If you ever sat down and just went over all the talent that this region of the country has, you would be amazed at how many big time collegiate prospects there are throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Take any football program and you will find as many as six or seven who have already been targeted by major programs throughout the country. Look at how many 2014 players current juniors who have already made a commitment.
If you were to sit down and choose the best 24 football players, no matter what class or size of the school, it would be a tough assignment. No matter what player you chose for a particular position, there would always be three or four other prospects who could have a valid claim to being one of those 24 athletes. No other place in the country could make that statement.
I have been fortunate all spring and summer to not only see the many athletes locally, but also have been going on the road, comparing many of the top prospects in this region to others throughout the state of Florida. With that in mind, I have come up with my first Larry Blustein 2012 PreSeason All-Dade/Broward team. Just my opinion with players that I have been fortunate to watch from all classes:
WR Ermon Lane, 6-2, 175, Homestead: Big time football talent who has a chance to be one of the nations best over the next two years. Just a junior, this is a football player who makes things happen.
WR Stacy Coley, 6-2, 190, Northeast: If you follow high school football, this is someone you already know. Rated as the No. 1 senior receiver in the state of Florida, this nationally-rated prospect is a difference maker.
OL Denver Kirkland, 6-3, 290, Booker T. Washington: Playing since his ninth grade year, this is one of the most complete offensive line prospects in the state. Following in the rather large footsteps of his older brother, he has made some major strides as heads into his senior year.
OL Sandley Jean Felix, 6-5, 300, Boyd Anderson: Remains one of the most physical and athletic big men in South Florida. A huge year ahead as more and more colleges will get a good look at this strong senior football prospect. The Cobras will rely on him - in a huge way!
OL Jordan Budwig, 6-4, 320, University School: This three-year varsity performer has raised his game every year, making a solid impression for the Suns. Was singled out for his play during the spring buy several colleges who have been watching this senior.
OL Trevor Darling, 6-5, 300, Central: Heading into his second year as a starter, this talented junior is one of the most athletic line prospects in the state. A University of Miami commit, he has two more seasons to get better!
OL Kyle Schafenacker, 6-4, 285, St. Thomas Aquinas: Not one lineman has made the strides that this quality prospect has made. After a solid junior season, his spring and summer watched him elevate his status nationally as he committed to attend UConn next year.
QB Quinton Flowers, 6-1, 190, Jackson: From the day he walked onto campus, this one-time youth football standout in Liberty City, has been nothing short of amazing. Whether its with his arm, where he threw for over 1,500 yards or on the ground a place in which he ignited the Generals during the playoff run, this junior can do it all.
RB Sony Michel, 5-11, 195, American Heritage: Before sustaining a season-ending injury last year as a sophomore, this nationally-rated running back had over 3,400 yards as an eighth and ninth grader. He is bigger, stronger , still blazing quick and the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2014.