June 02, 2015

Quarterman ready for immediate impact at UM in 2016

QuartermanMiami Hurricanes commit Shaquille Quarterman didn't have his team participating in the 7-on-7 tournament at UM on Sunday, but he made it a point to drive down to campus and check it out.

The 2016 four-star middle linebacker out of Oakleaf High took a five-hour trip from Orange Park to Coral Gables.

“I love coming down to see Miami," says Quarterman (6-2, 230 pounds). "I barely need a reason to come. I could just come any day.”

Quarterman is one of the more firm commits in Al Golden's 2016 class. Nonetheless, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State and Louisville continue going after him hard.

“When you have something you’re very sure about, it’s only so much certain colleges can say," he says. "I always listen, always show respect and always listen to what they have to say, but this is the place. This is my home.”

While he feels strongly about the positive direction the Canes are going, he doesn't push his feelings on other recruits unless they approach him.

“I don’t really believe in the recruiting [of other players]," he says. "If they were to come up to me and ask me what influenced me to come here or just ask me for advice, then I would put my input in. I’m just not a big fan of pushing myself on somebody."

What would he tell those recruits wondering about Miami?

“I’d tell them this is an amazing college with room to grow. We’re making a really big turn – probably this year. I’d tell them about the things I believe are going to happen, and I guess with my face and my conviction, they really feel what I’m saying.”

Quarterman believes the Canes will improve each season until they are eventually back on top, starting with the defense.

“I feel the defense is going to be really great – defensive line getting better, definitely linebackers getting better," he says. "I’m really rooting for my boy Darrion [Owens, former high school teammate of his]. This will be his second year and he’ll be – I think – starting, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

On what he's learned from conversations with defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio: “He’s really a man of his word. His word is bond. That’s what I really admire about him. If he says he’s going to do something, he’s going to do it, and if he can’t, you know he tried his very absolute best to try. It’s not hard to follow him. Believe in his process and he’ll make you a winner.”

Quarterman likes that he saw a Miami linebacker in Denzel Perryman go in the second round of the NFL Draft.

He believes he can see himself in Perryman’s shoes on a draft day down the road “if I come in and play early, which I believe I will because I don’t believe in coming in and riding the bench, especially with this staff right here. They don’t believe in making you wait till you’re a junior.”

When Quarterman arrives at UM, he's making it clear that he's coming to take a starting spot.

"Even if I don’t, that makes the veterans sweat and makes us better as a team," he says. "That’s all of us (committed linebackers Greg Simmons, Zach McCloud and Michael Pinckney). My whole class is coming in here and coming to make them sweat.”

Since he has a former high school teammate already at UM, he's received some advice from Owens.

“It’s easy to work through it if you’re a workaholic," he says of what he's heard from Owens. "If you come for the wrong reasons to go to college, the parties and all the extracurricular activities instead of the one that really matters, then you won’t prosper.

Quarterman describes himself as a woraholic. He used to work out with older classes in high school. When Owens was a senior and he was a sophomore, coaches made him lift the weight Owens was lifting.

May 31, 2015

Sights from 7-on-7 event at UM


It finally puts UM on par with other elite college football programs when it comes to recruiting.

Having all the facilities and resources at its disposal for the first time, the University of Miami hosted the Adidas South Florida Shootout, a 7-on-7 tournament that brought together more than 900 athletes from 48 different high schools.

The Canes had games going on the Cobb Stadium soccer field, Greentree Practice Fields and the intramural fields for a total of 12 fields holding games at once.

IM Fields

Several UM recruits and commitments were in attendance, and all of UM's future plans, including the new Adidas uniforms and the Sun Life Stadium renovations, were pitched, as pictured below.


Current UM players, along with the coaches, were active in the effort of hosting it for the program. Quarterback Brad Kaaya was seen talking to several offensive recruits and giving them pointers.

The multi-talented Chad Thomas, a rising sophomore defensive end who was once a five-star recruit out of Booker T. Washington, was on the turntables as the DJ for the festivities.

DJ Chad

Here's a sight Canes fans could get used to seeing -- 2016 commit and four-star stud receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas Sam Bruce on Greentree Practice Fields.

Sam Bruce

St. Thomas 2017 five-star wide receiver Trevon Grimes has previously mentioned Ohio State as a leader in his recruitment, but he says talks with Bruce and the atmosphere of the 7-on-7 have him strongly considering Miami now.

The 6-2 standout was stellar in the action I saw. He made resistance from opposing corners appear futile, as seen in this video captured by Alejandro Narciso, snagging a ball over a Jackson defender in the end zone.




A video posted by @ale_narciso_canes on May 31, 2015 at 8:15am PDT

Gulliver has four players currently committed to the Canes. 2017 running back commit Robert Burns was absent, but here are the three 2016 commits -- from left to right: DE Joseph Jackson, ATH Cedrick Wright and WR Dionte Mullins.


