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August 30, 2011

Joe Pinkos Forecast - Week 1

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Florida High School Football

Joe Pinkos’ Power Ratings are calculated by a formula based on strength of opposition and margin of victory with greater weight given to recent games. The forecasted margin of victory for each game is determined by subtracting the power rating of the lower-rated team from the power rating of its higher-rated opponent.

Game forecasts are sorted by classification of favorite and listed alphabetically. The underdog’s classification is noted for inter-classification games.

Alonso 1 over (7A) Gaither
Boca Raton 10 over (7A) West Boca Raton
Boone 10 over West Orange
Colonial 20 over Cypress Creek
Columbus 42 over Miami Palmetto
Coral Park 7 over Southwest Miami
Coral Reef 52 over (Ind,) Hialeah Gardens
Cypress Bay 21 over Deerfield Beach
DeLand 3 over (6A) Mainland
Dr. Phillips 7 over Apopka
East Lake 19 over (3A) Clearwater Central Catholic
East River 17 over Lakewood CO
Flagler Palm Coast 14 over (5A) Matanzas
Flanagan 20 over (6A) Pembroke Pines Charter
Fletcher 39 over (6A) Englewood
Freedom-Orlando 3 over Timber Creek
Hagerty 12 over (7A) Winter Springs
Jupiter 6 over John I. Leonard
Lake Brantley 17 over (7A) Lake Howell
Mandarin 1 over (6A) Atlantic Coast
Miami High 1 over (5A) Key West
Olympia 7 over (7A) Edgewater
Palm Beach Gardens 14 over (6A) Palm Beach Lakes
Palm Harbor University 7 over (7A) Clearwater
Park Vista 28 over (7A) Santaluces
Piper 7 over (5A) Pompano Beach
Plant 3 over (5A) Jesuit
Redlands CA 14 over Wekiva
Sandalwood 39 over (1A) Baldwin
Sanford Seminole 1 over (7A) Oak Ridge
Seminole Ridge 27 over Palm Beach Central
South Dade 35 over Ferguson
South Miami 7 over Sunset
South Plantation 7 over (7A) Nova
Taravella 7 over (7A) Coral Glades
Treasure Coast 28 over (2A) Village Academy
University-Orlando 16 over (5A) Lake Nona
Vero Beach 28 over (7A) Port St. Lucie
Wellington 10 over (5A) Boynton Beach
Winter Park 10 over Lake Mary

Class 7A
Boyd Anderson 3 over (5A) Dillard
Braden River 5 over (6A) Lakewood Ranch
Buchholz 6 over (5A) Eastside
Chamberlain 7 over (8A) Bloomingdale
Charlotte 28 over (8A) North Port
Coconut Creek 17 over (8A) Douglas
Cooper City 7 over (8A) Everglades
Countryside 21 over (6A) Boca Ciegs
Durant 11 over Freedom-Tampa
East Bay 4 over (5A) Lennard
Ed White 24 over (6A) Robert E. Lee
Ely 21 over (6A) Stranahan
First Coast 49 over (5A) Terry Parker
Fleming Island 13 over (5A) Clay
Fort Pierce Central 14 over (5A) Westwood
Gateway 10 over (5A) Poinciana
Goleman 10 over (Ind.) Reagan
Gulf Coast 35 over (Ind.) Broward Christian
Haines City 6 over Liberty
Harmony 21 over (6A) Citrus
Kissimmee Osceola 21 over (8A) Ocoee
Lake Worth 10 over (6A) Olympic Heights
Lakeland 39 over St. Cloud
Leesburg 17 over (5A) Tavares
Martin County 7 over (6A) South Fork
McArthur 7 over (8A) West Broward
Miami Beach 63 over (Ind.) Mourning
Miami Springs 16 over (Ind.) Westland Hialeah
Northeast-Oakland Park 14 over (8A) Coral Springs
Northeast-St. Pete 7 over (6A) Dixie Hollins
Ocala Forest 39 over (6A) Lake Weir
Our Lady of Good Counsel MD 14 over Manatee
Oviedo 17 over (8A) Lyman
Pinellas Park 14 over (6A) Seminole Osceola
Plant City 24 over (6A) Strawberry Crest
Ridge Community 17 over (5A) Tenoroc
Royal Palm Beach 7 over (3A) Pahokee
Sarasota 14 over (4A) Booker
South Broward 7 over (8A) Western
South Lake 7 over (4A) Mount Dora
Spanish River 1 over (5A) Suncoast
St. Petersburg 17 over (5A) Gibbs
Tampa Bay Tech 3 over Newsome
Viera 6 over (6A) Eau Gallie
William T. Dwyer 3 over (5A) Glades Central
Wiregrass Ranch 1 over (5A) Wesley Chapel

