A 5-time state champion and nationally ranked high school football program located in Bradenton, Florida. Website: Manateefootball.com.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Former Manatee standout Quenton Bundrage expected to be Iowa State's #1 Receiver

Athlon Sports...http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/top-25/iowa-state-2013-preview-predictions

Manatee football contingent attends ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale's fund raiser

Manatee County resident Dick Vitale, the famed college basketball broadcaster, recently hosted a charity fund raiser event to support cancer research. Attending to support this important cause were Manatee head coach Joe Kinnan, former Manatee QB and now USF head coach Willie Taggart, former FSU head coach Bobbie Bowden and a host of notables from pro and college sports.
Vitale's ESPN bio: http://espnmediazone.com/us/bios/vitale_dick/

For details on Manatee Hurricanes continuing to play football in college...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Manatee Class of 2013 - One of the most successful ever

The seniors graduating this week who played football helped take Manatee football to another level. Congrats and job well done for a 53-5 record* and one state championship over the past four years!

  • 2012 - (13 - 1) - State semi-finalist - Only loss to state champion St. Thomas Acquinas.
  • 2011 - (13 - 2) - State champion - Only losses to Don Bosco (national champions) and Good Counsel (MD), which ended up 5th in the nation.
  • 2010 - (13-1) State semi-finalist - Only loss to St. Thomas Acquinas, state and national champion.
  • 2009 - (14-1) State Finalist - Lost to Tampa Plant in state championship. Plant ended the nation in the top 20 in some polls. (*One Manatee loss was reversed by forfeit.)

Top University of Maryland recruiter visits Manatee; Son stars for Manatee opponent Gilman

Mike Locksley, the offensive coordinator and QB coach for the University of Maryland, visited Manatee on Wednesday. Mike was very upfront with Manatee Coaches informing them that he didn't visit on  behalf of his son's high school team - Manatee opponent Gilman (Maryland) - but instead to talk about potential future Terrapins from Manatee High.

Information on Locksley the UMaryland coach...http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/locksley_mike01.html
Information on Kai Locklsey, who played WR, FS and QB last year for Gilman. He is set to be the starting QB..http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/news/_/id/164106/kai-locksley. Last year's video highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1148627/highlights/22083376

For information on Manatee Hurricanes playing college football...

Rookie (Bradenton Manatee High Alum) Ace Sanders will make an impact for Jacksonville Jaguars

See the feature story...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Scout.com: Bradenton Manatee DB Darian Dailey offered scholarship by Tulane

Media wants to know who lined up next to DeMarcus Christmas for the Tallahassee Lincoln spring game

  1. Who's that new 2015 DT lined up next to DeMarcus Christmas at Bradenton Manatee?
A feature story on Manatee's DT Ryan Fines, class of 2015....Also details the proud lineage of Manatee D-Line stars...A link to the subscription only publication follows...

Stay with the Manatee Hurricanes at the team's hotel for the Gilman (Maryland) Labor Day weekend game

The Manatee Hurricanes will be staying at the Residence Inn by Marriott/Arlington-Pentagon City for their trip to the Nation's Capital over Labor Day weekend to take on Gilman School. The Residence Inn is located at 550 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

Rooms are $109 per night + tax and also includes a breakfast buffet each morning. For details call the reservation line at 888.236.2427 and mention "Fan Room Block." (If you have any problems please contact "Mildred" at the hotel. Her number is 703.413.6920.)
Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City

Canesgraddad: View 163 photos from the Lincoln vs Manatee spring game

Great photos for sale from Don Keller that can also be purchased and used on luggage tags, key chains, buttons, playing cards and more. http://canesgraddad.smugmug.com/2013ManateeHurricaneFootball/2013-Spring-Game-1/29617315_S75mQL#!i=2534162097&k=xrhS563

For more information on Hurricanes in college...

