October 05, 2015

South Plantation's Anthony Julmisse commits to Colorado

South Plantation athlete Anthony Julmisse announced a commitment to Colorado late Sunday night. The senior joins teammate Johnny Huntley in the Buffaloes 2016 recruiting class.

"I felt at home while I was up there and that home kind of atmosphere is exactly what I was looking for," Julmisse told the Miami Herald. "I felt the urge to commit since my unofficial visit during the summer, but since [Huntley] committed before me it made my decision even easier to make.

Julmisse took his official visit to Colorado over the weekend and everything he saw confirmed that Colorado was the place he wanted to play his college ball.

Julmisse is being recruited at slot receiver by Colorado. He chose the Buffaloes over other offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Minnesota and Oregon State, among others.

The South Plantation duo snap a lengthy drought of Colorado recruiting South Florida football players. Before the two commitments in this year's class, the last time a player to come out of Miami-Dade or Broward County ended up with the Buffaloes was 2007.


October 02, 2015

Nick Eubanks, Brian Burns, Brandon Johnson and more from American Heritage

I had several recruiting updates on Marco Wilson, Patrick Surtain Jr. and Kyshaun Bryan in last week's coverage of the American Heritage football team. Herald correspondent Russell Quinoa added several other reports in this contribution to the blog: 

-American Heritage four-star tight end Nick Eubanks, ranked 13th at his position and 34th overall in the state by Rivals has his top 3 as USC, UF and Alabama. Eubanks said: "I'm planning to take my time to select. I won't rushing into a decision."

Eubanks has already visited Oregon and LSU and has plans to visit the Trojans and Gators this month.

"I had positive experiences at both Oregon and LSU." said the 6-6, 210-pound Eubanks.

-Four-Star defensive end Brian Burns (6-6, 210) narrowed his list to a top four of UF, FSU, Georgia and Alabama.

-Three-star wide receiver Brandon Johnson (6-3, 175) is 100-percent committed to Tennessee Volunteers. Johnson said, "I will not be taking any other visits or even considering any other schools." 

-Running back Khalil Herbert has D-1 offers from local school FIU and the Sun Belt's Appalachian State. Herbert is 5-11 and 195 pounds.

-Offensive lineman Chris Riffle is currently committed to Cornell. Riffle has an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Duke and also has offers to academically prestigious schools Colombia and MIT. Riffle's current GPA sits at 5.4. Riffle is 6-5 and 275 pounds.

Both Syracuse and FAU were in attendance for this game. FAU has offers to Eubanks, Burns and Herbert while Syracuse has shown interest in Eubanks. The Owls are making a major push for American Heritage recruits.


September 26, 2015

American Heritage notebook: Marco Wilson in good spirits, Kyshaun Bryan in good health, Patrick Surtain Jr. in good position with FSU offer as a sophomore

I was able to get tons of content from being around the American Heritage Patriots Saturday night at North Miami Stadium in their 36-21 win against Miami Norland on Saturday.

First off, it's great to see four-star 2017 cornerback Marco Wilson doing well in his recovery from surgery on his torn ACL that ended his season in preseason camp.

Five weeks after surgery, he says he has started jogging in the pool. He's going to run track in the spring to get his speed back and will come back hungry for his senior season.

The fortunate thing, in his mind, is that he will have that final year to prove himself after rehab.

Schools haven't slowed down in recruiting Wilson, and he's received the most love from UM, UF, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama.

Wilson's brother, Quincy, of course, is currently a Florida Gator.

Here's everything he had to say in my video interview with him.


One Patriot that is already back in good health is junior running back Kyshaun Bryan. In his second game back from an ankle injury, he carried 15 times and surpassed 100 yards while scoring two touchdowns, including one from 57 yards out.

Bryan inspired his teammates pregame by telling them they needed to come out like the 2001 Miami Hurricanes.

UM is a team Bryan likes in recruiting. Florida, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia are other schools Bryan insists he's high on (see video interview below).

