Because the focus on skill players is so heavy throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, it’s usually the linemen who often get short-changed when it comes to the spotlight.
But with more of the focus on the “big men” up front, that is starting to change, and while line prospects have been overlooked, the future is now including these talented prospects.
The change has started to come with off-season events, once geared for every other position the linemen are now getting the chance to take center stage.
Even the popular 7-on-7 tournaments are now including line camps, so teams are getting the chance to bring everyone and not leaving offensive and defensive linemen at home.
As this region of the country continues to produce more and more line prospects, more camps and combines are now popping up, making sure that teaching technique is paramount for these rising football prospects.
Today, we take a look at some offensive linemen who are turning heads and doing that extra that is needed to land a scholarship and gain the spotlight.
Among those in the Class of 2023 (seniors) include Zian Atawalla (Coconut Creek Monarch), versatile Cole Baird (Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian), Francisco Caballero (Miami Gulliver Prep), FAU-bound center Joey Colosi (Plantation American Heritage), heavily recruited guard Darryl Doctor (Miami Palmetto) and tackle Deandre Duffus (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna).
Miami Dr. Krop tackle Nicholas Garcia, versatile Harrison Green (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), highly-recruited tackle/guard Shelton Green (Miami Gulliver Prep), three-year starting tackle Elvin Harris (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna), under the radar athlete Johnny Holly (Miami Westminster Christian), Fort Lauderdale Dillard tackle Rico Jackson and Taravella two-way transfer Victor King (Plantation American Heritage) are also very special.
Speaking of special, Indiana University commit William Larkins (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna), tackle/guard Konnor Mann (Miami Christopher Columbus), Miami Belen Jesuit guard transfer Aiden Martinez (Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna), soon to be three-year varsity starter Ryan Mickow (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas - T/G), hard-working Victor Pino (Miami Palmetto) and center Matthew Prigmore (Weston Cypress Bay), Roger Reyes (Davie Western), Jake Rodriguez (Miami Christopher Columbus - G) and Miami Norland guard Rodric Smith have a chance to be special.
Speaking of special, keeping an eye on nationally-rated University of Miami commitment Frankie Tinilau (Miami Immaculata LaSalle), experienced tackle Danny Maitlen Jr. (Hollywood South Broward) and Delray American Heritage transfer Conal Walsh (Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons)
HOW BRIGHT IS THE FUTURE? SEE FOR YOURSELF
While the Class of 2023 is loaded with potential game-changers, the Class of 2024 is equally impressive – with Lonnie Brady (Homestead), Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons tackle Zack Boehly, and a pair of impressive prospects in Michael Brennan (Weston Cypress Bay) and Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna guard Jackson Campbell.
The class also boats standouts such as Deymein Chavarry (Davie Western), Michael Chiples (Pembroke Pines Flanagan), recent Hialeah Champagnat Catholic transfer Jabari Dukes (Miami Monsignor Pace), Chanellson Exume (Miami Edison) and Timothy Burroughs-Love (Plantation American Heritage).
Miami Killian’s Ricardo Martinez, tackle Daniel Mincey (Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons), well tested Miami Central products Luke Moise, Keion Reyes and guard William Rothmiller III are all special. So is Miami Norland’s Caleb Riley, and tackle William Roberts III, center Matthew Rubio and Brian Suarez (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas).
The junior class will also roll out tackle Jonathan Rodriguez (Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons), George Stubbs Jr., Miami Dade Christian) and battle tested tackle Jimmy Williams III (Plantation American Heritage).
KEEP AN EYE ON THESE GIFTED PROSPECTS
As know, the position is not easy to predict, and while some have not been promoted, you can bet that they will over the coming months.
