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June 29, 2011

Wayne Blair named HC at Boyd Anderson

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Wayne Blair has surrounded himself with positive people all of his life. From coach George Smith at St. Thomas, where he starred as a linebacker, to the many people he has learned from along the way.

Years of dedication, coaching, teaching and supporting paid off in a major way on Wednesday when the outgoing and progressive Blair was named as new head coach at Boyd Anderson.

After years of assisting so many others during his time on the sidelines after graduating from Tulane University (1995-98), a place that helped to shape his life, Blair gets a chance to run his own program, and what a program it is.

“I am really honored to be given such a tremendous opportunity,” said Blair. “But I have really groomed myself for this day. This is where I wanted to be from the time I started coaching.”

Blair takes over a team where the Cobras have had three head coaches now in the past three years. It’s a fragile program from the standpoint of stability, but certainly not talent where lineman Kamerin Davis, receiver Bruce Natson (Utah State commit) and Kansas University-bound Daniel Gray represent a quality team that also features top 10 state rated offensive lineman Sandley Jean Felix.

Beating Monsignor Pace in the spring with ease, this Boyd Anderson team may have just about every piece to the puzzle, but now with Blair, discipline and a certain direction will follow.

“We go in and talk to all the players, letting them know what we expect as a team from each and everyone of them,” Blair explained. “I want to get to know the young men in that program as well as bring the entire community back into supporting this school and football program. That essential!”

Blair coached at University School, learning so much from his close friend, Roger Harriott. On Wednesday, one of the most popular coaches on the staff greeted his former players. There were hugs and plenty of support.

“That is a great man Boyd Anderson is getting,” said Harriott. “Someone who knows that unique balance between athletics, academics and self discipline.”

Blair played one year (1999) in the Canadian Football League with Montreal.

In high school as a player at St. Thomas, Blair was named Southeast Region All-America selection by Blue Chip Illustrated as well as Preseason All-American by National Recruiting Advisor. He was also rated among top 30 outside linebackers in the south and came up with 134 tackles, six sacks, eight caused fumbles and 19 tackles for losses as a senior.

Boyd Anderson is trying to finalize a Kickoff Classic with power Glades Central.

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Viera

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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: Kevin Viera

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Belen Jesuit

CITY: Miami

POSITION: OL

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 255
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Richard Stuart

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: From the time he stepped on the field for the Wolverines, there was never any doubt how much effort this impressive young man would put into becoming the best he can be.

For three seasons, he has learned, developed and has made himself quite a package for any school, searching for someone who is a typical "lunch bucket" kid who is all business - year round.

One of the hardest workers on a unit that is as good as you will find, his zest to attend as many events that will help improve is something that college coaches will be simply bowled over by.

His strength, quick feet and ability to make a difference on several plays with a key block, trap or just being in the right place to spring a long gain, all play into what kind of linemen he is. Nobody works harder!

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Hamilton, Cooper and Marguriet on radio

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As we head toward the Fourth of July weekend, football is just getting started as the summer heats up with activity, and the Maroone High School Gridiron Report is right in the middle of all the action on Thursday night.

Between 9-10 p.m. on WQAM (560 AM), Larry Blustein will welcome in St. Thomas Aquinas defensive lineman Jelani Hamilton, Miami Northwestern receiver Amari Cooper and Coral Springs Taravella head coach Dan Marguriet.

UM BOUND
Ever since his sophomore year, the 6-4, 255-pound Hamilton has been one of the more promising defensive linemen in the state and region, and as he heads toward his senior year, the gifted athlete is now considered to be one of the best in the country.

A big play performer, Hamilton has already announced that he will be headed toward the Coral Gables and the University of Miami. It was a decision based on he direction of the school, coaching staff and a chance to stay close to home.

PICKING UP MOMENTUM
After watching three teammates receive Division 1 scholarships a year ago at the receiver position, Cooper is now carving out his own solid reputation on the football field.

