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Power7United Back At It Again

As we head toward the end of February and into March, the 7-on-7 tour is starting to heat about across south Florida.

Football prospects in Miami-Dade, Broward and into the Palm Beaches are competing nearly every weekend to stay in shape and football ready for spring and into summer.

The off-season has become more important than ever before, and we have been fortunate to attend several of the tournaments and spotlight football talent that will be on display for the 2024 season.

We have been able to shine the spotlight on numerous players so far this winter and will continue to do so today with a look at Power7United, which has several local players that are getting a chance to compete and showcase their many skills.

With coaches such as Ranel "Fresh" Troutman (NSU University School), Coach Mack (Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy), Coach Brown, Coach Pierre (Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy), Coach Hughes (Cooper City) and Coach Williams from University School, there has been plenty of learning and winning.

Here is a look at some of the prospects on the team:

2026 - Donovan Adras, S/WR, Miami Dr. Krop

2025 - Jake Balanovich, QB, Cooper City.

2026 Tayegan Brisky, WR/DB, Boynton Beach Somerset Canyons.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/18304860/Tayegan-Briskey

2025 - Xavier Cocking, WR, 6-1, 180, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep. 4.0 GPA.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/16185343/Xavier-Cocking

2026 - Troy Ganter, WR/DB, 5-10, 170, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/13561957/Troy-Ganter

2027 – Kaleb Groomes, DB, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/19690959/653be74196809706a48a775f

2025 - Camren Henry, DB/WR, 6-0, 165, South Plantation.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/17536397/Camren-Henry

2027 - Carlos Avila-Lopez, WR, NSU University School.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19355992/Carlos-AvilaLopez

2026 - Florentino Lopez, QB, 6-3, 245, Miami Northwestern.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/18248982/657c9e0bd225750878a8b0d3

2026 - Marek Marcellus, DB, 6-0, 180, Miami Gardens Monsignor Pace. 3.7 GPA. 

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/13059825/65591987176d350b6cdaf799

2025 - Devin Mila, WR/FS, 5-8, 150, NSU University School.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/16412059/Devin-Mila

2027 - Amare Nugent, WR, 6-1, 175, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/18720223/Amare-Nugent

2025 – Kenneth Pierre, WR, Davie Nova. 3.6 GPA. Track Athlete.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/18152557/654bbe032ab0e705fca8d82d

2025 - Zaheed Pierre, DB, 5-11, 175, Pembroke Pines West Broward. 3.1 GPA. 

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/17772924/646bf460041e3d0c5c7f42f6

2025 - Eoin Poitras, WR/QB, Cooper City.

2025 - Isaiah Rock, Athlete, 5-11, 155, Miami Norland.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/16694103/Isaiah-C-Rock

2025 - Tavarian Williams Jr., DB, 5-9, 150, Davie Nova. 3.9 GPA.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19910285/Tavarian-Williams

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PRE SPRING: Coconut Creek Rebuilds For Another Run

Up until September 29th of last year, when Coconut Creek played the No. 2 team in the country – Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna – the 4-1 record the Cougars had put together to start the season never got anyone’s attention.

After losing to state-rated Gainesville High in Georgia by only eight never registered with football fans in south Florida. But those four quarters on that muggy fall night changed the way everyone viewed a football team that had been knocking on the door for several years.

With head coach Johnnie Sloan and his impressive staff going hard year-round, the Cougars were on the verge of doing something special.

The 35-27 loss to the Lions had turned the fortunes of this team around.

For the next six weeks, football fans across the state noticed a new face on the 3M landscape.

Loaded with quality talent and plenty of experience, they would lose just one more time and that came in the second round of the state playoffs to eventual state champion and national powerhouse Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

That 10-3 season was not just a one-time thing. Even though there were losses, there was a strong feeling that the future was indeed bright.

With some key leaders returning, the Cougars had a plan. One that would ensure that this program would remain in the mix.

As the off-season began, returning prospects started to work toward 2024, and with the spring and summer on the horizon, the outlook was once again positive – with prospects competing in 7-on-7 events, line camps and looking toward restocking.

THE SHELVES WERE NOT LEFT EMPTY

With several prospects moving on to the next level, the Class of 2025 rising seniors were ready to make a return.

Led by one of the most underrated players in the state of Florida, leading the way at defensive tackle, leadership would not be a problem.

With 6-2, 275-pound Nimari Brantley holding things down, the class was ready to own the responsibility of keeping this program moving forward.

