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SPRING FOCUS – St. Thomas Aquinas Is National Ready – Again

It is no surprise when spring began that plenty of attention was directed to Fort Lauderdale and head coach Roger Harriott’s St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders.

For decades, this is indeed a program that set standards, developed talent and sent numerous prospects on to the next level – and beyond. This coming season will be no different – as impressive coaches and players will roll out another premier product.

Coming off a second straight 7A state title over Orlando Edgewater, and an 8-1 record during a pandemic year, this is a program that was anxious to get back on the field this spring.

With numerous jobs up for grabs, the competition has already heated up as some new faces and key returnees coming back to once again lift this program up.

While losing to 4A state champion Cardinal Gibbons last season, the Raiders then ran off seven straight wins to end the season – and start 2021 as one of the national favorites again.

SENIOR CLASS WILL BE IMPORTANT

What the Class of 2022 will represent for the Raiders is a mix of talent – those who are highly-recruited and the student/athletes that will certainly use the next few months to jump on the radar.

Among those prospects who have already impacted this program as they get ready for their senior season include playmaker Camden Brown (WR, 6-3, 180 – 3.152 GPA), impressive Derrieon Craig (LB, 5-11, 215 – 2.983 GPA), game-changing Anthony Hankerson (RB, 5-9, 190 – 2.757 GPA), versatile and talented Mason Taylor (TE/WR, 6-3, 225 – 3.485 GPA) and two-time state champion quarterback Zion Turner (6-2, 190 – 2.824 GPA).

In addition, look for offensive standouts Dawson Alters (OL, 6-2, 255), Claude Campbell (WR, 6-1, 170 – 3.487 GPA), Michael Cascarano (RB, 5-10, 180 – 2.781 GPA), Riccardi Joseph (OL, 5-11, 215 – 2.55 GPA), Scott Kean (QB, 6-3, 200), Parker Konrath (TE, 6-2, 220 – 4.013 GPA), Christian Louis-Jean (OL, 6-4, 265), Jack McDevitt (OL, 6-5, 275 – 3.588 GPA), Marvin Orozco (WR, 5-9, 170 – 4.70 GPA), Carter Ramirez (RB, 5-9, 160 – 3.523 GPA), Corey Reddick (RB, 5-7, 170 – 3.229 GPA), Myles Scott (RB, 5-10, 165 – 2.919 GPA), Blake Steen (OL, 6-6, 325 – 3.088 GPA) and lineman Jack Wojtowicz (6-2, 225 – 3.688 GPA).

Defensively, the rising senior class will have Terphil Bien-Aime (DB, 6-0, 165 – 3.45 GPA), Theodore Biggs (DL, 6-6, 250 – 4.459 GPA), Jerrod Cameron (DB, 5-9, 166 – 2.742 GPA), Raynell Chambers (DB, 6-1, 175), Travis Gammage (DL, 6-0, 255), Andrew Gelin (DL, 6-1, 225 – 3.643 GPA), Khalil Hunter (OLB, 6-1, 185), Michael Renoit (LB, 6-1, 220 – 3.750 GPA), Luca Salani (LB, 6-0, 210 – 3.515 GPA) and linebacker Blake Valle (5-10, 190 – 2.662 GPA) as well.

Also, look for Wesley Warren (LB, 5-10, 190 – 3.156 GPA), Logan Williams (DL, 6-2, 230 – 2.956 GPA), Najja Bayonne (LB, 6-2, 220 – 3.81 GPA), Jordan Smith (LB, 6-0, 220 – 2.5 GPA) and outside linebacker Joey Zulim (6-2, 210 – 2.641).

The Raiders will also have a group of versatile athletes as well. Prospects such as Willard Brennan (6-4, 195 – 2.894 GPA), Ricaeden Campos (5-8, 175 – 2.891 GPA), Julien Casal (6-0, 160 – 3.823 GPA), Jovee Celestin (5-10, 165 – 4.436 GPA), Justin Mohabir (5-7, 145 – 3.809 GPA), Peter O’Neil (5-9, 160 – 3.217 GPA), Kyrie Samuel (5-11, 240 – 3.727 GPA) and Jose Taboada (Athlete, 5-10, 178 – 3.059 GPA).

MORE TALENT IN THE CLASS OF 2023

As impressive is St. Thomas Aquinas is in the senior class, with plenty of playmakers, the talent in the rising junior (2023) group of players.

Among those prospects that have a chance to be special for this program in 2021 includes Justin Coles (OLB, 6-0, 180 – 3.197 GPA), fast-rising Harrison Green (OL, 6-3, 290), talented Jason Hammond (DT, 6-3, 280), impressive Isaiah Hardge (WR, 5-10, 180 – 3.632 GPA), speedy Conrad Hussey (RB, 5-9, 175), quality cornerback Jerry Johnson III (6-1, 190 – 3.857 GPA), always improving TeKai Kirby (TE, 6-4, 182 – 3.688 GPA) and linebacker gifted King Mack (5-10, 180 – 3.383 GPA) are solid. So are Ryan Mickow (OL, 6-6, 285), versatile Gemari Sands (RB, 6-0, 195 – 2.6 GPA), Kristian Strong (LB, 6-3, 205) and two-time All-State linebacker David Vadala (5-10, 205), who comes over from Plantation American Heritage.

Look for 2023 prospects Julian Alcantara (WR, 6-0, 145 – 3.146 GPA), Giovanni Alonso (DT, 6-0, 250 – 4.750 GPA), Jayden Bell (CB, 5-10, 160 – 3.146 GPA), Michael Bollinger (MLB, 5-11, 200 – 4.316 GPA), Jack Boswell (LB, 5-10, 215 – 4.077 GPA), Bradley Chandler (CB, 5-9, 145 – 3.643 GPA) and linebacker Thomas Gorecki (5-10, 190 – 2.904 GPA) will see plenty of action. So will Jackson Grier (WR, 5-9, 175), Shamar Morgan (Athlete – 2.648 GPA), Nick Morrison (Athlete, 5-8, 200 – 4.020 GPA), Ryan Paradela (TE, 6-1, 200 – 4.143 GPA) and Ashton Redman (QB, 6-3, 215).

After spring, Coach Harriott and the Raiders will have some more 2023 athletes and 2024 prospects to add to the mix as well. They have a few who are already making some noise – and we will continue to spotlight them as well.

For the past 51 years, we have spent time going from games to practices, camps, combines and 7-on-7 events. 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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