Running backs and quarterbacks are always watched closely.
So are those gifted receivers and tight ends.
But what about the engine that gives all those positions the opportunity to shine and grab the headlines?
The offensive line is always the last to get the accolades, but first to open holes or protect the quarterback.
While the position was never one of glory – especially in South Florida, where speed is the name of the game – it’s one that has started to gain in popularity.
While it an offensive lineman will never be confused with a sure-handed receiver or a speedy running back – there have been a number of quality big men who have done very well.
As we head toward the 2017 season, every other position is going to get it’s just due shine, but you may be missing something special right here in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Kahric Belle, 6-6, 310, North Miami Beach: Belle is a very impressive football prospect who has been getting it done for the Chargers the past two years. He’s a very agile Class of 2018 athlete.
Ike Danielson, 6-6, 300, Miami Edison: This is another of those elite football players that the Red Raiders have been able to reel in over the past few years. Danielson is a big, physical and very quick for a player with his size. He’s a talent that still has so much to learn, and that is the great part of this young man.
Jack Fris, 6-5, 290, Plantation American Heritage: For the past two years, he was on one of the top offensive lines in South Florida. He has learned plenty and has matured as a major rising senior for the Patriots.
Mark Fox, 6-5, 275, Miami Northwestern: When they talk about the upgrade at the position – especially for the future classes – here is a 2019 standout that has already established himself as one of the elite prospects. Fox is a solid football player who is quick, strong and very athletic.
Devin Golden, 6-3, 265, Miami Gulliver Prep: Here is definitely one of those talented football players who has emerged in the offseason and has colleges looking in his direction. Golden will only get bigger and stronger and plenty of fun to watch.
Avery Hall, 6-3, 280, Miami Northwestern: Every year, the Bulls have their share of big men up front – and here is yet another. A big, strong and agile prospect who is going to have a huge senior season as he is now ready to lead. He has a chance to be special.
Artic Harris, 6-2, 275, Miami Norland: There is no getting around the fact that this program continues to get the most out of its offensive line – and here is a perfect example. Harris has size and plenty of athleticism as he continues to learn the position. He’s another class of 2018 big man up front.
Lamont Harrison, 6-2, 275, Miramar Everglades: Here is a solid football talent who has taken his game to the next level. Harrison is a hard worker who continues to attract plenty of attention.
Lance Hollis, 6-0, 255, Davie Nova: Here is a talented young man who is just about ready to make that leap to the next level.
Isaac Joseph, OL/DL, 6-3, 270, Miami Dr. Krop: This Class of 2020 prospect is yet another of those impressive athletic big men. If you’ve followed many of them, you know that Joseph is one of those agile, quick and strong two-way line prospects. He has big-time potential, and will have three full years to show it.
Jacob Kaplan, 6-3, 285, Davie Western: Kaplan had the opportunity this past season to make a mark, and in the process, showed that he is indeed one of the top line prospects returning in the Class of 2018.
Chad Kiernan, 6-2, 270, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Has been around the program long enough to learn and pick up valuable things that have helped him put himself into the spotlight. Kiernan has emerged as Class of 2018 to keep an eye on.
Noah Lieberman, 6-2, 285, Fort Lauderdale University School: After a solid junior season, here is a football talent that has a chance to be very special. Lieberman has taken full advantage of solid coaching at the school.
Dontae Lucas, 6-5, 325, Miami High: Here is someone who has the potential to be as good as we have produced in this region. Lucas is a major talent who has the size and athleticism to make his career one that will end in his playing on Sundays. He is a solid and strong big man who picks things up quickly. Lucas is already nationally rated after two solid seasons at Booker T. Washington.
Tyler Milord, 6-4, 275, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy: Yet another gifted big man who really fits the mold of today’s versatile lineman – strong, athletic and smart.
Vincent Murphy, 6-4, 280, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Another of those Class of 2019 prospects who is certainly a cut above. Murphy showed this past season that he is indeed one of the elite big men who is already receiving attention nationally. A lot of college coaches are watching what unfolds this season.
Jimmy Nixon, 6-3, 305, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna: One of the real under the radar players in this class, here is a football player who just happens to have size and is strong. Nixon was one of the true big-time potential linemen coming out of his sophomore season.
Sebastian Sainterling, 6-3, 360, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna: From Hallandale to St. Thomas Aquinas and now a chance to be reunited with his former head coach has given this big time junior a chance to grab some of the spotlight.
Darren Sanchez, 6-3, 275, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy: Here is another talented young man who continues to showcase his talents as he is poised for a big senior year. Keep your eye on this quality athlete.
Delone Scaife, 6-2, 285, Miami Southridge: There is simply no getting around the fact that Scaife is one of the best in South Florida, and perhaps, beyond that. He is a very athletic big man who has already committed to the University of Miami. Scaife is a solid football player who makes the move from Killian for his senior year.
Antonio Serrano, OL, 6-2, 280, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Just a sophomore and already a two-year varsity performer. This Miami Belen Jesuit transfer is a serious prospect who made the move for a better future on the gridiron. Serrano is very athletic and passionate about the game.
Maurice Smith, 6-3, 290, Miami Central: There is always a reason why the Rockets are in the mix for a state title – and it all begins up front. Here is one of those Class of 2019 athletes who figures to give this program a major boost.
Edward Spurgeon, 6-3, 320, Deerfield Beach: Here is a talented athlete that we profiled in the offseason. Spurgeon will play a huge role for the Bucks in 2017.
Cameron Stage, 6-3, 285, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: This one-time baseball standout has made many changes as he heads toward his final season at the high school level. Stage makes the move from Coral Springs where he showed plenty of promise. He has big-time potential that the Chiefs are hoping comes out this season.
