Larry Blustein

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: 7A Plantation Back In The Mix Once Again

When it comes to competition, Plantation head coach Steve Davis knows all about it.

As a longtime head football coach in Broward County, he has played some of the top programs and elite talent anywhere in the country, and as his Colonels head toward the 2019 season, he is once again back in a familiar position.

After a few seasons at the Class 8A level, Davis and his program returns to 7A and national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. But as much as many complain about being with the Raiders, Davis is not one of them.

You see, if it hadn’t been for St. Thomas Aquinas, the Colonels would never have been able to compete the way they have – and that continues to be a theme.

“Instead of complaining about playing a program like St. Thomas, we used it to get better,” Davis said. “It elevated our program – because we got better players and that has turned out to be a great thing.”

Having coached some of the elite prospects who have come out of south Florida over much of the two decades, Davis has been able to maintain a solid team that expects to be in the playoff mix every year.

After a solid spring, which included developing some younger players, the Colonels approach 2019 with plenty of enthusiasm.

THE OFFENSE WILL MOVE THE BALL

Known for his explosive running game through the years, Davis and the Colonels have been able to add balance to the offensive attack – with rising senior quarterback Gerard Nesbitt.

With this gifted playmaker, Plantation has been able to keep defenses guessing. Class of 2022 rising prospect Naseem Singleton will also set the table for the future.

Speaking of that quality running game, Plantation rolls out rising seniors (Class of 2020) Mark Anthony Clark, Amari Jones and Mikayel Nel.

Standout Class of 2021 (juniors) performers Carlington Armstrong, Xavier Bolden and Cameron Palmer are all solid. So is Class of 2022 rising sophomore Jaques Gaskin.

As usual, the group of receivers will be impressive – with rising seniors Desean Kerr, Micahi Parks and David St. Hilaire.

There is also Class of 2021 prospect Jacolby George, who has a chance to be one of the best this program has had in a long time. Devin Howard (TE), Marshall Mitchell and Charles Ottinot are all impressive. So are Class of 2022 rising prospects Derek St. Hilaire and Jaquan Haynes.

Up front, there is plenty of size and talent – with Class of 2020 players Elijah Cireus, Hendrick Dodard and Brandon Sepulveda.

Class of 2021 players Nickel Beauvois, Lionel Elliott, Marco Fugar, Boaz Mogerard and Jonathan Presendor are all talent, but so are impressive rising sophomores Kristopher Ratliff and heavily recruited Shomari Seymour.

DEFENSE IS ALWAYS SPECIAL

There is no doubting that the defensive teams that this program has long produced has been the trademark of the program. Elite players such as Ryan Shazier, Josh Robinson and many others have been able to set the tone.

This coming season will be no exception with rising senior linemen Yavier Medina-Diaz (DE out of Texas), Jaheim Russ, Omilio Savage and Alexis Trail.

Underclassmen will also be gifted – with Class of 2021 players Rhondon Barnes, Rexon Lawson, Adrian Mathis and Trey Melymont. Class of 2022 prospect Jahmal White is also going to be special.

The linebackers will be talented, athletic and young with no seniors. Class of 2021 performers Deshone Carter, gifted Josh Glaze, Isaac Martin and Isaiah Palmer are all quality – as are Class of 2022 rising sophomores Percy Courtney and Herbert Dawson.

The secondary will have a mix of veteran leaders with experience and young prospects who are starting to emerge.

In the Class of 2020, Plantation features Carlton Armstrong, Zemond Davis, Marcus Brown, Rahlique Grange, Roshane Stevens, Brandon Thomas and Antwan Turner.

Underclassmen such as 2021 standout Deante Dohman and rising 2022 prospects Shomari Knight and Eric Lyons are also solid.

TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA

It’s all about promoting the best talent in the country – and right up until the start of the 2019 season, we will spotlight south Florida football teams that figure to be in the mix for a state title this coming season.  

We began our series, looking at state championship game teams from 2018 with 2A state runner Champagnat Catholic, two-time defending champ Chaminade-Madonna (3A) defending state champion Cardinal Gibbons (5A), two-time defending state champion Miami Northwestern (6A), state runner-up St. Thomas Aquinas (7A), and new coach Dave Dunn and state runner-up Christopher Columbus (8A).

Click on the link to check them all out!

2A – Hialeah Champagnat Lions. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-champagnat-...

3A – Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Lions. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-can-chamina...

4A - Fort Lauderdale University School Sharks. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-university-...

4A – Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-5a-champ-ca...

4A – Miami Booker T. Washington Tornadoes. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/south-florida-high-school-sports-larry-blustein/summer-spotlight-4a-booker-t-washington-looks

5A – Miami Northwestern Bulls. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-northwester...

6A – Miami Central Rockets. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-miami-centr...

7A – Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-st-thomas-a...

8A – Davie Western Wildcats. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/south-florida-high-school-sports-larry-blus...

8A – Deerfield Beach Bucks. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/spring-spotlight-deerfield-beach-young-tale...

8A – Miami Christopher Columbus Explorers. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-8a-unfinish...

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