Class 6A
Armwood 38 over (7A) Brandon
Barron Collier 1 over (8A) Braddock
Bartow 4 over (5A) Mulberry
Bartram Trail 7 over (5A) Nease
Belen Jesuit 14 over (8A) Hialeah
Bishop Verot 14 over (5A) Mariner
Carrollton GA 7 over Vanguard
Choctawhatchee 3 over (3A) Pensacola Catholic
Columbia 3 over Brooks County GA
Crestview 7 over Milton
Deltona 11 over (8A) University-Orange City
Escambia 17 over (5A) West Florida Tech
Fort Myers 6 over (5A) Lehigh
Fort Walton Beach 11 over (1A) Freeport
Gainesville 21 over (4A) Yulee
Hernando 7 over (7A) East Ridge
Hillsborough 28 over (5A) Middleton
Homestead 17 over (8A) Killian
Ida Baker 4 over (5A) Estero
Island Coast 13 over Delaware Valley PA
Jefferson 20 over (5A) Robinson
Kathleen 28 over (7A) Lake Region
King 21 over (8A) Wharton
Lake Gibson 4 over (7A) George Jenkins
Land O’ Lakes 30 over (5A) Zephyrhills
Lecanto 16 over (1A) Chiefland
Melbourne 14 over (5A) Satellite
Middleburg 1 over (5A) Bishop Kenny
Miami Central 31 over (8A) Southridge
Mitchell 7 over (5A) Anclote
Naples 28 over (8A) North Miami
Nature Coast 35 over (5A) Gulf
Navarre 28 over Pensacola Washington
Niceville 24 over (4A) East Gadsden
Northwestern 13 over (6A) North Miami Beach
Pace 31 over (5A) Arnold
Palm Bay 28 over (5A) Rockledge
Palmetto Ridge 28 over (7A) Lemon Bay
Pensacola 7 over (7A) Lincoln
Pine Forest 35 over Columbia GA
Ridgeview 1 over (5A) Creekside
River Ridge 7 over (5A) Fivay
Riverdale 20 over (5A) Lely
Seabreeze 13 over (8A) Spruce Creek
Sebastian River 3 over (7A) Evans
Sebring 11 over (5A) DeSoto
Sickles 6 over (7A) Steinbrenner
Springstead 21 over (5A) Ridgewood
St. Augustine 1 over North Gwinnett GA
South Fort Myers 25 over (5A) Cypress Lake
St, Charles Catholic LA 10 over Tate
Sunlake 35 over (5A) Hudson
Tarpon Springs 7 over (5A) Dunedin
Winter Haven 39 over (5A) Auburndale

Class 5A
American Heritage-Plantation 28 over (4A) Clewiston
Astronaut 9 over (6A) New Smyrna Beach
Atlantic-Port Orange 14 over (1A) Crescent City
Bayshore 14 over (3A) Tampa Catholic
Bishop Moore 3 over (3A) The First Academy
Blake 28 over (6A) Leto
Cape Coral 17 over (6A) North Fort Myers
Cardinal Gibbons 14 over (6A) Archbishop McCarthy
Crystal River 21 over (6A) Central-Brooksville
Dunnellon 7 over (7A) West Port
Eustis 1 over (7A) Lake Minneola
Forrest 21 over (6A) Oakleaf
Godby 7 over (6A) Leon
Golden Gate 21 over (7A) Port Charlotte
Gulf Breeze 10 over (4A) Walton
Hallandale 9 over (7A) Plantation
Lakewood 25 over (7A) Seminole
Merritt Island 16 over (8A) Centennial
Miami Jackson 7 over (8A) Dr. Krop
Norland 27 over (7A) American
Palmetto 3 over (8A) Sarasota Riverview
Pasco 38 over (2A) Calvary-Ormond
Rickards 10 over (7A) Chiles
Southeast 7 over (6A) Largo
Space Coast 14 over (6A) Heritage
Spoto 44 over (7A) Riverview
Titusville 1 over (6A) Pine Ridge
Wakulla 6 over (6A) Mosley
Westminster GA 7 over Baker County

Class 4A
Andrew Jackson 25 over (6A) Stanton Prep
Bolles 3 over (6A) Bayside
Booker T. Washington 28 over (6A) Carol City
Bradford 3 over (5A) Palatka
Cocoa 3 over Skyline TX
Doral Academy 21 over (6A) Forest Hill
Dunbar 1 over (5A) East Lee County
Edison 3 over (8A) Varela
Gulliver Prep 24 over (6A) Okeechobee
Interlachen 11 over (5A) Paxon
Jones 7 over (5A) Lake Wales
Keystone Heights 1 over (1A) Hawthorne
Lake Highland Prep 14 over (3A) Archbishop Carroll
Lake Placid 1 over (7A) Celebration
Marianna 14 over (1A) Cottondale
North Broward Prep 21 over (2A) Champagnat Catholic
Pine Crest 3 over (6A) Fort Lauderdale
Raines 3 over (3A) Providence
Ribault 14 over (5A) Wolfson
Somerset Academy 1 over (Ind.) Coral Springs Charter
South Sumter 7 over (1A) Wildwood
Taylor County 14 over (1A) Dixie County
Umatilla 21 over (Ind.) Windermere Prep

