October 09, 2015

Carol City 2017 WR Kevaughn Dingle has UM at the top, Montray Smith has Cincy visit in plans

De'Andre Wilder isn't the only junior out of Carol City who currently lists UM as his top choice.

Wide receiver Kevaughn Dingle, who already lists an offer from the Hurricanes, also has them as his top school. Watch the video below to hear everything else he was talking about after Carol City's 33-0 win over Southwest on Thursday.


Senior wide receiver Montray Smith is really high on Cincinnati and will visit the Bearcats. FIU has also shown interest in him recently.


Also, one to look out for in the future: freshman Carol City quarterback Lorenzo Floyd. Filling in for Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert, a Liberty commit, Floyd torched the Eagles for five touchdowns. The Chiefs are in good hands in the future with him in the shotgun.


Worth noting: Senior DB Jonas Dorvil had two interceptions defensively and had one returned for a 100-yard touchdown but was called back due to a holding penalty on the return by a blocker on a Southwest player that probably wasn't going to catch him anyway.

Keelen Roberts, who has offers from UF, Louisville, Cincinnati and Illinois had an interception of his own right before halftime, showing his closing speed on an overthrown ball that initially appeared it would be out of reach.

David Hood, the Toledo commit, was strong in stuffing the run at defensive tackle and showed pass rushing abilities as well, along with some hard hits.

Wilder was beastly once again, getting to the quarterback at will and flushing him out of the pocket often if he didn't get a hit on him.

October 06, 2015

AP Florida state high school football rankings - week 7

   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. Columbus (14)                            6-0     146 2

 2. Vero Beach                                5-0     120 3

 3. Atlantic Community                        5-0     116 4

 4. Flanagan                                       4-1     78  6

 5. West Orange                               5-1     73  10

 6. South Dade (1)                            5-0     65  9

 7. Mandarin                                  5-0     62  7

 8. Apopka                                    5-1     58  1

 9. Kissimmee Osceola                         5-1     44  8

10. Lake Brantley                             6-0     16  NR

Others receiving votes: Fort Pierce Central 14, Plantation 10, Sandalwood 10, Coral Gables 7, Boca Raton Community 4, Manatee 1, Treasure Coast 1.

Class 7A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. St. Thomas Aquinas (15)                   5-0     150 1

 2. Dwyer                                     5-0     132 2

 3. Venice                                    6-0     121 3

 4. Braden River                              6-0     107 4

 5. Sickles                                   6-0     89  5

 6. Kathleen                                  6-0     49  10

 7. Buchholz                                  4-1     48  T8

 7. Oakleaf                                   5-1     48  7

 9. Columbia                                  4-1     38  T8

10. Plant                                     4-2     9   NR

   Others receiving votes: St. Cloud 7, Mater Academy 7, Palmetto 5, Lennard 5, Martin County 4, Lakeland 3, Bartow 2, Plant City 1. 

Class 6A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Mainland (16)                             6-0     160 1

 2. Armwood                                   5-0     142 2

 3. St. Augustine                             6-0     122 4

 4. Naples                                    4-1     92  5

 5. Navarre                                   6-0     79  6

 6. Miami Carol City                          5-1     76  10

 7. Charlotte                                 6-0     68  8

 8. Miami Central                             4-2     43  3

 9. Niceville                                 5-1     40  9

10. Matanzas                                  6-0     14  NR

   Others receiving votes: Heritage 13, Clearwater 12, Pine Forest 5, Boyd Anderson 4, Escambia 3, Palmetto Ridge 3, Sebring 2, Tate 2.

Class 5A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Plantation American Heritage (12)         4-1     144 1

 2. Hallandale (1)                            4-1     127 2

 3. Bishop Moore (2)                          5-0     124 3

 4. North Marion                              6-0     111 4

 5. Jesuit                                    6-0     86  5

 6. Wakulla                                   5-1     69  6

 7. Rickards                                  4-1     47  7

 8. Bay                                       5-0     42  9

 9. Suwannee                                  3-1     35  8

10. Nature Coast Tech                         5-0     18  10

  Others receiving votes: Coconut Creek 11, Palm Bay 8, Ponte Vedra 2, River Ridge 1.

Class 4A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Bolles School (16)                        6-0     160 1

 2. Raines                                    5-0     132 2

 3. South Sumter                              6-0     119 4

 4. Dunnellon                                 6-0     90  5

 5. Cocoa                                     4-2     88  3

   Others receiving votes: Miami Washington 18, Glades Central 13, Avon Park 7, Walton 7, Fort Lauderdale University 6.

Class 3A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Trinity Christian-Jacksonville (15)       5-0     150 1

 2. Lakeland Christian                        6-0     124 2

 3. Clearwater Central Catholic               6-0     120 3

 4. Chaminade-Madonna College Prep            5-0     88  5

 5. Oxbridge Academy                          4-1     78  NR

  Others receiving votes: Delray American Heritage 15, Westminster Christian 13, Tampa Catholic 12. 

Class 2A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. University Christian (12)                 4-1     144 1

 2. Northside Christian (1)                   5-0     131 2

 3. Dade Christian (2)                        4-0     110 3

 4. North Florida Christian                   4-2     85  4

 5. Carrollwood Day                           5-0     84  5

   Others receiving votes: Community School of Naples 33, Admiral Farragut 13.

