From the humble days of the state and national letters of intent to billion dollar corporations backing some of the finest, young athletes around, recruiting has continued to reach new heights in the never-ending quest to find, evaluate and promote high school talent.
The days of the single talent scout roaming the sidelines in places such as Berwick, Pa., Massilon, Ohio or the dozens of other national hotbeds are over. Today, the rules are different. There are eyes and ears at everything that goes on from a small practice to a nationally-televised game.
In South Florida alone, there isn’t a weekend that goes by without some high school football related event taking place. There is a need to know which teams and players are going to be good for years to come.
Because of ninth-grader Sony Michel of American Heritage, the bar has been raised so high that football fans across this impressive region are now digging beyond this upcoming 2014 class. They are thirsting to know what Bunche Park player is the next Teddy Bridgewater or what Lauderdale Lakes receiver will follow in Phillip Dorsett’s shoes at St. Thomas Aquinas.
With the youth football season getting started around South Florida, the stars of tomorrow are being groomed from Florida City and Goulds to Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach.
With the attention so much on what players will attend Columbus, Northwestern, Central and Southridge in the future, more emphasis has been focused to the youth football fields, where a Scott Lake/Bunche Park matchup would attract more than most high school games - for any of the seven plus games.
While youth football has served as an important building block for players such as Asante Samuel, Kenny Phillips, Bryant McFadden, Sean Taylor and so many others, it is, in some neighborhoods, the 'only' game in town.
This year, youth football in South Florida will have an opportunity to showcase many of those stars of the future as Mastrole Passing Camp and Generation Nexxt Youth Sports Marketing will host a first ever youth football camp (open to all youth players 8-14 years of age) at the Lauderhill Sports Complex on July 30 from 5-9 p.m.
Billed as “Future Friday Night Stars,” this Friday night event is giving athletes and their families the chance to come out and learn from high school coaches from Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
“This is an idea that came out of all the young players who attended our quarterback camps,” said Ken Mastrole. “This is chance for many athletes all over South Florida to come out and see how they stack up against others in their own weight and age class.”
In addition to learning from high school coaches, athletes will also have the opportunity to be part of the Generation Nexxt media experience. The largest voice for youth football in South Florida, Generation Nexxt will interview, film and use the information for the Sunday morning TV show as well as in the magazine.
“We are very excited about this event for a number [of] reasons,” said Jonah Woullard of Generation Nexxt. “This is [a] special Friday night event that will showcase the future football players of this region.
“We are also going to use the information from the testing events to rank players by weight class for the upcoming season,” Woullard continued.
The event costs $35 and will provide instruction in speed, technique, fundamentals and total understanding of the game. If you are interested in taking part in this showcase event that will produce some future stars, sign up at www.PassingCamp.com or visit Generation Nexxt (gennexxt.ning.com) for more details.