MONDAY TAKE: While Central Is Loaded, Northwestern Has Future Stars

Larry Blustein
October 22, 2018 - 10:48 am

Larry Blustein

As Miami Central and Northwestern squared off last Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium, the atmosphere was certainly what you expect when two of the nation’s elite prospect-producing programs play in their annual district showdown.

With the Rockets winning this game, 38-10, it only added more to the fire when they take on No. 1 Carol City on Friday night.

This series – from as far back as most remember – has been competitive and certainly loaded with future “play on Saturday and Sunday” athletes. It is also about families who went to both schools.

Even though the defending 6A state champion Bulls are down, they are far from out. In fact, when you watched the game, it was amazing to see elite players – veteran and youngsters – on one field.

As south Florida talent is always abundant, there is something about these two public school rosters that every program in the country should take a look at.

These rosters are stacked with talent – and while the Bulls may not have seniors and juniors, the Rockets are stacked – with a mix of veterans and the 9th and 10th graders who are on a path that will keep them in the spotlight.

CENTRAL TALENT IS MIND-BOGGLING

What head coach Roland Smith has at Central are elite kids. Class of 2019 seniors such as Boston College offensive line commit Maurice Smith, UCF linebacker commit Tatum Bethune, receivers Anthony Frederick, Jaylin Young and Anthony Colonel, and gifted running back Lexington Joseph.

In emerging standout quarterback Maurice Underwood (Marshall commit), the Rockets have a leader - and defensive backs James Donaldson and Andrew Bloodsaw are quality. So is defensive lineman Andre Auguste 

There are also Class of 2020 stars such as defensive back Henry Gray (Miami commit), running backs Kejon Owens and Shemar Paul, and receiver Geovanni Ribalta. There is also defensive end Treyvon Allen and linebacker Jesus Machado.

There is also Class of 2021 sophomore standout lineman Lawrence Seymore.

THE BULLS HAVE THE HEADLINERS

While it’s been a down year for head coach Max Edwards and his champs, there is simply no denying that this team has more talent than your average program – like anywhere in the country.

University of Miami commit Sam Brooks is at another level, and is one of those prospects who will be on the field in Coral Gables in year 1.

Speedy Jacquez Stuart has that world class speed, and tremendous football instincts He would be a huge return specialist in his first collegiate season.

Speaking of quick, versatile senior Rayquan Berry has made the move very beneficial for himself this season, and can put it in the end zone against anyone.

One of the big time prospects who made his way to the Bulls this year is University of Pittsburgh commitment, Leslie Smith. This gifted linebacker has the speed to catch you and is as physical as you get.

The Bulls also feature another Pitt commit in defensive linemen Calijah Kancy as well as quality defensive back Larry Robbins and quarterback Isiah Velez, who has had a solid with a young line in front of him.

In 2021 receivers, there are very few programs who have 2020 prospects such as Kahlil Brantley and Romello Brinson.

The Bulls secondary is also a place where you see a lot of young prospects for the future – which includes junior Ronald Delancy, and sophomores Antwan Massie, Winsome Frazier and Timothy Burns – as well as 2021 linebacker Terrence Lewis.

South Carolina commit Mark Fox has been on the radar screen for a few years, and with so much to look forward to in the coming year, the talented offensive linemen is making a push to get the Bulls back in the playoffs. 

The Rockets also have some other gifted prospects. So does Northwestern. Here are some additional prospects to check out: 

CENTRAL PROSPECTS SPOTLIGHT

2020 – Elijah Abreu, DB

2022 – Wesley Bissainthe, LB

2019 – Dorrian Bolden, DL

2020 – Carlos Boothe, OL

2021 – Demon Brown, RB

2021 – Jayden Cadero, RB

2019 – Deveson Cadet, DB

2019 – Erick Cheeley, DB

2019 – Darius Conley, DB

2020 – Charles Dorsey, DL

2020 – Omar Dukes, DL

2019 – Ronnie Dunn, OL

2019 – Kyndal Farrington, DE

2020 – Keith Francois, DB

2019 – Cedric Genard, WR

2019 – David Green, DB

2020 – Jalen Harrell, DB

2020 – Juan Henry, RB

2020 – Hernedy Janvier, LB

2022 – Jayden John, PK/P

2019 – Justin King, LB

2021 – Lemarus King, DB

2021 – Rhody Jean Louis, LB

2019 – Kaelon Mazelin, DL

2021 – Kwami’ McNair

2021 – Keith Moore, QB

2020 – Demetrius Morrow, OL

2020 – Colby Moss, DB

2019 – Zamareen Odoms, LB

2020 – Michael Paddyfoot, DL

2020 – Armando Posse, QB

2019 – Michael Powell DL

2020 – Trevor Reaves, DB

2019 – Came’rhon Robinson, DE

2021 – Stefon Young-Rolle, DL

2019 -  Eldrick Slocum, LB

2021 – Don Smith, OL

2019 – Nigel Taylor, WR

2019 – Travon Taylor, OL

2020 – Jose Ultima, WR

2020 – Kamren Valentin, LB

2021 – Elijah Vaughn, DB

2019 – Joey Ware, DB

2021 – Stephon Warren, RB

2020 – Derrick Williams, LB

2020 – Shamar Zaragoza, WR

NORTHWESTERN PROSPECT SPOTLIGHT

2019 – Jacob Baptiste, RB

2019 – Ernest Baulkman, WR/DB

2021 – Timothy Bostic, DE

2022 – Jamison Brown, OL

2020 – Kamani Brown, QB

2019 – Tim Brown, WR

2019 – Alex Bruce, OL/DL

2019 – Germaine Byrd, DL

2022 – Jasmari Casmir, OL 

2019 – Tyrus Clinch, DB

2019 – Sean Delaughter, Athlete’

2020 – Demarcus Fleming, DB

2021 – Chris Fowles, DB

2019 – Jonathan Guyton, OL

2019 – Jarule Harris, LB

2019 – Dwight Jackson, WR/TE

2019 – Javis Jackson, FB

2019 – Keyon Jackson, LB

2021 – Siddiq Jackson, FB

2019 – Justin James, OL

2019 – Milkenson Jean, DB

2020 – John Joachin, Jr., OLB

2019 – Georell Kidd, DT

2021 – Karman Kinchens, Athlete

2022 – Telleck Lockette, OL

2021 – Derrick Martin, LB

2019 – Ricky McKnight, WR

2019 – Marty Moore, OL

2020 – Joseph Narcisse, DB

2019 – Arlen Navarro, PK

2020 – Nathan Noel, RB

2019 – Athanase Petit-Frere, FB

2021 – Marquan Robinson, DL

2020 – Chaz Smith, DB

2022 – Makhi Smith, QB

2020 – Andre Stringfield, RB

2021 – Ricky Taylor, OL

2021 – Antonio Tharpe, OL

2020 – Terrell Torrance, OL

2020 – Jimmy Watson, LB

2019 – Jakarre Whyms, OL

2021 – Jaden Williams, QB

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