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Hungry South Florida Express Defenders Ready to Devour Unsuspecting Offenses

Devin Bush Jr. Holds 30 plus D1 Offers

Offense usually takes the stage during 7-on-7 games and tournaments as the rules are set up to highlight that part of the game of football.  However,  anyone who has coached 7-on-7 football knows that a strong defense will land you the trophy at any tournament.

This year’s version of the South Florida Express defense features a roster jam packed with very talented,  well coached prospects that are eager to make a name for themselves amongst the large group of high skilled defenders on the 7-on-7 circuit.  The physical gifts and football IQ will be on display by this version of South Florida Express stars as they are ready to dump ice water on the plans of overheated offenses.

2016 LB Devin Bush (Flanagan) is the #3 rated player at his position according to Rivals and is certainly a prospect that has earned it.  Programs like Florida St., Florida, Miami, Auburn and UCLA are hot after this agile defender and he’s ready to cause mayhem like he did during the regular season. Also joining Bush in the linebacking corps is talented and highly athletic Miami Central junior Wayne Steed.  Steed was a key member of a Central defense that led the way in their state title run.  Junior Christian Gomez (USF offer) also brings size and athleticism to the linebackers as does Miami Carol City 2017 prospect DeAndre Wilder.

The defensive backs will be spearheaded by highly sought after junior Cedric Wright (Miami commit) who is currently holding 15 major D1 offers with Alabama and Ohio St. amongst them. Booker T. Washington cornerback Dontye Carriere Williams showed his big play ability often during last year’s 7-on-7 season and he’s back again to make quarterbacks miserable. Williams has 17 Division I offers and is drawing even more interest from some of the top programs in the country. Sophomore cornerback Marco Wilson (American Heritage Plantation) is ready to become a household name and already holds four major division I offers with SEC power South Carolina being one of them.  Wilson’s big time athleticism and grit will aid the Express defense in drawing the line on offenses in every tournament.  Junior cornerback Deon Jackson’s length, speed and skill will be a problem for WRs looking to have their way.  Jackson is poised to capture the attention of college programs and media alike during this 7-on-7 season.  One of the more intriguing prospects this season will be 2017 safety Brian Edwards who has already secured offers from Miami, Clemson and Louisville. Edwards’ length will serve him well as will his ability to make plays deep down the field.

American high school defensive back Naytron Culpepper has been impressive in early practice sessions.  The 2017 prospect blends an athletic frame with great instincts to find himself around the football.  2016 junior defensive back Elijah Daniels holds multiple D1 offers as well as strong coverage skills to hold opposing WRs in check.  Hallandale junior safety Romelo Webster brings a high football IQ and great quickness to patrol the deep secondary and take away the ball from offenses all season long. 2017 University School cornerback Faion Hicks (FAU offer) is another prospect that turned heads during the season and has continued to do so early this offseason.  Look for Hicks to have a coming out party during the 2015 7-on-7 circuit.

Southridge defensive back Shawn Davis is a multi-talented prospect that can play any position in the secondary.  By the time the season is over,  media and colleges alike will know they need to take a trip down South to see this 2017 gem.  Sophomore safety Christopher Williams is another young defender that is hungry to show his worth as is American HS cornerback Joshua Dinson (2017) who holds offers from both Cincinnati and Kentucky.  2017 cornerback Donelle Thomas is another talented member of the American HS secondary that will make his presence felt in tournament play.  American Heritage Plantation freshman cornerback Pat Surtain Jr. has the size and athletic ability to give WRs fits and has already been offered by both Miami and Louisville.  Junior cornerback Isaiah Simpson (Cypress Bay) and 2018 prospect Michael Nesbitt (Stranahan) are poised to draw their rightful attention from interested onlookers while putting the clamps on the opposition.

South Florida Express has been a breeding ground for top defensive talent supplied to college football programs from coast to coast.  Look for this to continue with a talented group of defenders that are eager to grab their piece of the spotlight all season long.

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Talented Weapons Fuel South Florida Express’ High Powered Offense

Tyler Huntley is poised to become the next in a long line of successful South Florida Express QBs.

