September 18, 2014

2015 MIAMI-DADE HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Tim Irvin

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PLAYER: Tim Irvin
SCHOOL: Miami Westminster Christian
POSITION: WR/RB/DB
HEIGHT: 5-9
WEIGHT: 190
HEAD COACH: Sedric Irvin
COLLEGES: Miami, UCLA, West Virginia, Alabama and Arkansas
HERALD PRE-SEASON RATING: 4

WHAT TO LIKE: Having watched him play since youth football for the national champion Richmond Giants, this is indeed one of the most versatile and talented prospects that we have in the state of Florida. Can play up to five positions - and do them all very well. The one thing that has separated this quality talent is he has played at the varsity level since the day he arrived in high school, and each year, has progressed and gotten better. He combines speed, athletic ability and the knowledge of this game - which are rare for a high school football player. There is no doubt that he will continue to make an impact at the next level - because he is such a quality talent who makes a difference when he gets his hands on the ball.

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Northeast Conference Boast 56 Floridians in 2014

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When the state of Florida produces well over 400 D1 level players every year, and another 500-700 athletes who will go on and participate at D2, D3, NAIA and junior college programs, there is a need to have a place for these quality athletes to play.

Thanks to schools in places like the Northeastern Conference, there are now schools that have that chance to bring in these quality athletes.

This year, there are 56 players from the Sunshine State who are playing this year at schools in this impressive conference. Here is a look at those prospects:

BRYANT BULLDOGS (12)
Sebastian Amedee, DB, Sr., 6-1, 195, Fort Lauderdale University
Brandon Dagnesses, DB. Jr., 5-10, 185, Miami Christopher Columbus
Dalton Easton, QB, So., 6-0, 192, Miami Gulliver Prep
Danny Epstein, RB, Jr., 5-10, 200, Weston Cypress Bay
Casey Gunderson, WR, Fr., 6-0, 175, Bradenton IMG Academy
Kevin Lazo, DL, Fr., 6-1, 285, Pembroke Pines West Broward
Ephi Levy, FB, Fr., 5-9, 220, Fort Lauderdale University
Willy Rivera, WR, So., 5-8, 150, Oakland Park Northeast
Gore Simervil, RB, Sr., 5-8, 170 Boca Raton Pope John Paul II
Brian Testorf, WR, Sr., 6-2, 195, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep
Keenan Thompson, WRWR, So., 5-11, 194, Pembroke Pines West Broward
Chad Ward, WR, Jr., 6-3, 185, Delray Beach Atlantic

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT BLUE DEVILS (4)
Josh Celerin, S, Jr., 6-0, 205, Brandon
Darius Cohen, RB, So., 5-9, 175, Moore Haven
Julian Grant, S, So., 6--0, 195, Orlando Olympia
Jared Nation, OL, Fr., 6-6, 320, Sunrise Piper

DUQUESNE DUKES (7)
Chris Johnson, DB, Sr., 5-10,, 196, Ocala Trinity Catholic
Hunter Manning, OL, So., 6-2, 299, Jacksonville Providence
Reggie McKnight, WR, So., 6-2, 187, Hollywood Hills
Miguel Mesa, OL, Jr., 6-5, 291, Miami Jackson
Luis Quintana, DL, Jr., 6-1, 260, Miami Christopher Columbus
Devin Rahming, WR, Sr., 5-11, 170, Miami Coral Reef
Dave Thomas, WR, Jr., 5-8, 160, Ocala Trinity Catholic

HOBART STATESMEN (6)
Dominique Ellis, FB, Sr., 6-0, 255, St. Petersburg Northeast
Drew Fineberg, WR, Fr., 6-0, 180, Sarasota Out of Door Academy
Julian Jackson, DE, Jr., 6-1, 220, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep
Sean Kirshe, PK, So., 5-8, 155, Sarasota Out of Door Academy
Brandon Shed, WR, Fr., 6-2, 185, N. Palm Beach Benjamin
Jacob Stanley, LB, Jr., 6-0, 215, Palm Beach Gardens

ROBERT MORRIS COLONELS (10)
Derik Abbott, QB, Jr., 5-11, 190, Orlando Freedom
Antwan Eddie, DB, Sr., 5-10, 180, Homestead South Dade
Warren Fields, WR, Jr., 5-11, 185, Miami Killian
Gerald Ferguson, LB, Fr., 6-3, 205, West Boca Raton
Henry Jartu, DL, Sr., 6-0, 310, Lake Worth Park Vista
Erich Maine, RB, So., 6-0, 220, Delray Beach Village Academy
Jimmy Masson, LB, So., 6-0, 195, West Boca Raton
Max Robertson, OL, Jr., 6-3, 305, DeLand
David Taylor, DB, Jr., 5-11, 175, DeLand
Joseph Uhatafe, LB, Fr., 6-1, 230, St. Petersburg Catholic

