 3A state championship game where they lost to Tampa Jefferson. A four-year starter, McFarlane racked up 80 tackles and 14 sacks in 2010.

As a junior in 2009, Busse helped anchor a veteran offensive line with 36 pancake blocks as the Wolverines put together a magical run all the way to the Class 3A state championship game before losing to Pensacola. Last season he recorded 47 more “pancakes” and was the only senior on the offensive line as Belen won its second straight district championship. Like Freeman, Busse will take his football talents to Florida State next fall.

Tickets for the event are $60 per person or $500 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by calling the Touchdown Club hotline at 305-477-1815 or by email at event@brodskyawards.com.

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Eldridge Wilcox

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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: Eldridge Wilcox

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Palmetto

CITY: Miami
POSITION: WR

HEIGHT: 6-2

WEIGHT: 205

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Larry Coffey

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELITE SCOUTING SERVICES

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Having watched this talented athlete plenty over the past few years, there is a sense that this quality pass catcher is about to break out in 2011.

After an extremely impressive 10th grade season, last year he slipped with just a few catches. This is someone who has the talent to put it all together.

College coaches who have watched him the past two years believe that he has everything you need to make an lasting impression at the next level.

This is a huge season ahead - with a number of quality receivers in the region, he will have to step it up and not be overlooked. Some believe that he is still potential game-changer at the next level.

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