UM Recruiting Hotbed: Dade County

It started when Howard Schnellenberger was here. He called it the "State of Miami." Then it carried over to Jimmy Johnson, then skipped a few years when Dennis Erickson was here, then picked back up again when Butch Davis was here.

Now Larry Coker is continuing the long tradition of keeping the best players from UM's backyard at home. When you have the best area of highschool football in the entire country, why not take advantage of it?

Interestingly, kids emerge all the time. Not only are there elite prospects who are recruited by every major program in the country, such as Antrel Rolle. But there are also big time players hidden in this county that aren't heavily recruited on the national scene, but kids that UM coaches are very excited to have, such as Roscoe Parrish.

Consider this. In this past April's NFL Draft, three of the Top 25 selections played high school football in Dade County. The third kid selected was former Carol City standout Derrick Gibson, who was on everyone's All-American list coming out of high school.

Third? What about the top two, you're wondering. The first player drafted was former Carol City standout Santana Moss, who was only recruited by Miami and Vanderbilt coming out of the prep ranks, while Homestead's Willie Middlebrooks (the second player drafted) sneaked out and took his best offer, which was Minnesota where he became an All Big 10 pick.

Do you see the trend? Not only will every NFL Draft first round feature several former Dade County standouts, but some of them are kids that aren't heavily recruited out of highschool, such as Miami's Moss or Minnesota's Middlebrooks.

This upcoming class in Dade County is the strongest in the last 10 plus years in terms of talent and depth.

Here are several of the county's prospects who are good enough to play on Div 1 rosters beginning in 2002.

South Dade - DT Daniel Perez

Homestead - LB Tony Grier, LB Antonio Grier, and LB Kevin Johnson

Coral Gables: OL Alex Pou and WR Reshard Williams

Miami Curley: QB Tommy Keane

American: DL John Wood, LB Larry Anam, and DB Cedrick Garner

Carol City: DB Glenn Sharpe, DB Terrell Lemon, TE Laenar Nixon, and WR Senorice Moss

Central: WR Darnell Jenkins

County Day: WR Chris Polite

Edison: DB Terrell Walden, LB Nate Harris, and FB Derrick Gracia

Jackson: DB Dexter Jackson, DB Antonio McKnight, and DL Elvis Dummervil

Miami High: LB George Stephenson and DL Tony Morel

Pace: DB Donnie Baker and FB Dustin Turnbull

Norland: DL Kareem Brown and OL Terrell McGill

Northwestern: DB Travarious Bain, LB Taurean Charles, DB Derrick Baker, and OL Roland Clarke

Palmetto: OL Nick Ritter and WR Marquise Peoples

Ransom Everglades: DL Oliver Moore

Southridge: DB Jermaine McCollum, DB Tremaine McCollum, and RB Travis Glasford

Springs: WR Devin Aromashodu

North Miami: QB Brandon Coleman and DB Glenn Hope

North Miami Beach: OL Max Jean-Gilles and DB Tommy Richardson

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