MIAMI – When high school football players came to Ives Park in northern Miami-Dade County on Feb. 5, each athlete was told that just for attending this event, they would be placed firmly in the spotlight.
As we continue to live up to that promise, the attention today turns to the defensive side of the ball with a look at the linebackers who came out to learn and compete.
With the linebacker position always the focal point in south Florida and throughout the country, college coaches want to see just what these gifted young men bring to the table.
Here is a look at the standouts who attended:
King Williams, OLB, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale – 3.2 GPA. You often wonder what coaches look at when evaluating players. Maybe some attend on a day where the athlete doesn’t perform the way they are capable. Every time we watched this quality prospect, he made plays and showcased his quickness and ability to read offenses. Don’t miss out.
Jaden Atkinson, LB, 6-0, 188, Miramar – 2.5 GPA. A versatile playmaker for the Patriots, here is a prospect who can lineup on the defensive line, linebacker and offense if needed. A lot will be told this coming year as this team will continue to build.
Carlo Massaro, LB, 5-11, 155, Lake Worth Park Vista – 3.2 GPA. This is someone that needs exposure and playing time to get more attention. Attending the South Florida Combine was a solid way to kick his off season into high gear.
Anthony Ottinot, LB, 6-1, 195, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons – 3.5 GPA. Having watched his father play back in the day in Miami-Dade County, here is perhaps one of the fastest-rising linebackers in south Florida. Combines athletic ability with skill and being a smart player. He will certainly be someone to keep an eye on.
Roderick Mathieu, LB, 5-11, 195, Miami Norland – 2.93 GPA. On a team that is building into a state contender, this is one of those emerging football prospects that will develop into something very special. Whether it’s at the linebacker position or at the defensive end, he has some paths to follow.