While south Florida has never really been a place where quarterbacks would line up for national recognition, but things have changed.
With more instruction and national attention, the quarterbacks in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties continue to get some looks – and for several who learned and played in the #305 and #954 – things are beginning to pay off.
There is no hiding the fact that when it comes to producing running backs, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties have always been near the top at sending some amazing talent to the collegiate level.
No matter what class it is, there have long been standout backs who started to make some noise in high school – and have gone on to the next level, and beyond.
MIAMI GARDENS – Take two.
A year after Florida Memorial University’s football program had its “rebirth” season – the program’s first football season after a 62-year hiatus – derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lions are ready to take the field again this coming fall.
We already know that the pandemic cut into the recruiting for the Class of 2022 more than any other class – with two missed springs for exposure.
This group has been busy over the past year, sending out film and getting word out to colleges and universities that they are out there and have so much to offer.
South Florida Senior OL Still Auditioning In The Summer
As we have gone over in the past few months, this pandemic really put the crunch on the Class of 2022.
Any way you slice it – this upcoming senior class has been shortchanged in this recruiting cycle, and while they had 26 days to make up for 450, which was roughly the time that went between college coaches watching and evaluating a class that was ready to jump on the radar.
This 2022 class of seniors will be squarely in the spotlight for months to come – even some quality that are waiting for the perfect opportunity.
While you are waiting for that “perfect” opportunity, the name of the game is exposure, and while it’s fun to do well in 7-on-7 games and at testing events, they want to know that you will get it done when you are called upon.
As we take a look at Miami-Dade and Broward County prospects, today we stop in on the offensive line. There are some impressive football talent that have already shown what they can do – and others are still proving themselves.
Here are some who have already jumped on the radar screen.
Leading the way in this group is St. Thomas Aquinas tackle Julian Armella. The 6-6, 300-pound standout tackle has been on the radar screen for five years – as a youth phenom as well.
Following in the rather large steps of his father, who also starred in high school (Miami Springs) and at FSU, here is someone who has grown and matured over the past 12 months, and that is why he is considered one of the most sought-after offensive linemen in America.
As impressive as the St. Thomas Aquinas product is, he is not alone with several area linemen getting plenty of attention.
Among those who everyone will be watching include : Patrick Atkins (Miami Gulliver Prep - G), Jackson Baird (Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian - T), John Bock (Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons - G), Jeffrey Bonica (Miami Edison - T), Brandon Brana (Miami Christopher Columbus - C), Miguel Cedeno (Plantation American Heritage - T), David Connor (Deerfield Beach), Jackson Crozier (Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons - T) and TRU Prep Academy transfer David Espino Jr., who is now at Davie Western.
The Class of 2022 also boasts highly-recruited talent such as Jacorie Foster (Plantation American Heritage - T), Aaron Hicks (Deerfield Beach - G), Northwestern transfer Tellek Lockette (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas - G/C), Elijah Miller (Miami Central - C/G), fast-rising James Poulos (Fort Lauderdale Calvary Chjristian - G/C), rising star Mazio Randall (Miami International Academy), Daughtry Richardson (Miami Central - T), versatile Adrian Sans (Southwest Miami - G/T), Jason Seraphin, a three-year starter on both sides of the ball, is from North Miami Beach, and Plantation standout Shomari Seymour should be a force this coming season.
