Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dade County's 100 Greatest High School Football Players




Dade County Greats: Jacory Harris & Kenny Phillips


For the past 80 years, Miami-Dade County has produced some of the best high school football talent in Florida and in the nation. Today's college and NFL rosters are littered with athletes from The 305 including Chad Johnson (Miami Beach High) and Santana Moss (Carol City). Past greats inlcude hall of famer Larry Little (Booker T. Washington) and the late Derrick Thomas (South Miami).

But today, I've decided to make a list of the 100 greatest high school football players to ever come out of Dade. The list is based strictly on a player's high school career and accomplishments. College and pro careers do not factor in the decision making. So while Chad Johnson, Santana Moss and Derrick Thomas were great NFL players, their high school careers weren't quite good enough to make this list. There are so many great players, it's almost impossible to narrow it down to 100.

The list consists of athletes who've competed and dominated Dade football for the past eight decades. Each and every player was a great player in his respective era. Some have gone on to great college or pro careers while others have disappeared completely. To qualify, a player must make the Miami Herald's first team All-County or All-City squads. Just about every player was first team All-State and most were prep All Americans. The players are listed in alphabetical order with their school and graduation year. So, here you have it.

Dade County's 100 Greatest High School Football Players:

Tyrone Ashley - Hialeah 1988
Rudy Barber - Carol City 1989
Micheal Barrow - Homestead 1988
Mitch Berger - Coral Gables 1970
Dwayne Bowe - Norland 2003
Joe Brodsky - Jackson 1953
Eddie Brown - Miami High 1981
Lomas Brown - Miami Springs 1981
John Browning - North Miami 1992
Devin Bush - Hialeah-Miami Lakes 1991
Joe Caldwell - Miami High 1956
Vernon Carey - Northwestern 1999
Keith Carter - South Miami 1985
Jesse Causey - Central 1968
James Colzie - South Miami 1993
Neal Colzie - Coral Gables 1971
Markeith Cooper - Palmetto 1996
Darrell Cox - Edison 1960
Larry Crawford - Palmetto 1977
Craig Curry - Coral Gables 1968
Michael Dames - Miami Beach 1984
Rohan Davey - Hialeah-Miami Lakes 1997
Darren Davis - Southridge 1996
Troy Davis - Southridge 1994
Steve Diamond - Miami High 1963
Jim Dooley - Miami High 1948
Antwain Easterling - Northwestern 2007
Steve Everitt - Southridge 1988
Danyell Ferguson - Columbus 1992
Keith Ferguson - Edison 1977
Rufus Ferguson - Killian 1969
Ricky Jean Francois - Carol City 2005
Fred Frink - Miami High 1930
Derrick Gibson - Killian 1997
Max Jean-Gilles - North Miami Beach 2002
Frank Gore - Coral Gables 2001
Lamont Green - Southridge 1994
Ben Hanks - Miami High 1991
Brandon Harris - Booker T. Washington 2008
Jacory Harris - Northwestern 2008
John Harris - Jackson 1974
Mike Harrison - Coral Gables 1957
Ted Hendricks - Hialeah 1965
Alonzo Highsmith - Columbus 1983
Randal Hill - Killian 1987
Orlando Iglesias - Coral Park 1997
Lindy Infante - Miami High 1959
Sedrick Irvin - Miami High 1996
Aldarius Johnson - Northwestern 2008
Andre Johnson - Miami High 1999
Greg Jones - Edison 1986
Herman Jones - South Dade 1974
Marvin Jones - Northwestern 1990
Willie Jones - South Dade 1975
Willie Jones Jr. - Carol City 2001
William Joseph - Edison 1998
Larry Libertore - Edison 1958
David Little - Jackson 1977
Earl Little - North Miami 1992
Dieter Matthes - Norland 1967
Dennis McKinnon - South Miami 1979
Freddie Miles - Miami Springs 1980
Marvin "Snoop" Minnis - Northwestern 1996
Warner Mizell - Miami High 1926
Demetrice Morley - Killian 2005
Ralph Ortega - Coral Gables 1971
Elvis Peacock - Central 1974
Willis Peguese - Southridge 1986
Brett Perriman - Northwestern 1984
Chris Pettaway - American 1985
Kenny Phillips - Carol City 2005
Dick Plasman - Miami High 1933
Larry Rentz - Coral Gables 1965
Fuad Reveiz - Sunset 1981
Willie Roberts - Southridge 2000
George "Buster" Rhymes - Northwestern 1980
Wilmore Ritchie - Edison 1971
Antrel Rolle - South Dade 2001
Omar Rolle - Norland 1994
Samari Rolle - Miami Beach 1994
Ethenic Sands - Carol City 1998
Ted Saussele - Coral Gables 1959
Mike Shula - Columbus 1983
Jackie Simpson - Edison 1953
Barry Smith - Coral Park 1969
Bruce Smith - Miami High 1943
Tony Smith - Southridge 1981
Steve Tannen - Southwest 1966
Sean Taylor - Gulliver 2001
Michael Timpson - Hialeah-Miami Lakes 1985
Arnold Tucker - Miami High 1943
Joey Veargis - South Miami 1990
Elliot Walker - Jackson 1974
Bobby Washington - Killian 2004
Nate Webster - Northwestern 1996
Doug Wiggins - North Miami Beach 2007
Lester Williams - Carol City 1978
Pete Williams - Miami High 1945
Willie Williams - Carol City 2004
Billy Williamson - Coral Gables 1958