Here are some more linemen to keep an eye on during the 2022 season:
2023 – Giscard Aaruz, Miami St. Brendan
2024 – Loic Adams, Miami Coral Reef (G)
2024 – Nathan Adras, Miami Dr. Krop (C)
2023 – Viceme Alcime, Miramar
2023 – Christopher Alexandre, Fort Lauderdale Dillard (G)
2024 – Cooper Allen, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy
2024 – Ashton Ames, Pembroke Pines West Broward
2023 – Juan Angrino, Miami Ferguson
2024 – Raynor Andrews, Miami Jackson (G)
2023 – Troy Antonoglou, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2025 – Dayen Morouf-Araibi, Plantation American Heritage
2023 – Raymond Arroyo, Homestead Everglades Prep
2023 – Juan Carlos Arocho, Coconut Creek (G)
2024 – Jared Atkinson, Miramar
2023 – Gamall Augustin, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2023 – Albert Avant, Miami Northwestern
2023 – Isaac Baker, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2023 – Jovaun Baker, South Plantation
2023 - Izick Jean-Baptiste, Miramar Everglades
2025 – Sergio Barrera, Fort Lauderdale
2024 – David Bassan, Hollywood Avant Garde Academy (T/G)
2023 – Benjamin Betancourt, Miami True North (Athlete)
2024 – Cornelius Bembry, Miami Monsignor Pace (G)
2023 – Daniel Benitez, Miami Palmer Trinity (T)
2025 – Abdur Bey III, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy
2026 – Jaylen Blackwell, Miami Booker T. Washington
2024 - Nathan Julian Blanc, Miami Northwestern
2024 – Nick Bomnin, Miami Westminster Christian (Athlete)
2023 – Jack Boswell, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2024 – Blake Brewer, Miami Christopher Columbus (C/G)
2024 – Aham Brown, Homestead (T)
2023 – Jadon Brown, Plantation American Heritage (T)
2023 – Seth Broward, Hialeah American
2025 – Joshua Burgos, Miami Monsignor Pace
2023 – Tyreke Burrows, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan
2025 - Tramayne Carson, Miami Northwestern
2024 – Josh Caso, Pembroke Pines West Broward
2024 – Jameel Carter, Homestead (G)
2023 - Gerson Castro, Homestead Everglades Prep (DT)
2023 – Justin Castro, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy
2024 – Angel Cedeno, Miami Immaculata LaSalle
2024 – Terrance Chambers, Miami Booker T. Washington (Athlete)
2024 – Jimmy Diaz-Chang, Somerset Academy Silver Palms
2024 – Karsten Charles, Davie Western
2024 – Martaz Charles, Sunrise Piper
2023 – Shamar Charles, Plantation
2024 – George Colebrook, Miami Jackson (G)
2024 – Trey Collesso, Hollywood Avant Garde Academy (G/T)
2025 – Anthony Contreras, Miami Sunset
2023 – Jamari Cooley, Miami Dr. Krop (G)
2025 – Richard Cristobal, Miami Christopher Columbus
2023 – Jeremiah Critch, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy
2224 – Ashawn Cross, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy
2024 – Andrew Crowley, Hollywood Avant Garde Academy (T/G)
2024 – Alex Cunha, Pembroke Pines West Broward
2023 – Xavier Curry, Hollywood McArthur (G)
2023 – Marvin Cyriac, Coconut Creek Monarch (C)
2024 – Kijahni Daniel, Hollywood MacArthur (T)
2025 – Daniel Davis, Fort Lauderdale Dillard (G)
2024 – Giovanni David, Plantation
2025 – Mike Dean, Miami High
2025 – Fernando De Izaguir, Miami Christopher Columbus (T)
2025 – Ben Diaz, Plantation American Heritage
2023 – Dominic Diaz, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (LS)
2023 – Stefano Digabriele, Doral Academy
2025 – Alex Dimartino, Fort Lauderdale
2024 – Shawn Dieujuste, Miami Edison
2025 – Chris Delgado, Miami Palmer Trinity
2025 – Trent Donaldson, Homestead Everglades Prep (DT)
