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14 posts from May 2013

May 30, 2013

Former UM star, Northeast football coach Donnell Bennett hired at Coral Springs Christian

Coral Springs Christian hired former University of Miami running back and Northeast High coach Donnell Bennett to lead its football program on Thursday.

"My kids go to school here and I just thought it would be a lot of fun to be around them," said Bennett, whose eldest son Donnell Jr., 12, is entering the eighth grade and plays on the middle school team there.

Bennett, 40, officially resigned at Northeast in March. The former second round pick who spent eight seasons in the NFL led the Hurricanes to a combined 31-17 record and four playoff appearances in his four seasons there.

He takes over a Class 2A program which finished 5-4-1 last season under Monte Gonzalez and returns 10 two-way players from a roster of 18.

"I haven't even met with the team yet," Bennett said. "My [coaching] staff, all that has to be figured out."

St. Thomas Aquinas, Nike hosts football camps

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and NIKE have teamed up to bring you south Florida’s best football camp with two sessions. The camp will be held on the campus of St. Thomas Aquinas High School (2801 SW 12th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312). Instructions will be given by Head Coach Rocco Casullo and his assistant coaches - along numerous former and current NFL players, many of which are St. Thomas alumni.

Session One will be July 22-24 (8 a.m.- 12 noon). Session Two will be held from July 29-31 (8 a.m.- 12 noon).

The camp is open to youngsters, entering 3rd grade to 9th grade (FALL OF 2013). Price: $199.00…Cash or check. Please make checks out to Saint Thomas Aquinas Inc. Team rate of $149.00 for 5 players from one team.

Athletes will be given instruction in all areas of the sport of football. They’ll have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of various offensive and defensive positions from the best coaches in Florida, including current and former NFL players. Many of the St Thomas Alumni will be at the camp including some of the 14 current NFL players who played High School Football at St. Thomas There will be an intermediate experience for athletes entering grade 7-8 on an athlete’s position-specific skill including 7 on 7 drills.

Throughout camp, athletes will be given instructions on proper stretch and strength and conditioning.

Bommarito is a sports performance training team that has been preparing & developing athletes in the South Florida area for over 10 years.  With experience training athletes in individual programming as well as entire team-based training with world class programs like St. Thomas Aquinas Football, BPS’s experience in training athletes from 7 to Pro focuses on developing the skills and fundamentals necessary to improve the speed of movement and strength in character of our athletes.

Ken Mastrole has been working with quarterbacks for over 11 years. He teaches with the same principles that have made high school, college, and NFL quarterbacks and receivers successful. Understanding that each quarterback and receiver are unique is the very essence of the position is founded upon what a player can handle mentally, how quickly he processes that information and how he gets his physical tools to translate into consistent production in regards to decision-making and knowledge of the game. Mastrole Academy teaches the proper throwing and receiving mechanics to help you reach your fullest potential.

Please call the Football Offices: 954-513-2274 or email Coach Casullo at Aquinasfootball@aquinas-sta.org

May 27, 2013

Hialeah Gardens to host summer football camps

Coach Joe Harrington and his staff at Hialeah Gardens High are trying to get their football program off the ground and have announced they are hosting Summer Football Camps from June 10th through July 26th.

Camps are offered to all student-athletes beginning third thru ninth grade in the 2013-2014 school year. Sign up for any one of six sessions being offered: June 10th-14th; June 17th-21st; June 24th-28th; July 8th-12th; July 15th-19th; July 22nd-26th.

Cost of attendance is $75 per week. If a camper attends all six weeks, the cost will be $400.

Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Campers may be dropped off beginning at 8 a.m. and must be picked up by 6 p.m.

For additional information, contact: Joe Harrington – Camp Director & Head Football Coach. Hialeah Gardens High School Phone: (786) 201- 1555 OR (305) 698-5012 or e-mail: jharrington@dadeschools.net. Para Español, llamar a Carlos Ochoa al (305) 987-8706.

