Russell, Shashaty and Locksley on radio

As the summer heats up, so does the Maroone High School Gridiron report on WQAM (560 AM) this Thursday night from 9-10.

Larry Blustein will welcome Twan Russell of the Miami Dolphins, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian record-setting quarterback Javan Shashaty and University of New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley to the program.

The Miami Dolphins will be hosting its 4th Annual Miami Dolphins Academy 7 on 7 High School and Youth Football Tournament Presented by Under Armour, AT&T and the National Guard.

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, July 7th – 10th.

The event, which will be held at Central Park in Plantation, will feature 64 south Florida area teams, and has been something that Russell, a former St. Thomas Aquinas, University of Miami and Miami Dolphins standout, has been instrumental in putting on each year.

The Dolphins Director of Youth Programs continues to bring the NFL into communities from Miami to Naples and in every city in between.

If you are football fan, you have heard of South Florida record setting quarterbacks such as Rohan Davey, Ryan Schneider, Jacory Harris and Rakeem Cato. But after this upcoming season, there could be a new name that people will be talking about.

While players such as Davey, Schneider, Harris and Cato captured the South Florida record books, the 6-2, 180-pound Shashaty has much bigger fish to fry this season.

The all time passing leader for Broward County, holds 7 County passing records including career yards. Has thrown 79 TDs and for over 7,500 yards in his career. While he is looking to lead his team to a district title, there is also a record that would be tremendous to achieve. One that was broken last year when tampa Jefferson's Quinton Williams set a state career mark with 10,384 yards and 109 touchdowns. Both are within reach of Shashaty!

There are many football coaches across the country who are leaving a mark when it comes to building programs, but Coach Locksley has set the groundwork for his current position at New Mexico by working hard and recruiting with the best.

Locksley, who enters his third year as the head coach at New Mexico, is an 19-year veteran of collegiate coaching. He came to the Land of Enchantment after four seasons as the University of Illinois' offensive coordinator, including the final three years as the quarterbacks coach.

In two seasons as the head coach at New Mexico, Locksley has struggled through a 2-22 record, but inherited a program on NCAA probation. He remains focused on turning the program around and doing it by building a foundation with young, talented athletes.

Locksley spent two seasons (2003-04) at the University of Florida as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator under current Illinois head coach Ron Zook, and six seasons (1997-2002) in the same role at the University of Maryland for head coaches Ron Vanderlinden and Ralph Friedgen.

He also knows the state of Florida extremely well, forming great relationships with high school coaches along the way. He also understands how valuable getting players fro the Sunshine State will be in the growing process with the Lobos.

If you miss the show live, you can catch the hour on the extensive archive page on sfhighschoolsports.com.