Four-star middle linebacker commit Shaquille Quarterman didn't have his Orange Park Oakleaf team in the tournament, but decided to make the five-hour drive anyway to check out the action. He told me his commitment is very solid.


Another LB commit but in the Class of 2017, Tyler Dunning, reaffirmed his commitment is very strong and he is trying to recruit his teammates on an elite Dillard defense. 2017 DE Jon Ford has an offer and 2016 DT Aaron Thompson is waiting on one but receiving interest from the Canes.


It doesn't stop at 2017. Even younger recruits were present, including Thomas Burns, a cornerback out of Miami Northwestern who is one of four commits in the Canes' Class of 2018 and current UM CB Artie Burns' brother.

Thomas Burns

Former UM and Marlins catcher Charles Johnson was back on his old stomping grounds watching his son Brandon, a three-star recruit out of Plantation American Heritage. CJ told me he also planned to check out the baseball team's regional final at 7 p.m. at Mark Light Field.

Charles Johnson

Brandon Johnson has a UM offer, but Charles told me he hasn't been recruited all that actively by UM coaches as of late. CJ also said he definitely wants his son to end up at his alma mater.

In the end, Coconut Creek won the championship game 21-14 over Flanagan. Here are the #CreekBoyz holding up the trophy. Congrats to coach Kareem Reid and wide receiver Binjimen Victor, who appeared to get hurt in the final but re-entered the game for the finish.


Those are my pictures on a bunch of people throwing up the U and all the tremendous setups put together by the Hurricane coaches, as well as staff members Josh Darrow, Eric Josephs and Brooke Wilson, among others.

*All photos by David Furones/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

May 25, 2015

Jackson's Desmond Phillips commits to Toledo

Miami Jackson athlete Desmond Phillips announced on Monday that he has committed to Toledo.

The Generals left-handed quarterback in the Class of 2016 is listed as an athlete on recruiting services at 5-10 and 170 pounds and had a total of 14 offers including others from Cincinnati, FIU, Marshall, Pitt, USF, Syracuse and Temple.

In Phillips' junior season, he threw for 1,385 yards and ran for more than 500 yards and led Jackson to a playoff appearance.

May 23, 2015

Rockets fully loaded: Extra Miami Central spring/recruiting notes

Keir Thomas**I wrote a feature on Central both in the paper and online. Make sure you check that out as well. You should also check out Bill Daley's write-up on Columbus' win over St. Pete Lakewood.**

Here are a few more notes I came away with from the Rockets’ Green and White Game on Saturday.

--That defense is to be feared! Half of the guys on the starting unit already look like they’re in college. Donavan Thompson, Keir Thomas (pictured to the left) and Eric Mitchell are absolutely fierce. Mitchell, came off the edge unblocked and drilled quarterback Anthony “Mo” Hasan so hard I was concerned for Mo’s health. He turned out to be OK; he's a tough kid.

--Regarding four-star receiver Darnell Salomon, he broke down for me why he liked each of his top five.

Oregon: “Oregon has that fast-pace offense, spread team. Great for a receiver like me.” Darnell Salomon

Oklahoma: “I’m great with the receivers coach [Dennis Simmons]. We’ve got a bond. I talk to him like every week.”

Texas: “They throw the ball 40 times a game.”

Alabama: “Always been a fan of them.”

FSU: “They’re starting all their freshmen receivers and they become big time, so that’s great.”

Salomon (pictured to the right) added Miami is also recruiting him hard and he talks to running backs coach Tim “Ice” Harris every two weeks. He says the Hurricanes would be next if he extended his top to six.

Thompson, a three-star middle linebacker at 5-10, 220 says no one is ahead between Arkansas, Oregon State and USF, but he does say former Central coach Telly Lockette being an assistant at Oregon State gives the Beavers an advantage.

“He kind of knows me, kind of knows my weaknesses, and if I go up there, he can basically keep an eye on me and tell me how it is instead of sugar-coating it,” Thompson said.

Like I mention in my story, Waynmon Steed told me UM coaches have said he reminds them of Sean Spence.

“I want to start my own legacy, but to be compared to Sean Spence, that’s a good comparison. I don’t mind it.”

About being committed to the hometown team, Steed, who also has offers from FAU and Texas-San Antonio says, “It’s a great thing. [I’ve] got to represent 305. My family is a big fan of Miami and I just get to stay home.”

While committed, Steed adds that he’s still open as more offers begin to come in.

Jamel Cook calls himself 100-percent committed to FSU but still wants to enjoy the recruiting process and take his visits – Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, UM, FSU are in the mix for visits from him.

He likes the family atmosphere at FSU with former teammates Dalvin Cook, DaVante Phillips and Calvin Brewton all up there.

