COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF - 2019 TOP 55 Is Loaded With Talent

Larry Blustein
August 22, 2018 - 9:45 am

Larry Blustein

Every year for the past 47 seasons, we have started off by giving fans, coaches and colleges across the country a glimpse – or as they would say – a sample size – of the talent we feature every week in the prospect-rich 305 and 954.

While many other areas of the country have talent, we have mega prospects who are on every board in every college community in the nation.

The athletes that are produced in these two counties keeps college coaches busy - as well as the fans, who now follow high school football and recruiting year round.

The talent is so rich and so deep, we have been able to feature all throughout the course of a year, so when it comes to picking 55 seniors to begin the year with, many understand that we never, ever forget about them in this process.

As year 48 begins, we have had the honor of watching, evaluating and ranking football talent – many who have made their way to the Hall of Fame – as well as going on to represent this amazing area in the business world.

Major stars from as far back as the late 1960’s, we were blessed to have watched – LIVE – and that is where we have always had the advantage.

Our ability to see ALL the athletes we evaluate and rank is something that many simply cannot do. Add in the fact that we go way beyond the stars to help expose players who just want to continue playing at the next level and get an education paid for.

As we bring you this year’s Senior Class, keep in mind that it is our listing that we watched, and as we already stated, there could be as many as 200 players in this group.

Also, understand, we promote everyone, so if you are upset by not being listed, keep in mind, you will be – many times more than these 55 players.

To the senior class, good luck this year and remember we will be there pushing EVERYONE and promoting you every step of the way!

As stated, this listing is but a starting point for the year that will be adjusted throughout the season:

1. Tyrique Stevenson, CB, 6-1, 205, Southridge. Big time talent who everyone watched during the playoffs last year while he was at South Dade. Elite playmaker. There is no doubting that his best years are certainly ahead – and that is a very scary thing. Like every big time talent, this is a prospect who can doit on both sides of the ball. Coached by Cedric Irvin.

2. Khris Bogle, DE, 6-3, 200, Cardinal Gibbons. Despite his injury last week against Key West, nobody climbed into the spotlight faster than this quality talent. When he is healthy, very few can stop him. Had a very productive offseason.Coached by Matt Dubuc.

3. John Dunmore, WR, 6-2, 175, Chaminade-Madonna. As good as you will find nationally, and that’s why Penn State came in and took one of Florida’s best out of state. He gives the Lions that legitimate show-stopper and a key to winning back-to-back titles.Coached by Dameon Jones.

4. Frank Ladson, Jr., WR, 6-3, 185, South Dade. Nothing has changed for this Clemson commitment as he heads into his final season. Big time talent who will be pushed to another level in college. Those who have watched him year round already understands what he can do. Coaches by Nate Hudson.

5. Ge’mon Eaford, LB, 6-0, 215, Deerfield Beach. Coach Mario Cristobal used his reputation here in south Florida, combined with the fact that the Oregon Ducks are on the rise, to come back with this elite player. One of the nation’s best – no doubt. Coached by Jevon Glenn.

6 .Jordan Battle, S, 6-1, 185, St. Thomas Aquinas. One of the elite playmakers who rises to the occasion against some of the best receivers you will find. Knows how to play this game, and that’s why national power Ohio State gained his commitment. Coached by Roger Harriott.

7. Dorian Jones, LB, 6-0, 220, Plantation American Heritage. While he came in from Oxbridge Academy and will be attending Indiana University next year, the thing many don’t know about him is he is as good a playmaker as you will find in this class. Big time talent the Patriots added to an already impressive unit. He is fast, strong and skilled. Three very important positives. Coached by Pat Surtain. 

8. Jaden Davis, CB, 5-9, 170, St. Thomas Aquinas. On his way to play for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2019, here is one of the best defensive backs in Florida. His knowledge of the game – coupled with his athletic ability has created a gifted football player who is on his way to great things. The son of a football coach always has that edge! Coached by Roger Harriott.

9. Keontra Smith, S, 6-0, 200, Chaminade-Madonna. As many know about this University of Miami commitment, the one thing that you may not know is that he will emerge as one of the best in this class over the next few years. Watch him perform and you will see the play-making skills that will have everyone talking. Coached by Dameon Jones.

10. Kenny McIntosh, RB, 6-1, 220, NSU University School. Heading into his fifth year at the varsity level, all this impressive talent has done is showcase his skills, running ability and give every college in America the opportunity to see what he’s all about. Coached by Daniel Luque.

