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Scouts Doing Backflips Over Deerfield Beach High Alum

When it comes to South Florida athletes of Haitian descent, Jozy Altidore gets all the accolades. Strange, because by his own admission, he plays soccer. Jason Pierre-Paul, a Deerfield Beach High School graduate now playing defensive end for the University of South Florida, is grabbing some headlines of his own, following the Bulls' upset of Florida State last weekend.

This article at ESPN tells of how Pierre-Paul, at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, introduced himself to a college recruiter by doing a standing backflip -- in shoulder pads and helmet, no less:

Pierre-Paul is impressing a lot of people these days with his unique blend of skills. In just his fourth Division I game, the junior-college transfer won Big East defensive player of the week honors by recording a sack, a forced fumble and three tackles for loss in a 17-7 win at Florida State.

What's amazing -- and scary for future opponents -- is that Pierre-Paul is like a newborn in a grown man's body. Right now, he's getting by on pure athletic ability, of which he has plenty in reserve.

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Thomas Francis

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