July 10, 2015

Salomon believes Central could be national champs

Five-star wide receiver Darnell Salomon is embarking on a transition this upcoming season coming over to Miami Central, three-time defending state champs, from Champagnat Catholic.

"The chemistry came quick," he says.

The 6-2, 205-pound receiver looks to be that prime target current FSU freshman DaVante Phillips was previously to get the Rockets another state title and possibly even national title.

Central was recently ranked second on the MaxPreps 2015 Early Contenders national preseason poll.

"We should be No. 1, but we're going to work hard to get to that point and be national champs," Salomon says. "We're all working hard in the weight room, working hard in practice, trying to be the best."

As far as his recruitment goes, nothing has changed. As he listed in a previous interview, his top five remains Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama and FSU with UM on the outside looking in as his sixth.

Salomon recently picked up a fifth star on Rivals, where he is listed as the second-best senior receiver in the nation.

"I still work the same way as when I was a four star, and even work harder because now people expect something great out of me," says Salomon, who lists ball-catching and route-running as aspects of his game he wants to improve.

July 07, 2015

Kadeem Telfort flips commitment from UM to UF

Miami Norland junior offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort announced on Tuesday that he has decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes and is now committed to the Florida Gators.

The 6-6, 310-pound three-star prospect in the class of 2017 made the two announcements within minutes of each other on Twitter.

 

The flip was foreshadowed earlier Tuesday morning by St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Jake Allen, a 2017 prospect who committed to Florida last Wednesday

 

The Gators now have three commitments in their 2017 class -- all from Miami-Dade or Broward County -- in Telfort, Allen and Deerfield Beach wide receiver Lavarus Tigner.

Their 2016 class includes commitments Joshua Hammond of Hallandale, Vosean Joseph of Norland, Miami Central's Eric Mitchell, Deerfield Beach's Aaron Robinson and Southwest Miami's Christopher McWilliams -- a testament to co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Randy Shannon's recruiting work in South Florida.

UM's 2017 class bodes well despite the loss of Telfort as its seven commitments still have the Canes second only to Ohio State in the 247 Sports team rankings.

Telfort's highlights:

July 06, 2015

Florida Christian's Cory del Prado selected to Football University Top Gun Showcase

Florida Christian sophomore quarterback Cory del Prado was selected Football University's Top Gun Showcase, which will take place in Dublin, Ohio from July 16-18.

The 6-2 prospect in the class of 2018 is one of 800 athletes selected nationally to participate in the event led by current and former NFL players and coaches.

Top Gun is the culmination of Football University’s 24-camp nationwide camp season gathering elite performers from across the nation and allowing them to compete and display their abilities together on one stage.

For more information on FBU, click here.

July 01, 2015

Alabama, South Carolina going after UM commit

 

If you ask UM commit Joseph Jackson of Gulliver, Alabama and South Carolina are the two schools still going after him hardest despite his commitment to the Canes.

But in the midst of the push from two SEC powers, Miami fans shouldn't sweat it too much right now.

"I stick to myself as strong," Jackson says of his commitment to UM. "They have a light chance, but they respect that I'm committed to UM."

A teammate of two fellow 2016 UM commits in wide receiver Dionte Mullins and safety Cedrick Wright, as well as 2017 running back Robert Burns, Jackson says he can't speak for them but does feel they also remain solid to the Canes.

A defensive end when the pads come on, Jackson, at 6-5 and 245 pounds, plays middle linebacker in 7-on-7 in the offseason, where he was playing at the Nike Football Opening Team Games this past Saturday at Oxbridge Academy.

"It helps me work on my footwork, my speed, my agility, my reaction on defense," says Jackson, who had an interception in one of his games.

Gulliver has been active in 7-on-7 play this offseason.

"Every 7-on-7 we're trying to get better as a team, in our coverage, in our offense," Jackson says. "We try to memorize every play and try to stay in sync."

A multi-sport athlete, Jackson says he will play basketball as a senior at Gulliver and may run track again.

June 29, 2015

Daewood Davis commits to Syracuse

A little more than two weeks after his commitment to UM wasn't accepted by the Hurricanes due to a miscommunication among the staff about whether he actually had a Miami offer, junior Somerset wide receiver Daewood Davis has decided to commit to Syracuse.

