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May 20, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Daniel 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: Daniel Gray

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Boyd Anderson

CITY: Lauderdale Lakes

POSITION: CB

HEIGHT: 5-11

WEIGHT: 175
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: TBA.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: What this quality prospect lacks in experience, he more than makes up for in physical ability and big play capabilities. Watching him play last season, and into the spring this year, there is no doubt that this is player to keep an eye on.

While colleges have watched and admired what his potential on the football field will be, there is simply no denying the fact that this is one of the region's fastest football players, and for that reason alone, he is getting plenty of attention.

College coaches we have talked with are impressed by his size, football skills, physical style of play, and of course, his ability to run with anyone receiver he will cover.

His 4.3 speed was the one thing that first got him noticed by recruiting analysts, but when they saw he could also play football, that's when the interest started to peak. This summer and into the season will be important to his growth in the sport. Very confident player!


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Friday Night Lights - Youth Football Style

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Come be a part of the most unique and comprehensive youth football combine experience.
 
On Friday night, June 3, youth football players from across South Florida are welcome to take part in a combine that you’ll be talking about for years.
 
From 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Mullins Park, 10000 NW 29th St., (on astro-turf surface) in Coral Springs, football players from 11-14 years of age will get an introduction to the sport in a way they never thought possible.
 
INSTRUCTION
Former University of Maryland and Cardinal Gibbons graduate Ken Mastrole (Mastrole Passing Academy) and one time University of Kansas and St. Thomas Aquinas star running back “Tuxedo” Tony Sands, will join a number high school coaches to teach and take each player through the combine setting - most for the first time.
 
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME - THE PLAYER?
Not only will every player have the chance to learn football skills and technique from high school coaches, but their progress will be charted every year in this event and passed on to Elite Scouting Services for their high school combine.
 
From player information to video highlight, each athlete will be able to post information on their page on the popular Generation Nexxt Youth Sports website.
 
High schools will also be made aware of the event and the results from the testing portion.
 
TESTING
Each athlete will have the option to participate in each event. Ranging from the Standing Broad Jump to the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, shuttle run and others to test the athletic side of the athlete.
 
PURPOSE
Members of the event will take time out after testing - and before the football drills - to talk with parents and athletes about what lies ahead in recruiting. Focus will be on work in the classroom, where there are simply NO options! High school coaches will share with the player and the parent how to prepare for a successful high school career.
 
FOOTBALL
Teaching the actual football portion of the event will be coaches, who have been putting high school programs together for decades. From position breakdowns and instruction to “one-on-one” matchups, everything is covered.
 
MEDIA
This will easily be the most publicized event around. From “Youth Football Authority” Generation Nexxt setting up shop to WQAM (Radio), to the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel, Friday Night Lights - Youth Football Style has you covered.
 
COST
For $35 ($40 night of event), each athlete can get a jump on the competition by learning and performing at the same high level high school players do every week. For payment (Pay Pal Address) at www.mastrolepassing.com
 
Or you can log on to www.mygennexxt.com right now! Once you are on the site, click on the Friday Night Lights flyer, and sign up today! Don't miss your chance to edge out the competition...

May 19, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Cody Ray

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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: Cody Ray

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: North Miami Beach

CITY: North Miami Beach

POSITION: CB/FB

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 180
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Jeff Bertani

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: There's a whole lot to know about this gifted football talent, who not only makes it happen on both sides of the field, but in the classroom, where he is one of the top Bio-Medical Magnet students in the Class of 2012.

From his days as a youth football running back, this is someone who has come a long way on the football field. While many across the state continue to receive accolades for their play, here is someone who has completely flown beneath the radar screen as a top-level prospect as BCS schools continue to show plenty of interest.

A very physical shutdown cornerback who plays the run as well as he does the pass. Makes receivers pay when they do catch a ball. Has speed and strength. Excellent athlete.

On the offensive side of the ball, he plays fullback in the Chargers' attack. A superb blocker who can run the ball as well, showing last year that he can indeed help to carry the load.

In the classroom, taking his share of AP classes, he holds down a 4.3 grade point average!

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May 18, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Josh Witt

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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: Josh Witt

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Cypress Bay 

CITY: Weston

POSITION: OLB

HEIGHT: 6-2

WEIGHT: 210

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Mark Guandolo

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELITE SCOUTING SERVICES.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Bust onto the scene last year as a junior after a productive start in Denton, Tx. A well coached athlete who combines size, quickness and the ability to read plays with his physical attributes.

His technique is sound and comes from years of being around the sport, and those in his family who also compete. Brother, Jacob, is now at FIU and is also a very physical, athletic player. He began his career at Nicholls State University.

Schools we have spoken with are impressed by his work ethic and ability to make plays. His speed is very deceptive as he gets to many plays that many simply do make. That's what has colleges watching with a great deal of interest.

