High School Hysteria Blog
-Dwyer defensive back Jarius Adams made his collegiate decision on Friday night, verbally committing to Rutgers. The 5-11, 180 lb. cornerback also held offers from Bowling Green, FIU and FAU, among others. Adams, rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, will be counted on to lead a young Dwyer defense this season. The defending 7A State Champions are tasked with replacing 20 of its 22 starters from last year.
-While FIU lost our on Adams, they were able secure a verbal commit from another standout defensive player. Palm Beach Gardens defensive end Milord Juste pledged to the Panthers on Sunday. The 6-2, 240 lb. rising senior also held offers from Army, Navy, Bryant and Colgate.
-To say Glades Central had its fair share of struggles on the gridiron in 2013 would be an understatement. The Raiders recorded one of their worst seasons in recent memory, finishing the year 4-7 and costing then head coach Roosevelt Blackmon his job.
While the 2014 season is still month-and-a-half away, the Raiders did pick up a nice momentum boost into the fall this weekend. On Saturday, Glades Central won the Palm Beach Shootout 7-on-7 Tournament, knocking off Suncoast 20-13 in the Championship Game. Sure, it's just a 7-on-7, but any positives you can carry into the fall is only a good thing.
-While Suncoast ultimately fell in the Championship Game at the Palm Beach Shootout, the Chargers left an impression on everyone taking part. 2015 WR/DB Marquavis Gibbs was named Overall Tournament MVP, while 2016 quarterback Matt Dame took home Offensive MVP honors.
Suncoast has put together an impressive summer on the 7-on-7 circuit, with the team making it the Final Eight of the Miami Dolphins Tournament and its big performance this weekend. When you have electric athletes and a standout quarterback like the Chargers do, success will usually follow in 7-on-7 competition.
How will that translate into the fall? That will be one of the interesting subplots as we head into the 2014 season. While the Chargers certainly have the weapons to torch opponents through the air, their success will ultimately be determined up front in the trenches. With no linemen and no pass rush, offensives have a clear advantage in 7-on-7. Obviously that doesn't exist in real football. If the offensive line can dominate the line of scrimmage this season, then watch out.
-Interest in Cardinal Newman basketball standout John Collins continues to grow. The 6-9 big man, who holds offers from major D1 programs such as Maryland, Texas, Memphis and Kansas State, got a phone call from none other than basketball power Duke on Friday. While the Blue Devils haven't extended an offer yet, it's clear that they're interested. Collins will be the area's most highly-recruited basketball player since Dwyer center Joel James, who signed with North Carolina in 2012.
TKA is excited to announce the hiring of former UF star OF/Pitcher, Olympic,and MLB player Brad Wilkerson as TKA's next Head Baseball Coach.— TKA Athletics (@TKALions) July 18, 2014