He wants to go to the UF game against Ole Miss and the Hurricanes game against Clemson.


Sophomore cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., a 2018 prospect received an FSU offer earlier in the week.

In the video interview below, he mentions how high he is on the Noles, as well as LSU, Alabama and Miami. Current FSU freshman Tarvarus McFadden, an American Heritage alum made a guest appearance too.



September 25, 2015

Recruiting notes from Flanagan: Bush Jr. to wait till offseason, Samuels with same top three, 'no chance' Gil returns to Canes

Senior Devin Bush Jr. said he does not have a favorite at this point, but Michigan, Notre Dame, Auburn and Florida State are all coming strong after the heralded linebacker. He is likely going to wait until after the season to make his decision. Bush’s father and head coach of Flanagan, Devin Bush, starred at FSU but is not pushing his son to attend his alma matter.

Junior Stanford Samuels, whose father also played for the Seminoles, has FSU, Alabama and Georgia in his top three, although Michigan is making a hard push to land the cornerback. Samuels played quarterback in the first half for the Falcons, throwing for 128 yards and one touchdown on 10-of-16 passing in Flanagan’s 42-0 rout over Western.

Senior safety Devin Gil is firmly committed to Michigan. Gil decommitted from Miami in June and scoffed at a question about him returning to the Hurricanes.

"No chance," Gil said.

Gil’s partner in the secondary, senior safety Josh Metellus, is also firm in his commitment to Big Blue.

Senior quarterback Kato Nelson is firm in his commitment to Akron for now but is willing to listen to offers from other schools. Nelson played in the second half for his first action of the season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee over the summer. Nelson should be ready to start next week against Miramar. Nelson ran for 47 yards on his first play of the game, and threw one touchdown as well as an interception on six pass attempts.

Senior wide receiver Jahcour Pearson is firm in his commitment to Northern Illinois and doesn’t see his mind changing before Signing Day. FIU, Toledo and Miami (Ohio) are still trying to flip Pearson.

Junior defensive back Faion Hicks said Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame, Syracuse, Illinois and Florida Atlantic are all interested in him at this point. According to Hicks, FAU and Illinois have already offered him scholarships, but the junior likes Syracuse and the Irish. He’s waiting until his senior season to make a decision.


September 18, 2015

Recruiting notes from St. Thomas Aquinas-Cypress Bay

-St.Thomas Aquinas five-star defensive end Nick Bosa says "I'm 100-percent committed to Ohio State. I'm not even considering any other schools. I have had a great time during my unofficial visits. I'm excited to go." 

-Senior wide receiver Michael Irvin II remains steadfast committed to UM but is also beginning to show interest in Syracuse. His Hall-of-Fame father, Michael Irvin Sr., once  almost committed to Syracuse before ultimately deciding on the Hurricanes. 

-2017 three-star wide receiver Micheal Harley has already received 10 offers. Harley's top three in order are UM, Syracuse and N.C. State. The 5-11, 160-pound prospect said, "Hurricanes are my first option at this point." 

-Sam Bruce remains fully committed with the Hurricanes. 

-Defensive back Frank Coppet remains committed with Vanderbilt but is expecting an offer this week from Illinois. Coppet has received multiple offers, including Toledo. 

-Cypress Bay wide receiver Andrew Parchment is listing himself as a soft commitment to Cincinnati. He says the other schools he's talking to the most include N.C. State, Tulane, Colorado State, Missouri, Coastal Carolina and Bowling Green.


September 15, 2015

Sleeper studs from four South Florida games this past weekend

I went to four high school games this weekend and got to see plenty of young playmakers at Killian-Coral Reef, Gulliver-Belen, Columbus-Southridge and Deerfield Beach-Blanche Ely.

Here are my top takeaways on some athletes that don't have the impressive offer sheets -- yet.


