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On The Radar: Offseason Series – Part 26

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After one solid week of checking out the satellite camps and getting into offseason mode, football prospects throughout South Florida are starting to make that lasting impression.

If you have followed high school football in this region for any length of time, you certainly understand that there is really no offseason. No sooner did school let out and players and coaches raced to colleges and events all over.

From Alabama to Mississippi, Georgia and throughout Florida, college tours have already started and Floridians are starting to put their best football forward to grab the attention and spotlight.

Because we track and promote our athletes year round, we have a huge advantage of watching prospects – not in just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, but the opportunity to watch them compete in full gear is a huge difference maker.

More college coaches from across the country check out what we put out each and every day because they all understand that our evaluations and rankings come from our 1-on-1 contract with the players and high school coaches.

While others come up with lists and rate players, they often fall short in knowing everything from the athletic ability to character, which goes a long way in projecting the future of these standout football players.

Today, we bring you six more football prospects who we have watched over and over again and have that insight that others could not possibly have. We promote up to 3,000 athletes each year – with film and analysis and have well over 50 years of combined experience in doing it.

2017 – Jordan Atkins, RB, 5-11, 180, North Miami Beach: While we have brought this quality football talent to you before, it is now this versatile (linebacker as well) performers final offseason before his senior year. The Chargers have long been a huge supporter of this gifted football player who combines quickness and power with plenty of athletic ability. With a huge offensive line and more options on the team, Atkins is a player to keep an eye on.

2017 – Brian Baker, OT, 6-7, 300, Miami Killian: One of the prospects that everyone had the chance to see this spring, and as college coaches got a better look at this young man, they were also sold that this is one of those rising line prospects who has the chance to be special for a program that always has plenty of talent. Despite losing a number of players before the arrival of first-year head coach Javi Valdes, Baker is the type of big man who can end up turning things around - very quickly. Watch his progress and you will be convinced.

2017 – Adam Fox, OL, 6-5, 268, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons: After watching this young man at the start of his junior year, then seeing him this spring, you can say that not many big men have improved as much as he is. First-year head coach Matt Dubuc credits his offseason conditioning program, which included wrestling for the Chiefs and advancing to the state tournament. Fox is a big, strong and very agile line prospect who started to turn heads and is expected to have a tremendous senior season.

2018 – Dawson Hill, RB, 6-0, 185, South Plantation: One of the huge surprises in the offseason. Many who have watched Hill perform, including first-year head coach and collegiate running back Dominic Anderson, believe that this could be a football talent that blows past everyone because of his quickness, power and knack for finding holes and darting through them. Hill had a huge spring and set himself up for a banner summer camp season. Another football talent that is emerging quickly.

2017 – Anthony Needham, WR, 6-2, 190, Miramar: After watching him this past season, and then getting another look at him during the spring, this is a big-bodied and quick pass catcher who has the chance to be very special. Needham stretches defenses as well as any receiver on his team, and with the chance to work against some outstanding defensive secondary performers each day in practice, his stock is rising. The college coaches we spoke with are impressed.

2017 – C.J. Noralus, FB/DE, 5-9, 230, Hialeah Barbara Goleman: In watching the Gators during spring and the offseason so far, here is yet another football prospect that has shown that this is going to be a much-improved football team this fall. His ability to pick up the short yards from his fullback position - as well as giving the team another valuable defensive line athlete - will only enhance a program that is only getting better all the time. This summer will be huge for Noralus' progress - and he is planning to take full advantage of it.

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