Larry Blustein

FRIDAY FOCUS – Under The Radar Prospects Stepping Up

Larry Blustein
February 08, 2019 - 11:14 am

Over the next 10 months, we will overload you with prospect information for athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

During that period of time – through spring and summer – we will give you enough players, who are emerging to keep everyone busy.

From the high star-rated athletes to prospects that nobody has watched before – our mission for the past 48 years is to provide things that you cannot get anywhere else. Watching parts of 100 games live each year also gives an insight to not only how good the athlete may be, but also judge the character from being five feet away from them at all times.

Being around this for a long period of time will never give us the ability to be better than anyone else who watches and evaluates. But the fact that you sacrifice major games in front of record crowds to see athletes, who are not on marquee teams, play in person, shows where the interest in this game has always been.

As we begin the 49th year of covering, evaluating and promoting, the athletes continue to drive us and make us work harder to make dreams come true. Ability that you never want to see wasted.

Whether we believe in 7-on-7 events or repeated combines where the kids are worn out from testing, we do love the positive exposure that every event brings.

Being old school is never a bad thing – and just because we feel that scholarship offers should be coveted and not some dollar store item – and they should be based off what happens when real games are taking place – doesn’t make us any different that those who do the same thing.

The fortunate thing about this year round football is there are more opportunities for exposure – and believe it or not – student/athletes are still being overlooked.

As we check out many of the underclassmen, several are being overlooked early, but that will change.

For today’s Friday Focus, we will take a look at a few of those up-and-coming players:

2020 – Horace Atkins, QB, Miami Monsignor Pace. Here is one of those under the radar prospects who is very talented and comes from a very athletic family. Played sparingly this past season with McArthur. Joins first year head coach Mario Perez.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/9401145/Horace-Atkins-Jr

2020 – Richard Dunbar IV, WR. 5-9, 175, Fort Lauderdale. One of those football players who continues to make strides – in and out of the classroom. The son of the head coach, this is a huge off season for the rising star.

TAPE: http://m.hudl.com/profile/8693853/Richard-Dunbar-IV

2020 – Anthony Johnson. Jr., DB, 5-10, 175, Miami Norland. In an area that churns out quality defensive secondary performers, here is another who has the chance to be special. Quick, agile and very athletic, this is a talent who further turn heads during the spring.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/10343575/Anthony-Johnson-Jr

2020 – Gerald Mincey, OL, 6-6, 315, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. Watching this gifted football talent over the past two years, he is indeed one of those talents that continues to improve and showcase his skills. Very athletic for someone with his size.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/5346234/Gerald-Mincey

2020 – Bobby Washington, Jr., DL, 5-10, 285, St. Thomas Aquinas. This is a solid young man who has a low center on top of being very strong and agile. Has come a long way from his promising start at Deerfield Beach.

TAPE: http://www.hudl.com/profile/7940307/Bobby-Washington-Jr 

2020 – Jaylin Willis II, QB, 6-3, 200, Miami Southridge. This is one of those prospects who headed south this past season to play for the Spartans and showcased someone who has everything it takes. When he puts it all together, this is going to be a talent that everyone will be watching. Physical and accurate – and continues to turn heads.

TAPE: http://www.hudl.com/profile/9902790/Jaylin-Willis-II

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