Darren Davis Jr.: The list for this game has to start with the freshman Columbus running back who scored the game-winning touchdown. He finished with 92 yards on 15 carries. He is a candidate to potentially reclassify and move up a year like Mark Walton did last year, so TBD if he will be a 2018 or 2019 recruit.

Cliff Smith Jr.: On the other side, the Southridge running back and Killian transfer had 51 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Coemba Jones: A shoe-in for any sleeper segment involving Southridge. He's a rover on Southridge's defense playing all over the field. At 5-8 and 165, the junior is listed as a DB on the roster but will play linebacker and more than hold his own getting through blocks from big offensive linemen and knocking ball carriers backwards. A flat-out true football player that's always around the ball. If he were 6-0, 210 pounds, he'd be a five-star recruit.

CJ Henderson: Junior Columbus running back had 51 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Randy Charlton: He's just a sophomore at defensive end and is 6-4 and 200 pounds. Tremendous motor on Southridge's defensive line and it showed when he earned a sack late in the first half.

Malik Spatcher: You know about Freddie Pinder, Kemore Gamble and probably Rodney Scott as well in the Ridge's receiving corps. Pinder was out, and Spatcher led the Spartans in receiving, including a touchdown right before halftime.

*Other Columbus playmakers included a lot of names you've already heard -- UM commits Josh Uche and Josh Jobe had a sack and interception respectively, Jerron Rollins had a big boy catch inside the Southridge 5 to set up the game-winning touchdown and the heavily-recruited Trajan Bandy clinched the victory with a last-second interception.


We didn't even make it through three quarters in this one because the lights went out at Ely after a lengthy delay to kickoff, but I was still able to see plenty of talent.

Teddrick Moffett: Deerfield QB threw three touchdowns and ran for another. Even with the elite group of receivers he has, they need someone to get them the ball and he gets the job done. He finished with 153 passing yards.

Alton Allen: Had an impressive touchdown catch at the end of the first half and also proved effective carrying the ball for Deerfield.

David Francis: Middle linebacker and captain for Ely. Exhibits leadership qualities on defense and had a diving interception on a ball deflected at the line of scrimmage.

Trevor Goodrum Jr.: Tall and long at 6-4. It worked to his advantage when he had the tipped ball that eventually was picked off by Francis.

Geremy Taylor: Caught a touchdown on fourth down before the lights went out, also had a long reception down the sideline with his finger tips.

Emmitt Burton/Jimmie Harper: Undersized defensive lineman that make plays. Burton forced a fumble that Harper recovered.

Brion Byrd: A 5-10, 210-pound junior linebacker for the Bucks, he really gets after a ball carrier. He had a sack for a loss of 10 on one blitz.

Kimar Martin: Had a huge interception for Deerfield in the end zone. Just has to learn when not to run it out of the end zone, but that can be taught. He a senior cornerback.


Joshua King: With UM commit Bentavious Thompson out, King was the only running back available for coach Cory Johnson. He handled the large workload well with more than 20 carries and was over 100 yards rushing in the first quarter.

Randy Shannon Jr.: The Coral Reef senior linebacker was very active defensively in on several tackles plus picking off a pass.

Romelo Brooks: Linebacker for Killian that was just as active. Brooks delivers some mean hits, and he was playing with a cast on his forearm.

Theodore Williams: Had the biggest play of the night when he forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter when Coral Reef was trying to run out the clock.

Juwan Horn: Recovered the fumble Williams forced and nearly scored on it.

Yoko Poole: He's only 5-8, 150 pounds, but he can really hit. He also had an interception on Thursday.

Jordan Dillard: The sophomore receiver has impressive size and used it to catch the game-winning touchdown.

Antwan Collier: It actually wasn't the touchdown that won it; it was the two-point conversion that Collier ran in on a read-option. Collier added four catches for 67 yards.

Mehki Ervan: As clutch as it gets with a 20-yard reception up the seam on 4th down on the final drive. It set up a chance at a long field goal to win it.

