SUMMER CAMP REPORT: Miami Edison Red Raiders

Last year, Miami Edison was one game away from playing for a state title. This season, coach Corey Bell and his Red Raiders hope that they have the talent to get it done.

This CAMP REPORT is courtesy of Charles Fishbein, who covers South Florida extensively for www.floridakids.us. He provided this story exclusively for all the fans who follow high school football on TheInsiders.com network.

MIAMI – Edison High School in Miami-Dade County finished last season on a disappointing note against Naples High in the playoffs. The Red Raiders lost not only the game, but a chance at a State Championship Game appearance.

This year they look to rebound and make a run at Gainesville. They lost Division 1A players like DT Richard Clebert USF, Jerrel Guyton (Dodge City College), Mark Dial (USF), Brouce Mompremier (USF), Jackie Chambers (USF) and Jackie Claude (FSU). They may have lost all those stars from last season but the Red Raiders are looking to just reload in 2004.

WWW.Floridakids.us made the visit to Edison yesterday to see how they stack up this year. What we saw was another talented team that just lacks experience.

Edison has their work cut out for them in 2004, but with the talent they put on the field they should match up well against anyone they play. The star and leader of their team is cornerback Chris Chancellor. In his spring game against Northwestern, Chris had two interceptions and shut down his side of the field. Yesterday he showed why he is also one of the top prospects at his position by coming up and laying a devastating blow to one of his receivers. Not only is Chris one of the best cover corners in the State of Florida, but he can tackle as well as anyone that plays his position.

Another emerging star will be junior quarterback Chris Etienne. He stands in at 6-foot-3 and 165 pounds. What stood out most was the arm strength he has. Once he understands the position Edison will have them self's one big time quarterback prospect. He was rated by www.floridakids.us as a player to watch for in the Class of 2006.

The leadership on the offensive side of the football will come from offensive lineman Robin Lindor. When one of his teammates was joking around in a drill, Lindor laid into his teammate to show that kind of behavior won't be allowed this season. He is much focused this year and wants to help lead his team to Gainesville.

Every year, there is a few sleeper prospects that come out of nowhere. It will be no different in 2004 with DE/OT Damian Lee. He is 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds. Lee did not play last year, but he shows nice upside. With his frame, Lee can weigh close to 280 pounds and should not lose any speed or quickness.

Another name to look out for is junior safety Tim Torrance. He is not one of the biggest defensive backs but can he hit. No matter how big the receiver is, Torrance is willing to stick his neck out on the line so he can punish anyone that comes his way. With the loss of Jackie Chambers to USF, Fredrick Gilliam will look to replace the former star receiver.

OVERVIEW OF THE RED RAIDERS: This year's Edison team does lack the experience of last year's team, but the talent is still there. With Norland in the same district, these two teams will fight to see who will win their side of the bracket come December.

The question that needs to be answered is can this team overcome their lack of experience and make a run at Gainesville. With a very tough schedule, Edison won't have much time to wait. With games against Norland, Miami Jackson, Booker T. Washington, Killian and Chaminade-Madonna, they will have their hands full this year and will get tested early and often in 2004.

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