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Friday, February 28, 2014

Manatee Football booster salute: Business identity and graphic solutions by Idea-Concepts

LINK to Manatee football booster supporter Idea-Concepts, the host and website designer of ManateeFootball.com. IDEA-CONCEPTS.COM is a local provider of business identity and graphic solutions.

Former Manatee opponent spotlight: First Coast QB takes honors at Valdosta MVP Camp

Manatee played against the QB in the state championship in Orlando three years ago. Story includes the QB's thoughts on his freshman year defeat at the hands of Manatee. LINK to Orlando Sentinel story.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Newberry's announcement of Manatee's Dylan Beauchamp's commitment

Beauchamp being interviewed by
a local reporter.
Link to the Newberry Wolves football website.

Manatee High football seniors net nearly $1 million in college scholarships this year

While many will focus on the potential for gridiron glory in the coming years, one fact that is often overlooked is the monetary value of the college scholarships received by Manatee High football seniors.

With room, board and tuition now costing an average of $92,000* for the four year journey to obtain a college degree, this year's record setting Manatee High football scholarship class earned almost $1 million in scholarships from their colleges and universities. Hard work on the field and in the classroom does pay off!

See the GOOGLE MAP POST for more details on who will be going where from the 2013/14 team. (Click on the football next to each player's name for details on the specific college they will be attending.)

*SOURCE: THE NEW REPUBLIC MAGAZINE.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Manatee football players help Canes crush Southeast and Palmetto in boys weightlifting

The Manatee weightlifting team, which features many Manatee football players, turned in a strong performance...Check out the new Twitter feed that covers all Manatee High athletics...
Canes crush Southeast and Palmetto in weightlifting! MHS 62, PHS 38, Southeast 18

Manatee High football's 2014 schedule

LINK to FloridaHSFootball.com story.

Monday, February 24, 2014

NationHSFootball.com: Manatee's Georgia opponent reportedly going to lose its coach


Reports are that Manatee's Georgia opponent in 2014, Ware County High School, is about to lose its coach. Read all the details at NATIONALHSFOOTBALL.COM.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Looking toward the 2014 Manatee Hurricanes football team

The 2014 high school football season in Florida is still months away but that doesn't mean it's too early to begin thinking of next year's Manatee Hurricanes.

Key returning players from the 2013 varsity team:

Rising seniors:
#1 WR - Kelvin McKnight (2015)
#12 QB - Josh Meyer (2015)
#20 DB - Antonio Henderson (2015)
#52 LB - Nashon Smith (2015)
#99 DL - Ryan Fines (2015)

Rising juniors:
#8 DB - Travon Rumph (2016)
#22 RB - Johnnie Lang (2016)
#24 RB - Octavious James (2016)

Last year's JV team was undefeated and will provide another crop of outstanding players to help Manatee reload.  LINK to the 2013 Manatee JV roster.






Friday, February 21, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Manatee High defensive lineman Ryan Fines, class of 2015, verbally commits to the University of Miami (FL)

The Manatee High class of 2015 posted its first verbal commitment today when defensive lineman Ryan Fines committed to the University of Miami. LINK to CanesInsider.com and  for all the details.









Manatee football coaches and players attend college football recruiting fair in search of more scholarships

A contingent of Manatee football coaches and approximately 12 Manatee High seniors attended a college football recruiting fair in Tampa over Saturday and Sunday of President's Day Weekend. The unique event, held at Jefferson High School in Tampa, allows Division II, III and NAIA college football coaches to see game video and then meet seniors that they are interested in learning more about.

On Saturday it was coaches only, as Manatee coaches spread out and approached the nearly 50 colleges in attendance hoping to generate more interest in this year's record breaking senior class that saw 12 sign on National Signing Day. (The seniors attending this recruiting event have not yet signed letters of commitment.) After talking with the college coaches in attendance, appointments are then set up by the college coaches to meet the next day with Manatee players who the coaches believe may be a fit for their team and college.  

LINK to BigCountypreps.com story on the recruiting fair from last year (2012).
LINK to TampaBay.com's story on the recruiting fair (2012).

Monday, February 17, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Manatee opponent spotlight: Friendship Collegiate Academy has 18 players sign on signing day

Friendship Collegiate Academy from the District of Columbia, which Manatee hosted and defeated in 2013, had 18 players sign on National Signing Day. LINK to Washington Post story on Friendship Collegiate Academy. LINK to Bradenton.com game story on Manatee's 23-13 victory over Friendship.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Manatee's strength coach (Rich Lansky) is featured speaker at national football clinic


Congratulations to Rich Lansky on being a featured speaker at a national football clinic that was held recently in Orlando. LINK to his bio on Manateefootball.com.

Orlando Football Clinic Schedule - January 31 - February 2, 2014   Glazierclinics.com

Richard Lansky
Manatee HS, FL
Strength & Cond Coach
Bio
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rivals.com: USF Class of 2014 - Manatee's Michael Galati


LINK to Rivals.com story on Manatee's Michael Galati - no subscription required. For another story on the offensive line recruited by USF this year, visit RIVALS.COM - subscription required.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Assistant Manatee football coach nominated for national coaching award

Hank Mallol, an assistant Manatee High football coach, is up for a national award according to Maxpreps.com. Mallol has been nominated for the Positive Coaching Alliance - Double Goal Coach Award. See MAXPREPS.COM for more information. Congratulations, Coach Mallol!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Herald Tribune: No school illustrated the depth of the talent pool in the area more than Manatee High

LINK to the Herald-Tribune story on signing day and Manatee's record number of players who signed.

