As we race toward July, the action is really picking up here in South Florida, and athletes continue to grab for that extra edge.READ MORE: Man's Remains Found In Shallow Grave Behind Miami Gardens Home, Woman Arrested
If you use social media, you know by now that everything is captured on video and in photos for all to see. There are very few surprises anymore.
Even college coaches can sit back in the comfort of their offices during the next few months and watch enough football to fill several volumes. That is where we are at in the recruiting game.
With incoming freshmen (class of 2020) starting to join their respective schools this summer for camps and 7-on-7 events, it will only add to the madness that already includes the rising seniors (2017), juniors (2018) and sophomores (2019). It is giving colleges across the nation and overload of talent.
The recruiting game has changed so much that there are so many things to watch out for. Your high school coaches should be the one in charge of your recruitment. Anyone that attempts to get involved from the outside is deemed by head football coaches as undermining the process, and everyone is in agreement.
When parents and others try to put the blame on coaches for not getting their athlete placed, you have to step back and examine that statement. If we were in North Dakota, there are many factors that would come into play, but this is South Florida, and with dozens and dozens of college coaches roaming around throughout the years, and events that include media and recruiting analysts, it is nearly impossible to be overlooked.
Just last week at Several south Florida events, including three satellite site events, new prospects jumped onto the radar screen and started to get into the mix.READ MORE: Source Close To Messi Denies Latest Rumor Linking Super Star To Inter Miami CF
As we do each and every week during the year, we bring you six new prospects to place On The Radar. Here are this week’s talented football players:
2017 – Mandy Alonso, DL/LS, 6-3, 275, Miami Gulliver Prep: One of the prospects who continues to get tremendous exposure in the offseason, heading into his final year. Alonso is a quality athlete who can do so much on both sides of the ball. He’s getting bigger and stronger and this is a huge next few months as everyone will be watching and making decisions. Alonso is quick off the ball and you could see how far he has come – as coaches were watching from Ohio State, Boston College, Florida Tech and many more at a recent camp.
2017 – Tyler Brown, RB/LB, 5-9, 190, Cooper City: From the first time we watched him play, it was an immediate “wow” moment. Brown is a throwback player who would be spent after every game – going both ways. He was a hard-nosed runner on offense who you could not bring down in the first hit. He has quickness and great instincts. Defensively, he is a playmaker who is at the center of every tackle. His overall football instincts and knowledge of the game has made him a special football prospect. His size may not bowl people over, but very few can match what he brings to the Cowboys. Brown is Talented and not nearly finished playing this game.
2018 – Stanley Garner, DB/WR, 6-1, 165, Coconut Creek: Two years ago, as many watched the Miami Dolphins Academy 7-on-7 summer tournament, the Dillard Panthers were right in the middle of the competition. As the coaches talked about that current team, they also spoke about the future, and prospects like Garner, who also was a basketball standout. But as we start this summer, this quality athlete has changed schools – but not the same promise that we heard about two years ago. Boosting Coconut Creek’s already talented roster of game-changers.
2017 – Kedonis Haslem, OL/DL, 6-3, 290, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: When he was playing at Miami’s Dade Christian as a freshman and as a sophomore, there were very few people who had heard about this gifted athlete; the son of Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem, who just happened to the quite the football prospect at Miami High. But Kedonis has made a name for himself on the football field, where he continues to learn and get better, and as he heads toward his final season in high school, this could end up being a very special year for the Raiders and for him.
2017 – Coemba Jones, Jr., DB, 5-8, 170, Miami Southridge: If you have followed his career over the past three years, you know that this is one of the most respected football prospects the Spartans have. Very few people will walk away from a game, 7-on-7 included, without praising this young man. Jones is fast, strong and has amazing coverage skills – as well as being physical enough to lock on much bigger receivers. He’s an aggressive athlete who follows in the footsteps of his father, who was also a quality player for the Spartans.
2017 – Henry Martinez, LB, 6-0, 190, Miami Palmetto: As this program grows, this is a prospect that has started to step up and bring the Panthers back in contention in a very competitive district. Martinez is a quick reacting, quick football player who understands the position and defense that this program runs. He is an aggressive and passionate talent who used the spring to really open some eyes. As an outside player, his pursuit is impressive, getting off the ball very quickly. He also showed during the month of May that he can drop into coverage if needed, although the outside is going to get him to that next level. Martinez could be a difference maker.