SACRED HEART PIONEERS (3)
Jalyn Croom, RB, 5-10, 210, Tallahassee Ciles
James Rentz, LB, So., 6-1, 230, St. Augustine
Walter Scapechhi, OL, 6-2, 265, Sanford Seminole

SAINT FRANCIS RED FLASH (5)
Rodriguez Alexander II, WR, So., Miramar Everglades
Mederick Flavius, OL, Fr., 6-3, 275, Oakland Park Northeast
Lorenzo Jerome, DB, So., 5-11, 185, Coral Springs Taravella
Rashawn Pascal, WER, So., 6-0, 170, Fort Lauderdale
Ter'Shaudney Phillips, DB, So., 5-11, 170, DeLand

WAGNER SEAHAWKS (9)
Daevonte Barnett, DL, Sr., 6-4, 280, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Brett Buzzard, OL, Sr., 6-7, 285, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest
Jarrett Dieudonne, DB , Sr., 6-1, 190, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
Eddie Garcia, OL, Jr., 6-2, 295, Miami Christopher Columbus
Tim Jackson, LB, Fr., 6-2, 240, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Deangelo James, DB, Sr., 5-10, 170, Hialeah American
Daniel Mack, DB, Sr., 6-0, 200, Miami Dade Christian
Buzz Williams, LB, Fr., 6-2, 220, Lakeland
Otis Wright, RB, Jr., 5-10, 180, Fort Lauderdale Dillard

The Miami Herald spotlights more football talent from the Sunshine State than any other source. Currently, we have promoted 3,500 high school football prospects as well as following our Florida Kids throughout the country. Have prospects to add? Drop Larry Blustein a note at Floridakids1@aol.com and we’ll get those players out there. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR 44 YEARS!

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Floridians Making An Impression On The Southern Conference

Talented Floridians Fill Patriot League Rosters This Season

September 17, 2014

Offensive Linemen Take Center Stage In South Florida

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There was a time when college recruiters would come to south Florida, check out the receivers, running backs and defensive secondary prospects and then head back north to get their linemen. Times have certainly changed.

What has made this region of the country so special now is the quality athletes that you can recruit - and it's not just the skilled position athletes. The linemen we are now producing rival anyplace - and that includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio -  two of the hotbeds where many schools land the players in the trenches.

Nobody learned that more than Hollywood Hills senior offensive tackle Dusan Etienne. This past summer, the 6-7, 310-pounder, who was on nobody's radar screen, headed to a line camp in Ocala. In just one day, he vaulted himself from a virtual unknown to one of the elite prospects in the state.

Because he played in a Wing-T offense, Etienne was never showcased, but coaches who watched his film, and then saw him compete in person, were bowled over - including two former NFL linemen who worked the camp.

"I always knew that I had the ability, but very few coaches had said anything," Etienne said. "All it takes is for someone to see you, check out your athleticism and things take off."

Hollywood Hills head coach Al Lang always knew that Etienne was special. He watched him play on both sides of the ball, and because he is such an outstanding athlete, it was only a matter of time before he was discovered.

"There has never been any doubt that he is a very special line prospect," Lang said. "He is so athletic that he actually would travel with our 7-on-7 team, and that to me speaks volumes about what he brings to the table."

Etienne is not the only south Florida line prospect that has been turning heads in the Class of 2015. St. Thomas Aquinas also boasts Syracuse bound Colin Byrne (6-5, 295) and Sam Clausman (6-4, 290) as well as FIU commitment Rechard Desir-Jones (6-3, 285) and Philip Parchment (6-4, 280).

In addition there are Leeward Brown (6-4, 300, Miramar), Christian Strachan (6-4, 315, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic), Andy Moreira (6-3, 280, Coral Gables), FIU commit Richard Williams (6-2, 255, Everglades), UAB commitment Kirk Livingstone (6-4, 235, Stranahan), Montel Jordan (6-3, 320, Deerfield), William Gordon (6-4, 318, Norland), and Central’s Jason Jean (6-4, 290), who is committed to Marshall, and returning starter Robzel Sylvester (6-3, 285) as well as American Heritage Plantation’s Noah Bringas (6-4, 320) and Brett Kahn (6-4, 270).

