With the dust settling on the 2022 season, and seniors starting to sign on the dotted line, it’s time to look toward next season.
For the 2M state champion Miami Central Rockets, a 14-0 record and fourth consecutive championship will be tough to repeat in 2023, but do not count head coach Jube Joseph and his team out.
The Rockets have never been shy to add transfers and that is something that you can expect once again this coming season.
It is said that successful football programs do not recruit – they reload, and through the years that has been the case with this nine-time state champion.
Let’s face it, prospects from throughout south Florida continue to flock to 95th Street for a reason. Everyone wants to be a part of a winner, and you can 100 percent guarantee that this program will add several new faces that didn’t finish the year with a title.
WHAT’S COMING BACK
When this program raised the state and national championship trophy this past week, it wasn’t long before the attention started to point toward next year.
With new faces coming in over the next six to seven months, here’s a look at underclass prospects who ended the year with rings on their collective fingers.
Amazing and talented freshmen, sophomores and juniors who should be the foundation of this program.
Rising seniors such as Tyrese Avant (WR, 5-11, 170), Jai’Vyn Darby (OL, 6-0, 290), Jamarion Evariste (OL, 5-10, 260), Albert Jones (OL, 5-10, 250), gifted Earl Kulp (CB, 6-1, 180), elite Lawayne McCoy (WR/DB, 6-1, 175), Clyde Mills (WR, 6-3, 160), Luke Moise (OL, 6-3, 290), Braylon Renna (WR, 5-10, 160), Keion Reyes (OL, 6-2, 300), Johnneth Rhodes (DT, 6-0, 240), Quinton Rogers (WR/TE, 6-0, 190), William Rothmiller (OL, 6-1, 270), Jakari Russell (OT, 6-0, 220), Teko Shoats Jr. (OL, 6-4, 285) and linebacker Lamar Smith (6-2, 210).
LOADED UNDERCLASS ADDS UP TO WINS
While the rising senior class has experience and talent, the rising juniors may be as gifted as you will find – starting with impressive Randy Adiricka (DT, 6-4, 250), Anjuan Coleman Jr. (WR, 5-10, 170), Jalen Labranche (S, 5-7, 160), Jordan London (WR, 5-11, 165), Derek Manker (DT, 5-10, 240), difference maker Ezekiel Marcelin (LB, 6-0, 195), Nicholas McCall (RB, 5-11, 180), Donovan Randle (DE, 6-0, 190), Kelly Sejour Jr. (DB, 5-11, 165), Sekou Smith (WR, 6-1, 170), Seth Stanley (WR, 5-11, 185), Jayvin Tightman (DT, 5-10, 230), Deangelo Thompson (DE, 6-4, 215), Amari Wallace (S/CB, 5-10, 180) and cornerback Macai Warthen (5-10, 180).
The rising sophomore class (2026) also boasts some future standouts who learned plenty this season. Players like Steven Dawkins (OL, 6-1, 260), Xavier Flanders (WR, 5-8, 155), J’vari Flowers (DB, 5-11, 170), Karon Maycock (OLB/S, 6-1, 182) and quarterback Leon Strawder (5-11, 185).