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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - First-year University of Louisville head football coach Steve Kragthorpe announced the addition of 15 student-athletes to the Cardinal football program during a press conference on Wednesday.
Despite not being named head coach until January 10, Kragthorpe pulled together one of the finest recruiting classes in school history, including five-star recruit Woodny Turenne, the top-rated junior college player and cornerback in the nation and former University of Miami linebacker Willie ~nbsp>Williams.
Despite signing just 15 recruits, Kragthorpe lured student-athletes from eight different states.
Turenne, a junior-college All-American, played at the College of Sequoias for the last two seasons. Last year, Turenne recorded eight interceptions and a team-high 25 pass break-ups. As a freshman in 2005, Turenne registered 10 interceptions.
Williams comes to Louisville after spending one year at West Los Angeles Community College where he was a first team All-Conference performer after playing in just four games. He recorded over 50 tackles and nine sacks in limited action.
Chaz Thompson from the College of Siskiyous, is the third junior-college recruit for Kragthorpe. Thompson is ranked as the fifth-best junior-college cornerback and is one of the best special teams players in the country. He recorded four interceptions and averaged 89.2 all-purpose yards per game.
Over the last few seasons, the University of Louisville has signed the best players in the city, and that was the case again in 2007. Male High School's Doug Beaumont and St. Xavier's Victor Anderson, two of the top players in the city, have both signed at U of L.
Beaumont, who was named Mr. Football in the state of Kentucky and the Gatorade Player of the Year, was responsible for 5,954 yards rushing and receiving. He carried 137 times for 1,169 yards and 24 touchdowns, while catching 39 passes for 500 yards.
Anderson is St. Xavier's all-time leading rusher after gaining 4,008 yards and 75 touchdowns. This season, Anderson rushed for over 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was a first team All-State performer and was named the District's Co-Player of the Year.
Zach Kiernan is the third prospect from the state of Kentucky. Considered one of the top players in the state, Kiernan guided Newport Central Catholic to back-to-back state titles. He recorded 108 tackles and 28 tackles for loss during his senior campaign.
C.J. Peake and Mark Wetterer are two signees from the state of Ohio. Peake is considered one of the most talented safety prospects in the country. Peake is a member of the Rivals.com 250 List after recording 60 tackles at Trotwood-Madison High School. Wetterer dominated on both sides of the football at Anderson High School. He was selected first team All-Southwest Ohio and second team All-Ohio.
Matt Simms and Greg Tomczyk are two top prospects out of the state of New Jersey. Simms, the son of NFL great Phil Simms, looks to be another talented signal-caller in the Derby City. Simms guided Don Bosco Prep to a perfect 12-0 record and a state title last year, throwing for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Tomczyk is a talented offensive tackle from a prep school and is rated the 45th-best prep school prospect in the nation.
Running back Dale Martin from Bolingbrook High School in Illinois, is one of the most talented running backs in the nation. Martin finished as the school's second all-time leading rusher with 3,727 yards. He rushed for 1,557 yards and 21 touchdowns in leading the Raiders to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the state quarterfinals.
Kragthorpe snagged three signees from the Sunshine State in running back Bilal Powell and athletes Josh Miller and Patrick Grant. Powell played both running back and cornerback at Lake Gibson High School. He rushed for 1,960 yards and 26 touchdowns in leading his team to a 10-3 record before losing in the third round of the playoffs. Miller is an athlete from Palatka High School, who projects to be a wide receiver at the collegiate level. He rushed for 912 yards and nine touchdowns, while throwing for 520 yards. Grant, who played defensive end in high school, looks to be a linebacker in college. Grant recorded 85 tackles and 15 sacks as a senior and is listed as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Florida.
Tight end Michael Fennerty hails from the state of Washington and Olympia High School. Fennerty is one of the top 25 players in Washington after catching 28 passes for 532 yards and 10 touchdowns.