“With me going up there, there’s just family. I have people that push me to work hard, stay behind me and push me to do what’s right,” Cook says.

Another Cook, James, who is an eighth grader now and rising freshman that will be enrolling at Central in August, already has hype surrounding him. That’s because he’s Dalvin Cook’s little brother. I’m certainly excited to see what he can do once the season starts as he’s already receiving recruiting interest from major programs.

May 20, 2015

Updates on Jaquwan Nelson, Dallas Jeanty from Fort Lauderdale scrimmage

I got a chance to pass by Fort Lauderdale High on Tuesday to watch the Flying L’s Blue and White Game and was impressed by several of their athletes.

First, 6-4, 225-pound Class of 2016 defensive end Jaquwan Nelson was absolutely dominant in his pass rush and has a solid frame to build upon at the next level.

The three-star UM commit with active hands off the edge demands a double team. One blocker isn’t enough to contain him as a quick and forceful rip move swiftly gets him past linemen. I counted at least three times that he busted through for a “sack” (no contact on the quarterback).


Nelson spoke with me about what it meant to him to get that offer from the Hurricanes at UM’s Junior Day and how he reacted.

“It was a dream come true. I always wanted to play for UM as a little kid,” Nelson said. “My heart was pumping. My reaction was outrageous. I didn’t know what to do.”

Nelson lists himself as a “very solid” commit but is keeping his options open. He put his commitment status at 90 percent.

Nelson (pictured in three-point stance below) says the other schools that make up the remaining 10 percent would be Florida State, Notre Dame and Oregon State. Of those, Oregon State has offered while he says he’s heard from the other two but they are not showing too much interest.

Jaquwan NelsonDallas Jeanty, a three-star 6-1, 220-pound linebacker is urging to get a Hurricanes offer and join Nelson in the Canes’ 2016 class, as well as several other close friends in the class.

“I’m the biggest Miami fan on the planet. I’ve wanted a Miami offer forever,” says Jeanty, who currently lists 34 other offers.

He says if he got the UM offer, he would “definitely commit on the spot.”

As for now, Jeanty (pictured behind Nelson to the left) says Oregon State is his leader followed by Cincinnati and Army.

With a 3.9 GPA and a 1260 on the SAT (reading and math), he has been offered by all eight Ivy League schools. He wants a competitive school both in academics and in football, so that’s another reason why the Miami offer is so important to him. He’s also hopeful for a Notre Dame and USC offer.

Another solid-looking linebacker for Fort Lauderdale who is not getting the recruiting attention is 5-11, 210-pound 2017 prospect Darryl Weaver.

Weaver showed tremendous instincts getting to the ball and hits hard with good form when he tackles. He also had a fumble recovery in the scrimmage.

Kevin Thomas, a defensive back who was playing some outside linebacker on Tuesday, scooped up a fumble recovery for a touchdown on a backward pass.

Cornerback Duwan Smith is very good in coverage and reacts well with quick hips.

USF, Minnesota, Akron and Navy all had coaches at Fort Lauderdale's spring scrimmage.

May 14, 2015

Amir Rasul headlines strong senior class for Coral Gables

After Shaquery Wilson took his talents to Georgia and several other talented defensive prospects moved on, Coral Gables is looking strong with its senior class once again.

At the top of the list is running back Amir Rasul, who at 6-0, 192 pounds is a four-star recruit on most sites.

Rasul committed to UM in January and had his recruitment blow up since, gathering more than 20 offers from all over the country. Even USC has come all the way to the East Coast to visit Coral Gables and check on Rasul.

“He’s offered from coast to coast,” Coral Gables coach Roger Pollard said. “Every school in the nation has recognized his talent.”

With all the options that have opened up for Rasul, who is also an elite track talent and is spending the spring away from the football team running track, his commitment to the Canes should be considered a soft one. When asked, Pollard could not confirm how firm Rasul’s commitment is currently but said he will sit down with him when he rejoins the team in June.

While college coaches love Rasul’s track speed, they love even more that he runs like a football player with that speed.


Amir Rasul after a 195-yard, 4-TD performance against Coral Park last season. DAVID FURONES

“He doesn’t run like a track guy. He runs like a really fast running back, and I think that’s why so many people are really in love with him and what he can do for their program,” Pollard says. “People want home run hitters, and with the type of speed he possesses, he’s a home run hitter.”

Coral Gables’ trio of senior linebackers in Shakur Cooper, Gee Stanley and Robert Brown is one that will spearhead the Cavaliers’ defense and pick up some steam in the players’ recruitment in the fall.

Cooper, at 6-1, 210 pounds, is a four-year starter in Pollard’s defense. He was second-team all-state last season and recently received an offer from FAMU to add to a list that includes Appalachian State and Alcorn State.

