FRIDAY FOCUS: Dolphins’ Media Day Will Spotlight Area Schools

Larry Blustein
July 13, 2018 - 12:05 pm

Larry Blustein

Believe it or not, there are still people – even here in south Florida - who question how important and popular high school football is in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Do you need to be reminded that at the start of the 2017 NFL season, there were 63 players from schools in the 305 and 954? You heard that right. A little over an entire roster of one team comes from this area.

There is simply no other region in the country that comes close. Talk about any state in this impressive nation, and none will matchup to the talent that this area produces annually.

“When the Hurricanes and Dolphins aren’t doing well, it’s the high schools that take center stage,” said Dana Wiley of Prep Films South Florida. “Nowhere else in the country would you see that. There are recruiting and high school football fanatics that come from every walk of life.”


Though the years, everyone knows how much the Miami Dolphins do for the community – that truly extends across the state and throughout the Caribbean. With the many youth football and girls’ flag football events that they host and promote, they have been a fixture.

Perhaps the one relationship that the Dolphins have formed through the years are the ones they have helped to keep the high school football in the spotlight.

From hosting events to being part of Facebook Live weekly games with former Dolphin standouts Kim Bokamer and Joe Rose, the relationship has been long and lasting.

With the annual Miami-Dade/Broward game each season, that relationship continues to be cemented. It is certainly one of the marquee events that rewards everyone involved. But so is the Media Day.

Entering its 6th year, Dolphins’ Media Day is indeed an event that the players and coaches talk about year round.

With supporters like owner Steven Ross and Jason Jenkins – as well as former Dolphins’ Twan Russell and Troy Drayton – this event has grown through the years and is really popular.

“We treat this just like it was a college media day event,” Russell said. “Every year it has been different and more has been added. This year we have a number of great things planned as well.”

With over 100 schools from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach coming out to Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m, this will be something to remember.

This year, in addition to the podium session with the head coach and five players from each school, the entire team will be available for one-on-one interviews and photos.

Catch the South Florida High School Sports Radio Show each Saturday morning (10-11) on WQAM (560AM - For the past 11 years, the players and coaches who are making the headlines, join the program. You will learn a lot about football recruiting!