SPRING SPOTLIGHT: District 16-6A Living Up To Its ‘SEC’ Reputation

Larry Blustein
May 16, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Larry Blustein

It has been called the “SEC” of high school football districts nationally.

More prospects come out of this district than any other in the country – and it has been proven year after year to be amazingly stocked with football talent that used the gifted youth fields of the #305 and #954 to nurture their many talents.

Welcome to Florida’s District 16-6A – where state champions have resided for over a decade. It is where the NFL and the inner city meet, in a talented mix of football players who have taken their craft to another level – and beyond.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes, Miami Carol City, Miami Central, Miami Norland and defending state champion, Miami Northwestern, are five schools who continue to elevate the talent pool across the state of Florida.

While Norland (Coach Darryl Heidelburg) and Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Coach Tyronn Johnson) do not have the national spotlight like the others, the talent that runs through the halls of these programs are at a level that continues to improve yearly.

The Vikings have shown that while they may not have the overall talent to stick with the rest of the favorites, they are always loaded and have been one of the landing spots for college coaches this spring.

“The talent that these programs have had – collectively for the past few decades is impressive,” said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. “The great players gravitate to those programs who continue to get it right.”

For Miami Central and head coach Roland Smith, it is has been a few year since the Rockets returned to Orlando – and while they will come out of spring with some solid pieces in place, they will need to work on some things that will be needed during a challenging season that includes area matchups with 5A power Cardinal Gibbons and iconic 7A program St. Thomas Aquinas.

For Carol City head coach Benedict Hyppolite, year one was exciting and put his team in the spotlight.

What this year will produce is a solid defensive team – with the addition of a few other players on the field.

The Chiefs will indeed be very much in the mix with a solid offensive attack as well.

For the defending state champion Bulls, the focus was finding a quarterback, running game and receivers to go along with a line that had a number of quality prospects coming back.

While he will get on this team throughout the spring and summer, what head coach Max Edwards has is a team very much capable of getting back to Orlando – and winning again! 


Here is a look at some of the prospects who have looked sharp so far this spring:

2020 - Josh Ancrum, DB/WR. Carol City

2020 - Nicholas Anderson, WR, HML

2019 – Jacob Baptiste, RB, Northwestern

2020 – Thaiu Jones-Bell, WR, Carol City

2019 – Tatum Bethune, DE, Central

2019 – Joshua Blanchard, OL, Norland

2019 – Patrick Bonner, FS, Norland 

2021 – Khalil Brantley, WR, Northwestern

2021 – Romello Brinson, WR, Northwestern

2019 – Jarvis Brownlee, Jr., CB, Carol City

2019 – Michael Bucknor, WR, Carol City

2019 - Raudi Candame OL/DL, HML

2019 – Jonathan Carter, DT, Norland

2019 - Larry Cauley, DL, HML

2021 - Darius Chester, RB, Carol City

2019 – Anhony Colonel, WR, Central

2019 – Ronald Delancy, S, Northwestern

2020 - Najeh Fisher, DB, HML

2019 – Lorenzo Floyd, Athlete, Carol City

2020 – Willie Floyd, LB, Carol City

2019 – Mark Fox, Jr., OL, Northwestern

2019 - Anthony Frederick, WR, Central

2021 – Katravis Geter, RB, Carol City

2020 – Henry Gray, CB, Central

2019 – Michael “Pop” Harris, RB, Norland

2019 - Peter James, DE, HML

2019 - Amari Johnson, WR, Carol City

2019 – Jaylen Johnson, DB, Central

2019 – Deon Jones, QB, Norland

2019 – Danickson Joseph, OL, Carol City

2019 – Lexington Joseph, RB, Central

2019 – Calijah Kancey, DL, Northwestern

2019 – Georell Kidd, DL, Northwestern

2019 – Justin King, S, Central

2019 – Lamarcus King, LB/S, Central

2020 – Keane Lewis, CB, Carol City

2019 – Jason Louis, WR, Norland

2019 – Khembrel Leon, LB, Carol City

2019 - Derek Luster, LB, HML

2020 – Jesus Machado, DE, Central

2021 – Antwan Massie, DB, Northwestern

2019 - Jefferson Orizon, S, HML

2020 – Kejon Owens, RB, Central

2020 – Shemar Paul, RB/Slot, Central

2020 – Isaiah Pierre, S, Norland

2021 - Twone Pipkin, Athlete, HML

2019 - Justin Powell, LB, HML

2019 - Auguste Ramces, RB, HML

2019 – Malcolm Ray, DL, Carol City

2019 - Gregory Reddick, DB, Carol City

2019 – Daniel Richardson, QB, Carol City

2019 – Larry Robbins, DB, Northwestern

2019 – Trayon Russell, CB, Norland

2021 – Laurence Syemour, OL, Central

2019 – Larry Smith, LB, Norland

2019 – Leslie Smith, LB, Northwestern

2019 - Maurice Smith, OL, Central

2020 – D’Andre Stafford, WR, Carol City

2020 – Darius Stokes, LB, Carol City

2020 – Andre Stringfield, RB, Northwestern

2019 – Jacquez Stuart, Slot/RB, Northwestern

2019 - Amaru Teneus, S, Carol City

2019 – Maurice Underwood, QB, Central

2019 – Isaiah Velez, QB, Northwestern

2020 – Issiah Walker, OT, Norland

2019 – Darius Williams, LB, Norland

2020 - Derek Williams, LB, Central

2020 – Marcel Williams, CB, Carol City

2019 – Micha’el Wilmot, DE, Norland

2020 - Tyree Womble, DB, HML

2019 – Nayquan Wright, RB, Carol City

2019 – Jaylin Young, WR, Central

2019 – Stefion Young, DL, Central

2020 – Shamar Zaragoza, WR, Central

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