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By Larry Blustein

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It all began last February, when the Class of 2016 signed on the dotted line and made their final decision where to attend school.

As soon as that important choice was made, the Class of 2017 was squarely in the spotlight – through the spring and summer, and eventually in the 2016 season.

Today, that group of impressive athletes will be recognized one last time – as we have had the pleasure of watching them live for the past three years, viewing and evaluating them all from six feet away – while others were deciding their future from seeing the same film that every fan has the chance to view.

Watching well over 100 games live and being able to see these athletes perform at their very best, weighed heavily in our final 75 prospects for the Class of 2017.

As all of you know, picking 75 players in South Florida is somewhat laughable – since there will be in the neighborhood of 150 football prospects from Miami-Dade and Broward heading to Division-I level programs throughout the nation.

If you follow what we do during the course of a year, you know that these lists, which are often subjective, are only a portion of what we do to promote athletes in this part of the Sunshine State. During the course of a year, we promote and evaluate nearly 2,500 football players in just two counties!

During our yearly check by the National Football League, this is the area that is once again overwhelmingly stacked with more prospects than any other place in the country.

The very fact that Miami-Dade and Broward Counties tip the talent scales in such an amazing and talented way, it’s almost a guarantee that you will see a major college talent at any game that you attend.

For much of the past five decades, we have been fortunate to have followed some of the sport’s finest as they began their careers on this athletic football fields in just about every community.

While you are watching this impressive group of prospects, keep in mind that when start at 75 in the spring and cut that number down to reflect how impressive it is to be among the top 50 football players in the most prospect-rich region in the country – by far.

The decisions were tough and many were right on the cusp of that elite group, but all will be very successful and make it to the next level and beyond – like they do every year

Here is a look at the group:

1. Jerry Jeudy, WR, 6-1, 180, Deerfield Beach

2. Stanford Samuels, III, CB, 6-2, 175, Pembroke Pines Flanagan

3. Trevon Grimes, WR, 6-3, 205, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

4. Navaughn Donaldson, OT, 6-5, 335, Miami Central

5. Tedarrell Slaton, OG, 6-5, 340, Plantation American Heritage

6. Daniel Wright, S, 6-1, 190, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson

7. Christopher Henderson, CB, 6-1, 175, Miami Christopher Columbus

8. Trajan Bandy, CB, 5-9, 180, Miami Christopher Columbus

9. Marco Wilson, CB, 6-0, 180, Plantation American Heritage

10. Jonathan Ford, DT, 6-5, 280, Fort Lauderdale Dillard

11. Kadeem Telfort, OL, 6-7, 300, Miami Booker T. Washington

12. Michael Harley, WR, 5-9, 165, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

13. Kai-Leon Herbert, OT, 6-5, 285, Plantation American Heritage

14. Corey Gaynor, OL, 6-4, 290, Parkland Douglas

15. Dorian Hall, S, 6-5, 200, Hollywood South Broward

16. Mike Epstein, RB, 6-0, 196, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

17. Tyler Dunning, OLB, 6-0, 230, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

18. Kemore Gamble, TE, 6-4, 220, Miami Southridge

19. D’Andre Wilder, OLB, 6-2, 200, Miami Carol City

20. Kevaughn Dingle, WR, 6-1, 200, Miami Carol City

21. Guy Thomas, DE, 6-3, 202, Miami Booker T. Washington

22. Latavious Brini, CB, 6-2, 200, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy

23. Drew White, LB, 6-1, 225, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

24. Jake Lichtenstein, DE, 6-5, 250, Weston Cypress Bay

25. Naytron Culpepper, DB, 6-0, 175, Miami Carol City

26. Kivon Bennett, DT, 6-3, 265, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

27. Owen Carney, DE, 6-3, 230, Miami Central

28. Kyshaun Bryan, RB, 5-10, 190, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

29. Carmoni Green, WR, 6-1, 190, Miami Central

30. Billy Gibson, S, 6-1, 185, Miami Southridge

31. Waynmon Steed, LB, 6-1, 220, Miami Central

32. Shawn Davis, CB, 5-11, 190, Miami Southridge

33. Clevan Thomas, WR, 5-11, 190, Pembroke Pines Flanagan

34. Jake Allen, QB, 6-3, 200, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

35. Bentavious Thompson, RB, 5-11, 190, Miami Southridge

36. Leroy Henley, WR, 5-11, 190, Deerfield Beach

37. Brian Edwards, CB, 6-3, 195, Miramar

38. Robert Burns, RB, 5-11, 210, Miami Gulliver Prep

39. Rodney Scott, WR, 6-0, 175, Miami Southridge

40. Nadarius Fagan, OLB, 6-2, 200, Miami Southridge

41. Randall St. Felix, WR/S, 6-2, 190, Miami Dr. Krop

42. Sharod Johnson, WR, 6-0, 170, Miami Booker T. Washington

43. Randall Haynie, CB, 6-0, 180, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

44. Dedrick Mackey, DB, 5-11, 165, Miami Booker T. Washington

45. Lashawn Paulino-Bell, DE, 6-4, 235, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

46. Diego Fagot, LB, 6-3, 230, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian

47. Jordan Merrell, WR, 5-11, 175, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

48. Joshua Ali, WR, 6-0, 180, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna

49. Michael Nesbitt, DB, 6-0, 185, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson

50. D’Andre Johnson, DE, 6-3, 240, Miami Southridge

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