This 6-1, 190-pounder has turned heads at every stop during the off season, and as he heads toward his final season at the high school level, this sure-handed pass catcher is now considered one of the elite players in the state of Florida with every college checking out his every move.

A WINNER
There is little doubt that one of Broward's most successful coaches over the past two decades is still making things happen as his Taravella Trojans have turned things around and will be one of the favorites to take home a district title.

Marguriet is viewed as one of the top coaches in South Florida, producing top-flight athletes and teams through a career that has taken him to schools such as South Plantation, Flanagan, Coconut Creek and now Taravella, where he had a huge spring.

His South Plantation team was stacked with players such as longtime NFLer Colin Cole, Fred Barr and Coles Colas to name a few.

The Trojans have a number of quality players on the roster. Another Dan Morgan out there perhaps!

June 28, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Jeffrey Jeanty

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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: Jeffrey Jeanty

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Archbishop Curley

CITY: Miami

POSITION: DE/DL
HEIGHT: 6-2

WEIGHT: 270
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Greg Magner

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Two years ago while watching the Knights in a playoff game, this was a player pointed out as a future prospect to watch, and after seeing him last year and in the off season, this is someone who will play at the next level.

His quickness off the ball overwhelms offensive linemen, and his strength and knack of stopping the run or quickly getting to the quarterback has had several college coaches interested in what he does in the fall.

Watching him at a recent summer padded camp was enough to for so many who attended the camp to talk about his strength, speed and first step, which is simply is good as you get.

Even competing against some of the top linemen, including Miramar, this was an athlete who drew plenty of raves by college coaches who worked the camp. This is not the last time you hear this name!

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June 27, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Trevon Coley

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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: Trevon Coley

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Miramar

CITY: Miramar

POSITION: DE

HEIGHT: 6-2

WEIGHT: 230
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Damon Cogdell

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: If you've been fortunate enough to catch some off-season events, especially line camps and clinics, here is a player who has really blown up as far as ability and exposure.

Has truly improved over the last few months as he returned to his roots of hanging with the "family" who can be considered responsible for getting him to the level he's at now - the offensive line!

Considered to be one of the best in the state of Florida, Miramar's offensive line, which Coley used to be a part of, has gotten him tougher and mentally ready to compete against anyone, and this standout athlete has responded.

On the rise as a prospect to keep a major eye on, Coley's strength, quickness and ability to come off the ball much faster than his opponent can be traced back to the work he continues to do with the offensive line, which he refers to as his "family!"

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June 24, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Molik Slade

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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: Molik Slade

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Plantation 

CITY: Plantation

POSITION: LB

HEIGHT: 6-1.5

WEIGHT: 195

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Steve Davis

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Yet another football talent who has turned heads throughout the spring and summer with his aggressive play and strength.

Having watched and evaluated this tremendous talent plenty during the off season, it is evident that when the 2011 season starts, this could be a player who leaves a lasting impression.

His quickness, strength and overall work ethic make him a prospect that colleges will continue to watch. He knows the game extremely well, which will help this quality defense.

Judging from the spring in which he played solid football, this could be a very exciting year ahead for Slade and the Colonels - especially on defense.

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June 23, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Roosevelt Donaldson

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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: Roosevelt Donaldson

YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Southridge

CITY: Miami

POSITION: DL

HEIGHT: 6-2

WEIGHT: 255

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Pat Burrows

* PHOTO COURTESY OF ELITE SCOUTING SERVICES

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Makes his way to Southridge for his final season after two stellar years at Coral Reef.

This is a big, physical football prospect who runs extremely well and is exceptionally strong. He could emerge into something special this coming season, especially with the talent he has around him on the defensive side of the ball.

Saw him for the first time at the end of his freshman season, and by the way he played at such a young age, there was little doubt that he would become something very special.

His ability to stop the run as well as he creates pressure as a pass rusher will give him a major advantage. Will be counted on heavily to provide that inside rush that all great defenses have. Keep your eye on his progress. Colleges simply love what he has to offer.


