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February 29, 2012

Dillard girls' basketball coach Marcia Pinder named National Coach of the Year

Fresh off leading the Dillard girls' basketball team to its third consecutive state title, legendary Panthers coach Marcia Pinder has been named the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year.

Pinder, the winningest coach in state history with a record of 804-175, will be invited to coach in the WBCA High School All-America Game on March 31 in Denver as part of the award. The game will be played at 6:30 p.m. as part of the events on NCAA Women's Final Four weekend.

Pinder has led Dillard to a Broward County-best seven state titles during her 35-year career. The number of championships is one shy of the state's all-time record held by Jacksonville Ribault. The "three-peat" achieved last week in Lakeland is Dillard's first.

February 28, 2012

Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star Wrestling

The annual BCAA sponsored Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star Wrestling event will take place on Thursday night (7:00), March 1st at South Broward High in Hollywood.

Last year, Broward County won the event for the first time in its 13 year history that has watched the showcase move from Flanagan to Nova and for the third year to South Broward.

Miami-Dade has a pair of state champs in the meet on Thursday. Southwest Miami 145-pounder Yoanse Mejia and South Dade 220-pound standout William Ford.

Among the state champs from Broward County will be unbeaten Archbishop McCarthy 160-pounder Javier Rodriguez and Cardinal Gibbons two-time champ Andrew Wisdom.

Both counties did very well this year during the season and at the state meet. Here is a look at who is expected to see some action in this post-season event that features state champs and state placers.

MIAMI-DADE
106: Ray Moreno (Monsignor Pace), Terrance Gary (Dr. Krop) and Joseph Garcia (Miami High).
113: Dieuminse Dore (Homestead), Chris Alfaro (Doral Academy) and Emilio Chacon (Miami High).
120: Isaiah Varona (South Dade) and Juan Nogues (Coral Reef). 
126: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (Belen Jesuit), Mack Predelus (N. Miami Beach) and Carlos Flores (Reagan).
132: Alejandro Sancho (South Miami) and Kevin Epstein (Southwest Miami).
138: Joe Sennett (Monsignor Pace) and Juan Herrera (Reagan).
145: Yoanse Mejia (Southwest Miami) and Ramiro Rojas (South Dade).
152: Lorenzo Walker (Southwest Miami), Blair Faust (South Dade), Christian Gomez (Goleman) and Devante Larmond (Homestead),
160: Joseph Roy (Palmetto), Daniel Sanchez (Southwest Miami), Luis Cepero (Coral Park) and Chris Silva (South Dade).
170: Daniel Saintil (South Dade) and Eddie Mora (Columbus).
182: Abraham Alvarado (Reagan) and Steve Perez (Southwest Miami).
195: Christian Hill (South Dade) and Joel Barrientos (Goleman).
220: William Ford (South Dade) and Francisco Menendez (Goleman).
285: Demetri Jones (Homestead), Alexander Cruz-Smith (Jackson) and Khulsen Saruultuya (Southwest Miami).

BROWARD
106: Drew Hunt (Western).
113: Nick Cristos (Deerfield Beach).
120: Ryan Kuse (Everglades), Kyle Eggnatz (Coral Springs) and Chaz Sapp (Deerfield Beach).
126: Curtis Boyette (Coral Springs) and Brandon Conroy (Somerset).
132: Bryan Bettencourt (South Broward), Nick Perez (St. Thomas) and Jahlani Callender (Calvary Chistian).
138: Andrew Wisdom (Cardinal Gibbons) and Sheldon Smith (Plantation).
145: Kevin Kobayashi (Monarch) and Daniel Colatorti (Chaminade-Madonna).
152: Victor Alfaro (Cardinal Gibbons), Dakota Concepcion (Cypress Bay), James Mitchell and Austin Parkes (Stranahan).
160: Javier Rodriguez (Archbishop McCarthy), Alex Rosa (Coral Springs Charter), Derrick Walker (McArthur) and Carvens Joseph (Blanche Ely).
170: Matthew Lent (Cooper City) and Felipe Sousa (Taravella).
182: Anthony Macias (Coral Springs) and Robert Kratman (Chaminade-Madonna).
195: Samuel Adams (Chaminade-Madonna) and Giovanni Santoro (Cypress Bay).
220: Justin Smith (Flanagan) and David Lima (Calvary Christian).
285: Gavin Ricketts (Western) and Nick Simoneau (Nova).

