After months and months of camps, combines and 7-on-7 events, the Maroone High School Gridiron Report shifts the focus to the real season this week.
Larry Blustein gets the season started on Thursday night with an impressive group of guests from 9-10 on WQAM (560 AM).
Joining Larry on this week’s show are Miami Monsignor Pace linebacker/safety Trenton Greene, Hollywood Hills head coach Scott Barnwell and Miami Ferguson head coach Gene Chew.
HE’S ONE OF THE BEST If you’ve had the chance to watch Greene play for the Spartans the past two years, you know that this gifted football player is easily one of the top prospects in south Florida.
His ability to make plays all over he field has colleges and universities from all over the country keeping a close eye on his gifted 5-11, 195-pounder who was one of the premier players on a team that is looking to rebuild this coming season.
Among the schools showing interest in this gifted prospect include Kansas State, Marshall, Bowling Green, Memphis, FAU, FIU, Memphis and Kentucky – with more programs coming aboard.
While he has played linebacker for Pace, many coaches see him as a safety because of his quickness, ability to cover and physical strength.
HILLS IN THE MIX – AGAIN No matter where you go in the off season, Barnwell and his Hollywood Hills Spartans are always attending, gaining an edge on the competition.
One of the most talented programs every year, Barnwell led his alma mater to a district title this year, and despite those who have not watched this team over the past six months, they will be surprised by the speed and size of this team.
Despite losing top flight running back Jeremy Donaldson who transferred to Pines Charter, the Spartans are loaded with quality athletes.
FERGUSON, CHEW A TALENTED GROUP Despite a 3-7 record last season, Ferguson High and Coach Chew believe that the time and effort put in during the off season will give this program a huge edge in 2011.
Senior running back Steven Braddy is one of the catalysts for a Falcons team that won the district two years ago, and with a number of rising young talent, it appears they are headed in that direction once again.
Coach Chew is regarded as one of the top teachers on the football field, which should give this team a boost.