SPRING FEATURE: South Forida’s 2019 Prospects Committing Early

Larry Blustein
May 23, 2018 - 11:27 am

Larry Blustein

Talk to high school football players and coaches about making a decision where to attend college – and when to announce it – and you will have varied opinions.

As some commit to colleges early on, avoiding the rush in their final season, others opt to make sure that they take all visits and wait until the second National Signing Day in February.

With those two options – plus the opportunity to begin college in January – decisions are made in advance for a reason. Getting that lifetime choice out of the way becomes extremely important.

“There are so many different ways to look at the recruiting process these days, and never really be wrong about when you decided to commit,” explained Dana Wiley of Prep Films Florida. “In the past, there were several athletes who flipped for one reason or another, but I believe that when that commitment is made today, it usually sticks.”

South Florida’s talent has long been heavily recruited – and this spring with so many offers handed out – the landscape of recruiting has indeed changed. Remember, the NCAA’s quest to limit satellite camps has taken away three vital weeks of exposure in July as well as other rules that defy the overall recruiting process logic – which is to give the athletes exposure to attain scholarships.

What we have found in the early commitments is the University of Miami is very much in play to get some of the elite prospects on campus in a year (or less) from now.

The Hurricanes have certainly left a mark with five early local commitments, including Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna safety Keontra Smith and Avery Huff from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Avery Huff.

Speaking of St. Thomas Aquinas – the Raiders have been very active with early commitments from Huff as well as Vincent Murphy (OC, South Carolina), Jake Pope, OT, Kentucky) and linebacker Anthony Solomon (Miami).

BIG TIME ATHLETES IN THE CLASS

As the list of gifted football players from Miami-Dade and Broward continue to commit over the next five to six months, they will join a group of prospects that annually end up turning heads at the next level – and beyond.

From the time that then Archbishop McCarthy receiver Khymani Martin (Davie Western High) committed to Brigham Young University on April 13, 2017, this Class of 2019 from the #305 and #954 has been on the recruiting clock.

Here are some of the other prospects who have made that early commitment so far:  

Samuel Brooks, LB, Miami Northwestern (Miami)

Te’Cory Couch, DB, Hollywood 

Chaminade-Madonna (Michigan)

Denzel Daxon, DT, Doral Academy (Miami)

Mark Fox, OT, Miami Northwestern (South Carolina)

Frank Ladson, WR, Homestead South Dade (Clemson)

Dontae Lucas, OG, IMG Academy/Miami High/BTW (FSU)

Chris McDonald, DB, Miami Southridge (Southern Miss)

Nik Scalzo, QB, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (Kentucky)

Maurice Underwood, QB, Miami Central (Marshall)

Cameron Williams, DE, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna (Miami)

Wardrick Wilson, OT, Doral Academy (Florida)

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