By now, if you haven’t been following for the past five decades, Miami-Dade County – aka the 305 – is still churning out elite high school football talent.
That’s why last Saturday night’s 38-32 battle of Dade County’s finest all-stars was a game where prospects were indeed alive and spreading their wings – many of the last time at the high school level.
The Tournament of Champions All-Star Classic at Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar provided a forum for some of Miami-Dade’s best seniors – and when it was over – the fans were thrilled and so were the players, who had the chance to add some important recruiting film to their resume.
“Having the opportunity to coach some of these elite football players was a huge thrill for all of us,” Stewart said. “I told our assistant coaches that just the line size was worth being part of this experience.
With Doral Academy’s Jase Stewart running the show with an impressive coaching staff, there were a number of talented prospects to showcase. Some that may not have the interest they deserve.
What this game did was uncover some quality football talent. Prospects such as Coral Gables defensive end Xavier Burns, who had nine tackles and four sacks in the game – and this quality talent only has Valdosta State on the recruiting list.
There was also Christopher Columbus defensive lineman Tony Mills, who has been as good as anyone in Florida the past six weeks. Easily one of the top tier line prospects who will certainly be a force in the years to come.
Mills picked off the loose ball in the air and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.
Christopher Columbus quarterback Anthony Arguellas, Palmetto running back Trey Flowers, Doral linebacker Brandon Dominguez, Southridge defensive back Kewanaqui Smith and running back Darren Davis, Jr., who scored the first touchdown, and FIU-bound Palmetto receiver Ivan Smith were also among the athletes who continued to impress.
In addition, there were also Gulliver Prep linebacker C.J. Calero, who made several key plays, and South Dade standout linebacker/defensive end Dervon Marius, who did much of the same.
There was also South Miami quarterback Antoine “A.J.” Wright, who had a tremendous year for the Cobras and accounted for a 17-yard scoring run.
ATHLETES IN EVERY DIRECTION
The South team also had some football players that have made some huge strides in their careers:
P.J. Anastasio, DL, Coral Gables
Diori Barnard, LB, South Miami
Traquan Butler, DB, Southridge
Kevin Colls, OL, Christopher Columbus
Zach Castano, LB/LS, Christopher Columbus
Harrison Easton, QB, Coral Gables
Greg Franklin, LB, Southridge
Joseph Hardy, WR, Palmetto
Donnie Harrison, DB, South Dade
Miles Hayes, QB, Doral Academy
Lennox Howard, WR, Pametto
Chamal Hunter, WR, Southridge
Herman Jackson, DB, Southridge
Jonathan Lorza, OL, Homestead Somerset Academy
Shaun McReynolds, LB, Christopher Columbus
Christian Olivero, DL, Doral Academy
Natavious Payne, WR, Doral Academy
Daniel Perera, OL, Christopher Columbus
Christian Ramirez, PK, Doral Academy
Sebastian Riella, P, Coral Gables
Antoine Rolle, DB, Doral Academy
DeAndre Thomas, WR
Guillermo Toro, OL/DL, Homestead Somerset Academy
Malcolm Williams, DL, Southridge
Elijah Woodley, LB, South Miami
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