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Blustein on board

In the five years I spent as the high school sports writer in Miami-Dade County, one of the recruiting gurus who always impressed me with his wealth of knowledge was North Miami High's very own Larry Blustein. Over the years, Larry and I have developed a great friendship and it was always one of my goals to one day bring him over to our side at The Herald. Well, I'm proud to finally be able to say I've achieved that goal.

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Starting next month, Larry will start writing a weekly, year-round recruiting column in The Herald and working hand-in-hand with me on trying to provide the best recruiting coverage of any newspaper in the state in what we both believe is the richest talent-base in the country for high school football. You guys who are regulars here on the blog know Larry and I have recorded a number of podcasts in the past year. On our shows, we often talk about about high school players the Canes are interested in, getting or looking at. We have plans on continuing that -- and doing much more.

With the interest in recruiting reaching new levels every year, I think having Larry on board with us will give us something very unique in the industry. I call Larry the Mel Kiper of high school recruiting -- and truth is he is more than that. He's been around South Florida and studied recruiting in this state for more than 40 years. He knows everyone and has seen just about every great high school player play -- from those old 60s Coral Gables teams to the loaded Northwestern team of a year ago that produced current Canes Marcus Forston, Sean Spence, Jacory Harris and Aldarius Johnson. Unlike many other so-called recruiting experts who just watch film on kids, or make it out to a few combines, Larry travels around the country and sees many kids play in person in addition to the many hours of film he watches. Every summer, he literally travels from Key West to Pensacola on his own dime because high school recruiting is his passion. All of that in my opinion makes his perspective when it comes predicting the stars of tomorrow quite special. I hope you all will take a moment to welcome Larry (who comes on the blog every now and then to chat with Canes fans) to the paper. I know I'm excited.

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