When it comes to recruiting south Florida, there are always going to be quality
receivers, running backs and even emerging quarterbacks that dot the talented
But if you want the position that has long been the calling card for this region of the
state – there is no question that the defensive secondary is the place where colleges
come to enhance their programs – and the NFL is a destination.
When the 2013 NFL season began, there were more defensive backs – who were
groomed for the future – in south Florida than any other part of the country. It’s
been that way since the 1970s – when prospects from this area would star in Super
Bowls and NFL championship games. It’s that way today.
The defensive secondary Class of 2015, like the running backs that came this past
year, could be among the most talented and deepest group ever.
As the off season unfolded, there were at least 30 cornerbacks and safeties who were
recruited by major colleges and universities across the country.
At the head of that list is Killian safety and toprated prospect Jaquan Johnson (511,
180). The gifted athlete has been among the nation’s best football prospects, and as
he is now healthy, all eyes are on his off season.
What makes Johnson so special is his overall athletic ability and gift of playing
anywhere on the field. A true safety prospect who changes a game – in a hurry.
“I enjoy playing a lot of positions, but safety s where I think I can really make the
difference,” Johnson said. “I think that is where I can help the team the most.”
As Johnson continues to receiver plenty of attention, he is certainly not alone. Top
flight safety prospects will roam several secondaries over the next year. Among the
other players already turning heads include Shawn BurgessBecker (62, 190,
Coconut Creek Monarch), West Virginia commit Kendrell McFadden (63, 190,
Miramar), FSU commit Calvin Brewton (60, 170, Miami Central), Killian’s Bruce
Davis (60, 195), FAU commit, Roderick Acher (61, 200, South Plantation),
Antonyo Sontolongo (60, 200, Gulliver Prep), Malik Jackson (511, 180, Hialeah
Champagnat Catholic) and University School transfer Christian Irving (511, 198,
Plantation American Heritage).
“I have been watching a lot of what south Florida produces for a long time,” said
Dana Wiley of Prep Films. “This group of defensive backs is easily the deepest.
There’s a tradition to live up to.”
The cornerbacks in this class are also tremendous as well. Leading the way is
Plantation American Heritage’s Tarvarus McFadden (63, 195), early FSU commit
Tyrek Cole (510, 165, Miramar), Tim Irvin (59, 190, Miami Westminster
Christian), Norland standout Carlton Davis (62, 190), Devante Davis (62, 190,
Booker T. Washington), Champagnat Catholic standout Gerald Robinson (511,
175), Rashard Causey (60, 190, St. Thomas Aquinas) and Carol City standout
Rashad Fenton (510, 180).
Other cornerbacks who have received plenty of recognition so far include
Northwestern’s Khalid McGee (510, 180), Sheldrick Redwine (62, 190, Killian),
Robert Knowles (61, 185, Edison), Tyson Cisrow (61, 185, St. Thomas Aquinas),
Jeremiah Dinson (60, 170, American), Olin Cushion (510, 170, Central), Richie
Kittles (60, 180, Stranahan), Ronnie Hoggins (510, 165, Monarch), Andrew
Spence (6, 2, 190, Coral Gables), Damon Arnette (62, 185, St. Thomas Aquinas),
Jeffrey Hill (58, 175, Miramar), Deonte Fair (510, 190, Plantation American
Heritage), Tobias Moss (511, 180, Miami Westminster Christian), Blanche Ely’s
Kevin Williams (62, 185), Jalin Leandre (59, 175, Hallandale) and McArthur’s
Malik Wisdom (510, 180) to name a few.
We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl
link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at
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