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Brown, Fortner, Field on radio Tuesday

The Maroone High School Gridiron Report starts the countdown to National Signing Day on Tuesday night from 9-10 on WQAM (560 AM) as Larry Blustein hosts a number of local newsmakers.

With recent all-star games taking place, giving athletes another chance to attract that coveted college scholarship, two South Florida quarterbacks who used the post season to their advantage.

In addition, one of the most appealing and prestigious jobs in the nation was filled last week. The Northwestern Bulls may have landed a real surprise!

When the season began, Otis Brown was just another name on head coach Joe Redmond's Stranahan roster. He had limited playing experience at the high school level, but his story points to this being a real hidden gem.

A standout with the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes in one of South Florida's most competitive youth leagues, Taylor headed to high school as a prospect to watch. But heart problems, forcing him to sit out his sophomore year, and never given the chance as a junior at Boyd Anderson, this 6-2, 195-pound athlete headed to Stranahan.

In one season, Brown is attempting to do what takes many three full years. But his talent level and potential could have him playing on Sundays!

In the all-star game, he was 9 of 14 with a rushing TD.

Garrett Fortner
came into this season with the task of bringing the Christopher Columbus football program to a place where it had not been in nearly 30 years - a state title game.

While this gifted prospect didn't achieve the goal - falling one game short - he did turn heads with leadership qualities and the ability to stand toe-to-toe with any passer in Miami-Dade County.

As most know, the Explorer offense was built around a solid running game. But what many did not understand is how valuable having Fortner add balance with a passing game, really was.

His post season appearances have given him the opportunity to impress - with different schemes than he was used to at Columbus.

In the Miami Dolphins Dade vs. Broward game at Sun Life Stadium, Fortner had the opportunity to watch his stock rise, once again.

As a football player, Steven Field was a hard worker with the heart of a prospect and a mind of a coach. He had the rare combination that would drive him toward talent - raising the bar at every stop.

Whether it was at Central, Deerfield Beach, Glades Central or at his positions at the collegiate level - which included the University of Miami - Field has coached, taught and set examples with his work ethic and ability to get athletes placed in college.

What Northwestern gets in Field is someone who knows the game - from every aspect. He will outwork everyone. He also has the network of college coaches - big and small - to place his players!

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