While the Coronavirus is dictating high school football, across the country, we can understand the need for ongoing exposure.
Because we promote high school football in south Florida year-round, there is no need to stop right now.
In the coming weeks, we will have a brief look at the school in south Florida in a segment that we call “QUICK HITS”.
Today, our “QUICK HITS” is back in Miami-Dade County for a look at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning High.
SCHOOL: Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sharks
HEAD COACH: Andre' Neal
2019 RECORD: 0-10
CLASSIFICATION: GMAC Independent Conference
WHO ARE WE LOOKING AT FOR 2020
Coach Neal gives a brief breakdown on the prospects he only spent a short time with:
2021 - Luiz Araujo OL: Big kid, who was playing his first year of football. Had a solid off-season. Can Be a Division 1 prospect.
2021 - Alexandre Azevedo OL: Starter for most of the year. Must know assignments and fire off the ball. Very coachable, needs to be more aggressive and work on his hand placement. He needs to play consistent and block until the whistle blows.
2022 - Joubenz Blaise LB/SS: Tuned out to be the best linebacker last year. He ran track this off-season and is very coachable. Easily one of the hardest workers on a team that is hungry to turn the corner.
2022 - Ceronel Cerisier, Athlete: Very versatile football player – lining up at fullback, linebacker and defensive end. He was the fastest lineman last this past season, but wanted to change positions and lost weight to do that. He is a Division 1 player. We will get him the ball.
2021 - Corey Cherry WR, DB: Here is a very athletic prospect, who ran track and worked hard during this off-season. Can be a Division 1 prospect.
2023 – Curtis Edwards P/K/DL/TE. Yet another prospect who has the potential to be a big time football player. He works hard and must take it to the next level and play more consistent. Must also get it done in the classroom.
2022 - Stanley Etienne CB: Every program needs a student/athlete like this on their team. He has a great attitude, and also ran track and improved his speed. He is a hard worker, who is still improving.
2021 - Joseph Guerrier, FB/DL: Undersized, hard worker, very coachable football player, who is tough, but needs to be more consistent. He is coming off an injury and has an uphill climb this year.
2022 - Jonathan Jean FS: Here is a returning starter who got much better as the year improved. He enhanced his game by running track,and truly became a different athlete during the off-season. Can be a Division 1 prospect.
2022 - Julio Lara OL/DL: While this first year player has plenty of improving to do, he has a great attitude and the strongest bench press on team. Was having a superb off-season before Covid-19.
2021 - Dylan Liman, DT, DE, OT: Inexperienced 1st year player, should be better this year, works much harder, plays high, he needs to get to ball more and he has good inline speed for a big player.
2022 - Darrell Morgan WR/DB: Here is an athlete who transferred this off-season, and while he still has plenty to learn, we are looking for big things from him.
2021 - Brian Rosseau OL: Fires off the ball well, but must get more consistent and work harder in off-season. Could be best returning lineman.
2022 - Ian Stewart OL/DL: Here is a prospect who has Division 1 size, but he must be able to work better when nobody's around. Conditioning is a must if he is going to get better.
2023 - Stefan St. Jean Athlete. Here is a three-sport performer who brings plenty to the football field with him. As a basketball, track and football performer, his athleticism is unreal - he can jump out the gym and is not even close to reaching his potential.
Summary: Okay, we already know that football has never been the star of Alonzo & Tracy Mourning High’s sports program. We also realize that athletes have never flocked to the school for what goes on during the football season.
Yes, there have been a number of coaches who have tried to kick start this program – with little success – so what makes coach Neal believe that he can turn things around and give this long-suffering team a boost?
Neal’s knowledge of the game, positive attitude and passion may not bring the big time talent in the front door, but he believes that if the student/athletes have a positive experience and make a push toward winning games, more will start to buy into what he and his staff are teaching.
While he is a realist and fully comprehends that some very impressive coaches have come before him – and have not had the success they hoped for, Neal is looking to take those baby steps, playing as an independent, searching for that spark that will move the Sharks in a positive direction each year.
With the 2020 season on the horizon, there are some you and talented prospects, who could have used this spring and off-season, but excuses will never advance this program. Execution and dedication will.