Over the next few months, the senior football prospects in South Florida, who do not have a scholarship in hand, will be working harder than ever.
While the season is over, there are still opportunities for the seniors (Class of 2107) to get something to help pay for college.
As everyone knows who lives in this region of the country, the talent that is produced annually, continually makes the task of getting that scholarship tougher and tougher.
His class, like the ones that came before, was promised by coaches and former athletes that if you attend everything and give yourself as much exposure, things will work out. However, as good as that sounds, it doesn’t always work out.
With all-star games to give the athlete that one last opportunity to turn heads, along with tape that they have from the season, this is the time for the senior class to be creative and do things that will catch the eye of the college coaches.
Athletes in South Florida, while they do have a huge advantage of playing against top-flight competition and having cameras and plenty of eyes watching them, those superb athletes they compete against usually grab those valuable scholarships.
Today, as we do each and every week throughout the season, we bring you six athletes that we have watched and evaluated. There are five seniors and one junior:
2017 – Jacari Clayton, DB, 5-9, 175, Fort Lauderdale Dillard: Clayton is a very solid football player who made an impact for the Panthers this season. He has tremendous coverage skills who started to become more aggressive and was also an impact tackler who became a more physical presence during a playoff season. He had the opportunity this year to at least put himself in a position to compete against top-flight competition. Clayton was chosen to play in the Broward All-Star Game.
2017 – Eldine Dorvil, DB, 6-2, 180, Deerfield Beach: This one-time standout at Boyd Anderson came to compete for the Bucks this season and really gave them the quality depth they had been looking for. Dorvil is a very talented football player who has the speed and the athletic ability. College coaches started to watch him when he played for the Cobras and followed this year during a tremendous season. This is certainly an athlete who will get the attention before National Signing Day.
2017 – Jamare Edwards, DE/OLB, 6-4, 240, Miami Carol City: From the time he attended Miramar to this season, here is one of the South Florida’s most overlooked and under-exposed football players. Edwards is a big-time talent who was one of the several prospects that put the Chiefs over the top. He’s big, strong and is getting better all the time. His own coaches have talked about his progress over the past year – and believe he is going to be very special.
2017 – Juwan Horn, DB, 5-10, 160, Miami Southridge: Have been watching this quality young man since he arrived at Killian – before heading to play for the Spartans. This is a football talent who continued to get better and better the past two seasons, and has started for this impressive secondary that is considered one of the best in South Florida. Horn has tremendous coverage skills as well as using his overall athleticism to shut the opponents’ running game down as well. He has been a gifted football player since back in his youth football days.
2018 – Rashad Wildgoose, Jr., CB, 5-11, 180, Coral Gables: The only underclassman in this group, this is truly one of the best-kept secrets around. He played a major role for the Cavaliers during yet another banner season under head coach Roger Pollard. Wildgoose is a very physical defensive back who makes a major impact every week – being surrounded by some very good secondary performers. He will be one of the top prospects during the 2017 season.
2017 – Dylan Young, OL, 6-5, 270, Coral Springs Taravella: One of the athletes that we evaluated earlier in this season. When we watched Young play, we felt that, like Douglas standout and recent UM commitment Corey Gaynor, this was a big man who was not getting the attention he deserved. Voted to the postseason all-star game in Broward, Young is one of those young men who will continue to pick up interest. His coaches felt that his career dictates that he gets more attention that he was receiving. That has indeed changed as the spotlight is on him.