High-SchoolFlorida: Glades Central

Report: Glades Central players accused of sexual assault

December, 2, 2011
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that four Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) football players are under investigation for pressuring a 14-year-old girl to perform sex acts in a school bathroom last month. According to the Post, the players were suspended from school and from the team for two games, and district police are investigating the incident.

The story quotes the alleged victim's mother as saying, "I know that they took advantage of her, and I want to see justice done to those boys."

The news comes as nationally ranked Glades Central prepares for tonight's highly anticipated matchup with Miami Norland in the Class 5A regional finals. It was unclear at press time if the four players said to be involved in the incident would be active for the game.

Glades Central's William Likely named Gatorade POY

December, 1, 2011
Glades Central (Belle Glade) has produced no shortage of football stars over the years — Fred Taylor and Santonio Holmes to name just two — and the Raiders' latest standout shines both on and off the field. William Likely, GC's do-everything junior, has compiled more than 1,600 all-purpose yards in leading the Raiders to a 12-0 record and a berth in the Class 5A regional finals against Miami Norland this Friday. But he also carries a 3.86 GPA and volunteers at a local food pantry, among other public service activities.

For his excellence in athletics, academics and character, Likely has been named Florida's Gatorade Player of the Year for 2011-12. Past winners of the award from the Sunshine State include Emmitt Smith, Anquan Boldin and Willis McGahee. To read more about Likely and his selection, click here.

Florida grads tearing it up in college

September, 8, 2011
Former Florida prep stars are dominating in the college ranks. That's nothing new, but it's impressive to see how quickly today's high school stars become tomorrow's college standouts. Here are just a handful of examples:

Marlin Lane
High School: Mainland (Daytona Beach)
Class: 2011
College: Tennessee
Lane did it all in the Vols' rout of Montana on Sept. 3, with 10 carries, two catches, four returns and two touchdowns.

Ricardo Allen
High School: Mainland (Daytona Beach)
Class: 2010
College: Purdue
Lane's old teammate secured a 27-24 Purdue win over Middle Tennessee State by blocking a 47-yard field goal try by another former Florida star: Alan Gendreau, who appeared on the cover of ESPNHS Magazine for his soccer exploits at Orangewood Christian.

Denard Robinson
High School: Deerfield Beach
Class: 2010
College: Michigan
"Shoelace" was the front-runner for the Heisman last year before injuries and losses derailed his campaign. Robinson will get less carries with Rich Rodriguez and his offense banished from Ann Arbor, but he's still efficient: He was 9-of-13 for 98 yards and ran for another 48 in the team's Week 1 win.

Jeff Godfrey
High School: Miami Central
Class: 2010
College: Central Florida
After leading UCF to a conference championship and a bowl win last year, expectations are high for Godfrey and the Knights this season. The sophomore signal-caller did not disappoint in a 62-o drubbing of Charleston Southern on Sept. 3, rushing for 46 yards and three touchdowns and finishing 6-of-1o for 100 passing yards.

Greg Dent
High School: Glades Central (Belle Glade)
Class: 2010
College: Florida State
Dent made his lone catch in FSU's Week 1 win over Louisiana-Monroe count, taking it 50 yards to pay dirt. Nols' freshman Kelvin Benjamin, another Central alum, did not play and could redshirt this season.

Sammy Watkins
High school: South Fort Myers
Class: 2011
College: Clemson
Watkins had seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' 43-19 win over Troy on Sept. 3.

Mike Bellamy
High School: Charlotte (Punta Gorda)
Class: 2011
College: Clemson
Bellamy, who for a short time held the Florida high school record for career rushing touchdowns (110), showed Saturday that he can still find the end zone in college. He had three carries for 81 yards, highlighted by a 75-yard TD scamper. He also three kickoff returns and a punt return.

Watkins (No. 39), Bellamy (72) and Lane (134) were rated among the nation's best players in last year's ESPNU 150. To see how the Florida players this year's 150 fared, click here.