Show Debut~ High school athletes and college recruiting

September 17, 2013
Hosted by Karif Byrd

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The process of college recruiting has changed considerably over the years. College football is competitive. So is the recruiting process. College recruiting is a game, too. There are rules and strategies. Preparation and perseverance pay off. And with roster spots and scholarship dollars on the line, there are winners and losers. Hearing about what to do and not to do during this process from those who have been through it serves as valuable information. Our guest, Donte Gamble has successfully been there and done that. Lorenzo Reyna is currently on the front lines watching and writing about America’s best talent. They will both give input and guidance to the high school athlete who is looking to play at the next level.

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Get It Done Sports Radio is everything that you need to know about becoming the total college athlete and how to get through the recruiting process. We’ll discuss local and national high school stand outs as the days count down to the biggest day in college sports, National Signing Day. We will also talk with past and current college and NFL players and coaches to gather insight, knowledge and an understanding about their college experiences and lessons learned.

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Karif Byrd

Karif Byrd

Karif Byrd is no stranger to success. As a 2000 University of Georgia Bulldog graduate, he raised the athletic bar in football, track and field. A three time All-SEC Track and Field awardee, Byrd was part of a distance medley team that smashed a 20 year school record. As a wide receiver for the Bulldogs high profile football team, Byrd laid the framework and foundation that allowed him to professionally compete in today’s highly competitive market. He mastered both the theory and the practical application of competitive sports. These skills would be a vital part of his career in coaching, training and conditioning. Byrd trains high school athletes, conducts workshops, leadership seminars and camps throughout California.

In 2007, Byrd formed Get It Done Sports as a way to transfer his on field experience to youthful athletes, schools, institutions and athletic programs. Through local camps, 7 on 7 passing tournaments and youth and high school combines, Get It Done Sports has earned a reputation as one of the top sporting event facilitators in California.

In 2013 Byrd started the Lisa Byrd Get It Done Foundation, created to assist those less fortunate in participating in the Get It Done camps for free as well as providing education through complimentary workshops and leadership seminars.

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Donte Gamble

Donte Gamble was an all city conference player at Washington high school in Los Angeles. At El Camino college, in Torrance, he was a unanimous pick as a cornerback and punt returner, and also was selected “All State” in California as a corner back. Donte transferred to San Diego State and started his first season as a corner back and on kick return. After graduating from San Diego State, Donte played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian football League, the Peoria Pirates of American Football League, and the Ottawa Renegades. Donte is also coaching youth football and trying to spread the hope of opportunity of sport so kids can learn teamwork, multi tasking, and leadership, and he also lets them know how football can change their lives by earning scholarships and possibly playing in the NFL can help secure your financial future if you work hard and believe. View Guest page

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Tony Gilbert

Tony Gilbert, a three-year starter at linebacker and captain of Georgia's 2002 SEC Championship team, returned to his alma mater as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in the summer of 2011. A native of Macon, Ga., Gilbert is the only player to lead Georgia in tackles three times since defensive records began being kept in 1976. He led the Bulldogs with 96 stops in 2000, 99 in 2001 and 114 in 2002, when he tied for the team high with Boss Bailey. Gilbert's 328 career tackles rank No. 10 among Georgia's career leaders, and the Bulldogs compiled a 29-9 record during his three seasons as a starter. In 2002, the Dogs compiled a 13-1 record en route to capturing the SEC Championship and finishing No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. That same season, Gilbert was tabbed second-team All-SEC by league coaches and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Gilbert was drafted in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He eventually was signed by Jacksonville and played five seasons with the Jaguars from 2003-07 and two years with the Atlanta Falcons (2008-09) before returning to Jacksonville for the 2010 campaign. Gilbert was a first-team AAAA All-State performer at Central High School in Macon and remains an active member of the Macon community. Gilbert earned his bachelor's degree in Special Education from UGA in 2011. View Guest page

