FRIDAY FOCUS: Dolphins Host High School Media Day Saturday At Hard Rock Stadium

Larry Blustein
August 03, 2018 - 10:27 am

Larry Blustein

As the Miami Dolphins will be hosting their first scrimmage of 2018 on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, high school athletes from all over south Florida will be looking to get a jump on the upcoming season as well.

With football players attempting to make the Dolphins’ squad inside the stadium, there will be over 100 high school teams taking part in the Sixth Annual Miami Dolphins High School Media Day.

From 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. football teams and coaches will have the chance to experience what a real media day is all about.

With media from all over the state of Florida converging on the epicenter of football in the Sunshine State, some of the top prospects in the nation will get their photos taken, talk with the media and just take in what has become one of the marquee events.

“This is something that we started to give these athletes and their programs exposure,” said Than Russell, Youth Programs Ambassador for the Dolphins. “The objective is to give them a big time experience and take that into the season with them.”

As football players from each school will be asked every question possible, the event has certainly become a win/win for everyone involved. It is a time when phone are clicking memorable photos and taunts are exchanged about the upcoming season.

“They treat these players in such a first class manner,” said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. “Every year it gets bigger and better - with more teams and more players attending. They have professional media asking these young men questions - see for the first time in their career.”

In the past, state rated teams such as Plantation American Heritage, St. Thomas Aquinas, Chaminade-Madonna, Champagnat Catholic, Miami Central, Carol City and Northwestern have attended along with so many other teams from the tri-county area.

Among the early morning schools will be North Miami Beach, Coral Springs, Taravella, Cooper City, Monarch, McArthur and Miami Central.

Southridge, Booker T. Washington, Nova, Killian,  St. Thomas Aquinas, Glades Central, Douglas, Belen Jesuit,  North Miami, Boca Raton Olympic Heights, Miramar, South Broward, Plantation, Deerfield, Jupiter and so many others will be at the event as well.

“I have been associated with this every year and this is the biggest we have had,” said Dave Brousseau, who has assisted the Dolphins in organizing this impressive event. “We should have 113 schools and triple the media we have had in the past. This is big - real big!”

Defending 6A state champion Northwestern will be at the event at 9 a.m. Other defending state champions on hand will be: Champagnat Catholic (10:40), Chaminade-Madonna (1:00) and American Heritage (2:40) will be in attendance.

“The great thing about an event like this is that every player - no matter if they are a 5 star are no star - is treated in the same manner,” Russell said. “The day is all about promotion, but also creating memories as well.”  

WQAM/SFHSS TAKING PART IN THE DAY, TOO

With the Dolphins in action, Jimmie Cefalo and Joe Rose will call the action of the scrimmage as well as breakdown the team on Miami Sportsradio 560 WQAM from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

From 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., the South Florida High School Sports show will be on the air with interviews, guests and a complete recap of the entire day. 

Catch the South Florida High School Sports Radio Show each Saturday morning (10-11) on WQAM (560AM - https://wqam.radio.com/media/podcast/south-florida-high-school-sports-radio). 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!