February 27, 2012

Clark, Nelson and Leach on radio tonight

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A different night, but still the same outstanding radio show as the South Florida High School Sports.com powered by Maroone hits the airwaves on WQAM (560 AM – www.wqam.com) Monday night.

Joining Larry Blustein between 9-10 will be Miami Archbishop Carroll record-setting defensive back Leroy Clark, Plantation standout defensive tackle Monty Nelson and Washington State head coach Mike Leach.

PICKING OFF THE ATTENTION
As if his 13 interceptions, numerous pass breakups and several key open field tackles haven’t been enough to sway colleges, Clark is also one of the elite prospects when it comes to special teams and even playing on the offensive side of the ball.

A superb talent who will continue to draw colleges interest in the off season. His ability to make plays will open every door for this talented football player.

A MAJOR FORCE
Check back to last fall and you may be amazed at how many times Nelson’s 6-3, 270-pound frame had two offensive bodies on him. The answer would be several times every game, and he usually won the battles.

This is an outstanding prospect who gets off the ball amazingly quick, and with one full year under his belt on the wrestling mat, this is indeed a football player who could emerge as one of the best in the state.

COAST TO COAST
Last year at this time, Coach Leach was planning some offensive strategy as a volunteer coach at Key West High School. Now, one of the best coaches in the country gets the opportunity to go back to what he does best – coach college football.

After turning Texas Tech into a national power with a wide open offense, Leach now takes his show to the west coast and Pullman, Washington.

One of several new big name coaches in the Pac-12, Leach has already made a huge impact with a program that has been looking for a direction.

One of the first players that Leach brought with him in this current class is Miami Norland safety/linebacker Feddie Davey, who helped lead the Vikings to a state.

Davey is one of those area players that Leach and his assistant coach and Miami native Paul Volero, hope to attract out west each year.

Miss the show? You can catch it archived at http://sfhighschoolsports.com.

February 21, 2012

Thomas, Deeb, Jones on radio Wednesday

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This week's South Florida High School Football.com Gridiron Report, powered by Maroone, promises to be the one of the best shows of the year.

The 2012 College Coaches Spring Report will begin this week as University of Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones will join Larry Blustein between 9-10 on Wednesday night on WQAM (560 AM).

It's all about defense as Gulliver Prep defensive end Stacy Thomas and Plantation American Heritage linebacker Michael Deeb will talk about what makes them among the best in the state of Florida.

CINCINNATI KID
Whether it was at Central Michigan, West Virginia or his current position as the head coach at the University of Cincinnati, Coach Jones has always used the state of Florida as a huge enhancement to his programs.

At Central Michigan, it wasn't uncommon to see 20-25 Floridians on the roster on any given year.

After taking over a Cincinnati team that had done some impressive things, Jones found a way to come in and quickly continue the positive momentum, winning 10 games last year and getting the opportunity to ring the bell on the AutoZone Liberty Bowl trophy with a win over an SEC program.

On national Signing Day, the Bearcats who had risen to the top of the Big East, had six more Floridians to join a roster that now numbers 16 from the Sunshine State.

THE REAL DEAL
After dominating as a junior at so many positions, Thomas became one of those prospects who jumped into the spotlight - in a hurry!

His size (6-3, 220), ability to play receiver, tight end, linebacker and just about anywhere the Raiders needed him was a huge plus.

Has been looked at big all the major BCS schools.

THE DOMINATOR
There may not have been a more underexposed player than Deeb, who at 6-3, 230, dominated every opponent with his speed, size, strength and ability to make plays.

