Here we go again. Comparisons are starting to be made, but that’s something we have lived with here in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for many decades.
A year never passes without those who follow high school football in the two counties starting to talk about the best, which by now, we all know is subjective at best.
While those who want to stand on top pf the hill and proclaim how great this class is or any other class that they have watched, the one thing that just about everyone can agree on is the talent in south Florida – especially in Miami-Dade and Broward – can stand up against any state or region in the country.
When all is said and done this slice of football heaven does not need someone in California, Texas, Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, or any other perceived hotbed for talent to judge Florida football talent from thousands of miles away.
The same recruiting services who proclaimed 2008 as the best or 2010 an elite group or even the past few years with 2021 and even 2023 are now starting to buzz around this rising sophomore Class of 2026.
This group is gifted and getting stronger all the time with prospects getting bigger, stronger, faster and dominating competition nationally.
As you know, we have an opportunity to see thousands of athletes live every year, so today, we take a look at some more of those talented football players who are about to showcase some impressive prospects as college and universities will head south at the end of April and into May.
R.J. Alphonse, DE, 6-2, 205 Hialeah Barbara Goleman.
Matthew Arteta, CB, 5-11, 170, Weston Cypress Bay.
Kaj “Nitro” Baker Jr., RB, 5-7, 165, Miami Carol City.
Tommy Barcines, LB, 5-10, 170, Miami Palmer Trinity.
Charlie Becker, LB, 6-0, 165, Miami Coral Reef.
Dia Bell, QB, 6-1, 175, Plantation American Heritage.
Jemel Bonica, DE, 6-4, 225, Miami Booker T. Washington.
Kaleb Declaire (FS, 5-11, 170), South Plantation.
Cleveland Gary III, LB, 5-11, 190, Miami Norland.
Bryan Granger, OL, 6-2, 272, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.
Josh Houston, DB/RB/WR, Fort Lauderdale NSU University School.
Wynton Jones, DB, 5-10, 155, Miami Palmetto.
Tedrick Lee, DB, 6-1, 170, Homestead South Dade.
Jasen “Jroc” Lopez, WR, 6-0, 165, Miami True North Classical Academy.
Eduardo Maradiaga, OC, 6-0, 285, Miramar Everglades.
Karon Maycock, OLB/S, 6-1, 182, Miami Central.
Omari McNeal, QB, 6-0, 165, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely.
Demitris Mincey, LB, 6-1, 190, Fort Lauderdale Dillard.
Dominic Turnbull, CB/WR, 6-2, 165, Miami True North Classical Academy.