2007 Louisville Football Recruiting Class
High School Signees (12)
|Player||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (Previous School)|
|Victor Anderson||RB/ATH||5-9||175||Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier HS)|
|Doug Beaumont||WR||5-9||180||Louisville, Ky. (Male HS)|
|Michael Fennerty||TE||6-4||220||Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS)|
|Patrick Grant||ATH||6-4||218||Sunrise, Fla. (Boyd Anderson HS)|
|Zach Kiernan||DE||6-6||240||Cold Springs, Ky. (Newport Central Catholic)|
|Dale Martin||RB||6-0||190||Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook HS)|
|Josh Miller||ATH||6-2||185||Palatka, Fla. (Palatka HS)|
|C.J. Peake||FS||6-2||210||Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison HS)|
|Bilal Powell||DB||6-0||200||Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson HS)|
|Matt Simms||QB||6-3||195||Franklin Lake, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep)|
|Greg Tomczyk||OL||6-6||290||Long Valley, N.J. (The Hun School)|
|Mark Wetterer||OL||6-5||300||Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson HS)|
Junior College Signees (3)
|Player||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (Previous School)|
|Chaz Thompson||DB||6-1||195||Texas City, Texas (College of the Siskiyous)|
|Woodny Turenne||DB||6-1||190||Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (College of the Sequoias)|
|Willie Williams||LB||6-3||225||Miami, Fla. (West Los Angeles CC)|
* as of 4:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Feb. 7
Victor Anderson * RB/ATH
5-9 * 175
Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier HS)
Played for Mike Glaser at St. Xavier High School... Three-year starter... School's all-time leading rusher and scorer with 4,008 yards and 75 touchdowns... Averaged 8.9 yards per carry during his career... Guided St. Xavier to a three-year record of 37-4... Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's top 100 All-Southern team and the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team... Named Class 4-A, District Four Co-Players of the Year by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association... Rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com... Rivals.com ranks him as the second-best player in the state of Kentucky... Stamped by Rivals as the tenth-best all-purpose back in the nation... Ranked as the 29th-best running back in the nation by Scout and was given a four-star rating... Ran for over 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns during his senior campaign... Selected first team All-State by the Associated Press and the Courier-Journal as a junior... Rushed for 1,576 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior... Also recorded 500 yards in kickoff returns... Averaged 8.1 yards per carry average in guiding St. Xavier to the Class 4A state finals... Led St. Xavier to its first state title in five years during his sophomore season... Was named Most Valuable Player of the 4-A Title game, rushing 12 times for 151 yards and three scores... Ran for 1,039 yards and 27 scores during his sophomore campaign... Chose Louisville over West Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan.
Doug Beaumont * WR
5-9 * 180
Louisville, Ky. (Male HS)
Played for Bob Redman at Male High School... Rated by Scout.com as the No. 1 player in the state of Kentucky... Rated the 23rd-best wide receiver in the nation and a four-star prospect... Named Kentucky's Mr. Football in 2006... Won the Gatorade Player of the Year award as the state's top player, along with the Paul Hornung and Roy Kidd awards... Top overall vote-getter on the Courier-Journal All-State team... Was one of three players to repeat as a first teamer... Combined for 5,954 yards of rushing and receiving in his career... Registered 91 total touchdowns... Rushed for 3,153 yards and 69 touchdowns during his career, while catching 189 passes for 2,801 yards and 22 touchdowns... Carried 137 times for 1,169 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season, while catching 39 passes for 500 yards and eight touchdowns... Averaged 8.5 yards per carry... Guided Male to an 11-1 record... Ranks 12th all-time in state history in career points and Beaumont trails only former Moore star Monquantae Gibson (696 points) as the all-time leader in Jefferson County... Tied for 11th in the state record books for career TDs with 91 and 10th all-time in career receiving yards... Recorded 1,169 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior, while catching a career-high 54 passes for 881 yards and seven touchdowns... Caught 50 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore... Rushed 99 times for 709 yards and 15 scores during his sophomore season... All-Seventh Region in basketball selected by the coaches as a junior... Was an Honorable Mention Courier-Journal All-State selection as a junior and was ranked as the No. 11 player statewide in The Courier-Journal's preseason coaches poll heading into his senior year on the hardwood... Named thirdteam All-State as a receiver following his sophomore season... Rushed for 709 yards and 15 touchdowns on 99 carries, while also pulling in 50 receptions for 778 yards and 5 touchdowns... Chose Louisville over Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