His work in track and field has also helped him use his burst, which has helped in tracking down quick ball carriers as well as mobile quarterbacks. His ability to move forward as a pass rusher - or backward into pass coverage are also something that will be vital to his recruitment.

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May 17, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Tyler Vickers

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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: Tyler Vickers

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Southridge

CITY: Miami 

POSITION: TE

HEIGHT: 6-4

WEIGHT: 215

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Patrick Burrows

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: In a year where tight ends in the state of Florida are not as deep as they were in the past few years, here is a prospect worth keeping an eye on.

A physical, pass-catching, blocking player who is not afraid to stick his head in there or make a key catch. This is someone in the next two years could get into the 240 range and then beyond.

From a receiving standpoint, here is an athlete who gets up field very well, and when he does, is physical enough to take hits from safeties or linebackers who have his quickness.

With the way the Spartans like to keep the ball on the ground, his added value of mixing it up with some of the best - even on his own team - has provided him an opportunity to improve every day.

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Schnellenberger, Fishbein & Rojas on radio

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As spring practices wind down and games start to signal the end of the month of May for high schools throughout South Florida, the Maroone High School Gridiron Report has an impressive lineup for Wednesday night on WQAM (560 AM).

From 9-10, Larry Blustein will welcome Florida Atlantic University head coach Howard Schnellenberger, Elite Scouting Services founder and President, Charles Fishbein and Miami Braddock head coach Frank Rojas.

A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO
If you attended the spring football game this year, or attended any event on the campus of FAU, you noticed that there is a change in the landscape. A new stadium is going up in record time as the Oct. 15th game against Western Kentucky is getting closer.

At the center of this impressive facility is Schnellenberger, who has been one of the most popular football coaches in the history of South Florida, coaching the Dolphins, guiding the Miami Hurricanes to a first ever national title and making a lasting impression at Louisville and Oklahoma.

In April of 1998, Schnellenberger was asked to consider a project. He was asked to weigh the facts, research the possibilities and explore the community's interest and support for the addition of football to FAU's sports roster.

By 2008 Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger had welcomed the first recruiting class; climbed the ranks of Division I-AA, including a national semi-final appearance; joined a conference, began playing football in the country's highest classification, the Bowl Subdivision; and grabbed a league title along with two bowl championships to add to his perfect collection of six (six appearances as a head coach).
When you consider all the "firsts" that FAU's football team has accomplished, it is hard to believe.

When the team took the field for its first practice, Aug. 12, 2000, 164 players were dressed. FAU played its first scrimmage Sept. 23, 2000, and took to the field Sept. 1, 2001. It only took two games for FAU to have its first upset, defeating the No. 22 ranked team in the country, 31-28. FAU holds the record for the fastest start-up program to earn a Division I-A victory, and is the fastest program to reach the Division I-AA playoffs and the fastest start up program to be invited to bowl game. The Owls made a repeat appearance in 2008 becoming the only team in the state of Florida to have back-to-back bowl victories in 2007 and 2008. FAU also became the first Sun Belt Conference team to win back-to-back bowl games. What makes the bowl victories more impressive is that FAU became bowl-eligible, in its rise to Division I-A status in 2006 therefore the Owls captured a bowl victory in two of the three seasons that they were part of the Bowl Subdivision.

GETTING AROUND AND PROMOTING
For the past decade, there are very few people who have promoted, watched and formed more lasting relationships than Fishbein, who works closely with colleges and universities nationwide to ensure Florida's player have a place to compete and receive an education.

His relationship with athletes, high school coaches, parents and college coaches has earned him a reputation as one of the hardest working people in the industry.

From the national college coaching convention to trips to colleges across the country, Fishbein and his talented team at EliteScoutingServices.com has been able to place athletes at every level of competition, which sets him completely apart from anyone else who runs recruiting and placement services.

ENCORE, PLEASE
After Braddock finished with a school record 9-0 in the regular season in 2010, there is no looking back now for a Coach Rojas and his gifted program.

Working year round to ensure his team gets exposed at camps, combines, 7-on-7 competition and other events, the veteran head coach has earned a reputation as a solid teacher and someone who will go to great lengths to make sure his athletes have the opportunity to play.

Getting ready for his May 24th spring game at Plantation (7 p.m., PAL Field), Rojas has a number of elite players who are ready to show that last year was indeed something that Braddock fans can expect from this program.

You can also hear the show live on www.wqam.com and archived at www.sfhighschoolsports.com.

May 16, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Alfonso Horner

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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: Alfonso Horner

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Belen Jesuit

CITY: Miami

POSITION: DE/OLB

HEIGHT: 6-2.5

WEIGHT: 215

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Richard Stuart

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: If you have watched football the past few years and traced some of the better stories, than this gifted athlete will come as no surprise to you. If you haven't, sit back and check out one of those players who has flown way beneath the radar screen.

