Larry Blustein

MONDAY TAKE: Central, St. Thomas Put On A Talent Show

Larry Blustein
September 24, 2018 - 10:57 am

It’s hard to explain to football fans across the country what it is like to live in south Florida.

Having covered football for many decades, we have been fortunate to watch some of the elite prospects who have played on the very high school fields that the new stars of the sport are carving out their own path.

Having evaluated and promoted football at a national level for over 25 years, there are things we can see that many others do not have.

When national analysts boast about players and teams from all over the country, they need to take a step back and understand that Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties are home to 52 NFL players this season.

With Houston, which is as large as those three south Florida counties, checking in with 20 in second place, you can pretty much see a potential NFL player on any given night – from North Palm Beach to Florida City, and everywhere in between.

Last Friday night, the nation, via Max Preps, had the chance to see the best high school football players anywhere on this earth. Two programs who certainly are the poster children of championship football, college recruits and NFL talent in this region of the country.

It was a national game that ESPN and other networks passed on. It was Miami Central and St. Thomas Aquinas. Two programs that you can mention anywhere in the country and get a response.

It was Friday night football the way it should be, and while it was a huge game, it was also a combined effort between two programs to help keep that attention flowing in this direction.

While the Raiders dropped a very rare decision at home, 43-27, they are still the overwhelming favorites to get back to Orlando in December to play for a state title. The Rockets have a much tougher road to follow.

With the No. 1 team in south Florida, and the always competitive defending 6A state champs Northwestern still ahead, there is a lot of work to do.


2019 – Andre Auguste, Dl

2019 – Tatum Bethune, DE

2019 – Andrew Bloodsaw, DB

2019 – Carlos Boothe, OL

2019 – Deveson Cadet, DB

2019 – Anthony Colonel, WR

2019 – Darius Conley, DB

2019 – James Donaldson, DB

2019 – Anthony Frederick, WR

2020 – Henry Gray, DB

2019 – Lexington Joseph, RB

2019 – Justin King, LB

2019 – Zamareeh Odoms, DL

2020 – Kejon Owens, RB

2020 – Shemar Paul, RB

2020 – Geovanni Ribalta, WR

2019 – Came’Rhon Robinson, DE

2021 – Laurence Seymore, OL

2019 – Maurice Smith, OL

2019 – Maurice Underwood, QB

2019 – Jaylin Young WR


2019 – Jordan Battle, DB

2019 – Myles Bell, DB

2020 – Devon Betty, LB

2019 – Jahmar Brown, LB

2019 – Daniel Carter, RB

2019 – Curt Casteel, QB

2019 – Jamal Cooney, WR

2019 – Jaden Davis, DB

2020 – Marcus Dumervil, OL

2019 – Rayne Tanega-Doster, DB

2019 – Avery Huff, LB

2019 – Braylen Ingraham, DL

2020 – Jamari Maybin, DL

2019 – Semar Melvin, DB 

2019 – Jason Munoz, DL

2019 – Vincent Murphy, OL

2019 – John Pope, OL

2020 – Xavier Restrepo, Slot

2020 – Marcus Rosemy, WR

2021 – Tyreak Sapp, DL

2019 – Anthony Solomon, LB

2019 – Nigel White, RB

2020 – Derek Wingo, Athlete


Once again this past week, there were some quality performers across south Florida. Here is a look at some of those standouts:

2019 – Kadin Katsch, WR, Pine Crest. Had 140 yards and a TD against Fort Pierce John Carroll.

2019 – Nik Scalzo, QB, Cardinal Gibbons. The Kentucky commit threw for 200 yards and 2 scores in a win over Douglas.

2019 – T.J. Smith, QB, McArthur. Threw for 307 yards and 3 TDs in a key district win over Nova.

2019 – Maurice Underwood, QB, Miami Central. Accounted for 5 TDs in a win at St. Thomas Aquinas.

2019 – Isiah Velez, QB, Northwestern. Completed 8 passes for 148 yards and 3 TDs in a win over Booker T. Washington.

2019 – Lavelton Williams, RB, Plantation American Heritage. Ran for 130 yards and 2 scores in a win over Chaminade-Madonna.

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