By south Florida standards, this year’s NFL Draft was not considered to be a success.
Not from three counties (Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach) that boasted 5 first rounders in 2019 or had 115 players on NFL rosters at the start of this past season. But before you start pointing fingers and talk about the most prospect-rich region in the country being on the decline, take a step back.
During his sophomore year in high school, Josh Uche attended his first ever football combine to see what he needed to work on. It was something that he was very thankful for.
As someone with a future in football, he and Miami Christopher Columbus head coach Chris Merritt felt that it was the perfect thing to put this linebacker on the map and provide this quality athlete with the knowledge of what it will take to become a better player.
When the 2019 NFL season ended, there were 115 players who were on rosters from south Florida.
From Homestead to Jupiter, this region of the country had triple the amount of talent who were in some form, part of football teams around the league.
For the past two years, McArthur High’s football program has been one of the top programs in south Florida.
While the Mustangs have been up and down over the past five seasons, if you have followed this program over the past 40 years, you understand that they have always had talent, plenty of prospects to choose from and have been in the mix for the playoffs.
2020 has certainly not been a year to brag about.
With the current pandemic this world is going through – and everything that has surrounded it - to so many other negatives that continue to occur daily.
On Monday morning, the south Florida high school football community woke to another piece of this year – where good news has not come to many of us at all.