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Miami-Dade, Broward Kickers/Punters Are Special

The one thing that may separate Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when it comes to producing kickers and punters is the year-round competition that is held.

Several exposure camps, instructors and events are taking place the help elevate many these rising special teams performers.

While we are spotlighting kickers and punters today, the long snappers in this area have also jumped into the national picture and we will highlight them as well in the coming weeks.

There are so many opportunities for kickers and punters to jump on the radar screen, and while very few recruiting services and analysts cover these events, those who run them are always in contact with college coaches across the country.


Unlike 10-15 years ago, kickers and punters start at a very early age, and often follow in the footsteps of siblings and friends.

With the Kornblue Summer Showcase slated for July 29-30 at Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, many of the seniors will have a chance to enhance their standing – with a solid showing.

Some of the seniors to keep an eye on this season includes Andres Amaya (Doral Ronald Reagan), Nicholas Caballero (Miami Christopher Columbus), Aiden Cashette (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), Ayden Castillo (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), Ryan Cimino (Hialeah Gardens) and showcase-tested Christian de Villiers (Miami Christopher Columbus).

Miami True Classical Academy’s Lucas Falossi, Derek Fletes (Miami Northwestern), nationally-recognized Robert Hammond III (Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons), veteran Jeffrey Hernandez (Coconut Creek), standout Patrick Keough (Miami Palmetto), Aidan Martinez (Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy) and Marcos Netto (Miami St. Brendan) are all impressive.

There is little doubt that Cardinal Gibbons has one of the best special teams in the state with a solid long snapper, a tremendous kicker and a punter (Christian Silverstein), who has been competing at a high level for quite some time.  James Thompson (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), Jarquez Velasquez (Fort Lauderdale Stranahan), Jason Zapata (Somerset Academy Homestead) and Ivan Zivenko (Miami Immaculata LaSalle) are all anxious to showcase their skills in 2022 as well.


Just like the standouts in this current senior class, there is a wave of juniors who have an opportunity to really put themselves on the map, and as you will see today, we have a solid group to choose from.

Prospects such as Andrew Abu-Akel (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna), William Rowe Allen (Miami Christopher Columbus), Jacques Blanchard (Miami Gulliver Prep), Robert Czeremcha (Miami Christopher Columbus), Dylan Dinerman (Miami Gulliver Prep) and Ian Faulkner (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) have all made major strides.

The class also features nationally-recognized Kristian Hobbs (Davie Western) and Michael Kern (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) as well as Alon Kochav (Plantation American Heritage), Claiten Maysonet (Homestead Somerset Academy Silver Palms), Nicholas McCarthy (Coral Springs Coral Glades) and nationally-rated Gabriel Perez from Miami Southridge.

With Brandon Rabasco (Hollywood South Broward), Cosme Salas (Miami Gulliver Prep) and Denzel Velasquez (Miramar Everglades) there is plenty to see in this junior group.


While you saw some of the seniors and juniors who will keep this area of the state of the map, there are some sophomores who figure to make a major impact as well. Keep an eye on these young men as well.

The Class of 2025 features rising stars such as Lucas Avino (Miami Belen Jesuit), Luca Guerra (Doral Academy), Abraham Gutierrez (Miami St. Brendan), Gavin Katz (South Plantation), Zane Knapp (Fort Lauderdale), Adrian Muelle (Miami Belen Jesuit) and St. Thomas Aquinas prospects Nick Navarro and Nicholas Romero.

Ethan Silva (Miami Archbishop Carroll) and Christopher Wirth (South Plantation) are solid and so is Fort Lauderdale Dillard Class of 2026 rising standout Trace Poncev.


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