2023 – Denzel Dorn, Miami Gulliver Prep
2023 – Elijah Douglas III, Miami Southridge (C)
2023 – Khristian Duarte, Miramar Everglades
2023 - Trey Dubuc, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (LS)
2023 – Kevin Dunbar, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
2023 – Gustavo Elladen, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
2024 – Giovanne Elossaint, Homestead
2023 – Sam Estil, Plantation (G/C)
2023 - Loriwins Fabien, Miramar
2023 – Josh Felipe, Miami Palmetto
2024 – Ryan Jean-Felix, Miami Booker T. Washington
2023 – Julian Fernandez, Miami Coral Reef
2023 – Antonio Flovil, Miami Northwestern
2023 – Antwon Foulkes, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (G)
2023 – David Francis, Miramar
2024 – Friently Francois, Homestead
2024 – Lubens Francois, Oakland Park Northeast (DL)
2023 – Matt Fregly, Plantation (LS)
2023 – Joshua Fullwood, Miramar Everglades
2023 – Edward Galvez, Miami Southridge
2023 – Emilio Garcia, Miami Coral Reef (C)
2023 – Jake Garcia, Miami – Gustavo, Florida Christian (G)
2024 – Noel Garcia, Homestead South Dade
2024 – Lorenzo Gimenez, Miami St. Brendan
2023 – Rey Giminez, Coral Gables (Athlete)
2025 – Adrian Gomez, Miami True North
2025 – Ernesto Gonzalez, Homestead Everglades Prep (T)
2024 – Julian Gonzalez, Coral Gables (G)
2023 – Jordan Graham, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (T)
2026 – Bryan Granger, Hollywood Avant Garde Academy (C)
2023 – Gnacen Grant, Sunrise Piper
2024 – Ezrin Green, Miami Jackson (T)
2023 – Marcus Griffin, Miramar Everglades
2024 – John Gruber, Parkland Douglas
2024 – Santino Guitian, Doral Academy
2025 – Justin Hadnot, Miami Monsignor Pace
2024 – Michael Hall, South Miami (G)
2023 – Raheem Hall, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan
2025 – Caleb Harris, Miami Edison
2023 – Devone Hendrix, Miami Norland
2024 – Riley Henry, Miami Palmetto
2024 – Hashley Heriveaux Jr., Hollywood McArthur (T)
2025 – Ruben Hernandez, Miami Christopher Columbus (T)
2024 – Anuar Herrera, Doral Academy
2023 – Julian Herrera, Miami Christopher Columbus (T)
2023 – Andrew Hinds, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan
2025 – Eddie Holly, Miami Westminster Christian (Athlete)
2024 – Gavin Hooten, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (C)
2024 – Isaiah Hope, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
2023 – Jacob Hunter, Parkland Douglas (G)
2025 – Phillip Jackson, Miami Booker T. Washington (Athlete)
2023 – Jayvin James, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (T)
2024 – Justyn James, Miami Monsignor Pace
2023 – Abijah Jean, Parkland Douglas (G)
2024 – Fernando Jeanty, North Miami Beach
2025 – James Johnson, Miami St. Brendan
2025 – Stephon Johnson, Miami Booker T. Washington
2023 – Ty’Selle Johnson, Miramar
2024 – Albert Jones, Miami Central
2024 – Alex Jorge, Miami Christopher Columbus (T)
2025 – Marcus Kelley, Miramar Everglades
2024 – Matthew Kendricks, Miramar
2025 – Terrence Kimble, Davie Western
2023 – Cameron King, North Miami
2023 – Caysun Kinghorn, South Plantation
2025 – Chavis Knowles, Miami Booker T. Washington
2023 – Jeffson Lafont, North Miami Beach
2023 – Blaize Lahman, Plantation American Heritage (G/T)
2024 – Adrian Lang, Miramar
2024 – Kyle Laurent, Hollywood McArthur (C)
2024 – Jamin Lennon, Fort Lauderdale
2023 – Matthew Leon, Miami True North (Athlete)
2024 – Benjamin Levesque, Coconut Creek Monarch
2023 – Jesse Levy, Coral Springs Coral Glades
2024 – Dillan Lewis, Sunrise Piper
