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Area coaches have made a huge impact on players

One of the most overlooked part of the entire recruiting process has to be the high school coaches.

When you think about it, signing up to be a head football coach in south Florida these days really means you are ready to do everything possible to keep up with your competition. Miss a summer or off season event and you fall behind. Hold your players back from competing in year-round events, and you may lose them.

Being a head football coach in this region of the country dictates that you wear many hats and do not get the compensation that other parts of this great nation does. Somehow it never made sense that Miami-Dade and Broward turns out triple the amount that areas of Texas and Georgia do - and those coaches reap the rewards that comes along with strong fan and alumni support.

What our coaches have done for as long as I can remember is have the chance to groom and fine-tune some of the greatest high school football talent on this earth. We have some of the best coaches you will find anywhere. It shows in the way they teach and discipline. It shows in the way the successful ones make it to the next level - and beyond.

As we are now heading toward the middle of spring, this is the time when many should value the high school coaching we have down here. I, for one, have been fortunate to have watched icons such as Nick Kotys, Lambert Reed, Walt Frazier, George Smith and others work their magic. I have also watched generation after generation of top-flight athlete get that coaching to get them ready for that next step.

Look up and down at NFL rosters and you will see the handy work of a Mark Guandolo (Cypress Bay), Ice Harris (Booker T. Washington), and Roland Smith (Central - and formerly of Northwestern).

This is indeed a place where stellar coaches such as Damon Cogdell (Miramar), Rocco Casullo (St. homas Aquinas), Darryle Heidelberg (Norland), Mike Sonneborn (Dade Christian) and Roger Harriott continue that path upward.

South Florida is also home to many coaches who work around the clock to place their athletes, and this time of year, is certainly a time to sell. Veterans like Marc Berman (Hialeah), Jeff Bertani (NMB), Doug Gatewood (South Plantation), Bill Hobbs (Nova), Chis Merritt (Christopher Columbus) and Greg Magner (Curley) are always waiting to get their prospects into college.

With more college coaches pouring into Miami-Dade and Broward this time of year, this is indeed when high school coaches have the opportunity to showcase their prospects.

“I have been around this game for a long time and I can tell you that no other part of the country can offer colleges what we do,” said Berman. “Just in the two-county area alone, we have over 100 D1 level players.”


WORLD OF SPORTS HOSTS TECHNIQUE FOOTBALL CAMP, JUNE 1-2
For a student athlete, it’s all about: Training harder. Playing better. Getting noticed! World of Sports and Speed Trainer (formerly Cris Carter Speed Program) have partnered to present the 1st annual premier training football event — the Technique Football Camp. This two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday, June1-2, 2013 from 10am-2pm (9am check-in) at Coral Springs, 10000 NW 29th Street Coral Springs, FL 33065.

The World of Sports TECHINQUE Football Camp is open to entering high school football players graduating in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 (recently graduated seniors are not eligible). Participants fee include: Evapor Performance T-Shirt and Short, Insurance, Recovery Shake.

For more details visit theworldofsportsinc.com or contact: Joshauwa Brown, Camp Director: 954.478.9117 • [email protected]

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at [email protected]

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

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Ibrahim Reyes

I agree with you, and would add Coach Chris Merritt of Christopher Columbus High School to the list. Coach Merritt has kept Columbus competitive every year, and Columbus football graduates playing in Division I, II and III are regularly commended by their college coaches for their knowledge of the fundamentals and strong work ethic.

Ridge Pride

Tell Coach Merritt stop talking and going to Homestead's Cedrick Wright's house if he is so great!

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