Each and every week during the season, we devote Wednesday to shining a spotlight on Miami-Dade and Broward prospects.
While we also give you year-round coverage of camps, combines, team profiled and other assorted ways of getting the student/athletes out there, this is a way to give these talented young men a chance to be recognized by colleges across the country.
While so many others help promote Miami-Dade and Broward prospects, we have the unique opportunity to share with hundreds of coaches we have dealt with for over five decades as well as a social media following of well over 100,000 daily viewers.
Here is a look at this week’s five prospects to keep an eye on:
2023 - Clayton Cannon Jr., RB, Parkland Douglas. Here is a durable every down back who will surprise you with his quickness. Built for power and ball control, his quickness to hit the holes and make something out of nothing is what has given this gifted young man a huge advantage. One of those runners that is tough to stop on the first hit. His strength and balance are major assets to his game. Recruiting him will be easy as his 4.10 GPA in the classroom is a game-changer for many colleges.
2024 - Keon Daceus, OG/OT, 6-1, 308, Coconut Creek. If you are looking for a reason why this program is on the move upward, you need to look no further than the offensive line. The Cougars may not be mentioned as one of the powers in south Florida but may want to stay tuned to what they are building. In this quality junior you have perhaps one of the most physical and technically sound big men in the region. He is strong, quick, agile and has an attitude that has spread to the rest of the linemen – on both sides of the ball. While his height may not be what the Power 5 and Group of 5 schools are looking for, his talent his and he has dominated the competition the first two seasons, and the best is yet to come. As this program looks to make the playoffs, it will be prospects like this young man, who will benefit in a major way, and that is indeed the name of the game.
2024 – David Garcia, QB, 5-11, 165, Miami Braddock. Talk about an underrated football prospect and this may be the poster child for not getting the exposure that he deserves. Even though his program is undefeated so far this season, the college coaches have not paid the attention that this student/athlete warrants. He can throw, run and is a major leader – in and out of the classroom, where his 4.9 GPA will open more doors than athletics ever will. The fact that he will have an opportunity to parlay his grades into a collegiate football experience is the main reason that this remains a talent that everyone will want to continue watching.
2026 – Elijah Hardy, WR, 5-9, 170, Miami Northwestern. It happens every season in south Florida. A freshman who walks onto campus and dominates, looking and playing way beyond his years, Because of the level of youth football that is played in the two counties, high school football becomes a formality. The competition and coaching that a player like this receives only lends to the overall package. This is one of the next generations of football talent. Someone who can match up against upperclassmen – with his ability to catch, run and play this sport at a high level.
2026 – Brandon Kinsey, WR/FS, 6-0, 177, Miami Immaculata LaSalle. Yet another difference maker who has burst onto the scene at the high school level – just like so many elite freshmen this season. Playing for a program that has given him the opportunity to showcase his many schools, this is definitely a talent who elevates a program – not only with his physical abilities, but also as someone who is way beyond his years as a student. If you do not see him without a helmet on, there is simply no way you would guess that he is just a 15-year-old ninth grader who has over three years to mature and fully reach his potential, and that makes many people in the South Miami area very happy.
TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA (MIAMI-DADE & BROWARD) PROSPECTS – CLASSES 2023-2026. https://larryblustein.com/prospects/tracking-south-florida-prospects