The Class of 2015 is one of the deepest south Florida has had in a long time – with Carol City’s Michael Sawyer (6-3, 265), Marquise Barnes (6-5, 280, Hialeah Miami Lakes), and Booker T. Washington standouts Deiontae Lynch (6-3, 280), Clayton Cobb (6-2, 260) and Ben Tirolia (6-3, 300).

UNDERCLASSMEN ARE IMPRESSIVE AS WELL
As the senior class has set some new standards for offensive linemen, the next two group of players – in the Class of 2016 and 2017, there are some very impressive big men to keep an eye on – such as elite juniors like Edison’s Keldrick Caesar (6-3, 290), Navaughn Donaldson (6-3, 310, Central), Louie Berkowitz (6-3, 260, Plantation American Heritage), Roodney Leon (6-3, 280, Deerfield Beach), Obinna Nwanko (6-3, 255, Miramar) and Michael Davis (6-1, 260), and Boman Swanson (6-4, 245) and Cameron Cope (6-2, 240) from South Dade.

The Class of 2017 is already leaving a mark and getting plenty of attention with prospects such as Teaki Fuller (6-3, 250, Booker T. Washington), Corey Gaynor (6-1, 220, Parkland Douglas), Kedonis Haslem (6-4, 285, Miami Dade Christian), Andre Lopez (6-4, 280, Braddock), Robert Perez (6-2, 270, Cardinal Gibbons) as well as elite prospects Tedarrell Slaton (6-5, 320, Plantation American Heritage), Kyron Taylor, 6-1, 265, Homestead South Dade) and Kadeem Telfort, 6-6, 310, Miami Norland).

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

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Floridians Making An Impression On The Southern Conference

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We continue our look at where our athletes from the Sunshine State are playing this year. As we head to a region of the country that has long stocked their rosters with players from Florida - the Southern Conference.

This year, there are 90 players from the state of Florida in this conference this season - and we bring you all of them.

We hope by shining the spotlight on our prospects, fans and media across the country will see how valuabl Florida is when it comes to building rosters. During the next few months, we will continue to bring you players who are competing at colleges and universities across the country.

CHATTANOOGA MOCS (5)
Marquis Green, RB, Sr., 5-7, 175, Palmetto
Jeremiah Hay, DB, Jr., 5-10, 180, Miami Booker T. Washington
T.J. Jenkins, LB, Fr., 6-2, 225, Tampa Plant
Daniel Ring, DL, Jr., 6-2, 275, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
Faysal Shafaat, TE, Sr., 6-5, 250, Orlando Lutheran Academy

FURMAN PALADINS (16)
P.J. Blazejowski, QB, Fr., 6-0, 182, Fruitland Cove Bartram Trail
Shawn Boone, DE, Sr., 6-2, 246, Lithia Newsome.
Kedar Bryant, TE, Fr., 6-3, 232, Jacksonville Providence
Donovan Franks, DB, Fr., 6-0, 188, Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley
Jordan Hawkins, NT, So., 6-1, 290, Jacksonville Wolfson
Connor Jackson, DE, Fr., 6-2, 239, Tallahassee Florida High
Evan Jager, WR, Fr., 6-3, 202, Orlando Lake Highland Prep
Hank McCloud, RB, Sr., 5-9, 195, Tampa Catholic
Harrison Magee, OC, Jr., 6-2, 287, Jacksonville Mandarin
Kevin Mall, TE, So., 6-2, 237, Viera
Adekunle Olusanya, FS, Fr., 5-11, 194, Tampa Sickles
Danny Palmer, NT, Sr., Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley
Reeves Rogers, LB, Fr., 5-10, 204, Tampa Plant
Brian Moss, DT, So., 6-5, 257, Bratt Northview
Hunter Tremaine, S, Sr., 5-11, 190, St. Petersburg Shorecrest
Grayson Weber, OC, Sr., 6-5, 286, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

MERCER BEARS (14)
Trey Bartlett, LB, Jr., 6-0, 190, St. Cloud Harmony
Lee Bennett, LB, Fr., 6-2, 202, Leesburg
Isaiah Buehler, LB, Fr., 6-2, 226, Apopka
Eli Grambling, TE, So., 5-11, 217, Perry Taylor County
Mike Gray, DB, So., Jacksonville Creekside
Justin Johnson, WR, Fr., 6-4, 194, Ponta Vedra Beach Nease
Jagger Lieb, PK. Fr., 5-8, 181, Port Orange Spruce Creek
Jack Lightsey, OL, So., 6-3, 262, Seffner Armwood
Tee Mitchell, RB, Fr., 5-10, 186, Jacksonville Bolles
Josh Moore, QB, Fr., 5-11, 207, Orange Park Ridgeview
Grant Reynolds, PK, Fr., 6-0, 156, Eustis
Zac Rice, OL, Fr., 6-3, 283, Newberry
Garrett Smith, OL, 6-2, 327, Fort Pierce Central
Hal Weaver, OL, Fr., 6-2, 240, Live Oak Suwannee