Miami Northwestern's booster club to host golf tournament Saturday, raise money for recruiting trip

Miami Northwestern's Booster Club is hosting its Second Annual Bulls on the Green Golf Tournament this coming Saturday, June 1st at The Country Club of Miami.

Here is a press release regarding the event:

The overall purpose of the Bulls Booster Club, Inc. is to financially support, promote, and advance student participation in athletics and academics at Miami Northwestern Senior High School. BBC works closely with the faculty and staff of the school to ensure they have the support necessary to equip the students of Miami Northwestern with the tools necessary for their academic success. Additionally, the Bulls Booster Club supports all extracurricular endeavors of students at Northwestern.

Football coach Stephen Field has set a goal to have the entire senior class recruited by a college or university to advance their academic career. To help meet this goal, Coach Field has planned a trip for the team to attend football camps and tour various college campuses this summer. We are relying on fundraising and sponsorships to help cover the additional costs for this trip. Your support and participation in this golf tournament will assist to cover the transportation, gas, lodging and food expenses.

We are thrilled to be hosting this annual event however we need your support to make it a success. We invite you to participate in this year’s event as a sponsor. Through your generous donation we can continue the work we have undertaken to ensure all of our students have the tools necessary to equip them for success. Your assistance will impact the student athletes of Miami Northwestern who strive for greatness in all they do.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Robin Mims at 305-785-6719.

May 20, 2013

Spring helps rising football prospects emerge

There was a time - not so long ago - when spring football was a month where players and coaches could evaluate what they need to do during the summer. There was really no pressure other than to get better.

Times have changed - and for those standout football prospects in Miami-Dade and Broward County, the month of May is now time to not only get better, but to be watched and evaluated by over 100 college coaches who have found their way to this region of the country.

In addition to the colleges getting more of an opportunity to see these prospects, the players also have more exposure than ever before.

Not only are there daily practices and scrimmages that have caught the attention of college coaches, but with a spring game and last weekend’s Second Annual Officials Clinic and Scrimmage at Tamiami Park, which attracted 40 schools, more and more athletes are being discovered.

“Having been through four decades of coaching here in south Florida, the opportunity that the players are now receiving is tremendous,” said first year Piper head coach Roger Mitchell. “The many avenues they have down here gives these talented young men more of the chance to impress.”

There were a number of schools who participated in last weekend’s scrimmage – from Miami-Dade and Broward. Taking part were Miami Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Northwest Christian, Miami Palmer Trinity, Southwest Miami, Deerfield Beach, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, North Miami Beach, Braddock, Coral Glades, Hialeah Goleman, Piper, Miami Archbishop Carroll, Monarch, Oakland Park Northeast, Miami Dr. Krop, LaSalle, Davie Nova, Miami Beach, Miami Belen Jesuit, Miami Sunset, Hialeah Miami Lakes, Coral Gables, Westland Hialeah, Flanagan, Pines Charter, Miami Coral Park, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan, North Miami, Mourning, Coral Springs, Hialeah American, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, Miami Edison, Miami Ferguson, South Plantation, Hialeah Gardens and Pompano.

Prospects used the two days to grab the attention of the coaches, recruiting services and the media. Several jumped on the radar for the first time - while others backed up the hype.

Here are a few prospects who turned heads:

Peyton Bender, QB, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (2014): It was easy to see why Coach Mike Leach recruited this quality talent all the way from Washington State to play in the Pac-12. This is an accurate passer who makes great decisions and does what is needed to move the chains and get into the end zone.

Anthony Brown, DE, 6-3, 235, Miami Archbishop Carroll (2014): Talk about a well kept secret. Here is a prospects who has the chance to be very special. His size, athletic ability and knowledge of the game is becoming more and more evident as coaches are starting to see this gifted young man perform.

Steve Ishmael, WR/S, North Miami Beach (2014): What more can you say about perhaps one of the best two-way performers in the state? This is a talented, quick athlete who does the little things to get into the end zone. On defense, he will hit you and pick you clean.

