High-SchoolFlorida: Dante Fowler

Florida players shine in All-America Game

January, 6, 2012

There were 21 Florida players at the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday night in St. Petersburg, and it seemed like they all made an impact. Some of the contributions were obvious: Amari Cooper of Miami Northwestern had a 75-yard touchdown reception and a 93-yard punt return; Bradenton Southeast corner Brian Poole had a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown; Miami Norland's Duke Johnson had 161 all-purpose yards; Marvin Bracy of Boone made a spectacular TD reception; and Holy Trinity's Marcus Maye blocked a punt and recovered a fumble.
Agholor Duke Bench
Lucas O'Neill/ESPNHSNelson Agholor and Duke Johnson on the sidelines at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Some of the contributions didn't necessarily jump out on the stat sheet. The defensive lines were particularly dominant in the contest, and Dante Fowler Jr. of Lakewood — who hails from just down the road from the Trop — registered a sack. Trey Griffey had two nice catches and likely improved his recruiting stock as a result. The same can be said for several other Florida players, who did represented to the fullest in their home state.

Who do you think stood out? Let us know in the comments.

Lucas O'Neill is a senior writer for ESPNHS. Follow him on Twitter @LucasESPN.

Roundup: Lakeland in hot water with FHSAA

September, 14, 2011
Your semi-weekly wrapup of the biggest and best stories from around the Sunshine State:
  • * The Ledger is reporting that Lakeland High has conceded that seven of its athletes, including five players for the perennial powerhouse football team, appear to have broken FHSAA rules and should not have been eligible to play last year. As a result, the Dreadnaughts "could face a $62,500 fine and the forfeiture of all 15 games, ­including all playoff contests leading up to the state semifinals against Plant."
  • * Dr. Krop had one of the top basketball teams in the state last winter, and a state championship matchup with Austin Rivers-led Winter Park looked likely. But the team was held out of the tourney due to the use of an ineligible player, and the FHSAA initiated a six-month investigation that discovered five other players falsified addresses in order to play. Legendary but controversial coach Shakey Rodriguez resigned, and last week the school was fined $53,000, according to The Miami Herald.
  • * Speaking of sanctions, the NCAA slapped the Boise State football team with probation and other penalties as a result of what is says were ubiquitous rules violations. How does this relate to Florida? Dr. Phillips QB Nick Patti has committed to the Broncos. But the Orlando Sentinel reports that Patti is "shrugging off" the probation, in part because it doesn't include a postseason or TV ban.
  • * Back in 2007, Miami Northwestern won a state title. The senior class included a handful of stars, including QB Jacory Harris, that went on to play at The U. Since then, things haven't gone quite as planned for the Hurricanes (or former Bulls).
  • * Lakewood star defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., a Florida State commit ranked No. 14 in the state in the ESPNU 150, has been suspended from the team. According to John C. Cotey of the St. Petersburg Times, the time has come for Fowler to apologize to his coaches and get back on the field — "before it's too late."
  • * And finally, a feel-good story: Ransom Everglades cross country star Bert Irigoyen is a budding rock star nicknamed Hot Pants, reports flrunners.com.
Lucas O'Neill is a senior writer for ESPNHS and runs its Florida blog. To pass along tips, comments or complaints, hit him up on Twitter (@LucasESPN) or send him an email.