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Chaminade-Madonna has impressive foundation for future success



There are plenty of hotbeds in South Florida when it comes to producing college football prospects, but over the next two years, no school will be busier with college coaches than Chaminade-Madonna.

With a senior class of just 14 players, the Lions and coach Tim Tyrell have built a solid foundation for the future. A future that has some very impressive underclassmen.

Heading into this season, Chaminade was picked by many to finish behind 3A powers University School and Delray American Heritage in the region, but if this group of 9th, 10th and 11th graders has a say — and they do — this will be a very interesting year.

Among those quality underclassmen are Class of 2014 defensive tackle Khairi Clark and quarterback Sean White. Clark, a 6-2, 290-pounder, and White, one of the state’s most promising passers, represent what could be one of the best group of youngsters in the region.

Add in receivers Alex Thomas and Richard Lefevre, offensive linemen Darius McCaskill, Chad Paletz and Viduth Perera, defensive linemen Jamone Jules-Williams, Pat Fitzgerald and Vinny Cristafaro, linebackers Austin Chauvin, Luis Gladney, Sean Pierre, Richard Yeargin and Nick Hetzel, and defensive backs Jakari Hunt and Lemuel Jones, and this junior class can stand with anyone.

The Lions are also gifted with sophomore standouts such as future star receiver Calvin Ridley, quarterback Alex Smith, running back Reggie Turner, offensive linemen Isaiah Gladney and Timmy Phillips, defensive lineman Shomaril Thomas, linebacker Najee Boyer, and defensive back Gregg Bethune. Freshman receiver Cavin Ridley, like his brother, will be one to watch as well.

Even though the underclassmen are talented and will be the future of this program, Tyrell has also built a senior class, which was spearheaded by Indiana University commit Myles Graham, who was injured in a kickoff classic against Taravella.

In addition to Graham, the Lions also feature receiver Demarco Haynes, and linemen Joe DeSanti, Justin Lacayo, Adam Toombs, Joe Carbone, Danny Munoz and Zach McIntosh.

On defense, secondary standouts Adrian Baker, who is headed to FSU, Justin Porter, Barry Hidgon and Dominic Parker, linebackers Zak Zerquera and Cash Cabrera, and defensive linemen Joe Jones have shown to be very steady.

Aloha From Hawaii

While there are dozens and dozens of colleges that recruit South Florida each year, one school is new to the area — and from the first three athletes that the University of Hawaii brought in this season, coach Norm Chow will be visiting this region plenty in the future.

Junior cornerback Tony Grimes (Hollywood Hills) started the Rainbow Warriors’ first game against then No. 1 University of Southern California. He was joined in the rotation by freshman Naquan Phillips (Southridge) and Morrell Jackson.

“When I coached at a number of places around the country, we always admired Florida athletes,” Chow said. “Now, we have a chance to attract some of them with our location, schedule and chance to compete for playing time right away.”

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. All you have to do is send a DVD and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein, P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009.

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