Nico Jacquemin: The Coral Reef kicker booted a 39-yarder and a 29-yarder through the uprights. Don't blame him for missing the game-winner -- it was from 59 yards out.

Robert McWilliams: Looked good coming off the edge for a sack.

Deandre Johnson: The junior defensive end looks the part with solid size for that edge pass-rushing hybrid player at the next level.

Michael Martinez: The Killian junior linebacker is a solid tackler.

Cariq Rackley: Remember this freshman quarterback. He shrugged off two early interceptions to finish with 161 passing yards.

*Worth noting: Coral Reef quarterback Gio Salazar hooked up with Jeremy Fernandez for a beautiful touchdown pass.*


Giovanni Menocal: The 6-1, 210-pound linebacker is a monster tackler, looks a lot like another Menocal to come out of Belen that ended up at Georgia Tech.

Tavish Rice: Elite kicker. Connected on all three field-goal attempts. Committed to Princeton.

Joseph Garcia: A senior who doubles at running back and linebacker, Garcia ran big in the early going and recovered a fumble late on defense. He holds a Bethune-Cookman offer, and should get more this season.

Ariel Jimenez: Hits like he's shot out of a cannon at safety, absolutely punished UM commit Joseph Jackson on a pass over the middle where Jackson was in on offense and his QB led him into Jimenez. Big mistake.

Sebastian Leiter: Forced the fumble that Garcia recovered on a sack.

Giancarlo Pinto: Led the Wolverines in rushing and had a late touchdown run.

Walker Gautier: Had five receptions for 47 yards to lead the Raiders.

*There wasn't too much else from Gulliver. The other standouts were the players that are being recruited heavily -- UM commits Cedrick Wright (was an absolute monster with 27 tackles, knew where the ball was going every play reading Belen's Wing-T), Joseph Jackson (sack and forced fumble) and Robert Burns (carrying the load and leading the Raiders in rushing) -- but this segment is supposed to be about the sleepers.


AP High School football rankings - week 4

Florida High School Football Poll

   By The Associated Press

   The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings:

Class 8A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Apopka (16)                                3-0    168 1

 2. Flanagan (1)                       2-0    150 2

 3. Columbus                            3-0    135 3

 4. Kissimmee Osceola                          3-0    119 4

 5. West Orange                                3-0    98  7

 6. Vero Beach                                 2-0    89  6

 7. Atlantic Community                         2-0    49  8

 8. Dr. Phillips                               2-1    45  5

 9. Fort Pierce Central                        3-0    28  10

10. Mandarin                                   3-0    23  NR

   Others receiving votes: South Dade 9, Coral Gables 5, Sandalwood 4, Plantation 3, Miramar 3, University (Orange City) 3, Southridge 2, Oak Ridge 1, Manatee 1. 

Class 7A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. St. Thomas Aquinas (17)                   3-0     170 1

 2. Oakleaf                                   3-0     146 3

 3. Dwyer                                     2-0     132 4

 4. Venice                                    3-0     119 5

 5. Braden River                              3-0     90  6

 6. Lakeland                                  2-1     70  2

 7. South Fort Myers                          3-0     66  7

 8. Winter Haven                              3-0     54  9

 9. Plant                                     2-1     48  8

10. Columbia                                  3-0     25  10

   Others receiving votes: Sickles 10, Viera 3, Mater Academy 2.

Class 6A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Mainland (15)                             3-0     177 1

 2. Armwood                                   2-0     157 2

 3. Miami Central (3)                         2-1     144 3

 4. St. Augustine                             3-0     115 4

 4. Escambia                               3-0     115 T6

 6. Naples                                    1-1     71  T6

 7. Tate                                      2-0     55  8

 8. Navarre                                   2-0     37  9

 9. Choctawhatchee                            2-1     27  5

10. Niceville                                 2-1     21  10

   Others receiving votes: Charlotte 19, Carol City 19, Clearwater 11, Norland 11, Heritage 8, Dillard 2, Pine Forest 1. 