Taurrian Stafford, 6-4, 290, Miami Central: Stafford came to play for the Rockets – from Miami Jackson – this coming season with plenty of optimism and a lot of talent. He has the opportunity to be very special with a solid offseason. Stafford has the size and skill level to leave a mark.
Jason Swann, 6-2, 278, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the elite prospects since his ninth grade year when he was considered one of the best young line prospects in South Florida. Swann is a very athletic junior who will give the Raiders plenty of experience up front.
Jamari Williams, 6-3, 260, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: Very exciting class of 2019 football talent who has made some major strides. When the dust settles on this young man’s career, Williams will indeed be one of the best.
Jawaun Wilson, 6-3, 270, Miami Carol City: One of the real under the radar prospects that the Chiefs brought in during the offseason. Wilson is very quick, strong and very smart. He has the opportunity, during his upcoming senior season to be very special.
Wardrick Wilson, 6-5, 285, Miami Edison: This is definitely one of those future stars. This Class of 2019 standout had a huge season for the Red Raiders. As the offseason unfolds, here is one of those impressive big men who has started to pick up huge interest.
Zack Zambrano, 6-3, 290, Plantation American Heritage: Having covered his father back in the day at Miami Beach, the apple certainly does not fall far from the tree, here. Zambrano is a solid football player and is expected to have a very good senior season for the Class 5A defending champions.
KEEP AN EYE ON THESE STANDOUTS, TOO
If you’ve had the opportunity to watch some of these quality athletes perform, you already understand that things are changing. Depth, which used to be a problem, is now becoming less of an issue.
Here are some additional prospects on the offensive line to watch.
Remember, if there are linemen missing – or need to be corrected – just let us know at: Floridakids1@aol.com. Not a time to be angry or tell us how we “missed the best” line prospect in the country”. That is why we get it right, because we go out and watch – not just view film.
2019 – Lucas Alonso, DT/OT, 6-1, 248, Miami Florida Christian
2018 – Paulo Anastacio, 6-2, 280, Miami Westminster Christian
2018 – Terry Augustin, 6-3, 350, Pembroke Pines Flanagan
2019 – Lens Bernadel, OL, 5-10, 220, Hallandale
2018 – Adrian Bichara, 5-11, 235, Miami Coral Reef
2018 – Terron Carey, 6-2, 250, Miami Northwestern
2018 – Jeremy Czerenda, 6-4, 245, Fort Lauderdale University School
2018 – Stone Daniel, 5-8, 269, Cooper City
2019 – Fabio Desir, DT/OG, 6-0, 235, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.
2018 – Michal Dzienski, 6-4, 270, Miami Dr. Krop
2018 – Dane Ferguson, 6-2, 255, Davie Nova
2018 – Travis Flowers, 6-0, 246, Miami Palmetto
2018 – Esau Francis, 6-0, 295, Davie Nova
2019 – Willie Hepburn, OL, 6-5, 295, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
2018 – Arthur Huff, 6-1, 252, Sunrise Piper
2018 – Harry Irvine, 5-10, 210, Homestead Everglades Prep
2018 – Jeron Jaglal, 5-11, 233, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
2018 – Kevin Jaquet, 5-11, 250, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson
2020 – Jovens Janvier, OG, 6-5, 300, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic
2018 – Dumervil Jean, 6-4, 365, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
2018 – Tarique Livingston, 6-1, 255, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna
2020 – Alann Louis, OL, 6-0, 290, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic
2018 – Leonard Lucas, Jr., 6-4, 290, Miami Carol City
2018 – Blaise Luna, 6-1, 220, Davie Nova
2019 – Pedro Marte, Jr., OL, 6-3, 305, Miami Northwestern
2018 – Jorge Martinez, 6-1, 260, Miami Killian
2018 – Greg May, 6-6, 240, Weston Cypress Bay
2018 – Jakari McClam, 6-3, 275, Sunrise Piper
2019 – Elvin McCray, TE/OL, 6-3, 244, Coconut Creek
2019 – Frank Melgarejo, OC/LS, 6-1, 220, Mater Academy
2018 – Rodney Mompremier, 6-3, 285, Miami Booker T. Washington
2018 – Montrell Newton, 6-0, 240, Miami Carol City
2018 – Marcus Nunez, 5-11, 245, SW Ranches Archbishop McCarthy
2018 – Brock Parry, 6-4, 242, Coral Springs Taravella
2018 – Daniel Perera, 6-1, 280, Miami Christopher Columbus
2019 – Dylan Perez, OL/DL, 6-1, 230, Miami Christopher Columbus
2019 – Greg Pruitt, OL/DL, 6-0, 265, Homestead
2019 – Charlie Rothkopf, NG/OG, 5-10, 220, Parkland Douglas
2018 – Adam Scoggins, 6-2, 295, Coral Springs Taravella
2018 – Willie Scott, 5-8, 224, Miami Northwestern
2018 – Fabian Smith, 6-3, 370, Plantation
2018 – Joshua Smith, 6-0, 259, Miramar Everglades
2018 – Darius Trotman, 6-2, 241, Parkland Douglas
2018 – Romeo Vasquez, 5-9, 240, Hialeah
2018 – Erik Vento, 6-2, 240, Doral Academy
2019 – Jonathan Weaver, OG/DL, 6-0, 318, South Plantation
2018 – Jaylaan Williams, 6-3, 290, Miami Coral Reef
2018 – Desmond Young, 6-3, 220, Hialeah Miami Lakes
2018 – Max Zinn, 6-2, 230, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas