While it would be easy to judge Miami St. Brendan for the first-round loss to four-time defending state champion Miami Central, the real story of this program is what they have accomplished in a short period of time.
Remember, the Sabres have only played football for five years now and in the that time, have produced some quality talent.
When Steve Smith took over two years ago, he was faced with a total rebuild, and with a 7-4 season this past year, he is starting to get things back on track when this program had up to five major college prospects who moved on.
Faced with turning things around, Coach Smith, who has built programs and developed players for decades, never complained once and he had e every reason to – having to play freshmen and sophomores before they were ready and it has begun to pay off.
As we are now in the off-season and college coaches will be following the continued development of these prospects, here is a look at some of the talent to keep an eye on:
RISING SENIOR CLASS HAS TALENT.
The nucleus of this program as we are now at the start of the new year is to use some of rising senior class (2024) for leadership and experience. Here is a look at those gifted prospects to watch:
Widley Jean Francois, RB, 5-9, 185.
Terrell Franklin, DB, 5-10, 180.
Adrian Fresen, WR, 6-1, 170.
Julian Fresen, QB, 6-1, 170.
Eric Youman, WR, 6-0, 170.
HOW BRIGHT IS THE FUTURE?
Part of the rebuilding process is to continue to develop young talent, and the Sabres are doing that – especially with the rising junior (2025) class.
Here is a look at some of those standouts:
Nick Castro, WR, 6-2, 175.
Jamy Eme, OL, 6-3, 255.
James Johnson, OL, 6-2, 260.
Bernard Oliva, DL/OL, 6-3, 250.
The Class of 2026 also has some promising rising sophomores as well:
Jordan Canas, TE/DL, 510, 180.
Evan Flowers, WR/KR, 5-8, 130.
Tony Gonzalez Jr., LB, 5-9, 170.
Luis Lugo, Athlete, 5-9, 160.
Yordan Oliva, OL, 6-1, 250.
Kevin White Jr., CB, 5-11, 170.
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