The 7-on-7 season is here and the madness has begun as teams have held their highly publicized tryouts to gather their talent for the 2015 season.  The most recognized 7-on-7 team in the country, South Florida Express has geared up for the new season and will feature many highly talented athletes that have garnered the attention of college programs from across the country.

The 7-on-7 game is an offensive game by nature and South Florida Express will have no shortage of weapons on that side of the ball this season.  2016 Hallandale quarterback Tyler Huntley will lead the way for the Express as their primary signal caller.  Huntley currently holds eight division I offers including Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida.  Also calling signals for the Express this season will be 2017 Cardinal Gibbons QB Jake Allen (Rutgers offer) and new Booker T. Washington HS transfer Eric Walker.

Wide Receiver is where the action is on the field and the Express has their usual array of talent at that position.  University of Miami commit Dionte Mullins (Gulliver Prep HS) will certainly be one to watch while Hallandale junior wide out Joshua Hammonds (15 offers including LSU, MIA, ND, Ohio St.) takes a back seat to no one.  St. Thomas Aquinas junior Sam Bruce (Miami commit) is one of the most electrifying prospects in the country and will be a force for the Express throughout the season.  Sophomore WR Emmanuel Greene,  who recently transferred to IMG Academy,  racked up a ton of offers during this past season from the likes of Miami, Florida, Ohio St. and UCLA.  Greene will be a tough matchup for the opposition in every tournament.  Not to be out done will be 2016 American Heritage Plantation WR Dredrick Snelson who won the Rivals 5 star challenge in 2014.  The University of Miami commit brings his speed and big play ability to the field and will create problems for defenses.

The excitement doesn’t stop there.  Miami High WR Keyshawn “Pie” Young will be one of the most intriguing prospects participating in the 7-on-7 circuit in 2015.  Young’s flair for the dramatic and off the charts athleticism promised to turns heads and open mouths at tournaments.  Southridge HS junior Freddie Pinder is an imposing figure at WR and has garnered the attention from several high profile SEC programs along with prolific offenses like Clemson and West Virginia.  The University of Miami is hot on the trail of this 6’5″ athlete that will likely take many a defensive back up top in tournament play.

You would think that would be enough for just one team but like the infomercials say “but wait, that’s not all”.  Cardinal Gibbons 2017 ATH Daniel Wright is ready to break ankles this 7-on-7 season and continue to draw the attention of schools like Auburn, Clemson, Miami and Michigan St. who are some of the 8 schools who have already offered.  Hallandale High School junior Chris Cotto made a name for himself last 7-on-7 season and carried that into the regular season.  Cotto is not as highly publicized as others on the roster but will wreck a defense as good as anyone.  2016 WR Demari Simpkins is much out of the mold of Cotto as he will use his quickness and playmaking ability to aid South Florida Express to many victories this season.

While the big names are doing their thing, several up and comers are ready to burst on the scene as South Florida Express players are known to do every year.  Junior WR Andrew Parchment (Cypress Bay) brings the length, speed and catching ability that many teams covet.  Cardinal Gibbons 2017 WR Leroy Henley did damage during the 2014 season and will continue that during the 7-on-7 circuit.  Henley already holds offers from seven schools including home town school The University of Miami.  Sophomore Laress Nelson (American Heritage Plantation) and  freshman Shaun Shivers (Chaminade-Madonna) promise to slice defenses with their cat-like quickness while 2017 prospects Jordan Merrell (Dillard) and Jonathan Moore (University School) will dazzle on-lookers with their A grade route running and catching ability.  Junior WRs Neru N’Shaka (Hallandale) and Elisha Daniels (Cardinal Gibbons) are ready to give people their money’s worth and show people why many high profile division I schools have taken an interest.

Rounding out the solid group on offense and ready to have their coming out party are 2018 WR Xavier Williams (Chaminade), 2017 WR Lavarus Tigner (Stranahan) who holds a Miami offer , 2018 WR BJ Alexander (Flanagan), 2016 RB Greg McCrea (Hallandale) and 2017 WR Mike Harley Jr. (St. Thomas).

