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: Derrick Mackey
SCHOOL: Booker T. Washington
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Tim "Ice" Harris
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: One of the key players on a team loaded with young talent, this is an athlete who certainly has started to pick things up with his ability to lead and react. This is a potential leader that the team needs.
A three year varsity performer, here is a versatile player who can come up and make defensive stops on running plays and is athletic enough to drop into pass coverage, which he did a number of times a year ago.
In his spring game against Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, he truly showed that his time spent in thew weightroom as well as working on his overall speed has helped in a huge way. His ability to make plays all over the field has colleges watching his progress.
With Harris back in the saddle, along with one of the top coaching staffs around, this will be a beneficial year for a player like Mackey, who has the talent to help this team get better. Much better!
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