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South Florida Athletes Helping UM Gain Recognition

There is no getting around the fact that what’s happened on the football field the first three weeks of the collegiate season at the University of Miami is a direct reflection of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

For years and year, fans have been lamenting about the lack of keeping play-makers home – and it was a valid point.

Even though top athletes have always left south Florida, even when the ‘Canes dominated, the past 15-20 years has seen top-flight recruits opt not to stay home.

But things are starting to change – for the better – with 36 players on the current roster coming from those three counties.

While big time props go out to the out-of-state and area prospects such as QB D’Eriq King, Quincy Roche, Brevin Jordan, Jaelan Phillips, Bubba Bolden, Bradley Jennings Jr., Lou Hedley, Dominic Mammarelli, Will Mallory and Michael Redding III to name a few - south Florida has taken over this 3-0 and nationally-rated team.

Colvin Alford, LB, Jr., Miami Coral Reef

Brian Balom, S, Fr., Miramar

Al Blades Jr., CB, Jr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

Jose Borregales, PK, Miami Booker T. Washington

Sam Brooks, Jr., LB, So., Miami Northwestern

Robert Burns, RB, Jr., Miami Gulliver Prep

Amari Carter, S, Sr., Palm Beach Gardens

Donald Chaney Jr., RB, Fr., Miami Belen Jesuit

Te’Cory Couch, CB, So., Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna

Navaughn Donadson, OL, Sr., Miami Central

Jonathan Ford, DL, Sr., Fort Lauderdale Dillard

Gilbert Frierson, Striker, So., Coral Gables

Corey Gaynor, OL, Jr., Parkland Douglas

Gurvan Hall, S, Jr., Palm Beach Gardens

Mike Harley, WR, Sr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

Jalen Harrell, S, Fr., Hialeah Champagnat Catholic

Cam’Ron Harris, RB, Jr., Miami Carol City

Jake Hoffman, LB, Fr., Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna

Aubrey Huff, LB, Fr., Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

D.J. Ivey, CB, Jr., Homestead South Dade

Patrick Joyner, LB, Jr., Homestead South Dade

Jaylan Knighton, RB, Fr., Deerfield Beach

Zach McCloud, LB, Sr., Lantana Santaluces

Josh Neely, DL, Fr., Miami High

Mark Pope, WR, Jr., Miami Southridge

Xavier Restrepo, WR, Fr., Deerfield Beach

Elijah Roberts, DL, Fr., Miami Christopher Columbus

Ryan Rizk, QB, So., Delray American Heritage

D.J. Scaife, OL, Jr., Miami Southridge

Nesta Jade Silvera, Jr., DL, Plantation American Heritage

Keontra Smith, Striker, So., Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna

Waynmon Steed, B, Jr., Miami Central

Issiah Walker Jr., OL, Fr., Miami Norland

Keshan Washington, S, Fr., Homestead South Dade

Dee Wiggins, WR, Jr., Miami Southridge

Cameron Williams, DE, Fr., Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna


In addition to this year’s roster, the future also seems to have a look of south Florida – with 16 local marquee recruits already committing for the Class of 2021:

Andres Borregales, PK

Kahlil Brantley, TE, Miami Northwestern

Romello Brinson, WR, Miami Northwestern

Tim Burns, CB, Miami Northwestern

Savion Collins, DL, Miami Palmetto

Thad Franklin, RB, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna

Jacolby George, WR, Plantation

Jabari Ishmael, DE, Miami Christopher Columbus

Tyler Johnson, OLB, Miami Killian

Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami Northwestern

Michael McLaughlin, OL, Parkland Douglas

Ryan Rodriguez, OL, Miami Christopher Columbus

Laurence Seymore, OL, Miami Central

Brashard Smith, WR, Miami Palmetto

Leonard Taylor, DT, Miami Palmetto

James Williams, S, Plantation American Heritage

For the past 50 years, we have spent more time on football fields than anyone in the country. From games to practices, camps, combines and 7-on-7 events, nobody has evaluated more football talent than we have – and as we are in the midst of a pandemic like no other time before – we will remain steadfast to promote all south Florida’s high school football prospects. Follow us on Facebook (Larry Blustein- SFHSports) and Twitter (@SFHSSports - @larryblustein). Contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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