Recruiters begin targeting next year's Manatee football team - Ryan Fines earns offers from Miami, USF and Arizona

The signing ceremony was barely over when three of the nation's biggest programs began targeting next year's Manatee team for potential recruits. First on their list from Manatee's class of 2015 (not 2014) is Defensive Lineman Ryan Fines.
The massive 6-3, 292 pound junior received offers from USF, Arizona and the University of Miami (FL). The Fines family moved to Bradenton from Colorado midway through his sophomore year. LINK to video highlights of Fines.

Manatee D-Line coach Steve Gulash said today offered junior DT Ryan Fines a scholarship for next year.#SigningDay



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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rewatch the entire Manatee High football signing ceremony over the internet

The event begins at 8:38 on the video. LINK to the video. For more photos visit: MANATEEFOOTBALL.COM

Herald-Tribune: 12 Manatee Hurricanes commit to schools

LINK to Herald-Tribune story.

Bradenton Herald: Record 12 Manatee Hurricanes sign to play in college (Photos)

LINK to Bradenton.com story.

A record 12 Manatee Hurricanes make commitments to play college football on National Signing Day

The largest number of Manatee Hurricanes in history, 12 in total, made commitments to play football at the next level in a signing day event at Manatee High.
National Signing Day at Manatee High/www.ManateeFootball.com

  • The event was broadcast live over the internet with at least two major college programs watching live to see their future players sign on the dotted line - Florida State and Georgia Tech. 
  • The event included one last minute change of schools - Kyle Mauk switched from the Citadel to Florida Tech. 
  • One Manatee Hurricane will be playing for national champion Florida State - Demarcus Christmas.
  • One player will be playing in the SEC - Trevon Walters at Missouri. 
  • All five of the entire starting offensive line signed - Jake Stickler, Georgia Tech; Michael Galati, USF; Dylan Beauchamp, Newberry College; Kyle Mauk, Florida Tech and Brooks Larkin, Air Force Academy.
  • Danny Doyle will be playing at Duke University.
  • Brodrick Yancy will be playing at Temple.
  • Darian Dailey at Rutgers.
  • Greg Reaves at University of Albany.
  • Raland Brewer at Hutchinson Community College (KS)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

12 Manatee Hurricanes expected to sign tomorrow on football's National Signing Day; Event to be broadcast live

For the first time at Manatee High, the National Signing Day ceremony will be broadcast live over the internet. The event, which starts at 8 A.M in the Manatee High theater, will be broadcast live on MANATEEFOOTBALL.COM.


Just announced: Manatee OL Brooks Larkin will sign letter of intent to play football at the Air Force Academy

Manatee OL Brooks Larkin will sign a national letter of intent with the Air Force Academy at tomorrow's National Signing Day ceremony at Manatee High. LINK to Larkin's highlights.
Brooks Larkin

Manatee LB Greg Reaves headed to the University of Albany (NY)

Manatee LB Greg Reaves will sign with the UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY during Wednesday's National Signing Day Ceremony at Manatee High. All Manatee football signings will be broadcast live at 8 A.M. on MANATEEFOOTBALL.COM.
Greg Reaves

Monday, February 3, 2014

Manatee's Danny Doyle is Duke bound; Will sign Institutional Letter of Intent to play football on Wednesday

Defensive End Danny Doyle will sign an Institutional Letter of Intent to continue playing football at the next level for Duke University. Doyle will sign at Wednesday's Signing Day Ceremony at Manatee High. The ceremony will be broadcast live over the internet at 8 A.M. on MANATEEFOOTBALL.COM
Danny Doyle #58 

Manatee's Darian Dailey switches commitment from Tulane to Rutgers; Garners big coverage in NJ newspapers

Manatee DB Darian Dailey, who previously committed to Tulane, has switched and is now committed to Rutgers. LINK to NJ.Com story, with photo, on Dailey's visit and his decision. LINK to Bradenton.com story on Dailey's commitment. LINK to Dailey's highlight video.


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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Watch live as Manatee Hurricanes sign college football letters of intent on National Signing Day

For the first time at Manatee High, National Signing Day will be broadcast live over the internet from Manatee High. The event begins at 8 A.M. on February 5th. Manatee's large signing day contingent is to be headlined by Demarcus Christmas, who is signing with the national champion FSU Seminoles. To watch, visit MANATEEFOOTBALL.COM



Miami Herald: Manatee's Demarcus Christmas "headlines" FSU defense's recruiting class

MIAMI HERALD story on FSU's recruiting class...

Manatee's Demarcus Christmas sports an FSU jersey during his official visit

Photo: Official Visit FSU Demarcus Christmas...
Demarcus Christmas
Demarcus Christmas during his recent visit to FSU.