11. Anthony Solomon, LB, 6-0, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas. For the past three years, this is an athlete who has watched and learned along the way. Making a commitment to stay home and play for the University of Miami will be huge for his play in 2018. He is the kind of player who can spark an entire team. Coached by Roger Harriott.

12. Josh Sanguinetti, S, 5-11, 175, NSU University School. Remains one of the players who has the chance to give the Sharks a chance to win it all in 2018. This two-way standout has helped this team on both sides with playmaking ability. Colleges are still watching his every move. Coached by Daniel Luque.

13. Nayquan Wright, RB, 5-9, 190, Carol City. This is a prospects, when coming out of youth football, was considered among the best in the nation. While injuries have taken him off the playing field, his commitment to being the best has him back and looking great. One of the best teammates anyone could have is back and he is still amazing. Coached by Benedict Hyppolite.

14. Avery Huff, LB, 6-3, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas. Having watched him perform over the past few years, there is no doubt that this one of the most gifted football talents we have in south Florida. Committed to attend the University of Miami, watch him this season. He is always around the ball. Played at McArthur last season. Coached by Roger Harriott.

15. Zay Flowers, WR, 5-11, 165, NSU University School. If you were picking a team – and were choosing players to have on your squad – this is one of the first people you take. Big time football player who will do anything necessary to win games. Quality young man who has been a huge asset for the Sharks. Coached by Daniel Luque,

16. Wardrick Wilson, OT, 6-5, 305, Carol City. Here is a talent that everyone had the chance to watch last year at Norland. This is a big and very agile lineman who will really help the Chiefs up front this season and give them an offensive threat. Coached by Benedict Hyppolite.

17. Mark Fox, OT, 6-4, 290, Northwestern. This South Carolina commitment has been on the map since the end of his freshman season, and each year he has gotten better and better. Will be the anchor for the defending 6A state champions this coming season as they look to defend in a district that will be very competitive. Coached by Max Edwards.

18. Tyler Scott, S, 5-10, 180, NSU University School. Another of those players who hasn’t gotten the play that he deserves – even though colleges have been watching and showing interest over the past year. Gives the Sharks plenty of security in the secondary. Coached by Daniel Luque.

19. Braylen Ingraham, DE, 6-4, 260, St. Thomas Aquinas. One of the prospects as the season begins that everyone is watching. Despite an injury, this one time Dillard standout is ready to make a huge impact for a program that has a chance to be in the national mix this season. Coached by Roger Harriott.

20. Brieon Fuller, WR, 6-1, 175, Jackson. After establishing himself at Doral Academy the past few years, this is a talented young man who has the opportunity to have a huge year for the Generals. Very talented and has plenty of experience. Will be tested in the district, which will be huge for his overall maturity and development. Coached by Scott Daniels.

21. Tc’Cory Couch, CB, 5-9.5, 150, Chaminade-Madonna. Another University of Miami commitment from this program which has really made a major impact on the football landscape. Very gifted football talent who has been recognized by many college coaches for his play. Coached by Dameon Jones.

22. Daniel Carter, RB, 5-10, 205, St. Thomas Aquinas. With several schools watching is every move, here is a back who has the opportunity to showcase his skills and turn plenty of heads this season. Very tough runner who hands out punishment.

23. Cameron Williams, DE, 6-5, 220, Chaminade-Madonna. Speaking about Lions moving on to play for the University of Miami, here is another of those big body athletes the Hurricanes have been recruiting over the past few years. A very gifted athlete who continues to make major strides. Looking to be one of the dominating players this season. Coached by Dameon Jones.

24. Jarvis Brownlee, CB, 5-10, 170, Carol City. When this quality talent came over to play for the Chiefs, he brought with him plenty of skill and athletic ability. What has happened since this University of Miami9 commitment arrived is a much more mature and refined player. He will be in the spotlight every week. Coached by Benedict Hyppolite.

25. Vincent Murphy, OC, 6-3, 285, St. Thomas Aquinas. Yet another college commitment coming out of Fort Lauderdale, and ever since this South Carolina commitment started playing, you could definitely tell the difference. Coaching and hard work has put this gifted line prospect in a great situation for the future. Coached by Roger Harriott.

26. Samuel Brooks, OLB, 6-2, 195, Northwestern. Coming off an injury, this talented football player is anxious to get back on the field – and if he returns to where he was before the injury – you will see his name in the top 10. This University of Miami commit is a big time football talent. Coached by Max Edwards. 

