With two local post season senior all-star games, numerous camps and combines, spring and summer football, and a regular season, the Class of 2024 still has a number of talented football players who are out there waiting for an opportunity.
With the coveted Orange Bowl Showcase coming up in less than two months – where college coaches, high school coaches, student/athletes and their parents meet for two days, the beat goes on for these seniors who have put in a lifetime of work – in and out of the classroom for an opportunity to get an education and playing football.
After last Saturday’s annual Public vs. Private All-Star Game at Betty T. Ferguson Park in Miami Gardens, nearly 80 seniors had the chance to showcase what they had – once again.
For many of these young men, this has been a dream and a sacrifice since they were in grade school, and while the landscape of recruiting has changes, and continues to evolve, there is still the belief that there is a school for everyone.
Today, following up on the all-star game, we have five prospects that we continue to get out and provide additional exposure.
Amir Collings, QB, 6-3, 190, Pembroke Pines Flanagan. With so many quarterbacks getting their share of the spotlight in south Florida, many felt that this impressive young man was overlooked. Any college that has a chance to further develop him will be fortunate. He ended up throwing for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Falcons.
Djovany Dominique, WR/Slot, 5-10, 185, Coconut Creek. Back as far as the win over Western early in the season, you could tell that this was going to be a big part of the Cougars’ offensive attack this season. No matter if he lined up wide or in the slot, this was indeed someone you always had to account for. In the Public vs. Private contest, he came up with a touchdown reception. Also get it done in the classroom, posting a 2.7 GPA.
Karl Joseph, RB/OLB, 5-10, 185, North Miami Beach. When you play for veteran head coach Jeff Bertani and the Chargers, you will have the opportunity to play just about anywhere on the field. As a running back, linebacker and special teams, he helped to guide this program into the state playoffs.
Malik Thezan, DE/TE, 6-3, 210, Miramar. No matter if it was on the offensive side of the ball – playing tight end and blocking for the Patriots – or on defense, where he was a force coming off the edge for the vaunted “Darkside Defense”, this was a player who showed that he could be that player to get it done at the next level. His work in the classroom (3.0 GPA) will also open some doors.
Demetrius Williams, RB/FB, 5-9, 235, Homestead South Dade. Wherever this team played this season, the opposition knew exactly who this impressive young man. Known affectionately as “Meatball” for his build and the way he rolls through defenses, this is a very talented student/athlete. If you doubt what he can do at the next level, you would be fooling yourself. There are a lot of running backs in south Florida, and while he may not receive the attention most get, you can guarantee that he is as productive as any of them. Just wait until a college lands him, this is a player you will hear plenty from in the future!
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