He took to Twitter to make his announcement.

"I feel Syracuse was right for me because I feel that we can can make history with the Orange," Davis said in a message to the Miami Herald.

The 6-2 class of 2017 prospect with reported 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash initially announced a commitment to UM on June 12 but then found his commitment was not accepted. He said he was offered a month earlier by defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, but the rest of coaching staff was unaware of the offer he thought he had on the table.

At that point Davis said UM was telling him it would eventually accept his commitment, and Davis was still listing UM as his leader but opted to commit to Syracuse on Monday.

 

June 27, 2015

Sights from The Opening Team Games

The Nike Football Opening Team Games were held at West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy on Saturday.

They had 16 South Florida 7-on-7 teams in total and four different fields running at a time.

In the end, Carol City cruised to a 44-23 victory in the championship game against Flanagan. This picture below was taken during the celebration over one of the Chiefs' interceptions in the contest.

Carol City INT

Quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert was phenomenal in finding his receivers consistently. Here's his one-on-one interview with the Miami Herald.

 

While Carol City won the 7-on-7 team tournament, Flanagan's runner-up finish plus victories in the individual skills competition at quarterback, wide receiver and 40-yard challenges were enough to put the Falcons over the top in overall points.

Dirty Birds

One of the players on the host team is four-star running back and UM commit Travis Homer, who took a second to show his allegiance to the cameras.

Travis Homer

A UM decommit not too long ago who has since jumped on board with the Michigan Wolverines in what's appearing to develop into a little bit of a pipeline between Flanagan and Michigan, Devin Gil was held out due to an arm injury but took a second to show love to Michigan throwing up the M.

Devin Gil

You'll want to stay tuned to the blog as interviews with both Homer and Gil are coming, as well as updates on Darnell Salomon, Joseph Jackson and Clevan Thomas.

June 26, 2015

Nike Football Opening team games on Saturday

The Nike Football Opening team games in South Florida are slated for Saturday morning at West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy.

Each school's 7-on-7 team team will play four games and then have individuals participate in a series of skill challenges that will aggregate points toward a collective team score.

Miami-Dade and Broward schools participating include:

Flanagan

Carol City

Coconut Creek

Southridge

Coral Reef

Gulliver

Columbus

Deerfield Beach

McArthur

North Miami

Norland

Boyd Anderson 

Miami Northwestern

Miami Central

Booker T. Washington

Skill challenges: quarterback challenge, place kicker, linemen, wide receiver, speed agility, 40-yard dash.

The action begins at 9 a.m. with individual challenges beginning at 1 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater (Miami Northwestern alum) and Antonio Brown (Miami Norland) are among those attending as special guests. 

 

June 25, 2015

Miami Central ranked second nationally in preseason poll

The Miami Central football team turned out a No. 2 national ranking in the MaxPreps 2015 Early Contenders poll.

It comes as no surprise for the Rockets, which have won three consecutive Class 6A state titles and have appeared in five straight championship games.

Central boasts an elite defense coming into the fall with senior defensive ends Keir Thomas (FSU commit) and Eric Mitchell (UF commit), uncommitted three-star middle linebacker Donavan Thompson is a leader on the defense as a four-year starter and is joined by junior UM commit Waynmon Steed in that unit. FSU commit Jamel Cook spearheads a talented secondary.

"Some teams will be lucky to cross midfield against Miami Central in 2015," MaxPreps wrote in its announcement.

The Rockets offense reeled in Champagnat transfer Darnell Salomon, an uncommitted five-star wide receiver, in the offseason and also got a key transfer from Coral Gables in running back Kenio Mike. The offensive line is led by 6-6, 335-pound junior tackle Navaughn Donaldson.

Below is the video MaxPreps created on the Rockets.

June 23, 2015

Calvin Jackson commits to Toledo

Calvin Jackson, a three-star wide receiver out of Coral Springs Charter, decided on Tuesday to commit to Toledo.

Jackson joins Miami Jackson's Desmond Phillips and Miami Carol City's David Hood as South Florida prospects committed to the Rockets, a program trying to create an imprint in the area.