Class 3A
American Heritage-Delray 7 over (7A) Atlantic-Delray Beach
Benjamin 10 over Archbishop Curley
Berkeley Prep 14 over Trinity Prep
Calvary-Fort Lauderdale 21 over (2A) Highlands Christian
Cardinal Mooney 21 over (4A) LaBelle
Cardinal Newman 35 over (4A) Inlet Grove
Chaminade 14 over (4A) LaSalle
Episcopal 28 over Drew GA
Florida Christian 35 (Ind.) Center of Life Academy
Florida High 6 over (5A) Rutherford
Fort Meade 3 over (5A) Hardee
Fort White 21 over (1A) Hamilton County
Frostproof 11 over (4A) Avon Park
Holy Trinity Episcopal 4 over (2A) Trinity Christian-Deltona
John Carroll 14 over (Ind.) Berean Christian
King’s Academy 1 over (2A) North Florida Christian
Lakeland Christian 3 over (2A) Bradenton Christian
Madison County 42 over (5A) Suwannee
Marathon 20 over (Ind.) Coral Shores
Melbourne Central Catholic 17 over (4A) Cocoa Beach
Miami Country Day 28 over (Ind.) Upperroom Christian
Orangewood Christian 14 over (2A) Orlando Christian Prep
Trinity Catholic 14 over (5A) North Marion
Trinity Christian-Jacksonville 40 over (Ind.) Barrington Christian
University School 7 over Goose Creek SC
Westminster Christian 32 over (Ind.) Mater Academy

Class 2A
Admiral Farragut 13 over Victory Christian
Cambridge 7 over (Ind.) Bishop McLaughlin
Canterbury 46 over Temple Christian Academy
Carrollwood Day 54 over Father Lopez
Dade Christian 1 over (5A) Immokalee
Eagle’s View Academy 14 over (3A) Bishop Snyder
Evangelical Christian 35 over Community School
FAMU DRS 20 over (Ind.) Maclay
Foundation Academy 4 over (Ind.) Master’s Academy-Oviedo
Glades Day 1 over (4A) Monsignor Pace
Indian Rocks Christian 34 over Zion Lutheran
Jupiter Christian 7 over (5A) Jensen Beach
Lake Mary Prep 21 over (Ind.) First Academy-Leesburg
Moore Haven 7 over First Baptist
Oak Hall 19 over (Ind.) Florida Deaf
Out-of-Door Academy 3 over (3A) St. Pete Catholic
Santa Fe Catholic 24 over (Ind.) All Saints’ Academy
Southwest Florida Christian 14 over Central Florida Christian
St. Francis 14 over (Ind.) Munroe Day
St. John Lutheran 52 over (1A) Bronson
St. John Neumann 14 over St. Stephen’s
University Christian 1 over (4A) West Nassau
Warner Christian 27 over St. Edward’s

Class 1A
Baker 6 over South Walton
Bell 6 over (Ind.) Aucilla Christian
Bozeman 6 over West Gadsden
Branford 6 (Ind.) Seven Rivers Christian
Hilliard 10 over (2A) St. Joseph
Holmes County 1 over Blountstown
Jay 13 over (Ind.) Rocky Bayou Christian
Jefferson County 11 over (5A) Bay
Liberty County 24 over Graceville
Newberry 10 over (5A) Santa Fe
Port St. Joe 16 over Wewahitchka
Sneads 7 over Franklin County
The Villages 20 over (5A) Belleview
Trenton 7 over Lafayette
Union County 21 over (4A) Fernandina Beach
Vernon 3 over Chipley

Boca Raton Christian 3 over (2A) South Florida HEAT
Cedar Creek Christian 21 over Seacoast Christian
Christ’s Church Academy 21 over (2A) St. Johns Country Day
Harvest Community 25 over Peniel Baptist
Hialeah-Miami Lakes 1 over (8A) Coral Gables
Hillel Community Day 12 over (2A) Sheridan Hills Christian
Landmark Christian 5 over (2A) Keswick Christian
Merritt Island Christian 14 over Master’s Academy-Vero Beach
P.K. Yonge 1 over Williston
Palmer Trinity 14 over Northwest Christian
Seffner Christian 1 over (2A) Mount Dora Bible
Shorecrest Prep 1 over (2A) Northside Christian
St. Andrew’s 1 over (3A) Pope John Paul II
Ware County GA 38 over Agape Christian
Westminster Academy 25 over (4A) Gateway Charter