27. Jahmar Brown, LB, 6-1, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas. Ever since his days at Monsignor Pace, this was one of those talents who made a difference. Another of the south Floridians headed to South Carolina. This is a true football player. Coached by Roger Harriott.

28. Tiawan Mullen, CB, 5-10, 160, Coconut Creek. Having watched this impressive talent since he started playing, this is a no brainer. Plenty of experience in competing against high level football talent. His year round play has helped to raise the talent bar. Coached by Gerald Cox.

29. Denzel Daxon, DL, 6-4, 315, Carol City. After spending the year at Norland, this quality talent used the off season to really jump on to the radar as he committed recently to attend Louisville. Will be a major factor for the Chiefs in the race for a 6A state title. Coached by Benedict Hyppolite.

30. Maurice Smith, OG, 6-2, 280, Central. One of the most under the radar linemen in south  Florida, this recent Boston College commitment could end ip being one of the best. From a technical standpoint, he is elite, playing all the line positions and helping the Rockets move the ball. Coached by Roland Smith.

31. Kalani Norris, WR, 6-0, 185, Christopher Columbus. As he has shown since starting at Westminster Christian, here is a football player who can play this game at a high level. Tremendous talent who continues to get better and elevate this program to another level. Coached by Chris Merritt.

32. D’Sean Perry, DE, 6-3, 225, Gulliver Prep. We have talked about the nmaturity and growth of this University of Virginia commit over the past two years. Now, he has arrived and this outstanding football talent is ready to help his team get to the playoffs. Coached by Earl Sims. 

33. Cornelius Nunn, DB, 6-0, 175, Palmetto. Talk about a prospect who jumped onto the radar screen – and beyond – and you have this quality talent who did enough during spring and summer to pick up dozens of offers, commiting to attend Syracuse. This is a tremendous talent who will be key for the defending district champion Panthers. Coach by Mike Manasco.

34. Jason Munoz, DE, 6-3, 295, St. Thomas Aquinas. From as far back as his ninth grade year, this was indeed a talent that everyone has been talking about. A solid lineman who has it all. Missing last year was vital, but this University of Miami commitment is something special – and many will see it this season. Coached by Roger Harriott.

35. Nik Ognenovic, TE, 6-5, 215, Cardinal Gibbons. Over the past year, here is an emerging talent who has jumped on to the radar – and after a solid spring – the offer sheet began to fill up. This versatile big man also played some 7-on-7 as well. His summer commitment to attend Kentucky is a perfect fit. Coached by Matt Dubuc.

36. Rahmod Smith, TE, 6-4, 205, Homestead. For the past year, here is a prospect who has really put himself on the radar screen. A big, athletic and very gifted football player who is a mismatch on passing plays. He is still working on his game, but this UNLV commitment has a chance to be among the best in Florida. Coached by Ahmad Ward.

37. Gregory Reddick, S, 5-10, 180, Carol City. If you have followed football and remember back two years ago, this is one of the players who stepped up for a Booker T. Washington team searching for leaders. Now, after a year away, he is back and is a member of one the state’s best defensive units. Coached by Benedict Hyppolite.

38. Diamonte Howard, OLB, 6-2, 180, Southridge. From the time he came out of middle school, this one time youth football standout has played a key role for the Spartans. An excellent athlete that has colleges watching. Coached by Cedric Irvin.

39. Calijah Kancey, DT, 6-1, 265, Northwestern. The major college talent never stops rolling in south Florida, and as this impressive talent makes his way to the University of Pittsburgh in the future, he is also looking to lead his team back to Orlando in December. Coached by Max Edwards.

40. Malcolm Ray, DT, 6-2, 250, Carol City. How many player continue to fly beneath the national radar screen that can play this game at a very high level? Go back and watch this standout’s film over the past year and you will see what a difference maker he has become. The University of South Florida landed a big time talent in this young man. Play maker! Coached by Benedict Hyppolite.

41. Semar Melvin, CB, 5-10, 165, St. Thomas Aquinas. The love affair that the University of Wisconsin has with St. Thomas Aquinas players continues with this quality talent who has always done the little things for the Raiders. Solid prospect who knows how to play the position and has been taught and coached very well. Coached by Roger Harriott.