Manatee's Jake Stickler picks up sixth scholarship offer; Holds BigEast, Big12 and SEC offers

For more details...https://twitter.com/search?q=jake%20stickler&src=typd
  1. -er OL Jake Stickler picked up his 6th FBS offer this week & now holds offers. ($)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rivals.com: Lincoln vs. Manatee game story coverage

Extensive game story coverage...http://flavarsity.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1509269&PT=4&PR=2

New Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Bradenton features Manatee football uniform

Congrats and best of luck to the just opened Texas Roadhouse in Bradenton. They were wise enough to show their spirit by posting a Manatee football helmet and jersey on the wall. Congrats! (Thanks to the reader who supplied the photo as well.)

ShowMeMizzou.com: Manatee's Jake Stickler feature story

ShowMeMizzou.com: Trevon Walters' Friday night performance "Impressive"

A story on the rising interest in Trevon Walters on a website covering Missouri football...and his performance against Tallahassee Lincoln in the spring game.http://missouri.scout.com/2/1295042.html

ROCKETDIGEST.COM: Manatee's Brodrick Yancy has two scholarship offers

The story on Brodrick Yancy from this subscription based publication...http://toledo.scout.com/a.z?s=361&p=2&c=1295062&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2ftoledo.scout.com%2f2%2f1295062.html

Scout.com: Manatee's Walters lists Missouri Tigers in top 2

Last week, the Missouri Tigers extended a scholarship offer to 2014 RB prospect Trevon Walters 5'11” 194 Bradenton (FL) Manatee. Below is a link to the story from a subscription based publication covering Missouri football...

New article detailing background of the Brothers in Arm Classic - Manatee vs. Gilman in Maryland (ESPN game)

See the Rivals.com story and a list of all schools participating in the Brothers in Arms Classic - including Manatee...http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1509315

Monday, May 27, 2013

Website covering Kentucky football: "An offer or two" may be coming soon for Manatee players

A multi-part series by a website that follows the University of Kentucky football. The publication does not identify who will be offered...http://www.aseaofblue.com/2013/5/27/4358578/recruiting-florida-part-3
Manatee Hurricanes playing in college...http://manateehurricanesfootball.blogspot.com/p/canes-in-college.html

Manatee's Trevon Walters picks up scholarship offers from Minnesota, Missouri and USF

Tweet announcing who has offered Trevon Walters so far...Greg is the USF writer for the TB Times...https://twitter.com/gregauman/statuses/337011872098316288

gregauman Bradenton Manatee RB Trevon Walters, who has a scholarship offer from USF, says he has picked up new offers from Missouri and Minnesota.
Wed, 22 May 2013 01:07:46 from Twitter for iPhone reply view

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Manatee football (Alum): Ace Sanders at Jacksonville Jaguar OTAs

Ace Sanders is back in action with the Jaguars...Details:
http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/ace-sanders-2 (photo)

USC (Southern Cal), UCLA, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky and more visit Bradenton for Tallahassee Lincoln vs. Manatee spring game

Being billed as the top spring game in the state brought in a big crowd and a long line of recruiters taking notes and recording videos along the back of the west end zone at Hawkins Stadium. The furthest to travel to Bradenton for the game were coaches from three Pac-12 teams - USC (Southern California) and UCLA and the University of Arizona.

Others coaches in attendance: Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Bethune Cookman, FAMU, Samford and Albany.

Representing the Univerisity of Arizona was defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel...

                      College scouts gather in the end zone prior to the spring game kickoff

For a listing of Manatee Hurricanes playing college football...

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Video: On field interview of Coach Kinnan and QB Josh Meyer after Tallahassee Lincoln game

A Bradenton Herald on field interview of Coach Kinnan and Manatee QB Josh Meyer immediately after spring game victory over Tallahassee Lincoln High...http://preprallybradenton.blogspot.com/2013/05/prep-football-video-manatee-41-lincoln-2.html

Herald Tribune: New Hurricanes quarterback Meyer impresses

Sarasota Herald Tribune article: http://preps.heraldtribune.com/2013/05/25/new-hurricanes-quarterback-meyer-impresses/

Bradenton Herald: Manatee Hurricanes' offense, defense click in 41-2 spring romp

See story: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/05/25/4540063/prep-football-manatee-hurricanes.html

Rivals.com discussion thread commenting on Lincoln vs. Manatee spring football game

Rivals.com thread begins with questions about the game being on tv and proceeds into commentary on the game...330 views with 30 replies...

