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
UM Recruiting Hotbed: Dade County
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