Class 5A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Hallandale (13)                           2-0     172 1

 2. Plantation American Heritage (4)          2-1     158 2

 3. Bishop Moore (1)                          3-0     151 3

 4. North Marion                              3-0     125 4

 5. Rickards                                  3-0     107 5

 6. Wakulla                                   2-1     78  7

 7. Coconut Creek                             2-1     66  8

 8. Jesuit                                    3-0     57  9

 9. Suwannee                                  1-1     23  10

10. Miami Jackson                             1-1     16  NR

   Others receiving votes: Ponte Vedra 14, Godby 13, Palm Bay 4, West Florida 2, Bay 2, Crystal River 1, Hardee 1. 

Class 4A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Bolles School (16)                        3-0     178 2

 2. Raines                                    3-0     151 4

 3. Cocoa (2)                                 2-1     139 1

 4. South Sumter                              3-0     130 5

 5. Booker T. Washington                          1-2     54  3

   Others receiving votes: Dunnellon 25, Clewiston 24, Lake Highland 13, Avon Park 6.

Class 3A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Trinity Christian-Jacksonville (17)       3-0     170 1

 2. Lakeland Christian                        3-0     139 2

 3. Clearwater Central Catholic               3-0     130 3

 4. Delray American Heritage                  2-1     119 4

 5. Tampa Catholic                            3-0     93  5

   Others receiving votes: Oxbridge Academy 21, Calvary Christian-Clearwater 8. 

Class 2A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. University Christian (9)                  2-1     158 1

 2. Northside Christian (2)                   3-0     144 3

 3. Dade Christian (4)                        2-0     132 4

 4. Moore Haven (1)                           3-0     121 5

 5. North Florida Christian (1)               2-2     107 2

   Others receiving votes: Carrollwood Day 12, Glades Day 6. 

Class 1A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Fort Meade (15)                           3-0     185 1

 2. Trenton (3)                               3-0     169 4

 3. Pahokee                                   2-0     155 3

 4. Union County (1)                          3-0     129 5

 5. Port St. Joe                              1-1     60  2

   Others receiving votes: Vernon 36, South Walton 20, Blountstown 6.

September 07, 2015

Top prospects shine in Flanagan-Creek matchup

Friday night's Flanagan-Coconut Creek matchup was a star-studded affair with 14 prospects in the Miami Herald's lists for top 50 seniors and top 25 juniors in Broward County -- and several others not on those lists that stepped up in the big game.

After lightning delayed kickoff, the night began with some smack talk during team stretches between two of Broward's elite -- 2016 four-star cornerback Trayvon Mullen for Coconut Creek and 2017 four-star cornerback Stanford Samuels of Flanagan. They weren't the only two. Several others from both sides were jawing back and forth. Coach Devin Bush, with a game face probably reserved for his FSU or NFL days, had to reiterate to his players to focus on getting warmed up as opposed to becoming preoccupied with talking to the opponent.

Samuels and Mullen both excelled on the gridiron once the game began. Samuels rarely -- if at all -- played corner as he was consumed with the quarterbacking duties in place of the injured Champagnat transfer and Akron commit Kato Nelson. His numbers weren't flashy (4-of-16 passing for 37 yards and 31 rushing yards on 13 carries), but he also didn't turn the ball over, which was critical in a game mostly dominated by the defenses. Samuels also had the key rushing touchdown on the opening drive, which appeared to be all the scoring the Falcons would need for most of the game.

Jhakari Harrison, the Southern Illinois commit and quarterback in this game who is being recruited for his ability to throw the ball, was flustered with a Falcon in his face for most of the night but turned it on late to ignite a near comeback.

Flanagan's "Dirty Bird" defense had nine sacks and hurried Harrison several other times. Defensive back Nikholi Jahgai and linebacker Jordan Eubanks, two of the slimmer guys involved in an array of exotic blitzes Flanagan utilized, combined for six of those sacks. On one first-half scoring chance in the red zone, Harrison threw for Mullen in the end zone, but corner Rocco Marucci established great position and went up for it to bring it down for the interception.