Travis Liburd, RB/DB, Piper (2016): One of the players who will really make a huge impact this coming season. A very young performer who is athletic and has the speed to give the Bengals a threat from anywhere on the field. This is going to be one to keep an eye on.

Rashad Maine, DE, Miami Carol City (2014): Another prospect we watched on the offensive line last year for the Chiefs, but this spring, he has blown up as a defensive player - and in the events we have watched him at, he has shown that he will certainly be in the offensive backfield a lot in 2013.

Gerald Nesbitt, DL, Fort Lauderdale (2014): It’s safe to say that this is going to be one of those prospects who totally used this spring to elevate his status. This is a quality football talent who will get after you on defense, but also has the strength and athletic ability to play on the offensive line has well.

Lorenza Thomas, LB, Deerfield Beach (2014): The Bucks have plenty of athletes, but this is one that has to turn your head - a little bit. He can run, drop into coverage and even play tight end on the offensive side of the ball. Will end up being one of the top prospects at his position.

Victor Young, LB, Miami-Dade Christian (2014): One of the key returnees from the Crusaders’ best season ever, finishing second in the state among 2A schools, this is indeed a very impressive football player who will one of the leaders on the team. His ability to make plays is something that everyone has watched. Will be a very good player once again this season.

There are many more - and as you know - I will bring them all to you during the rest of the spring and into the summer.

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 Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

Walker Football Academy to be held, June 10-14

WALKER FOOTBALL ACADEMY will be held at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches and focuses on the developing the all around football player through its "Fundamental Football Skills Camp" for boys in grades 4th through 7th or ages 10 to 13 years.
The Walker Football Academy will be held Monday through Friday, June 10 - June 14, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Cost is $125 and includes a T-Shirt.
Applications for the Walker Football Academy can be downloaded at: www.walkerfootballacademy.com or by calling Coach Byron Walker (954-583-7747) or Coach Brandon Walker (954-830-6225).
The Walker Football Academy will be coached by Coach Byron Walker, Head Football Coach at Archbishop McCarthy High School. He is an FACA Hall of Fame Coach, a twelve time Coach of the Year and an FACA At-Large Board Member. He has coached the Florida-Georgia All-Stars, the North-South All-Stars, and coached teams which have played in Ten State Football Championship games winning Three State Titles, Six Runner-up titles and advanced to the State play-off servies Twenty-four times. Coach Walker will be joined by his son, Brandon Walker, who is the Head Football Coach at Cooper City High School. Brandon spent 3 seasons as a college coach making stops at Fordham University and the University of Delaware, where the Fight'n Blue Hens won the National Championship in 2003. Brandon has also coached six years on the high school level.

May 16, 2013

Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 tournament, June 14-16

The 6th Annual Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 High School Football Tournament, Presented by Under Armour and the National Guard, will be held from Friday June 14-Sunday, June 16th.

The three-day event begins on Friday, June 14 with a symposium focusing on character development and specific skill training. The character development portion includes guest speakers, including NFL players and coaches. The high school players will be taught practical life lessons and preparation for standardized tests, along with discussions on life after high school, personal development and community service.

On-field components of the NFL’s High School Player Development (HSPD) program include fundamental skill development by position, reviews and individual competitions. As part of on-field training, players focus on both an offensive and a defensive position and eventually apply their newly-learned fundamentals to live drills.

Over 40 high school teams from the Tri-county area and Southwest Florida will be represented at the event, including: Hialeah American, Miami Archbishop Curley, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, Miami Braddock, Miami Booker T. Washington, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, Miami Carol City, Miami Christopher Columbus, Miami Coral Reef, Coral Springs, Coral Springs Charter, Fort Lauderdale Dillard, Parkland Douglas, palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, Pembroke Pines Flanagan, Fort Lauderdale, Belle Glade Glades Central, Hialeah, Homestead, Greenacres John I. Leonard, Jupiter Christian, Hialeah Mater Academy, Miami Country Day, Miami Edison Senior, Miami Jackson, Miami Killian Senior, Miami Pace, Miami Springs, Miramar, Coconut Creek Monarch, North Miami Mourning Senior, Miami Norland, Palm Beach Lakes, South Plantation, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan, Coral Springs Taravella, Davie University School and Vero Beach.