Bay News 9 - Manatee blows out Tallahassee Lincoln (W/Video)


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Iowa State Football - Former Manatee star Quenton Bundrage wins Most Outstanding Newcomer Award


  1. Iowa State Football: Quenton Bundrage Wins Most Outstanding Newcomer Award

Quenton Bundrage was the Dury Moss Outstanding Newcomer Award winner in 2012.

Manatee's opponent - Lincoln High Facebook Page

Photos, news and more from the Lincoln High perspective...https://www.facebook.com/lincolntrojansfootball

Miami, Arizona, Clemson, Jacksonville University, Liberty, Jacksonville State (AL), Ball State, Bethune Cookman and Florida Tech all visit Manatee

A very busy day at Manatee on Thursday highlighted by a visit from Art Kehoe of the the University of Miami. In addition, the following schools were represented: new D2 football program Florida Tech in Melbourne, Bethune Cookman, Clemson, Arizona, Ball State, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville State (AL) and Liberty University.

Art Kehoe, UM Offensive Line Coach

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Herald Tribune article on Lincoln vs. Manatee being named top spring game in the state

News story...http://preps.heraldtribune.com/2013/05/20/fhsf-names-lincoln-manatee-top-spring-game/

FSU, Auburn, Missouri, Kent State and Albany make their appearances at Manatee

Odell Haggins, Defensive Line Coach for FSU spent time at Manatee on Thursday. Joining him were coaches from Missouri, Auburn, Ken State and the University of Albany.
Info on Coach Haggins... http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/haggins_odell00.html

Rivals.com: Manatee reloads for another run (W/Video)

See story...http://flavarsity.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1507239

Bradenton Herald story on Lincoln vs. Manatee being rated as #1 spring game

 Bradenton Herald story on Lincoln vs. Manatee being rated #1 spring game in Florida...

Floridahsfootball.com ranks Tallahassee Lincoln vs Manatee as #1 spring game

See the story at http://floridahsfootball.com/

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Herald Tribune article - Spring football check in: Manatee

The Sarasota Herald Tribune previews the new Hurricanes...

Iowa State, Kansas, Bowling Green, Ball State, Eastern Illinois and Bucknell visit

Joining around 50 fans watching the recent Manatee scrimmage were recruiters from Iowa State, Kansas, Bowling Green, Ball State, Eastern Illinois and Bucknell. The Iowa State recruiter stayed the longest and was virtually the last person to leave the field after talking with Manatee coaches.

Former Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne recalls long trek to Bradenton

The story of Tom Osborne's trip to Bradenton to recruit Tommie Frazier immediately after losing to Miami in the Orange Bowl.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Details on 26 former Hurricanes currently playing college football or who have signed letters of intent for next season

Former Manatee Hurricanes in college...26 players in college or who have signed letters of intent for next season and one head coach of a major football program. See names and links to rosters/college information for the 26 - http://manateehurricanesfootball.blogspot.com/p/canes-in-college.html

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Manatee DT roster addition generating discussion on national message boards

An entire topic thread is devoted to the arrival at Manatee of current sophomore DT Ryan Fines from Colorado. There are already 42 comments on the issue...

A youtube highlight video...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytGXdBkLCHE

For a listing of Manatee Hurricanes playing college football...

Recruiters from GA Tech, Furman, Brown, Tenn. State and Coastal Carolina were at Manatee today

A big number of recruiters at Manatee today....GA Tech, Furman, Brown, Tenn St. and Coastal Carolina were all represented...

History & Tradition: A Manatee game in 1994 was the first high school football game in the nation aired on live pay-per-view TV

The Manatee vs. Southeast matchup at Manatee was so hyped that besides a sellout crowd, the game was shown on pay-per-view TV. This was the first high school game in the nation ever aired on pay per view, according to a September 13, 1994 Miami Herald story.

The game captured press attention from Florida's largest newspapers: Miami Herald, September 13, 1994; USA Today - Sep 9, 1994; St. Petersburg Times - September 9, 1994.

