Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will continue to shine the spotlight on many athletes during the pre-spring, spring and summer.
With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.
Don't forget that the exposure continues on FACEBOOK (Herald Recruiting) and via Twitter @ larryblustein.
PLAYER: Andy Garcia
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Marc Berman
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: While many are just starting to hear about this impressive football talent, those who follow football in South Florida have been watching this play-maker do his thing since his days at the youth football league level, where he was regarded as one of the best.
From the time he stepped onto the field for the T-Breds, it was evident that this quality talent would not just blend in. Since the ninth grade, he has been turning heads with his speed (4.6), strength, worth ethic and ability to make tackles all over the field.
Many coaches we have talked to all agree that this is indeed a throwback type of player. Many compare his high school skill level to former Hurricane and NFL great Ray Lewis, who combined a zest for working out and the ability to make plays.
If you have watched Garcia play, you already know that he has the chance to be one of the best in the state - as he gains more exposure and gets to his final season on the field. He also gets it done in the classroom as well.
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