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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.


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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This is gr8 newz --
If you look back on what he's said, Blustein is tru and rightous more than not...well done to both of U for making this link...

Props to U, Navarro...and welcome Senor Blustein...

Canes and nada but CANES

i look forward to hearing more from the dynamic duo. welcome aboard, larry!

Further proof of the Herald's commitment to quality local news. Great add!

Hi Manny and now Larry... Congrats to both of you and the Herald's choice. Larry, have always enjoyed your opinions...Welcome aboard!

Manny,... Without wagging your tail.
I don't know how you are going to improve on your articles, as this past year, has been nothing short of already achieving, greatness as a reporter... But if you say it... then bring it.

Great catch Manny

Hopefully Larry with his contacts can expand is reach into the College BasketBall world and get us info on the potential recruits Miami is targeting


Great job bringing LB onboard. I always respect and enjoy Larry's input. He is a true gem in SoFLa to all of us recruiting freaks.

Great job and keep up the good work!


Welcome aboard, Mr. Larry.

Welcome aboard. Good get Manny.

Mr. Blustein, have you ever considered writing a book? Feed us (football)junkies, please.

These great blogs will now be even more in depth and informative. Great pick-up Manny! GO CANES! Baseball unanimous #1!!!! Screw FSwho

Manny good job and welcome LB. I have always held his opinon on recruits very reliable and on point.

The one, the only...Mandingo! Bringing U the new U can use like no other reporter out there in Canesland.

Larry...welcome to the madness that is Cane fanaticism and blogging. U will find an insatiable desire for news and drama on this blog from those that bleed ORANGE and GREEN!

The Miami Herald steps it up and Canes fans win again!!!

Great to have U on board guru Blustein!

Great to have you on board big L

On the SS this evening:
and yes we post it, when Manny has a Q@A!

Happy Hour tonight
> Posted by Shandel_Richardson at 9:57:34 AM

Normally, the Happy Hour Special is 2-for-1. But tonight I'm going to be a little more generous than most establishments. I'm going to give you the 4-for-1 deal. At 6 p.m.(ET), we'll have a one-hour live Q & A, but joining me will be beat writers from three 2008 UM opponents (Florida, Florida State and Central Florida). They're all coming over for a party and we'll all talk spring football. So have your questions ready for ALL of us.

The guests will be UF writer Dave Curtis, UCF writer Kyle "Lieutenant" Hightower and FSU writer Andrew "Tha" Carter, all of the Orlando Sentinel.




The format is simple. Just address the question to the writer of choice and ask away. Here's an example:


Has the NFL Hall of Fame already fitted Robert Marve for his jacket yet?


Awesome Manny, sorry I haven't been on in a while, I had an infection and was hospitalized, but glad to be back. Look forward to you and Larry doing great things. Talk to you soon

Good idea to keep the mo. moving. I think twice a week would be better than once a week to keep interest high. Its all good.

Welcome Larry! We excited you are here!


Manny, Brilliant. Blustein will supply that entusiasm and great info that will keep me checking your sites often.

He doesn't look like anything I imagined while listening to you guys talk. I thought he was a lot older due to the encyclopedic knowledge he has about local sports.


bg1906, What's up dog? Sorry to hear about your hospital stay. Hope you are doing a lot better. Enjoyed your posts and comments here and in Canespace....

Manny, you hit a home run with this. Are you guys going to tape another podcast soon?

Sorry Larry B. I forgot to say Welcome!

Larry, are you going to interview RS also with Manny? Is he able to get info from you regarding local talent?

Thanks Manny and all of you who said such nice things. I am pumped to be here with a paper that I grew up reading since I was 6 (sports section first).

While there is so much planned over the next year, the thing that excites me is a weekly column that will follow recruiting throughout the entire year. Football never stops, so we shouldn’t either!

The other thing that I am really looking forward to is being the source to go for questions on statewide and national recruiting as well as top regional and state lists. We travel the entire state throughout the course of the year, seeing games (parts of 100 last season alone), camps and numerous 7-on-7 events. We are also fortunate to travel to different states to evaluate and look at players out of the area. Last year, we took in 17 schools in Texas and Oklahoma, went to South Carolina, Ohio, Louisiana and Georgia for camps, games and other events.