South Florida Express founder Brett Goetz believes this can be the most talented team as he has ever had in his eight years.  That’s quite a statement since South Florida Express can claim NFL players, Heisman Trophy candidates, Bilenitkoff winners, Elite 11 Champions and Under Armour All American MVPs as part of their alumni.  No other 7-on-7 team in the country can make such a claim.  This will certainly make for a very exciting 2015 7-on-7 season.

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South Florida Express 7-on-7 Team 2015 College Football Signees

Class of 2015 Signees for South Florida Express 7 on 7 Team

Walter Jackson WR Lindenwood 2015
Kahlil Lewis WR Cincinnati 2015
Richie Cooper WR Akron 2015
Robert Foy WR Florida Tech 2015
Emonee Spence WR Louisville 2015
Jordan Cronkite WR Florida 2015
Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St. 2015
Tyrek Cole CB West Virginia 2015
Rashard Causey CB UCF 2015
Carlton Davis CB Auburn 2015
Malik Henderson DB Pittsburgh 2015
Rashad Fenton DB South Carolina 2015
Sheldrick Redwine CB Miami 2015
Deonte Fair DB Monmouth 2015
Khalid McGee CB South Florida 2015
Nick Peart DB Dartmouth 2015
Tevon Coney LB Notre Dame 2015
Davante Davis CB Texas 2015
Ryan Stanley QB Florida A&M 2015
Karon Jackson DB Eastern Illinois 2015
Antonio Callaway WR Florida 2015
Maurice Alexander QB Florida International 2015
Ocie Rose DB Florida Atlantic 2015
Torrance Gibson QB Ohio St. 2015
Jaquan Johnson DB Miami 2015
Antonyo Sotolongo DB Bowling Green 2015
Calvin Brewton DB Florida St. 2015
Therrell Gossier WR Kentucky 2015
Damon Arnette DB South Carolina 2015
James Oliphant CB U. Mass 2015
Austin Maloney WR Florida International 2015

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Recruiting News: Week of February 8, 2015

February 13, 2015

USC has offered 2016 American Heritage Plantation TE Nick Eubanks
2.13.15 4:36 PM

2016 LB Emmett Rice from Norland HS, FL has been offered by Florida.
2.13.15 10:23 AM

Florida St. has offered Miami HS, FL 2016 WR Keyshawn “Pie” Young.
2.13.15 9:29 AM

Miami has offered 2016 Coconut Creek LB Alexy Jean-Baptiste.
2.13.15 8:45 AM

Miami has offered 2016 Pahokee HS, FL RB McArthur Burnett.
2.13.15 8:44 AM

University of Nebraska DB coach Charlie Warren will become the new WR coach for North Carolina.
2.13.15 8:43 AM

University of Georgia’s WR coach Tony Ball is making the move to be WR coach for LSU.
2.13.15 8:42 AM

February 12, 2015

2016 Miami Norland Emmett Rice (Florida St. commit) has been offered by Alabama
2.12.15 10:39 PM

University of Miami GA Kareem Brown will remain as a GA but will be given the added responsibility of coaching the outside LBs.  Hurlie Brown will coach the inside linebackers.
2.12.15 10:15 PM

Former Cal Safety Avery Sebastian has transferred to Notre Dame for his final season.
2.12.15 8:43 PM

Hallandale 2016 WR Joshua Hammond has been offered by Florida St.  His 2nd offer of the day.
2.12.15 8:37 PM

Chaminade-Madonna HS, Hollywood, FL head football coach position is currently open as Marcello Rodriguez has stepped aside. Three prominent Broward County private school programs currently are without head coaches (St. Thomas, University School and Chaminade).
2.12.15 12:19 PM

University of Florida adds Marquell Blackwell to their staff as Quality Control Specialist.
2.12.15 11:34 AM

2016 WR Joshua Hammond from Hallandale HS, FL has been offered by the Florida Gators
2.12.15 9:25 AM

From February 11, 2015

2016 WR Freddie Pinder from Southridge HS, FL has been offered by Illinois
2.11.15 11:13 PM

Macon County HS, GA LB Roquan Smith will make his college decision on Friday.
2.11.15 7:57 PM

2016 QB Kato Nelson from Flanagan HS, FL has been offered by Cincinnati
2.11.15 7:56 PM

2016 DB Dontye C. Williams from Booker T Washington HS, FL has been offered by Bowling Green
2.11.15 7:55 PM

Cardinal Gibbons 2016 DB Elijah Daniels has been offered by Bowling Green
2.11.15 1:20 PM