Easily one of the nation's most gifted athletes who can do it all on and off the football field. A very hard worker who continues to get better, which is the reason colleges continue to offer daily.

Big time football talent.

Miss the show on www.wqam.com or live on the radio? Check out http://sfhighschoolsports.com. 

February 13, 2012

Thomas, Bosa, Heidelburg on radio Tuesday

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The Maroone High School Gridiron Report
kicks this Tuesday night's 9-10 show on WQAM (560 AM) Radio into high gear with a great lineup of guests and recruiting talk.

Joining Larry Blustein on the show will be a pair of 2013 nationally rated prospects. Miami-Dade's No. 1 rated player, Matthew Thomas from Booker T. Washington, and Broward's No. 1 performer, Joey Bosa, from St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as Miami Norland head coach Daryle Heidelburg.

LIVED UP TO THE HYPE
When most saw Thomas play in the spring, they were completely blown away by his athletic ability, speed and 6-foot-4 frame that can perform at the highest level at defensive end, linebacker and safety.

Had an outstanding junior season, sparked by a tremendous performance in a tough state championship loss to Jacksonville Bolles in front of state and regional talent evaluators. He more than passed the test.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
There is little doubt that if you saw former Miami Dolphins' No. 1 selection John Bosa play - when he came from Boston College - you can understand why his son, Joey, is so special, and regarded as one of the top players nationally.

At 6-5, 260-pounds, Joey Bosa is fast, strong and is as technically sound as you get at this level. His instincts are impressive and passion for the game is simply off the charts.

ENCORE, ENCORE
Two years ago, Norland finished second in the state to eventual champion Tampa Jefferson, who finished unbeaten. This past year, the Vikings and Coach Heidelburg were the team that came in with all the credentials and finished the season without a loss while bringing home the school's second ever state title.

What do the Vikings do for an encore? With Duke Johnson and others headed off to college, what does South Florida's only defending state champion have for a third run at Orlando?

You can listen to the show live on www.wqam.com. Miss the show, it will be archived on http://sfhighschoolsports.com.

February 12, 2012

Hialeah High to honor '01-'02 state title teams before season opener Monday night

By MANNY NAVARRO
mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

A special pre-game ceremony to honor the back-to-back 2001-2002 state championship baseball teams from Hialeah High will take place at Alex Fernandez Field in Hialeah Monday night.

Former T-Breds coach Rich Bielski, who still teaches math at Hialeah, said he expects more than 10 former players on those teams including All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals to participate in the festivities. Hialeah will then take on rival Hialeah-Miami Lakes at 7 p.m. in the season-opener for both teams.

"It's going to be really neat to see all those guys again," said Bielski, now the coach at Archbishop McCarthy in Broward, a program he lead to consecutive Class 4A state titles last summer.

"Those years at Hialeah just become more precious as time goes by. To see them now as successful adults with families of their own is really special."

Those championship teams featured 11 players that went on to play collegiate baseball, seven of which were drafted and four that played in the pros according to former Hialeah assistant Hector Aguila. Three former players on those teams now serve as assistant coaches in Dade and Broward.

"Those state championship teams were made up of some real good kids that have created lifelong friendships among them as well as with us," said Aguila, now a cooperative education teacher at HML. "We're similar to the '72 Fins, we try to get together at least once a year to relive those two magical years."

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

COACHES

> Bielski, who joined Rich Hofman (Westminster Christian, Westimster Academy) and Gary Krey (Hialeah-Miami Lakes) as the only high school baseball coaches to serve in Dade and win at least four state championships, was named National Coach of the Year this past year by USA Today and Baseball America. His team at McCarthy was named National Champions by four different publications.

> Aguila, who served as a scout for three years with the San Francisco Giants, said he is now "a full time little league dad and enjoying it very much."

> Asst. Carlos Marti, who was Bielski's successor for six years at Hialeah, is now a scout for the New York Yankees and continues to teach Social Studies at Hialeah High.

