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As football players and coaches from across South Florida have been getting ready for the upcoming season for much for the past eight plus months, this is the time of year that everyone has been looking forward to.
With the Miami Dolphins High School Media Day fast approaching on August 6th, prospects are now putting the final touches on things learned during the offseason.
While 7-and-7s, combines and camps are coming to an end, the focus now will be on football and winning games this coming season – as well as attracting those elusive scholarships that are needed by so many to attend college and compete on the football field.
What has gone on since the 2015 season ended is something that is now the norm. Athletes get bigger, stronger and faster – and by the time the next season starts, they are being looked at and evaluated more than ever.
As we have continued to do throughout the course of a year – getting the word out on these football players – here are some athletes that many of you know already, while there are others who have worked themselves On The Radar for the first time.READ MORE: South Florida Airports Report Flight Delays, Cancellations
2017 – Raevon Clarke, WR, 6-2, 175, Sunrise Piper: One of the rising senior prospects who really made a name for himself this summer for the Bengals. With the positive exposure that head coach David Coleman has been able to provide for his players, it’s quality players like Clarke who get the chance to work against some elite players and stands toe-to-toe with them. With his size, quickness and passion for the game, you can understand why the coaches feel that this is a huge season ahead for him.
2018 – Coleman Crozier, DE/DT, 6-0, 230, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: If the last name sounds familiar at this school, it should. This family has been making news at this school for over a decade, and with the next wave of these talented siblings turning heads, it’s easy to see why Coleman and his twin brother Grayson are indeed very much on the rise. In Coleman, you have a big-time worker who has gotten faster and stronger, and by the time this season begins, he will really start to impress. Passion and talent have fueled this family through the years with the Raiders. Don’t look for it to stop anytime soon.
2017 – Tyler Dix, OL/DL, 6-3, 265, Weston Cypress Bay: As so many linemen have been receiving plenty of attention during the past few months – at camps and other showcase events – here is one of those prospects that veteran head coach Mark Guandolo has been talking about the past two years. Dix has an outstanding work ethic and is a solid competitor – two things that many have talked about when looking at this strong and agile prospect. He has quick feet and will create a long evening for anyone he goes up against. It’s football talent like this that this coaching staff has long won with. Keep your eye on his progress.
2017 – Adryan Ellis, LB, 6-0, 195, Coral Gables: When we watched this tremendous football player the past two years, it was at South Miami – and there was simply no doubt about his talent and ability. Fast forward, as he changes schools, the objective and destination for this playmaker is still the same. College coaches have been watching and will get to see a more mature and more passionate player this fall. One of those you men who has the talent and abilities to elevate any program.
2017 – Omar Graham, Jr., DB, 5-10, 155, North Miami: After missing the playoffs a year ago, the Pioneers realized that the key thing they were lacking were playmakers on both sides of the ball. In this outstanding talent, you have one of those young men who has worked very hard to put himself in a position to not only help his team compete for a playoff spot, but also help his chances of getting a college scholarship. Graham has the size and the skill level to play this game – and after the season ahead – schools will have a great idea of what he can do. He’s a very good player with knowledge of this game.
2018 – Lawrence Papillon, RB, 5-9, 170, Miami Dr. Krop: From the time he stepped on to the field for the Lightning, there was no hiding the fact that this is a true difference maker. Papillon is fast, strong, has great vision and has the knowledge to play the position. As he has grown and gotten bigger, there are coaches at the college level that are starting to take notice. Not only is he a gifted runner, but his overall athleticism gives him an opportunity to impact the game in several ways. While everyone knows talented backs like recently re-classified runner James Cook, they will start to know this name as well. Papillon is a gifted young man who will certainly change some opinions in the fall.