Larry Blustein

SUMMER SHOWCASE: Quarterbacks Take Center Stage At Air Attack Challenge

On the very last weekend of the off season, quarterback prospects in south Florida were still out there making a name for themselves.

Several prospects from as close as Miami-Dade and Broward – and as far away as Connecticut and Maine battled for the right to be considered as one of the best – heading into the 2019 season.

The 3rd Air Attack Quarterback Challenge took place at Ives Park - as prospects came to put themselves on the map and learn from coaches who are respected and knowledgeable.

With former Fort Lauderdale Dillard High quarterback Oliver Bozeman and Deaf Football Coach Craig Bryden running the show once again, the event was well planned out – and gave some of the fast-rising local standouts a chance to get some more recognition – once again this year.

With the quarterback position – especially in south Florida on the rise – this event, and showcases much like it, have become an important part of the process.

While instruction is always important, competing against some of the best is also vital in the growth and maturity of the athlete.

Once again this year, the top area rising prospects came out on a weekend that was filled with so many other options.

“I fully understand that there are always things happening down here in south Florida,” Bryden acknowledge. “I thought we had an outstanding group of prospects who came out to compete.”

Indeed, there were some impressive quarterbacks who competed for two days. Prospects who have a chance to be special once again during the 2019 season: 

2021- Daron Bryden, Bloomfield, Ct. After finishing second last year, he returned this season – and showed how much he changed in just a year. He has grown and added weight, strength and maturity – as he continues to learn a lot after winning a state title this past season.

2023 - Colin Hurst, Fort Lauderdale Western. This incoming freshman has a chance to make a major splash over the next few years – with an accurate arm and plenty of knowledge of the game. What he does add is the ability to run the ball. One of the fastest quarterbacks in south Florida this coming year.

2021 - Alexander Law, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna. He has waited patiently for his opportunity to guide the two-time defending 3A state champions, putting in a lot of work and getting bigger and stronger. Has a chance to be very special.

2020 - Katravis Marsh, Miami Central. Headed to the University of Utah, this one time American High standout makes the move to play for the Rockets this season, and you can guarantee that his contribution will keep this program in the spotlight.

2022 - Fernando Mendoza, Miami Christopher Columbus. One of the prospects that all eyes will be on as he makes his move from Belen Jesuit. This is a talented young man who had a solid spring game against defending 5A state champion Cardinal Gibbons.

2023 - Blake Murphy, Plantation American Heritage. Here is a talented young man who has an opportunity to be very special – as players, coaches and fans have been waiting for him to make a contribution. The Patriots already have some packages for this rising standout this coming season.

2021 - Brody Palhegyi, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons. Nothing more has to be said about a talented prospect who came in last year – when the Chiefs needed him the most – and helped to guide the school to its first ever state football title. Very few players anywhere are wired like this winner and big time competitor.

2021 – Cedquan Smith, Davie Western. After spending the past two years at Miramar – with a brief summer stop at Carol City - huge things are expected this season. Has been a prospect that everyone is waiting to break out and live up to his potential. Big things are in store out west this season.

2021 - Nick Vattiato, Fort Lauderdale University School. Make no mistake about this gifted prospect who has been getting better and better every year. Accurate, strong arm and plenty of knowledge about the position. Big time player!

In addition to those quality prospects, there were more on hand who also turned heads:

2022 - Jack Emerson, Thornton Academy, Maine

2023 - Luca Foerch, Ft.Lauderdale 

2023 - Jake Lewin, Fort Lauderdale University School 

2021 – Cam Martel, New Smyrna Beach

2022 - Aden Martinez, Doral Academy

2022 - Joey McCann, Apopka 

2021 - Fred Murray Easthampton, Massachusetts 

2020 - Phillip “Sticks” Shaffer, North Broward Prep 

2022 - Naseem Singleton, Plantation


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