In addition to Brantley, the 2025 class also included Samuel Alexis Bonilla (OG), Jahar Brown (WR), Elijah Calixte (OLB), Ivan Delien (CB), Jermaine Gordon (RB), Akemi Rainford (DE), Keon Roy (SS), Jaydon Rucker (OG), Jaheim Taylor (WR), and cornerback Tyler Williams.

With the future depending on what the underclassmen can bring to the table, the Class of 2026 (rising juniors) were also ready to step up to the plate as well – with Khameron Baker (LB), Santonio Banton (DE), Mekhi Headley-Fain (OG), Jacari Johnson (OT), Sebastien Midi (DB), Zanii Miller (SS), Andrew Stickney (QB), and running back Jordan Thompson.

TRANSFERS WILL CERTAINLY MAKE A HUG IMPACT

At a time when prospects are switching schools at a record pace, the Cougars have certainly not been left out of what the off-season brings.

Knowing that to keep up with the rest of the playoff teams, things had to be done – and they have in a major way.

Among the 2025 new faces include Isaiah Anderson (WR, Pembroke Pines Flanagan), Janaris Foster (DB, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan), highly regarded quarterback Devin Gonzalez (Weston Cypress Bay), Dylan McCarthy (DB/WR, Weston Cypress Bay), Ricardo Paul (DE, Coral Springs), and Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy linebacker Mike Varga.

The future was also enhanced with the addition of Class of 2026 players Jonathan Brady (DL/OL, Oakland Park Northeast), Damian Dickenson (RB, North Lauderdale Somerset Prep) and Trayvon Mitchell (SS, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely).

Incoming freshman cornerback/receiver Jaquan Washington will make his way over from Fort Lauderdale Dillard.

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FAU Continues To Attract Florida Talent

There are many college football programs in the state of Florida who attacks the month of June, but very few did it the way Florida Atlantic did in 2023.

From the first day, getting football talent and families on campus was a priority for head coach Tom Herman and his staff.

While FAU has long made the state a priority when it comes to recruiting, they never had the facilities to attract student/athletes to Boca Raton.

From special teams events to 7-on-7 and team camps, this is a program that really hit the summer hard and utilized every day of the month before shutting things down in July. The hard work and planning certainly paid off as the 2024 recruiting class was one of the best they have had – and the state of Florida was a major target.

With an opportunity to bring in south Florida talent along with hitting other areas of the Sunshine State, they kept pace with the other schools they compete for prospects with.

Here is a look at those Florida high school standouts who are expected to lift the Owls to the next level:

Kyle Boylston, Athlete, Jacksonville Trinity Christian

Braden Cunningham, OL, Orange Park Fleming Island

Mauricio Hinds, OL, Clearwater Academy International

Curtis Janvier, CB, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna

Jarvis Johnson, LB, Miami Westminster Academy

Lawrence Johnson, CB, Miami Palmetto

Char’quez Lee, LB, Miami Palmetto

Gavench Marcelin, Edge, Miami Belen Jesuit

Jaheim Miller, CB, Miami Norland

Ethan Proffitt, OL, Jacksonville Bishop Kenny

Kaden Shields-Dutton, RB, Orlando Edgewater

Loren Ward, DL, Cocoa

Leon Washington Jr., Athlete, Tallahassee North Florida Christian

Michael Wright III, S, Palm Beach Gardens

TRANSFERS

Phillip Dunnam, S, North Miami Beach (INDIANA)

Dom Henry, WR, Ponte Vedra Nease (BRIGHAM YOUNG)

George Johnson III, WR, Stuart Martin County (UMASS)

Kyler Laing, Edge, Tallahassee Godby (BUFFALO)

Ja’Kavion Nonar, OT, Belle Glade Glades Central (MARYLAND)

Daughtry Richardson, OT, Miami Central (FSU)

Milan Tucker, WR, Fort Myers (APPALACHIAN STATE)

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FIU Keeps Floridians At Home Again

It is a fact that if you want to build your football program to the next level, having talent from the Sunshine State is a must.

Look across the country – and you will see that where there is success, you will find that the roster includes football talent from the state of Florida.

As Florida International University and head coach Mike MacIntyre build this program back toward the top, the one thing that continues to play out is the love affair with Florida.

From south Florida to central, north and southwest Florida, this program has made sure that a majority of this roster has more than its share of prospects who have played their football somewhere in Florida.

Coming off the 2023 class, where a number of key football talent stayed home, or close to home, the Panthers followed that up in this year’s class.

