If you have had the chance to attend a high school football game in South Florida lately, you already know how teams are turning up the talent level when it comes to the district games.
What these games are producing – with college coaches watching – are some of the best performances you will see. They are hungry for a college scholarship and will go to great lengths to achieve one.
Over the next five weeks, area programs will have the chance to showcase their seniors as they get the final chance to impress someone.
Recruiters have long understood that when it comes to late October and early November that they will head south and have the opportunity to watch and evaluate these prospects going against the best in the country.
College coaches also know that from youth football to the state title games in high school, these football players are game ready and will give everything they have to succeed.
Because so many fans, high coaches and college coaches track what we put out each week, it is important to bring them athletes that we have the pleasure of watching – up close.
As we do each and every week, 52 times a year, here is this week’s look at six more area prospects that are turning heads:
2017 – Daniel Doriscar, RB, 5-8, 185, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy: Since his days at the youth football level, here is one of those quality talents that just gets the job done. While we have spotlighted him before, this is now his senior year and as colleges get ready to head back south to put the final touches on the Class of 2017, this is someone who brings everything to the table that colleges are looking for. While he is not huge physically, Doriscar’s strength, quickness and ability to run the ball has put him in a class by himself. He’s definitely a running back and athlete that schools need to really start looking at. Someone is going to get a steal – and that is something we have every year in this region.
2017 – Bryce Holiday, QB, 6-2, 205, South Miami: Holiday has finally found himself a home this year, proving that it doesn’t matter where you play, if you have skills, and you can make a difference and college coaches will find you – no questions asked. His arm strength and leadership have already started to get this quality athlete some looks. Holiday has everything that schools at the next level are looking for. With the Cobras this year, he has proven that he’s one of the best prospects around. All he was asking for was a chance to get playing time – and he has certainly made the most of it.
2017 – Kerbens Saint Louis, LB, 6-0, 195, Coconut Creek: Another of those quality football talents that was hidden away and kept from making a huge impact. After watching him perform so far this season, you know that he will be a talent that colleges will certainly close on. His ability to read plays and react has put him in a position where his film and on-field play are going to help sell his skills this season. As his coaches continue to talk about his future, they also understand that the things he brings to the table – such as speed, strength and athletic ability – will go a long way in putting him over the edge. His own coaches have been talking about his play all year, and as his high school career is winding down, many are starting to take a close look.
2017 – Dymitri McKenzie, RB/OLB, 6-0, 190, North Broward Prep: Here is a standout football talent that has been hidden over the past few years, but that all changed with a solid offseason and very productive senior year as his team has been impressive. No matter where you put this standout football prospect, he makes an impression. McKenzie is a quick and elusive back who combines power with speed and athletic ability. Defensively, he is instinctive and reads very well. He has a chance to be very special the remainder of the year and into the postseason – where he will line up in all-star games. College coaches have been very impressed at what they saw during spring, summer and during the season. He’s one of those elite players that many are starting to find out about.
2017 – Brandon Mincey, LB, 6-1, 230, Plantation American Heritage: From his days at Miami Dade Christian to a brief stop at Chaminade-Madonna and ultimately with the Patriots, this is a talent that has a chance to be very special at the next level. Mincey is a very gifted athlete who was praised by coaches for the past two years – and now that he has a chance to be looked at against bigger competition, everyone is getting a chance to see him. He is one of those prospects who has been talked about – and remains as a huge addition to this team that was searching for playmakers after several graduated from the 2015 team. Colleges already know how dominating he can be. He is technically sound.
2017 – Malcolm Vigille, QB, 6-0 185, Miami Edison: Two years ago, it was this talented youngster who was learning and taking in everything that older players and coaches were teaching him about the quarterback position and the offense. Now, as a senior, Vigille truly has the chance to open some eyes. Not just locally, but colleges who are looking for someone who leads and plays a key role for a team that has turned the corner. He’s a gifted talent that can throw, run and read defenses as well as anyone in South Florida. With a number of quality coaches on staff – and very talented football prospects on the team – this is one of those prospects who has a chance to emerge as one of the elite players around.