Florida High School State football rankings -- week 1

Florida High School Preseason Football Poll

By The Associated Press

The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings:

Class 8A


1. Columbus (3);0-0;80

2. Plant;0-0;71

3. Cypress Bay (6);0-0;69

4. Miramar;0-0;62

5. Dr. Phillips (1);0-0;59

6. Winter Park (1);0-0;57

7. Seminole Ridge;0-0;46

8. Apopka;0-0;27

9. DeLand;0-0;25

T10.Sanford Seminole;0-0;20


Others receiving votes: Hialeah 18, East Lake 17, South Dade 16, North Miami Beach 13, Braddock 3, Sandalwood 2.

Class 7A


1. St. Thomas Aquinas (10);0-0;108

2. Dwyer;0-0;75

3. Manatee;0-0;69

4. Countryside;0-0;60

5. Lakeland;0-0;52

6. Lincoln;0-0;46

7. First Coast;0-0;42

8. Fleming Island (1);0-0;31

9. Oakland Park Northeast;0-0;24

10. Lake Worth;0-0;17

Others receiving votes: Boyd Anderson 15, Atlantic Community 12, Kissimmee Osceola 10, Blanche Ely 9, Oak Ridge 9, Charlotte 6, Plant City 6, Venice 5, Edgewater 5, East Ridge 3, Newsome 1.


Class 6A


1. Armwood (11);0-0;110

2. Pensacola;0-0;66

3. St. Augustine;0-0;59

3. Miami Central;0-0;59

5. Jefferson;0-0;53

6. Northwestern;0-0;51

7. Ocala Vanguard;0-0;32

8. Palm Bay;0-0;29

9. Bartram Trail;0-0;25

10. Pine Forest;0-0;18

Others receiving votes: Belen Jesuit Prep 16, Naples 14, Largo 14, Hillsborough 13, Orange Park 12, Brooksville Central 9, Island Coast 7, Land O'Lakes 6, Gainesville 4, Hernando 4, Bayside 3, Archbishop McCarthy 1.

Class 5A


T1.Norland (8);0-0;98

T1.Glades Central (2);0-0;98

3. North Marion;0-0;79

4. Jesuit;0-0;64

5. Southeast (1);0-0;49

6. Pasco;0-0;28

7. Clay;0-0;26

8. Astronaut;0-0;23


T9.Merritt Island;0-0;20

Others receiving votes: Robinson 17, Plantation American Heritage 16, Lake Wales 12, Godby 11, Bishop Moore 8, Immokalee 7, Arnold 6, Wakulla 6, Lakewood 5, Miami Jackson 4, Bishop Kenny 4, Ponte Vedra 2, Fort Pierce Westwood 1, Palmetto 1.

Class 4A


1. Cocoa (11);0-0;110

2. Bolles School;0-0;89

3. Booker T. Washington;0-0;62

4. Monsignor Pace;0-0;61

5. Jones;0-0;41

Others receiving votes: Booker 25, Yulee 20, Pine Crest 13, Lake Highland 13, Mount Dora 6.

Class 3A


1. Ocala Trinity Catholic (1);0-0;92

2. Delray American Heritage (4);0-0;86

3. University School (5);0-0;64

T4.Trinity Christian-Jacksonville;0-0;50

T4.Berkeley Prep;0-0;50

Others receiving votes: Melbourne Central Catholic 46, Madison County 18, Fort Meade 13, Pahokee 8, Chaminade-Madonna College Prep 7, Orlando The First Academy 6.

Class 2A


1. Glades Day (8);0-0;103

2. Jupiter Christian;0-0;82

3. Warner Christian (1);0-0;67

4. North Florida Christian (2);0-0;53

5. Admiral Farragut;0-0;48

Others receiving votes: Dade Christian 21, Carrollwood Day 20, Victory Christian 19, University Christian 14, Deltona Trinity Christian 13.

Class 1A


1. Jefferson County (4);0-0;93

2. Northview (5);0-0;84

3. Hawthorne;0-0;51

4. Lafayette;0-0;44

5. Blountstown (1);0-0;27

Others receiving votes: Union County 26, The Villages 21, Wildwood 21, Liberty County 12, Holmes County 8, Freeport 7, Chiefland 6.

August 29, 2011

Hilliard, Gray and Berman on radio

New season, plenty of optimism and new night for the Maroone High School Gridiron Report on WQAM (560 AM).