SAMFORD BULLDOGS (25)
Royus Amos, OL, So., 6-7, 320, Deerfield Beach
Jamerson Blunt, FS, So., 6-1, 190, Tallahassee Lincoln
Armando Bonheur, OL, So., 6-4, 266, Orange Park Fleming Island
Jeremy Brown, WR, Sr., 6-5, 220, Coral Springs
Robert Clark, WR, Sr., 5-9, 173, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Justin Cooper, LB, Jr., 6-2, 230, Fort Lauderdale University School
Gordon Crozier, OL, So., 6-1, 290, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Roosevelt Donaldson, DL, So., 6-2, 258, Miami Southridge
Jeremiaha Gates, RB, Sr., 5-10, 216, Ocala Trinity Catholic
Karel Hamilton, WR, So., 6-1, 190, Dover Strawberry Crest
Darius Harvey, WR, Fr., 5-11, 170, Tallahassee Lincoln
Malik Johns, WR, Fr., 5-10, 170, Dade City Pasco
Krondis Larry, RB, Fr., 5-7, 145, Miami Booker T. Washington
Emmanuel Obajimi, WR, So., 6-1, 200, Miramar Everglades
Greg Peranich, P, Sr., 6-4, 185, Pace
Deion Pierre, LB, Fr., 6-3, 220, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy
Shaheed Salmon, LB, Fr., 6-2, 215, Land O'Lakes
Anthony Preston, FB, Fr., 5-11, 220, Bradenton IMG Academy
Connor Raferty, OL, Fr., 6-3, 295, Tampa Robinson
Calvin Ruff, DL, Sr., 6-0, 240, Tampa Jesuit
Gavin Sinclair, WR, Jr., 5-11, 165, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Tyler Small, TE, Fr., 6-4, 220, Tampa Jefferson
Brad Starace, WR, Fr., 5-11, 175, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer
Brandon Whitaker, LB, Fr., 5-10, 181, Bradenton IMG Academy
Brandon Wilkinson, DL, Sr., 6-5, 242, Venice

THE CITADEL BULLDOGS (8)
Tevin Floyd, LB, So., 6-1, 230, Tallahassee Florida High
Steven Knowles, DL, Fr., 6-1, 225, Inverness Citrus
Aaron Perry, DL, Jr., 6-0, 215, Melbourne
Nick Rudman, OL, Jr., 6-2, 265, Pensacola Catholic
Jake Stenson, RB, Sr., 5-11, 200, Jacksonville Bolles
Quinlan Washington, RB, Fr., 6-0, 185, Gainesville Buchholz
Kalik Williams, DB, Fr., 5-11 190, Daytona Beach Mainland
Reggie Williams, DB, Fr., 5-9, 190, Palm Bay

VMI KEYDETS (1)
Nate Murray, OL, Jr., 6-3, 325, Satellite

WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS (2)
Terrence Green, DB, Jr., 5-10, 210, Jacksonville First Coast
Tyran Reynolds, WR, Fr., 6-1, 190, Crystal River

WOFFORD TERRIERS (17)
Brion Anderson, DB, Jr., 5-11, 200, Fruitland Cove Bartram Trail
T.J. Chamberlin, OL, Jr., 6-2, 290, Land O'Lakes
Steven Cornellier, DL, Fr., 6-2, 245, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny
Brandon Curtis, DL, Fr., 6-3, 240, Bushnell South Sumter
Connor Forades, OL, 6-6, 305, Brooksville Hernando
Jaleel Green, S, So., 6-2, 208, Jacksonville Providence
Will Irwin, WR, Jr., 6-2, 195, Land O'lakes
Mark Isom, DL, Jr., 6-0, 275, Winter Garden West Orange
Brandon Kuhn, DB, Fr., 5-10, 180, Fleming Island
Lorenzo Long, RB, So., 5-9, 210, Cantonment Tate
Bryce Motes, WR, Fr., 6-0, 175, Fleming Island
Tarek Odom, DE, Sr., 5-10, 258, St. Augustine
Philemon Permis, S, Jr., 6-1, 199, Stuart South Fork
Malik Rivera, S, Fr., Fruitland Coive Bartram Trail
Nathan Sanders, LB, Fr., 5-11, 180, Jacksonville Bolles
Michael Sarafianos, S, Fr., 6-0, 190, Tampa Catholic
Lincoln Stewart, LB, So., 5-11, 228, DeLand