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Leroy Irvin

Leroy Irvin was a member of the Los Angeles Rams from 1980 to 1989. He played cornerback. He played in the Pro Bowl in 1985 and 1986. He currently holds the record for most punt return yards in a single game (207) against the Atlanta Falcons in 1981. Irvin is one of only a few players in NFL history to be named all-pro at two positions. Irvin was born in Fort Dix, NJ and attended high school at Glenn Hills High School in Augusta, Georgia. He began his college career in 1976 at the University of Kansas. For his career, Irvin made two pro bowl appearances (1985,1986) and was named all-pro four seasons (1981, '82, '85 and '86). He currently works with former Los Angeles Rams teammate Vince Ferragamo at End Zone Mortgage in Anaheim Hills, CA. He most recently started a company alongside former Los Angeles Rams teammate Eric Dickerson called Original Mini Jerseys. The company holds an NFL license and offers a unique sports memorbilia product. He appeared in the 1985 team promotional video "Ram It", where he called himself the "Iceman" and stated that interceptions were his game. He was an assistant football coach at California State University Northridge in 1992. He now coaches football for Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, CA. View Guest page

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Daylon Monette

Former Westside Blacksox and So Cal Rush Head Coach Daylon Monette has returned to the dugout after a one year hiatus. Monette spent the last year at home with his family after leading the #1 nationally ranked 14U So Cal Rush to a successful summer season. Daylon Monette is a former 3 time MLB draft choice and All Big XII Conference selection as well as the Oklahoma St University Offensive Player of the Year. After 3 seasons of Minor League Baseball Daylon decided to retire from the game and develop the talents of young aspiring ballplayers. In 2005 he coached the Westside Blacksox to the AAU and USABF National Championships. The team went on to produce 6 MLB Draft products including current MLB stars Giancarlo Stanton and Tyler Skaggs. While owning and operating Diamond Elite Baseball Academy, LLC Monette also coached varsity baseball at Montclair Prep HS in Van Nuys, CA. During his time as an assistant coach he helped lead Montclair Prep to one quarterfinals appearance and one semi-finals appearance which equaled the furthest CIF playoff advancement in school history. In 2007 Daylon Monette coached a start-up travel team promptly named the So Cal Rush. The players were handpicked by him and his assistants and enjoyed success immediately. The team has ended their season ranked #1 in the nation in their age group in both 2010 and 2012 seasons. In 2012 the team enjoyed a prolific run at the USA Baseball Championships 16U division, taking 5th place but having 7 kids selected to the USA National Team and Developmental Team. From 2010- 2012 Monette has served as the Head Coach for the So Cal NTIS Team which has developed much of the talent for Team USA Baseball over the past 3 years. In 2013 Daylon will serve as an advisor to So Cal NTIS, and will serve in a mentorship role. Just recently Monette was hand selected by Marucci Bat Company to coach its sponsored team of 2016 graduates which operates under California Baseball Academy. CBA baseball is a College Development Baseball program unlike the normal travel ball organization. Daylon will be entrusted to continue to develop the top tier talent in the Southern California area by recruiting and developing the best prospects from Los Angeles County to San Diego County. A native of Chino Hills, CA Monette is married to his wife Karla and has one son, Kingston. View Guest page

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Lorenzo J. Reyna

“Even if someone tells you how great you are, still find ways to be better. Treat your goals like being at the buffet line. Got to stay hungry to become satisfied.” -Lorenzo J. Reyna- If there’s any 7-on-7 tournaments or skill camps that showcases emerging California football talent at the prep level, you can be assured Lorenzo J. Reyna will be there searching for the next big time prospects. Lorenzo is a strong fixture in the recruiting world as a writer. He became the coverage writer for Passing Down, one of the fastest-growing 7-on-7 tournaments in California.. Lorenzo has his blog corner, Cali Gold Mine, which was created in 2012 to help prospects in California get noticed. Cali Gold Mine has become a hit among players and college coaches of all levels. In fact, Lorenzo’s work through CGM has gotten college football coaches from the junior college level all the way to the Bowl Championship Series ranks to ask Lorenzo himself about certain players. View Guest page

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