> Asst. Raul Torres is no longer involved in baseball, but has become a successful entrepreneur with his business Highline Auto Transport, Inc. in Weston.

PLAYERS

> Pitcher Camilo Vazquez, a First Team All-State selection and MVP of the two state title teams, was a fourth round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds and played pro ball out of high school. Camilo had a bumpy pro career filled with injuries. After having Tommy John Surgery, he was able to reach Triple A ball in 2008. But he suffered another setback which required a second Tommy John Surgery, which he opted not to do and just retire. He is presently working in the import/export business but has also developed a partnership and established an sub-agency representing baseball players under MLB agent Scott Shapiro.

> Pitcher Gio Gonzalez transferred to Monsignor Pace as a senior, but was a member of three teams that went to state at Hialeah. The 38th overall selection (sandwich pick between the 1st and 2nd round) in the 2004 draft by the White Sox, Gonzalez earned his first All-Star selection last season in Oakland. He is 38-32 with a career 3.93 ERA in the big leagues.

> Outfielder Yahmed Yema, a First Team All-State selection, went on to become a star at FIU where he was later drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round in 2005. His professional highlight was getting to play with the big league team in spring training. A persistent ankle injury forced him to retire. Yema is now a police officer in Miramar.

> Catcher/designated hitter Jorge Mico, who made First Team All-State in 2002, went on to play at Palm Beach Community College and starred at Bethune Cookman. He currently serves as a private hitting instructor.

> Catcher Chris Lopez was sixth round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays and played pro ball out of high school. After being released, he signed on with the independant league Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, whom he currently plays for. Lopez is currently starring in Country Music Television's reality show Sweet Home Alabama.

> First baseman Jeffery Rodriguez went on to play Nova Southeastern University. He is now a lawyer. He and former teammate Camilo Vazquez have established an sub-agency representing baseball players under MLB agent Scott Shapiro.

> First baseman Eugenio "Cookie" Abay has served as an assistant coach at Archbishop McCarthy under Bielski for four the last four years. He went through the police academy at Miami-Dade College and is currently a substitute teacher and baseball camp instructor at State Champs Baseball Camp.

> Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, a First Team All-State Selection, played at St. Thomas University and also earned his degree. He is currently a Social Studies teacher at North Miami Beach High School and also serves as an assistant baseball coach.

> Pitcher Raudel Alfonso played at the University of Miami out of high school and went on to transfer to both Miami Dade Community College and St. Thomas University to finish off his baseball career. He earned multiple degrees and now works in finance.

> Pitcher Javier Castellanos went on to play baseball at Harvard University and earned his degree. He now works in finance.

February 07, 2012

Walker, Cunningham and Goetz on radio

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The Maroone High School Gridiron Report wastes no time getting a jump on the Class of 2013 and the off season this Wednesday night on WQAM (560 AM) Radio.

Joining Larry Blustein from 9-10 p.m. will be Miami Monsignor Pace safety/linebacker Anthony Walker, Jr., Davie University School receiver Jordan Cunningham and South Florida Express 7-on-7 founder and team organizer Brett Goetz.

ALL-STATE - ALREADY
While many recruiting analysts were looking at the dozens of other top-flight players for the Class of 2013 in South Florida, many missed out on the 6-2, 200-pound Walker, who was good enough to make second team All-State this past season.

One of the top players in this class, this is an athlete who is not finished growing. That's why playing safety may be in his immediate future, but perhaps not at the next level where he may end up playing linebacker.

He is a true play-making sleeper in this class, who already gave national, regional and state media a chance to see what he could do in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt.

WHAT A CATCH
Two years ago, as a sophomore, in the state championship game, this was a player who showed the state he was going to be an elite prospect in the Class of 2013.

Fast forward two years, as he heads toward his final season at the high school level, and little has changed for this impressive 6-2, 185-pounder, who has been coached and taught by former UM standout Kevin Beard.

As good as he is on the football field, Cunningham has also been very solid in the classroom as well, which enhances his overall recruiting package.