Michael Fennerty * TE
6-4 * 220
Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS)
Played for Bill Beattie at Olympia High School... Three-year starter at Olympia, but played all four years at the varsity level... Ranked by Rivals.com as the 21st player in the state of Washington... Ranked as one of the top 24 players in the nation by the Seattle Times... Guided Olympia to three league titles in his four seasons... Helped his team finish in the top eight in the state for three years... Caught 28 passes for 532 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior... Selected to the South Sound All-Area team as a wide receiver... Voted to the All-Area team as a punter by the Tacoma News Tribune... Selected to play in the All-State All-Star game as a wide receiver in June... Earned All-League honors as a tight end and wide receiver... Averaged 36.3 yards as a punter and earned All-Area honors... Caught 27 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns as a junior... Averaged 14.8 yards per catch... Selected Honorable Mention All-League tight end as a junior... Named Academic All-League as a sophomore with a 3.62 grade point average... Caught 10 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore... Chose Louisville over Missouri, Tulsa, Kansas and Cincinnati.
Patrick Grant * ATH
6-4 * 218
Sunrise, Fla. (Boyd Anderson HS)
Played for Mark James at Boyd Anderson High School... Four-year starter at Boyd Anderson High School... One of seven players from his high school to sign a Division I scholarship... Ranked as the 22nd-best prospect by Scout.com... Member of Rivals.com Top 100 list in the state of Florida... Ranked by Rivals.com as the 36th-best prospect at strong side defensive end... Rated the 30th strong-side linebacker prospect in the nation... Selected first team All-Conference after recording 85 tackles and 15 sacks... Recorded 17 tackles for loss... Earned All-State and All-County accolades... Guided Boyd Anderson to a 9-2 overall record before losing in the second round of the playoffs... Voted All-Conference as a junior... Recorded 48 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior... Ran sprints on the track and field team... Qualified for the state championships in the 400-meter run... Chose Louisville over Iowa, South Florida, Colorado and Nebraska.
Zach Kiernan * DE
6-6 * 240
Cold Springs, Ky. (Newport Central Catholic)
Played for Bob Schneider at Newport Central Catholic... Considered one of the top players in the state of Kentucky... Big, physical player who can play both sides of the football... Ranked as the 89th-best defensive end and one of the top 10 prospects in the state of Kentucky... Moved into the starting lineup mid-way through his sophomore season... Played both offensive and defensive tackle... Team compiled a 34-9 record during his three seasons at the varsity level... Guided his squad to back-to-back state titles... Recorded 108 tackles (third on the team) as a defensive tackle... Also started every game at offensive tackle... Recorded a team-high 28 tackles for loss... Registered five sacks and three blocked kicks... Recovered two fumbles and forced three... Named the team's Defensive Player of the Year... Selected the Lineman of the Year in Northern Kentucky... Voted first team All-State by the Courier-Journal... Also selected first team All-State by the Associated Press... Rated the seventh-best player in the state of Kentucky by Rivals.com... Ranked 14th on the state of Kentucky's top 30 preseason list... Recorded 97 tackles as a junior... Registered 13 tackles for loss and one sack... Voted All-Northern Kentucky... Selected Honorable Mention All-State... Starter at center on the basketball team... Chose Louisville over Kentucky, Connecticut, Cincinnati and Illinois.
Dale Martin * RB
6-0 * 190
Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook HS)
Played for John Ivlow at Bolingbrook High School... Three-year starter at running back and four-year varsity performer... Considered one of the top running backs in the Midwest and the nation... Finished as the school's second-leading all-time rusher with 3,727 yards... Rated the 19th-best running back in the nation and the sixth-ranked player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com... Ranked with four stars by Rivals.com and Scout.com... Ranked 25th in the country by Scout.com... Rushed for over 1,557 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior season... Averaged 7.0 yards per carry... Guided the Raiders to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the state quarterfinals... Two-time All-State performer... Selected as a MSL Sports High School All-American and voted to play in the East-West All-Star game... Named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Southwest Suburban Blue Division... Voted the team's Most Valuable Player and team captain... Ran for 1,100 yards and 11 scores during his junior campaign... Named All-State and All-Area as a junior... Also a standout on the basketball team at Boilingbrook High School... Chose Louisville over Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, NC State and Tennessee.