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June 22, 2011

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Sherrod Johnson

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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: Sherrod Johnson
YEAR: 2012

SCHOOL: Hallandale

CITY: Hallandale

POSITION: OL

HEIGHT: 6-7

WEIGHT: 330

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Dameon Jones

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: There are so many football prospects in this upcoming class that are already household names. Today, we will introduce you to one who most have never heard about.

Welcome to the world of one athletic and intimidating football player who sat out last season, but has already shown, in the spring and into the summer that if he learns and picks things up, he will be a major prospect.

Evaluating him during the spring and at the recent FAU padded camp in Boca Raton, there is little doubt that this athletic player will emerge into one of these impressive line prospect.

His feet are quick and very light for someone who is as big as he is. His frame is quite impressive and the way he moves around the field, you know that all he has to do is work on some technique to go along with a huge frame and plenty of strength.

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Flowers, Taylor and Jenkins on radio

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As summer is finally here, the Maroone Gridiron Report continues to heat up with football newsmakers.

Joining Larry Blustein this Thursday night (9-10) on WQAM (560 AM) are Miami Jackson sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers, Cooper City head coach Art Taylor and Bethune Cookman head coach Brian Jenkins.

RECORD SETTER
Forget the fact that he led his Jackson Generals to the team title in last weekend's Miami Dolphins Academy 7-on-7 tournament with a huge win over Steve Walsh's Cardinal Newman team, Flowers has been getting it done on the football field for several years now.

A youth football phenom at Liberty City Optimist, the 5-10, 180-pound Flowers has already established himself as one of the elite prospects for the Class of 2014 - nationally.

Coach Nigel Dunn calls this impressive athlete one of the top rising prospects in the nation, and he is right on target!

TAYLOR TURNAROUND
Need to have your program turned around? Well, you can look no further than Taylor, who has not only made a difference at schools such as Miami Sunset, Monsignor Pace, Deerfield Beach and Chaminade-Madonna, but now he has the Cowboys turned around.

After winning the first ever district football title in school history, Taylor and Cooper City continues to improve with quality football talent and outstanding coaching.

One of the most respected coaches around, Taylor is indeed a major difference maker.

HE KNOWS FLORIDA!
With 52 players currently on the roster from South Florida alone, the Wildcats and Fort Lauderdale native (Dillard High) Jenkins have certainly made huge advancements in a program that was considered one of the best in the conference a year ago.

Jenkins, who is the 10th head coach in school history, was hired in December of 2009.

A year ago, the Wildcats won their first ten games, claimed a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs for the first time since 2003. In addition, the Wildcats were named HBCU National Champs for the first time ever.

Jenkins himself was named MEAC Coach of The Year, Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College Coach of The Year and the American Football Coaches Region 2 Coach Of The Year. His team was among the national leaders for scoring offense, total yardage and turnover margin.

A former assistant coach at Rutgers, Jenkins, 40, heads a Wildcat football program steeped in HBCU tradition of 85 seasons of collegiate football.

Jenkins was wide receivers coach on Greg Schiano's Scarlet Knights' team that was the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl champions with a 45-24 win over the University of Central Florida in late December the weekend before he was selected at B-CU.

Prior to Rutgers, Jenkins served as running backs coach and special team's coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette for seven seasons (2002-2008). During the 2005-2007 seasons, the Cajuns rushed for 8,080 yards and 77 touchdowns.

Can't listen live? Check out the extensive archives at http://sfhighschoolsports.com.

June 21, 2011

Florida Summer Class of 2013 - Top 100

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Over the next 18 month, you will see a number of prospects for the Class of 2013 in the state of Florida.

Because there are as many as 375 Division 1 players in this class, there are a number of athletes who will be listed by different sources as a top prospect to watch. If you've followed recruiting in this state for any length of time, you will continue to find prospects right up until February 2013.

This listing is a starting point as we head into summer. With camps, combines, practices, 7-on-7 tournaments and games, many of these players will either play their way up - or down the list. Remember, if there are names not listed, this is the first of many updates the Miami Herald will make as we continue to cover the state with player evaluation and promotion of all players at every class!