Larry Blustein will welcome in Northwestern quarterback E.J. Hilliard, Blanche Ely head coach Rodney Gray and Hialeah head coach Marc Berman to the show from 9-10 on Tuesday night.

Blustein will talk about this week's games as well as look back at St. Thomas Aquinas's win at Prattville, Ala. on national television.

Hilliard may have picked his college (FIU), but the talented quarterback is not thinking about the future as his Bulls will open the season on Thursday against North Miami Beach.

One of the most impressive players in the off season, Hilliard will now set his sights on a year that will be competitive for Northwestern, competing in one of the toughest districts in south Florida.

After losing to Miami Booker T. Washington in the spring, the Ely Tigers had a solid summer and showed that they are indeed ready for the challenge of the 2011 season.

Coach Gray has given this program a lift with several senior standouts as well as a large group of underclassmen that will play a key role as the Tigers take on Stranahan to open the season.

The Tigers are led by LSU commit Avery Johnson and SMU commit Adrian Burton.

For as long as he can remember, Coach Berman started the season with powers Northwestern and Central as major playoff obstacles. With the Bulls and Rockets now out of the district, there is a reason for the T-Breds to be upbeat as they begin the season against 6A power Belen Jesuit.

With a number of quality players, including Purdue University-bound linebacker Andy Garcia, Coach Berman believes that this is the year his team finally breaks through and gets into the playoffs.

You can listen to Tuesday night's show live on www.wqam.com or through the extensive archives on the popular sfhighschoolsports.com website.

August 24, 2011

Greene, Barnwell and Chew on radio

After months and months of camps, combines and 7-on-7 events, the Maroone High School Gridiron Report shifts the focus to the real season this week.

Larry Blustein gets the season started on Thursday night with an impressive group of guests from 9-10 on WQAM (560 AM).

Joining Larry on this week's show are Miami Monsignor Pace linebacker/safety Trenton Greene, Hollywood Hills head coach Scott Barnwell and Miami Ferguson head coach Gene Chew.

If you've had the chance to watch Greene play for the Spartans the past two years, you know that this gifted football player is easily one of the top prospects in south Florida.

His ability to make plays all over he field has colleges and universities from all over the country keeping a close eye on his gifted 5-11, 195-pounder who was one of the premier players on a team that is looking to rebuild this coming season.

Among the schools showing interest in this gifted prospect include Kansas State, Marshall, Bowling Green, Memphis, FAU, FIU, Memphis and Kentucky - with more programs coming aboard.

While he has played linebacker for Pace, many coaches see him as a safety because of his quickness, ability to cover and physical strength.

No matter where you go in the off season, Barnwell and his Hollywood Hills Spartans are always attending, gaining an edge on the competition.

One of the most talented programs every year, Barnwell led his alma mater to a district title this year, and despite those who have not watched this team over the past six months, they will be surprised by the speed and size of this team.

Despite losing top flight running back Jeremy Donaldson who transferred to Pines Charter, the Spartans are loaded with quality athletes.

Despite a 3-7 record last season, Ferguson High and Coach Chew believe that the time and effort put in during the off season will give this program a huge edge in 2011.

Senior running back Steven Braddy is one of the catalysts for a Falcons team that won the district two years ago, and with a number of rising young talent, it appears they are headed in that direction once again.

Coach Chew is regarded as one of the top teachers on the football field, which should give this team a boost.

You can catch the show on www.wqam.com or archived via the internet at http://sfhighschoolsports.com.

August 17, 2011

Albury, Johnson and Jackson on radio

With just one week until Kickoff Classics take center stage and the Maroone High School Gridiron Report puts it into high gear on Thursday night with an impressive guest list on WQAM (560 AM).

Larry Blustein welcomes in Miami Northwestern defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury, Killian head coach Cory Johnson and Deerfield head coach Allen Jackson from 9-10.

Throughout the years, Northwestern has sent players to a number of schools, and with the Class of 2012 already starting to take shape, the 6-1, 280-pound Albury has already committed to attend West Virginia University.

One of the most dominating defensive linemen in South Florida, Albury was recruited by former University of Florida running back Robert Gillespie who received the commitment to Morgantown back in March.

There is no program that has worked harder to get back in the elite mix than Killian. With Coach Johnson surrounding himself with a tremendous coaching staff, the objective the past two years was to keep the talent home, and judging by the young talent on this year's squad, mission accomplished.

Known for producing top-fight talent such as Lamar Miller and Bobby Washington, 2011 should see the return of the young, elite players this season in a very competitive district.

If you've been around Deerfield Beach High's football program in the past, you know that the Bucks have some of the best talent available to them each year.

With Jackson coming aboard this spring, his years of teaching and developing has brought a smile to the faces of the fans and players who are not used to losing.

