If we learned anything from the first week of the season, the unexpected – especially here in South Florida – is going to happen.
With huge upsets and stunning victories, the 2016 season began much the way you would expect the most prospect-rich football regions in the country to begin.
What we saw was the fact that this will be one of those years where so many marquee games will be played, it could end up being one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory.
As Booker T. Washington came up with a huge win against nationally No. 1 rated St. Thomas Aquinas, it wasn’t a surprise to some who felt that the 4-time defending Class 4A state champions belonged on the field with anyone.
However, that was not the case when a totally rebuilding Hallandale team, which is 5A, completely surprised everyone with a stunning overtime victory at home against Class 8A power Deerfield Beach.
So much talent continues to pour onto high school football fields – at every class – and with Jerry Williamson from Rising Stars giving us the top 2020 (freshmen) each week – there are no players who will be missing from our overall radar.
With the start of a new season, it gives us the chance to get out to see dozens of players and teams that many do not get the chance to watch over a course of a season.
Today, as we do each and every week, we bring you six new players to keep an eye on.
Some you have heard about, while others are just making their way onto the radar.
2017 – Anthony Allen, FB/DT, 5-10, 225, Miami Palmetto: Having a chance to watch this athlete perform, you have to be impressed by his strength, quickness and ability to make plays on both sides of the ball. He is also someone who gives everything he has on the field. Allen is a passionate football prospect who will continue to learn, mature and help the Panthers this coming season as they make a push for a playoff spot.
2017 – Tyler Brown, RB, 5-9, 190, Cooper City: While he has been on the radar in the past, it is good to remind our fans and those who follow high school sports that this is indeed a very impressive football prospect who has been getting it done since his youth football league days. Brown is a versatile athlete who is strong, quick, aggressive and is one of those football players who will continue to make a major impact this coming season. College coaches need to start looking in his direction. He is one of those football players who makes a difference.
2018 – Terrell Cofield, OLB, 6-1, 200, Doral Academy: On a team that will truly surprise some people this season under first-year head coach Jase Stewart, here is an athletic, strong and aggressive talent who certainly fits right in with the way the Firebirds are playing the game. Cofield is a quality playmaker who combines so many positives that will give him a chance to make a huge contribution. Just a junior, but one who is making huge strides and will start to grab college attention this season.
2017 – Richard Dames, DB, 5-11, 166, Miami Booker T. Washington: Talk to anyone on this football team and all will tell you that this young man, along with his twin brother Rishard, has become the heart and soul of this impressive football team. Dames is a true senior leader who has fought to put himself in a position where his play each week will directly impact the Tornadoes. Hard worker who has the speed, athletic ability and the football skills to not only make an impact in his senior season in high school, but at the next level as well. Hard work and dedication do pay off.
2018 – Tyler Goodman, QB, 6-0, 185, Parkland Douglas: Yet another of the emerging quarterbacks that the Eagles have been able to produce over the years. Goodman is a talented football player who has a passion for the sport and works hard – year round to help himself get to that next level. With head coach Willis May exposing his team to big time competition year round, this is someone who truly benefitted over the past two seasons. He has a chance to really give this program a boost this season. The coaches, his teammates and fans are really looking forward to watching this offense go in 2016.
2018 – Victor Harvey, DB, 6-1, 180, Coconut Creek: With the many moves in the offseason, here is a junior who may have really flown under the radar – as many never realized how impressive this young man can be. Harvey is a solid addition to one of the better defensive secondaries in South Florida. Here is a very talented football player who has it all. His size, speed and ability to make plays has brought plenty of attention to him. Harvey has the potential to really blow up over the next six months – which is what everyone is expecting.