STILL HELPING KIDS
Four years ago when he had an idea to get involved with organizing an off season travel 7-on-7 all-star team, Goetz had little idea how big the team and concept would be.

With a number of teams just in South Florida alone, Goetz finds himself competing for the same players he had automatically attracted in the past.

While other teams do provide a place for the athletes to play, Goetz and his staff, which includes former Dolphins Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison as well as other former NFL and collegiate players, has provided more of a total experience. They get top-flight instruction as well as exposure - statewide and nationally.

Miss the show? You can catch it on the archives at http://sfhighschoolsports.com or streaming live at www.wqam.com.

February 02, 2012

Class of 2013 - Pre Spring 25 - Broward

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Throughout the course of the recruiting process, watching players and evaluating their potential is something that we have done for over four decades.

While we understanding a number of football prospects could easily be listed in the group of 25, but these are the athletes we have watched in camps, combines, practices, games, 7-on-7s and other sports.

Having the opportunity to see over 100 live games a year certainly provides a forum that most analysts do not have the luxury of seeing. Add that to the countless BCS and Division 1 college coaches and area high school coaches we have the pleasure of talking with, and you have a starting list for the Class of 2013.

Keep in mind, these lists will change a number of times in the next 12 months, so if an athlete is not on the initial offering of athletes, they will more than have a chance to impress.

The list is also compiled and done with football prospects in mind. Running a fast 40 or bench pressing 400 pounds does not guarantee a college scholarship or add up to football skill level!

Have players you want us to watch for the Class of 2013, drop Larry Blustein an e-mail at Floridakids1@aol.com.

1. Joey Bosa, DE, 6-5, 260, St. Thomas Aquinas: Easily one of the nation’s top prospects, combining size, strength and knowledge of the game. Father, John, was a standout at Boston College and a first round Miami Dolphins selection.

2. Stacey Coley, WR, 6-1, 175, Northeast: One of the most talented prospects in the state of Florida, who has speed, outstanding route-running abilities and leaping ability. A big play receiver. Also had a stellar youth football career.

3. Jordan Cunningham, WR, 6-3, 175, University School: From an all-around aspect, this may be Florida’s top player. Super three year starter on the football field who has dominated some quality defensive backs. Is also one of the top students in the classroom. This is a tremendous talent.

4. Alex Collins, RB, 5-11, 195, South Plantation: Yet another football talent who started on the competitive youth football field across South Florida and translated top the high school level, where this University of Miami commitment led Broward County in rushing. Will be nationally-rated.

5. Monty Nelson, DT, 6-3, 285, Plantation: While most have never watched him play, they are missing a player who has all the tools to play on Sundays. Every college coach we spoke with admits that this could be the next Warren Sapp. Athletic, quick and loves to play the game.

6. Alex Montgomery, WR, 6-2, 200, Cypress Bay: Talk about one of the players who continues to turn heads, here is a big time prospect who offers size, speed, athletic ability and plenty of experience, making huge catches. Colleges and fellow high school coaches are bowled over by his future.

7. Alvonte Bell, DE, 6-5, 220, Everglades: The most important thing when it comes to recruiting is to watch every team play, and most who evaluate, simply miss out on the programs who are not in the playoff mix. This is an athlete who should be on every list in the nation. But unfortunately, people are missing out!

8. Maquedius Bain, DT, 6-4, 265, University School: What more can be said about a player who spent most of his time on the basketball court before last spring, and by watching his first season on the football field, this FSU commit will be something special.

9. Lance Virgil, LB, 6-2, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas: Elevated himself into a BCS prospect with an impressive junior season that saw this gifted athlete lead the Raiders in tackles. Tremendous size and athletic ability. Huge early sleeper in this class!

10. Jermaine Grace, LB, 6-2, 205, Miramar: This football prospect has been the star attraction for two years now. There is no hiding the fact that this is a play maker, who has size, quickness and the ability to lead by example. Could emerge into one of Florida’s top linebacking prospects.

