If you are a high school football fan, the next 10 weeks will satisfy any offseason hunger you might have.
In the span of 70 days this summer, you will be able to watch nearly every kind of football camp possible in South Florida as the players and coaches get ready for the fall.
The football season never ends. It starts in the first week of August with summer practice that gives way to fall games and then winter postseason and all-star games that takes you right up until National Signing Day.
Two days after the class is put to bed, the doors fly open for February, March and April camps and combines, spring practice in May and the 7-on-7 season that will be hosted at every college campus, local park and on high school fields for two solid months.
With so many talented athletes lining the sidelines for many of these football showcase events, fans come out in record numbers to see the stars of the future, competing in a manner that has never been available before.
“The 7-on-7 games help me work on what I need for the upcoming season,” said nationally-rated 2014 running back prospect Joe Yearby of Central. “You come out and work on catching the ball against linebackers and even playing defense. It’s really a great way to stay in shape.”
Yearby, who already committed to attend FSU, is not alone in the quest to improve. Take any 7-on-7 tournament and you will see some standouts who area taking their game to the next level.
If you are a fan, this is the best. Get out and watch some of the most impressive athletes in the country every weekend at a facility near you.
These are the top 10 players you have to see this summer. While you might stumble on several more, these are the best attractions in South Florida:
• 1. Stacy Coley, WR, Northeast: This senior is the best receiving prospect in the state, region and maybe nationally. He creates mismatches against anyone. If you are a defensive back and have the notion to call him out, you better bring more than your big boy pants.
• 2. Quinton Flowers, QB, Jackson: If this rising junior is invited to any tournament this summer, you better be prepared to watch a quarterback with one of the strongest and most accurate arms around. His ability to get the ball away quickly illustrates why he threw for more than 500 yards and 7 touchdowns in the Dolphins Academy championship game last June.
• 3. Dalvin Cook, RB, Central: When you play running back in a 7-on-7 event it is never a lot of fun. But when you can play that running back position and go out on pass patterns, it really becomes interesting, especially when you happen to run a 4.37 and have a vertical of nearly 40 inches.
• 4. Akeem Jones, QB, Carol City: Here is one of those prospects who can make things happen in an instant. Just an amazing talent who has a huge arm and is becoming more and more accurate. Add in his 6-2, 200-pound frame, and you can almost guarantee that this is a player that everyone wants to see.
• 5. Michael Johnson, DB, Booker T. Washington: The entire secondary for the Tornadoes could be listed here, but this FSU commit is always around the ball, makes plays to turn away even some of the top prospects. While this position is one of the toughest to play in 7-on-7, it does give you the chance to get into the spotlight as well.
• 6. Quincy Wilson, S, University School: Here is one of the very few players who can impact a 7-on-7 event much the way he does in a real game. His ability to smother you and become very physical in pass coverage, will be the reason why this rising junior continues to be the player the opposition tries to stay away from.
• 7. Jacob McCrary, WR, Coral Reef: Another of those impressive football players who continues to make a statement before the start of his junior years. Was the talk of the all-star 7-on-7 season as well as throughout the spring and into the summer. One of the athletes who can do it all.
• 8. Timothy Irvin, Athlete, Miami Westminster Christian: Everyone has been waiting to see this quality athlete who has taken his game from the youth football fields and is now dominating the action at the varsity level. Perhaps one of the best runners you will find at the receiver position. He is also quite a running back as well.
• 9. Jeremy Benjamin, LB, McArthur: They say that there is very little a linebacker will be able to do in a 7-on-7 setting, but obviously they have never met this athletic, quick and aggressive prospect who has shown that if you throw in his direction, he will make you pay. His long arms and tremendous knowledge of reading the slow of the play makes him someone to watch.
• 10. Kendrick Edwards, WR, Norland: Here is a player who has the chance to become something very, very special over the next few months. At 6-6, he is a large target who seems to catch just about everything in his way. He can make even the average quarterbacks look a lot better. His speed, leaping ability and great hands make him the price of admission - at any event. Big time potential.
There are many, many more who will impact 7-on-7 events this summer, and we will bring them all to you.
We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. All you have to do is send a DVD and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein, P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009. Have a comment? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.