“If he was 6-2, he’d be recruited by every school in the nation because his ability to rush the passer – you can ask anybody that’s played against us – he’s got a special knack, a lot of unteachable skill,” Pollard says. “Once that ball moves an inch, he moves two feet.”

Pollard plans on using Cooper, who goes by the nickname of “Pooh Bear,” all over the field his senior season and not restrict him to just outside linebacker.

Stanley (6-2, 200) has started since he was a sophomore and is a sideline-to-sideline outside linebacker who has also seen time at strong safety and lists offers from Alcorn State and Robert Morris since receiving an offer from Temple in the fall.

“He’s really quick in the box, quick with his feet and really knowledgeable in what offenses are trying to do against us,” Pollard says.

Brown (6-1, 195) is a South Miami transfer that Pollard describes as an “effort linebacker.”

“He’s going to run, he’s going to take you down,” Pollard says. “Wherever the ball is, he’s going to do whatever he can to get there.”

Alcorn State and Bryant University have offered Brown, but he’s also receiving interest from FIU and New Mexico.

“I don’t think there will be another linebacking corps with this talent. Usually you’ll have one stud, but with these three, pick your poison,” Pollard says. “If you block one, where’s the other?”

Quarterback Voshon Waiters currently lists one offer (FAMU), but Pollard expects his recruitment to heat up over the summer and in the fall once the season starts.

“I think with the numbers he’s going to put up this year, people are going to hit the brakes when they come by Coral Gables, and it’s not just for Amir Rasul,” Pollard says.

Pollard wants to take him to camps at FIU and FAU because he feels with how meticulously quarterbacks are recruited and offered college coaches need to see him in person.

He says Waiters has solid size at 6-1 to see over the line and runs the Cavaliers’ spread offense, which is very popular in college, to perfection for his unit.

January 18, 2015

Class of 2015 Florida Qualified HS Players

ATTENTION COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES: The following list of high school football prospects from the state of Florida are talented athletes who have put in the work on the football field and in the classroom.

These talented athletes from all over Florida are qualified and ready to go. Check out their videos and call their coaches. You already know the talent in the Sunshine State is as good as you get. Help your program and help these young men.

In the end, they have one everything asked of them – on and off of the playing field. Now, it’s your turn to reward them.

If you need contact information, just drop us an e-mail at Floridakids1@aol.com.

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR: Jurell Green, RB, Oviedo. 4,782 yards and 60 TDs. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1568378/jurell-green

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR: Malik Wisdom, DB, Miami-Dade Christian. Versatile player with plenty of big time experience. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4205428/malik-wisdom

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Wajih AlBaroudi, OL, Fort Lauderdale High. 3.19 GPA at 6-3, 295. Check him out colleges! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2645140/highlights/195465383

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jonathan Ortner, QB, Santa Rose South Walton. Talented player. Check him out! http://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/clientrms/profile/recruiting_profile/789414

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Johnnie Hankins, RB, South Dade. State championship experience. Big time player! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3279331/highlights/124575375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Gerod Jones, WR/DB, Sarasota Booker. Young man can play! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2831842/highlights/147945395

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Donovan Valdiviezo, DE/DT, Miami High. Passion for the game and wants to keep playing. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3595015/highlights/187515380

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Nick Hughes, OL, Coral Springs Taravella. This is a prospect to invest in. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3476202/highlights/204614375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Michael Frederick, RB, Champagnat Catholic. State championship experience. Steal! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuqEzvgu_sk

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: How does Coral Springs Taravella's Jawanza Evans-Morris have NO offers, college? http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3476177/highlights/204109393

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Phillip Beaty, WR/TE, Orlando Bishop Moore, Great player and well coached. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3635364/highlights/177956380

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Reuel Buchanan, 6-0, 190, LB, 3.8 GPA! Pompano Beach Blanche Ely product. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4777914/highlights/206613380

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Athlete Landyn Rivadeneira, Parkland Douglas. Outstanding football prospect who also gets it done in the classroom. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2821684/highlights/199369398

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: DaMarrio Jackson-Smith, Miami Monsignor Pace. A young man to check out. 3.6 GPA, too! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2168465/highlights/202020376/v2

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Ulysees Gilbert, Ocala Trinity. Top flight prospect. Very impressive LB. 20 on the ACT - 3.1 Core GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1422681/highlights/166131378

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Ronald Clayton. Hollywood Hills under-the-radar DB with a 3.1 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3326209/highlights/196188377

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Marcos Alvarado, OL, 19 ACT. Passion for the game! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4655355/highlights/199274381

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Anthony DeLeo, OLB/S, Bartram Trail. 81 tackles. Difference maker. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2646776/highlights/164003376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Malik Vigille, WR/DB. Has won multiple state championships. Winner! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3315736/highlights/110281383