Josh Miller * ATH
6-2 * 185
Palatka, Fla. (Palatka HS)
Played for Wilson Edwards at Palatka High School... Three-year starter for Coach Edwards at quarterback... Versatile athlete who can play a variety of different positions... Projects to be a wide receiver in college... Two-star prospect by Scout.com... Given three stars by Rivals.com... Timed as fast as 4.31 in the 40-yard dash... Rushed for 912 yards and nine touchdowns in leading Palatka High School to a 5-6 record... Passed for 520 yards and four touchdowns... Also threw just four interceptions... Named the All-County Player of the Year... Picked to the Florida Times Union Top 24 as one of the top players in the state of Florida... Voted third team All-State... Selected team captain as a senior... Also a standout as a guard on the basketball team, as well as, a track and field standout... Chose Louisville over South Florida, Central Florida and Bowling Green.
C.J. Peake * FS
6-2 * 210
Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison HS)
Played for Maurice Douglass at Trotwood-Madison High School... One of the most physical and aggressive players in the state of Ohio... Has great speed and knows how to break on the football... Three-year star, spending two years at Meadowdale High School in Dayton, Ohio and one-year at Trotwood... Four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... Member of the Rivals.com 250 List... Rated the 17th-best prospect in the defensive backfield by Rivals.com... Voted the sixth-best prospect in the state of Ohio... Three-star prospect by Scout.com and the 33rd-best safety prospect in the country... Recorded 60 tackles at Trotwood High School... Team finished with a 7-4 record... Earned All-Conference accolades... Voted first team All-Southwest Ohio... Named Offensive, Defensive and All-Around Most Valuable Player... Registered 119 tackles and six picks as a junior... Rushed 76 times for 800 yards and 12 scores... Chose Louisville over Wisconsin, Michigan State, West Virginia and Tennessee.
Bilal Powell * DB
6-0 * 200
Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson HS)
Played for Keith Demyer at Lake Gibson High School... One of the most talented running back prospects in the state of Florida... Will likely play defensive back at the collegiate level... Two-year starter at Lake Gibson... Timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash... Given a two-star rating by Scout.com... Played both defensive back and running back... Had an outstanding senior season... Named to Florida's Post-Season Hot 100 List... Came in at No. 51... Rushed for 1,960 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior... Averaged 9.0 yards per carry... Led Lake Gibson High School to a 10-3 record before losing in the third round of the state playoffs... Voted second team All-State... Selected All-Conference by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association... Had the state's best week one of the season in an upset of Kathleen High School... Rushed for 291 yards and scored five touchdowns... Had a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown against Lakeland and also had a 77-yard run that was called back because of a penalty... Also had two touches on kickoff returns for a 50.0 yard average... Played mainly defensive back as a junior... Recorded 38 total tackles... Picked off two passes and had three pass break-ups... Returned a fumble 92-yard for a touchdown and had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown... Chose Louisville over Michigan State and Southern Mississippi.