The Miami Herald spotlights more football talent from the Sunshine State than any other source. Currently, we have promoted 3,500 high school football prospects as well as following our Florida Kids throughout the country. Have prospects to add? Drop Larry Blustein a note at Floridakids1@aol.com and we’ll get those players out there. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR 44 YEARS!

September 16, 2014

AP Week 3 Florida High School Football poll

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. Orlando Dr. Phillips (12) 3-0 154 1
2. Jacksonville First Coast (3) 3-0 145 2
3. Pembroke Pines Charles Flanagan 3-0 109 7
4. Miramar (1) 2-1 107 4 5. Apopka 2-1 82 8
6. Miami Christopher Columbus 3-0 55 NR
7. Lake Mary 2-0 49 10
(tie) Tampa Plant 2-1 49 9
9. Coral Gables 2-1 42 3
10. Fort Pierce Central 2-1 29 5
Others receiving votes: Bradenton Manatee 15, Winter Garden West Orange 14, Vero Beach 11, Oviedo 5, Orange City University 4, Palm Beach Gardens 2, Miami Killian 2, Coral Springs 2, Coconut Creek Monarch 1, St. Petersburg 1.

Class 7A
Record Pts Prv
1. Tarpon Springs East Lake (6) 3-0 149 2
2. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (8) 1-1 137 1
3. Niceville (1) 3-1 118 3
4. Lakeland (1) 3-0 108 4
5. Kissimmee Osceola 2-1 88 6
6. Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 2-1 84 4(tie)
7. Royal Palm Beach 2-0 53 8
8. Neptune Beach Fletcher 2-1 37 9
9. Tampa Sickles 2-1 27 10
10. Viera 2-0 17 NR
Others receiving votes: Orlando Oak Ridge 14, Clearwater Countryside 14, Punta Gorda Charlotte 13, Tallahassee Lincoln 7, West Boca Raton Community 7, Fort Myers 5, Plant City Durant 1, Contonment Tate 1.

Class 6A
Record Pts Prv
1. Daytona Beach Mainland (5) 3-0 147 2
2. Seffner Armwood (5) 3-0 144 1
3. Miami Central (6) 3-1 140 3
4. Boynton Beach 3-0 98 5
5. Venice 3-0 94 6
6. Naples 2-1 71 4
7. Hallandale 3-0 64 7
8. Lake City Columbia 2-1 29 9
9. St. Augustine 3-0 28 NR
10. Pensacola Escambia 3-0 25 10
Others receiving votes: South Fort Myers 12, Navarre 11, Groveland South Lake 10, Miami Northwestern 2, Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee 2, Palm Bay Bayside 2, Sunlake 1.

Class 5A
Record Pts Prv
1. Bushnell South Sumter (13) 3-0 156 1
2. Plantation American Heritage (2) 1-1 139 2
3. Geen Cove Springs Clay (1) 3-0 123 5
4. Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 3-0 117 6
5. Palm Bay 2-0 96 8
6. Lake Wales 2-1 54 3
7. Live Oak Suwannee 3-0 49 NR
8. Merritt Island 2-1 32 4
9. Miami Jackson 1-0 23 NR
10. Citra North Marion 2-1 20 7
Others receiving votes: Orlando Bishop Moore 16, Tallahassee Godby 14, Tampa Jesuit 12, Cape Coral 12, Crawfordville Wakulla 7, Mount Dora 5, St. Petersburg Lakewood 4, Sarasota Booker 1.