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Michael Fitschen, Coral Springs Taravella athlete with a 4.4 GPA 1750 SAT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3476190/highlights/202511375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Paul McDonald, DB/WR, Sunrise Piper is another overlooked player. 3.3 GPA, 24 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2646903/highlights/191368385

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Alan "A.J." Seward, Orlando E. River, WR/DB. Check him out! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1423882/highlights/115169379

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Julian McCleod, DT, St. Thomas Aquinas. Very talented football player. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5fuasEJRoc&feature=youtu.be

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Reggie Turner. Versatile CB/S from Miami Jackson. Well coached and 26 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2704673/reggie-turner

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Malik Williams, Lake Worth WR/DB is set to go in the classroom. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3514967/highlights/105805406

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jose Ortega: Weston Cypress Bay has a 285-pound DT ready to recruit! Watch him play! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3197962/highlights/214870375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Sanford Seminole TE/WR Gage Krull. Can't teach 6-foot-6! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1682108/highlights/155825376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Tydarius Smith, 285-pound NG - Sanford Seminole. Real sleeper. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2866942/highlights/158436381

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Sanford Seminole OT/OG/OC Danyel Mariano. Has it all! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2841388/highlights/199268002

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Hans Supre - Tremendous Coral Gables RB steal. 25 ACT and talent. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1400999/highlights/18278395

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Sanford Seminole DT with grades and talent, Eric Martin. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1586650/highlights/165765375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Sheldon Whigham, RB, Hialeah Miami Lakes has talent and grades. He's ready colleges! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3899463/highlights/186363375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: St. Thomas Aquinas college ready safety, C.J. Jeudy. Big time exposure already. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1456081/highlights/217463376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Johnnie Gaines, RB, Fort Lauderdale Westminster talent POY in his league. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3690584/highlights/164914375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Rodley Velia. Talented Miami Monsignor Pace athlete still out there, colleges! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2449424/highlights/180129391

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Darrell Henderson, DL/OL. Jacksonville Duval Charter player has the grades and talent. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3299087/highlights/175607389

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miramar Everglades' Khantrell Burden is a D1 caliber player - 3.5 GPA OLB/SS. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2185128/highlights/189711375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Demetrius Amerson: Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons' talent. A STEAL college coaches!!!! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2289137/highlights/152501377

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: N. Miami Beach athlete Duanne Jones is a real steal colleges. He can play! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1715836/highlights/207955388

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Darell Cheruban, OL, Hialeah American. Here is a player who can make a difference for your school. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3436102/highlights/173237376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: To my Ivy League coaches. Mateo Diaz has a 4.74 GPA! OLB from Sunrise Piper. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2959913/highlights/203199380

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Versatile Jensen Beach QB/DB/WR/RB, Kade Glenn. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1831877/highlights

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: One of the major steals in south Florida. Les Dalger, 6-foot-5 WR from Ft. Lauderdale Westminster. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3945947/highlights/163626380

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Montavis Cogdell is a Jacksonville Westside RB standout with a 2.9 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3246179/highlights/168221375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: George Jacobsen, RB/OLB, Coral Shores UNDER THE RADAR! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1684157/george-jacobsen

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Henry Jacobsen, RB/OLB, Coral Shores UNDER THE RADAR. Wake up colleges! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1684156/highlights/195755378

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Lance Deveaux, DB. Another high level St. Thomas product just waiting colleges! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1719924/highlights/181217378

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Dion Ross - Two-time OL state champ from Apopka is ready to go. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3889910/highlights/220155399

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Johnathan Atwell, WR, Weston Cypress Bay. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1603532/highlights/80253376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Florida's Panhandle has plenty of kids. Brandon Thomas, DB, Fort Walton Choctaw. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1820210/brandon-thomas

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Joshua Sierra, Miami High LB - 2.8 GPA - 22 ACT. He is ready to roll on campus. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3571889/joshua-sierra

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miami Northwestern OL Dwayne Thomas has his grades set. he is all yours! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3935091/highlights

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Connor Fee. Caught a TD in the 7A state title game and has a 4.1 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2604608/highlights/184339377

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Hialeah American standout DE.OLB Darius Rolle is ready colleges! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2130779/highlights/178819375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Anthony Rosenfeld. Miami Columbus standout has grades and talent. Now needs and offer! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1370430/anthony-rosenfeld

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miami LaSalle S Montrell Thomas is a star with grades! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1703851/highlights/220896380

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: North Miami DL/FB has a 2.9 GPA and 19 SAT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3114042/highlights/177031376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Micah Zander - Jacksonville (Raines) area standout has a 3.6 GPA and talent! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/539260/highlights/158373379

