When it comes to competing, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties have never been shy about getting to every event and matching their skill level.
Last Sunday at the Paradise Sports Complex in Naples, several Miami-Dade and Broward athletes were part of the Prep Redzone Showcase.
With athletes coming from all over the state, and college coaches from Ave Maria University, St. Thomas University and Keiser – along with high school coaches – heads were turned and stars were born.
With rising seniors (2023), juniors (2024) and sophomores (2025) taking the field, all eyes were on athletes who continue to compete year-round against the best.
“These athletes out here are really gifted,” said Keiser University linebacker coach Nick Vagnone. “Speed, strength, agility and plenty of size seem to be a trademark of Florida athletes. We have the pleasure of recruiting these young men throughout the year, so we know what kind of talent level there is.”
Among the Class of 2023 prospects on hand were linebackers Justin Coles (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Jaizaih Lugo (Miami Northwestern), who both were impressive in drills and 1-on-1s.
Archbishop McCarthy running back Dominic Coroscio and Miami Palmetto offensive lineman Victor Pino were also head-turners during the event.
Defensive standouts Devin Pein (DE, St. Thomas Aquinas) and Andres Quiroz (DL, Miami Coral Reef) also benefitted from attending the event as well.
The Class of 2024 also rolled out some gifted prospects, who not only tested well, but when the competition came on, Torra “TJ” Kelly (DB, Deerfield Beach) and David “Tank” Pein (DL, St. Thomas Aquinas) opened some eyes. So did Doral Academy quarterback Fabian Rodriguez, who displayed a big, accurate arm.
CLASS OF 2025 STEALS THE SHOW
With two of the best rising sophomores in the nation on hand, the event gained instant credibility.
Miami Belen Jesuit defensive lineman Davion Dixon and Miami Central linebacker Ezekiel Marcelin showcasing their skills, campers and coaches were amazed and surprised by the talent level by such young players.
Both prospects were huge last season as freshmen – with Marcelin helping to lead the Central Rockets to a third consecutive state title.
Other Class of 2025 performers standing out in Naples – included Jason Barket (QB, Miami Westminster Christian), Sinorice Moss Jr. (RB, Davie Western), Jack Spaeder (QB, Miami Dade Christian) and Chance Washington (RB, Davie Western), who all made the most of their chances to put their names of their – as college coaches watched, instructed and evaluated.