11. Sandley Jean Felix, OL, 6-5, 300, Boyd Anderson: Size, strength, quickness and the ability to pass and run block with the best. This is a football player who continues to get rave reviews from college coaches and many of the teams the Cobras played against.

12. Fred Coppet, RB, 5-9, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas: After a brilliant sophomore year, playing backup to some quality football players, this past season was the perfect time for this speedy, athletic football player to showcase his running and blocking skills, which everyone fell in love with.

13. Michael Deeb, LB, 6-2, 238, American Heritage: As a sophomore, this was a player every coach talked about, leading Archbishop McCarthy in tackles. This past year, he made that huge move as colleges began to take notice of a very special football prospect who dominate – against top competition.

14. Sojourn Shelton, DB, 5-9, 175, Plantation: This early FSU commitment showed how impressive he was during his junior year. A very physical corner who not only makes life tough on receivers, but has shown that he will be a major force as a run stopper as well.

15. Skai Moore, OLB, 6-3, 200, University School: Leave it to South Florida to continue coming up with prospects that get very little publicity. On a talented team last year, there was little doubt that this was the player everyone talked about. Has the size and athletic ability to play four different positions. Keep your eye on him.

16. Walter Tucker, LB/RB, 5-11, 200, American Heritage: This one-time St. Thomas standout was the ultimate team player as a junior with the Patriots, and while his numbers weren’t what many expected, he remains one of the most athletic and quickest prospects in the state.

17. Myles Graham, RB, 6-0, 205, Chaminade-Madonna: If it weren’t for a late season injury, this one-time youth all-star would have put up much better numbers. But if you watch him play – when he is healthy – this is a BCS back who continues to get better. Big time pass catcher out of the backfield as well.

18. Justin Porter, S, 5-9, 180, Chaminade-Madonna: One of two BCS prospects the Lions have in the secondary, this is a real talent who patrols the secondary, knocking down passes as well as making life tough on runners. Very physical football player.

19. Griffin Goins, OLB/FB, 6-2, 225, Hollywood Hills: How recruiters and services continue to miss out on this quality prospect – once again – this past season – is mind boggling. He has speed, size, runs the ball out of the backfield as well as playing the linebacker position as well as any. Has been around the sport all of his life.

20. Matthew Dayes, RB, 5-9, 200, Cypress Bay: The only thing that separated this impressive talent from being in the upper tier of players in this class – nationally – was an injury that slowed him much of the year. This is a prospect who had dominated at every level. There is no reason to believe he won’t continue making an impact.

21. Nick Internicola, DE, 6-3, 220, University: From the start of his career at West Broward, this is another of those hidden gems that all he does is make plays and continues to be the difference. Used as a defensive end/outside linebacker by the Suns, he is also a very impressive pass catcher as a tight end. Will be a major force for a very good team.

22. Jason Rae, OL, 6-1, 295, Cypress Bay: When it comes to this position, there may not be a more physical, better coached and all-around talented prospect than this. Over the past two years, he has more than proven that he can make life tough on the opposition. His older brother went on to star at UCF. He has that same potential!

23. Adrian Baker, DB, 6-1, 175, Chaminade-Madonna: Yet another of those well coached, skilled secondary performers who will be a big time player. His 4.4 speed (40) and tremendous range give him a major advantage. Will continue to get bigger and stronger in the off season.

24. Michael Miranda, OL, 6-3, 270, Miramar: With so many seniors on the No. 1 rated unit in the state this past season, here is a prospect who certainly made a huge impact. Not only a superb run-blocker, but also a player helped the Patriots’ run toward an 8A state title with his pass blocking. Solid and well coached player.

25. Jaranta Lewis, QB, 6-1, 180, Cypress Bay: Ever since his youth football days, this is what they call a chain mover. Add in the fact that he has one of the top lines around, a superb running game, and plenty of people to throw the ball to, and it all adds up to this being one of the more dangerous signal callers in 2012!