2024 – Tyler Livingston, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
2023 – Pedro Llanas, Doral Academy
2024 – Brandon Lopez, Miami Ferguson
2023 - Sam Lopez, Doral Academy (T)
2023 - David Losa, Southwest Miami
2023 – Alexis Louis, Miami Booker T. Washington
2025 – Jonathan Louis, Pembroke Pines Flanagan
2024 – Eddie Lozano, Pembroke Pines Charter
2023 – Johnny MacClugage, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy (G/C)
2023 – Wistanson Mathurin, Coral Springs (T)
2024 – James McDevitt, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2023 – Eugene McElwee, North Miami
2025 – Mylik McClary, Miami Edison
2023 – Gabriel Medina, Hialeah Gardens
2024 – Jonathan Mejia, Miami Ferguson
2024 – Matthew Mejia, Davie Western
2025 – Brandon Mendieta, SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy
2023 – Alex Mendizabal, Doral Academy (G)
2023 – Rickie Michel, Miami Monsignor Pace (G)
2024 – Josh Milford, Davie Western
2024 – Elisson Mirutil, Miami Palmetto
2023 - Kenneth Moore, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
2024 – Dylan Moria, Hollywood McArthur (T)
2023 – Sean Montoya, Miami Dade Christian (C)
2024 – Nicolas Morales, Miami St. Brendan
2024 – Keidan Mullings, Fort Lauderdale
2024 – Christian Nieves, Homestead South Dade (C)
2024 - Jason Nunez, Miami True North (Athlete)
2023 – Bradley Ohanahen, Hialeah American
2025 – Henry Ostolaza, Homestead South Dade
2023 – Osten Patterson, Miami Killian (G/C)
2024 – Wilfred Jean-Paul, Miami Edison
2025 – Bernard Oliva, Miami St. Brendan
2023 – Frederick Owens, North Miami
2024 – Armando Pavoni, Miami Beach (C)
2023 – Oquan Paul, Miramar
2023 – Zxamyir Pelissier, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
2024 – Hadley Perclies, Oakland Park Northeast (DL)
2023 – Lebron Pette, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (G)
2024 – Rashawn Pittman, Homestead
2024 – Daniel Pongnon, Miramar Everglades
2025 – Luis Pruneda, Homestead
2025 – Vinh Quain, Miramar Everglades
2023 – David Quinland, Hialeah American
2023 – Gabriel Quintas, Miami Christopher Columbus (T)
2025 – Alexander Raecke, Miami Westminster Christian (Athlete)
2023 – Jeyson Ramon, Oakland Park Northeast
2024 – Maurice Reath, Miami Northwestern
2024 – Anthony Reed, Homestead South Dade
2024 – Steel Reed, Miami Gulliver Prep
2023 - Lenz Revange, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely
2025 – Logan Reynolds, Miami Westminster Christian (Athlete)
2023 – Luke Riera, Miami Westminster Christian (Athlete)
2023 – Lakendrick Riley, Plantation
2023 – Jurian Rivera, Miami St. Brendan
2025 – Ronin Roberts, Miami Gulliver Prep
2024 – Christopher Robinson, Miami Palmetto (G)
2023 – Julius Robinson, Miami Booker T. Washington (G)
2024 – Christopher Robinson, Miami Palmetto (G)
2023 – Alex Rodriguez, Miami Westminster Christian (Athlete)
2023 – Jude Roman, Pembroke Pines West Broward
2024 – Roman Ruiz, Sunrise Piper (C)
2024 – Jamari Russell, Plantation
2023 – Seth Rylands, Hialeah Gardens
2023 – Hector Saldano, Miami Belen Jesuit (G)
2025 – Billy Saleh, Coral Gables (G)
2024 – Jason Sanchez, Pompano Beach
2023 – Nico Sauceda, Somerset Academy Silver Palms
2026 – Sebastin Schirino, Homestead Everglades Prep (G)
2024 – Nicholas Serrano, Hollywood Avant Garde Academy
2024 - Teko Shoats, Miami Central
2023 – Michael Shoemaker, Davie Western
2025 – Joey Siciliano, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy
2025 - Henry Jean-Simon, Miami High
2025 – Larry Slocum, Davie Nova (DL)
