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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.