The high school football tournament will begin on Saturday, June 15 at 8:00 a.m. The tournament will consist of Round Robin play and then move into a single elimination format. The final 8 teams will play on Sunday, June 16 at Sun Life Stadium that will crown one high school football champion.

The winning high school team will represent South Florida and the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 HSPD National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio on July 11th – 14th. Former winners Booker T. Washington and Glades Central have won the national championship in previous years.

In addition to the high school football tournament, the Youth Football 7-on-7 Tournament will also take place at Central Park in Plantation on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. after the conclusion of the high school portion for that day.

Friday, June 14 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Symposium held on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie (3301 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314)

Saturday, June 15
8 a.m. - 2 p.m. – 7-on-7 games at Central Park in Plantation (9151 NW 2nd Street, Plantation, FL 33324)
2 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 7-on-7 games at Central Park in Plantation for Youth Football Players (9151 NW 2nd Street, Plantation, FL 33324)

Sunday June 16
9 a.m. – 7 on 7 Championship Games at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens (347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, FL 33056).


May 15, 2013

Columbus, Dolphins host free football clinic

This Saturday, May 18th, from 9am until 12 noon, the Christopher Columbus High School coaching staff in conjunction with the Miami Dolphins is hosting its 10th Annual Free Youth Coaches Clinic.

The Clinic will begin in the cafeteria for a brief introduction, then there will be a shortened practice followed by refreshments and breakout sessions by position.

If you have any questions please call Coach Merritt at 786-295-2350 or email cmerritt@columbushs.com

May 13, 2013

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.”

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 • theworldofsportsinc@yahoo.com.

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 Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

May 10, 2013

Overtown Optimist, Brandon Harris ‘NO FLY ZONE’ Football Camp

Overtown Optimist Club Presents NFL Houston Texans CB Brandon Harris “NO FLY ZONE” Youth League 7-on-7 Flag Football Camp, taking place at City of Miami Parks & Recreation’s Gibson Park, Curtis Park, and Moore Park Stadiums on Saturday June 1st, June 8th, June 15th and Sunday June 23rd, 2013 from 9:00AM-3:00PM featuring South Florida’s top youth football teams in competition.

Overtown Optimist Club Presents NFL Houston Texans CB Brandon Harris “NO FLY ZONE” Youth League 7-on-7 Flag Football Camp will take place in the City of Miami for the first time to nurture sportsmanship, competition and athletic training to the youth teams from all of South Florida. Brandon Harris “NO FLY ZONE” Youth League 7-on-7 Flag Football Camp will feature 3 weekends of 7-on-7 football tournament play, Nike SPARQ Combine Training for ALL athletes participating and a Youth League Coaching Clinic on June 15, 2013 - FREE of charge.

The Brandon Harris “NO FLY ZONE” Youth League 7-on-7 Flag Football Camp is a FREE service to the community and all participants. Event Times will be 9:00AM-3:00PM. The Tournament play will be devised of 4 age groups: Seniors (15-14), Juniors (13-12), Sophomores (12-11) and Freshmen (10-9). There are 8 teams per age group and space is first come first serve. ALL South Florida Youth Football Leagues are invited. To enter teams or for more information – Contact: Tim “ICE” Harris timiceharris@gmail.com or Torian Bean torianbean@gmail.com .

The Overtown Optimist Club is a cooperative agreement amongst local organizations throughout South Florida to provide summer recreational/semi-competitive level flag football for participants ages 9-15. The camp strives to create a fun environment for youth to increase their physical activity, learn sportsmanship and skills that will help those succeed in future endeavors both on and off the field.