2025 – Justin Smiley, Miami Monsignor Pace
2025 – Deric Smith, Fort Lauderdale Dillard (G)
2024 – Carter Smith, Pembroke Pines West Broward (LS)
2025 – Jeremy Smith, Coral Gables (T-Athlete)
2024 – Michael Smith, South Miami
2023 – Broden Sobolewski, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2023 – Kodee Soto, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
2023 – Dylan Spaeder, Coconut Creek Monarch (G)
2023 - Lucas Stefano, Miami Westminster Christian (G)
2024 – Aaon Stephen, Somerset Academy Silver Palms
2025 – Livenzo Stephens, Fort Lauderdale
2023 – Tyler Sternberg, Plantation American Heritage
2023 – Samuel St. Fort, Davie Nova (Athlete)
2023 – Billy Stier, Miami Braddock (T)
2023 – Michael Suarez, Miami Belen Jesuit (T)
2025 – Rafael Suarez, Miami High
2023 – Sebastian Suarez, Doral Academy (T)
2023 – Jaden Sullivan, Pembroke Pines West Broward
2025 – Lakota Tanner, Davie Western
2024 – Devan Taylor, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (G)
2024 – Leroy Taylor, Miami Northwestern
2023 – Chileme Tiamane, Sunrise Piper
2024 – Lorenzo Toafa, Oakland Park Northeast (DE)
2025 – Tavares Tookes, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely
2023 – Darrian Torres, Miami Belen Jesuit (G)
2025 – Jaylin Torres, Miramar
2023 – Jeremiah Toussaint, Hollywood Avant Garde Academy
2024 – Jason Uzoma, Miramar
2023 – Nick Valdes, Miami Ferguson
2023 – Julian Valdez, Miami Westminster Christian (Athlete)
2024 – Ethan VanZant, Miami Palmer Trinity
2025 – Ivan Vasquez, Homestead Everglades Prep (G/T)
2025 – Mitchell Vidal, Miami Westminster Christian (Athlete)
2024 – Bryan Wallace, Miami Killian
2025 – Ethan Watts, Miami Gulliver Prep
2026 – Teddy Welch, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian Academy
2023 – Caric White, Hialeah American
2023 – Jimon Whittick, Davie Nova (DL)
2025 – Damar Williams, Miami Booker T. Washington
2024 – Davari Williams, Miami Monsignor Pace
2024 – Jordan Williams, Miami Killian
2023 - Khristian Williams, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (C)
2025 – Ta’darius Williams, Homestead South Dade (T)
2025 – Roland Wilson, Coconut Creek Monarch
2023 – Justin Wood, Miami Palmetto (LS)
2024 – Sergio Zambrana, Somerset Academy Silver Palms
2024 – Jonathan Zarut, Miami Christopher Columbus (LS)
2024 – Justin Zeller, Davie Western
2024 – Holden Zeltner, Coconut Creek Monarch
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MIAMI GARDENS – They won the University of Toledo 7-on-7 event earlier this summer. Finished second at Indiana and have been turning heads as district champions a year ago.
For Coconut Creek and head coach Johnny Sloane, it has been all about proving themselves – and on Sunday at the Monsignor Pace 7-on-7 Tournament, the Cougars let everyone know that they are indeed a program to keep an eye on once again.
In beating Monsignor Pace, 24-8, in the title game, this team unleashed tremendous talent on both sides of the ball, coming up with huge plays all day.
With a field that included top-seeded Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Hollywood South Broward, Miami Norland, North Miami, Miramar, Palm Beach Gardens, Miami Dr. Krop, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy and Fort Lauderdale Stranahan, the summer continued to be productive
For head coach Anthony Walker Sr. and his Spartans, it has been a tremendous June and July, and while they were looking forward to taking home the grand prize in their own event, they fought hard to the end.
