Finish 5-3 with two straight wins to end the season, and you have to feel pretty good, heading into the 2021 season.
As head coach Joe Burmeister looks at this coming season, he has to be extremely optimistic about what lies ahead for a talented group of football players.
While this is a building process, the Patriots are indeed ahead of schedule with some impressive football talent that are not just thought about locally and statewide, but also nationally as well.
Playing on wins against Miami Westminster Christian (16-7), Marathon (52-7), Coral Shores (23-6) and Somerset Academy South Homestead (38-0), this program matured and showed that there are some playmakers willing to work hard to keep this program on the rise.
With Offensive Coordinator Antonio Robinson and Defensive Coordinator Robert Green lending their years of experience – on and off the playing field – this is certainly a team to keep an eye on.
Among those standouts include Class of 2022 prospects Ladarius Blackman, a 5-11, 182-pounder, who will lineup at SS, CB, LB, DE – and has a 2.8 GPA (2.8).
When Jamaal Whyce landed on campus, he brought with him a solid work ethic – in and out of the classroom, size, strength and athleticism. This 6-4, 245-pounder, who will continue to grow, is playing defensive end and tight end for the Patriots. He also can run (4.8 – 40) and holds down a 3.1 GPA. Very Physical and plays with a high motor.
College interest: Bowling Green, Toledo and Akron.
The Patriots also feature in the 2022 class such as Tyler Green (WR/DE, 6-3, 175, 3.2 GPA, 4.77 - 40). Considered by the coaches as a very special kid, who can play any position, although receiver is where he will end up at the next level.
Noah Caroddo (RB/SS/LB – 4.4. GPA) is yet another versatile rising senior that Florida Christian will certainly use on both sides of the ball. The 5-9, 170-pouner has worked very hard and has the speed (4.9 – 40) and work ethic to play this game for a long time.
Another impressive rising senior is Darren Moses. This two-way (OL/DL) prospect is 5-10, 265-pounds and knows this game as well as anyone as a varsity starter since the 8th grade. Holds down a 3.5 GPA.
THE CLASS OF 2023 IS LOADED
When you have a prospect that is as good as he is on the football field as the baseball diamond, and has a father, who not only coaches, but has played this game at a high level in the NFL, you would expect Antonio Robinson Jr.to be just what he is – a major prospect.
This talented young man can do it all – and he is leaving is mark on a national level this winter/spring playing 7-on-7. He is also getting it done in the classroom (3.6 GPA) as well.
This 5-11, 175-pouner, who is fast (4.56) and has played at the varsity level since the 8th grade and has offers from Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Tuskegee, Penn St, Arkansas and FIU to name a few.
Sam Lopez, OL/DL, 5-11, 245. Played varsity as a freshman – and also did very well in the classroom – with a 3.2 GPA. A strong, hard worker, the “Pancake Man” is ready for 2021.
Tristian Caroddo, QB, 5-11, 170. Came in last season and showcased plenty of skill – as he got bigger (5-11, 170), he became more confident, showing plenty of leadership for a young player. His 3.2 GPA is also a selling point over the next few years.
Treyvon Pitelli, CB/WR. This 5-11, 175-pounder played varsity as a freshman. Loves to hit and has tremendous closing speed. Also getting it done in the classroom.
Tobias Gonzalez, WR, 5-8, 165. Yet another experienced player who has started since his freshman season. Has good speed (4.9) and is very coachable and a hard worker.
Charles Stemmer, C, 5-4, 185. With his 3.3 GPA and passion for the sport, here is someone who is looking to learn plenty about this game. Coaches talk about how reliable he is and what a tremendous work ethic he has.
David Lobaina, OL/DL, 6-1, 215. Another of the Patriots who has two years of varsity experience already as he heads toward his junior season. Coaches feel that he will grow over the next two seasons and be a huge force. In the classroom, he holds down a 3.3 GPA.