Productive Week Has Area Teams Feeling Confident For The Start of 2019 Season

Larry Blustein
August 19, 2019 - 8:37 am

As California, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and just about every other state that does well in football, boast about how great their product is, south Florida still has you by a long shot.

As we kick the 2019 season off, it’s wise to understand just why our product on the field is that much better – on the overall – than just about any other area in the nation.

Remember – between Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, NFL rosters had 63 prospects who grew up in the three counties on rosters. This year, there could be two or three more added to that growing and impressive list.

On any given Thursday, Friday or Saturday, from West Palm Beach to Homestead, you will see one or two athletes who have the chance to land in an NFL uniform.

This past week – we took a four day tour, seeing five games, 10 teams and a crazy amount of talent.

Here is a look at where we went – and saw some tremendous talent:


Miami Springs at Miami High: While this may not have been a great game on the surface, it was a true talent fest, with both teams featuring some quality talent. Here are 10 prospects to keep an eye on:

2021 – John Bennett, DB, Miami Springs

2020 – Brandon Escalona, OL, Miami High

2021 – Samorie Felder, DE, Miami High

2021 – Bradley Heaven, DB, Miami Springs

2021 – Demetrius Hill, DB, Miami Springs

2021 – Makai Lovett, WR, Miami High

2021 – Antonio McFadden, DB, Miami High

2021 – Kenneth Norwood, DB, Miami Springs

2021 – Patrick Payton, DE, Miami High

2021 – Dorian Rios, QB, Miami Springs


Miami Palmetto at Western: Two tremendous 8A football teams matched up in a quality game that helped both programs learn a lot about one another.

While there were numerous prospects, here are 10 to watch:

2021 – Corey Collier Jr, DB, Palmetto

2020 – Robert Hanna, DB, Palmetto

2020 – Justin Hodges, DB, Western

2020 – Kevin Izquierdo, DE, Western

2021 – Jason Marshall Jr, Athlete, Palmetto

2020 – Kentron Poitier, WR, Palmetto

2020 – Erik Rozanski, DE, Western

2020 – Karaun St. Louis, WR, Western

2021 – Leonard Taylor, DL, Palmetto

2021 – James Williams, S, Western



Chaminade-Madonna at Plantation American Heritage. It was a matchup that brought two of Florida’s premier program together. Six state titles in the past six years and numerous football players – such as New England Patriots’ running back Sony Michel.

There was so much talent on the field – choosing 10 is tough, but there were quality athletes who really stepped it up:

2022 – Andres Borregales, PK, Chaminade

2021 – Thaddeus Franklin, RB, Chaminade

2020 – Joseph Habinowski, OL, Chaminade

2020 – Claude Larkins, DE, Chaminade

2020 – Benjamin Onwuzo, DB, Chaminade

2020 – Daryl Porter, DB, American Heritage

2020 – Edwin Rhodes, QB, American Heritage

2022 – Jacolby Spells, WR, American Heritage

2022 – Richard Thomas, DE, American Heritage

2021 – Dallas Turner, DE, American Heritage



The “Mecca” – Traz Powell Stadium was the sight for this quality doubleheader with four teams and plenty of high level football.

Apopka at Miami Booker T. Washington: Two powerhouses who have certainly kept the state in the spotlight throughout the years squared off in the first game of this inaugural event.

The Blue Darters have produced such iconic talent through the years such as Warren Sapp, Brandon Merriweather and Sammie Smith to name a few. We know what the Tornadoes have done.

Here are 10 players who this game featured:

2021 – Jacorey Brooks, WR, Booker T. Washington

2020 – Jalen Carter, DL, Apopka

2020 – Anthony Fieldings, DB, Apopka

2020 – Calvin Kozial, OL, Apopka

2020 – Tramel Logan Jr, DE, Booker T. Washington

2021 – Jaquan Loman, QB, Apopka

2021 – Torey Morrison, QB, Booker T. Washington

2020 – Billy Riley, DB, Apopka

2020 – Ternard Summerall, WR, Booker T. Washington

2020 – Corey Thornton, DB, Booker T. Washington

Cedar Grove, Georgia at Central. In getting ready for a national showdown with St, Frances this coming Saturday at Traz Powell Stadium, the Rockets got together with the defending 3A state champion Saints, and had their hands full for nearly three plus quarters until they used some huge plays down the stretch.

There was an amazing amount of talent on both sides of the ball, and choosing 10 prospects to watch was not going to be easy. Here are players who caught everyone’s eye:

2020 – Tre’von Allen, DE, Central

2020 – Tee Denson, CB, Cedar Grove

2020 – Henry Gray, DB, Central

2020 – Brandon Hall, OL, Cedar Grove

2020 – Katravis Marsh, QB, Central

2020 – Kejon Owens, RB, Central

2021 – Austin Smith, QB, Cedar Grove

2020 – Alvin Williams, DE, Cedar Grove

2020 – Derrick Williams, LB

2021 – Chavon Wright, RB, Cedar Grove

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