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As the season fast approaches, high school football coaches have been busy getting their teams ready for a year that promises to be one of the most exciting and prospect-rich you will find anywhere.

Being in South Florida, you are always going to see prospects who are a cut above the rest.

What I will do today is bring you 10 prospects who can turn a game around — just like that. Ten tremendously talented football players who boggle your mind.

Nicholas Bosa, DL, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas: Some say that this was the best Class of 2016 player in the country last year — and the great thing about this gifted athlete is he isn’t close to finished growing and maturing as a player. His older brother Joey left for Ohio State at 6-5, 265. Nicholas is already 6-2, 220 and holds offers from Ohio State and Miami — among others.

Sam Bruce, WR/DB, Fort Lauderdale University School: By the end of his freshman year, everyone forgot how young this gifted prospect was. One of the most complete receivers in the country, this one-time youth standout running back has already been offered by schools such as Arkansas and Miami. His play in the offseason made him one of the elite Class of 2016.

Dalvin Cook, RB/S, Miami Central: One of the fastest football players in the country, this University of Florida commit can take it the distance on kickoffs, running from the line of scrimmage — or like he did against Northwestern last year — strip the ball and return it for a score. This is a first rounder in any book.

Quinton “Winky” Flowers, QB, Miami Jackson: Was there a player in the state of Florida who did more with less last year? Not even close. This is a quarterback prospect who throws the ball over 65 yards, is one of the most accurate around — and happens to run as well as any prospect at the position. Has the chance this year — with more around him — to really take off.

Jaquan Johnson, Athlete, Miami Killian: Like Dalvin Cook, this is a prospect who can get you from anywhere on the field. As a receiver, defensive back or special teams performer, South Florida’s No. 1 Class of 2015 prospect has been dominating the competition since he first put on a uniform.

Ermon Lane, WR, Homestead: Oh, just another big time athlete who has been dominating the competition for as long as anyone can remember. Has the ability to be the best in the country. His speed, ball-catching abilities and a knack for getting open against just about anyone is what makes him so special. Sony Michel, RB, Plantation American Heritage: While this appears to be an obvious choice, watching his progress since his youth football days, this University of Georgia commit has many skeptics. Is he the same player he was back in the eighth and ninth grade, before his injury? I would have to say yes. This is a game-changer that will get his chance this year.

Dionte Mullins, WR/DB, Miami Gulliver Prep: This is easily one of the country’s best all-around football players right now. Forget the fact that he is just a sophomore, but leave no doubt that he will take the best defensive backs apart — while stopping quality receivers. Already offered by Tennessee among others.

Jordan Scarlett, RB, Fort Lauderdale University School: Ever watch this football star run and you will understand why his size and speed have been a recipe for domination and national attention. One of the fastest backs in the country — and he’s only a junior. Could be the nation’s top back by next season.

Joseph Yearby, RB, Miami Central: If the Rockets should get to the state title game this season, you can guarantee — for a fourth consecutive year — it will be this superior football talent that will help them. As a breakaway runner, Wildcat quarterback, kick returner or defensive back, he can do it all.

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. Check out our list of statewide prospects as well on the High School Blog.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

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