FRIDAY FOCUS: South Florida Teams Stand Up Against Anyone!

Larry Blustein
July 20, 2018 - 1:22 pm

Larry Blustein

Having done this for a number of years, when national media and recruiting outlets start to tell you about players and teams from your own area, it’s tough to listen to.

In a world where everyone wants to be the “best” at what they do – when it comes to recruiting – the false information that is passed on – is more harmful than it is good, in many cases.

Because nobody will ever have time-consuming playoffs, everything that is said and written about prospects and teams is subjective – and that’s fine.

If many of these authors of these lists, would reach out to people who see the teams and the players, it would be a bit more valid and something that colleges would pay more attention to.

What fan websites are for is to give information – and when the information is positive or negative – people believe it, rather than judge for themselves. But things will never change.

We know that if you are a football fan, especially in south Florida, there is a core group of teams that can stand out against anyone, and someone in Ohio or California saying otherwise is foolish.

While our coaches do not play on the same level field as other high-paid coaches across the country, they do know the game very well – and have an amazing amount of talent to work with every week.

The athletic talent will always keep this region directly in the recruiting spotlight. Everywhere coaches recruit in this talented country, south Florida is used as a reference by so many, who have long used out football talent.

Through the years, this indeed has been ground zero when it comes to an abundance of talent  NFL rosters illustrate how much the 305 and 954 truly mean to the sport.

But what many are looking at right now is the changing local face of the game.

We know that Carol City, Central, Norland and Northwestern are certainly favorites to make the playoffs in 6A – with Dillard also make a push.

Class 3A certainly looks like head coach Dameon Jones and his Chaminade-Madonna Lions will have a chance to repeat.

The Class 4A race will be interesting – with defending region champion University School fielding a very strong program once again. There is also Monsignor Pace, Key West, Glades Central and a strong Booker T. Washington team that missed the playoffs in 2017.

After missing a chance to defend a number of state titles, last year, you know that St. Thomas Aquinas will be a tough team this season. The Raiders have owned 7A for a long time.

Doral Academy has gotten stronger. So have West Broward and McArthur, but the third round game the past five years has not gone well for a team not names St. Thomas.

South Florida 2A football has been in the favor of Champagnat Catholic for a few years, and while the Lions have lost a number of players, and welcomes Hector Clavijo as head coach, you have to figure that Miami Christian and Moore Haven will compete as well.

There is no other way to say 5A then to start with three time defending state champion American Heritage and much improved Cardinal Gibbons. It has turned out to be a much anticipated meeting(s). Immokalee, Orlando Jones and Rockledge are also for real.

Perhaps the toughest class to get a grip on is 8A.

In the northern part of the region, you have loaded Deerfield Beach, stacked Palm Beach Central, the always talented defending state runner-up Delray Atlantic – and Miramar, Western and Plantation. All capable of getting to state.

Now, Miami-Dade County chips in with Christopher Columbus, Palmetto, Southridge, South Dade and maybe North Miami. All nine schools are talented.

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