Boise St.’s Mike Sanford expected to become the next offensive coordinator for Notre Dame.
2.11.15 12:43 PM

The UCLA Bruins have fired OLB coach Mike Tuiasosopo.
2.11.15 11:25 AM

The New Orleans Saints have hired UL Lafayette defensive coordinator James Willis.
2.11.15 11:23 AM

2016 S/LB Clifford Chatman from McDonough HS, LA has committed to the LSU Tigers
2.11.15 10:17 AM

From February 10, 2015

Final Rank by Offers Numbers for Class of 2015. Click Here
2.10.15 3:14 PM

From Atlanta Journal-Constitution: More on Roquan Smith by-passing letter of intent signing.
2.10.15 1:44  PM

Former University of Florida RB coach Brian White has been hired by Boston College to coach WR
2.10.15 11:45 AM

FIU WR coach Kerry Dixon has been hired as new WR coach at the University of Florida.
2.10.15 10:30 AM

2016 4 Star RB Tre Turner Holy Cross HS, LA has been offered by Arizona
2.10.15 9:15 AM

2016 4 Star QB Dwayne Haskins Bullis School, MD has been offered by Michigan.
2.10.15 9:13 AM

According to College Football Talk, 2015 LB Roquan Smith, who committed to UCLA during signing day activities at his school will not sign a letter of intent for the school he eventually chooses.

2.10.15  9:07 AM

Booker T Washington HS, FL 2016 CB Dontye Carriere-Williams will be attending Vanderbilt Junior Day on March 21.
2.10.15 8:37 AM

From February 9, 2015

Monarch HS, FL  head coach Calvin Davis has stepped down. Davis coached top 2015 recruits Calvin Ridley (Alabama) and Shawn Burgess-Becker (Alabama).
2.9.15 11:33 PM

Former University of Miami LB coach Mike Barrow has accepted the same position as a member of the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff.
2.9.15  8:58 PM

Former University of Miami commit Terrell Chatman has announced that he will attend Arizona St.
2.9.15 2:24 PM

According to Tim Reynolds, Kevin Beard will be new WR coach for the University of Miami.
2.9.15 1:58 PM

Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams is transferring to Oregon.
2.9.15 1:24 PM

According to CanesInsight.com’s Peter Ariz, Hurricanes WR coach Brennan Carroll may be taking a position with the Seattle Seahawks.
2.9.15 12:32 PM

Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt replaces Oliver Luck on the College Football Selection Committee.
2.9.15 11:41 AM

Per ESPN’s Derek Tyson, CeCe Jefferson’s letter of intent has been signed and faxed in to the University of Florida.
2.9.15 11:32 AM

The University of Florida has offered 2016 WR Binjimen Victor from Coconut Creek HS, FL.
2.9.15 9:06 AM

From February 8, 2015

The University of Florida has offered 2017 American Heritage Plantation, FL offensive lineman TJ Slaton.
2.8.15 7:25 PM

The University of Florida has offered 2017 American Heritage Plantation, FL running back Kyshaun Bryan.
2.8.15 7:25 PM

LSU wide receivers coach Adam Henry has taken a job with the San Francisco 49ers according to coachingsearch.com
2.8.15 6:09 PM

From February 7, 2015

CeCe Jefferson says his LOI will be turned in to Florida soon.  His father and Florida DC Coach Collins had a long talk today.
2.7.15 6:21 PM

HS coach of Ohio St. ’15 signee Mike Weber is not happy with Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.  Story Here
2.7.15 3:48 P.M.