Class of 2013 - Pre Spring 25 - Miami-Dade

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Throughout the course of the recruiting process, watching players and evaluating their potential is something that we have done for over four decades.

While we understanding a number of football prospects could easily be listed in the group of 25, but these are the athletes we have watched in camps, combines, practices, games, 7-on-7s and other sports.

Having the opportunity to see over 100 live games a year certainly provides a forum that most analysts do not have the luxury of seeing. Add that to the countless BCS and Division 1 college coaches and area high school coaches we have the pleasure of talking with, and you have a starting list for the Class of 2013.

Keep in mind, these lists will change a number of times in the next 12 months, so if an athlete is not on the initial offering of athletes, they will more than have a chance to impress.

The list is also compiled and done with football prospects in mind. Running a fast 40 or bench pressing 400 pounds does not guarantee a college scholarship or add up to football skill level!

Have players you want us to watch for the Class of 2013, drop Larry Blustein an e-mail at Floridakids1@aol.com.

1. Matthew Thomas, OLB, 6-4, 210, Miami Booker T. Washington: No brainer, here. This gifted prospect may be one of the best in the country. He can play defensive end, linebacker and strong safety and never skips a talent beat. Overwhelms any offensive lineman or tight end he goes against. Will only get better, and that is scary!

2. Jamal Carter, S, 6-1, 190, Southridge: While injuries have cut into this major splash at the high school level, this was a prospect who was going to be a star long before he ever got to high school. This is the year the nation understands why they have been waiting for this gifted football prospect to mature and stay healthy. That time has arrived.

3. Daryl Chestnut, RB, 5-10, 180, Christopher Columbus: Here is the “Cadillac” of running backs in this state. A football player who can take it the distance against anyone – and he will never be caught. Combines blazing speed with a knack of hitting the holes. Will be used much more this year.

4. Denver Kirkland, OL, 6-4, 300, Booker T. Washington: This three-year starter has everything you look for in a line prospect who will compete at the BCS level – and beyond. Great footwork, athleticism and the ability to open holes and keep them that way. Big, big time player.

5. Stacy Thomas, DE, 6-2, 225, Gulliver Prep: How does a football prospect with so much size, athletic ability and game-changing talent get lost in any shuffle? Ask any player or coach who went against him last season, and all are upset that he has one more year left. Will be heavily recruited for his ability to blow up plays – often.

6. George Williams, LB, 6-1, 220, Hialeah: Easily one of the most physical and gifted prospects in South Florida, this three-year starter can cover sideline-to-sideline and continues to drop in pass coverage with the best. Will be an every down player at the next level, which is great news for college coaches. Play maker!

7. Gerald Wright, OL, 6-4, 270, Northwestern: It can already be said that if everyone returns for the Bulls, they will have the No. 1 offensive line in the state, and certainly at the center of that group is this amazing prospect who has tremendous feet and drive blocks with the best. BCS for sure. After that, it’s up to how hard he works.

8. Lorenzo Woodley, RB, 6-0, 200, Christopher Columbus: From his freshman days at rival Belen Jesuit to where he has come know, this is one of those big backs who has frame to carry 225 pounds and beat people up. Also amazing quickness, but his major positive is his durability, which has everyone watching - especially FSU, which he committed to.

9. Xavier Hines, DB, 6-0, 190, Belen Jesuit: When all is said and done, this could be one of the state’s premier secondary performers. He is not just lightning quick, but has football instincts that traces back several years. This is the kind of player who changes outcomes of games, and the Wolverines are overjoyed.

10. Charles Williams, QB, 6-2, 180, Champagnat Catholic: Another athlete that college coaches and opposing high school coaches have been raving about. Is one of those big time athletes who has speed, football smarts and can move the chains with his arm or legs. A true difference maker.

11. Leroy Clark, DB, 5-11, 180, Miami Archbishop Carroll: In any other part of the state, when a prospect had the year that this quality athlete did, which included 13 interceptions and several huge plays, there would be no questioning his ability. Welcome to South Florida, where there are several big time prospects. But fair warning, this is a big, big time football talent – at any level!