Winning the University of South Florida event in late June, they have worked hard to put their talented prospects into the spotlight.
The Cougars are schedule to participate in this Saturday’s Keiser 7-on-7 in West Palm Beach and Sunday’s talent showcase at Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale. They won the Keiser event last year.
NFL STARS SUPPORT ONCE AGAIN
It was all about coming out and showing support to the kids and Cleveland Browns’ linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., who helped his father run a successful event.
Among those on hand were Tampa Bay Bucs’ future Hall of Fame linebacker Lavonte David, who attended Miami Northwestern. Speaking of Northwestern, current Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater came out along with former University of Miami Hurricane and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence, former Miami Hurricane running back Camron Harris and Walker’ Cleveland teammate Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
COCONUT CREEK COUGARS
Juan Carlos Arocho, OC
Aundra Atterberry, DB
Ry’Carri Dailey, WR
Asante Daniels, QB
Kevone Keane, OT
Dashawn McEchern, QB
Davori Morris, WR
Steven Reid, DB
Mark Silvera, OT
Jamarie Wright, WR
CLASS OF 2024
Archie Allen, LB, Coconut Creek
Erron Brown, DE
Elijah Cannon, DB
Keon Daceus, OL
Jamarie Holtzclaw, RB
Isaiah Hope, OL
Raymond Jackson, S
Gerald Magnus, DT
Godson Sinellen, WR
Erik Simmons, WR/KR
Travis Thompson, S
Dasmaine Wilson, LB
CLASS OF 2025
Nimari Bentley, LB
Ja’ Har Brown, WR
MIAMI – It was a homecoming that so many will remember for a long time.
Tutu Atwell, who starred at Liberty City Optimist. Miami Northwestern, University of Louisville and the world champion Los Angeles Rams returned home Saturday at Charles Hadley Park, where he grew up and got ready for his athletic career.
Welcoming youngsters for a sports camp as well as several south Florida high school football teams for an afternoon 7-on-7, it was a win/win all the way around.
As youngsters competed in all sports and ate some great foods that vendors prepared, a rather large crowd came out to support one of their own.
THE STARS WERE OUT
With many area dignitaries on hand along with several sponsors, it was a day of celebration for the Tutu Atwell Junior Foundation, and by the end of the day-long event – children, adults and fans of all ages left with a great feeling.
“Plenty of hard work went into this,” Atwell said. “I have always been the kind of person who wanted to give back to the community who made it possible to get where I am today.”
Atwell’s foundation included so many residents of Liberty City and throughout south Florida, who helped put on a tremendous show.
Among those on hand were Dwight Jackson. One of the biggest supporters of youth athletics and community philanthropy, Jackson, a longtime coach at Miami Central and 1976 Miami Beach High graduate always steps up for the community – and Saturday was certainly no exception.
Along with Jackson was Commissioner Keon Hardemon, who has been huge to the community and is one of the major supporters in the City of Miami.
NFL STARS CAME TO SUPPORT
When ever an NFL players hosts and event, athletes cannot be far behind to help support.
On Saturday, former Miami Northwestern stars Teddy Bridgewater (Miami Dolphins) and Lavonte David (Tampa Bay Bucs) were joined by other local legends Duane Starks (Miami Beach High, University of Miami, Baltimore Ravens), Sony Michel (Plantation American Heritage), Anthony Walker Jr. (Miami Monsignor Pace) were joined by former Dolphins Oronde Gadsden and Anthony Harris, and Atwell’s longtime friend Jakobi Meyers of the New England Patriots.
In addition, current NFL stars Allen Robinson (Los Angeles Rams) and Dolphins’ star Jaylen Waddle came out to support.
MIAMI CENTRAL COMES UP BIG
When the 7-on-7 rolled around, all the attention was on the Liberty City Optimist football field.
With first year head coach Jube Joseph leading the way, the Miami Central Rockets came away with the team title – and a $5,000 first place prize that will be awarded to the school to help in running a program that has won three consecutive state titles and eight overall.
