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For the past 37 years, our finger has been on the pulse of the youth football programs and those associated with them, having that unique opportunity to watch these impressive prospects in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties from the first time they carry the football.
As you know by now, any list that you will find is only as thorough as the people who are behind it, and as we unveil the top 50 in Broward County, a lot of research and personal one-on-one viewing of these prospects has separated them from the pack.
Remember, this 2015 class list is the first of five/six that you will see before the graduating list.
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BROWARD SUMMER TOP 50 FOR 2015
1. Jordan Scarlett, RB, 6-0, 200, University School: Is there really more that can be added about a player who came in as a freshman and hasn't stopped impressing since. Easily one of the nation's fastest and best backs. Every college in the country knows all about this quality football talent.
2. Tyrek Cole, DB, 5-10, 175, Miramar: The first word that everyone thinks about when watching this gifted player compete is "LOCKDOWN". One of the most physical defensive backs in the state has more than proven what he can do - after a tremendous sophomore season. His spring and off season appearances have been impressive - to say the least.
3. Shawn Burgess-Becker, DB, 6-2, 175, Monarch: When we first watched this superb athlete perform a year ago during the season, there was little doubt that this would be a prospects for the future. His work in the off season attracted colleges from all over the country as he stepped over to the elite side of the recruiting wars.
4. Jason Strowbridge, DE, 6-4, 250, Deerfield Beach: There were up to 100 college coaches who came to Florida for the spring - and if you talked to each and everyone of them, all would say that this was the player who impressed them the most in the Class of 2015. His size, speed, strength, quickness and potential has put himself in a position where he will be one of the best nationally.
5. Torrance Gibson, QB, 6-3, 195, Plantation American Heritage: There may not be a better all-around athlete in this class this year. For those who have watched him play the past two years, you fully comprehend that he is not only a stellar quarterback, but can play receiver and safety equally as well.
6. Tavarus McFadden, DB, 6-2, 185, Plantation American Heritage: Having watched this tremendous talent several times over the past year, this is indeed one of those big time players who does so much on the field. Whether it was during his sophomore year, in the off season or spring, he found a way to turn heads and show college that this is indeed one of the best prospects in the class.
7. Alex Anderson, RB, 6-0, 200, Miramar: There is no doubt that the Patriots have three of the best running backs in south Florida, but when watching this big, strong and fast athlete perform, you can see why he will have options. Not only can he run the ball, catch out of the backfield and block, but also saw time as a linebacker - which adds to his already impressive resume.
8. Leeward Brown, OL, 6-3, 300, Miramar: This is actually a player who has been on the radar screen for nearly three years. Since he was a part of the off season conditioning with the linemen, he was with the program the summer before he officially was in the ninth grade. This is a very athletic big man who has great feet and knowledge of the game. Will be very special as he continues to mature.
9. Calvin Ridley, WR, 6-1, 185, Monarch: After a tremendous season at Chaminade-Madonna, this is the one prospect that colleges believe could rise among the nation's elite. His size, running ability and knowledge of the game has already separated him from the pack. This is a quality football talent who has all the tools to be a great one.
10. Chris Hart, LB, 6-3, 200, St. Thomas Aquinas: Watching the Raiders last year and into the spring, this is the one prospect who turned heads and did it without a lot of fanfare. Has size, speed, athletic ability and the passion to play this game at a high level. Yet another of the tremendous athletes football players who has worked harder to get better.
11. Kendrell McFadden, S, 6-3, 185, McArthur: Another of those talented south Florida athletes who has been on the radar screen since his youth football days. This hard-hitting prospect was considered as one of the nation's best young players when he was in ninth grade. Has the chance to be very special this season as well.
12. Rashard Causey, DB, 5-11, 180, University School: Having been a part of the Suns' program the past two seasons, there is little doubt that this could be the one cornerback who rises the most this season. His speed, knowledge of the game and ability to read plays makes him one to keep an eye on. He is very physical.
13. Deltron Sands, RB, 5-7, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas: From the first time he carried the ball for the Raiders, there was simply no doubt that this STA legacy was there to carve out his own future. One of the fastest and hardest running backs anywhere, he has the chance to really break out this season.
14. Davante Peete, WR, 6-5, 190, St. Thomas Aquinas: After following his career since his ninth grade season at Blanche Ely, there was never any doubt that when his knowledge of the game caught up with his physical skills, he would be something special. The grandson of legendary golfer, Calvin Peete, he continues to make major strides at the position.
15. Brandon Boyce, DL, 6-0, 240, University School: Was there a better interior lineman down the stretch last year? Go back and watch what this quality prospect did during his sophomore season, and you will be sold at what he brings to the table. Incredibly fast and strong, this is someone who knows how to play the game.