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Malique Allen, DB, North Miami Beach is always around the ball and has a 23 ACT, which makes him ready. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3247435/highlights/97222377

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Orlando (Timber Creek) OL prospect with a 27 ACT and 3.6 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/530871/highlights/209883375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miami Springs WR James Howard is a quality player that is ready to go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBW0lhLNBGE&feature=youtu.be

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jake Bofshever is a productive Coral Springs QB who can make a difference. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2898211/highlights/171543376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jean Bazile, LB, Hialeah. 22 ACT and 3.1 GPA. Quality athlete. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2955241/highlights/207850401

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Ryan Swanson is a hard-nose LB that would be a D2 dream. 4.67 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/947991/highlights/194439375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Dylan Wright-Sirmons, QB/FS, Lakeland Teneroc player with grades and athleticism. 3.5 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3279523/highlights/175668388

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Brice Hatcher, Bushnell S. Sumter is a talented player who is close to getting his grades. Keep an eye on him! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/659323/highlights/217138380

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Gerald Anderson is a Miami Springs QB who can make a difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ZeXOQFRWY&feature=youtu.be

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miami Palmetto's Freddie Wilson is a true playmaker. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1328136/highlights/203161383

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jensen Beach's Edwin Velasquez is a WR with a 2.7 GPA and 21 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2299342/highlights/190334377

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Josh Abel from Jensen Beach is a RB with a 1740 (3 part SAT), 3.34 Gpa. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1831890/highlights/158434379

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Somerset Academy's Anthony Milord is a raw talent. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2645112/highlights/182736375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: North Miami DB Wesley Charles (2.8 GPA and 23 ACT) is really under the radar. Great player! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2627192/wesley-Charles

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Coral Gables QB Eldrick Clapp has a 5.35 GPA!!!!!!! That's what it's all about! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3243694/highlights/175778376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Parkland Douglas LB/DT Brian Ellis is a great fit. Colleges need to check him out. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4319680/highlights/200413383

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: State champion QB Jake Rizzo is still out there. Colleges? What are you waiting for? http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1767917/highlights/222774379

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Middleburg LS/TE Colton Wadsworth has grades and talent. No solid offers! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2641812/colton-wadsworth

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jupiter Christian RB/LB Joey Bashwiner has done his part. Let's get him offers! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/931030/highlights/179953375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Umatilla QB/DB Justin Lewis has a 3.0 and a great throwing arm. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/460213/highlights/200525385

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Parkland Douglas QB Brett Israel has been under the radar for 3 years. 3.7 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2821579/highlights/191566375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jacksonville Lee DB/WR Rayshun Jones is a quality prospect. Watch his film! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3010407/highlights/165468375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Carlos Yepez, DB, Doral Reagan 3.8 GPA and a talented player. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2525561/highlights/141549375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Sha Mar Pierre, WR from Fort Pierce Central is set to help at the next level. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1445461/highlights/162920375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Plantation standout Dejhaun Clayton is a player and is still out there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKaN4v7IVt4&feature=youtu.be

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jacksonville Wolfson DB/WR, is talented colleges! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3298914/highlights/158458386

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miami Springs Athlete Jahwon Grant has a 2.7 GPA, 22 ACT. Good to go! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xxdsdqj-_s&feature=youtu.be

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Daytona Beach Mainland, OLB/S, is still out there! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1822987/highlights/201367381

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: No brainer. here, colleges! Versatile leader Andres Fernandes, Miami Columbus. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1370427/highlights/87435376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Ocala Vanguard's DaQuan Hamilton, TE/S. Good to go! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4036994/highlights/176659375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jacksonville Bishop Kenny Alexander Condorteanu-Oroveanu. OG/OT, 6-5, 285. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2191611/alexander-condoroteanu-oroveanu

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: P.J. Coast , South Dade is a major athlete 2.5 GPA, 1040 SAT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4051339/highlights/175662375#

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jordan Watkins - 6’1 200, QB, Fort Pierce John Carroll. Major talent. 4.9 GPA/ 23 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1760426/highlights/160862376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Daytona Beach Mainland LB Adam Hamilton. Has no offers. Ready to go! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1852985/highlights/216017378

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Arnoldo A.J. Ayala, LaBelle, QB/WR/DB - 3.4 GPA. 21 ACT. Versatile. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1437326/highlights/75784375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: LaBell's Garrett Coker, TE/DE. 3.8 GPA. 26 ACT. 6-1, 215. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1437329/highlights/11734374

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Homer Garcia, DT, OT, 6-4, 250! LaBelle 3.8 GPA 21 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3207027/highlights/160795359

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miramar's Jackson Mauricette. WR. No offers, 3.7 GPA - 25 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3297518/highlights/198442377

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: New Smyrna Beach OLB/S, Laterrio Jordan is set to go. What are we waiting for? http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1615512/highlights/195351384

