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.
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.
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|
|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|
By MANNY NAVARRO
Broward County leading rusher Travis Liburd never had any illusions about himself as a football recruit entering his senior season.
At 5-6, 170 pounds, he knew it was going to take more than a great senior season at Piper to get one of the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country to take a chance on him. Akron and Ohio University showed interest, but in the end neither was willing to dish out a concrete scholarship offer.
So on Wednesday, when dozens of three, four and five-star recruits in South Florida who played alongside Liburd in the Miami Dolphins All-Star Game sign with big name schools in front of throngs of media, the two-star recruit and All-Broward First Team selection will quietly do his own thing in front of a much smaller audience at school.
He’s signing with Stony Brook, a Football Championship Subdivision program in Long Island, N.Y., where it was snowing so hard this past weekend during Liburd’s official visit he said he “barely saw the ground.” Being relegated to college football’s second tier might feel like an underachievement to some, but not Liburd. To him it’s just another avenue to success.
“It’s a great team for me because they run the ball a lot,” said Liburd, who ran for over 4,100 yards and 36 touchdowns in three years for Piper despite being the only weapon on a losing team and seeing many eight and nine man fronts. “I’ve already got my major – electrical engineering – and everything. And there’s opportunity to get on the field as a freshman, especially on kickoffs.”
Special teams is usually where the smallest guys in college and pro football make their money. Liburd, clocked at 4.35 in the 40-yard dash according to his coach, ran back eight kickoffs for touchdowns as a junior. “He didn’t have any as a senior because no one would kick him the ball,” his coach Roger Mitchell said.
Said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services: “Liburd’s a little pocket rocket. He’s not elite, but he’s in that second or third group locally if you’re talking about production and what he does. You’re telling me there’s 120-something D-1 schools and none can use a kid like that?”
Size is ultimately what scared BCS programs off, Mitchell said. The numbers certainly support the claim.
According to Rivals.com’s recruiting database, a total of 221 players listed as being 5-feet, 7-inches or shorter have signed with Football Bowl Subdivision (126) or Football Championship Subdivision schools (95) since 2002. That averages out to a little less than 16 scholarships a year across Division 1 football being given nationwide to players of that height (nine to FBS programs and a little less than seven to FCS schools). Of that group, 60 scholarships have been awarded to players listed 5-6 or shorter including only eight listed at 5-5 or shorter.
Most are running backs (122) or listed as athletes (42) or receivers (27). Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, listed at 5-6, 180 pounds coming out of high school in Louisiana, is among that group. He was a two-star recruit who signed with Central Arkansas.
His success story – like that of Eagles Pro Bowl running back Darren Sproles (5-6, 190) – give Liburd and other small guys like Dillard linebacker/safety Christian Bouie hope.
Bouie (5-7, 160) led Dillard in tackles two years in a row and was “blowing receivers up in the secondary at the Dolphins All-Star Game,” Mitchell said. But he also couldn’t get any FBS schools to bite and offer him a scholarship.
Dillard coach Lorenzo Davis said he expects Bouie to sign with Division II Stillman College (Ala.) on Wednesday. According to Rivals, only 25 defensive backs and one linebacker listed at 5-7 or shorter have signed with Division 1 schools since 2002.
“Three inches taller and everybody in the country is after him,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, when you’re making $200,000 to $300,000 a year as a college assistant and your job is on the line every year you can’t take that chance because if the guy doesn’t pan out the boss will be looking at you and saying ‘Well, you knew he was too small.’ I was really trying to get FIU and FAU to look at him. I just couldn’t get him a shot.”
Bouie, who has a 3.4 GPA, says he’ll take the shot wherever he gets it. Stillman, by the way, had eight players on its roster last season listed at 5-7 or shorter.
“You can measure my height, but you can’t measure my heart,” Bouie said.
Said Mitchell: “Like I told Travis, put that chip on your shoulder and just turn and look at it every time before you get the ball. Show them what they missed every day.”
LOCAL PLAYERS 5-7 OR SHORTER TO SIGN WITH D-1 (FBS/FCS) SCHOOLS SINCE 2002
RB Dareyon Chance, Cardinal Gibbons, 5-5, 175, 3-star (Western Michigan, 2010)
WR Derrick Hopkins, Monsignor Pace, 5-6, 160, 2-star (USF, 2009)
RB Krondis Larry, Booker T. Washington, 5-6, 160, 2-star (FCS Samford, 2014)
DB Terry Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, 5-7, 170, 2-stars (FCS Monmouth, 2014)
WR Jarius Brown, University School, 5-7, 172, 2-stars (FCS Dartmouth, 2014)
ATH Franklin Labady, Champagnat, 5-7, 180, 3-stars (Cincinnati, 2014)
DB Nico Marley, Cypress Bay, 5-7, 182, 2-stars (Tulane, 2013)
RB Darius Hoggins, Monarch, 5-7, 156, 2-stars (Louisiana-Lafayette, 2013)
RB Jared Sanders, Hallandale, 5-7, 165, 2-stars (Eastern Kentucky, 2012)
RB Orville Reynolds, Douglas, 5-7, 175, 3-stars (Wake Forest, 2011)
ATH Ronnie Kennedy, Plantation, 5-7, 147, 3-stars (Central Michigan, 2009)
WR Brandon Drayton, Northwestern, 5-7, 156, 0-stars (FCS Howard, 2008)
WR Tim Brown, Northwestern, 5-7, 146, 3-stars (Rutgers, 2006)
RB Jovens Degage, North Miami, 5-7, 180, 2-stars (Ball State, 2004)
RB Jerry Seymour, Monsignor Pace, 5-7, 183, 2-stars (Central Michigan, 2003)
After a scandalous and frustrating finish to the 2014 season, things are finally looking up for the Miramar Patriots.
Tuesday, the program hired a new coach in longtime Booker T. Washington assistant Pierre Senatus. And now, in a little over a week, a large group of seniors who didn't get a chance to participate in the playoffs in the wake of allegations of academic fraud, impermissible benefits and illegal participation of ineligible players, will get a chance to live out a lifetime dream when they sign with their respective colleges.
“It's definitely going to be a big day for us," Miramar defensive line and strength coach Josh Taylor said Tuesday. "I’m happy for these guys. We have a lot of great kids who are looking forward to opening up the next chapter in their careers and play on the next level. All these guys have been talking about lately is figuring out what they’re going to wear to Signing Day. They're hilarious.”
Taylor said school officials are planning to host the Patriots' Signing Day event at 1 p.m.
Receivers Kahlil Lewis, Jovon Durante and cornerback Tyrek Cole are all a done deal to West Virginia, where they've been committed for some time, Taylor said.
Two players who figure to keep folks guessing up until the last minute: four-star safety Kendrell McFadden and three-star offensive guard Leeward Brown, former West Virginia commitments now looking elsewhere.
"Kendrell's recruiting is wide open right now," Taylor said.
Notre Dame and Kentucky are in the mix for McFadden, Taylor said. "FIU came in recently," Taylor said of Brown. "Tulane came in as well. FAU is also in the mix."
Safety Herbert Miller (FAU) and cornerback Jeff Hill (Northern Illinois) are expected to stick with their respective commitments. Taylor said running back Alex Anderson "will have a couple hats to choose from on the table."
-- MANNY NAVARRO
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