In two weeks, I will join my close friend, Derek Crudup and his son (former UM quarterback Derek Jr.) in Atlanta for a showcase camp that the Crudup and his son run. It will be great, and I am very much looking forward to it.

Manny and I will also do a weekly PODCAST that will turn into a two-parter (we tend to talk a lot).....Our friend and recruiting guru, Charles Fishbein, will also join us to let our pipes rest.

The twice weekly BLOG will also test some memories of we search for players of the past. We will also give you tidbits from spring practices from across the state.

Thank you again for the kind words. Now, it’s time to get down to work and giving you information and discussion that will be hard to find anywhere else!

Larry Blustein

Dream Team number 2! This is "Great" news Manny, and I look forward to hearing from you both...next year's class is just around the corner and I can't wait. The Canes class of 2009 should be solid once again, and your inputs will help us gain insight into the recruiting year ahead. Welcome Larry and thanks for your information and insights last year, I truly enjoyed your podcasts and comments. Thanks Manny.

it would be great if this site could get Bluestein on several times a month to talk recruiting and evaluation of UM current and future players along with insight on how the U is putting up the fence around south fl.

Posted by: vince | April 22, 2008 at 09:50 AM

Vince...as soon as we get a minute to breathe and Larry get's settled in I am sure that will happen.

I think Manny's LIVE chats here and at Eye On The U on Tuesday nights just got a bit more interesting, don't U?

Posted by: 86Cane | April 22, 2008 at 09:55 AM
for the time being, Miami herald employs manny navarro & larry blustein NOT you ...

Linebacker Eric Houston has a new position according to head coach Randy Shannon, who confirmed three other position changes. Find out what Shannon said about why players changed positions and what he said about a rumor concerning the status of one of the top youngsters on the team.

Great news Manny. -Welcome Larry.

What a great day:


Florida State WR Parker arrested on drug, weapons charges
Associated Press

Updated: April 22, 2008, 2:45 PM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State officials said they will have an announcement on the future of standout receiver Preston Parker after the athlete's arrest in South Florida on drug and weapons charges.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Parker was arrested early Tuesday on charges of carrying a concealed .45-caliber handgun and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Parker was named Florida State's most valuable player last season after leading the team with 1,513 all-purpose yards and 62 receptions.

The 21-year-old's arrest is the first major discipline problem at the school since the arrival of new athletic director Randy Spetman earlier this year.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Thanks Rub for the well wishes I hope to get back to contributing soon on a regular basis, but its hard during the dead period, I live Cane football and its just not much Cane football news out there right now.

Great job guys. Keep up the good work!


Kudos to Manny for the great addition of Mr. Blustein. This is a great move by the Herald as now it will rule the state of Florida as the best in recruiting coverage. There is an enormous fan base of recruiting junkies down here like me and now with Larry you will see an increase in readership and interest from fans throught the state and out-of-state, once they get word of it. When Mr. Blustein talks, people listen, he has the pedigrees. The Herald should give Manny Navarro a raise as he started the ball rolling the last few years like no other High School or Cane Football writer before or present. "Great get" as we say in recruiting cycles. Gracias Manolito, you the best!!!

Welcome aboard, Larry. I've always enjoyed your interviews. You have the best information around, IMO. What a boon for the Herald and the Cane Nation.

I have read a lot of your comments, ideas and knowledge over the years, you are one of the greats. My uncle raved about you when they lived in Miami.....keep us up to date on our Canes

I wish 86cane would just stop posting on here. He's a bonafide idiot. First, he starts a website that makes the canefans look bad. Then, he comes on here sucking off manny on a regular basis. Now, he's talking as if he is having circle-jerks with manny and blu.
We all knew guys like this back in high school. The hall pass monitor that thought he was part of the faculty!!!!

this is great news. U.

Welcome aboard Larry B...It's about time...

This is great news. I've been following Blustein since I played HS ball in Broward almost ten years ago. The FloridaKids.net message boards used to go off around playoff time, good times. Guys like Lemming and all the pretenders don't hold Larrys jock strap. Look forward to his columns!

WOW great news!

Sounds like Larry has had a lot of great Friday nights. I look forward to his columns.

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