When it comes to defensive backs in south Florida – especially in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties – the list of amazing performers is long and productive.
From the high school level throughout college and into the NFL, for as long as anyone can remember, the talent that was produced in the secondary.
With so many athletes that are taught and trained to play cornerback and safety, the amount of impact players at the next level is amazing.
Just watching Chad Wilson and his All Eyes Defensive Back Camp workouts each weekend, you can see so many tremendous players who are on the radar way before the analysts have ever heard of them.
Instructors like Wilson and others get these talented football players from the earliest age to teach them the right way to do things.
It is because of players who compete in the defensive secondary, having a freshman or sophomore leave a mark in their first year.
The rising sophomore class of 2026 has some impressive athletic talent that were indeed on the radar before current lists were made, and while Wilson had talked about this group of skilled players years ago, many are just discovering them now.
Among those gifted Class of 2026 defensive backs include Darryl Bell III (Hialeah Barbara Goleman), Tyler Brown (Miami Belen Jesuit), Keyon Bryant (Hialeah American), Santonio Chatman (Miami Booker T. Washington), Kaleb DeClaire (South Plantation), Justice Fitzpatrick (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), Javari Flowers (Miami Central) and Tedarius Hughes (Homestead South Dade).
The class also features Aldarius Johnson Jr. (Miami Northwestern), Tavarus Jones (Miami LaSalle), Wynton Jones Jr. (Miami Palmetto), versatile Bryant Junius (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna), Brandon Kinsey (Miami Central), Tedrick Lee (Homestead South Dade), Karon Maycock (Miami Central), Jesiyah Miguel (Fort Lauderdale Dillard), athletic Dominic Turnbull (Miami True Classical Academy), Tyler Vieux (Miami Jackson) and Miami Coral Reef’s Kaleb Wells.
MORE ON THE WAY
While we gave you some to keep an eye on, you will see many more explode onto the scene during this off-season and into the spring.
Gavin Almonard, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely
Matt Arteta, Weston Cypress Bay
Ryan Beery, Miami Gulliver Prep
Kanard Boucard, Miramar
Sam Brown, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
Montgomery Dailey, Hialeah Barbara Goleman
Christian Davis, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely
Raymond Diaz, Miami Coral Park (Athlete)
Jermiyah Douglas, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
David Fresco, Miami Coral Park (Athlete)
Josh Houston, Fort Lauderdale NSU University School (Athlete)
Bryan Joseph, Doral Academy
Jaden Joselin, Coral Springs Taravella (S)
Dominic Kelly, Miami Palmetto
Bryce Lee, Miramar (Athlete)
Mateo Lucena, Weston Cypress Bay (S)
Walter Olden II, Miami True North Classical Academy
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)
Larry Spring, Miami Killian
Bobby Stokes, Miramar
Kenan Tookes, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely
Kevin White, Miami St. Brendan Academy (S)
Ricky Williams Jr., Miami Central