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Quentin Randolph, WR Navarre, 6-2, 175lbs, 3.0 GPA, 21 ACT, 6A all-state honorable mention. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/771414/quentin-randolph

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: QB Quinn Farrell, Fort Myers Bishop Verot is a 4-year starter and set to go in the classroom! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1002501/quinn-farrell

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Jupiter DE/LB Seth Freeman. 3.4 GPA. 21 ACT. Talented football player! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2129396/highlights/167553386

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Orlando Dr. Phillips' DB Antonio Wyatt is still out there! 5-11, 190. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4347024/highlights/188653375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Tyrie Adams - St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins talented QB is still waiting for an offer! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1426797/highlights/166414375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Hialeah Champagnat PK Antonio Estrada is the real deal. 3.2 GPA. 820 SAT (2 Part). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKZLsLha9Bg&feature=youtu.be

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Niceville OT Joseph Blythe 2013 and 2014 1st Team All Area. GPA 3.34 ACT 28. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1433378/highlights/118657376

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Chase Outzen, DB/PR, Niceville HS. 7A (AP) All State HM. 3.12 GPA, 23 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1820240/highlights/162227377

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Colby Tuthill, QB, Niceville. 1st Team All Area. 3.53 GPA, 27 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3687158/highlights/158963375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: E'Andre Smith, RB/SB, Lakeland Victory Christian is a big time player with a 3.5 GPA, 17 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4131070/highlights/198106377

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Fort Lauderdale Dillard OL is set with a 2.8 GPA. 18 SAT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2642180/christopher-jones

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miami Columbus standout JR Garrigo. Excellent players and a 22 ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1171019/highlights/160828375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Miami Westminster Christian LB Roshad Broadway 26 ACT is a player! http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1897025/highlights

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Eric Johnson, TE 6-4, 215 Stuart Martin County, 3.34 GPA, 1710/24 SAT/ACT. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2956720/eric-johnson

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Orange City University’s Ahshar Sylvestre, OLB. 3.1 GPA and have a 1630 SAT http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2011579/highlights/168332375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Patrick Elias, Miami Columbus LB. Overcame injury to have a tremendous year. SAT 1670. GPA 3.2. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1370344/highlights/170909375

QUALIFIED FLORIDA SENIOR FOOTBALL PROSPECT: Joel Tomei, Stuart Martin County. 72 tackles (mostly solo) 4 picks.3.3 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1782557/highlights/199509388

January 16, 2015

Northeast football makes a coaching change

            Oakland Park Northeast football coach Christopher Hay told The Miami Herald Friday he has been dismissed from his coaching duties at the school.

            Hay, a South Broward graduate, coached the Hurricanes to a 1-9 record this past season after previous stint at Hollywood Hills as an assistant coach.

            Northeast is still in the process of hiring a replacement.

“I love my kids and I just want to thank them for the hard work they put in and same goes for all the coaches out there doing things the right way,” Hay said. “Unfortunately [Northeast] decided they wanted to go in another direction. Whoever takes over will inherit a solid, disciplined program on and off the field.”


January 07, 2015

AP Class 4A All-State football team

The Florida All-State Class 4A team as chosen by newspaper editors and reporters.


QB - Maurice Alexander 6-0 170 Sr., Miami Washington

RB - Mark Walton 5-11 195 Sr., Miami Washington

RB - Azende Rey 6-0 190 Jr., DeFuniakSpringsWaltonCounty

RB - Eric Bright 5-9 210 Sr., MadisonCounty

WR - Antonio Callaway 6-0 180 Sr., Miami Washington

WR - Jamel Dean 6-2 200 Sr., Cocoa

OL - Joe Hernandez 5-10 280 Sr., Clewiston

OL - Tammarick Collier 6-6 270 Sr., TallahasseeFlorida High

OL - Cody Temple 6-2 285 Sr., Callahan West Nassau

OL - Jawaan Taylor 6-6 360 Jr., Cocoa

OL - Ben Tirolia 6-4 280 Sr., Miami Washington

UT - Ronnie Harrison 6-2 210 Sr. Tallahassee Florida High

K - Isaac Mercado 5-10 165 Sr., Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest


DL - Steven Leggett 6-1 255 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Central