Two years ago, in the 3A state title game, the Wolverines were beaten by Pensacola in Orlando. In that game, the one of the starting offensive linemen was a 170-pound sophomore, and the rest has been history for someone who has been turning heads.

A coveted track athlete who was narrowly beaten in the 100 by Norland's Duke Johnson and excels in the 200 as well, Horner is certainly an athlete who can run. His work in the classroom and experience on the football field has also brought him to a place where Division 1 colleges are making West Miami part of their routine.

Has the size and athletic ability to be a very good rush end, but his quickness, agility and overall athleticism can also put him at outside linebacker at the next level - with a unique ability to play the run as well as drop into coverage on passing plays.

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May 14, 2011

Dolphins 7-on-7 event to have 64 schools

The 3rd Annual Miami Dolphins Academy 7 on 7 High School Football Tournament Presented by the Under Armour, AT&T and the National Guard will be held on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th.

The tournament begins on Saturday, June 18 with Round Robin play and then single elimination. The winning team will represent South Florida and the Miami Dolphins in the 2011 HSPD National Championships in Cleveland Ohio.

Over 64 high school teams from Tri-county area will be represented at the event, including:  Boyd Anderson, American, Barrington Christian Academy, Belen Jesuit, Blanche Ely, Booker T. Washington, Chaminade Madonna, Christopher Columbus, Coral Reef, David Posnack, Dr. Michael Krop, Miami Edison, Hialeah, Jupiter Christian, Miami Country Day, Miami Jackson, Miami Springs, Miramar, North Broward Prep, North Miami, Northeast, Northwestern, Nova, Palmer Trinity, Palmetto, Parkway Academy, Pope John Paul II, Sheridan Hills, South Dade, Taravella, University School, Village Academy, West Boca, and West Broward.

Here is a look at the way the two day event breaks down:

Thursday, June 17
Half-day seminar held on the public campus of Nova High Schools 3600 College Avenue, Davie FL 33314 .

Half day of 7 on 7 games at Central Park in Plantation (9151 NW 2nd Street, Plantation, FL 33324) from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 18
Full day of 7 on 7 games at Central Park in Plantation for HS and Youth Football players (9151 NW 2nd Street, Plantation, FL 33324) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
                                   
The purpose of the NFL’s High School Player Development (HSPD) program is to help high school players learn what it takes to become a successful collegiate student-athlete.

The two day event begins on Thursday with a symposium focusing on character development and specific skill training.  The character development portion includes guest speakers, including NFL players and coaches and members of the Florida National Guard. The high school players will be taught practical life lessons and preparation for standardized tests, along with discussions on life after high school, personal development and community service. 

On-field components of the HSPD program include fundamental skill development by position, reviews, and individual competitions. As part of on-field training, players focus on both an offensive and a defensive position and eventually apply their newly-learned fundamentals to live drills. Participants have access to innovative teaching and drills developed by leading NCAA and NFL coaches. 

The tournament begins on Saturday, June 18 with Round Robin play and then single elimination. The winning team will represent South Florida and the Miami Dolphins in the 2011 HSPD National Championships in Cleveland Ohio.

For further information on the two-day event, contact Twan Russell, Director of Youth and Community Programs – (954) 452-7129.

May 12, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Antonio Harris

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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: Antonio Harris

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: South Broward

CITY: Hollywood

POSITION: Athlete

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 180
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Allen Held

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Over the past three years, the Bulldogs have been loaded with talent. Players who have been equally as good on one side of the ball as they are on the other. Here is one of those two-way prospects who has been turning heads.

A one-time quarter prospect, this is an athlete who has now turned his attention to playing receiver and in the secondary, following in some footsteps at this school that included Travis Daniels and Broderick Nelson.

Talk to some coaches and they would love to see him do his thing on the offensive side of the ball, and then others like how long he is as someone who could come away with interceptions in the secondary.

From an athletic standpoint, he has already proven in two full years at the varsity level that he does indeed belong. Now, we'll see what position he ends up and how he continues to make progress.

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May 11, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: A.J. Leggett

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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: A.J. Leggett

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Homestead

CITY: Homestead

POSITION: DB

HEIGHT: 5-11

WEIGHT: 180
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Bobby McCray

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Having watched this quality football talent for the past three years, here is someone who continues to impress with his ball skills and outstanding athletic ability.

From the time he stepped on the field at Booker T. Washington as a sophomore, last year at Gulliver Prep, and now as he heads down south to play for the Broncos, this is one of those talents who gets the job done.

Originally committed to the University of Miami, then early in the coaching switch, made the move to FSU, but then switched back to Miami.

Has had a tremendous off season, playing 7-on-7 against some of the best in the state. Has the chance to be very special this coming season as he looks to add on to his career interception totals.

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