Miami-Dade Round Up: Sept. 14

In our new weekly Round Up of Miami-Dade County High School football, we'll get you started with what the idea of this weekly column will be about.

Being that the University of Miami usually gets about ten of the future stars that play high school football in Miami-Dade each year, we'll take a closer a look at what's going in Miami-Dade and keep you up to date on the weekly happenings in the county.

We'll also bring you a "Players to Watch" list and give you some summaries of last week's game and some outlooks on this weekend's games.

WEEK 3 RECAP

Last weekend saw the mighty Northwestern Bulls get challenged for the first time this season by the No. 3 team in the state Killian. The top-ranked Bulls had never trailed in their first two games and looked primed to blow the Cougars out, but a big kickoff return and turnover turned the game around.

Killian score two touchdowns in the span of four minutes to take a 20-19 late in the first half, but the Bulls came back with a huge score with 5 seconds to play in the half taking a 27-20 lead into the break.

Antwain Easterling, a potential future Hurricane, rushed 27 times for 184 yards and two touchdowns, but he was plagued with a bit of fumbleitis fumbling five times, losing two.

The Bulls went on to win 34-20 and improved to 3-0 on the season in one that looks like they won't be threatened at all after this past game.

But a couple of players the ‘Canes not should, but, better be looking at are Northwestern wide receiver Aldarius Johnson and quarterback Jacory Harris.

Johnson is still only a junior, but is hands down the best wide receiver in Miami-Dade and has to be among the best in the state. He is a legit 6'3, 185 pounds, strong, fast, catches the ball, runs great routes, creates separation and makes plays. He finished with 6 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. He also happens to average 37 yards a punt too.

Harris was 16 for 24 for 289 yards and three touchdowns. He is another player that is still only a junior, but at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds he's the first quarterback out of Northwestern that I can say is a legit high major D-I quarterback and is one the ‘Canes should definitely look at recruiting. Harris is not a player that will change positions in college. He's got a canon for an arm, throws a beautiful spiral and is very accurate. With the problems Miami has had recruiting a quarterback over the past two seasons, it's time the ‘Canes look for one and Harris might be a local kid that should definitely get a good look at because he has a lot of room to grow and he's still two years away.

On the Killian side of the ball, running back Lamar Miller rushed for only 42 yards, but he had almost 200 yards in kickoff return yardage on two kickoff returns.

His 90-yard return for touchdown tied the game at 7 and his 70+ yard return set up a Killian touchdown. He is still, but a sophomore; however, he's drawing raving reviews. Could be a future running back at UM.

WEEK 4 OUTLOOK

This week in Miami-Dade, there are a few games of note to look out for.

Thursday's Game of the Night has to be North Miami Beach against Norland at North Miami Stadium in district play. Norland is 0-3, but to Central and Edison on the final play of the game sandwiched around a blowout at the hands of the nation's third-ranked team, Lakeland.

The Vikings have been without their defensive coordinator for the first three weeks of the season forcing head coach Nigel Dunn to run the squad, taking away from his offense which he normally coaches. But he'll be back for the NMB game.

Dunn returns to the offensive side of the ball.

The Chargers are 2-0 having blown out Palmetto and Hialeah Miami Lakes, but a loss could put them in a major hole in the district.

Doug Wiggins has played great in the first two games of the season and is someone the ‘Canes will continue to need to keep an eye on. He plays quarterback at NMB, but is likely a cornerback at UM if was to decide to hit Coral Gables next year.

Friday night head down to Homestead and Harris Field to check out the resurgence of Southridge when they face rival South Dade in a big district game.

The Spartans are led by running back Deshon Daniels who is having a monster season so far. Daniels is a running back on the rise that may not be known nationally, but if Miami is doing its homework, is definitely looking at.

Sure, Javarris James is a freshman and is the future at running back and Charlie Jones, Derron Thomas and Andrew Johnson are still going to be there, but Daniels is another back the ‘Canes may want to look because he's the breakaway type back they haven't had in a few years.

Saturday night Killian and Homestead face off in a big district match up as well at Harris Field in Homestead also.

Wide receivers Alphonso Bryant and Joseph Nicolas are in action and both potential future ‘Canes. The Broncos are coming off a 44-0 blow out of South Miami while Killian is looking to get back on the winning track following a 34-20 setback to Northwestern.

The winner will put itself in a great position for the post season because these are considered to be two of the better teams in the district.

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH & WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM THIS WEEK

Johnnine Daniels – LB – Columbus – Daniels has been quite impressive in his first year at Columbus after transferring from Gulliver Prep. The 6'0, 220 pound linebacker is tough and strong and a kid that the ‘U' should be looking at. But he will need to improve his speed to get a serious look. (@ FIU South v. Miami Springs – Thursday)

Jarvis Givens – DT – Columbus – A physically dominating presence on the interior, Givens transferred to Columbus after two years at Gulliver Prep. He lists Miami among the schools that he's interested in. At 6'2, 290 pounds, he's ultra quick and gets through opponents lines with ease. He's real quick from side to side. A very underrated defensive tackle. (@ FIU South v. Miami Springs – Thursday)

Rakeem Green – CB – South Dade – At 6'3, 200 pounds, Green is a freakish size for a corner, especially being a senior in high school. However, Green is kind of a project, and academics might hold him back, but he's surely a talent. He had an interception in Week 1 against Columbus that was one of the sweeter picks I've seen in a long time. The skill is certainly there. (@ Harris Field v. Southridge – Friday)

Chris Guthrie – ATHL – Killian – Guthrie is a piece of work because no one really knows what position he plays or will play. He's 6'4 and about 235 pounds and can move. He was projected at defensive end. Last year he was a running back. He hasn't played end this season. He's been the Cougars starting safety. He doesn't have the instincts to play safety at the next level right now, but he surely looks to take an opponents head off every time they cross the middle of the field. But athletes like him are rare. Miami should be watching. (@ Harris Field v. Homestead – Saturday)

Ken Spinger – DB – Jackson – The 5'10, 180 pound defensive back flat out hits. He brings it. He can tackle and does what he's supposed to do. I was very impressed by him when the Generals played Carol City a couple of weeks ago. The thing that Miami has seemed to forget in recent years is the under the radar hawk like Spinger. (@ Curtis Park v. Fort Lauderdale – Saturday)

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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