FRIDAY FOCUS: The Next Season Starts This Weekend

Larry Blustein
June 01, 2018 - 11:04 am

Larry Blustein

For those of you who felt that when the academic year came to an end - and spring practice finished up - that high school football was done until late August.

Educating fans and those who feel that way seems to be an ongoing battle - to show where the state of the sport and recruiting is, here in the summer of 2018.

As soon as tomorrow, athletes will head in different directions, trying to get June off to a huge start.

From the University of Miami and the University of Central Florida - to every college in the country, the month of June will be not stop. From community events to camps that can bring as many as 650 youngsters onto your campus for four hours, the summer is about to get competitive and crazy.

“With many of the new rules the NCAA has made, we opted to use May and June to travel and attend events at colleges,” McArthur first year head coach Pierre Senatus explained. “We are headed out to a number of college camps and 7-on-7 events this month as well.”

When it comes to the sport of football, there is no off season - not if your final destination is a high level college or even the NFL. You compete year round - and while much of the attention is focused on baseball across the country, football is never far from spotlight.

“The Hurricanes and Dolphins always get the support, but you would be surprised at the interest and following that high school football, especially played here in South Florida, has nationally year round,” Piper head coach David Coleman explained. “June camps, combines and 7-on-7’s, followed by July area events and then August - which starts the season. Never ending and always keeps your team on their toes.”

Because recruiting has become a billion dollar business, there is never going to be a time when there will be any significant time away from the sport - or the spotlight. Off season commitments and offers continue to grab the spotlight - with events such as “The Opening” and numerous showcases held in July and August.

North Miami head coach Pat Colon has been around the sport long enough to know that if you take any time off, you will fall behind. The race to get a college scholarship - or even prepare for a career one day in the NFL - is what fuels these football players.

RECRUITING HEATS UP

As we saw a spike in offers and commitments during the spring, the summer - especially from those players who are attending camps and other events, will start to catch the attention of schools nationally.

Here is a look at some of the recruiting activity this past week in South Florida:

• Fort Lauderdale offensive lineman Kaleb Boateng continues to receive offers. In the past week, UNLV, North Carolina, Pitt, Temple and Purdue were among the schools offering.

• The big men in South Florida are certainly receiving plenty of attention this off season. When Hialeah Champagnat Catholic’s Class of 2020 offensive lineman Jovens Javier committed to Louisville, it brought to an end quite a recruitment - with dozens of colleges wanting to get this rising junior on campus in two years.

• Another Class of 2020 standout, Miami Gulliver Prep defensive lineman Westley Neal added Kentucky to a list that includes Kansas State, Michigan, Miami and FSU to name a few.

• Chaminade-Madonna junior defensive back Benjamin Onwuzo added Temple and Purdue to a list that includes some quality programs.       

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