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.
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PLAYER: Alfonso Horner
SCHOOL: Belen Jesuit
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Richard Stuart
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: If you have watched football the past few years and traced some of the better stories, than this gifted athlete will come as no surprise to you. If you haven't, sit back and check out one of those players who has flown way beneath the radar screen.
Two years ago, in the 3A state title game, the Wolverines were beaten by Pensacola in Orlando. In that game, the one of the starting offensive linemen was a 170-pound sophomore, and the rest has been history for someone who has been turning heads.
A coveted track athlete who was narrowly beaten in the 100 by Norland's Duke Johnson and excels in the 200 as well, Horner is certainly an athlete who can run. His work in the classroom and experience on the football field has also brought him to a place where Division 1 colleges are making West Miami part of their routine.
Has the size and athletic ability to be a very good rush end, but his quickness, agility and overall athleticism can also put him at outside linebacker at the next level - with a unique ability to play the run as well as drop into coverage on passing plays.
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