16. Christian Strachan, OL, 6-5, 315, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna: Being fortunate to have watched this tremendous football talent since he began playing, this is one of those fast, athletic line prospect that many college coaches believe will blow up this year and become a major recruit. Is way too good of a football player not to be considered as one off the best.
17. Jeffrey Hill, DB, 5-10, 165, Miramar: How the Patriots continue to churn out quality football talent like this is why they are in the mix every year. This is one of those players who will stick in your pocket and punish you after catching a ball. Has the chance to really rise in the rankings with a solid junior season. Colleges already like what they see.
18. Tyler Cisrow, S, 6-1, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas: Having watched this superb football talent perform last year, and into the off season, there is a sense that this is one of those playmakers the Raiders really need during a tough season ahead. His ability to make key plays and read offenses is what separates him from the rest.
19. Taj McGowan, RB, 6-2, 185, Hallandale: One of the tallest running backs you will find, this is a back who we first watched last year, and by the time the season had ended, he was talked about by every opponent. Has the chance to be another Eddie George, Adrian Peterson kind of larger back who has speed and tremendous vision.
20. Anthony Bennett, DE, 6-2, 215, Cypress Bay: There are not too many players who remained consistent like this tremendous talent did last year as a sophomore, during the race to the 8A title game. His quickness, strength and overall athletic ability had coaches talking all spring. As he gets bigger and stronger, the attention will multiply for his services.
21. Shamar Kilby, LB, 6-2, 190, Hallandale: There are several players who have jumped onto the radar screen in the off season, and this is one of those prospects who has everything it takes to be a very special talent. This is indeed one of those sideline-to-sideline players who has the speed and the football skill level to be very good for a long time.
22. Juwann Taylor, LB, 6-3, 200, Hollywood Hills: Over the past two years, this is a prospect who has gotten bigger and stronger, and as he heads toward his junior season, many believe that this is the player with best upside of just about any in the region. His speed, size and ability to play the game at a high level comes from following in the footsteps of his brother and father who both starred for the Spartans.
23. Rodrick Archer, S, 6-1, 200, South Plantation: When you have top-flight players on your team like John Franklin (FSU) and Alex Collins (Arkansas), it's easy to be overlooked, but this is one of those athletes who will carve out his own reputation. College coaches who have watched him play are bowled over by what he brings to the table.
24. John Antkiewicz, LB, 6-2, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas: Yet another Raider prospect that many have not heard about, but if you have followed his youth football career - along with what he did last season and in to the spring, you can understand why colleges are already taking a look at the grandson of former Miramar High head coach John Maronto, who taught him plenty about the game.
25. Jawanza Evans-Morris, RB, 5-9, 175, Taravella: If you watched the Trojans play last year, this gifted runner was the one that everyone was checking out. His quickness, strength and ability to pick out holes definitely separates him from the other backs. Has the opportunity to continue to show what he has for two more seasons. A game changer.
26. Ronnie Hoggins, Athlete, 5-8, 175, Monarch: After helping his team to one of the best seasons in school history, this is one of those talented athletes who gives the program a major boost on both sides of the ball and on special teams. Following his brother’s talented footsteps.
27. Khalil Lewis, WR, 6-1, 180, Miramar: This is one of those prospects who is extremely athletic. He runs, jumps, catches and does just about everything well. When he gets more experience on the football field and puts it all together, he will race up this list.
28. Brion Sanchious, QB, 6-6, 200, Northeast: They may have to give this young man a nickname the way he continues to grow. With a solid off season, he now officially thrusts himself into a spotlight that will make him one to follow and see if he continues to mature.
29. Phillip Parchment, OL, 6-4, 275, St. Thomas Aquinas: While some programs are known for producing running backs, defensive backs and linebackers, it looks like this program has picked up steam on the offensive line. There will never be a shortage of talent when you have gifted young prospects like this playing for. This is another elite player.
30. Janarvis Pough, WR, 6-3, 170, McArthur: Doesn’t McArthur seem to have an athlete like this every year? This is a much-talked about receiver who is going to be top shelf. But he is also a talented quarterback as well. He probably can play seven positions on the field if needed. He is the real deal.
31. Rob Foy III, Athlete, 5-9, 170, North Broward Prep: After watching this explosive talent the past few years, personally seeing him do a number of things, the word that best describes this prospect is a versatile athlete. He is indeed one of those players who looks good catching passes in 7-on-7 events as he does with full gear, running the ball up field. Very under the radar prospect.
32. Josmar Martinez-Diaz, Athlete, 5-10, 180, Miramar: Here is one of those true football talents that is a “throwback” to the way football used to be. The first at practice and the last to leave. Will volunteer to play any position on the field, and do it well. This is a player who certainly has the chance to be very special.
