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South Florida Out of State College Report

Here are some your former South Florida high school football players making plays and a name for themselves at out of state colleges from Week 2 of the college football season.

- Former North Broward Prep QB Brandon Doughty passed for 297 yards for Western Kentucky in a 42-35 loss to Illinois
- St. Thomas Aquinas alum QB Jake Ruddock engineered a 4th quarter comeback for Iowa over Ball St. and put up 322 yards passing in the process
- Former University School kicker Andrew DiRocco is the starting kicker for Tulane as a true freshman
- Former Cypress Bay Lightning RB Matt Dayes put up 186 total yards for NC State including 79 rushing, 32 receiving and 75 returning kicks.
- Killian Cougars alum D’Andre Mann was Kansas’ leading rusher this past weekend gaining 121 yards on 15 carries
- Amari Cooper had a big day for Alabama.  The former Northwestern HS Bull had 13 catches for 189 yards
- Former South Plantation Paladin Alex Collins was Arkansas’ leading rusher with 131 yards on 13 carries.

Who did I miss.  Let me know in the comments below

2015 DB Nick Peart Making a Strong Impact at American Heritage

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2015 DB Nick Peart

For every high school senior,  entering your senior year is filled with a ton of emotions.  They can range from anxiety to sadness to joy.  Whatever emotions are running through 2015 DB Nick Peart they are being used to his utmost benefit.  The senior safety for American Heritage Plantation has come up big in three huge games to start the 2014 season for the Patriots.  Peart has put together quite the highlight of big hits, caused fumbles, interceptions and INT returns.  Not to mention great open field tackles and solid coverage.  In three games, Peart has put together what amounts to a season worth of big plays for many others playing the position.

In the season opener vs. Dwyer which was televised nationally on ESPN,  Peart snagged an interception which he returned 47 yards, caused a fumble on a big hit against a receiver over the middle and recovered a block punt.  In another televised contest vs. national power St. Thomas Aquinas,  Peart tallied several important open field tackles against Aquinas’ talented backfield and then last week in a thrilling win vs. Miramar,  Peart had a 98 yard interception return for a touchdown.

Peart brings toughness, instincts and outstanding footwork to the party as a defensive back.  The transfer from University School in Ft. Lauderale, Florida has made an impact on a strong defense that won a state title in 2013.  Look for more big plays from the senior as the season goes on.  For now,  enjoy his exploits thus far on the season by clicking on the link below.

Nick Peart’s 2014 Season 3 Game Highlight Video

 

 


Gridiron Studs Show Picks Week 2

 

Chad’s Records

CFB: 3-1

NFL: 0-0

Week 2 Picks

CFB

Arkansas St. +17

N. Illinois +7

Michigan St. +11.5

NFL

Carolina +2.5

Kansas City -3.5

New England -4.5

EMIL’s RECORDS

CFB: 2-2

NFL: 0-0

This Week’s Picks

CFB

Michigan St. +11.5

Fresno St. +11.5

UCLA -23.5

 

NFL

St. Louis -3.5

San Francisco -4.5

Denver -4.5

You can listen to all the reasons why on this rebroadcast of the Gridiron Studs Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-gridiron-studs-show/2014/09/04/gridironstuds-show-90414-hsfb-talk-predictions–cfb-and-nfl-talk-picks


Servite High School’s Travis Waller Looking to Be the Next Marcus Mariota

By Chad Wilson – Editor in Chief – GridironStuds.com Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

There’s no doubt that the Oregon Ducks are taking high school quarterbacks and turning them into college football stars.  I detailed in a previous article how current Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota came from Hawaii to the front pages of all sporting publications around the country.  Down in California,  there’s another high schooler looking to follow in his foot steps.

Servite is a nationally recognized football power hailing from Southern California.  They have certainly had a long line of college prospects file through the hallways and through campus.  This season, their signal caller Travis Waller is looking to go out and show the country why he is so highly rated.  Waller is the #4 ranked dual threat quarterback according to Rivals.com and in July he committed to the Oregon Ducks.  No other program makes a dual threat quarterback look better than Oregon.  So it seems Waller and Oregon are a great fit.