Matt Simms * QB
6-3 * 195
Franklin, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep)
Played for Greg Toal at Don Bosco Prep High School... Strong-armed and accurate passer... Son of former NFL quarterback Phil Simms of the New York Giants and the brother of Tampa Bay quarterback, Chris Simms... Three-star recruit by Rivals.com... Three-year starter at quarterback... Ranked as the eighth-best player in the state of New Jersey... Passed for more than 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns during his career... Ranked as the 60th-best recruit by CSTV's Tom Lemming... Threw for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in leading Don Bosco Prep to a state title and a perfect 12-0 record... Team finished as the No. 1 ranked team in the state by the Star Ledger... Threw for 118 yards and a touchdown in the state championship win over St. Peter's... Completed 65 percent of his passes... Rated the No. 43 quarterback prospect and a three-star player by Scout.com... Participated in the Army All-American All-Star Game, completing 4-of-7 passes for 30 yards...Earned first team All-State honors by the Associated Press as a junior... Threw for 2,744 yards and 30 touchdowns as Don Bosco fell in the finals of the state playoffs... Led Don Bosco to an 11-1 record and a trip to the finals of the New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 playoffs as a sophomore... Chose Louisville over NC State, Boston College, Michigan State, North Carolina, Iowa and Arizona State.
Chaz Thompson * DB
6-1 * 195
Texas City, Texas (College of the Siskiyous)
Played for Eric Young at the College of Siskiyous... All-purpose player who can return punts and kickoffs... Runs a 4.3/40-yard dash... Two-way player who played wide receiver and cornerback... Two-year starter at the junior college... Rated 77th in the Rivals.com Top 100 Junior College list... Ranked as the No. 5 junior college corner back by JC Gridiron.com... Led COS to a conference title... Recorded 26 total tackles, including 21 solo stops... Registered four interceptions and five pass break-ups... Returned one interception for a touchdown... Considered one of the top junior college special teams players in the state... Returned 22 kicks for 494 yards for an average of 22.5 per return... Averaged 89.2 all-purpose yards... Returned five punts for an average of 12.0 yards per return... Named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Back... Selected as the District's Most Valuable Player... Voted first team All-Mid Empire Conference and was also selected All-State... Led the team in receiving... Caught 32 passes for 469 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman wide receiver... Averaged 14.7 yards a reception, which was seventh-best in the league... Rushed for 164 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns... Recorded a career-high 106 yards on the ground against Shasta... Earned first team All-Mid Empire Conference honors... Chose Louisville over California, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Washington State and Tulsa.
Greg Tomczyk * OL
6-6 * 290
Long Valley, N.J. (The Hun School)
Played for Dave Dudeck at The Hun School... Second signee from the state of New Jersey this year... Rated the 87th-best offensive tackle and a three-star prospect by Scout.com... Two-star prospect and the No. 45 prep school prospect in the nation by Rivals.com... Big man with 4.8 speed in the 40-yard dash and can bench more than 320 pounds... Backfield ran for more than 1,800 yards behind his blocking... Didn't allow a sack all season long and was credited with 24 pancake blocks... Recorded 57 tackles and six sacks... Registered 15 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and blocked a couple kicks.... Voted first team All-State Prep... Named first team All-Mid-Atlantic Prep at offensive and defensive tackle... Chose Louisville over Boston College, Miami, Wisconsin and Florida State.
Woodny Turenne * DB
6-1 * 190
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (College of the Sequoias)
Played for Curtis Allen at the College of Sequoias... Rated as the top junior-college player in the nation by Rivals.com, JCGridiron and JCFootball.com... Believed to be the school's first five-star signee... Two-time first team All-Valley Conference... Selected a junior college All-American... Given a five-star rating by Rivals.com and a four-star mark by Scout. com... Recorded eight interceptions in 2006... Credited with a team-high 25 pass break-ups... Guided the College of Sequoias to a 7-4 record... Picked off five passes in 10 regular season games at Sequoias in 2005... Has been timed at 4.28 in the 40-yard dash... Ran a 10.5 in the 100 meters in February of 2006... 2006 National Champion in the 100-meter run, the 4x100 relay and was also second in the 200-meter run... Played high school ball at Stranahan High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. where he played wide receiver and safety... Chose Louisville over Washington State, Florida, California, Iowa State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, USC and Wisconsin.