Former Hurricane Leon Allen rushes for 38 yards in WKU spring game

Former Manatee Hurricane Leon Allen rushed for 38 yards on seven carries for the Red squad in the WKU Red vs. White spring game. The Red team won 42-3. According to media reports, the red team includes most projected starters.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ohio State and UConn make appearances at Manatee

Despite the fact that there was no practice, two big names in college football came calling today - Ohio State and UConn (University of Connecticut)...

Representing Ohio State was Kerry Coombs, CB Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. The bio for Coombs...


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Manatee to travel to Maryland for Labor Day Weekend Game - UnderArmour Brothers In Arms Classic

Manatee will be one of Forty-six teams from fourteen states that will compete in the inaugural UnderArmour Brothers in Arms Classic. It will be televised across the nation on various media outlets. Manatee Plays on September 1st at 2 pm against Gilman High School of Baltimore, MD. For more information on the Classic visit: www.biafoundation.org.

Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Kentucky, FIU and Presbyterian visit Manatee on Tuesday

Busy day with a host of football recruiters at school and at practice from big name college programs....Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Kentucky, Florida International University and Presbyterian were all represented.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Player profile: Offensive lineman Michael Galati's 2012 highlight video

Michael Galati, class of 2014, highlight video...

TV/Video replay: Entire 1983 State championship game - Manatee vs Miami Southridge

Game features many familiar names - Tracey Sanders at QB, Steve Peebles as an O-lineman and Frank Brunner as a tight end...

Rivals.com highlights seven from Manatee's class of 2014



Player profile: Trevon Walters' 2012 highlight video

Trevon Walters' 14-minute 2012 highlight video...


Manatee coach proud to hear son's named called in NFL draft

WWSB ABC 7 story on Manatee DB Coach Tracey Sanders reaction to his son, Ace, being drafted...


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Former Manatee/Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Read the Bradenton Herald story:

Nebraska media guide - Tommie Frazier

Recruiters from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Northern Illinois visit Manatee

Recruiters from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Chattanooga and Northern Illinois visited Manatee on Tuesday. In addition, recruiters from Marshall University made a return visit gathering more information on Manatee players.

A little more about the lesser known  UT-Chattanooga and Northern Illinois. The UTC MOCS boast Terrell Owens as its most famous football alum. There are also three MOCS on either practice squads or active rosters in the NFL.

The Northern Illinois Huskies rose to national prominence last year playing against FSU in the Orange Bowl. The Huskies are sending five players to NFL camps this summer.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Georgia and Purdue recruiters visit Manatee

Another day and more recruiters from big name programs visit Manatee - today it was Georgia an Purdue.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

First day in pads; Marshall recruiter takes in practice

A rare late afternoon weekend practice saw players experience their first day in pads...Marshall University recruiter took in the entire practice!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Carnes transfers to Northern Iowa

Former Manatee and Nebraska QB transfers to Northern Iowa...read the Sarasota Herald Tribune article:

South Carolina QB Coach at Manatee

GA Mangus, QB coach and recruiter for South Carolina, came by Manatee the other day...South Carolina recruiters have been regulars on campus after signing former Hurricane WR Ace Sanders - now a Jacksonville Jaguar.

Baylor, Louisville, FSU, Florida and Davidson visit Manatee

More big name college programs visited Manatee to check out the talent recently. Florida's defensive coordinator DJ Durkin and FSU's Lawrence Dawsey came by to meet with Coach Kinnan and his staff. Dawsey is the FSU Passing Game Coordinator/WR coach. Louisville and Baylor were also represented.

Recruiters from Tulane, USA and FAU visit Manatee

Manatee coaches were busy last week with recruiters from Tulane, University of South Alabama and Florida Atlantic University visiting the school.

Shake Pit announces 1st day of practice

Manatee grad Ben Axon leads Campbellsville in spring game

Read about Axon and other Manatee grads in the Bradenton Herald article...


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Villanova University visits!

Villanova University recruiter visits - A recruiter from the Division 1 Wildcats was at Manatee (today) to begin wooing potential recruits. According to sources, the recruiter spoke to a number of players.

First day of spring practice

Big turnout - Over 90 players turned out for varsity practice on today's first day of spring practice.


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