44 comments:

Fawzy said...

I deman a correction dear sir! A correction I say! Where is the Fawzy Zablah? Where is tha legend of Palmetto Sr. High School! THAT GREAT PANTHER!

Fawzy said...

This is blasphemy my dear sir! BLASPHEMY I SAY! I declare shenanigans in this pole!

Moose said...

aww man thats neat. Keith Carter is my pops. Im Keith Carter II, u can check out my offensive highlight at
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Huey619 said...

Derrick Smith of Miami Sr. High , who still holds the longest touchdown in the Orange Bowl . It was a 98 yard touch down catch and run in the a semi-state finals football game against Sarasota Riverview.Besides that, he's one of the best running back ever that came out of Miami High.He deserve much props and he's a legend.

lilfrankg17 said...

How do u leave off Dolphin Great and Edison grad Nat Moore!

coachjs45 said...

i being coaching football in miami-dade county for about 18 years and you forgot some great players such as darren mickell from miami high, travaris robinson from cp, pete gonzalez from cp,fred nixon from carol city, barry robinson from jackson

Akbar EL-Amin said...

What about Superstar Defensive lineman Greg Sheffield from North Miami High, 1985. A dominating football player, who was first team ALL-State for the pioneers, Dades most feared defender he registerd over 100 tackles as a Defensive end, Tackle and Noseguard,North Miami had to move him around so that teams couldnt just game plan to run away from him.His coach, Larry Ball a former Miami Dolphin who played on the 1972 Superbowl Championship team called him "The most Dominant player that I have ever coached on this level" at North Miami.He signed with the University of Cincinnati won a starting job as a freshman and then severly blew out a knee. He was a player of national prominance.

Trell said...

How do you leave out the great Jermaine Mays Miami Dade County's All-Time single season and career record holder for yardage???? Huh No Nat Moore? No Jaquay Nunnally? The reciever and Quarter back tandom from Coral Gables That broke Jermaine Mays' record and Rohan Davey's record? Tico Brown Not Just Dade County But Florida's Single Season Record Holder for Intereceptions and Magi Benton You Do Not Know Your History!!

Trell said...

How do you leave out the great Jermaine Mays Miami Dade County's All-Time single season and career record holder for yardage???? Huh No Nat Moore? No Jaquay Nunnally? The reciever and Quarter back tandom from Coral Gables That broke Jermaine Mays' record and Rohan Davey's record? Tico Brown Not Just Dade County But Florida's Single Season Record Holder for Intereceptions and Magi Benton You Do Not Know Your History!!

Trell said...

How do you leave out the great Jermaine Mays Miami Dade County's All-Time single season and career record holder for yardage???? Huh No Nat Moore? No Jaquay Nunnally? The reciever and Quarter back tandom from Coral Gables That broke Jermaine Mays' record and Rohan Davey's record? Tico Brown Not Just Dade County But Florida's Single Season Record Holder for Intereceptions and Magic Benton and many record holders that were missed Then You said Santana Moss H.S. career wasn't enough, ARE YOU SERIOUS? Maybe you didn't live in Miami I saw Santana Moss Play and he did pure destruction @ Miami Carol City leading them to a State Title. And this is Coming from a Person Who hates MCC but I give props where they're do, and What about Lawrence Wright North Miami SMH You Do Not Know Your Miami-Dade County High School Football History!!

Trell said...

I hate to keep beating a dead horse on an old subject but what about the great Brian Grease- Columbus and Nahjai Davenport-Miami Central

MiamiSouthPaw said...

Trelle

Thanks for your comment. A list like this is almost impossible to put together. This is no insult to Jermaine Mays. He was great. I know about him and remember him.

Santana Moss only played one year for Carol City. He was great. But he was more of a track standout. Brian Griese wasn't even a first team All Dade QB. He was beaten out by Darryl Heidelberg who is now the head coach at Norland.

Everybody has an opinion and I respect yours. But if you're unhappy with the list, why don't you make your own. Let's see how it turns out.

abcott said...

