Larry Blustein

3 FOR THURSDAY: Local Players Continue To Step Up

Happy Birthday America!

While you are enjoying the food, fun and fireworks, there are athletes using this day to get better.

Football is king – and if you don’t believe it – check gyms, fields and film rooms today and you will see a work in progress.

In a week where a poll said that the state of Florida has the fourth best football prospects in America, over 100 NFL football players, 65 in south Florida alone, will strongly disagree with that statement.

Florida takes its football seriously, and if working 12 months to produce elite talent isn’t enough, than you will never get it right.

While coined phrases such as: “Football Is A Religion” may not mean much to some, south Florida and the rest of the state doesn’t need some combine or one-on-one drill without pads or a game on the line, to prove otherwise.

The focus as we are now in July is to prepare. Lift weights, run, watch film, head to position camps and taking part in local 7-on-7 events, is all part of the process in getting these athletes ready for the next level – and beyond.

What the NFL has turned into – on any given Sunday or Monday night – is a forum for many of our own athletes to take center stage and receive plenty of attention.

As you enjoy your holiday, we offer that the prospects that we have in our daily blogs and each week in our 3 For Thursday segment are football players who have grabbed the attention of college coaches – as well as area high school media members who help to promote and push these talented young men in the spotlight.

As we do each and every week during the year, we bring you a trio of talented prospects to keep an eye on. Here are this week’s standouts:

2021 – Jason Marshall, DB, Miami Palmetto. There are a number of reasons why the Panthers were picked as one of the top programs in 8A, heading into the 2019 season – and here is one of them.

With a number of quality secondary performers on the roster, Jason is indeed one who immediately stands out. His size, athletic ability and skill level are the reason why many believe that he will emerge as one of the best in the class by the end of the season.

Talented prospect who is surrounded by several impressive athletes. 


2020 - Andre Morgan, OLB, Miami Edison. Again, while many are looking across south Florida for top talent, they are missing out on what head coach Luther Campbell and the Red Raiders have.

Here is a playmaker who has everything you are looking for in a defensive prospect. Size, strength, quickness and the ability to read offenses – and that is why college coaches continued to watch this past spring.


2020 - Erik Rozanski, DE, 6-3, 225, Davie Western. Coming back over to the east coast of Florida from Venice, here is someone who has flown way beneath the radar screen, especially with all the talent that head coach Adam Ratkevich has on the defensive side of the ball.

He has size, plenty of athletic ability, and like so many on the defensive side of the ball, is indeed a playmaker who will make life much easier for his teammates.


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