February 25, 2009
Recruiting busy at Hialeah and Booker T
MIAMI - In Dade County, Florida, talent is everywhere. In fact, there are single schools in that area that have as much talent as entire states in other regions. Two of those schools that boast that kind of talent are Hialeah High School and Booker T. Washington. On recent visits to both schools plenty of new recruiting news was unveiled.
Though Booker T. Washington has numerous prospects including wide receiver Quinton Dunbar, running back Eduardo Clements and incoming transfer Ted Meline, two of the most highly sought-after prospects are defensive end Lynden Trail and offensive lineman Jose Jose.
Recently, Trail and Jose picked up new offers from Tennessee to add to impressive lists already for both. For Jose, the offer pushed the Volunteers into his top two.
"Tennessee and Florida are my top two right now," Jose said. "They're in the SEC. They're good programs all around. They have great tradition and graduation rates. Tennessee has the highest rate of getting offensive linemen into the NFL and Florida I just like the school and the tradition."
Jose also noted that Georgia extended him an offer about two weeks ago
Trail also received his Tennessee offer recently, adding it to his list of offers that includes South Florida, FIU, Florida and Rutgers. Recently the 6-foot-7 defensive end closed his basketball season in which he averaged a ridiculous 25 points, 16 rebounds, 8 blocks and 5 assists per game. But Trail knows that football will be his best ticket to the next level and he has yet to name any leaders.
"I'm nobody's guy," Trail said. "I'm open to anybody. Basically I'm looking for a family-oriented school with an agriculture major."
At Hialeah, the top prospect is defensive end Corey Lemmonier, one of the most highly touted defenders in the country. Already with an extensive offer list, Lemonier has recently picked up offers from Alabama and Tennessee, adding to a list that includes the likes of Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame and Miami.
Nick Saban projects Lemonier as an outside linebacker in his 3-4 defense and Tennessee's defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin sees him as another major piece of clay to mold.
Alongside of Lemonier is defensive tackle Calvin Smith. Smith has offers from Miami and Illinois and recently picked up his third offer from Purdue. The athletic interior lineman's stock is still on the rise and Notre Dame could be the next school to offer.
Outside of the two offensive linemen, Hialeah has some very talented players on its roster that should be emerging names in the spring.
Ravonne Carter is a 6-foot cornerback that Hialeah head coach Mark Berman considers a big-time prospect. He is hearing from Rutgers, Boston College, Tennessee, Miami and Iowa State among others. Linebacker Marcus Fairley may also be close to an offer with Michigan State, UCF, Ole Miss, Maryland and Pittsburg showing significant interest.
In the 2011 class, Hialeah will have prospects as well, most notably Jerron Seymour. Seymour is a 5-foot-8 running back that rushed for over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior on over nine yards per carry.
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