Mark Wetterer * OL
6-5 * 300
Cincinnati, Ohio (Anderson HS)
Played for Vince Seriano at Anderson High School... Advanced pass blocker... Played both offensive and defensive tackle... Ranks as Scout.com's 87th-best offensive guard prospect nationally and a three-star prospect... Rated as the 41st-best prospect in Ohio by Ohio High Magazine and the third-rated offensive linemen... Slated as the 56th-best offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com... Ranked as the 27th-best prospect in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com... Three-star prospect by Rivals.com... Voted first team All-Conference... Selected first team All-Southwest Ohio... Named second team All-Ohio Division I as a senior... Guided Anderson to a 6-4 mark in the ultra-competitive Divison I, Region 16 during his junior campaign... Chose Louisville over Michigan State, West Virginia, Ohio, Akron and Maryland.
Willie ~nbsp>Williams * LB
6-3 * 225
Miami, Fla. (West Los Angeles CC)
West Los Angles Community College:
Played one season for Craig Austin at West Los Angeles Community College... Earned first team All-Conference accolades despite playing in just three league games... Played in four games... Registered nine sacks and over 50 tackles.
Prized athlete who saw his first playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2005... Played in 10 games as the backup weakside linebacker behind Jon Beason...Totaled 17 tackles, two tackles for loss and one QB pressure in limited time...Starred on special teams, leading the team with 19 tackles...Played in his first game as a Hurricane in the season opener at Florida State. Played on special teams and saw limited action as a reserve linebacker but made no tackles...In Game two at Clemson, played on special teams and as a reserve linebacker, playing just six plays, but making four tackles (three assists, one tackle for a loss). Also blocked a punt that was recovered by Clemson for a first down...Saw action on 15 plays vs. Colorado, registering five tackles (three solo, one for a loss)...Had no tackles in limited playing time vs. South Florida, then tallied two tackles and a QB pressure against Duke...Played very sparingly against Temple and North Carolina, then made two tackles at Virginia Tech...Registered four tackles at Wake Forest...Did not play the next two games (Georgia Tech, Virginia) because of a hamstring injury...Played as the backup weakside linebacker in the Peach Bowl vs. Louisiana State, but did not make any tackles... Redshirted as a true freshman in 2004... Suffered a knee injury during practice in August, then broke a finger while falling in October, undergoing his second surgery since arriving at Miami.
Coached by Joe Zaccheo at Pace and by Walt Frazier at Carol City... Was considered one of the nation's top linebacker prospect coming out of Carol City High School...was deemed unblockable by many observers during his senior season, as he played against Florida's top teams...Named to the 2003 EA Sports High School All-America team...A U.S. Army All-American...A SuperPrep All-American...Rated the No. 2 prospect in the nation by SuperPrep...Rated the No. 1 prospect in Florida by SuperPrep...Rated the No. 1 linebacker in the nation by SuperPrep...SuperPrep Dixie Defensive Player of the Year...Rated the nation's No. 10 prospect overall and the nation's No. 1 linebacker prospect by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report...Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100...Rated the nation's No. 6 prospect by the Miami Herald...The No. 1 prospect on the Miami Herald's Miami-Dade Top 25...The No. 1 prospect in Florida on the Miami Herald's Florida Top 25...Selected first-team All-South by Fox Sports Net's Countdown To Signing Day show...The nation's No. 6 prospect on the Rivals.com National Top 100...The nation's No. 1 outside linebacker prospect by Rivals.com...The No. 4 prospect on the Rivals.com Southeast Elite 88 list...The No. 2 prospect in Florida on the Rivals.com Top 50 in Florida...As a senior in 2003, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Class 6A Florida state championship game, when he made 11 tackles, including four tackles for losses, had two sacks and forced two fumbles in Carol City's 13-0 victory over Orlando Edgewater...Had 18 sacks his senior season...Transferred to Carol City for his senior year...Attended Monsignor Pace High School prior to attending Carol City and played three seasons for Pace...As a junior in 2002, was voted the Class 3A-1A Player of the Year in Dade County, was named first-team All-Dade and first-team All-State when he made 218 tackles, 15 tackles for losses, broke up 10 passes, had eight sacks and intercepted four passes...As a sophomore, earned second-team All-Dade honors when he was credited with more than 120 tackles, including eight tackles for losses and three sacks...Chose Miami over Florida State, Florida and Auburn.