February 12, 2015

Coaching Carousel: Smith goes from Coral Park to Hialeah; University School, Chaminade looking

Hialeah High has a new football coach -- it's former football coach.

Steve Smith, who spent two years coaching the T-Breds back in 2004 and 2005, has left Coral Park after one season to replace the coach who replaced him at Hialeah nine years ago, Marc Berman.

Smith, who has a career 31-38 record with a two-year pit-stop at Killian included, accepted the job last Thursday according to athletic director Len Sanders. Smith went 1-9 at Coral Park last year.

Berman, 52, went 46-34 during his nine years on the job at Hileah and led the T-Breds to the playoffs twice in 2011 and 2013. He's stepping aside from football for a year to deal with health issues.

"Overall for the kids it’s going to be better," Sanders said of bringing Smith back. "He’s a strict disciplinarian and I think that's what we need right now. The players have no idea what they are in for.

"[San Diego Chargers defensive lineman and former Hialeah High star] Corey Liuget is a big backer of Coach Smith. He played three years for him here. Once you go to the NFL you see how things are different, how you need that discipline. He really appreciates Coach Smith. Same with [Dolphins running back] Lamar Miller over at Killian, who played for Smith too."

Sanders said Liuget has pledged upwards of $30,000 to help renovate Hialeah's weight room. There's no timetable yet as to when the fixes will take place.

As for Berman, he remains a teacher at Hialeah. He said his plan is to get back to coaching in a year. He said he had a health scare during the middle of last season and that's when he decided he needed a break from coaching.

“Honestly, I’m going crazy right now," Berman said of being away from the game. "It’s something that for 31 years that’s all I’ve ever done. It’s something new. But I have four grandchildren and I spend a lot of time with them. So that's something I'm looking forward to.”

The T-Breds had 20 seniors sign with Football Bowl Subdivision programs during Berman's tenure including six in 2014.

"Coach Berman did a good job with that," Sanders said. "Whether we win games, I don’t really care. As long as the players learn to become young men and disciplined. Getting them in school and prepared for what's ahead, that's what's important."

U-SCHOOL, CHAMINADE LOOKING FOR COACHES

According to classifieds placed on the FHSAA's website earlier this week, former Broward County private school powers and state champions Chaminade-Madonna Prep and University School are looking for head coaches.

Marcelo Rodriguez, still listed as the athletic director at Chaminade, went 7-12 in two years as the head coach. His son Marcelo, who has quarterbacked the Lions each of the last two seasons and is a Class of 2017 prospect, has transferred to Miami High. 

University School, meanwhile, is looking for its second head coach in less than 12 months. The school hired Brandon Harris a year ago to replace Roger Harriott, who left to become an assistant coach at FAU after leading the Suns to the Class 3A state title in 2012. Harris went 3-7 this past season and the Suns missed the playoffs.

Phone calls to athletic directors and coaches at both schools were not immediately returned.

OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE

Mater Academy, Coral Park, Westland Hialeah and Hialeah Champagnat are among the schools still searching for head coaches in Miami-Dade County.

National powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas remains among a handful of schools in Broward still looking to fill vacancies.

Monarch coach Calvin Davis stepped down earlier this week. The Knights went 9-2 last season and won their district for their first time ever. Davis, 36, was 26-8 in four seasons at Monarch.

February 06, 2015

Jon Jay, Gio Gonzalez to attend charity game at Columbus Saturday

Gio Gonzalez and Jon Jay are taking a moment before the start of the Major League Baseball season to help kids in need.

The two famous Miami-Dade County baseball alums will be coaching when Columbus High hosts a Miracle League baseball game Saturday morning at its school's baseball field in support of children with special needs.

The game will be played at 11 a.m. and will be attended by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Marc Buoniconti, President of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, who will each throw out the game's first pitches along with Columbus School President Brother Kevin Handibode.

Each Miracle League player will be paired up with one of the Columbus varsity players who will be their "buddy" and who will assist the player throughout the game both on and off the field.

For more information about joining a team, volunteering during games or supporting the Miracle League of Miami Dade, please visit www.mlomd.org.

February 02, 2015

Dade-Broward Top 150 recruits in class of 2015

A look at where the Top 150 recruits in Dade and Broward stand. (Note: Rankings are based on 247Sports Composite rankings which take into account all major recruiting services).

Updated at noon Friday, Feb. 6. (Constantly updating with news)

Dade-Broward 2015 Recruiting Rankings      
Name Pos School HT WT College choice
1. Calvin Ridley WR Monarch 6'1 170 Alabama
2. Tarvarus McFadden CB Am. Heritage 6'2 198 FSU
3. Torrance Gibson QB Am. Heritage 6'4 204 Ohio State
4. Mark Walton RB Booker T. 5'10 179 Miami
5. Da'Vante Phillips WR Central 6'2 204 FSU (EE)
6. Jordan Scarlett RB Aquinas 5'11 222 Florida
7. Jovon Durante WR Miramar 6'0 162 West Virginia
8. Tyrek Cole CB Miramar 6'0 170 West Virginia
9. Shawn Burgess-Becker ATH Monarch 6'1 185 Alabama
10. Devonaire Clarington TE Booker T. 6'5 238 Texas
11. Jaquan Johnson S Killian 5'10 182 Miami (EE)
12. Jordan Cronkrite RB Westminster Chr. 5'11 198 Florida
13. Tim Irvin ATH Westminster Chr. 5'9 194 Auburn (EE)
14. Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane OLB Hallandale 6'1 209 FSU
15. Davante Davis CB Booker T. 6'3 200 Texas
16. Calvin Brewton S Central 6'0 172 FSU (EE)
17. Kendrell McFadden S Miramar 6'4 193 Undecided
18. Carlton Davis CB Norland 6'2 184 Auburn
19. Devante Peete WR Aquinas 6'6 195 Louisville
20. Antonio Callaway WR Booker T. 5'11 185 Florida
21. Jason Strowbridge DE Deerfield Beach 6'4 247 North Carollina
22. Rashard Causey CB Aquinas 6'0 185 UCF
23. Shaquery Wilson ATH Coral Gables 6'3 190 West Virginia
24. Steven Claude WR Champagnat 6'1 182 Wake Forest
25. Khalid McGee S Northwestern 5'10 185 USF
26. Emonee Spence WR Flanagan 6'2 181 Louisville
27. Damon Arnette CB Aquinas 6'2 185 Ohio State
28. Deandre Baker CB Northwestern 5'10 173 Georgia
29. Juwan Taylor LB Hallandale 6'2 200 Georgia
30. Dominic Sheppard OLB Gulliver Prep 6'2 225 Virginia
31. Chris Hart DE Aquinas 6'3 242 Utah
32. Sheldrick Redwine CB Killian 6'1 183 Miami
33. Richard McIntosh DE Gibbons 6'4 270 Miami
34. Trevon Sands ATH Southwest 5'11 181 USF
35. Leeward Brown G Miramar 6'3 338 Tulane
36. Kahlil Lewis WR Miramar 6'0 179 Cincinnati
37. Ronnie Hoggins CB Monarch 5'10 175 USF
38. Rashad Fenton CB Carol City 5'11 175 South Carolina
39. Andrew James WR Westminster Ac. 5'11 162 Wisconsin
40. Alex Anderson RB Miramar 6'0 184 Undecided
41. Wyatt Ray DE Aquinas 6'4 240 Boston College
42. Tyson Cisrow S Aquinas 5'11 185 Utah
43. Malik Henderson CB Hallandale 6'1 175 Pittsburgh (EE)
44. Therrell Gosier WR Blanche Ely 6'6 200 Kentucky
45. Adrienne Talan S Flanagan 6'1 195 Nebraska
46. Deundre Pickett-White WR Southwest 6'0 193 Alcorn State
47. Kevin Williams CB Blanche Ely 6'1 179 West Virginia
48. Brandon Boyce DT Aquinas 6'0 245 Duke
49. Deltron Sands RB Aquinas 5'9 180 Oregon State
50. Keivonnis Davis DE Central 6'4 227 Florida
51. Richerd Desir-Jones DT Aquinas 6'4 285 Florida
52. Marvin Robinson WR Stranahan 6'4 175 Undecided
53. Jalin LeAndre CB Hallandale 6'0 187 Valparaiso
54. Christian Strachan OG Champagnat 6'3 315 Undecided
55. Fermin Silva OLB Central 6'2 225 FIU (EE)
56. Rodrick Archer S South Plantation 6'0 184 FAU
57. Bruce Davis OLB Killian 6'1 200 Fort Scott (Kan.)
58. Taj McGowan RB Hallandale 6'1 192 UCF (EE)
59. Kadeem Goulbourne WR Cypress Bay 6'4 200 Western Michigan
60. James Gardner WR Fort Lauderdale 6'4 190 Miami of Ohio
61. Ryan Stanley QB Flanagan 6'2 186 Florida A&M
62. Gerald Robinson CB Champagnat 5'10 175 FAU
63. Robert Knowles S Miami Edison 6'1 185 Miami
64. Kirk Livingstone DE Stranahan 6'4 235 South Florida
65. Andrew Spence CB Coral Gables 6'2 180 Undecided
66. Anthony Jones WR Central 6'0 185 FIU (EE)
67. Samuel Clausman OG Aquinas 6'4 301 Syracuse
68. Ocie Rose S Booker T. 6'2 190 FAU
69. Antonio Howard CB HML 5'10 157 Marshall
70. Jeremiah Dinson CB American 6'0 180 Auburn
71. Antonyo Sotolongo S Gulliver Prep 6'0 197 Bowling Green
72. Dana Levine DE Hallandale 6'3 230 Temple
73. Tavaris Harrison WR North Miami 6'3 170 FAU
74. Jordan Herrera WR Miami Killian 5'10 160 West Hills College
75. Doyle Grimes OLB South Dade 6'2 200 Marshall
