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Players pumped for spring

 

After numerous camps and combines, 7-on-7 tournaments and conditioning drills, this coming Wednesday will usher in another chapter of South Florida football.

From Deerfield Beach to Florida City, high school teams will spend the month of May showcasing players, working to fill holes and getting ready for a summer that is always productive.

No matter which direction you look, college coaches will flood the fields in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, hoping to discover the next Teddy Bridgewater or Geno Smith.

Spring football in the state of Florida, especially in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, has been something that college coaches plan for months and months in advance. It is where the future for many schools are realized — during three intense weeks of high level football.

“This is when the college coaches really make their mark down in this region,” said Dana Wiley of Prep Films. “There was a time you would see 20-25 programs come down here and set the table for the future. Now, there are almost 100 coaches roaming our talented fields during May.”

While colleges need to see what they can add for the upcoming classes, the local high school coaches and players use the time to apply what has been learned and to see what needs to be worked on during the next four months.

Having the opportunity to compete year round has helped some schools continue to stay at a high level. While high school coaches differ on what their players get involved in during the off season, this is the one month they have the entire team together.

“We have a lot of positions to fill before we open the season, so the spring is very important to us,” said Cypress Bay head coach Mark Guandolo, who guided his team to the 8A state title game. “When you have to replace an entire offensive backfield, the competition will be interesting.”

This is the one month when evaluating is a paramount. With many colleges already securing the Class of 2014, it’s the rising juniors (2015) and sophomores (2016) who get the chance to shine as well.

As talented as this 2014 class is in South Florida, perhaps as impressive as anywhere in the country, the athletes behind them are also impressive as well. That will keep schools from all over the country very busy.

DEFENDING TURF

With a record six teams taking part in the stet championships last season — which produced four winners — it’s also time to take a look at what’s going on with defending 3A state champion Davie University School, 4A state champion Miami Booker T. Washington, 6A Miami Central and 7A Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas — as well as 2A runner-up Miami Dade Christian and Cypress Bay.

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@ aol.com.

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