Jackson has a number of quality football prospects on a team that is looking to get back in the playoff mix this season.

You can listen to Thursday night's show live on the internet at www.wqam.com. You can also listen to the popular archives at http://sfhighschoolsports.com.

August 12, 2011

VIDEO: Football Media Day interviews

We got a chance to catch up with some of the top football players from around Miami-Dade and Broward County this past week to preview the upcoming season. Here are a few of the interviews Andre Fernandez did. 

For more video interviews, stay tuned for updates on Miami Herald.com

August 11, 2011

New -- Class of 2013 Top 25 -- South Florida

Here's a look at our Top 25 for the Class 2013 for South Florida.

By Larry Blustein


1. Stacey Coley, WR, 6-1, 175, Northeast
2. Jordan Cunningham, WR, 6-1, 185, University School
3. Sandley Jean Felix, OL, 6-6, 295, Boyd Anderson
4. Jamal Carter, S, 6-2, 200, Southridge
5. Joey Bosa, DL, 6-3, 230, St. Thomas Aquinas
6. Matthew Thomas, OLB, 6-3, 195, Booker T. Washington
7. Matthew Dayes, RB, 5-9, 205, Cypress Bay
8. Fred Coppet, RB, 5-9, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas
9. Lorenzo Woodley, RB, 6-0, 200, Christopher Columbus
10. Dionte Taylor, WR, 5-11, 175, University School
11. Wendell Dunn, LB, 6-2, 200, Palmetto
12. Sojourn Shelton, DB, 5-9, 175, Plantation
13. Terrance Alls, WR, 6-0, 170, Dade Christian
14. Denver Kirkland, OL, 6-5, 280, Booker T. Washington
15. Artie Burns, DB, 6-1, 175, Northwestern
16. Walter Tucker, LB/RB, 5-10, 185, American Heritage
17. Skai Moore, LB, 6-2, 200, University School
18. Troy McCollum, DB, 6-0, 185, North Miami
19. Monty Nelson, DL, 6-3, 295, Plantation
20. Isaac McDonald, OLB, 6-6, 200, Champagnat Catholic
21. Jermaine Grace, LB, 6-1, 195, Miramar
22. Jaranta Lewis, QB, 6-0, 180, Cypress Bay
23. Alex Montgomery, WR, 6-2, 190, Cypress Bay
24. Tyler Cogswell, QB, 6-5, 220, American Heritage
25. Bo Ellis, RB, 5-9, 185, Gulliver Prep

The Herald's Broward County Top 25 recruits for Class of 2012

Here's a look at the top 25 recruits in Broward County courtesy of our Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein



1. Tracy Howard, DB, 6-0, 180, Miramar: Make no mistake about it, ever since he was a sophomore, his future was out there for all to see. Big time talent with huge offers on the table!

2. Jelani Hamiton, DE, 6-5, 255, St. Thomas Aquinas: This University of Miami commitment is a major talent who was up for the challenge in every tough game the Raiders had in 2010.

3. Avery Johnson, WR, 6-3, 180, Ely: An early LSU commit, following in the footsteps of his brother (Patrick Peterson), this will be a huge year for this potential BCS player.

4. Willie Bailey, DB, 6-1, 170, Hallandale: Headed to the University of Florida, this impressive football talent has tremendous range and is capable of picking 10 passes off this season.

5. Malcolm Lewis, WR, 5-11, 185, Miramar: Has emerged into a prospect that colleges across the country have been impressed with. Makes plays all over the field and continues to be the catalyst on offense.

6. Danny Isadora, OL, 6-5, 320, Cypress Bay: One of the most physical linemen in South Florida this season, here is a talent who continues to impress at every event, and in every game he takes part in.

7. Kevis Jones, Athlete, 6-2, 220, Northeast: There may not be a player who does more to help his team win than this gifted football talent.

8. Justin Ferguson, WR, 6-2, 200, Flanagan: This Notre Dame-bound standout made quite an impact during his first season in Broward County. A quality pass catcher.

9. Macgarrett Kings, RB, 5-11, 190, University: Headed to Michigan State, here is an exceptional talent who can play running back, receiver and return punts and kicks. One of the most versatile players on a loaded team.

10. Dami Ayoola, RB, 5-10, 195, St. Thomas: This four year varsity performer has been very solid during his career, sharing carries with other backs, but producing and coming up big along the way.

11. Orlando David, DE, 6-3, 225, Chaminade-Madonna: After sitting out most of the 2010 season, this gifted talent has made a huge impact in the off season with colleges watching his every move.

12. Devonte Mathis, WR, 6-1, 200, Miramar: This former quarterback has now transformed into a quality receiver who has everything it takes to make an impact at the next level.