The Falcons came out hyped and were hitting hard -- one Charles Williams stick in the early going comes to mind. But there were also instances where it worked to their detriment. Michigan commit Devin Gil could've had an interception that would've surely gone all the way back had he looked for the ball instead of the hit on the receiver on one errant pass that resulted from a miscommunication on a route.

Flanagan really looked like it was poised for a shutout until Harrison and the Cougars got it going late.

After Anthony Johnson ran for a touchdown with seven minutes remaining to put the Falcons up 21-0 following a Jahcour Pearson two-point conversion, the Creek offense, whether it be by desperation or Flanagan softening up its coverage, experienced a revival in the final five minutes.

Harrison hit Binjimen Victor, who was skying for some monster catches throughout, and then Mullen twice before finding Victor again at the pylon for the first score. Flanagan pinned Creek down to the 3-yard line, and Harrison found Mullen for a 97-yard touchdown on the next offensive play. The Cougars got the ball back once more, but Jahvari Bourdeau picked off Harrison with 0.9 seconds remaining to seal it.

Coconut Creek class of 2017 recruits Kobe Green and Lashawn Paulino. The defensive back Green was part of a secondary that didn't allow much through the air, was active up front in stopping the run and even came in on a blitz to get a sack. Paulino, who stands tall at defensive end at 6-4 and 230 pounds, effectively sealed the edge for the Cougars.

Flanagan kicker Angel Trujillo connected on two field goals and had another one blocked, which Mullen then landed on.


September 05, 2015

Boyd Anderson standouts Lewis and Telfort getting local interest

Boyd Anderson linebacker Ricky Lewis said he has received interest from UM, FIU and FAU, but he is still waiting for his first offer from an FBS program. 

The senior said he would like to attend the University of Miami. Boyd Anderson coach Eddie Brown spent the first half of the team's win over Douglas Friday night wearing a hat with the "U" logo, so he probably wouldn't mind seeing the defensive leader of the Cobras in the green and orange next year. Lewis earned "Best Linebacker" honors during one of the Al Golden Football Camps earlier this summer in June. 

The 6-2, 210-pound 2016 prospect manhandled the Douglas offensive line all night, finishing the game with five sacks and two forced fumbles. 

Similar to Lewis, Boyd Anderson junior quarterback Shabazz Telfort has also received interest from UM, FIU and FAU, but still has not been offered by a school. Telfort said he has also received been hearing from Auburn, but that is not the SEC school he wants to hear from in his recruiting process.

The mobile quarterback with a huge arm is a fan of LSU and would like to play college ball for the Tigers. Telfort shredded the Douglas secondary Friday night, throwing for 239 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-29 passing.

September 02, 2015

Heritage's Brandon Johnson commits to Tennessee

Plantation American Heritage senior wide receiver Brandon Johnson committed to the Tennessee Volunteers on Wednesday.

The four-star prospect chose Tennessee over other notable offers from UM, LSU, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina and Wisconsin among several others.

Johnson announced his commitment on Twitter shortly after it was first reported by Ryan Bartow of 247 Sports.

"[Tennessee fans] can look forward to a player that is going to do nothing but work hard," Johnson said in an interview with 247 Sports. "I am a good athlete. I am a good football player and a good basketball player and I can compete at the highest level."

The 6-3, 172-pound wide receiver is the son of former Miami Hurricanes and Florida Marlins catcher Charles Johnson. Charles had mentioned to me before that he wanted his son to be a Hurricane, but while Brandon did have a UM offer, the Hurricanes weren't recruiting him as actively as other schools.

Brandon Johnson caught 13 touchdowns in his junior and sophomore seasons combined.

His Patriots host Maryland powerhouse DeMatha Catholic on Saturday night in a game with major national title implications.


Johnson's highlights: