Recruiting News

Booker T. Washington Is Back - Again!

When they lost in the second round of the 2M state playoffs last season to Miami Central, many felt that Miami Booker T. Washington would fall off in 2024 with the lack of depth to compete with some of the other top teams in south Florida.

Even though you never want to count out a Tim “Ice” Harris-coached team, the Tornadoes finished the season at 9-3, but many of those elite prospects who put them in that position were moving on to the next level.

The rebuilding process was something that “experts” felt that this program would go through – with many new faces stepping up to take the lead role.

But keep in mind that Harris and his staff will never drop off. They are always prepared to fill the holes – quickly – as they have during the spring and summer.

Getting ready to make a run in 2A this coming season, the summer has been vital as many of the players and coaches have traveled to colleges and universities – taking part in 7-on-7 events and line camps – not only gaining experience, but also showcasing their skills in front of the very coaches who can make scholarship decisions.

So far in trips to the University of Miami, University of Georgia and Florida State, the team captured titles at UM and FSU, losing to Davie Western in the title game in Athens.

They are also scheduled to attend the University of Florida, University of Central Florida and Florida Atlantic University.

Among those who have made an impact in the 7-on-7 events includes quarterbacks Nylan Maine and Terence Pratt, athlete Dontavious Kinchens, receivers Anton Smith, Jordan Turner, Jakaurri Carter, Donnell Wesby, Eric Henton Jr., King Leite, Orlando Francis, Thomas Dericho and Nate Adderly. In addition, running backs Irwin James, Dwight Hopkins and Kimbriq Minnis have impacted the offense.

Defensively, secondary standouts Ben Hanks Jr., Trezvant Boyd, Fabulis Scott, Darren Mobley, Melvin Miller, Santonio Chatman and Michael Grant have been solid. Linebackers Mark Clarkson, Joshua Jones and Citrus Baker have also stepped up.


While the 7-on-7 teams usually get the spotlight, the “big men” also work hard for the attention as well.

Among the offensive linemen who took part at the camps were Jaylen Blackwell, Chavis Knowles, Jumari Barthelemy, Phil Jackson III, and Jorge Gomez.

The defensive linemen also stood out with Donnie Gaitor Jr., Damar Williams, Markus Peterson, Eli Rawls, Eduardo Thompson, and Quinton Ferguson.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We will continue to spotlight Miami-Dade and Broward programs who are traveling to colleges this June.

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