As colleges across the country wind down spring football, high school in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are gearing up for the month of May as spring football takes center stage.
The Maroone High School Gridiron Report gets back into action on Thursday night from 8-9 on WQAM (560 AM) as Larry Blustein welcomes in Oakland Park Northeast standout Kevis Jones, University School head coach Roger Harriott and Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano.
He plays quarterback, tight end, running back, linebacker and defensive end, and the 6-3, 215-pound Jones, who throws the ball 60 yards in the air, could very well be the most versatile football player in South Florida.
Coached by former University of Miami standout Donnell Bennett, Jones has become the talk of the spring with his athleticism and outstanding grades in the classroom opening the doors to colleges and universities across the country.
Most predict by the end of spring, he will have numerous offers from colleges who have not watched him play yet.
STICKING TO A PLAN
Five years into his plan to bring University School to another level on the football field, Harriott remains one of the top young coaches in a state that has seen some quality difference makers.
The one time St. Thomas Aquinas running back prospect, Harriott has assembled quite a coaching staff and a team that finished 13-1 a year ago, losing a heart-breaker to Ocala Trinity catholic in the 2B state finals in Orlando.
What do the Suns have for 2011? Harriott will have the answer to that question!
THE BUILDING PROCESS CONTINUES
One of the favorite college coaching guests every on the show is Schiano. His longtime association with the Sunshine State, and South Florida in particular, has made him one of the most admired and respected coaches around.
His success in the NFL and at the collegiate level has given him the opportunity coach several quality football players who have moved on to the next level.
Current NFL players who played under Schiano at Rutgers include Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett, Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster, Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gary Gibson, 2009 NFL Draft 1st round pick Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt, 7th round pick Jacksonville Jaguars WR Tiquan Underwood, 2008 NFL Draft 2nd round pick Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Miami Dolphins cornerback Nathan Jones, Baltimore Ravens tight end L.J. Smith, Cincinnati Bengals running back Brian Leonard, Buffalo Bills defensive end/long snapper Ryan Neill, Pittsburgh Steeler guard Darnell Stapleton, 2008 NFL Draft 3rd round pick Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Jeremy Zuttah and 2007 NFL Draft 5th round pick Jacksonville Jaguars guard Cam Stephenson. 2007 NFL Draft 7th round pick tight end/long snapper Clark Harris is on the Houston Texans practice squad.
While at the University of Miami, Schiano coached: NFL Pro Bowlers Dan Morgan, linebacker, retired; Jonathan Vilma, linebacker, New Orleans Saints; and Ed Reed, free safety, Baltimore Ravens.
Schiano received most of the major 2006 national Coach of the Year awards after orchestrating what was considered by many to be one of the great turn-around stories in college football history, transforming the hapless Scarlet Knights into a winning football program.
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