If you follow recruiting in south Florida, you already know that producing offensive linemen was never something that this region was known for.
But through the past few years, more and more attention has been paid to the “big boys” – and now as we approach the 2021 season – things have changed.
There are more camps and combines geared to the linemen, and have started to pop up. Even 7-on-7 tournaments have added a lineman element to the weekend – which no longer leaves the linemen out of several events.
At last Sunday’s Under Armour Combine at Ives Park in North Dade, several prospects showed to put their name on the map nationally – as well as enhance it, for those who have already been rated and evaluated.
What the combines revealed were some local prospects. Many who have already jumped on the radar screen.
Leading the way locally was highly-rated junior Julian Armella (Miami Christopher Columbus). This quality talent looked tremendous – losing weight, getting himself in tremendous physical shape and continues to be one of the elite line prospects nationally.
Miami Central’s Daughtry Richardson is another of those elite linemen, who has colleges and universities from across the nation, watching his every move. He comes to the two-time defending 6A state champions from Miami Edison.
Plantation American Heritage standout Miguel Cedeno has also gotten plenty of recruiting love and remains as one of those line prospects that we will be watching. Has plenty of potential as he showed at the Under Armour Camp. Certainly has the size.
Versatile North Miami Beach standout Jason Seraphin may be undersold, and for the school that gets him, they may strike gold. He is a legitimate two-way lineman that is athletic and talented. Keep your eye on him during 2021.
Selected to the 2022 Florida-Georgia All-Star Game in Atlanta, Miami Northwestern’s Tellek Lockette will be a four-year starter this coming season for the Bulls – with two state titles in hand. The son of Miami-Dade playing and coaching legend Telly Lockette, here is a solid, technically-sound and driven prospect.
For Class of 2023 standout DeAndre Duffus of Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, the only thing that separates him from getting to that next plateau of his career is experience, and that he will continue to get more of – with a solid off-season and an appearance at the combine, which needed to happen. Has unlimited potential and likes this game a lot.
The next wave of line talent is Jabari Dukes, a Class of 2024 standout from Hialeah Champagnat Catholic. This is indeed someone with plenty of potential, and three more years to get better and continue to mature. Special young man who can play on either side of the ball.
Speaking of special, Shelton Green, who recently made his way to Miami Gulliver Prep, is indeed a talent that will get bigger and learn a lot – and as the Class of 2023 standout learns more – his game will get better and better.
When looking into the future, one of the names that needs to be on the offensive line list is 6-foot-6 Rico Jackson from a Fort Lauderdale Dillard program that looks to continue building something special.
In addition to many of the prospects locally who made a statement, there were others who also came out to showcase their skills – and they did.
From as far away as Utah and as close as Miami, the offensive linemen turned some heads and grabbed the attention of many national recruiting analysts.
Here is a look at some of those rising prospects who made their way to south Florida:
2022 – Trey Alexander, Tampa Jesuit
2022 – Tapuvae Amaama, Skyridge, Utah
2023 – Jadon Brown, Plantation American Heritage
2022 – Tyorice Brown, Miami Monsignor Pace
2022 – Devin Hill, Orlando Dr. Phillips
2023 – Tommy Kinsler, Ocala Trinity Catholic
2023 – William Larkins, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
2023 – Camren Lindsey, Orlando Jones
2023 – Bryce Lovett, Rockledge
2022 – Ryan Mickow, St. Thomas Aquinas
2022 – Hunter Moss, Winter Garden Foundation Academy
2022 – Trent Ramsey, Tarpon Springs East Lake
2022 – LaNard Toney, Cocoa
2023 – Conal Walsh, Delray American Heritage