Central beat an emerging Fort Lauderdale Stranahan team that is coached by Travis Harden.
In addition to Miami Central and Stranahan, other programs competing were Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, Hialeah American, Miami Booker T. Washington
Miami Carol City, Miami Dade Christian, Miami Jackson, Miami Killian, Miami Norland and Atwell’s alma mater Miami Northwestern.
It happens every year. Coaches taking new positions across south Florida, and Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are once again in the spotlight.
While everyone knows that football coaches in south Florida are not in this for the money. It is a huge joke. They coach because they love the game and teaching and developing the student/athletes
While several jobs were filled this off-season, two that pegged the interest meter came with the hiring of longtime coaching icon Tim “Ice” Harris, who returned to Miami Booker T. Washington once again, and Jube Joseph, who takes the reigns of the 8-time state champion Miami Central Rockets.
Harris, who has had so much success with the Tornadoes, comes in to bring this football team to the top after laying down the foundation at Florida Memorial University – bringing back the sport to the Miami Gardens campus for the first time in 60 years.
In coming back to Overtown, Harris spent the spring and summer getting his young team back to work with plenty of camps, combines and 7-on-7 events.
For Coach Joseph, who takes over for the legendary Roland Smith, it was all about maintaining the excellence this program has been used to.
With Smith now at his alma mater (University of Miami), the transition was seamless as the Rockets are looking forward to another banner season with some quality players as well as tremendous coaching staff.
IMPRESSIVE COACHES MOVE IN
In addition to Harris and Joseph, Miami-Dade and Broward will welcome some quality and experienced faces that many know in this region.
Here is a look at some of the new faces on the sidelines for 2022:
Bridgeprep Academy (Rav Maisonet). A successful coach who has been involved with a number of programs in the past. Tremendous teach who knows how to elevate talent and get the most out of his players.
Coral Springs (Fred Flowers). Having been around some impressive head coaches in the past, making the move out west from Fort Lauderdale Dillard will give this passionate teacher a huge advantage. He knows the game and is a solid teacher. Getting talent to buy into his vision is important for the Colts.
Deerfield Beach (Tramaine Hall). It is never easy taking over your alma mater, but this is someone who comes home with plenty of credentials as a player at North Carolina State and as a football mind. This spring and summer has been about developing and teacher prospects who have plenty of potential.
Doral Ronald Reagan (Frank Rojas). One of the veteran coaches who has been around the game in south Florida for decades. His ability to teach and develop players is something that this program has to look forward to. Has worked with FBU for several years, so his contacts are vast.
Homestead Everglades Prep (Carlos Fonseca). Taking over a program that is still growing and building was the perfect position who has been teach and producing talent for years - most recently at the now closed Hialeah Champagnat Catholic. He is the newest coaching change in south Florida.
Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson (Eddie Brown). This is his second go around with the Cobras, and this time around, he is just as optimistic that he can turn things around like he did the first time around. Having played the game and being around it for decades, this was the perfect choice to help this program.
Miami Coral Park (Vernon Wilder III). If the name sounds familiar, it should. This is a family that has enjoyed success for many decades as tremendous coaches, teachers and developers. Has surrounded himself with plenty of coaches who share his same passion.
Miami Killian (Bryce Bishop). Another coach who came home, and while things have been rough so far, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This former Ohio State standout is the perfect person to bring into a program that finished 12-1 a year ago. For those who may not know his background, it’s wise to watch and see how much he knows about the game. For those who left, they are missing out on some valuable experience.
Miami Monsignor Pace (Anthony Walker). While he took over at the end of last season, he is officially the head man for the Spartans, and you can see the amazing things that he has already been able to do with this program. Tremendous coaching and quality football talent that has a chance to surprise some people. They have had a great off-season.
Miami Southridge (Pierre Senatus). Miami Booker T. Washington, Miramar, McArthur and Florida Memorial University are three of the stops this knowledgeable and quality coach has on his resume. Coming to a situation that has the chance to turn around in the coming years, parents, students and fellow coaches will see what experience looks like – and he has proven to be very special and popular in the past.
