Larry Blustein

3 FOR THURSDAY: Fleming, Harden & Thomas Continue To Impress

With the start of practice this week for the 2019 season, coaches have been pleasantly surprised by the progress of their teams.

In this day and age of year round football, not one player should be out of shape or lack the conditioning that it takes to compete against the elite prospects in the heat and humidity that takes its toll on the body.

Back in the day, many athletes came into camp in poor shape, but when you do not have a solid weight-training, 7-on-7 events, camps, combines and assorted other 12 month out of year football like we do now, coaches were more tolerant and often had to play catch-up.

Back then, having an early morning practice, late morning lifting and classroom sessions, followed by lunch, then a 3 p.m. practice and then more classroom sessions before going home to eat and coming back for a night session, was nothing new. Those 3-a-days actually became a crash course on getting in shape.

These days, the only thing athlete needs to be is on time. Every opportunity, around the year is there for them – and that’s why south Florida has evolved into the scorching epicenter for elite talent.

Our athletes are ready. They are knowledgeable, talented and fully understand what it takes to get to that next level.

This is the time of year – especially over the next month – when prospect are in the spotlight as pre-season media days expose those quality football players who have taken their game to another level.

Every Thursday during the course of the year, we bring you a trio of south Florida area prospects to keep an eye on. Here is this week’s 3 For Thursday:

2020 – Da’Marcus Fleming, DB, Miami Northwestern. Of all the talent that the Bulls have in the secondary, this impressive senior has certainly not received the attention that he truly deserves.

Regarded by teammates, opponents and coaches as a true force for the two-time defending state champions, watching him perform live will sell you right away.

Tremendous ball skills, but also the ability make tackles in the open field and athleticism to match up against even the top prospects around.

His daily practices against his own teammates is about as tough as he will get this year – with three receivers on their way to the University of Miami.

Quality football player who will get his share of looks this coming season.

TAPE: http://www.hudl.com/profile/11483580/Damarcus-Fleming

2020 – Myles Harden, DB, Miramar. The one thing that the Patriots have – heading into the season is a strong defensive secondary, and here is one of the key members.

After a tremendous spring, which included a dominating performance in the spring game against Edison, his interest picked up.

There are few that have the ball skills that this young man has, and colleges who watched him live – or on tape – believe that this season will be one that plenty of heads will be turned.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/9374377/Myles-Harden

2022 – Richard Thomas, DL, 6-3, 240, Plantation American Heritage. Make no mistake, this is a gifted football player who let his mark during his freshman season, attracting attention and offers in his first year at the varsity level.

A big time football player who has performed well during the season – as well showcasing his many skills during camp and combine season as well.

His head coach Pat Surtain continues to talk about a future that will be very bright. Will be a huge a catalyst for this young team this coming season.

TAPE: https://www.hudl.com/profile/9961886/Richard-Thomas

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