33. Jalin Leandre, DB, 5-10, 185, Hallandale: With all the talent the Chargers have in the secondary, this may be the one with as much promise as any of them. Here is a physical cover-corner who anticipates and makes key plays to turn games around. Could be very special down the line.
34. Christian Irving, S, 5-10, 195, Boyd Anderson: One of the best young players that 90 percent of the recruiting public has never heard of, but ask anyone who plays with him or against this quality athlete, and all will tell you that whether it’s safety, linebacker or running back, he has the athletic ability to beat you. Also a outstanding wrestler for the Cobras.
35. Korron Rozier, DB, 5-9, 180, North Broward Prep: Here is yet another of the fast rising standouts who has all the tools to be very special. He is a running back who can pound out yardage and also has the speed to break away. In addition, he catches the ball out of the backfield very well. On defense, he is a get-in-your-pocket kind of prospect who is strong and physical.
36. Huntley Sawyers, OL, 6-2, 275, Coconut Creek: As we always say, it’s tough to predict what a lineman does, but in this case, here is a player who may be a bit ahead of the conventional curve. An athletic big man who appears to be willing to do what it takes to make it to that elite level.
37. Ryan Stanley, QB, 6-0, 175, Flanagan: The numbers certainly do not lie for this gifted passer who has been starting for the falcons since his freshman season. Dazzled college coaches in the spring, and with a new coaching staff and several new faces, this could be a very interesting year.
38. Adrienne Talon, S/LB, 6-1, 195, Davie Western: Had the opportunity to start evaluating him at the beginning of his sophomore year, and continued to follow him into the spring and off season, and without hesitation, this is one of those playmakers who has the chance to be very special. A big player performer who has it all.
39. Claudeny “C.J.” Jeudy, DB, 5-9, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the under the radar players who has the chance to be very special. Had a tremendous off season, including the annual spring game that watched him make some key plays. While he has not had the chance to showcase his skills, this coming season will be very important to his future.
40. Richard McIntosh, DL, 6-5, 230, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: Easily one of the fast-rising line prospects in the region, here is a player who really impressed this spring and into off season where colleges were all over everything he did. An extremely versatile and athletic football talent.
41. Brayon Parrish, RB, 5-11, 195, Davie Western: There may not be a more physical and talented running back around that many have not heard much about. Watching him play over the past year, this is one of those football players who will start to get big time offers – once the colleges get a chance to see how much work he is putting into getting better.
42. Richie Cooper,WR, 5-10, 185, Hallandale: This Miami Booker T. Washington transfer adds that instant offense to the Chargers attack. A gifted pass catcher who has the chance to be very special over the next few years. Has truly put himself on the map with an outstanding off season and will be one of the teams’ go-to offensive players.
43. Brett Israel, QB, 6-1, 180, Parkland Douglas: Another of the fast rising prospects who has more than proven that he belongs at this level. A former youth football standout who has grown into the position and has worked hard to become a leader. Has had an outstanding off season, which will translate into positive for the Eagles.
44. Demetrius Amerson, S, 5-11, 190, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: This is a program that now has athletes like this. Players who turn into prospects. This was a football player who really turned it up several notches in the spring. No matter where he went, everyone talked about what he did so well.
45. Tavares Givins, DE, 6-2, 210, Davie Nova: This is another legacy. The son of the late South Broward standout running back Tavares Mobley, who was an outstanding high school and collegiate back. Givens is athletic like his father, but his size and passion for the game may indeed reach another level. A quality football talent who will start jumping on every radar screen this year.
46. Joe Riggins, LB, 6-0, 195, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: There may not be a player with more promise than this gifted prospect who simply has it all. One of the toughest players at this position, this is a quick and athletic football player who has a solid future ahead.
47. Emonee Spence, WR, 6-3, 180, Pembroke Pines Flanagan: This is one of those prospects who flew onto the radar screen with a solid winter, spring and now summer. Has the chance to be very special, bringing so much to the table this year. Coaches who have watched him play admit that this could be the real find of the Class of 2015!
48. Antwuan Haynes, RB/Slot, 5-9, 160, Plantation: With all the running backs this program puts out every year, this is one of the special ones. Not only is he a very promising line from scrimmage runner, but has the knack of getting up field to catch passes. It’s the kind of athleticism that will indeed keep him in the spotlight over the next two years.
49. Kermit Silva, LB, 5-11, 205, Oakland Park Northeast: Here is one of the hardest working prospects in a very talented class. Every chance he had to improve his stock, he made the most of it – after a stellar sophomore season. College coaches have been keeping an eye on a play-maker who continues to get better.
50. Malik Wisdom, PK/DB, 5-9, 175, Hollywood McArthur: One of the up and coming players in this class, who began his career as a kicker at Miramar and then moved over to play for the Mustangs last season as a defensive back as well. Has been productive at every event he has attended, being invited to several elite underclass combines.
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