Make no mistake about it, when it comes to high school football talent in south Florida, age means nothing.
This is the region of the country where 9th and 10th graders are fair game. If they are needed to make a contribution at the varsity level, they step in – no questions asked. The talent level is that impressive.
Many chalk the talent up to the amazing youth programs that run through Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and produce elite talent.
PLAYER: Daylen Russell
SCHOOL: Miami Christopher Columbus
SCOUTING: Having watched this young man play, there is no limit to how impressive he is going to be.
Remember, this is someone who already has turned heads, and with a solid spring and a summer where college coaches are getting an early peak, this is definitely the next defensive lineman who will step up for the Explorers.
He is quick off the ball, strong and very athletic. When you see him play, it’s hard to believe that he has three seasons left to go – and that already has many thinking this is going to be a top area player.
In his spring game against North Miami Beach, he showcased some of what he’s all about – coming up with a sack and getting off the ball against a quality senior offensive lineman.
While the Explorers have several holes to fill, and questions to be answered, here is a young talent who will certainly give head coach Dave Dunn and his team less to worry about.
When you happen to be a smaller school, stocking your roster with elite talent is not the norm, but things are changing.
At schools like Miami LaSalle, head coach Helder Valle has been able to assemble some quality talent as this program grows and builds toward the future.
With two weeks left until college coaches and athletes will once again head into another “Dark Period” of the recruiting cycle, it has come down to getting to as many events as possible.
The team tours that so many high school programs are taking has opened up avenues that have not been there for the past 14 plus months – and no matter what college it may be, doing the best you can is essential.
While many were skeptical about having so many post-Covid college camps and 7-on-7 events, things have really worked out perfectly for these high school athletes – and yes – the college coaches.
An event nearly every day at colleges and universities throughout the country have opened things up – and it has put several eyeballs on so many student/athletes who needed the exposure.
When June began, a lot of talk centered around making up for lost time, and believe it or not, the high school prospects, coaches and families have indeed taken advantage of everything that is going on.
From college tours to 7-on-7 events and team camps, this month has been all about getting that exposure missed during the pandemic.