Thank you for making us one of the most valuable information sources for high school football in the state of Florida. It's something we've done for over 4 decades - when there was no internet or video to reference.

* PHOTO OF DERRICK HENRY COURTESY OF THE NEWS LEADER.


1. Derrick Henry, RB, 6-3, 220, Yulee

2. Stacey Coley, WR, 6-1, 175, Oakland Park Northeast

3. Laremy Tunsil, OL, 6-6, 280, Lake City Columbia

4. Greg Bryant, RB, 5-10, 200, Delray American Heritage

5. Richard Benjamin, WR, 6-1, 170, Tampa Bay Tech

6. Cord Sandberg, QB, 6-2, 186, Bradenton Manatee

7. Leon McQuay III, S, 6-2, 180, Seffner Armwood

8. Adam Lane, RB, 5-9, 205, Winter Haven

9. Jordan Cunningham, WR, 6-1, 185, Davie University

10. Sandly Jean-Felix, OL, 6-6, 295, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson

11. Quinton Powell, DE, 6-3, 220, Daytona Beach Mainland

12. Trey Daniels, LB, 6-2, 205, Cape Coral

13. Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, 5-10, 170, Tampa Wharton

14. Jamal Carter, S, 6-2, 195, Miami Southridge

15. Jayron Kearse, Athlete, 6-4, 185, Fort Myers Cypress Lake

16. Ahmad Fulwood, WR, 6-4, 190, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny

17. James Hearns, LB, 6-3, 225, Tallahassee Lincoln 

18. Joey Bosa, DL, 6-3, 230, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

19. Matthew Thomas, LB, 6-3, 195, Miami Booker T. Washington

20. Nick Washington, S, 6-0, 182, Jacksonville Trinity Christian

21. Kelvin Taylor, RB, 5-11, 200, Belle Glade Glades Day

22. Marcell Harris, DB, 6-1, 195, Groveland South Lake

23. Matthew Dayes, RB, 5-9, 205, Weston Cypress Bay

24. Devin Washington, DE, 6-3, 220, Orlando East River

25. Travis Johnson, WR, 6-4, 200, Tampa Jesuit 

26. Tarean Folston, RB, 5-11, 190, Cocoa

27. Eric Carter, WR, 5-9, 175, Lakeland Lake Gibson

28. Fred Coppet, RB, 5-9, 180, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

29. Daniel McMillan, LB, 6-1, 220, Jacksonville First Coast

30. Reggie Wilkerson, WR, 5-11, 170, Citra North Marion

31. Tanner Crow, OL, 6-4, 285, Panama City Arnold

32. Jamonte Jones, DB, 5-9, 175, Ocala Trinity Catholic

33. Jordan Sherit, DE, 6-3, 225, Tampa Hillsborough

34. Sojourn Shelton, DB, 5-9, 175, Plantation

35. Asianti Woulard, QB, 6-4, 200, Winter Park

36. Kermit Whitfield, WR, 5-10, 165, Orlando Jones

37. Terrance Alls, WR, 6-0, 170, Miami Dade Christian

38. T.J. Johnson, DB, 5-8, 170, Cape Coral

39. Lorenzo Woodley, RB, 6-0, 200, Miami Christopher Columbus

40. Ryan Green, RB, 5-9, 170, St. Petersburg Catholic

41. Demarcus Walker, DE, 6-4, 255, Jacksonville Sandalwood

42. Darryl Richardson, QB, 6-6, 215, Seffner Armwood

43. Damonte Jones, DB, 5-9, 175, Ocala Trinity Catholic

44. Cameron Livingston, WR, 6-2, 181, Ocala Vanguard

45. Taj Williams, WR, 6-4, 185, Tallahassee Lincoln

