There is no doubt. We are playing football!
While some schools have been delayed for many reasons, programs in south Florida came through the first week okay.
While we understand that Covid is still a thing, and we all need to continue to do what makes us safe, the fact that football is back and we are getting to see so many impressive athletes, it is indeed something that we have all looked forward to.
The first week gave us all a glimpse of what is to come in 2021. Teams and players had the spotlight to step up and make an impact – and they certainly did.
Here are five south Florida (Miami-Dade/Broward) prospects who we all need to keep an eye on.
2022 - Jermarein Jeudy, OLB, 5-11, 170, Plantation. At the end of the day, when you are searching for playmakers and game-changers, they come in all sizes and from all positions. In last week’s win at South Miami, his 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks and amazing play for head coach Steve Davis and the Colonels contributed greatly in the win. This is truly someone to keep your eye on throughout the season.
2022 – Donnell Johnson, DE/DT, 6-4, 285, Pembroke Pines Flanagan. With seven tackles in the opener, this is someone who is truly an under-the-radar prospect who is versatile and a very good football player who has been getting it done the past three years for the Falcons. Has the athleticism to play end, but the strength and agility to line up inside. A true game-changer.
2024 – Gavench Marcelin, DE, 6-3, 220, Miami Belen Jesuit. For those who follow football in this region – know all about this quality sophomore, who took everyone by storm in 2020. No matter where you put this quality talent, he will come through and look impressive at doing it. Was a relentless force in the opening game of the season, and colleges already know about this gifted young man. By the end of the year, he will be one of the most recruited players in Florida.
2023 - Mahki Rolle, QB/WR/S, 6-2, 190, North Miami Beach. With all the rising quarterbacks in the state of Florida – everyone has a prospect who they believe should be thrust in the spotlight. Those who have watched this impressive football talent perform, believe he should be mentioned when talking quarterback prospects. Forget the fact that he is equally as good as a receiver or a rangy safety that college coaches have already started to watch, but this may be as good a run/pass quarterback as you will find, as he showed in the 31-18 win over rival North Miami, touching the ball 27 times for 324 yards and 4 scores!
2022 – Jordan Smith, LB, 6-0, 215, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Three years ago, coaches were talking about the next great young running back who would take the field – his name was Jordan Smith. While Smith was viewed as a back who would the next in line, the Raiders also had Anthony Hankerson, who was also an amazing runner. Fast forward to 2021, and while Smith could have platooned at the running back position – he instead switched positions, and after last Saturday’s nationally-televised game, everyone knows about this linebacker, who will start getting plenty of college interest – because he comes with so much to offer as a student/athlete.
TRACKING POSITIONS: Keeping An Eye On The Football Talent In Miami-Dade & Broward Counties Year Round. https://larryblustein.com/prospects/tracking-south-florida-prospects