13. Josh Witt, LB, 6-2, 210, Cypress Bay: This University of Miami commitment burst onto the scene last year after moving from Texas. He continues to become one of the top players in South Florida.

14. Jean Marc Charles, DL, 6-3, 265, Hollywood Hills: One of the players who continues to fly beneath the radar screen, but if you've watched him over the past year, you will understand why colleges are impressed.

15. Brian Cox, Jr., DE, 6-3, 220, St. Thomas Aquinas: The son of former Miami Dolphins standout has arrived from Ohio with plenty of talent and a solid reputation of playing the game at a high level.

16. Kameron Davis, OL, 6-5, 275, Boyd Anderson: Another prospect who doesn't get the recognition he deserves. A very athletic and smart player who has great feet and knowledge of playing the position.

17. Fred McRae, WR, 5-9, 170, Chaminade-Madonna: What he lacks in size, this play-maker certainly makes up for with his speed, ability to get open and make key catches.

18. Brandon Butler, DB, 6-0, 180, Boyd Anderson: Another of the physical secondary prospects who has made an impression with big play capabilities. Plenty of colleges continue to keep an eye on his progress.

19. Trevon Coley, DE, 6-2, 220, Miramar: There is no player who has watched his stock rise more than this quality football talent who began as an offensive lineman, but now dominates on the defensive side of the ball.

20. Camden Krohn, RB/DB, 6-0, 190, Cooper City: Whether it's as a running back, receiver or defensive back, here is one of the most physical and talented football players in South Florida. He continues to get better.

21. Cole Champion, LB, 6-1, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas: This three-year varsity performer returns for yet another year as a catalyst for the Raiders. An ultra big time play maker who competes hard on every snap.

22. Adrian Burton, RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Ely: He runs the ball out of the backfield, catches upfield and is considered as one of the elite defensive backs in South Florida. On a team loaded with talent, this is one of the best.

23. Erick Hallmon, S, 6-1, 195, Cardinal Gibbons: Yet another four year varsity player who broke in as a linebacker, but is projected by many to play the safety at the next level. A quality talent.

24. Traveon Henry, RB, 6-1, 200, Pine Crest: The questions have been asked over and over again: if he sticks to just football, leaving basketball behind, how good will he be? The answer is big time. He has it all.

25. Marshall Morgan, PK, 6-3, 195, American Heritage: Very seldom do you see a kicking specialist rated so high, but in this case, you have a three-time All-State prospect, on the way to Georgia, who has the best leg in the nation!

Miami-Dade County Top 25 recruits for Class of 2012

Here's a look at the top 25 recruits in Dade County for the Class of 2012 courtesy of our Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein.



1. Randy "Duke" Johnson, RB, 5-9, 185, Norland: Easily one of the nation's top prospects, this University of Miami-bound standout is also a top-flight defensive back, who could be called upon in competitive games.

2. Deon Bush, DB, 6-0, 180, Christopher Columbus: One of the more athletic and gifted defensive backs, this is a prospect who is on the top of every recruiting list. He will begin his fourth year at the varsity level.

3. Ricardo Louis, WR, 6-2, 200, Miami Beach: There is not a more physically impressive prospects anywhere in the state of Florida - at the receiver position. Has committed to attend Auburn.

4. Keith Brown, LB, 6-1, 225, Norland: This Miami commitment has been on the radar screen for three years, living up to his lofty ranking. One of the most athletic linebackers around.

5. Eric Kinsey, DE/OLB, 6-3, 225, Northwestern: After spending the spring at Chaminade-Madonna, this impressive athlete who favors Ole Miss, is looking to regain his sophomore form.

6. Amari Cooper, WR, 6-1, 180, Northwestern: Three Division 1 receivers playing with him last year has only given this impressive pass catcher a huge advantage on the competition.

7. A.J. Leggett, DB, 5-11, 180 South Miami: Whether it's been at South Miami, Booker T. Washington, Homestead or back at South Miami, this Miami commitment is a major force.

8. DeAndre Jasper, WR, 5-11, 180, Jackson: Since the ninth grade, this is an athlete everyone has been coming after. One of the more athletic players on a very athletic team.

9. Torry Clayton, RB, 5-9, 195, South Dade: Watch this impressive talent run, and you will be convinced that he is easily one of the most complete backs in South Florida. Colleges love his burst of speed and durability.

10. James Burgess, Jr., LB, 6-0, 210, Homestead: Very few players have watched their stock rise as much in the off season than this University of Miami legacy commitment. Has proven what he can do this summer!

11. Donaldven Manning, DB, 5-11, 170, Central: After spending the past few years at Edison, this Virginia Tech commitment takes his many talents to the defending 6A state champs. Quality player.