You can be the judge of Waller’s exploits and fit for Oregon yourself by taking a look at his highlight tape created by our friends at Under the Radar Sports Media.  They did an outstanding job of capturing the essence of what makes Waller so exciting.  As always,  Under the Radar drops the hard hitting beat that makes it all that more an exciting viewing experience.  Check out Travis Waller’s highlight video click on it below:

Travis Waller Junior Year Highlights


Heisman Trophy Candidate Marcus Mariota Was A GridironStud in High School

By: Chad Wilson – Editor in Chief – GridironStuds.com Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

The Oregon Ducks have been one of the biggest names in college football over the last half decade plus.  So one would have to wonder why a program this successful would have to leave the continental United States to find a man to play their most important position, quarterback.  The answer is great recruiting.

Since his junior season, Marcus Mariota was a member of Gridironstuds.com.  One look at his high school highlight video and you will realize that Mariota was perfect for the Oregon Duck’s offense. Mariota was executing the Oregon offense in high school and doing it with greatness.  The very same Mariota you see making precision passes, exciting runs and organizing a devastating attack on Saturdays is the same one that was operating for St. Louis School on the island of Hawaii as a high schooler.

There’s just something about being comfortable with what you’re doing and Mariota has been doing what you see now for quite some time. His highlight video on GridironStuds will show you all of the very same tools that Oregon fans and the media alike have fallen in love with.  Mariota combined with current Texas A&M and GridironStud WR Jeremy Tabuyo in 2010 to destroy the opposition in Hawaii.  Mariota and Tabuyo are major reasons why St. Louis school was able to secure a big game this season in California vs. St. John Bosco.

Mariota’s recruitment is a lesson in recruiting for both programs and prospects alike as both sides united to provide each other what they needed.  Mariota needed a system that was fit for his skill set and that was similar to what he had grown comfortable with in his high school years.  Oregon went out and found the ideal candidate to run their very unique offense.  They did not opt for molding a drop back passer into what they needed.

Enjoy watching Mariota’s exploits on the high school field by visiting his GridironStuds.com profile.  Click here for Marcus Mariota highlight video.


2015 DE AJ Taylor featured on GridironStuds Show on 9/03/14

photo-10By: Chad Wilson – Editor in Chief – GridironStuds.com Blog  
Twitter: @GridironStuds

We love underdogs and we also love talent. With IMG Academy’s 2015 DE AJ Taylor we get both.  Taylor is still in search of his first major Division I offer but he’s not sitting around sulking. Taylor has started off the 2015 season with a bang.  Through two games he has accumulated 4.5 sacks, several QB hurries and has been a total menace to the opposition.  IMG kicked off the season against state of Florida power Godby High School and Taylor went to work against their talented offensive line.  Taylor displays a quick first step, good work with his hands and a nice motor.  Those are the winning weapons of a successful defensive lineman and Taylor makes good use of them.  Taylor is definitely a prospect to keep an eye on during this 2014 season.  With 4.5 sacks through two games,  he is putting himself in position for All State honors along with some healthy attention from college programs across the country.

Check out AJ Taylor’s Junior Highlights – Click here


University of Miami QB Brad Kaaya High School Highlight Video

Chad Wilson – Editor in Chief GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @Gridironstuds

Before he won the starting quarterback job at the University of Miami,  Brad Kaaya was dropping touchdowns on overmatched defenses in Southern California.  As always in this day in age, there is video to prove it.  Kaaya’s video of his high school exploits is at the end of this article.

The 6’4″ Kayaa was not heavily recruited by modern day recruiting standards.  Rivals.com lists only six offers for Kaaya: USC, UCLA, San Diego St., Maryland, Boise St. and the University of Miami who he committed to in January of 2014.  Kaaya went 23-3 in his career at Chaminade High School in West Hills, California and rounded off his time at Chaminade with a state championship.  Kaaya was an All American his senior season and threw for 3,855 yards.

We can’t show you all of those 3,800 plus yards Kaaya threw for his senior year but our friends at UTRSportsMedia.com captured the best of Brad Kaaya’s on field exploits and put it in this great highlight video we have posted below:

Brad Kaaya High School Highlight Video – Click on Video Below

 


Recruiting School: Recruiting Camps, Should I Attend?