Among those who make up part of that impressive 2024 class are:

Germaine Carter, DL, 6-0, 260, Miami Norland

Clayton Dees, QB, 6-2, 180, Palmetto

Sadonnie Gay, S, 6-0, 180, Miami Northwestern

Devonte Lyons, RB, 5-10, 180, St. Augustine

Jonathan Rodriguez, OL, 6-4, 280, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

Eric Nelson Jr., WR, 6-2, 170, Miramar

Knajee Saffold, OL, 6-4, 321, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast

Raheim Sexil, CB, 6-1, 183, Bradenton Manatee

Nicholas Smith, WR, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan

Shamir Sterlin, S, 6-2, 185, Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast

Josiah Taylor, LB, 6-0, 210, Sebring

Jaden Williams, S, 6-2, 183, Plantation

Robert Williams, DL, 6-2, 256, Miami Christopher Columbus

TRANSFERS

Giovanni Davis, Edge, 6-5, 255, Miami Dr. Krop (Tennessee Martin)

Juju Lewis, WR, 6-2, 216, Davie Western (GEORGIA TECH)

Ben Shellenback, OT, 6-5, 290

Eddie Wall III, Edge, 6-3, 250, South Fort Myers (BETHUNE COOKMAN)

Desna Washington, WR, 6-5, 220, Belle Glade Glades Central (NEW MEXICO)

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Surprising Bal7ers Elite Wins Pylon 7-on-7, Again!

POMPANO BEACH – Two weeks ago when they traveled to Tampa for the Pylon 7-on-7 event, there were few who knew much about the Bal7ers Elite team.

Coached by former NFL standout Julius Jones, Grant Conness, David Gamble, Corey Pierson, Marcus Lawson and Lawrence Pierson, this team has certainly taken the Pylon events by storm, climbing the rankings quickly.

On Saturday, the Pylon 7-on-7 tournament moved to Pompano Community Park.

With several are programs taking part along with teams from Virginia, Jacksonville, Tampa, Palm Beach County  and Orlando – and teams of all ages taking part – the spotlight fell on this team, which features players from throughout Broward County.

When the final game was played, and the Bal7ers Elite beat national power Florida Fire, they had taken home another title.

Following the Tampa event, this team was elevated to the No. 3 Pylon high school team rankings nationally, earning a No. 3 position. After Saturday’s win, look for this talented group to leap FSP Blue Chip and MVP Red and grab the top spot nationally.

With several athletes with state championship and playoff pedigree, and a coaching staff that has been at the highest level, keep your eye on this team the rest of the season. They are indeed hungry and talented!

2026 – Shmar Akande, CB/WR, Hollywood South Broward.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19697422/Shmar-Akande

2026 – Mason Chapman, QB, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep. 4.34 GPA.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/17826022/Mason-Chapman

2027 – Cody Conness, QB, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons.

TAPE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1x95rSqTTc

2016 – Derrek Cooper, WR/RB/S, 6-1, 190, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna. 

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19057210/Derrek-Cooper

2025 – Deanthony Ferguson, WR, Fort Lauderdale.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/18511746/Deanthony-Ferguson

2027 – Donte Findeson, RB/WR, 5-6, 150, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19691361/Donte-Findeson

2027 – Zayden Gamble, DB, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19530451/Zayden-Gamble

2027 – Hudson Harris, DB, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.

2025 – Dryan Jean, LB, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/18526613/Dryan-Jean

2028 – Andre’ Jones, FS/WR, 5-9, 155, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19727284/Andre-Jones

2026 – James Jones Jr., WR, 5-10, 140, Delray Beach Atlantic.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/18575648/James-Jones

2027 – Julius Jones, WR, 5-11, 160, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/20767020/Julius-Jones

2025 – Opius Knox Jr., Athlete, 5-11, 165, Coral Springs.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19706500/Opious-Knox-jr

2026 – Zamari Marquez, DB, 5-9, 170, Fort Lauderdale Dillard. 3.0 GPA.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19371767/Zamari-Marquez

2026 – Gavin Mesidort, WR/DB, 6-0, 150, Boca Raton Saint John Paul II.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/18345895/Gavin-Mesidort

2025 – Demaree Pettit-Blanc, CB, 6-1, 175, South Plantation.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/16885462/Demaree-Petitblanc

2025 – Jamarcus Pierre, CB/WR, 5-10, 170, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/14517179/64ff5cd819a6860448c5d282

2025 – Si’Mor Price, Athlete, 6-2, 175, Hollywood South Broward.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/16212262/65426a27664bdb13b80f6ee2

2026 – Jaiden Roper, LB, 6-1, 205, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. 3.8 GPA.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/19239806/Jaiden-Roper

2025 – Preston Wright, QB, 6-2, 200, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. 4.2 GPA.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/16294361/657600f9176d2904dc9d85a6

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