With spring football under way and college coaches headed south to check up on the Class of 2024 rising seniors and the Class of 2025 juniors, they will be surprised to find that Miami-Dade and Broward County are stacked with Class of 2026 rising sophomores.
No matter what position you check out in this class, you will find some impressive talent that is ready to make an impact in 2023 – if they haven’t already.
Talking to college coaches this past week, they are anxious to see some the young talent in this region. They know they can plant seeds for the future like they do every year, and while the rising juniors and seniors dominate the football landscape, all know to follow some of these young men who impacted their respective teams as freshmen.
Today, with those college coaches roaming fields in both counties – as well as the entire state – much of the focus will be on those prospects. We checked out some defensive backs who should continue to jump on the radar.
While it’s tough to pick out every secondary standout in the class, we will bring you some to keep an eye on. Remember, college coaches check out our daily information, so if there is a prospect that needs to be added or an athlete has changed schools, please let us know.
There are some prospects who are starting to jump into the spotlight – like Gavin Almonard (Pompano Beach Blanche Ely), Darryl Bell III (Hialeah Barbara Goleman - Athlete), Luc Carroll (Miami Gulliver Prep - Athlete), Santonio Chatman (Miami Booker T. Washington), Samuel Coleman (Miami Southridge - Athlete), Christian Davis (Pompano Beach Blanche Ely), Kaleb Declaire (South Plantation), Raymond Diaz (Miami Coral Park - Athlete) and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas standout Justice Fitzpatrick, who had an interceptions in the state championship game against Homestead last season.
There are also Javari Flowers (Miami Central), David Fresco, Miami Coral Park (Athlete), Tedarius Hughes (Homestead South Dade), Aldarius Johnson (Miami Northwestern), Wynton Jones (Miami Palmetto - S), Bryan Joseph (Doral Academy), Bryant Junius (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna - Athlete), Tedrick Lee (Homestead South Dade - Athlete), Jasen Lopez (Miami Ture North Classsical), Karon Maycock (Miami Central - S), Jesiyah Miguel (Plantation American Heritage), Larry Spring (Miami Killian), Kenan Tookes (Pompano Beach Blanche Ely), Dominic Turnbull (Miami True Classical Academy - CB) and Miami Jackson’s Tyler Vieux.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THESE PROPECTS AS WELL
If you look at this group of defensive backs, there is no doubting that it is talented and deep. Several other players are expected to emerge during the spring and summer.
Check these quality young men out:
Matt Arteta, Weston Cypress Bay
Ryan Beery, Miami Gulliver Prep
Kanard Boucard, Miramar
Sam Brown, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
Tyler Brown, Miami Belen Jesuit (CB)
Keyon Bryant, Hialeah American (Athlete)
Joshua Carmichael, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy (CB)
Montgomery Dailey, Hialeah Barbara Goleman
Jermiyah Douglas, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Nelson Guillen, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy (CB)
Josh Houston, Fort Lauderdale NSU University School (Athlete)
Tavarus Jones, Miami LaSalle
Jaden Joselin, Coral Springs Taravella (S)
Dominic Kelly, Miami Palmetto
Brandon Kinsey, Miami Central (Athlete)
Bryce Lee, Miramar (Athlete)
Mateo Lucena, Weston Cypress Bay (S)
Mack Marcellus, Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace
Evan Morgan, Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace
Dominic Musella, Miami Varela (Athlete)
Walter Olden II, Miami True North Classical Academy
Antonio Owens Jr., Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace
Justin Petit-Homme, North Miami Beach (S)
Carlos Pavon, Miami High
Roger Rodriguez, Miami Coral Reef
Royce Santos, Coconut Creek Monarch
William Secola, Miami Archbishop Carroll (S)
Erwein Vargas, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy (CB)
Kaleb Wells, Miami Coral Reef
Kevin White, Miami St. Brendan Academy (S)
Ricky Williams Jr., Miami Central