By: Chad Wilson – Editor in Chief Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @Gridironstuds
Email: cwilson@gridironstuds.com

One of the more common questions I get from parents and prospective college football recruits is should I go to a camps during the offseason.  There is no simple answer to that question.  The real answer is, that depends.  In this brief article below I give you the run down on recruiting camps.

Recruiting camps are the one’s put on by recruiting publications and websites.  So that would be Rivals Camp, Under Armour Camp, Nike Camps, NUC Camp,  FBU Camp.  Camps like that are the ones that fall into this category.  Your attendance at these camps has a lot to do with what you expect to get out of them and where you are in the recruiting process.  If you have passed the 10th grade and you have not secured an offer from a school then attending camps like NUC and FBU are not likely to yield you the results you are searching for.  After 10th grade, you are hunting for college offers. Both NUC and FBU are good for the younger crowd.  They can position you to get your name out there as a future prospect.  Attending these camps are best in the middle school years and in the case of NUC 9th and 10th grade.  No camp can really promise you that they can get you an offer so wipe that thought out of your head.  NUC and FBU are great for a young prospect to get the feel of what it is like to compete against other prospect, go through drills and do physical tests.  Those things can be stressful, so exposing a young player to this pressure early can pay off down the road.

The Rivals, Under Armour and Nike Camps have their place as well.  However,  if you are not a highly recruited athlete and don’t possess some unique physical characteristics (excessive height or speed) then your chances of being disappointed at one of these camps is high.  The name of the game at these camps is to try and find the Five Stars and that usually means athletes with standout physical traits.  Again that is height and speed.  What you will get out of it is competition against some of the elite athletes in your area or in the country.  Yes, you may do quite well against those 5 star type athletes and you may very well still go unnoticed.  What you can take from that is confidence that you can compete.  What you shouldn’t do is get frustrated because I have already told you what the name of the game is.  These camps are also very good at showing you where you may need to improve.  If you have excessive height and speed, by all means,  hit these camps and get your name out there.  Shoot for one of those prestigious events like The Opening, Rivals 5 Star Challenge, Under Armour All Star Game or Army All American Game.  If you don’t fall into that category,  still go and compete but don’t get all worked up if you name is not featured in a prominent article after the camp even though you tore it up.

For those that are not in the elite recruit status,  there are some better options for you in terms of camps as you reach nearer the end of your high school career.  I will discuss those options in a future article regarding camps.

For now,  if you need assistance with your college football recruiting or have a recruiting question,  feel free to email me at: cwilson@gridironstuds.com.  Also follow GridironStuds on Twitter: @Gridironstuds


Top 10 Teams in South Florida Week One 2014

The football season is young and there is much to debate when you have a list after one week of play.  However,  this is how I see the top 10 teams in South Florida after kickoff classic play. To hear my reasons why for these rankings,  listen to the rebroadcast of the Gridiron Studs Show on Blog Talk Radio from Tuesday 8/26/14 Click here.

Top 10 South Florida High School Football Teams

1. Booker T. Washington
2. Miramar
3. Miami Central
4. St. Thomas
5. American Heritage
6. Flanagan
7. Cypress Bay
8. Carol City
9. Miami Northwestern
10. Coral Gables

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GridironStuds.com Top 10 College Football Players in Florida

By: Chad Wilson – Editor GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

On Tuesday’s GridironStuds Show,  I gave out my list of the Top 10 College Football Players in the State of Florida.  What are your thoughts? What would be your top 10 list?  Who is your top college football player in Florida.  View my list below.  For explanations on the list,  listen to the rebroadcast of the 8/26/14 GridironStuds Show on BlogTalkRadio – Click here.

1. Jameis Winston – QB – Florida St.
2. Duke Johnson – RB -Miami
3. Vernon Hargreaves – Florida
4. Stacy Coley – WR – Miami
5. Rashard Green – WR – Florida St.
6. Denzel Perryman – LB – Miami
7. Dante Fowler – DE – Florida
8. Mario Edwards – DE – Florida St.
9. Karlos Williams – RB – Florida St.
10. Cameron Erving – OT – Florida St.

Listen to The Gridiron Studs Show M-F at 10 A.M. on Blog Talk Radio


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