Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic High may be a small school, but it is home to a lot of D-1 talent. Players such as ATH Charles Williams, OL Lawrence Williams, LB Isaac McDonald, OL Glen Bethel, TE Luiz Domingues and OL Shelton Williams all have an opportunity to play football on the college level for the class of 2013.
Led by head coach Mike Tunsil, the Champagnat Lions are getting noticed by big-time programs including the Miami Hurricanes.
“Coach (George) McDonald recruited Charles Williams hard,” Coach Tunsil said. “Charles wanted to get away from home, so he didn’t end up going to camp. Coach McDonald definitely gave it his all, Charles was just interested in leaving south Florida. He’s an athlete. Some schools recruited him as a DB and some schools recruited him at receiver. He’s going to Ole Miss to play wide receiver.”
“Coach McDonald wanted him at receiver. He came out to practice and we had him do our receiver drills. McDonald loved his athletic ability and the way he fights for the ball. He tried to convince him to come to the camp to get a better evaluation on him, but Charles didn’t end up going.”
The UM coaching staff has made a noticeable effort to visit all of the high schools in their backyard. Coach Tunsil can attest to that and is impressed by the new coaching regime.
“They are working very hard,” Coach Tunsil said about the Miami coaches. “They are going to every school. I can say one thing, I have been at small schools a couple of years and the other staff that was there before this staff, they didn’t go out to every school. My DB coach, the first year I was at Champagnat, played at Temple and always told me good things about Coach (Al) Golden, the head coach. He always had good things to say about him and always told me about his time at Temple. And everything has been true so far. We go there and they show a lot of love. They are doing a good job and hopefully they can get it back to the way it used to be.”
He added that, “If they keep recruiting the way they are, they will definitely get back to where they need to be.”
With the coaching staff making a substantial impact at local high schools, it will pay dividends in the years to come.
To learn more about Coach Tunsil and the Lions, visit www.miketunsil.com.