Per coachingsearch.com USF RB coach Autry Denson is a candidate for RB coach vacancy at Notre Dame.
2.7.15 3:36 PM

USC Redshirt CB Devian Shelton is no longer on the team.  According to Scout.com
2.7.15 12:52 PM

Charlie Strong not pleased with Chris Rumph departure to Florida according to CollegeSpun.
2.7.15 11:42 AM

CBS Sports says at least two Texas Longhorns recruits are not happy about the departure of DL coach Chris Rumph to Florida.
2.7.15 11:41 AM

According FootballScoop.com.  Notre Dame’s Tony Alford to join Urban Meyer’s Ohio St. coaching staff as the running back coach
- 2.7.15 11.12 AM

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Rio Rancho’s Easton Bruere Trying to Pass His Way Into Recruiting Consciousness

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Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

What if I told you I had a high school quarterback that has thrown for over 8,000 yard in his high school career?  What if I told you he has thrown for 90 TDs since he first got under center?  What if I told you he has thrown for 31 TDs with 0 INTs in this his senior season?  What if I told you he threw for over 3,000 yards as a sophomore?  Finally, what if I told you he was the all time leader passer for the state in which he resides?  You would likely say,  he must have a ton of offers, how many does he have?  I would reply, he has none.  You would say, “oh he must be one of these 5’8″ guys playing in some small classification in his state full of church schools.”  I would reply with no, he’s 6’3″ 215 lbs and plays for the #1 team in the largest classification of his state.

Welcome to the life of Easton Bruere and welcome to the life of college football recruiting,  the inexact science.  Sometimes the formula for becoming a recruitable prospect is more complicated than the numbers needed to get a mortgage modification from a big institution lender.  It seems Bruere’s biggest crime may be that he plays football in the state of New Mexico, not known for being a recruiting hot bed in the landscape.  Bruere’s accomplishments have gone largely overlooked in the recruiting community.  His height, frame and will to succeed should not however.  Bruere has led his Rio Rancho high school team to an 8-0 record thus far on the season and all but one opponent have failed to come within three TDs of beating the Rams.  Opponents have found it next to impossible to stop Bruere and the Rams’ offense from strolling up and down the field on Friday Nights.  They are averaging 47 points per game and have scored 40 plus in seven of their eight contests.  Most anywhere else in the country,  such results would garner this QB some major college attention.  This has not been the case for Bruere who reports some interest from FBS and FCS schools.

The major problem for Bruere seems to be location as not many budgets are going to support trips to New Mexico where the thought is that there are only going to be a handful of prospects.  This prevents prospects from getting a full look from top college football programs.  History has shown,  however,  that programs willing to turn over every rock to find talent usually find themselves raising up a big trophy at the end of their seasons.  With Bruere assaulting the New Mexico record books with each passing game,  hopefully more and more colleges get to kicking over rocks in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  They may just find a rattle snake named Easton Bruere ready to be a major asset to their program.

Check Out Easton Bruere’s Mid-Season Highlight Vid on Hudl – Click Here


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2015 Athlete Nevelle Clarke Gives You Your Money’s Worth on the Gridiron

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

Ever heard the term worth the price of admission.  Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Michael Vick have all fallen into that category during their careers.  Well he’s not named Michael but 2015 Taravella High School prospect Nevelle Clarke will never make you feel sorry you paid to get into a football game.

Clarke’s highlight video is choc-full of the good stuff you want to see on a Friday Night.  When he lines up at cornerback,  Clarke is a heart in your throat kind of defender.  He’s the type that quarterbacks are tempted to throw at but usually come away feeling sorry they did.  Clarke has that rare ability to defend both the short and the deep pass with equal ferocity.  Try to throw the slant and Clarke has cut the route off like FPL shuts the lights off.  Send your wide receiver on the fade and he’s up over the top of your guy playa hatin on reception count.  Clarke’s length is a real asset as he can reach out and touch anyone at the line of scrimmage.  The 6’2″ defender either disrupts you at the line or makes the QB have to drop the ball out of the sky to get it into his intended target.  Clarke is no slouch vs. the run either.  There is no fear when the ball carrier shows up with football in hand.  Clarke brings the helmet and shoulder pass without hesitation and makes his statement.

Offensively,  Clarke shows up in a variety of ways.  You want the short pass turned into a long gain,  he’s your guy.  You want to throw the 9 route from the middle of the field,  Clarke can leak behind defenders and if you have to have 7 in the red zone,  he’ll reach up high and snag the fade route.  Viewers of Clarke’s highlight video may be most entertained,  however,  by his jet sweep runs.  Despite his slender build,  the determined prospect will fight off would be tacklers like Tony Montana shrugged off bullets in the climax of the movie Scarface.  It is truly equally amazing and hilarious.  What’s not funny is despite all of his exploits,  Clarke is holding a mere two offers from division I schools (Marshall & Alcorn St.)  He has definitely been underexposed and will make the school he chooses certainly feel that he was worth the price of admission.