46. Deadrin Senat, DL, 6-1, 270, Immokalee

47. Reggie Davis, WR, 6-1, 180, Tallahassee Lincoln

48. Jordan Leggett, TE, 6-5, 220, Navarre

49. Tommie Young, RB, 6-2, 205, Madison County

50. Jordan Tucker, LB, 6-3, 200, Leesburg
51. Denver Kirkland, OL, 6-5, 300, Miami Booker T. Washington

52. Eric Harrell, RB, 5-10, 185, Orlando Dr. Phillips
53. Jesus Wilson, WR, 5-8, 175, Miami Christopher Columbus

54. Jaranta Lewis, QB, 6-0, 180, Weston Cypress Bay

55. Alvin Bailey, WR, 5-10, 175, Seffner Armwood

56. Larry Brihm, QB, 6-0, 200, Delray Village Academy

57. Arron Baker, LB, 5-10, 185, Belle Glade Glades Central

58. Corey Vereen, OLB, 6-3, 220, West Orange

59. Greg Abrams, DB, 5-9, 165, Lakeland Kathleen

60. Nick Internicola, DE/TE, 6-4, 230, Davie University

61. Monty Nelson, DT, 6-2, 310, Plantation

62. Alex Montgomery, WR, 6-2, 190, Weston Cypress Bay

63. Jeremiah Green, DB, 5-9, 160, Tampa Hillsborough

64. Xavier Richardson, WR, 6-3, 190, Immokalee

65. Jacquez Walker, WR, 6-4, 175, Cottondale

66. Corey Todd, QB, 6-3, 210, Naples First Baptist Academy

67. Peter DiNovo, QB, 6-3, 210, Tarpon Springs East Lake

68. Jordan Hawkins, DT, 6-1, 260, Jacksonville Wolfson

69. Austin Droogsma, OL, 6-3, 290, Gulf Breeze

70. E.J. McKenzie, WR, 6-1, 190, St. Cloud

71. Keith Kelsey, LB, 6-2, 204, Gainesville

72. Paris Bostick, S, 6-0, 195, Tampa Plant

73. Shykeem Pitts, WR, 5-11, 175, Davenport Ridge Community

74. Skai Moore, S, 6-2, 195, Davie University

75. Christian May, OL, 6-4, 265, Lakeland Christian

76. Ramsey Meyers, OL, 6-4, 305, Orange Park, Ridgeview

77. Artie Burns, DB, 6-1, 175, Miami Northwestern

78. Parker Boehme, QB, 6-2, 225, Jacksonville Sandalwood

79. Jermaine Grace, LB, 6-1, 195, Miramar

80. Montrell Bryant, WR, 6-1, 185, Hawthorne

81. D.J. Juste, DB, 6-1, 185, Port St. Lucie

82. Alton Meeks, QB, 6-3, 215, Orlando Boone

83. Keith Bryant, DT, 6-2, 260, Delray Atlantic

84. Marcus Clark, RB, 5-10, 175, Tallahassee, N. Florida Christian

85. Logan McNeal, OL, 6-3, 260, St. Petersburg Lakewood

86. Kennard Swanson, DT, 6-0, 225, Lakeland Lake Gibson

87. George Williams, LB, 6-1, 200, Hialeah

88. Jordan White, WR, 5-9, 170, Bartow

89. Joe Fennell, OL, 6-4, 290, South Fort Myers

90. Austin Logan, DB, 6-1, 175, Tallahassee Florida High

91. Travis Tucker, QB, 6-3, 175, Lakeland Tenoroc

92. Tyler Serpo, S, 5-10, 180, Clearwater Countryside

93. Jordan Mullis, QB, 6-2, 180, Baldwin

94. Tim Longmire, RB, 5-10, 185, Tallahassee Leon

95. Chris Thompson, WR, 6-1, 175, Gainesville

96. Mike Heuerman, TE, 6-3, 215, Naples Barron Collier

97. Hunter Murray, OL, 6-3, 331, Panama City Arnold

98. Walter Tucker, LB/RB, 5-11, 185, Plantation American Heritage

99. Juwan Brown, QB, 6-1, 175, Largo

100. Daryl Chestnut, RB, 5-9, 180, Miami Columbus