THE TALENT IS DEEP
While some linemen already received some exposure, there are others who need the rest of the summer and into the fall to showcase their many skills. Here are some of them:
Azhari Abbas, Coral Springs Taravella (G)
Edward Addison, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
Dawson Alters, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (G)
Amarie Archer, Miami International Academy
Aiden Arias, Plantation American Heritage (LS)
Juan Carlos Arocho, Coconut Creek (G)
Christopher Barata, Hialeah Gardens (T)
Kevin Bingham, Plantation American Heritage (G)
Jason Bissainth, Miami Central (G/T)
Bill Bonilla, Miami High (C)
Jamison Brown, Miami Northwestern (C/G)
Ty’orice Brown, Miami Monsignor Pace (G)
Romeo Bryant, Southwest Miami (C)
Rodley Cadet, Coconut Creek (T)
Nathan Calamia, Parkland Douglas (T)
Omar Chab, Miami Killian (G)
Juan Capurro, Miami Ferguson (T)
Xavier Cardona, Hollywood Hills (G)
Kenyon Carney, Coral Springs Coral Glades (G)
James Catsellanos, Homestead Somerset Silver Palms (T)
Marc-Quan Daniels, Miramar (C)
David Dagrin, Homestead (T)
Ian Davis, Hallandale (G)
Jordan Del Pozo, Cooper City (T)
George Diaz, Hialeah Gardens (T)
Adam D’ziri, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic (G)
Pedro Eapinal, Doral Academy (G)
Tarek El Hadaui, Doral Academy (C)
Diego Enciso, Parkland Douglas (G)
Jorge Estrada, Parkland Douglas (T)
Vondarius Faulkner, Fort Lauderdale Dillard (G)
Carlos Feliz, Southwest Miami (T)
Noah Fernandez, Coral Springs Charter (G)
Adrian Fraga, Miami Belen Jesuit (T)
Chris Gomez, Homestead South Dade (C)
Raymond Gonzalez, Miami Belen Jesuit (T)
Juan Guerrero, Fort Lauderdale (C)
Tommy Harley, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (T)
Mark Henry, Sunrise Piper (G)
Josue Hernandez, Miami High
Salvador Hernandez, Hialeah-Miami Lakes (G)
Riley Ingram, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (T)
Dermaury Jackson, Miami Northwestern (T)
Roderic Jackson, Coral Springs Coral Glades
Jeremiah Jasper, Hialeah (G)
Jason Jeanty, Jr., Miami Booker T. Washington (T/G)
Jacob Jeudy, Miami Palmetto (T)
Bryshaad Johnson, Hollywood South Broward
Ian Johnson, Miami Belen Jesuit (G)
Patrick Johnson, Miami Booker T. Washington (G/C)
Bryce Katari, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep (T)
Colin Kolehma, SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy (G)
Jack Levin, Parkland Douglas (T)
Jose Lorenzo, Homestead Somerset Silver Palms (G)
Nick Malec, South Plantation (G)
John McDermott, Miami Carol City (G)
Jack McDevitt, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Alex Mendizabal, Plantation American Heritage (G)
Omari Moore, Pembroke Pines Flanagan (C)
Justin Neyra, Miami Gulliver Prep (T)
Jonathan Presendor, Plantation (T)
Nicholas Pitsoulakis, Oakland Park Northeast (G)
James Poulos, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (G)
Robert Ramos, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian (T)
Antonio Rangel, Miami Ferguson (C)
George Reppas, SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy (T)
Jadheil Reyes, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy (T)
Carlos Jose Rivas, South Miami (G)
Ajani Robinson, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (T)
Andy Rodriguez, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy (T)
Cleyver Rodriguez, Miami Coral Park (G)
Jake Rodriguez, Miami Christopher Columbus
Roman Rodriguez, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy (T)
Jaden Salgado, Homestead South Dade (T)
Jeffery Scott, Miami Southridge (T)
Leo Simon, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest (T)
Aris Skarecki, Parkland Douglas (T)
Kaylin Smith, Miami International Academy (T)
Tyrese Smith, Miami Booker T. Washington (G)
Ryan Sobol, Fort Lauderdale University School (G)
Blake Steen, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (G/T)
Tyler Sternberg, Plantation American Heritage (G)
Jovaun Thorpe, Hollywood South Broward (T)
Richard Turner, Miami Killian (G)
Michael Valdes, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest
Crisanto Villa, Pembroke Pines West Broward (T)
Ty Walker, Miami Westminster Christian (T)
Jerome Wallace, Miami Killian
Terrance Williams, Miami Killian (G)
Trevor Williams, Pembroke Pines West Broward (G)
Demario Worthy, Miami Northwestern (T)