As soon as this week comes to an end, we will start a summer that has been much anticipated.
With the pandemic dictating everything over the past 14 months, athletes will finally have the chance to perform in front of the college coaches who had not been able to watch them live.
From south Florida to just about every place in between, the opportunity to finally get that spotlight is right around the corner.
Colleges will open their doors to camps, combines and other things that will give them a chance to see these athletes – in every class that they have only been able to watch via video.
Because the Class of 2022 (rising seniors) have been short-changed the past two springs, they will be getting much of the attention this summer. But the Class of 2023 (rising juniors) need to get some of that spotlight as well.
In south Florida, there are some very gifted Class of 2023 prospects – some have been on the radar screen – while others have yet to make that impact.
Today, we bring you 5 of those rising Class of 2023 players who have been turning heads.
Mark-Allen Gay Jr., S, 5-11, 175, Miami Palmetto. Very few times do you find someone – at such a young age – that brings so much passion for the game like this quality talent does. A big-time football talent, who has brought his game to the next level in the off-season and into the spring. Watch him play and you will see right away. Will be a huge part of the Panthers’ defense in 2021.
Levy Miller, RB, 5-10, 175, South Miami. While we have been spotlighting this quality talent for the past few years, this is the season that this gifted talent will get some serious play with college coaches now getting an opportunity to watch these impressive football prospects firsthand. This is a quick back, who has tremendous vision and a running style that gets you to the next level. From Florida Christian to where he is right now, this is someone that college coaches really need to keep an eye on for the next year.
Blake Murphy, QB, 5-11, 170, Plantation American Heritage. One of the football players who has definitely put in his time at camps and passing events to improve and get some recognition. Injured early last season, this spring and off-season have been so important. Even with some key losses from the title team, the Patriots have plenty coming back and coming in to help this quality football talent continue to get better and mature into a prospect that most had predicted.
Noah Solomon, 6-0, 170, Weston Cypress Bay. From the first time we had the pleasure of watching this impressive talent play, it was simply a no-brainer. A gifted pass catcher who can run, is physical and embraces the opportunity to compete against talented defensive backs. While very few people have watched him perform – because of Covid and the fact that the Lightning only played a few games – this is going to be a very important off-season and summer. One that will need to put this talented football player in front of some decision makers. Do not sell this prospect short. He has everything that adds up to a game-changer.
Patrick Stepelton, WR, 6-2, 180, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. If there is going to be a surprise in south Florida this coming season, it just may be this former quarterback who has made the move to receiver. What he brings to the Chiefs’ offense is someone who is athletic, talented and has the size and speed to play the position. Did not drop a ball all spring, which has the entire coaching staff and the offensive unit very excited. After a solid spring, he now embarks on a summer that could very well set a new course for a prospect who just wanted to get on the field and make a contribution.