12. Jesus Wilson, WR, 5-10, 165, Christopher Columbus: Another exceptional talent, who has speed, athletic ability and the talent to break games open with catches or on special teams. This one-time youth football standout has brought his game to the next level – in a huge way.

13. Treyvon Williams, OLB, 6-1, 220, Norland: With all the talent the Vikings have had over the past few years, it’s easy to see why a prospect like this could be overlooked. But go back and watch the success this team had and you will see this quality football talent making plays, all over the field.

14. Terrance Alls, WR, 6-0, 175, Dade Christian: When college coaches came to the school last year to watch D1 prospects Ryan Janvion (Wake Forest) and Bilal Marshall (Purdue), they were also treated to one of the best players this program has ever had. Speed, athletic ability and enough talent to dictate play on offense, defense and on special teams. Tremendously talented.

15. Paul James, DE, 6-3, 235, Dr. Krop: Just think, this could have been yet another piece to Norland’s championship puzzle, but he opted to head to nearby Dr. Krop as a sophomore. Despite numerous injures, this is a player that every college coach simply loves. Has unlimited potential.

16. Anthony Walker, OLB/S, 6-1, 200, Monsignor Pace: How many prospect, like this, have to impress enough high school and college coaches to be considered one of the best in the state? Yet, here is a prospect that doesn’t get the publicity he deserves. He may be a safety now, but his body screams linebacker. No matter where this quick, athletic player lines up, he will bring plenty of positive along with him.

17. Artie Burns, DB, 6-1, 175, Northwestern: Here is a two-year varsity performer who is perhaps known more for what he’s been able to accomplish as a nationally-rated runner on the track, but do not sell his abilities short. This is a very aggressive and talented athlete who is picking things up all the time.

18. Troy McCullom, DB, 6-0, 180, North Miami: In a program that has struggled through the years, here is the first BCS level players the Pioneers have been able to produce in a while. He is a very quick, aggressive and athletic player who can play corner or safety.

19. Bo Ellis, RB, 5-9, 185, Gulliver Prep: In a year the Raiders lost Chestnut to Columbus, here was a player who stepped, showed that he can play this game at a high level and made life easy on this program. Hits the hole quick and get those tough yards as well as being able to hit the home run with a long play.

20. Devondre Powell, DB, 5-10, 170, Jackson: While most of the offensive players were getting the attention, and for good reason, the secondary the Generals had was not too bad, either. This is one of the most aggressive and athletic prospects in the secondary. His exposure in the off season will only elevate his many talents.

21. Wendell Dunn, LB/S, 6-0, 190, Palmetto: Ever since he came to high school, this was a player that everyone has waited to mature and live up to his potential. A quick, safety with range and the ability cover, he will have a new coaching staff for that final season, and that may add up to a lot of positives.

22. Michael Johnson, DB, 5-9, 175, Booker T. Washington: Talk to high school coaches who played against him, and all will tell you how they avoid coming into his area. Speak with college coaches who are recruiting him, and they smile. This is the next great Tornado player in the secondary.

23. Jerrol Mobley, OL, 6-4, 315, Hialeah: One of the most physical and athletic big men in a class that will produce a number of top-flight prospects. Greet feet, tremendous strength and the skill level to play a number of positions up front. One of the big time recruits to keep an eye on.

24. Troy Cook, QB, 6-2, 200, Palmetto: While his stats may not bear it out, this is the most technically sound and experienced quarterbacks in South Florida. His work in the off season has more than paved the way for the success he has achieved. New coach and more of a chance to spotlight his many, many skills.

25. Isaac McDonald, DE/OLB, 6-6, 200, Champagnat Catholic: Over the past two years, there has been much written and said about this big time football talent who has coaches watching his every move. An outside linebacker who will more than likely get the chance to play defensive end at the next level. An extremely athletic and quick football player who will get it done at any level.