St. Thomas Aquinas and Flanagan both held intrasquad spring football scrimmages Thursday with a slew of college coaches on hand looking to pluck top prospects from two of the premier programs in South Florida.
Aquinas’ Blue and Gold game proved coach Roger Harriott has the Raiders looking sharp in his first season at the helm for his alma mater after one season as running backs coach at FAU following a 78-15 record as coach at University School.
The Raiders’ quick-strike offense, even against their stout defense, was on full display.
Rising senior and four-star wide receiver Sam Bruce left the crowd awestruck with his agility and change of direction, scoring a touchdown on a screen where he juked multiple defenders after the catch.
Following the game, Bruce said his oral commitment to Miami is “very firm.” Many fans have speculated the contrary recently and Bruce has even listed Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Alabama and Auburn as other potential destinations.
Five-star Class of 2017 receiver Trevon Grimes, who already has scholarship offers from virtually every major program in the nation, caught a touchdown of his own and running back Devonta’e Henry-Cole scored twice.
At Flanagan’s Green and Black Game, coach Devin Bush took a different approach to exhibit his prospects, running plays in 11-on-11 formations first but then allowing his athletes to run and cover one-on-one routes.
Most showed up to see four-star linebacker Devin Bush Jr., but rising junior receiver Clevan Thomas excelled in these drills, sampling an ability to create separation with quick cuts and sure hands.
Linebacker Devin Gil, a Miami commit, and highly-recruited 2017 cornerback Stanford Samuels were both held out for Flanagan.
Miami sent defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio and linebackers coach Hurlie Brown to Flanagan while offensive coordinator James Coley was at Aquinas, which hosted double digit college programs on Thursday.
Auburn defensive coordinator and former Florida head coach Will Muschamp attended Flanagan’s scrimmage.
▪ Miami Springs 26, South Miami 18: Hugh Lowson tossed two touchdowns and ran in another for the Golden Hawks. Stanford Ellis caught five passes for 78 yards and a score and Christian Pierre-Louis sealed the victory with a late interception.
Belen senior Ryan Guso and Ransom Everglades senior Sofia Rivas were each named the Florida Water Polo players of the year on Thursday.
Belen coach Jimmy Aguilera and Ransom coach Eric Lefebvre of Ransom Everglades were also named the boys and girls’ coaches of the year after guiding their teams to state titles.
Guso, a Fordham University signee, led the Wolverines to their first state title since 2009 by scoring 78 goals and totaling 39 steals. Rivas, headed to the University of California , led the Raiders with 71 goals and 18 assists
Aguilera, who has posted an 83-11 record in four years at Belen, led his squad to a 26-1 record. Lefebvre is the girls’ Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four years after guiding Ransom Everglades to a 24-1 record and the Raiders’ sixth state title in the last seven years. Lefebvre has a career mark of 165-14 in eight years at Ransom Everglades.
Longtime Dillard girls’ basketball lead assistant George Adams is the new head coach at Calvary Christian. The hiring gives the Eagles instant credibility as they seek to turn a program that finished 17-8 and advanced to the Class 4A regional semifinals into a state champion.
Dillard Hall of Fame coach Marcia Pinder — the winningest coach in Florida history — has credited the no-nonsense Adams with player development during the Panthers’ dynastic run. This past season, Pinder and Adams led the nine-time state champion Panthers to their fifth state title in the past six years.
Booker T. Washington’s Rosa Bello signed with Middle Georgia State College for basketball and Ransom Everglades soccer player Jack Houston signed with George Washington University.