German earns All-Star MVP
Pembroke Pines, Fla. -- On Friday night, senior quarterback Michael German (Ely/Pompano Beach, Fla.) guided the Broward County All-Stars to a 29-20 win over the Miami-Dade All-Stars in front of a capacity crowd at the 14th Nike South Florida Dade vs. Broward All-Star game. The classic is an annual showcase featuring top prospects from two of the most talent-rich counties in the nation. Former Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) and current Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel participated in the game as a senior.
Central (Miami, Fla.) senior quarterback Jeff Godfrey, an early enrollee at the University of Central Florida (UCF), earned Miami-Dade Player-of-the-Year honors after setting county's career passing yardage mark. Godfrey finished the year with 2,748 yards passing and 36 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. He led Central to the school's first semi-finals appearance.
Miami-Dade holds an 8-6 advantage in the series.
1. Paying Tribute
Before halftime Nike Brand Marketing Manager for Texas and Florida, Scott Henson, and Tournament of Champions Director, Wes Frater, presented a framed No. 6 jersey to the family of slain Connecticut defensive back Jasper "Jazz" Howard, a former standout at Edison (Miami, Fla.). Howard was named game MVP in the 2007 contest, returning a punt 70 yards for a score and adding a 46-yard touchdown reception.
2. Doctor or Offensive Line?
Senior offensive linemen Zachary Soto (Monsignor Pace/Opa-Locka, Fla.) picked up the game's Academic Achievement award. Soto, a UCF recruit, sports a 4.5 GPA and 1780 SAT. He plans to major Pre-Med and attend medical school following his football career.
3. Best Quote
Speedy defensive back Cliff Coleman (Boyd Anderson/Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) had a solid performance, making an interception and harassing wide receivers downfield. Coleman, an Ole Miss commit, talked about what makes him such a special cover corner saying, "Water covers 2/3 of the Earth, Cliff Coleman covers the rest."
4. Arms Race
German displayed the strongest and most accurate arm according to the coaches from Broward. German finished his senior year among the league leaders in passing while throwing for 2,523 yards and 27 touchdowns against 13 interceptions.
5. Most Likely to Host a Talk Show
Senior safety Ravonne Carter (Hialeah/Hialeah, Fla.) had a busy night and a hoarse voice following the game. Carter was seen talking and jawing with the opponents all game long. Afterwards he said, "I like to talk and in the future I could myself being a talk show host."
6. Top Sleeper Prospect
At 6-foot-7, 265-pounds it is hard to be considered under the radar, but David Delsoin (Sheridan Hills/Hollywood, Fla.) has gone relatively unnoticed in the recruiting ranks. Delsoin had a good week of practice and opened a few eyes. He is currently committed to FIU and could be a player to watch in the future.
7. Unsung Hero
Senior athlete J.J. Worton (South Dade/Miami, Fla.) is a special player. Worton is a coach's dream who will line up anywhere on the field to help the team. The multi-purpose player hauled in a touchdown to jump start the Dade offense. He excels on both sides of the ball and has upside in the kick and punt return game.
8. The Hit Stick
Senior linebacker Michael Dallas (Palmetto/Miami, Fla.) stood out in practice and his coaches took notice. Players and coaches from Dade singled out Dallas as the hardest hitter during the practice sessions.
9. Most Notable Coach
Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell from the infamous music group 2 Live Crew served as a position coach in the all-star affair. Campbell is currently the linebackers coach at Central (Miami, Fla.). The rap pioneer has invested his time and money into the ultra-competitive optimist and youth leagues of Miami-Dade.
10. Best YouTube Highlight Video
Senior dual-threat quarterback Jermaine Kelson (Southridge/Miami, Fla.) is one of the most electrifying players in the state. Kelson has game breaking ability and his highlight tape is very impressive. Go to YouTube and type in Jermaine Kelson.