As we begin July, it will be much of the same for the many prospects in South Florida.READ MORE: Car Fire On Turnpike In SW Miami-Dade Stalls Traffic
It will be about getting an advantage – and keeping it.
While we see so many athletes at 7-on-7 events and camps across the region, many of these youngsters are also lifting and running at their schools. It’s not all about going away to camps and other events.
Some coaches such as West Broward’s Monte Dillworth and Killian’s Javi Valdes believe that this is perhaps the most important time of the year. The summer months are all about getting bigger, faster and stronger – and high schools are fully taking advantage of it.
“We meet every day during the summer to get in condition,” said Dillworth, who enters his first year as a head coach. “I tried to show this team that every opponent we play is staying busy during the summer, getting bigger and being in shape. That will be the key when October and November roll around.”
It is not hard to see why the football prospects in this region are coveted by so many colleges and universities across the country.
As many more of you are finding out, when it comes to recruiting and promoting prospects, very few can match the production that we continue to churn out throughout the course of a year.READ MORE: Florida’s Monoclonal Antibody Sites Closed Until Further Notice
Each week throughout the entire year, we are adding more football players to a growing list of prospects that are getting seen by college coaches, fan websites and recruiting services. Today, we add to that total with six more impressive football players:
2018 – Kevin Austin, WR, 6-3, 185, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep: One thing you can always count on when it comes to head coach Rex Nottage and this football program: there is always going to be at least one major prospect who will drive college coaches to the campus to see a player like this impressive and long receiver – and then discover a number of others who are also lining it up. Here is a major star that everyone has already been watching – and for good reason. Austin is a solid football player who runs, catches and makes plays with the best of them. He has had a very productive offseason as schools watched and understood that over the next two years, here is a player who will explode, nationally. The 2016 season will certainly be fun to watch.
2019 – Rayne Tanega-Doster, DB, 5-11, 175, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy: Even before the 2015 season started, head coach Rocco Casullo saw something that he loved in this big time player. No doubt that after this past year, and into the offseason, this is one of the next big-time defensive secondary performers who have already been looked at. Watching him play, this is one of those aggressive players who works hard and wants to get better. Many college coaches who have watched Tanega-Doster play, all agree that his future is bright. He will knock you around with his style of play. We’re looking for huge things from Tanega-Doster over the next three years.
2017 – Scottie Felix, DB, 5-10, 170, North Miami: Here is a three-year varsity performer who has really done his part to bring the Pioneers back in the district title mix. This is a player who is not afraid to put his body on the line against anyone. Felix is an outstanding tackler, physical cover guy and football talent who loves this game. He has made huge strides in the spring and into the offseason, competing in several events and attending everything possible. One of those true talents that needs to be watched by college coaches.
2018 – Joe Hardy, WR, 5-7, 150, Miami Palmetto: Talk to anyone on this football team, and they will tell you that this is the next rising prospect on a program that annually has its share. So far in the offseason, Hardy continues to impress with his ability to catch balls against any defense. His speed and knowledge of the position have paid off in a huge way. Watching him perform, there is no doubt that this is going to be the next slot performers that colleges will start watching a lot more of. Speed, ability to catch the ball and a will to succeed will keep the spotlight directly on him.
2018 – Harrison Story, QB, 6-2, 185, Davie Western: As he watched, learned and waited his turn to step into the starting role, this athletic standout – who also plays baseball – is well on his way to being one of the offseason standouts that everyone is going to want to watch. Size, very good arm strength and a knowledge of reading defenses and learning the offense have been something that head coach Adam Ratkevich and his assistant coaches are more than pleased by. The Wildcats are loaded with quality talent and believe that with Story maturing and getting better, things will fall into place. They have another quality quarterback which will keep this program relevant.
2018 – Zayvion Wallace, S, 5-10, 175, Hollywood McArthur: Talk about your exciting prospects. Here is a football prospect who has already proven that he can get it done with pads on, so what he is accomplishing this summer is truly not a surprise to head coach LaRon Culpepper and the Mustangs. Wallace is a quality athlete that we had the chance to watch over the past year. He was certainly one of the top sophomores on a very young team – with his ability to play this game at a high level. As the season approaches, this is a name that you can expect to hear plenty for a team that feels they are ready to contend for a district crown.