Class 1A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Fort Meade (11)                           6-0     155 1

 2. Trenton (4)                               5-0     147 2

 3. Union County (1)                          5-0     116 4

 4. Pahokee                                   4-1     85  3

 5. Port St. Joe                              3-1     66  5

  Others receiving votes: Blountstown 45, Newberry 19, Madison County 7.

UM commit Sam Bruce to visit Ohio State

Four-star St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Sam Bruce announced on Tuesday that he will be visiting Ohio State for the Buckeyes' October 17 clash with Penn State.

The news comes as troubling for Hurricane fans as the agile slot receiver is one of the most prized recruits in coach Al Golden's class for 2016 and a fan favorite that has been perceived to be wavering.

While Bruce has remained constant in stating he's firmly committed to the Hurricanes, he has also indicated on several occasions that he does plan on taking his full slate of visits. A trip to check out the defending national champions should not come as a surprise.

Bruce's recruitment will be one of the more interesting ones to follow as the college football season progresses and he aligns his visits from now through National Signing Day.

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 29, 2015

Columbus junior DB Marlin Brooks recovering after serious neck injury

Columbus football coach Chris Merritt said Tuesday that junior defensive back Marlin Brooks has been moved out of intensive care after having surgery over the weekend to repair two broken vertebrae - an injury he suffered during the Explorers’ 21-7 win last week against Belen Jesuit.

Brooks was hurt with 7:30 remaining in the first quarter of Friday’s game at FIU Stadium and taken to by ambulance to nearby Kendall Regional Hospital.

He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Brooks (5-10, 157) entered the season ranked the No. 22 overall prospect of the Class of 2017 in Dade by The Miami Herald.

“He had surgery to fix the two broken vertebrae and fuse them together,” Merritt said. “He’s still having some issues below his elbows but the prognosis is good.”

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 24, 2015

'Pie' Young eyes December decision, Rodriguez one to watch in 2017

Keyshawn "Pie" Young, the Miami Herald's No. 2 senior recruit  in Miami-Dade County, is aiming for a decision on his college commitment in December.

I got to catch up with him after his three-touchdown performance in a 62-3 win against against Ferguson on Thursday.

Among the other highlights of the interview, the four-star receiver still lists Alabama and Michigan as his top two -- as he has previously -- but also indicated that Georgia is a team creeping into his mix.

Young also wants to visit Michigan in the coming weeks but doesn't have anything scheduled. The Wolverines have home games on Saturday, Oct. 10 and 17 against Northwestern and Michigan State, respectively.

The Northwestern game comes after a Thursday outing for the Stingarees, so that could give Young a travel day to get up to Ann Arbor on Friday. If he wants to go to the bigger rivalry game against the Spartans, it'll be a tighter schedule with a Friday night game on tap for him.

Check out everything he had to say in the video below.


Miami High 2017 quarterback Marcelo Rodriguez hit big plays down the field all night. He displayed excellent pocket presence and accuracy on deep throws, going 14 of 19 for 317 yards and five touchdowns -- 301 yards and four touchdowns by halftime. He also added a rushing score on a QB sneak.

Rodriguez says Purdue has shown him some interest, as well as Michigan as an extension of their recruitment of "Pie."

Here's everything Rodriguez had to say postgame.



September 23, 2015

South Dade running game and defense as strong as it gets

The South Dade football team is starting to look like it can tap the same potential it found in its 2013 state championship-winning season.

While only through three games on this young season, these Buccaneers are similar in how they dominate weaker opponents (40-24 win against Coral Reef and 42-0 win against Palmetto) and come through clutch in tough, tight games (7-6 win vs. Norland), but the 2015 squad is different in many ways too.

While the Bucs from two years had two of Dade County's finest receivers to come out that year in C.J. Worton (Florida Gators) and Tyre Brady (Miami Hurricanes), this year's team relies heavily on the running game -- and they are some of the best at it.

The combination of Jawon Hamilton and Ivan Smith -- a pair of transfers to come in from Coral Reef and Columbus, respectively -- running behind an offensive line rivaled in Dade only by that of Miami Central devastates opposing defenses.

Last Friday against previously unbeaten Palmetto, South Dade ran for five touchdowns in the first half -- three of them coming from Hamilton, the FIU commit.

Hamilton lists three other offers and is also drawing interest from Syracuse and West Virginia. Listen to everything he had to say after the Palmetto game in the video below.


Smith, the speed back out of the two with Hamilton being the balanced workhorse, later ran for a touchdown, and is if that weren't enough, Tre'ven Worthen ran in the score to put the Bucs up five touchdowns and run the clock the entire second half.

They all run behind a massive offensive line that just paves the way led by seniors Boman Swanson and Mike Davis and junior Marshall commit Kyron Taylor.

The defense swarmed the Panthers in the shutout. Junior defensive end Chei Hill, who is currently flying under the radar in recruiting, led the unit with 11 tackles, had a sack and recovered a fumble. This comes after a pair of sacks in the win against Norland. He won't be held down without an offer much longer, I would imagine.


The secondary is spearheaded by UM commit James Wiggins, who is versatile among the DBs, playing both corner and safety. Wiggins had the game-clinching interception against Norland and recorded seven tackles against Palmetto.

Senior linebacker Wyatt Swanson was in on 10 tackles, and senior DB/LB Andrew Matthews showed a nose for the ball with double-digit tackles, as well.

On special teams, South Dade has a kicker to look out for in the next two seasons with 2017 prospect Mark Sanchez.