Check out Nevelle Clarke’s Senior Highlights

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Underrated Gun Slinger Alexander Keeps the Wins Rolling at Miami Booker T Washington

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

Everybody wants to be a quarterback.  Few people want to follow a legend.  As you tune into college football each weekend and watch freshman quarterback Treon Harris lead the Florida Gators to victory, keep in mind that he led his high school football team back to back state championships.  Harris and his pals at Booker T. Washington were also MaxPreps National Champions and Harris was named Gatorade player of the year.  You would think after losing a talent like Harris and many key seniors,  Booker T would suffer some kind of decline.  Well just hold on a minute there Swami,  enter Maurice Alexander.

Alexander entered Booker T. Washington this past spring and was already an accomplished quarterback.  Alexander threw for 1900 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.  However,  much of his accomplishments were overshadowed by the attention paid to 5 star wide receiver Ermon Lane.  Some questioned whether Alexander could keep the ball rolling at Booker T.   Ten wins later Alexander and Booker T have tucked doubt into bed and put it to sleep.   Alexander,  like Harris before him has spent his entire football career giving doubt a healthy stiff arm.  Recruiting circles have not surrounded him with praise as they have other 2015 quarterback prospects.  Where many of those prospects have tallied up offers in excess of 30 to 40 from programs across the country,  Alexander sits on just two and committed to Florida International University on June 13th.  Alexander at 5’11” does not possess the ideal height and at 170 lbs. not the ideal weight.  You’ve heard this story before and it always amazes me when programs are willing to pass up on production for their ideas of ideal measureables.  Such was the case for Treon Harris and you see what he is doing as true freshman for one of the premier teams in the SEC.  Alexander has scorched defenses all season long as Booker T. enters the playoffs averaging roughly 38 points per game.

Alexander on film possess poise, escapability, accuracy and a strong arm.  His go get it attitude comes across in his play and rises his teammates to elite levels. When you go to buy a car,  people urge you to check the car fax.  Well if you are interested in Maurice Alexander,  check his highlights.  You’ll quickly see that he comes up with a clean title and he has his Booker T. teammates in prime position to collect their third straight Florida state 4A title.

Check Out Maurice Alexander’s Senior Year Highlights

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’15 Prospect Has the Wisdom to Play Many Positions for Dade Christian

’15 DB Malik Wisdom also plays QB, RB and K

Chad Wilson – Editor GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Two way players in high school are not all that rare.  For some teams it’s just the reality that you have to get your best athletes on the field.  Many wide receivers also play defensive back.  Many running backs also play linebacker and many defensive lineman also double up as offensive linemen.  However,  it’s not often that your best defensive back is also at quarterback,  running back and the team’s kicker.  Such is the case for 2015 DB/ATH Malik Wisdom at Miami’s Dade Christian.

Wisdom transferred from Hollywood’s McArthur High School this offseason and has been a God send for the Crusaders.  So far this year,  he has been a lockdown cornerback on defense shutting down wide receivers trying to find the end zone vs. the Crusaders.  The Dade Christian staff was also wise enough to recognize Wisdom’s athletic talents and put them to use on offense where he has been adept at both running the football and throwing the football at the quarterback position.  Seeking to get the max out of Wisdom’s abilities,  the Crusaders’ staff also lined him up in the backfield at running back and turned him loose on some opponents.  It has all equated into high production for the Crusaders who will begin play in Florida’s State 2A championship series this Friday vs. Glades Day.

As if lining up at cornerback, quarterback and running back was not enough,  Wisdom also kicks the extra points after he leads his team to the end zone or hits a field goal when they come up short. Wisdom’s soccer background has come in handy for Dade Christian.  So as you take in the view of Dade Christian’s battle with Glades Day this Friday,  look for plenty of action in all three phases of the game from this underrated star wearing #2, Malik Wisdom.

