Larry Blustein

3 FOR THURSDAY: The Summer Still Uncovering College Prospects

If these are the dog days of summer, you haven’t experienced football in the off season in south Florida.

It’s the second of week of July and NCAA member schools are closed – which means no trips and official on campus visits. But that isn’t bringing coaches, players or teams to a grinding stop. It just never has.

Get on social media and tell your guys that you are going to a park at a certain time and watch some of the elite prospects and college talent meet within minutes.

Football is not something that you work into your schedule. If your expectations are to reach the next level and beyond, there is no slowing down. Not when the other athletes, vying for those same scholarships, never stop.

What the summer is – whether people want to admit it or not – is just an extension of the season. College football is king when it comes to attendance and interest, so the players groomed down in south Florida, are indeed your next college and pro stars – and statistics will back that up all the time.

With many local college programs – not named Miami, FAU and FIU – taking full advantage of the “down” time July often brings.


The one thing that we have done for the past 13 years on this site and the radio show each week, is expose talent.

We have uncovered more south Florida football players than any other source in the last two decades – not by sitting home and watching film – but being able to evaluate the athlete from five feet away, giving colleges a better perspective of what the athlete is all about.

Every Thursday, we bring you three players to keep an eye on. Here are this week’s group:

2020 – Jovens Janvier, OL, 6-5, 320, Miami Christian. We have watched this young man for three years now – and in that time he has improved every season.

From his days at Champagnat Catholic to Miami Christian, where he figures to be a huge part of head coach Nick Turnbull’s 2A squad this year, this is someone who has always stood out.

Committed to attend the University of Florida, Jovens will be fun to watch up front in 2019.


2021 – Ja’Den McBurrows, CB, 5-10, 165, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. One of the more talented prospects, this quality football player comes to play for the Raiders after a solid start to his young career at Plantation American Heritage.

Since his youth days, this has always been the kind of talent who worked hard to perfect his craft. His speed and athleticism work perfectly in a south Florida where elite talent is playing every week.

Being part of the Raiders has given him an opportunity to burst out in a major way. His practices alone will see him compete against the best of the best.


2022 – Raoul Pierre, DB, 5-11, 165, Coral Springs Coral Glades. When they say things are changing out in western Broward County, they are not kidding.

What head coach Cameron Thomas has been able to do in the short time with this program is help to elevate the talent, and Pierre is certainly one of those young athletes who can help things fall into place.

He is a ball hawk in the secondary and has the speed to make plays and help to turn things around for this program.


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