3 FOR THURSDAY: Akuchie, Jarrett and Philips Making A Statement

Larry Blustein
August 02, 2018 - 9:20 am

Larry Blustein

After the first week of the season, ask any athlete how important it is to never get out of shape – and all will tell you the same thing.

As the heat and humidity poured down on the athletes, it is just a reminder what the next few months will be like.in south Florida.

In an area that annually produces as much talent as south Florida, being in better shape than the competition has long been a trademark that every athletes believes in.

What the first week of practice coming to an end, coaches and players are reminded that the season is indeed closing in quickly.

“When the off season began late last December for these athletes, they went to work, making themselves better,” Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services said. “Now, all those camps, showcases and spring and summer practices will need to pay off. This is when everyone will be watching – and it’s very important to impress.”

As many critics claim that offering athletes during 7-on-7 season is not really evaluating, football purists agree, pointing to this time of year when the pads come on as the pivotal portion of recruiting. Things during this time of year cannot be measured by how fast you run the 40 or lift 185 pounds 25 times.

As the football season draws closer, there are athletes who seem to be lost in the talent shuffle, but that all changes – with our weekly 3 For Thursday. Each week, we bring you prospects who should be getting more play. Here is a look at this week’s players to watch:

2019 – Matthew Akuchie, WR, 6-2, 190, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. Ever since 2017 ended there have been a number of players who have watched their stock rise. Here is one of those quality football talents who has shown that he can indeed play this game – as college coaches are now well aware of it.

Matthew is a long, quick and skilled pass-catcher with the ability to stretch the field as well as make a key play in traffic.

On a team loaded with receiving prospects, this is one of those – with everything he has going for himself – that can truly start turning heads.

COACH: Roger Harriott.

TAPE: https://www2.hudl.com/profile/7251789/Matthew-Akuchie

2019 – Michael Jarrett, RB/Slot, 5-9, 180, Coral Springs. As the 2018 season is upon us, there will be a number of gifted prospects that will make a huge impact. In this quick, versatile and elusive football talent, the Colts have one of those athletes who can make a difference. No matter if he runs the ball from the line of scrimmage or coming out of the backfield and getting into the secondary as a pass catcher.

When all is said and done, if Michael stays healthy, this is certainly someone who everyone will be watching this year. 

HEAD COACH: Vinny Ziccardi.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/734776/Michael-Jarrett

2019 – Michael Philias, OLB/RB, 6-1, 195, Homestead Somerset Academy – Silver Palms. As this program continues to grow and make a push into the playoffs, it’s talented football players like this – who will do whatever it takes to make an impact.

Whether it’s as a linebacker, where he has the size, quickness and athleticism, or running back – where his instincts and toughness take over. Talk to those who have played with and against Charles –and all will tell you the same. This is indeed one of those talents who will rise to the top. 

HEAD COACH: Javi Valdes.

TAPE: http://www.hudl.com/profile/6189463/Charles-Philias 

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