LOL Mine probably would be great. I didn't mean to come off as disrespecting your list I was just baffled at first because It was missing some record holders. I do realize that some eras stick out to others differently. No disrepect.

Big Ish said...

What happened to Mitch Green from Maimi Springs or Ricardo Preston from Hialeah... If college and Pro careers didn't factor in why is Santana Moss on the list not to knock him but he made third team all dade his Sr. yr at Carol City which barely threw the ball anyway.. Ijs atleast the players should be first team all dade to make the list

TEAMLOU305 said...

JEAMILLIO LEWIS, MIAMI JACKSON 1995
MARVIN "SNOOP" MINNIS, MNW, 1996
LEE CORSO, MIAMI JACKSON
EUGENE HUNTER, MIAMI BEACH, 1970'S
LARRY HUNTER, MIAMI BEACH, 1970'S
SEAN KEY, MIAMI AMERICAN 1994
TEAKO BROWN, CAROL CITY, 1995
TAVARES CAPERS, MIAMI JACKSON
TYRONE BUTTERFIELD, MIAMI CENTRAL
DEVONTA FREEMAN, MIAMI CENTRAL

fan said...

What about Rashad Armstrong from Hialeah Miami Lakes c/o 98. Kept teams from playing pass coverage on Rohan Davey. Clearly one of the best QB and RB duo.

blaster said...

Dude, what about southridge standouts Roman Nelson, Harvey Reid, Jammeel Cook etc. SouthRidge in the 80's and 90's could make up a quarter of that list. Oh Sedric Irving among others.

miamihighsfinest5 said...

what about elvis dumerville miami jackson and darren mickell miami high....wow

miamihighsfinest5 said...

what about elvis dumerville miami jackson and darren mickell miami high....wow

miamihighsfinest5 said...

also tutu atwell mmiami high

young benz said...

What about Robert Strap Iron Sanford or Jerry Seymour and Gleen sharpe

young benz said...

What about Robert Strap Iron Sanford or Jerry Seymour and Gleen sharpe

Elmo Glick said...

Herb Rich of Miami Beach High in the 1940's was one of the greatest ever. He was an all SEC tailback at Vanderbilt and later became a two-time All-Pro for the Los Angeles Rams. He was one of the best kick and punt returners of his era, and his rookie NFL punt return record of 23.0 per return might still stand. It was being threatened by Patrick Peterson. I don't know if Peterson broke it. For those with under 75 punt returns, Rich's record might still be the NFL's best.

Borgella said...

What about Miami Edison class of 89' Jocelyn Borgella FS All dade in football LEAD county in INT (8) and Won State 4*100 relay track. First Haitian to be drafted 6 Round in the 1994 NFL Draft to the Detroit Lions. I am Jocelyn Borgella and i think am Dade County's 100 Greatest HS player of all time.

Chris Smith said...

What about roell preston from hialeah high?

Cesar Palacios said...

Chad Johnson Miami Beach high. 1996

Cedrick King said...

What about Randy Mccray, Antron Wright,Terrence Carter.

Quintin Minnis said...

No bullshit!

Quintin Minnis said...

Yeah whoever made this dont know shit

Quintin Minnis said...

Amen!!!!! PREACH

JAM MAGAZINE said...

Lorenzo Johnson #5 American High School was the hardest hitting DB IN 1996.

Kevin Johnson said...

Kelvin Johnson, homestead high c/o 2002, 1st all state and all dade, as well as the grier twins! Give homestead some love

Darren Mickell said...

I totally agree

Darren Mickell said...

It seems to be all nfl big names

Darren Mickell said...

I totally agree

Darren Mickell said...

I totally agree

Darren Mickell said...

I totally agree

Tom said...

Peter Athas Miami Edison all city, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, defensive back.

Robert Marsh Northwestern High, Detroit Lions.

Larry Rentz Coral Gables quarterback national champions.
Defensive back Atlanta Falcons.

Rick Gonzalez said...

uh, Reggie Kinlaw, Miami Springs?

Greg A. said...
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Greg A. said...

Melvin Bratton, Derrick Thomas!

Bill said...

You put Dieter Matthes, Norland 1967 and left out the guy who threw to him, Jackie Holmes? C'mon get serious.

alfonzo morgan said...

ALFONZO MORGAN CAROL CITY ALL-DADE 2years straight OL-DL-PUNTER. 1994
FREEMAN BROWN CAROL CITY 1993 #1LINEMAN IN THE COUNTRY
TEAKO BROWN CAROL CITY 1994 safety
RICARDO PRESTON HIALEHA 1993 RB

victor zepeda said...

What happened to the great Robert Williams from South Dade high! Look him up!