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Miami Booker T. Washington (16) 4-0 160 1
2. Cocoa 2-0 141 2
3. Jacksonville Bolles School 3-0 129 3
4. Clewiston 3-0 104 5
5. Madison County 3-0 57 NR
Others receiving votes: Belle Glade Glades Central 49.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Clearwater Central Catholic (11) 3-0 154 1
2. Miami Westminster Christian 3-0 127 2
3. Jacksonville Trinity Christian (4) 1-1 110 3
4. Melbourne Central Catholic 3-0 99 4
5. Ocala Trinity Catholic 2-0 79 5
Others receiving votes: Delray American Heritage (1) 39, Frostproof 14, Tampa Berkeley Prep 12, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 6.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Largo Indian Rocks (15) 3-0 159 1
2. Glades Day (1) 3-0 131 4
3. Tallahassee North Florida Christian 1-1 122 2
4. Lakeland Victory Christian 2-1 85 5
5. Hialeah Champagnat Catholic 1-2 54 2(tie)
Others receiving votes:
Tampa Cambridge Christian 44, Deltona Trinity Christian 24, Jacksonville Duval Charter 21.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Cross City Dixie County (16) 3-0 160 2
2. Lake Butler Union County 3-0 144 3
3. Bratt Northview 3-0 109 5
4. Trenton 2-1 99 1
5. Mayo Lafayette 2-1 83 4
Others receiving votes: Jasper Hamilton County 19, Baker School 14, Bristol Liberty County 12.

Talented Floridians Fill Patriot League Rosters This Season

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As we continue to spotlight programs and conferences throughout the country that have Floridians on the football roster for the 2014 season, we head toward the competitive Patriot League Football.

This is a conference that always has Floridians making a difference on the football, field and in the classroom.

Here is a look at the 56 players from the Sunshine State calling this region of the country home:

BUCKNELL BISONS (2)
Audrey Diejuste, LB, Jr., 5-11, 215, Boynton Beach
Jake Lawton, LB, Fr., 6-0, 215, Orlando Bishop Moore

COLGATE RAIDERS (16)
Jose Alvarado, FB, Fr., 6-2, 220, Miami Christopher Columbus
Mike Armiento, DB, Sr., 5-11, 185, Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy
Nikko Armiento, P, Jr., 6-1, 195, Plantation American Heritage
Chase Bender, WR, Jr., 6-3, 200, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
Duncan Brennan, PK, Jr., 6-0, 200, Orlando Bishop Moore
Tyler Butler, LB, Jr., 6-2, 225, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge
Cameron Buttermore, LB, Jr., 6-2, 220, Plantation American Heritage
Jordi Dalmau, OL, So., 6-2, 300, Miami Gulliver Prep
Kyle Diener, LB, So., 6-0, 235, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest
Joe Figueroa, DB, So., 5-9, 190, Fort Pierce Central
Christian Hardegree, DB, Jr., 5-11, 200, Tampa Berkeley Prep
Jeff Koch, OL, Sr., 6-0, 310, Ponta Vedra Beach Nease
Ty McCollom, DB, Jr., 5-10, 170, Tampa Gaither
Zach Provin, OL, So., 6-1, 265, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Grant Siegel, OL, So., 6-3, 285, Miami Gulliver Prep
Zac Swain, OL, Jr., 6-2, 295, Lake Mary

FORDHAM RAMS (5)
Kevin Anderson, QB, So., 6-2, 195, Boca Raton
Alejandro Cardenas, PK, Fr., Miami LaSalle
Kendall Pearcey, RB. So., 5-10, 192, Lutz Steinbrenner
Jorge Solano, WR, So., 5-9, 180, Coral Springs Charter
Ian Williams, DB, Sr., 6-1, 200, West Palm Beach King's Academy

GEORGETOWN HOYAS (7)
Elijah English, DL, Fr., 6-6, 230, Bushnell South Sumter
Tommy Jesson, WR, So., 6-1, 180, Orlando East River
Myles Braxton-Johnson, DB, So., 5-11, 185, Bradenton Southeast
Michael McFarlane, OL, Fr., 6-4, 280, Frostproof
Mike Roland, OL, Sr., 6-5, 310, Coral Gables
Marquis Wright, WR, Jr., 6-3, 185, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep
Warren Wynn, LS, Fr., 5-1, 220, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (8)
Daniel Bernard, DL, Fr., 6-3, 315, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep
Dewayne Cameron, DL, Jr., 6-4, 238, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest
Darrius Lacy, WR, Fr., 5-11, 175, St. Petersburg Northeast
Nick McBeath, LB, Fr., 6-1, 210, Miami Christopher Columbus
Diego Quintanar, LB, Sr., 5-10, 205, Winter Garden West Orange
Sam Ranieri, OL, Jr., 6-3, 295, Orlando Dr. Phillips
Chase Ullman, LB, Sr., 6-2, 234, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest
DiJuan Walker, RB, Fr., 5-10, 180, Clearwater Central Catholic

