FORT LAUDERDALE - On Tuesday night at Cardinal Gibbons High School, there was a four-team spring jamboree held.
With several college coaches along with media and recruiting websites, there was plenty of top-flight talent on display – with Miami Belen Jesuit, Pembroke Pines West Broward, Parkland Douglas and the host Chiefs showcasing many of the prospects who so many already know about.
Among those star-rated athletes were football players who many have never heard about – and while they may not be in the same promotional circle as those prospects who are getting much of the spotlight – they prove that unless you get out and watch these young men live – you are never going to really have a full understanding of their talent.
As parents, players and high school coaches often approach us about those who make lists and “cover” prospects without ever seeing them play in person, all we can continue to do what we have for nearly six decades, and that is why college coaches are in communication with what we do 365 days a year.
As we get ready to see over 4,000 prospects and 200 schools live this summer, we watched on Tuesday night as several under-the-radar players continue to shine, and for many, it was the first time they have watched them perform.
Here are five prospects who need to be watched much more:
2026 - Ethan Barosela, LB, 6-0, 205, Miami Belen Jesuit. The coaches had talked about this quality player throughout the spring, and when he had the chance to do this thing on Tuesday night, he was impressive. Has size, quickness, and football skills that you do not see at this level at such a young age. Watch the flow of the play and there he is right in the center of the action. On a defensive unit that is loaded with talent, here is a prospect who has a chance to be very special over the next three years!
2024 – Carlos Morales, LB, 5-9, 175, Pembroke Pines West Broward. Talk about a difference maker, here is a gifted young man who makes plays and was truly someone who watched his stock rise. A tremendous tackler who reads offenses, his play on the field was impressive as the opposition as well as those in attendance were bowled over by what he brings to the table. The coaching staff has been talking about this team captain for the past two years. Now maybe people will listen!
2025 – Jamarcus Pierre, CB, 5-11, 170, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. Here is a gifted football player who had some playing time a year ago and was impressive. In the spring games he turned it up and will give this program someone very special over the next few years. Even without his long interception return for a score against West Broward, he showed why many are starting to regard him as a football player to watch for this coming season. He is quick, athletic, and very smart – and those positives will add up to something very special. He is following in the footsteps of his older brother who was a standout at Deerfield Beach.
2024 - Will Ross, DE/TE, 6-5, 250, Parkland Douglas. Coming from Johns Creek High School in Georgia two years ago with his brother, here is someone who turned heads with his ability to play on both sides of the ball. Solid on defense with strength and quickness, he may have surprised many by the way he played the tight end position. The young man grabbed the attention of college coaches who had no clue who he was. In addition to what he does on the football field, his work in the classroom (4.5 GPA) is also a deal clincher at any college he heads to.
Zach Thompson, DT, 6-4, 260, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. While we profiled him after the Chiefs’ spring intra-squad scrimmage, he really turned heads on Tuesday night as a force in the middle. A unique big man who is not only a physical playmaker on the football field, but also a catalyst as a rugby player for this school. On the football field, this defensive tackle/end is aggressive, physical and plays with plenty of passion. The coaching staff continues to rave about his skill as a student athlete and is another of the senior leadership group that makes an impact in the classroom (3.9 GPA) as well.