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.
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.
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