As soon as the ink dried on the papers for the Class of 2013, there was an instant rush to quickly see the Class of 2014. From the first combine and 7-on-7 tryout, it's easy to see why so many have waited for this group to arrive.
This is easily the deepest class Miami-Dade has ever witnessed - with as many as 35 top-fight prospects that every college in the country has already started to get serious about.
Never before has this region of the country had running backs who could be among the top 10 nationally. In Sony Michel (American Heritage), Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby (Central), and Brandon Powell (Deerfield), you have elite ball carriers who have already established themselves.
This is also a class that will finally produce an array of quarterbacks. From the run/pass, athletic version such as Treon Harris (Booker T. Washington), Quentin "Winky" Flowers (Jackson), Trayon Gray (Carol City), Taron James (Norland) and Alin Eduoard (Hialeah), to the drop back prospects such as Sean White (University School), Wade Freebeck (St. Thomas), Nick Jeanty (Miramar), Hunter Boyett (Westminster Christian) and Peyton Bender (Cardinal Gibbons), this is a class that may be the deepest that this area has produced in a long time.
Even when you get past the top four running backs, there are also difference makers such as Mardre London (St. Thomas Aquinas), LaKeith Stafford (Norland), LaJuan Hunt (University School), Henry Bussey (Hialeah), Paul Anderson (Hallandale), Lashone Garnett and Jamal Adjemah (Southridge), Krondis Larry (Booker T. Washington), Aeron McNeal (Deerfield) and Miramar's Cameron Rigby.
"I have been watching football prospects in this region for over 30 years and have never been around so much quality depth," said Dana Wiley of Prep Films. "You could see that last year, when these athletes were juniors."
Like running back, receiver will be a place where colleges will find program changers. In nationally rated standouts such as Homestead's Ermon Lane, Steve Ishmael (N. Miami Beach), Tyre Brady (South Dade), JoJo Robinson (Northwestern), Henderson "Prince" Gray (Monsignor Pace), Isaiah McKenzie (American Heritage), Cornelius Floyd (Gulliver) and Norland's Kendrick Edwards, you have elite players.
Offensive linemen are also starting to emerge with University of Miami commitment Trevor Darling (Central), Ryan Crozier (St. Thomas Aquinas), A'lique Terry (Hialeah), Nicholas Linder (St. Thomas Aquinas), Siffo Pierre (Taravella), Erik Lenzen (Cardinal Gibbons), Nigel Kemp (Everglades), Jakhari Bolton (Killian), Deion Cineus (Miami Beach) and Belen Jesuit Jonathan Schultz, who spent last year in Jacksonville.
On defense, the focus - as usual will be in the secondary - where high level players such as Nigel Patton (Booker T. Washington), Deatrick Nichols (Central), Quincy Wilson (University School), John Battle IV (Hallandale), Marquese Dudley-Gordon (Cypress Bay), Alshinard Harris (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Carter Jacobs (American Heritage) are among the best anywhere.
As strong as the secondary will be in this class, the line is already attracting big time prospects. Ends Chad Thomas (Booker T. Washington) and Mike Smith (Northwestern), and interior linemen Khairi Clark (Chaminade-Madonna), Anthony Moten (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Cypress Bay standout Justin Rae are already among the top recruits.
The linebackers are also going to be fun to watch - with top-flight prospect Chaminade transfer Richard Yeargin III (University School) leading the way.
In addition, players to keep an eye on include Anthony Wint (Homestead), Official Coffey (North Miami), Jean Concepcion (South Miami), Dominique Elverson (Hialeah), Roi Jean-Joseph (Edison), Griffin Jossfolk (Cypress Bay) and Terry McCray from Blanche Ely.
MIAMI-DADE PRE SPRING TOP 20
1. Ermon Lane, WR, 6-1, 180, Homestead.
2. Dalvin Cook, RB, 6-0, 190, Miami Central.
3. Joseph Yearby, RB, 5-10, 195, Miami Central.
4. Treon Harris, QB, 6-0, 185, Miami Booker T. Washington.
5. Quinton "Winky" Flowers, QB, 6-1, 200, Miami Jackson.
6. Steve Ishmael, WR, 6-2, 180, North Miami Beach.
7. Chad Thomas, DE, 6-4, 230, Miami Booker T. Washington.
8. Mike Smith, DE, 6-3, 230, Miami Northwestern.
9. Nigel Patton, DB, 5-9, 175, Miami Booker T. Washington.
10. Deatrick Nichols, DB, 5-8, 175, Miami Central.
11. Tyre Brady, WR, 6-4, 185, South Dade
12. Joseph “Jo-Jo” Robinson, Athlete, 5-11, 185, Miami Northwestern.
13. Jacob McCrary, WR, 6-1, 175, Miami Coral Reef.
14. Nicodem Pierre, QB, 6-2, 205, Miami Coral Reef.
15. Alin Eduoard, QB, 6-2, 180, Hialeah.
16. Trevor Darling, OL, 6-5, 310, Miami Central.
17. Lamar Parker, WR, 5-10, 175, Miami Booker T. Washington.
18. Henderson "Prince" Gray, WR, 5-10, 175, Miami Monsignor Pace.
19. Cornelius Floyd, WR/DB, 6-1, 160, Miami Gulliver Prep.
20. Kendrick Edwards, WR, 6-6, 220, Miami Norland.
BROWARD PRE SPRING TOP 20
1. Sony Michel, RB, 6-0, 210, American Heritage.
2. Khairi Clark, DT, 6-3, 300, Chaminade-Madonna.
3. Anthony Moten, DT, 6-4, 270, St. Thomas Aquinas.
4. Brandon Powell, RB, 5-9, 180, Deerfield Beach.
5. Quincy Wilson, DB, 6-2, 190, University School.
6. John Battle IV, DB, 6-2, 190, Hallandale.
7. Sean White, QB, 6-2, 200, University School.
8. Mardre London, RB, 6-1, 196, St. Thomas Aquinas.
9. Marquese Dudley-Gordon, S, 6-0, 180, Cypress Bay.
10. Richard Yeargin III, LB, 6-4, 218, University School.
11. Corey Holmes, WR, 6-1, 190, St. Thomas Aquinas.
12. Emmanuel Soto, WR, 6-2, 171, University School.
13. Alshinard Harris, DB, 5-11, 160, St. Thomas Aquinas
14. Chris Lammons, Athlete, 5-11, 175, Plantation.
15. Ravian Pierce, TE, 6-4, 210, Plantation.
16. Ryan Crozier, OL, 6-4, 280, St. Thomas Aquinas.
17. Wade Freebeck, QB, 6-4, 185, St. Thomas Aquinas.
18. Carter Jacobs, S, 6-2, 200, American Heritage
19. Isaiah McKenzie, Athlete, 5-9, 170, American Heritage.
20. George Rushing, WR/DB, 6-1, 185, Cardinal Gibbons
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