76. Jhavonte Dean CB South Dade 6'1 168 Cincinnati
77. Richie Kittles S Stranahan 5'10 173 FAU
78. Malik Wisdom CB McArthur 5'9 180 Undecided
79. Joe Riggins OLB Gibbons 6'2 205 Akron
80. Irick McDonald OLB Miami Springs 6'3 190 FIU
81. Michael Fredrick RB Champagnat 5'11 170 South Dakota
82. Christian Irving S Am. Heritage 5'11 195 Wyoming
83. Emmanuel Lubin CB North Miami Beach 6'1 170 FIU
84. Rayshad Jackson OLB Norland 6'2 215 Florida
85. Marquis Couch OLB Central 6'0 200 Marshall
86. Frank Battle WR Belen Jesuit 6'5 180 Connecticut
87. Cedric Wiggins S North Miami Beach 6'0 185 Undecided
88. Herbert Miller S Miramar 6'2 180 FAU
89. Korron Rozier WR Coconut Creek 5'11 182 Undecided
90. Shawn Curtis OLB Ronald Reagan 6'3 230 Mississippi
91. Colin Byrne OG Aquinas 6'5 300 Syracuse
92. C.J. Maybin S Gibbons 6'4 195 East Carolina
93. James King OLB Booker T. 6'1 200 Miami
94. Jawaun Harris WR Aquinas 5'10 185 Rutgers
95. Sage Lewis OLB Monsignor Pace 6'1 210 FIU
96. Richie Cooper WR Hallandale 5'11 178 Akron
97. Melliek Jackson S Champagnat 5'11 180 Georgia State
98. Cameron Campbell C Flanagan 6'3 270 USF
99. Maurice Alexander QB Booker T. 5'11 170 FIU
100. Jeffrey Hill CB Miramar 5'9 165 Northern Illinois
101. Sam Dervil OT Northwestern 6'5 278 S. Carolina State
102. Paris Manyou CB Champagnat 5'10 168 Undecided
103. Austin Maloney WR Columbus 5'11 174 FIU
104. Emilio Gibbs ILB Coral Gables 6'0 230 Florida A&M
105. Rodney Newkirk DT Blanche Ely 6'2 305 Undecided
106. D'Andre Smart CB Norland 5'11 180 Kent State
107. Montel Jordan OT Deerfield Beach 6'4 315 Akron
108. Deonta Fair S Am. Heritage 6'0 175 Monmouth
109. Richard Williams OG Everglades 6'3 275 FAU
110. Wade Collier RB Homestead 5'8 180 Undecided
111. Aaron Kinsey DE Northwestern 6'4 225 Massachusetts
112. Janarvis Pough ATH Am. Heritage 6'0 170 Bowling Green
113. Raymond Gage WR Keys Gate Charter 5'10 175 FIU
114. Olin Cushion CB Central 5'8 153 FIU
115. Micah Smith OT Westminster Ac. 6'6 260 Georgetown
116. Wayne Clarington DE Champagnat 6'4 230 Undecided
117. Jason Jean OG Central 6'2 275 Marshall
118. Cedric Miller RB Central 6'0 190 Jackonsville St.
119. Lesley Dalger WR Westminster Ac. 6'5 205 Air Force
120. James Oliphant CB Aquinas 5'9 155 Massachusetts
121. Lance Deveaux S Aquinas 6'0 185 Northern Illinois
122. James Bowe LB Miami Killian 6'2 195 Massachusetts
123. Travis Liburd RB Piper 5'6 170 Stony Brook
124. Keavon Mitchell WR Flanagan 5'11 175 FAMU
125. Jared McGahee DT Northwestern 6'1 250 Monmouth
126. Anthony Flory LB Am. Heritage 6'2 225 Appalachain St.
127. Jontavis Testa LB Coral Gables 5'11 190 Arkansas Pine-Bluff
128. Karon Jackson DB American 5'8 165 Eastern Illinois
129. Steve Durosier S American 5'11 195 SE Missouri St.
130. Tavares Moore Jr. DB Gibbons 5'10 165 Tennessee State
131. Jonathon Washington WR Gibbons 6'0 190 Northern Michigan
132. Walt Jackson WR Flanagan 6'0 185 Lindenwood
133. Demetrius Whitehead DB Hallandale 5'10 180 Alcorn State
134. Jamari Hester TE Central 6'6 210 Jacksonville State
135. Theodore Victorin OL Hallandale 6'0 260 Stillman College
136. Deondre Tyler OL Hallandale 6'4 320 Undecided
137. Roberto Montanez OL Monarch 6'3 270 West Florida
138. Darnell Brown DL Flanagan 5'9 250 Lindenwood
139. Jihad Muhammad WR Stranahan 6'2 170 West Florida
140. Robzel Sylvester OL Central 6'1 350 Arkansas Pine-Bluff
141. Roe Farris Jr. ATH C. Springs Charter 6'1 170 Wagner
142. Anthony Olivencia WR Killian 6'2 175 Marist
143. Vaquan Small WR Booker T. 6'3 170 Samford
144. Julian McCleod DT Aquinas 6'2 225 Undecided
145. Jason Collins QB Dillard 6'0 170 Howard
146. Dwayne Paddyfoot LB Mater Academy 6'3 215 Concord
147. George Grimwade OL Gulliver Prep 6'7 275 Samford
148. Robert Foy WR Flanagan 5'8 190 Florida Tech
149. Ellex Davis WR Monarch 5'7 154 Undecided
150. Nick Peart DB Am. Heritage 5'8 180 Dartmouth

