FRIDAY FOCUS: Talented Seniors Ready To Do Their Thing

Larry Blustein
August 10, 2018 - 2:20 pm

Larry Blustein

When we come out with our class rankings over the next two weeks, there are going to be some very talented prospects in that group.

For the Class of 2019 (seniors), this is an important year – and as many football players have already committed, they still have this final year to participate in.

Believe it or not, what happens during your senior year can really dictate the remainder of your career. While you have bowled people over with your play as a sophomore and as a junior – as well as in the 7-on-7 season, many of you have never led before.

If you think leadership is underrated – just look at how many of you have gotten as far as you have. You have been taught and shown – and that is leadership. Anyone can yell and scream, but very few can do it and get their point across. We will find out those answers starting next week.

As we take a look at 10 top seniors in Miami-Dade and Broward County this year, see if you can spot those athletes who will make an immediate impact at the next level.

Jordan Battle, S, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) – While everyone in Columbus is waiting on what happens with Ohio State, this commitment will be a difference maker anywhere he lands. Big play capabilities and game-saving ability has put this impressive athlete at another level, and if you don’t agree, many strongly suggest that you catch a Raider game in 2018!

Khris Bogle, DE, Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) – Big time athlete who figures to pick up some much needed weight over the next few months and will be impossible to keep off any field. Here is a player that every school in the country is after. He is a true difference maker.

John Dunmore, WR, Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood) – Penn State didn’t court this gifted pass catcher the past year because they want to park him on the bench. His play-making capabilities will keep him close to the receivers coaches at all times.

Ge’mon Eaford, LB, Deerfield Beach. Here is the year that this recent Oregon commitment has been waiting for. His final season at the high school level – where his leadership will be counted on. No doubt that head coach Mario Cristobal and his staff got a great player, here.

Frank Ladson, WR, South Dade (Homestead) - Committed to Clemson, does he get in the mix right away? His 6-5 frame will give him a huge advantage. Frank can play the game – and do it at a very high level.

Kenny McIntosh, RB, NSU University School (Fort Lauderdale) – Perhaps the most exposed and promoted player in south Florida, who has been a part of this program since the 8th grade. Here is a solid back who has plenty of size and knowledge to get it done at the next level.

Josh Sanguinetti, S, NSU University School (Fort Lauderdale) – When this young man settles in and plays in the secondary fulltime, he will be among the best you will find. While he is more than a capable offensive threat, it’s defense where some college will strike gold with him.

Anthony Solomon, LB, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) – What this talented athlete did, by committing to the University of Miami, is put himself in a position to see some rotation time early at Miami – as the Hurricanes stock the talent shelves. Has come a long way over the past two years, learning from a tremendous coaching staff.

Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Southridge (Miami) – Just try and keep this young man off any college football field in America. Not only can he cover in the secondary and knock your old style fillings right out of your mouth, but he can play receiver and embarrass your secondary!

Nayquan Wright, RB, Carol City (Miami) – While he has been injured over the past two years, remember who came back – just in time – to spark the Chiefs to a state title in 2016. This is a quality football talent – when healthy and doing what he does so well – there are very few who are close. His work in the offseason really made the difference!

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