Check out Malik Wisdom’s 2014 Season Highlights Click Here


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’15 Jacksonville Bolles RB Christian Bermudez is a Dream Prospect

The advent of the spread offense has led to the demise of the importance of a running back and damn near the death of the fullback.  However,  teams that win it all still seem to employ the full services of both positions as the game of football is still very much about the line of scrimmage.

The fullback position has disappeared from more and more rosters across college football but there are still outstanding programs that make use of the position with great success like Stanford.  With those positions being in fewer supply,  it has become more important for schools that use fullbacks and H backs to really hit on those prospects.  2015 RB Christian Bermudez looks like he was born to play the position.  Bermudez blocks, runs with authority and can catch out of the backfield.  If you are a college program out searching for your next big time producer at FB, RB or H back,  feast your eyes on Bermudez’s highlight video.

Bermudez is already built like he has spent a year or three in a college weight room.  He is a well put together specimen who makes proper use of strength, leverage and football IQ to win play after play on the field.  Many fullbacks are adept only at clearing the way for others to gain yardage.  This is not the case with Bermudez who will gut the defense with ball in his hand without hesitation.  Bermudez has a ton of natural instincts as a ball carrier and will demand that the defense focuses on him.  This in turn opens up many other avenues in a team’s offensive playbook.  Fullback’s can be the glue of an offense and if that is the case,  call this kid Elmer.  However, let’s not limit him to just the fullback spot.  Bermudez’s ability to run the football and catch out of the backfield makes him a solid prospect for a team looking for a power back in their offensive scheme.  Whether out of the I formation or a spread attack,  Bermudez will grind out the yards, move the chains and suck the life out of a defensive unit from any ball carrying position.

His film will impress you and if he’s not made for the Stanford offense then I don’t know who is.  Watch him stomp through the opposition using power and a low pad level.  Feast your eyes on him clearing the way for his backfield mates by clearing out defenders like workers cleaning out a garage on moving day.  It is impressive to watch and any football purist will enjoy the exploits on this video.  The 6’1″ 225 lb. Bermudez tallied over 1,500 yards rushing in 2013 to go along with 118 yards receiving and 22 total TDs.  He earned All First Coast honors and led Bolles to the runner up position in the State of Florida Class 4A section.  More impressive than Bermudez’s on the field numbers is his classroom performance with a GPA and test scores that Ivy leaguers would envy.

Hello Stanford, can you hear me?   Check out Christian Bermudez’s Highlight Video Below

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Lock Down Corner Dontye Carriere Williams Always Keeps a Blanket Handy

Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

The life of a shut down corner can be boringly complicated.  To be good at your job means you can often go unnoticed kind of a like a referee or umpire of a sporting event.  If you don’t live up to your responsibilities then welcome to the front page and to every wide receiver’s highlight video.  If you haven’t heard of Dontye Carriere-Williams (twitter: @D1c_era) then there’s a really good reason for that.

Williams is a 2016 cornerback prospect from one of the top teams in the country: Miami’s Booker T Washington High School.  Opposing teams have found it tough to make their way through the air vs. the Washington defense and Williams plays a big part in that.  There hasn’t been much to report on Williams over the last four games because there isn’t much happening on his side of the field.  He has selfishly denied any all receivers over that time span a single reception.  Williams put his skills on display during the 7 on 7 season this past summer as a member of the prestigious South Florida Express team.  Williams put together quite the highlight reel of big plays to seal wins for SFE and make a name for himself.  That name has kept opposing QBs away from him during the regular season where passing to his side can be eliminated from the game plan.

Gaining attention from college football programs as a result of lock down coverage can be quite the chore for many cornerbacks around the country.  While Williams has caught the eye of several Division I programs,  more looks are warranted.  Williams currently holds eight offers from the likes of Alcorn St, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville, Monmouth, Temple, Troy St. and Tulsa.  Other schools like Clemson and South Carolina have showed strong interest and could be close to extended an offer to the talented junior.

As the production of accomplished wide receivers declines as they line up in front of Williams during the post season,  expect more top flight programs to notice how he’s tucking in wide outs and putting their dreams to sleep.

Watch Dontye Carriere Williams’ HighlightVid on Hudl – Click Here


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