42. Jeramy Passmore, DE, 6-2, 250, Christopher Columbus. Every year there are players – especially in this talented region of the country – that are taken for granted. Many believe, in spite of his Indiana University commitment, he makes bigger plays and is one of the smartest players anywhere. The Hoosiers got a major player for the next four years. Coached by Chris Merritt.
43. Vincent Davis, RB, 5-8, 165, Cardinal Gibbons. There are players you look at and know right away whether they can play the game or not. From the first time we watched him play, there was never any doubt. Here is a blazing fast and gifted runner who has the opportunity to lead the Chiefs into national prominence in 2018. The University of Pittsburgh commits can catch the ball as well. Coached by Matt Dubuc.

44 .Kaleb Boateng, OT, 6-4, 295, Fort Lauderdale. Over the past five years, head coach Richard Dunbar has developed some elite talent. Here is a perfect example of prospects who get it done on the football field as well as in the classroom – where schools such as Miami of Ohio, Wake Forest and Wisconsin have benefitted for Flying Ls football players. A talent who continues to get better and better. Coached by Richard Dunbar.

45. Eddie Williams, OLB, 6-1, 200, Palmetto. One of the elite prospects who has helped the Panthers go the past two years. As he heads into his final season, this quality talent continues to keep this team in a position to win games. He is committed to Marshall. Coached by Mike Manasco.

46. Darius Williams, OLB, 6-0, 210, Norland. When many ask how Norland continues to stay in the playoff fight every year, the answer can be as easy as the defensive prospects that come out each season. This University of South Florida commitment is a big reason why the Vikings will be in the race this season. This is a very talented football player who combines everything you need. Coached by Darryle Heidelburg.

47. Lexington “Flex” Joseph, RB, 5-8, 180, Central. Following in the footsteps of some greats to run the ball for the Rockets, this was indeed a youth league legend who has continued to make a difference at the high school level. His older brother Hilton was Miami-Dade’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2014. Coach by Roland Smith.

48. Brandon Dorilus, DE, 6-3, 270, Deerfield Beach. One of the reasons why the Bucks will be as good as anyone on the defensive side of the ball this season. Quality big man who has quickness, strength and plenty of athleticism. His play during the spring caught the attention of several schools, who watched him combine size and quickness. One of those schools is Virginia Tech – where he committed to. Coached by Jevon Glenn.

49. James Williams, CB, 5-11, 175, Chaminade-Madonna. As you travel across south Florida, this is the kind of athlete you find – on just about every campus where football is important. But at the same time, a prospect like this is not your ordinary talent. What this Wisconsin commit is all about is playing this game at a high level, and over the past two years, he has watched his stock rise. Major talent on a very impressive team. Coached by Dameon Jones.

50. Nik Scalzo, QB, 5-11, 185, Cardinal Gibbons. In a region that has some very talented quarterbacks, this is the player who has really made the most of his opportunity. In his first three seasons with the Chiefs, this football program won 90 percent of its games – while going deep in the playoffs the past two years. Committed to Kentucky, where he will join several south Floridians. Coached by Matt Dubuc.

51. Jamari Williams, OG, 6-4, 280, Cardinal Gibbons. This gifted Louisville commit will be one of the prospects that the Chiefs will count on plenty this coming season. Has worked as hard as any player to get better and showcase his many abilities in the spring and into the off season. Coached by Matt Dubuc.

52. Tatum Bethune, LB, 6-0, 215, Central. One of the more productive players in this class, his ability to be in on just about every tackle made him a very popular recruit. Headed to the University of Central Florida in 2019, the coming season will give him a chance to get the Rockets back to the 6A state title game. Coached by Roland Smith.

53. Allen Crawford, RB, Western. Because we get to see parts of 100 LIVE games every year, you tend to see a lot more prospects doing what they do. Here is a perfect example of football player who has the chance to easily be one of the best running backs in south Florida. Is exactly what the Wildcats have been searching for! Coached by Adam Ratkevich.

54. Tyrese Cooper, WR, 6-1, 175, Norland. This speedy pass catcher is certainly the type of athlete that every teams needs to succeed. In adding balance to the Vikings’ offensive attack, here is a player who has a chance to be special. Coached by Darryle Heidelburg.

55. Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste, LB, 6-2, 220, South Dade. Yet another of the defensive prospects that will keep this program in the mix all season, this University of Central Florida commit has everything you are looking for in a quality linebacker. Solid every down player. Coached by Nate Hudson.

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