January 29, 2015

January 27, 2015

Auburn, Muschamp giving Norland All-American cornerback Carlton Davis something to consider

Norland All-American cornerback Carlton Davis (6-2, 184) has been an Ohio State commitment since August. But with a week to go before National Signing Day on Feb. 4 his coach Daryle Heidelburg said Tuesday Davis' final decision is now "kind of up in the air" with Auburn making a strong push.

"I don't know if he's going to decommit, but he could be leaning that way," Heidelburg said. "[Auburn defensive coordinator Will] Muschamp came to visit and I guess the safe way to say it is he's considering Auburn."

Davis, an All-Dade First Team selection and Semper Fi All-American, is rated the 32nd best cornerback in the country by 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Heidelburg said Norland will have nine players sign with colleges a week from Wednesday including outside linebacker Rayshad Jackson (6-2, 205), who committed to Florida recently. Norland's Signing Day event is expected to begin after 8:30 a.m. Heidelburg said.

"[Florida co-defensive coordinator] Randy Shannon was always on him when he was at Arkansas," Heidelburg said. "It was Arkansas and FIU really. I think Florida gave him the best of both worlds. His parents are involved and would have loved for him to go to FIU, but when Randy went to Florida they took the visit with him and they saw it’s close enough for him to home and to get big-time football. That was the best of both worlds for him."

Other Norland players who will sign on Wednesday: cornerback D'Andre Smart (Kent State), defensive back Elliott Miller (Bethune-Cookman), offensive lineman William Gordon (Alcorn State), offensive lineman Lowell Richardson (Tuskegee), receiver Steven McIntosh (Mississippi Valley State), offensive lineman Swayne Spencer (Warner) and defensive back Cameron Cooper (Warner).

Heidelburg said he has five juniors receiving a lot of college interest: defensive end/outside linebacker Emmett Rice (Kentucky, N.C. State, USF offers), outside linebacker Vosean Joseph (Oregon State is close to offering), safety Val Mayes (FAU offer), quarterback Rodrick Robinson (USF interest) and receiver Jordan Robinson.

The 2017 class features two big offensive linemen receiving heavy SEC interest -- Kadeem Telfort (6-5, 310) and Cedrick Johnson (6-3, 290).

-- MANNY NAVARRO

January 26, 2015