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Larry Blustein: Prospects still get overlooked

 

While it may be tougher these days to fly under the radar, there are still prospects who manage to do it.

Even at a time when everyone is talked about on Facebook, Twitter and just about ever other social media outlet, there are those who have continued to go about their business and get the job done — with not as much hype as others.

When Booker T. Washington recently traveled to the Atlanta area for a game against nationally rated Norcross, much of the talk centered around those prospects — deemed by ESPN — to be among the best. It’s really not that simple.

In a game that was highlighted by so many “ESPN 300” players, who are often chosen by watching film and seeing athletes run around in a t-shirt and shorts, it was a player that many never heard of before that truly ended up stealing the show.

Tornadoes lineman Jordan Ingraham, who many never paid attention to before that 55-0 drubbing, is the perfect example of how recruiting services and fan websites fly right over the obvious, gravitating toward the more-hyped athlete.

Even though what the 6-3, 310-pound senior did in the game, dominating “ESPN 300” defensive end Lorenzo Carter throughout the night, he had actually been doing that as a two-way lineman for BTW the past two seasons.

In addition to being among the strongest linemen in South Florida, Ingraham happens to be a heavyweight wrestler who advanced to the state tournament and just missed out on placing last February in Lakeland.

It’s players — much like Ingraham — who just cannot be taken lightly, and he is not alone. There are a number of athletes who have been rated in the past, but are being taken for granted.

Here are five of those prospects, heading into the 2013 season, you had better account for when you line up:

• Henry Bussey, RB, 5-9, 180, Hialeah. This one-time American Heritage Plantation standout is truly a prospect that you have to account for on every offensive play. He can break a take open — in an instant!

• Kendon Davis, WR, 6-3, 200, Plantation. When he was at Northeast, playing behind Stacy Coley, many paid little attention. Now, as a senior for the Colonels, he gives this team a dimension it hasn’t had in a long time. Fall asleep on him and you will making a huge mistake. This could be a pass-catcher who will leave a mark.

• Tevin Evans, DE, 6-1, 200, Booker T. Washington. If everyone thought that Ingraham was a surprise, here is a player that Norcross and every opponent will have to keep an eye on. He knows where the football is at all times — and the move from outside linebacker will only showcase his skills.

• Justin Morgan, Athlete, 5-10, 170, Deerfield. Ask anyone who has watched him play, this may be one of the most versatile players in the senior class. His athleticism is outstanding, but his ability to play football is much more impressive.

• Anthony Wint, LB, 6-1, 220, Homestead. There may not be a tougher and more athletic linebacker in any class than this gifted playmaker. One coach remarked that you have to find him on every snap.

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