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.

June 22, 2015

June 19, 2015

Flanagan ranked No. 9 in preseason poll, Gil commits to Michigan

Devin BushMaxPreps released rankings 10-6 in a national preseason 2015 Early Contenders poll on Friday and Flanagan ranked ninth.

The stellar national ranking follows a 2014 season where the Falcons won their first district title in program history and advanced the furthest they have in the postseason, reaching state semifinals.

"Look what hard work can do when you put it together and it pays off," says coach Devin Bush, entering his third season at the helm for Flanagan. "Personally, we weren't trying be ranked in the country. Our goal was to try to win a national title, try to win the district and try to get to states.

"It's good for a pat on the back because we worked so hard. We'll enjoy it today, but tomorrow, that's over with."

The ranking even put Flanagan ahead of perennial power St. Thomas Aquinas, which placed 16th on the list. The top five will be released in the coming days.

Here's the video MaxPreps created on Flanagan.

More big news (or B1G news) came from Flanagan Friday as linebacker/safety Devin Gil, a former Miami Hurricanes commit, committed to the Wolverines. This comes two days after teammate Josh Metellus committed to Michigan and within the week of the commitment of Cooper City's Rashad Weaver.

Bush believes defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin had a lot to do with the commitments of his Falcons.

"They like his style of play," he says. "They like what he's trying to do and what he's trying to do and what kind of attitude they're trying to personify on that field."

The commitments come less than a week after Bush, his son in four-star linebacker Devin Bush Jr., Gil and Metellus were all in Ann Arbor. Coach Jim Harbaugh also came down to South Florida the previous weekend to assist Bush in hosting a camp.

AIME DECOMMITS

In other recruiting news, junior college defensive tackle Walvenski Aime decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes just nine days after his original commitment.

The loss in the 2016 class continues a trend of missing out on interior defensive linemen in recruiting for Miami in recent years.

June 18, 2015

June 17, 2015

Snelson transfers to Flanagan, Aquinas gets Carriere-Williams

Two Broward County football powers got stronger on Wednesday.

Flanagan added Under Armour All-American wide receiver Dredrick Snelson, transferring from Plantation American Heritage, and St. Thomas Aquinas added former Booker T. Washington cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams.

Snelson, a four-star prospect that was previously committed to UM before reopening his recruitment, was between St. Thomas and Flanagan, as he stated in an interview with Rivals, but ultimately opted for the less crowded receiving corps.

The Falcons passing game, already including quarterback Kato Nelson (Champagnat transfer) and wide receivers Clevan Thomas, Jachour Pearson and Isaiah Collins, gets a huge boost.

"Add him with our quarterback, that makes us even more dangerous," said Flanagan coach Devin Bush, who has known Snelson since he played in Little League.

St. Thomas Aquinas, per usual for the Raiders, has been able to add a wealth of talent via transfers this offseason to add to an already stellar roster. Coach Roger Harriott says he isn't too familiar with him yet, but is excited about the prospect of having him join the Raiders.

"I heard about his many positive attributes on and off the field," Harriott said. "I'm looking forward to coaching and mentoring him this school year."

UM adds Southridge 2017 TE/WR Kemore Gamble

The UM football team continues to be on a roll in recruiting this summer.

The Hurricanes added a commitment to their 2017 class in Southridge four-star wide receiver/tight end Kemore Gamble after he attended the Al Golden Football Camp at UM on Sunday.

Being close to home and the education UM can offer were among his reasons for siding with the Canes.

"It's close to my house. It's laid out for me -- education and stuff like that," Gamble said. "The coaches are cool to hang around with, the players were saying a lot of good things."

At 6-2, 220 pounds, Gamble is primarily being recruited at tight end but can be flexible and line up out wide or even in the slot.

He becomes the eighth commitment in UM's 2017 class, which also added tight end Tre McKitty on Tuesday.

As a 2017 recruit, Gamble still has a long way to go before his signing day. He calls himself a hard commit but will still be considering Florida or Tennessee.

"They would have to show me a lot of love," Gamble said.

He had the Gators and Vols leading Miami before coming away impressed with what he saw on campus on Sunday.

Here are his highlights below.