12. Herbert Waters, WR, 6-0, 175, Homestead: because he was busy doing so many things last season, it wasn't until the off season where everyone saw what this Miami commitment could do.

13. Ereck Flowers, OL, 6-6, 300, Norland: The best way to describe this University of Miami commitment is you rarely see a big man who has so much athletic ability. He is still learning, and will be outstanding.

14. Vernon Davis, DB, 5-10, 175, Coral Reef: One of the top performers through an off season that has been magical for this quality University of Miami commitment. Has emerged as one of the better cover corners.

15. Bilal Marshall, QB, 6-3, 180, Dade Christian: This Kansas University commitment has lived up to his billing with a solid spring and off season. Has emerged into one of the top prospects at the position.

16. Andy Garcia, LB, 6-0, 220, Hialeah: There is not a more hard working, passionate player than this Purdue university commitment, finding a balance between the football field and classroom.

17. Brandon Snell, WR, 5-11, 175, Carol City: After spending a quality junior year, and a productive off season at Norland, this Louisville commits changes schools for his final season.

18. Brian Nicholson, LB, 6-1, 215, Central: After a solid sophomore season at Killian, a quality junior year at Coral Park, this University of Minnesota commit gets a chance to lead the defending 6A champs. Quality football talent.

19. Imarjaye Albury, DL, 6-0, 275, Northwestern: After a solid junior season, and an outstanding spring, this talented nose tackle is a physical talent who is headed to West Virginia.

20. Robert Conyers, OL, 6-5, 280, Braddock: With a solid junior year under his belt, the off season proved to be very valuable as he began to entertain offers from a number of BCS schools.

21. Brandon Radcliff, RB, 5-10, 205, Christopher Columbus: Burst onto the scene last season with a powerful and explosive running style that had college coaches thinking about the future.

22. Teko Powell, DL, 6-2, 260, Norland: This Louisville verbal had a breakout season last year during the state title run. One of the most physical players on a team loaded with gifted athletes.

23. Alfredo Richards, DL, 6-3, 260, Champagnat Catholic: Easily one of the most overlooked players in this talented region, this one-time Booker T. Washington prospect has the chance to be very special.

24. Gheirry van der Kuyp, Athlete, 6-2, 195, Hialeah: No matter where he lines up - this is one of the most versatile football prospects in South Florida. A receiver who can also play quarterback and safety as well.

25. Imani Davis, RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Belen Jesuit: Nearly 20 pounds heavier and healthy for the first time in over a year, this could end up being one of the best prospect around. Very quick, strong and elusive.

August 10, 2011

Burton, Garcia and Casullo on radio

The Maroone High School Gridiron Report gets the season off with a bang on Thursday night (9-10) on WQAM (560 AM).

Larry Blustein will welcome in Blanche Ely running back/defensive back Adrian Burton, Hialeah linebacker Andy Garcia and St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Rocco Casullo to the show.

One of the more versatile football players in Broward County this season made his collegiate decision this week, and while the 5-11, 175-pound Burton has been the Tigers' main threat on offense as a running back, it's on defense where this impressive athlete will help the SMU Mustangs.

With interest in schools such as Vanderbilt, Indiana, Utah State and New Mexico, the 4.4 speedster chose SMU's growing program to showcase his many skills.

Burton has been one of the most impressive players at nearly every event he has attended. From the off season 7-on-7 tournaments to the camps and combines, he has been a true standout.

It didn’t take Andy Garcia long to make up his mind where he was going to spend the next four years. All it took was a phone call and the blessing from his dad, Bert.

With impressive offers from schools such as Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Indiana and a number of MAC programs, Garcia's decision to compete in the Big-10 at Purdue University was more of a lifestyle fit for the 6-0, 220-pound linebacker.

When the season began, very few people had heard much about Garcia. Some recruiting analysts, who had never watched him play, passed him off as a low D1 or 1AA player. That’s where the mistake was made.

Since he arrived at Hialeah as a ninth grader, Garcia started and made an impact. He will leave next year as one of the all-time leading tackler in Hialeah’s storied history.

His work on the football field and in the classroom, where he holds down a 3.2 grade point average, were combinations that fit Garcia’s lifestyle.

Spending his first summer as head coach at one of the nation's elite programs, Casullo has done nothing different as he gets his Raiders ready for the season ahead.

Taking over a program that he has helped to build as defensive coordinator gives Casullo a huge advantage as the Raiders will be tested by a number of quality programs - including nationally-rated powerhouses Prattville, Ala. and Concord De La Salle of California as well as a round to Orlando to defend a state and national championship.

St. Thomas has a number of talented players at all classes, which will give them a chance to be among the best in the country once again.

You can listen to the show live via the internet at www.wqam.com or archived at http://sfhighschoolsports.com.