High School Buzz 

American Heritage LB Josh Ward commits to Akron after long wait

  • 1:45 pm Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
American Heritage LB Josh Ward committed to Akron this week. (Photo by Allen Eyestone)

Josh Ward spent the past month on the phone.

After the University of Buffalo made a late decision to withdraw its scholarship offer to him just before National Signing Day (Feb. 4), Ward was left without a school to commit to. So, the Post’s 2014 Small Schools Defensive Player of the Year made it a daily habit to call college coaches to check if any still had room left in their recruiting class.

“I can’t even count how many schools we called,” Ward said. “We called every one that we could. All of the Division I-AA schools I called were full, so I thought the chances of going to a Division I school were slim.” [More]

Football: Wellington QB Shannon Patrick commits to University of Pikeville

  • 1:39 pm Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Wellington quarterback Shannon Patrick will continue his football career at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky. (Post file photo)

After his record-setting season at Wellington last year, quarterback Shannon Patrick is taking the next step in his football career. [More]

Keith Allen to replace Heath Nivens as King’s Academy’s head football coach

  • 3:44 pm Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by Anthony Chiang

King’s Academy will be under a head football coach next season.

The school announced the resignation of Heath Nivens and the promotion of Keith Allen on Tuesday. Allen, who has spent the past two seasons as the Lions’ defensive coordinator, will replace Nivens as King’s Academy’s head football coach. [More]

Oxbridge Academy RB Travis Homer stands out at Nike camp

  • 11:03 am Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by Anthony Chiang

Travis Homer is even surprising himself. After a standout junior season, the 2016 Oxbridge Academy running back is having a standout offseason.

Just a week after receiving an offer from Florida State, Homer posted the top SPARQ score at the Nike Football Opening Regional at Plantation American Heritage on Saturday. American Heritage running back Devin Singletary was named the camp’s running back MVP. [More]

Bill Powers named Suncoast Chargers defensive coordinator

  • 3:30 pm Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Former Jupiter Christian head coach Bill Powers has been Suncoast’s new defensive coordinator. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/The Palm Beach Post)

After spending 10 seasons as Jupiter Christian’s head football coach, Bill Powers decided it was time for something new.

It turns out the next chapter still includes football. Powers was named Suncoast’s new defensive coordinator this week following a successful tenure as Jupiter Christian’s head coach that included state titles in 2007 and 2008. [More]

Football: Former John I. Leonard DL Kevin Fagan inducted into FHSAA Hall of Fame

  • 1:58 pm Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
John I. Leonard graduate Kevin Fagan, a former UM and San Francisco 49ers defensive standout, will be inducted into the FHSAA in April.

Former John I. Leonard defensive lineman Kevin Fagan is one of 11 former Florida high school student-athletes who will be inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame this spring, the organization announced Wednesday. [More]

Pahokee RB McArthur Burnett joins Miami Hurricanes’ loaded 2016 class

  • 8:47 am Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Pahokee running back McArthur Burnett (8) escapes a tackle against Glades Central at Pahokee, Florida on November 6, 2014. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The Miami Hurricanes’ success in Palm Beach County continues.

Pahokee running back McArthur Burnett verbally committed to Miami late Monday night, joining the Hurricanes’ loaded 2016 recruiting class. 247Sports was the first to report the news. [More]

Football: Dwyer WR Isaiah Johnson flips commitment from Louisville to UM

  • 3:13 pm Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Dwyer wide receiver Isaiah Johnson (right) switched his commitment from Louisville to Miami on Monday. (Photo by Allen Eyestone)

Dwyer wide receiver Isaiah Johnson made up his mind Dec. 15 to accept a scholarship offer from Louisville. [More]

Football: Jupiter coach Doug Uccellini steps aside; Dan Start takes over

  • 11:32 am Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang and Jodie Wagner

Jupiter’s football team is heading in a new direction. [More]

Atlantic DE Shelton Johnson signs with Michigan

  • 3:35 pm Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Atlantic High School football player Shelton Johnson (right) who signed with Michigan clowns around with his cousin, Jamael Stewart, who was also the defensive backs coach at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Florida on February 4, 2015. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Atlantic High’s signing ceremony began late, but it was for a good reason.

Shelton Johnson was still trying to decide between Michigan and Florida State, so Eagles coach Tavarius Jackson pulled the four-star recruit into a room.

“It was something we sat down and talked about,” Jackson said. “That’s why it took us so long to come in. He was a nervous wreck.”

After their discussion, Jackson and Johnson walked into Atlantic High’s media center 20 minutes late Wednesday. But the 6-foot-5 Eagles defensive end had made up his mind, choosing Michigan in front a crowd full of teammates, coaches, family and media. [More]