DL - John Matson 6-2 225 Jr., FortWhite

DL - Devonaire Clarington 6-6 230 Sr., Miami Washington

LB - Kyle Johnson 6-0 210 Jr., Jacksonville Bolles

LB - Sage Lewis 6-1 212 Sr, Miami Monsignor Pace

LB - Michael Pinckney 6-1 225 Jr., Jacksonville Raines

LB - Withney Simon 6-0 210 Sr., Orlando Jones

DB - Chauncey Gardner 5-11 190 Jr., Cocoa

DB - DaVante Davis 6-2 190 Sr., Miami Washington

DB — Ocie Rose 6-2 180 Sr., Miami Washington

DB - Jacari Footman 5-11 175 Sr., TallahasseeFlorida High

UT - Caleb Robinson 6-1 180 Jr., Umatilla

P - Austin Bentley 6-0 170 Sr., TallahasseeFlorida High


QB - Bruce Judson 5-11 170 So., Cocoa

RB - Davion Dubose 6-1 195 Jr. Callahan West Nassau

RB - Justin Weaver 5-10 180 Sr., Cocoa

RB - Jabari Jiles 5-9 190 So. Villages

WR - Tyrell Moorer 6-0 180 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles

WR - Ronald Patterson 6-2 180 Jr., Jacksonville Raines

OL - Zach Sprenkle 5-9 245 Sr., MadisonCounty

OL - Mike Ruess 6-1 235 Sr., Coconut Creek North Broward Prep

OL - Deonte Seal 6-3 370 So., Clewiston

OL - Jah'Shaun Seider 6-5 265 Sr., Belle Glade Glades Central

OL - Seth Standland 6-2 230 Sr., DeFuniakSpringsWaltonCounty

UT - Akevious Williams 6-2 190 Sr., MadisonCounty

K - Sander Bloshinsky 5-10 150 Jr., Coral Springs Charter


DL - Joseph Jackson 6-5 235 Jr., Miami Gulliver Prep

DL - Christian Helsel 6-4 280 Sr., FortWhite

DL - Nik Bonitto 6-5 220 Fr., Davie University

LB - James King 6-2 210 Sr., Miami Washington

LB - Michael Dudzinski 5-11 180 Sr., Callahan West Nassau

LB - Noah Justinger 6-2 220 Sr., The Villages

LB - Dominic Sheppard 6-2 210 Sr., Miami Gulliver Prep

DB - Trenton McGahee 6-2 205 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles

DB - AsanteGriffin 5-9 185 Sr., Cocoa

DB - Terry Jefferson 5-8 175 Sr., Miami Washington

DB - Bump Robinson 6-0 175 Sr., MadisonCounty

UT - Lenorris Gaines 5-9 175 Sr., Clewiston

P - Alex Rutledge 5-8 183 Jr., Jacksonville Raines


QB Akex Cavender 6-2 180 Sr., Port St John Space Coast; QB Justin Lewis 6-1 180 Sr., Umatilla; QB David Witt 6-2 200 Jr., Clewiston; QB David Vozzola 5-11 170 Jr., Coral Springs Charter; RB Dominique Spain 5-7 175 Sr., Clewiston; RB George Jacobson 5-11 190 Sr., Tavernier Coral Shores; RB Mekhi Sargent 5-10 217 Jr., Key West; UT Calvin Jackson 5-9 160 Jr., Coral Springs Charter; WR C.J. Riley 6-4 180 Jr., Coconut Creek North Broward Prep; WR Jason Browning 6-4 185 So., Port St John Space Coast; TE Kevin Ackerman 6-5 230 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles; OL Jeremiah Theus 6-6 270 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles; UT Dexter Carter Jr. 5-11 170 Sr., Jacksonville Bolles.

December 19, 2014

Northwestern hires Max Edwards as new football coach

            Miami Northwestern is hoping a familiar face from its coaching past can get its football program back to an elite level.

            The Bulls hired former assistant Max Edwards as its new head coach Friday three weeks after opening the position for hiring.

            Edwards coached at Northwestern from 1998 to 2004 under Billy Rolle and later Roland Smith, whom he now coached with the past five seasons at Central.

Edwards, 48, has been Central’s defensive coordinator during that time and a pivotal part of the Rockets becoming the first Miami-Dade County team to win four state titles in a five-year span and the first to go to state five consecutive seasons. The Rockets, ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today, also earned an invite to the inaugural State Champions Bowl Series Dec. 27 in Boca Raton.

Edwards’ defense posted 83 sacks and was one of the most ferocious in the nation this season. He has been a part of six state championship teams during his 22 years coaching in Dade.

            During his first stint at Northwestern, Edwards was a part of the 1998 state championship team and later coached at Booker T. Washington from 2006-2009 under Tim “Ice” Harris, helping the Tornadoes win a state title in 2007. Edwards also briefly coached at Miami Jackson, his alma mater.

            Edwards replaces Eddie “Rabbit” Brown, who coached the Bulls this past season, leading            them to a 5-6 record and to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Brown was suspended for Northwestern’s first-round playoff loss to Hallandale. The position was opened for hiring in late November.

            Edwards becomes Northwestern’s third head coach since 2011. The Bulls have made the playoffs twice in the past four seasons after a county-record run of 19 consecutive appearances from 1992-2010.