North Miami (Gerald Cox). While he can use Coconut Creek and Miami Booker T. Washington on his resume, this is certainly someone who knows the game and is well connected. One of the passionate teachers in south Florida, he has an opportunity to harness a Pioneer program that just needs to hold on to the student/athletes they develop and teach the game.
Plantation American Heritage (Mike Smith). Taking over one of the most successful teams in the state of Florida, here is someone who is well respected and knows the game very well. Steps into the head job after years as Pat Surtain’s reliable assistant. Definitely a coach that players love to compete for.
South Plantation (Colby Erskin). As this program has not been successful in a number of years, here is a detailed coach who loves the game and is a teacher that the Paladins have been looking for. Time will tell, but so far, the off-season has been productive. There has been plenty of work this spring and summer.
Southwest Miami (Mario Menendez). Takes over a program that has been building with some impressive talent, and this is someone who is willing to make an effort to revive the Eagles – as they also search for answers to keep some of the gifted prospects who begin at the school in the 9th and 10th grade.
Sunshine Ranches Archbishop McCarthy (Dino Mangiero). After years of veteran head coach Byron Walker developing and teaching some quality talent, this is a coach who is like so many – looking for ways to enhance the program. With several quality coaches who have had past experience, getting athletes who buy into what the Mavericks want to do is essential. This is a team that has shown they can win if things fall into place.
While many rank and evaluate athletes via video, the one thing that we have always done is see the prospects in person.
Using tape as an enhancement, seeing everything that a football player does – from five-feet away is certainly something that needs to be done.
Anyone can judge whether a talented prospect can play the game by just watching film. The same film that millions of others have the opportunity to view. But to watch them and see their character, the way they handle themselves during a game or practice and what kind of teammate they are, cannot be watched on a Hudl video.
Because we have the pleasure of watching EVERY player at all levels during the course of a year, we see things that many others may not get the chance to watch, and that is something that we have been able to do for a long period of time.
While everyone misses out on rating prospects, you have a better chance of predicting what these young men will do when you are standing right next to them and being a part of their maturity and learning process.
Today, we shine the spotlight on five impressive Class of 2024 football players from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties:
Khamani Alexander, RB, 6-1, 185, Miami Belen Jesuit. For those who have never watched him play, you are missing something very special. While many have not rated him high in the class, they are underselling this quality talent who can do it all. His vision, strength, quickness and ability to pick up the tough yards will certainly thrust him into the major spotlight this coming year. College coaches who have watched him play are already sold and believe that he will only get better.
Jacory Barney, WR/FS, 6-1, 160, Miami Palmetto. In a region of the country where there are plenty of elite football prospects, here is another one to add to that mix. No matter where you put him, he is going to come up big – and after a tremendous spring where college coaches and recruiting fan websites had the opportunity to see him – this is indeed someone who will be in the spotlight every time this team plays in 2022.
Chance Robinson, WR, 6-2, 180, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. On a team loaded with elite playmakers, here is a gifted football talent who has been getting it done the past two years and continues to impress. Because he picks things up quickly, his game changes all the time – and that is a great thing for the Raiders who begin the season in the national spotlight once again. Talk to anyone who has played with or against him and all will agree that his game is among the best in south Florida – in any class.
Antwan “A.J.” Smith, RB, 6-0, 220, Miami Booker T. Washington. Every time people talk about the Tornadoes, this is one of the players that they talk about, and for good reason. His size, strength and ability to run the ball against anyone is the reason that college coaches have been paying close attention. After a solid spring, his summer drew praise everywhere this team went during the college camp season. He and fellow junior Gerald Modest are as good a duo as you will find, and opponents will find that out.
Bryce Stringer, DE, 6-2, 220, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna. Ever since he arrived on campus all this quality talent has done is make plays and produce. Fits right into one of the best defensive units in Florida – because his athletic, smart and has a passion to play this game at a high level. Keep an eye on his play the next two seasons. Has big time potential that he has already tapped into.