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (4)
Deuce Gruden, RB, Jr., 5-6, 181, Tampa Carrollwood
Draeland James, DB, So., 6-1, 200, Jacksonville Providence
Steve Mercado, DL, Jr., 6-1, 288, North Fort Myers
Tyler Vickers, DL, Jr., 6-5, 257, Miami Southridge

LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (14)
Gatlin Casey, WR, Fr., 6-3, 175, Navarre
Colton Caslow, LB, So., 6-1, 210, Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley
Harrison Johnson, DL, Fr., 6-4, 250, Frostproof
Evan Harvey, LB, So., 6-1, 230, Delray American Heritage
Sasha Kelsey, WR, Fr., 6-0, 185, Miami Christopher Columbus
Derek Knott, WR, Jr., 5-9, 165, Orlando Colonial
John Mahoney, LB, Sr., 6-2, 215, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
Tim Newton, DL, Sr., 6-5, 245, Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley
Ryan Pandy, K, So., 5-11, 185, Clearwater Countryside
Drew Paulsen, TE, Fr., 6-3, 225, Tampa Jesuit
Olivier Rigaud, DB, Jr., 6-0, 180, Pembroke Pines Charter
Brad Smith, DL, So., 6-4, 230, Tampa Jesuit
Kadeem Smith, OL, Fr., 6-3, 290, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
Matthew Verdon, LB, Jr., 6-5, 205, Orlando Timber Creek

The Miami Herald spotlights more football talent from the Sunshine State than any other source. Currently, we have promoted 3,500 high school football prospects as well as following our Florida Kids throughout the country. Have prospects to add? Drop Larry Blustein a note at Floridakids1@aol.com and we’ll get those players out there. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR 44 YEARS!

September 15, 2014

Norland-Jackson football game considered non-result after being suspended

Just posting here in case you hadn't seen mine or anyone else's tweets about it yesterday.

The Norland-Jackson game, which Jackson led 19-14 after three quarters Saturday at North Miami Stadium has been ruled a suspended game by the GMAC.

The game was stopped due to lightning at the start of the fourth and never resumed after heavy rain caused the field conditions to deteriorate severely.

"A football game, unlike soccer, baseball or softball does not have a weather clause to end after so many innings or the start of the second half," GMAC executive secretary Cheryl Golden said in a statement to both schools Monday. "In football, if a game does not come to its normal conclusion it is SUSPENDED. That means if the game is to be resumed it would pick up from the exact point of suspension. Same score, quarter, time on clock, time outs left etc. With that said, since it is a non-district game it does not need to be completed."

The game will likely not be completed since it is not a district game.

Both Norland and Jackson remain 1-0 so far this season heading into this week's games. Jackson plays Booker T. at Traz Powell Friday at 7:30 p.m. Norland plays Homestead at 7:30 p.m. Friday at North Miami Stadium.

Mercer Making The Most of Florida Talent

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While Mercer has plenty of talent on its roster from the state of Georgia, the Macon-based college is getting an infusion of Florida talent this year as well.

Head Coach Bobby Lamb and the Bears have 13 players from the Sunshine State on this year’s team – and with a coaching staff that knos Florida very well, expect more players to make their way into the program as well.

The coaching staff includes Mike Kolakowski (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Outside Linebackers Coach), Casey Vogt (Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach), Kenny Baker (Defensive Line Coach), Carter Barfield (Running Backs Coach), Grant Cain (Inside Linebackers Coach / Recruiting Coordinator / Co-Specials Teams Coach), Dominique Davenport (Defensive Quality Control Coach), Mitch Doolittle (Secondary Coach / Co-Specials Teams Coach), Chino Fontenette (Wide Receivers Coach) Tre Lamb - Quarterbacks Coach), Will Patterson (Tight Ends Coach / Video Coordinator) and Jon Mangel (Director of Strength and Conditioning).

MERCER BEARS (14)
Trey Bartlett, LB, Jr., 6-0, 190, St. Cloud Harmony
Lee Bennett, LB, Fr., 6-2, 202, Leesburg
Isaiah Buehler, LB, Fr., 6-2, 226, Apopka
Eli Grambling, TE, So., 5-11, 217, Perry Taylor County
Mike Gray, DB, So., Jacksonville Creekside
Justin Johnson, WR, Fr., 6-4, 194, Ponta Vedra Beach Nease
Jagger Lieb, PK. Fr., 5-8, 181, Port Orange Spruce Creek
Jack Lightsey, OL, So., 6-3, 262, Seffner Armwood
Tee Mitchell, RB, Fr., 5-10, 186, Jacksonville Bolles
Josh Moore, QB, Fr., 5-11, 207, Orange Park Ridgeview
Grant Reynolds, PK, Fr., 6-0, 156, Eustis
Zac Rice, OL, Fr., 6-3, 283, Newberry
Garrett Smith, OL, 6-2, 327, Fort Pierce Central
Hal Weaver, OL, Fr., 6-2, 240, Live Oak Suwannee

The Miami Herald spotlights more football talent from the Sunshine State than any other source. Currently, we have promoted 3,500 high school football prospects as well as following our Florida Kids throughout the country. Have college programs to add? Drop Larry Blustein a note at Floridakids1@aol.com and we’ll get those players out there. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR 44 YEARS!

