Larry Blustein

SPRING SPOTLIGHT: Deerfield Beach Is Young, Talented & Hungry

Larry Blustein
May 14, 2019 - 11:41 am

There was that feeling head coach Jevon Glenn and his football team had last year - after leaving the field in a loss to Miami Christopher Columbus. A feeling that the Deerfield Beach head coach does not want to experience again.

With some changes made in the off season, on the coaching staff and on-field personnel, the Bucks approached this spring with plenty of optimism.

While many teams who fall short have that chip one their shoulder, Glenn wouldn’t let that be the theme of the off season - or as this talented team heads toward the 2019 season.

With a very challenging schedule and plenty of youth and inexperience, the last thing that any team wants is to chase something - rather than approach it.

What the Bucks will be all about this coming year is discipline and togetherness - and not finger pointing and excuses.

Starting on offense - where Southern Mississippi commit Derohn King returns at quarterback - his fourth at the varsity level.

With one of the top running games around - with Class of 2020 standout Jaylen Knighton and Class of 2022 promising star Jaziun Patterson, very few teams will be able to stop both of these talented young men.

So deep is the group of receivers, one prospect transferred and two more will play on both sides of the ball.

Class of 2020 players include way under-the-radar prospect  Andison Coby, Hansy Colas, big time athlete Bryce Gowdy, versatile Aydin Henningham, who will also play in the secondary, Deajuan McDougle, Andrew Pierre and St. Thomas Aquinas versatile transfer Xavier Restrepo, who can make a major impact on defense, too. The Bucks also feature Class of 2021 star Jamarion McDougle.

The biggest difference on this team in 2019 will be up front - with Class of 2020 players Nicholas Glenn (C/G), Woody Jean (T) and Houston area transfer Bryce McNair (T) joining forces with two of Florida’s emerging young stars in Class of 2021 guard/center Isaiah Bunn and gifted 2022 standout guard Aaron Hicks.

THE DEFENSE IS STILL SOUND

The trademark of this football team over the years has been on the defensive side of the ball - and don’t look for that to change this coming season.

Up front, there are Class of 2020 difference makers Mykel Alvin, who also plays on the offensive side of the ball, and gifted Boyd Anderson defensive end transfer Kervins Choute, who has turned plenty of heads in the spring - and received numerous offers as well.

Experience will be a problem - with Class of 2022 rising standouts Charlot Candy (DE), Travis Gammage (DT), Jordan Jeudy (DT) and nationally rated standout Alton Tarber (DT) adding plenty to the unit.

While the group of linebackers are talented -  they are young, and remember, the Bucks had three major college prospect move on over the past two years.

Class of 2020 standout Wydmere Garcon heads a list of gifted performers that also include Class of 2021 performers Justice Cross and Winslot Greffin - and Class of 2022 rising difference makers Jamaree Dukes, Datarius Lee and Johnny Tigner.

The secondary has a chance to be very talented - especially with Henningham and Restrepo spending time back there as well.

Class of 2020  prospects Martavius Davis (S), Favian Harden (S), Virgil Lemons (CB), Anthony Prospere (CB) and two-year starter Christopher Townsel (S) joining very gifted Class of 2021 performer Philip O’Brien (CB) and Class of 2022 rising standout safety Ja’kyas Dokes.

TRACKING SOUTH FLORIDA

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).

Last week, we took a look at the 4A Fort Lauderdale University School Sharks - and this week with the Bucks, we will continue to spotlight the contenders in south Florida.

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-...

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

6A – Miami Northwestern Bulls. https://wqam.radio.com/blogs/larry-blustein/spring-spotlight-northwester...

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

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

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