3 FOR THURSDAY: Poses, Rivera & Smith Have Elevated QB Position

Larry Blustein
July 26, 2018 - 2:43 pm

Larry Blustein

When we come at you next Thursday with three more south Florida prospects to keep an eye on – it will be the end of the first week of the fall practice.

While the calendar still says July, the fall season begins on Monday – and for all of those 7-on-7 events, camps, combines and nightly conditioning that went into preparing for 2018, it’s time to pay off.

From the time we ended the 2017 season, this is the date every coach, player and fan had looked forward to.

Now that it’s here, there are NO more 7-on-7 and camp posts to check out on social media. There should be NOTHING other than football. Whether you play the game because of a scholarship – or compete because you love it – this game needs to be respected, and that’s something that many are still working on.

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual Air Attack QB Challenge, and as we watched, you can see that things are beginning to change at a position that was never the first choice of many here in talent rich south Florida.

What we see, heading into the season are quarterbacks who have already established themselves, whether it was during the year – or at some camp or combine. We have also watched several prospects emerge without much fanfare.

Today, we take a look at a few quarterbacks who may not get the play and the spotlight, but are very talented and will turn some heads in 2018.

2019 – Will Poses, 5-11, 195, Miami Gulliver Prep. If you have followed football in this area for the past few years, here is a student/athlete that you certainly know about. Part of the team for the past three years, here is someone who has indeed flown way beneath the radar screen.

First of all, he is an accurate passer who can run, but also makes a huge impact with his knowledge of the game and ability to read defenses. Will is also someone who has achieved in the classroom – as Ivy League interest is indeed warranted.

The Raiders have certainly benefitted having this young man on the team - in many aspects.

TAPE: http://www.hudl.com/profile/7671449/Will-Poses

2019 – Jesse Rivera, 6-3, 190, Davie Western. Even though schools such as the University of Pittsburgh, Akron and FAU have been in the mix, many colleges have not really watched what this talented football player can really do. This is truly a solid and athletic talent.

Having watched his development over the past few years – while he was at Archbishop McCarthy – there is no doubt that this is going to be a very special season – as he will have much more around him as the Wildcats will compete for a playoff spot in a very competitive district as well as region, where Delray Atlantic was the 8A state runner up last year.

TAPE: http://www.hudl.com/profile/8072727/Jesse-Rivera

2019 – T.J. Smith, 6-2, 180, Hollywood McArthur. From the beginning at South Plantation – to South Broward for two years – and now to play his senior year for the Mustangs, this is one of those talented prospects who has all the tools, but because of a lack of personnel around him, didn’t have the opportunity showcase everything he has in his arsenal. But that should change this season in west Hollywood.

As his final year is set to begin, there are some pieces in the new offense that could indeed give him a boost that he has been searching for. Colleges are watching and waiting for big things to happen for a very gifted prospect!

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/6267645/TJ-Smith 

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