No matter where you look during the spring, college coaches are handing out offers and making South Florida the destination for college coaches from across the nation.READ MORE: Florida's COVID-19 Cases Climb Sharply Once Again
In over a week since the official beginning of spring football, colleges from all over the country have moved into Miami-Dade and Broward Counties – with the idea of bringing some of our excellent athletes back to their campuses.
As we learned from last week’s NFL Draft, the country realizes that the talent that is produced in this region of the country is truly second to none.
As we have done for nearly a half century, spring is always a time when we evaluate, promote and get some of the promising young athletes that colleges do not know about yet, much-needed exposure.
If you speak with any college coach, they will tell you that the highlight of spring is to come down to South Florida – where the passion and talent are unmatched. They know the sacrifices that many of these young men and their families have made to get to this point.
No matter if you are junior ready to be a senior, a sophomore getting set for the junior season or that freshman who turned heads this past year taking the next step to the sophomore class – colleges and universities want to watch you and put your name down as a prospect to keep an eye on.
With nearly three weeks left before the busy and competitive summer begins, you can guarantee that more offers are going to be handed out as the month of May continues to produce more elite football talent that we are known for churning out.
Each week during the course of a year, we bring you six new football prospects to keep an eye on.READ MORE: Theater, Arts, And Museums Helping To Restart South Florida's Economy
Here are some new faces about to jump On The Radar:
2017 – Cyress Girtman, OL, 6-3, 240, Palmetto: If you want the Panthers’ coaches to really start talking about a football prospect, just bring up this name. Girtman is a player who is quickly on the rise. He’s a very athletic and talented offensive line prospect who certainly fits the type of player that this program is building with. Girtman is an extremely dedicated talent who is strong and very agile. As he gets bigger and stronger, there is a belief that this is going to be a prospect that will continue to pick up momentum. The spring and summer will be vital.
2017 – Harry Hanna, OL, 6-1, 335, Northwestern: Another of the big, strong and experienced offensive line prospects the Bulls have. Having the advantage of being around this program for the past three years, you can see how much this talented young man has picked up. Hanna is very agile for his size, and his strength and knowledge of playing the position have started to open up some eyes. If this program is going to jump back in the mix, it will be because of hard-workers like this.
2018 – James Head, Jr., DE/OLB, 6-3, 195, Southridge: Talk to any coach who has played against him or his own coaches who watch him daily in practice and all will tell you that this athletic, quick and strong football talent is the next big-time prospects for a Spartan team that is loaded everywhere. Head’s quickness and passion for the game show every time we had the pleasure of watching him. As he gets bigger and stronger over the next year, you will see how he will be an elite talent. Keep your eye on this outstanding football player.
2017 – Hunter Stephens, DB, 6-1, 175, Davie Western: As this program continues to improve and make major strides in a very competitive district, you get a prospect like Stephens – one who has size, great instincts and plenty of athletic ability. He is an aggressive play-making talent who is not afraid to stick his head into the action on running plays. He is also extremely agile, showcasing his cover skills. His size and speed are going to continue to turn heads in the spring and summer and will help him pick up valuable attention from colleges in the fall as well. Stephens is yet another hidden gem who can play this game.
2017 – Geremy Taylor, WR, 6-5, 180, Blanche Beach Ely: There’s a lot to like out of this young man as we found out last year, seeing him play three times. Remember, this is a big-time state championship basketball player who showed signs last year that he can also make a huge impact on the football field as well. Taylor is a fast, athletic and skilled receiver who has tremendous hands. The college coaches we spoke with feel that his transition from high school to college – in the sport of football – will be interesting to watch. He has so much ability that his best years are certainly ahead of him, and that is something that has kept schools busy so far this spring.
2017 – Dylan Young, OL, 6-5, 265, Taravella: Young is one of the emerging talents who have shown that they are indeed ready for that next level. This very talented young man is a center that is starting to turn heads – with his technique, quickness and ability to work hard to improve. This spring and summer will very important to his maturity. Line camps and other events that will teach, showcase and expose his talents will be needed during the final summer of his high school career. The more events he attends, the better competition he will face. He has plenty to look forward to over the next year.