Here's a look at the top 25 recruits in Broward County courtesy of our Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein BROWARD TOP 25
1. Tracy Howard, DB, 6-0, 180, Miramar: Make no mistake about it, ever since he was a sophomore, his future was out there for all to see. Big time talent with huge offers on the table!
2. Jelani Hamiton, DE, 6-5, 255, St. Thomas Aquinas: This University of Miami commitment is a major talent who was up for the challenge in every tough game the Raiders had in 2010.
3. Avery Johnson, WR, 6-3, 180, Ely: An early LSU commit, following in the footsteps of his brother (Patrick Peterson), this will be a huge year for this potential BCS player.
4. Willie Bailey, DB, 6-1, 170, Hallandale: Headed to the University of Florida, this impressive football talent has tremendous range and is capable of picking 10 passes off this season.
5. Malcolm Lewis, WR, 5-11, 185, Miramar: Has emerged into a prospect that colleges across the country have been impressed with. Makes plays all over the field and continues to be the catalyst on offense.
6. Danny Isadora, OL, 6-5, 320, Cypress Bay: One of the most physical linemen in South Florida this season, here is a talent who continues to impress at every event, and in every game he takes part in.
7. Kevis Jones, Athlete, 6-2, 220, Northeast: There may not be a player who does more to help his team win than this gifted football talent.
8. Justin Ferguson, WR, 6-2, 200, Flanagan: This Notre Dame-bound standout made quite an impact during his first season in Broward County. A quality pass catcher.
9. Macgarrett Kings, RB, 5-11, 190, University: Headed to Michigan State, here is an exceptional talent who can play running back, receiver and return punts and kicks. One of the most versatile players on a loaded team.
10. Dami Ayoola, RB, 5-10, 195, St. Thomas: This four year varsity performer has been very solid during his career, sharing carries with other backs, but producing and coming up big along the way.
11. Orlando David, DE, 6-3, 225, Chaminade-Madonna: After sitting out most of the 2010 season, this gifted talent has made a huge impact in the off season with colleges watching his every move.
12. Devonte Mathis, WR, 6-1, 200, Miramar: This former quarterback has now transformed into a quality receiver who has everything it takes to make an impact at the next level.
13. Josh Witt, LB, 6-2, 210, Cypress Bay: This University of Miami commitment burst onto the scene last year after moving from Texas. He continues to become one of the top players in South Florida.
14. Jean Marc Charles, DL, 6-3, 265, Hollywood Hills: One of the players who continues to fly beneath the radar screen, but if you've watched him over the past year, you will understand why colleges are impressed.
15. Brian Cox, Jr., DE, 6-3, 220, St. Thomas Aquinas: The son of former Miami Dolphins standout has arrived from Ohio with plenty of talent and a solid reputation of playing the game at a high level.
16. Kameron Davis, OL, 6-5, 275, Boyd Anderson: Another prospect who doesn't get the recognition he deserves. A very athletic and smart player who has great feet and knowledge of playing the position.
17. Fred McRae, WR, 5-9, 170, Chaminade-Madonna: What he lacks in size, this play-maker certainly makes up for with his speed, ability to get open and make key catches.
18. Brandon Butler, DB, 6-0, 180, Boyd Anderson: Another of the physical secondary prospects who has made an impression with big play capabilities. Plenty of colleges continue to keep an eye on his progress.
19. Trevon Coley, DE, 6-2, 220, Miramar: There is no player who has watched his stock rise more than this quality football talent who began as an offensive lineman, but now dominates on the defensive side of the ball.
20. Camden Krohn, RB/DB, 6-0, 190, Cooper City: Whether it's as a running back, receiver or defensive back, here is one of the most physical and talented football players in South Florida. He continues to get better.
21. Cole Champion, LB, 6-1, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas: This three-year varsity performer returns for yet another year as a catalyst for the Raiders. An ultra big time play maker who competes hard on every snap.
22. Adrian Burton, RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Ely: He runs the ball out of the backfield, catches upfield and is considered as one of the elite defensive backs in South Florida. On a team loaded with talent, this is one of the best.
23. Erick Hallmon, S, 6-1, 195, Cardinal Gibbons: Yet another four year varsity player who broke in as a linebacker, but is projected by many to play the safety at the next level. A quality talent.
24. Traveon Henry, RB, 6-1, 200, Pine Crest: The questions have been asked over and over again: if he sticks to just football, leaving basketball behind, how good will he be? The answer is big time. He has it all.
25. Marshall Morgan, PK, 6-3, 195, American Heritage: Very seldom do you see a kicking specialist rated so high, but in this case, you have a three-time All-State prospect, on the way to Georgia, who has the best leg in the nation!
Here's a look at the top 25 recruits in Broward County courtesy of our Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein
BROWARD TOP 25
Another one of Miami-Dade County's top recruits is heading to Tallahassee.
Coral Park linebacker Arrington Jenkins announced Tuesday morning he is committing to Florida State. Jenkins, a 6-3, 220-pounder, who came to Coral Park as a senior after a couple of solid seasons at Killian, is rated the No. 8 overall prospect in Miami-Dade County by The Miami Herald, and No. 2 among linebackers.
Jenkins is also ranked No. 43 among linebackers nationally by Rivals.com.
Coral Park coach Tim Wood said Jenkins committed late Monday night, choosing the Noles over Illinois and Minnesota.
"He really enjoyed Minnesota and Illinois after the trips he took there recently," Wood said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. "But FSU won him over in the end since they had been after him since his sophomore year at Killian. He obviously wanted the opportunity to play for a major program and in front of big crowds. But in the offseason, he wanted to be somewhere comfortable. I know he has family up there so that played a part in his choice."
Jenkins is the second player from Coral Park to commit to a major school in the past week, joining wide receiver Juwan Caesar who committed to Michigan State.
Jenkins joins other notable South Florida players that have committed to FSU - Miami Central RB Devonta Freeman, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas WR Rashad Greene and OL Bobby Hart, Miami Jackson OL Ruben Carter, and Nova DL Nile Lawrence-Stample.
Mark Guandolo has coached some great football players that have gone on to prominent careers in college and the NFL.
One of them has helped him in the running for a national honor.
Guandolo, Cypress Bay's football coach, is one of five finalists for the NFL's High School Football National Coach of the Year award. The award, which was created in 1995 honors coaches who had a profound impact on the athletic and personal development of NFL players.
Guandolo was one of 50 nominees chosen this season. He was nominated by Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, whom Guandolo coached while at Chaminade-Madonna.
As part of being chosen as a finalist, Guandolo received a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for his school's football program. The winner will be announced this week, and will receive $5,000 and a $10,000 grant for his team. The winner will also earn a trip to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu as a guest of the NFL. All grants are awarded by the NFL Youth Football Fund.
I opened my email this morning to learn the sad news that Ralph Lewis, a longtime official in multiple sports and coach in Miami-Dade County, passed away late last night after an 18-month battle with leukemia.
Lewis, 54, officiated numerous high school and college events around the state for over two decades, as well as coached and worked at Killian and Palmetto High Schools.
This past May, we had the privilege of honoring him at our All-Dade Awards breakfast with our annual Walter Krietsch/Leo Suarez Courage Award for his years of dedicated service to high school student-athletes in South Florida.
Speaking on a personal note, Lewis was a generous, caring and professional individual, who was always willing to help others and was a pleasure to be around and work with.
The kind of guy that officiated a high school football game on a Friday night, then hit the road right after to go to Dade City and officiate a state cross-country championship at the crack of dawn the next morning...and do it with a positive attitude. He was a classy individual that will be missed.
On behalf of the Miami Herald's high school sports staff, I'd like to extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Dorothy Lewis and his extended family.
Funeral arrangements and details haven't been made available yet, but we will have that information soon either on this blog or in the newspaper.
- Andre C. Fernandez
With help from Herald writer J.T. Wilcox, I confirmed that Northwestern's coach Billy
Rolle was fired late Saturday night following the Bulls' narrow 19-7 victory against Edison.
"It was a principal's decision,'' Northwestern Athletic Director Earl Allick said. îîThat's all I can say for now.''
Rolle did not return phone calls from The Herald.
While Allick did not elaborate on the reasons behind the dismissal, he said that assistant junior-varsity football coach Monte Dilworth was named the interim coach.
Northwestern (6-2, 3-1) has won its past two games, and clinched the runner-up playoff berth in District 13-6A. However, consecutive losses the prior weeks to Central and Columbus cost
the Bulls the district championship, and cast doubt as to the team's chances to win a state title this season.
During the loss to Columbus, Northwestern lost its starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury that has sidelined him the past two games. The Bulls also had several players
suspended earlier this season after being involved in a brawl during a game against Hialeah.
Rolle, the only coach in Miami-Dade County history to win a state championship with two different schools, has won three state titles overall in his 14 years as a coach. He has won two
state titles, and one mythical national title during two successful stints as Northwestern's coach.
Rolle, who has helped send numerous stars to college, including Vernon Carey, Antonio Bryant, Jacory Harris, Aldarius Johnson, Tommy Streeter, Sean Spence, and Marcus Forston, led the
Bulls to a state title in 1998. He was also an assistant on the 1995 championship team under then-coach Willie Goldsmith.
Rolle guided Killian to a state crown in 2004, and then returned to Northwestern in 2007 to lead it to a state and national title, following the dismissal of several of its coaches
at the time due to a sex scandal involving an athlete.
For those of you that have been anxiously awaiting, and those that haven't heard, a reminder that Thursday, Aug. 28, The Herald will release its High school football preview sections.
The 10-page sections bring you in-depth coverage of all the teams in Dade and Broward Counties and insights from our staff writers as to who will be the best teams and top players. It will be packaged with the Herald's pro and college sections.
And remember, you can check out our district-by-district breakdown series of podcasts at www.miamiherald.com/hssports.
Look for the 4 goofy guys in the football outfits. Great, now I'm going to get an angry email from Larry because I called him goofy.
Miami-Dade County lost one of its softball coaching
pioneers Sunday when former Southridge coach Gloria
Satterfield died of lung cancer at the age of 69.
Satterfield was the Spartans' first-ever softball coach,
hired in 1976, and led them to a record of 288-97 during her
17 seasons. She led Southridge to the state's slow-pitch state
championships five times in six seasons from 1983-1988.
After the transition to fast-pitch softball under the
Florida High School Athletic Association in 1988, Satterfield
guided the Spartans to the playoffs twice, including a berth
in the 1992 Class 4A state championship game.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Satterfield graduated from Daniel
Webster High School and later from the Oklahoma College for
Women. In 1961, she moved to Miami and spent 15 years teaching
and coaching at Riviera Junior High before working at
Satterfield was named The Miami News Softball Coach of the
Year in 1983 and 1987. She moved back to Oklahoma two years
ago. Last spring, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. After a
brief illness, she passed away early Sunday morning surrounded
by family members at her home in Jenks, Oklahoma.
Our sincerest condolences go out to Satterfield's family.
Over the past 10 days, a bunch of Dade and Broward's top performers from a memorable season were honored by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association.
Over the years, the group has not given many awards to this talent-rich area, but this season has been different.
Pat Dorsey and I compiled a list. Enjoy.
• Palmetto's Kelly Saco, who led her team to a state
championship, collected another prestigious honor recently
when she was named the Association's Softball Player of the
Saco is the first Dade recipient of this award since its
inception in 1993. She finished with a 16-2 record, 168
strikeouts, six shutouts and a 0.40 ERA. Saco, The Miami
Herald's Class 6A Pitcher of the Year, will play this fall at
Syracuse this fall.
• Southridge runners Brandon O'Connor and Ebony Eutsey were
named the Track and Field Athletes of the Year.
O'Connor was a state champion in the 200 and 400-meter
races, finishing with some of the fastest times in the country
this season. He ran a 20.82 in the 200 and a 47.12 in the 400.
His coach, Rodney Wright, was named the Overall Boys' Coach
of the Year. Wright led the Spartans to their first state
championship and his teams have not lost a dual meet in five
Eutsey, who was recently named the Gatorade State Athlete
of the Year, ran a 23.79 in the 200 meters and a 53.85 in the
400 at state to win state titles in both. She recently ran the
fastest time in the nation (53.23) at an invitational meet
Her coach, Sam Burley, who is retiring this season and is a
member of the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of
Fame, was named Overall Girls' Coach of the Year. Burley led
the Spartans to their first state title in five seasons.
• Thanks to Cypress Bay star Brennan Boyajian, boys' coach
Vince Grossi and St. Thomas Aquinas girls coach Carol
Deopsomer, Broward County accounted for three of the four high
school tennis award winners announced Thursday.
Boyajian, bound for the University of North Carolina this
fall, won the Boys' Player of the Year award after going
undefeated and winning the 4A overall singles title. Grossi,
who led Boyajian and the Lightning to the 4A boys' team title,
took Boys' Coach of the Year honors.
Deopsomer, who led the Raiders to their second consecutive
3A girls' title, won Girls' Coach of the Year. Only Girls'
Player of the Year Jacqueline Kasler of Gulf Breeze -- the 2A
state champion who edged finalists Amelia Martinez (Cypress
Bay; 4A overall singles winner) and Courtney Clayton (St.
Thomas Aquinas; 3A overall singles champion) -- kept Broward
from sweeping the awards.
• Southwest senior outside hitter Jonathan Roldan was named
the Boys' Volleyball State Player of the Year after posting
459 kills, 107 aces, 157 digs and 63 blocks. Also The Miami
Herald's Player of the Year for Dade, guiding the Eagles to a
His coach Mauricio Diaz was named the Coach of the Year
after winning his second state title in six seasons after
leading Southwest to a 27-2 record. He has a career record of
230-31 and has led the Eagles to the state tournament four
For a full list of winners chosen for the 2007-08 School Year, go to www.floridamilk.com/sports
Blanche Ely athletic director Connie McGirt sent out a release today, announcing the school is taking applications for its football coaching position, which opened when James Jones resigned last month after one year at the helm.
Resumes can be sent to McGirt at 1201 NW 6th Avenue in Pompano Beach (33060) or at email@example.com, and will be accepted through June 18.
Whoever lands the position will take over a team that went 6-5 last year (losing to eventual 5A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas by just one point in the regional quarterfinals), but won't have LSU-bound defensive back Patrick Johnson. Still, senior-to-be Michael Carter -- Broward's No. 4 recruit, according to Larry Blustein's rankings -- returns to the defensive backfield.
--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)