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ON THE RADAR: Offseason Burn Out Can Happen

Larry Blustein
March 09, 2018 - 8:09 am

At a time when there is so much pressure to attend as much as you can, remember that athletes have been known to burn out.

While the popularity of high school football has never been more popular for fans to watch, coaches often worry about the athlete doing too much, and this is the time of year when that can happen.

Talk to most high school coaches, and while they always want their football players to stay active and never miss a beat when it comes to exposure, enough is enough.

Coaches believe that while 7-on-7 events keep athletes sharp and in a football frame of mind in the non-football months, combines and testing events are certainly a different story.

Keep in mind that while testing is always a good indicator of your athletic ability, it will never determine how good you are on the football field.

Unfortunately, some parents and fans new to the game have watched combine numbers translate to being invited to a football only event. Not always a formula to use. People are fast usually run track – and people who are strong more than not lift weights.

As we have told you in the past, the events run locally, with the exception of the brand name national combines that everyone seems to want to attend, are the best to go to. The events who say they are going to promote you and never do, stay away! People seem to need an education on who is looking out for you and those looking out for themselves. Get angry at me if you want, but the reality of someone promoting your athletes year round vs. for a week or two before their combine comes to town is a huge difference. Ask anyone!

While we have had the opportunity to do this for 48 years, the things learned in that time is designed to help the athletes, but other choose to feel we are picking and choosing for you – which is not true.

For those of you who know that what we do is promote – and do it every day (holidays included) of the year to promote and expose these gifted prospects.

As we do each and every week during the course of a year – we bring you six prospects to keep an eye on from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

2019 – Javon Denis, DL, Deerfied Beach. This is the kind of linemen you have to go up against when playing the Bucks. A versatile and talented prospect who can fit at a few spots up front – but the interior position certainly gives him an opportunity to create the most havoc. This is yet another elite player who continues to make a difference.


2021 – Katravis Geter, RB, Miami Carol City. We saw this freshman run all over nationally rated St. Thomas while at Miramar, but now he makes his move to play for the 6A pre-season favorites – alongside of standout Nayquan Wright. This young man is for real. He combines power and speed and tremendous instincts for a player so young. This is really someone who has a chance to be very special. He has already proven what he can do.


2020 – Brandon McDuffey, QB, Miami Christopher Columbus. Talk about young players who have a chance to be special, the Explorers have this quality athlete who has the ability to do some huge things. Has arm strength and accuracy as well the athleticism to make plays with his legs. Those who have had the opportunity to play with him believe he is going to be very productive this season. 


2019 – Matthew Moulton, LB, Miami Southridge. Leave no doubt that when it comes to churning out quality athletes, the Spartans are certainly ahead of the curve. Here is yet another physical, quick playmaker who is expected to make a major contribution for first year head coach Sedrick Irvin. Watch him perform and you will be sold. This is a tough player who loves the game.


2019 – T.J. Smith, QB, Hollywood South Broward. One of the many prospects who has been way under the radar screen, but that has been changing during the offseason – as colleges are starting to watch and appreciate what he brings to the table as an all-around prospect. Working in Keith Franklin’s offense, he was able to pick things up that he never knew before. While some have hinted that he may transfer out, he has gotten much of the attention from being in this system, so that may not be the best idea so late in his high school career – and college coaches watching closely.


2019 – Antoine Thompson, WR/Slot, Davie Nova. The Titans do not play around when getting prospects ready for the next level, and there is still that stigma that this program carries along with it – even though they have been in the playoffs two of the past three years. This is a receiver who can play the slot as well as stretch the field as a wideout. Has quickness and plenty of passion for the game. Keep an eye on his progress.


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