larry block6 COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF: Class of 2018 Top 50

For the past 46 years, the start of any high school football season signals that the top prospects in each class get their respect for what they have put in to get to this level.

Through the years, these lists have taken on less and less meaning – with more and more being done. Because of what we do to see more athletes than any other single source throughout the course of a year, we have that barometer to pit one player against another – when forming a ranking.

There is no exact science to what we have done continuously for nearly a half century. The only key is to watch every player you rate – live – in game conditions. Many who come up with rankings – do not and cannot do that.

In addition to this list, we promote and evaluate nearly 3,000 South Florida prospects – and over 6,000 statewide – each year.

While Florida is easily the most talented state when it comes to overall football prospects, and it really isn’t close, it is important to go to Pensacola, Tallahassee, Orlando, Tampa and through all of South Florida to see what the Sunshine State has to offer.

As many on fan websites will criticize and act like they have all the answers to who all the top prospects are, they don’t. They do not have the time to compare and evaluate every player.

Speaking for people who were out in the blazing sun all summer in over 20 locations, watching these athletes over and over again – you do not have all the answers, but you can continue tell the people from behind your computers that you do.

The fact that we produce so many major college athletes in this area only points to a Top 50 not being enough, but again, since we promote EVERY football player at EVERY school, we get a chance to continue promoting rather than making this some competition.

The fans love lists, and that is why we continue to author them. Remember, the 50 prospects that you are about to see are football players that we have had the pleasure of watching, some for up to the past five years – at the youth level as well.

Enjoy this pre-season listing, and understand that we will re-rank when we watch more prospects live – and will continue putting EVERY South Florida football player out there.

1. Patrick Surtain, Jr., CB, 6-2, 185, Plantation American Heritage.

2. Tyson Campbell, CB, 6-2.5, 180, Plantation American Heritage.

3. James Cook, RB, 5-11, 180, Miami Central.

4. Mark Pope, WR, 6-2, 175, Miami Southridge.

5. Al Blades, Jr., CB, 6-0, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

6. Delone Sciafe, Jr., OG, 6-3, 310, Miami Southridge.

7. Asante Samuels, CB, 5-9, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

8. Kevin Austin, WR, 6-3, 190, Coconut Creek North Broward Prep.

9. Xavier Williams, WR, 6-1, 190, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.

10. Rosendo Louis, LB, 6-1, 225, Deerfield Beach.

11. Nik Bonitto, OLB, 6-3, 205, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

12. Andrew Chatfield, DE, 6-2, 220, Plantation American Heritage.

13. Cam’ron Davis, RB, 5-9.5, 190, Miami Carol City.

14. Elijah Moore, WR, 5-11, 170, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

15. Nadab Joseph, CB, 6-1, 185, Miami Norland.

16. Shaun Shivers, RB, 5-7, 170, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.

17. Anthony Schwartz, WR, 6-0, 175, Plantation American Heritage.

18. Gilbert Frierson, CB, 6-1, 185, Coral Gables.

19. Trenell Troutman, S, 5-10, 188, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

20. Miguel Edwards, CB, 6-0, 165, Deerfield Beach.

21. Nesta Silvera, DT, 6-1, 308, Plantation American Heritage.

22. Kayode Oladele, DE, 6-4, 235, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic.

23. Daquris Wiggins, WR, 6-3, 180, Miami Southridge.

24. Tyquan Thornton, WR, 6-4, 180, Miami Booker T. Washington.

25. Gregory Rousseau, DE, 6-6, 225, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic.

26. Robert Hicks, LB, 6-1, 230, Miami Central.

27. Divaad Wilson, CB, 6-1, 180, Miami Northwestern.

28. Dominick Watt, WR, 6-2, 200, Miramar.

29. Davoan Hawkins, DE/OL, 6-5, 275, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.

30. Miles Jones, Athlete, 5-9, 170, Plantation American Heritage.

31. Randy Russell, S, 5-11, 180, Miami Carol City.

32. Chandler Jones, CB, 5-20, 175, Miami Central.

33. Stanley Garner, CB, 6-3, 180, Fort Lauderdale Dillard

34. James Head, DE, 6-5, 215, Miami Southridge.

35. Darrell “Rocky” Shelton, LB, 6-0, 205, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

36. Akeem Hayes, WR, 5-10, 175, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.

37. Avery Thornton, Athlete, 6-1, 175, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson.

38. Yasir Abdullah, OLB, 6-2, 195, Miami Carol City.

39. D.J. Ivey, CB, 6-1, 175, Homestead South Dade.

40. Randy Charlton, DE, 6-2, 235, Miami Southridge.

41. Yanez Rogers, QB/Athlete, 6-2, 175, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely.

42. Patrick Joyner, OLB, 6-3, 235, Homestead South Dade.

43. Hansky Paillant, OLB/DL, 6-3, 225, Miramar.

44. Jason Swann, OT, 6-3, 270, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

45. Devontae McCrae, DE, 6-5, 255, Miami Northwestern.

46. Ashtan Pierre, DE/OLB, 6-2, 200, Deerfield Beach.

47. Jermaine McMillan, DB, 6-2, 185, Miami Booker T. Washington.

48. Cornelius McCoy, WR, 5-10, 175, Deerfield Beach.

49. Jamal Anderson, S, 6-2, 180, Homestead South Dade.

50. Wayne Parrish, WR, 6-1, 190, Hollywood South Broward.

Catch the South Florida High Sports Radio Show each Monday night (9-10) on WQAM (560AM). For the past 10 years, the players and coaches who are making the headlines, join the program. You will learn a lot!

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