When the calendar reached the end of June, it ended a month that was filled with college visits, combines, camps and 7-on-7 events.
As NCAA member schools have closed things down for the month of July, it opened the door for local and regional events to do their own thing.
As many rush to south Florida to capitalize on the many athletes and teams who want to continue getting better and staying in football shape, there are a number of things to keep everyone busy.
Last Saturday, St. Brendan High School in west Miami was the place to be for a 7-on-7 and line camp that produced winners and gave those taking part a chance to pick up some gear and stay in shape on a day where heat, humidity and rain took center stage.
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While the linemen competed in the afternoon, the early part of the day belonged to five local 7-on-7 teams. Among those taking place were Miami High, Hollywood McArthur, the Miami Titans and the 5th Element, a group of standouts from various high school in the region.
When the day had ended it was the 5th Element team, coaches by Head Coach Lamar Tunechi Robbins Aka “Coach 6”, OC: Marcus Simmons (founder) and Pablo Padron and defensive coordinator Coach Simmons, who gave of their time make sure that several players had the chance to compete.
With south Florida prospects competing throughout the day, it was the 5th Element that stood tall at the end of the tournament.
The 5th Element squad included Alonzo Bryant (Rise Prep Academy), Aloni Bryant (Rise Prep Academy),
Tymer Cooper Jr, and Antwone Francois (Miami Southridge) as well as young teammates Willie Wilson and Humberto Serrano from Somerset Silver Palms.
Other players taking part were Marquis Williams (Miami Gulliver Prep), Johan Guerra (Miami Felix Varela), Malik Penson (Miami Southridge), Miami Belen Jesuit two-sport star Bryce Fitzgerald, Jerell Jordan (South Dade), Homestead Class of 2025 nationally rated receiver Cortez Mills, and Kamaul King and Lamari Simmons (Miami True North Classical Academy).
The team also had prospects Javier Moss (Miami Palmetto), Nickolas Rispa and Anthony Rozier (Somerset Academy) High School and fast-rising Class of 2028 quarterback Anthony Vera, who starred for the West Kendall Dolphins 13U.
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As Miami High first year head coach Dorrean James and McArthur veteran head coach Kevin Burnett brought many of their prospects to the event, other familiar players also attended.
The biggest name on hand was quarterback Austin Simmons, who is headed to the University of Mississippi this week. McArthur defensive backs Ben Joseph and Adonis Ferguson, and receiver Elijah McDowell among others, Miami Westminster Christian standout Malachi Keels and Jhakari Johnson (Southridge).
Miami High also brought talented young men in Zion Cherry, Horace Snelling and Jaiden Henry to mention a few.
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