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Junior at Bernstein High has eye on becoming Division I prospect
Junior at Bernstein High has eye on becoming Division I prospect

John Mercado, 6 feet 2, 275 pounds, sweats so profusely lifting weights he'd be perfect for a deodorant commercial. His parents always receive a hint of his presence when he comes home from football practice. "They can't stand the smell of my clothes after practice, all the sweat and juices," he said. "They tell me to go outside and let it air out." A 16-year-old junior at Hollywood Bernstein High, Mercado is trying to become the school's first Division I football prospect. There will be many obstacles ahead, but the offensive tackle with a baby face and a distinctive grunt when he gets off the line to block is listening, learning and liking the...

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