September 12, 2014

Dolphins Salute Youth and High School Teams, Coaches

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The Coral Springs Chargers 12U from the American Youth Football League were honored on the field by the Miami Dolphins as Coach Philbin’s Youth Team of the Week presented by Walgreens during the Dolphins home opener against the Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 7. The Coral Springs Chargers coach is Teddy Bussie.

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The Miami Gardens Bulldogs from the Florida Youth Football League also were honored on the field as Coach Philbin’s Youth Team of the Week presented by Walgreens on Sunday, Sept. 7. The Miami Gardens Bulldogs coach is Chavis Wright.

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Ricardo Hallman of the Davie Broncos 11U team was honored on the field as the Youth Player of the Week presented by Under Armour on Sunday, Sept. 7, and Troy Drayton of the Miami Dolphins . Ricardo Hallman is coached by Dolphins greats Sam Madison and Jason Taylor.

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Quarterback Maurice Alexander of Booker T. Washington High School was honored on the field as the High school player of the Week presented by Under Armour on Sunday, Sept. 7. Alexander is coached by Tim Harris, Jr.

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Roland Smith of Miami Central High School was honored on the field as the High School coach of the Week on Sunday, Sept. 7.

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Nebraska Kearney Taps Into Florida's Talent Pool

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When it comes to the talent in the state of Florida, very few coaches know it better than Andy Siegal. A longtime football coach in the Sunshine State, he has also found a way to get the talented athletes at several colleges he has been at.

Siegal is the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at the University of Nebraska Kearney - where he has been able to get 20 Floridians to infuse the Lopers' roster this season.

Head Coach Darrell Morris has athletes from as far south as Miami - and in pockets throughout the Jacksonville area and north of Tampa.

"When I came here we didn't have any Floridians on the roster," Siegal said. "Now, we have added 20 prospects this season, which is going to help this program grow and get better. I am excited about the very talented football prospects we have added from a great and talent-rich state like Florida."

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA KEARNEY (20)
C.J. Barbee, OC, Fr., 6-3, 305, Inverness Citrus
Romello Bentley, WR, Fr., 5-8, 150, Fruitland Cove Bartram Trail
Willie Burgos, WR, Fr., 5-7, 160, Jacksonville Mandarin
Jonas Clark, FS, Jr., 6-1, 170, Miami Booker T. Washington
Nekari Jones, WR, Fr., Lakeland Victory Christian
Jaimee Juse, DE, Fr., 6-4, 205, Inverness Citrus
Ryan McFarlin., QB, Fr., 6-2, 205, Jacksonville Atlantic Coast
Famous McKinnon, Fr., DB, 5-8, 170, Miami Booker T. Washington
Tityus Mitchell, WR, Fr., 6-2, 185, St. Augustine Menendez
Anthony Neris, S/LB, Fr., 6-3, 210, Orange Park
James Pouncey, RB, Fr., 5-9, 170, Inverness Citrus
Allen Sampson, WR, Jr., 5-8, 160, Tampa Plant
Cameron Singletary, RB, Fr., 5-7, 200, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny
Julius Smith, WR, 6-4, 165, Jacksonville Ribault
Rod Theodore, LB, Fr., 5-10, 195, Lantana Santaluces
LaDarrius Thomas, DB, Fr., 6-0, 160, Dunnellon
Corey Van Dorn, LB, Fr., 6-0, 225, Orange Park
Tyler Wiley, FS, Fr., 6-3, 175, Weeki Wachee
Damien Wilson, DB, So., 5-9, 165, Dade City Pasco
Kalen Woodyard, WR, Fr., 6-2, 180, Ocala West Port

No media outlet in the state of Florida promotes and tracks its football prospects more than the Miami Herald. To date, we have spotlight 3,500 current high school football players as well as continues to track and highlight football talent away at colleges and universities across the country. Have additional players to highlight? Send Larry Blustein a note at Floridakids1@aol.com.