Larry Blustein

3 FOR THURSDAY: - Post Season All-Star Games Help Recruits

Larry Blustein
January 10, 2019 - 9:28 am

It’s hard to believe that with all the talent that we have here in south Florida, many prospects need the extra exposure to catch the attention of college coaches.

While the state of Florida has certainly stepped it up when it comes to starting college programs, with St. Thomas University coming aboard this year, there are still not enough to facilitate what we have pouring out of high schools each year.

Thank goodness for that local all-star game. It keeps these young men who have worked so hard in the running to get some form of financial assistance to get to the next level and play the sport they love.

The post season local games are for those who really need it. Whether it be the BCAA North-South contest, the Miami-Dade North-South event and the two that we have coming up this weekend, is so very important for those who need additional exposure.

For prospects who have played at a high level in youth football and again – in the #305 and #954 in high school – it is about all that hard work that went in to achieving a college scholarship. Long hours conditioning and lifting weights, sacrifices made by attending camps and combines, 7-on-7 events and getting the grades in the classroom.

When the 8th annual Miami Dolphins Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star Game kicks off at 7:30 on Friday at Traz Powell Stadium, and the annual Public vs. Private contest on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Ives Park in North Miami-Dade, it will be two more opportunities for these senior athletes to impress in game conditions, and yes, it is very important.

As we do every week in our 3 For Thursday segment, is we spotlight prospects who are turning heads without a lot of fanfare.

Today, we give you three players competing in the all-star games that have been completely overlooked and under-appreciated:

Karon Johnson, QB, 6-0, 185, Miami Edison. During this past season, several colleges who watched many quarterback prospects throughout south Florida this season, felt that when it came to everything involved, here is one that college coaches have completely whiffed on. 

What he brings to the table as an athlete is what put him on the map back as a 10th grader at North Miami. Tremendous footwork and his arm strength are among the best in south Florida. While his all-star appearances have been vital, no concrete offers have come his way. That really should change!


Trevis Robinson, OLB/DE, 6-0, 230, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. There are a number of football players who have certainly been overlooked during this recruiting process, but none more than this game-changer.

Take a look at any game he took part in, especially this season, and you can see the impact he made. Tremendous football talent who has a big time motor and was a huge catalyst during the 5A state championship run.

Another of those student/athletes who colleges need to check out a lot closer! Really!


Gino Sandora, LB, 6-0, 210, Davie Western. For the past three years, two at Archbishop McCarthy and this year with head coach Adam Ratkevich and the Wildcats, this has been one of the leading tacklers in a very competitive south Florida.

Robinson is a tremendous prospects who gets it done on the football field – where he was a huge addition to a team that once again advanced to the state playoffs.

Yet another productive playmaker from a region of the country where talent is always respected and utilized at colleges and universities around the nation.


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